Monday, April 2, 2018

Italy Is Closer Than You Think - Escape to The Resort at Pelican Hill


Photography by Eddie Sanchez



You remember that Italy trip that you’ve been planning for ages? You know, the one where you’re at a seaside village staying in a villa perched on a hill that overlooks the water? It’s the trip where you are eating hand made pastas and drinking luscious velvety rich DOCG wines. This is the luxurious trip you have been waiting for and you only need to travel about an hour away from LA when you’re visiting The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. 


The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the world’s finest Five-Star, Five-Diamond destinations offering service and luxury like no other. Sitting on 504 acres with magnificent ocean views, the opulent Italian Renaissance architecture, inspired by Palladio, transports you from California City hustle to seaside Italian village harmony. It’s your escape to a beautiful serene coastal setting where authentic Northern Italian cuisine, luxurious poolside cabanas, award winning spa,  and premier golf courses await. This is your ultimate getaway. 






S T A Y 


Over 200 spacious bungalow guest rooms and suites, as well as 128 Villas are available to call this place your new home away from home. They are lavishly appointed with large walk -in showers, deep soaking marble tubs, fire places framed by Italian limestone, and hand-crafted wood beam ceilings to give an intimate residential ambience. Of course one of the best features has to be the private terraces with incredible ocean views. This truly is your well-appointed Italian home for the length of your stay. It has everything you need including modern amenities like MP3 ports, wireless internet, and a superb Bose sound system. Staff members make sure that your Nespresso machine and wet bar stay fully stocked. At night, you can fall asleep peacefully to the glow of the fire place and the comfort of your 500-thread-count sheets on the most comfortable bed you have ever slept in.






The Resort features the largest inventory of luxury two-, three- and four-bedroom Villas that are available for daily rental.




E A T

Dining at The Resort is just as impressive. The resort’s signature restaurant, Andrea Ristorante, offers Tuscan-influenced Northern Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list that is sure to please the casual enthusiast as well as offering you rare vintages. Chef Marco Criscuolo sources seasonal ingredients and creates flavorful classic Northern Italian dishes. Pastas are hand-crafted in a one-of-kind, temperature-controlled “Cucina della Pasta” (pasta room) that stays at a constant temperature. Yes, they’re serious about their pasta and oh, is it so good. The must-order item to start, is the table-side risotto that’s finished in a large wheel of parmigiano-reggiano. Also the off-menu carbonara is one of the best pasta dishes you’ll ever have. 



Barrel- aged Acquerello risotto with forrest mushrooms prepared table side.

Ahi tuna cone
Prime filet mignon with roasted heirloom carrots, asparagus, turned potatoes and peppercorn sauce.


For a Napa-inspired menu, Pelican Grill features innovative seafood, steak and wood-oven pizzas, and Sunday brunch offers à la carte California cuisine. Chef Luke Turpin creates fresh comforting California classics. For lunch, try the off-menu steak sandwich with grilled onions, gruyere, and arugula. The ahi tuna tartare with Meyer lemon, avocado, cucumber, scallion and sesame oil is the most refreshing start to your lunch.

Tuna Tartare



The more casual Coliseum Pool & Grill is a perfect place to sit poolside during brunch and enjoy a delicious lobster scramble and French Press coffee or perhaps a mimosa. The serene and casual ambience is a great way to start your day. 

Lobster scramble.




R E L A X



The amenities at Pelican Hill are outstanding and simply some of the best that you can find at any word class resort. The Coliseum Pool, inspired by the timeless curves of Rome’s famed landmark, is one of the largest pools in the world. With more than one million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles and 136 feet in diameter, it resembles a precious gem in the midst of the beautiful architecture around you. Treat yourself to a day at the Five-Star Spa, that’s more than a place to enjoy a good massage, helping you restore health and balance through the ultimate personalized care. The golf club, designed by Tom Fazio, boasts 36 holes with stunning ocean panoramas and is consistently ranked among the best in prestigious annual lists. 







Your Italian seaside getaway is waiting for you. The Resort at Pelican Hill is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you 6,000 miles away without ever getting on a plane. Italy is a lot closer than you think. 








22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657
(855) 467-6800 | www.pelicanhill.com




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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stay / Eat / Do: Dana Point Edition


Photography by Eddie Sanchez


When a city's official motto is, "Harboring the Good Life," thoughts of an amazing oceanside getaway in a beautiful locale immediately come to mind. Picture a place with unique shops and interesting restaurants, on a latern-lined street complete with a trolly cruising by. The "Good Life" means leaving your cares back at home while you relax in a world-class resort, watching the most beautiful sunset over the ocean. This is Dana Point and everything about it is good. That's why when we were invited to explore Dana Point and share our experience, it was no surprise to us that we fell in love with this charming city characterized by coastal bluffs and rolling hills. If you're planning to visit, we've narrowed down our favorite restaurants in Dana Point and the best things to do. Here's our recommendations for where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Dana Point. 



S T A Y





Dana Point provides many options for accommodations. Everything from camping at scenic beaches to quaint Victorian-style bed & breakfasts, to luxurious 5 Star resorts, the city will have exactly what you're looking for. And if you're looking for an amazing resort with luxurious amenities like fire-side guest rooms, scenic views, private beach, and a breathtaking pool, look no further than the Monarch Beach Resort. The property offers running routes, golf and tennis for the active traveler, kids club for families, chef-driven cuisine for foodies, and a romantic setting for couples. There's something for everyone here. 


Fireside terrace guest room featuring a private terrace with a personal fire pit to keep you warm on cool, coastal nights. 


Large soaking tub.


Why get out of bed? Have in-room dining delivered to you. 



Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort N
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3200
www.monarchbeachresort.com





E A T


Ceviche from Sombra, Monarch Beach Resort's poolside Mexican cantina. 


The Good Life is not complete without good eats and Dana Point has plenty of them. The unique restaurants in Dana Point will have any foodie bookmarking a food-crawl on their next visit. From farm-to-table cuisine that revolves around seasonal ingredients at a high end resort, to a casual taqueria in a strip mall, you'll find exactly what you're looking for in this city. 



Monarch Bay Club
Only open to resort guests or members, this place is not to be missed if you're staying at the resort (and we already told you to). Savor char-grilled meats and fresh-caught seafood in a breathtaking oceanfront setting. Expect California-style cuisine here in a more relaxed environment by the beach.

Shrimp roll with basil aioli on a sweet roll.
Monarch Bay Club
949.234.3900
www.monarchbeachresort.com



AVEO Table + Bar
Offering seating on a large terrace overlooking the resort for the ultimate al fresco dining experience, AVEO is a Mediterranean concept focused on seasonal ingredients to create fresh California-inlfuenced dishes. Taking a "Farm-to-Bar" approach to cocktails, the bar program features ingredients harvested from the resort's own garden. Try the Catalina Sunset for a refreshing aperitif.

Chef's special: Chilean Sea Bass pan seared with vegetable ragu. 


1 Monarch Beach Resort N
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3200
www.monarchbeachresort.com



Raya
We're always asked the question, "What restaurant do you recommend that has great food and an ocean view?" That answer will now include Raya at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Chef Richard Sandoval brings Pan-Latin flavors through locally sourced ingredients. Highlights include the Arroz Negro, a paella-like dish, as well as the lamb lollipops. 

Arroz negro - black forbidden rice, Maine lobster, prawns, mussels, calamari, Dungeness crab and Spanish chorizo. 
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000
www.ritzcarlton.com



Crank & Grind
If you're like us and are very picky about good coffee (AKA coffee snob), then make a stop at Crank & Grind. Organic, fair trade, and roasted by the best roasters around the country, you're getting a premium cup of joe at this cool, underrated spot that shares a space with a bicycle shop. If you're hungry, make sure to grab one of their toasts. 

Smoked salmon and avocado toast with a perfect cortado, complete with beautiful latte art. 
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
855.433.8806


Lupe's Mexican Eatery
For a fast casual lunch, look no further than Lupe's for traditional Michoacan dishes mixed with Baja style seafood (think fish tacos). The small space, with a hip vibe, features some of Dana Point's best tacos and burritos. Plus they also serve Mexican sodas and craft brews from Baja.
Surf & Turf Burrito - steak, shrimp, pico, guac, rice, cheese, and white sauce. 
33621 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.558.5430
www.eatlupes.com



Craft House
Open for just over a year and already a Dana Point staple, Craft House is that place you go to have a great food and a great time. With unique craft cocktails (no pun intended) to round out the experience, this is a lively restaurant perfect for a night out.



34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.481.7734
www.eatatcrafthouse.com




D O




There are so many things to do in Dana Point that you may not have enough time to do it all. You already know that the city has some of the best resorts and with it are some of the best pools. Take a day to relax in a cabana while eating and drinking poolside. Or perhaps you love to actually be out on the ocean, the Dana Wharf offers everything from boat rentals, to kayaking, jet skiing, and paddle boarding. If you love to fish, there are options for sport fishing but if you're more of a spectator, whale watching excursions are the perfect way to get your sea legs. Of course the area offers great shopping, golfing, and world class spas as well. There's no shortage of things to do in Dana Point.

Private cabana at Monarch Beach Resort. 
Private beach for resort guests of the Monarch Beach Resort. 


Charters take off daily from the Dana Point Wharf. 

Watersport activities like kayaking and jet skis are a great way explore the Wharf.


Couples treatment room with a private hot tub at Miraval Spa. 


Award winning Monarch Beach Golf Links.


Sunset over Dana Point.






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Sunday, March 18, 2018

How Brilliant! Healthy and Delicious Food at Grilliant



Photography by Eddie Sanchez

From an outsider’s perspective, Los Angeles seems to be obsessed with healthy eating. We’re portrayed as eaters that only chow down heaping bowls of raw kale and flavorless nutritious food but that’s not the case at all. While California cuisine and our LA lifestyle promotes health and well being, that doesn’t negate the fact that we want food that’s as flavorful and delicious, as it is healthy. One of those places that embodies that ethos is Grilliant!



Grilliant is a healthy place to eat with an emphasis on delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors at an affordable price. “Fast casual,” you ask? You can say that, since the process of ordering is at the counter but the cuisine is above your typical fast-casual spot. Their focus is to serve and prepare food fresh with only the best quality ingredients that shine through in every bite. The menu is grounded in traditional Mediterranean dishes and ingredients but served with a fresh Cali-style twist - think organic quinoa or kale salads with Mediterranean ingredients. Of course, kabobs and flat bread wraps are staples and various hummus and spreads round out the menu as well. 


Grilliant is the brainchild of wife and husband team Bahar & Amir. For Bahar, hospitality is a big part of any Iranian family and the most important part of it for her, is always food. Coming from a big family and passion for food, Grilliant came to life with husband and partner Amir by her side. Mediterranean cuisine that combines her heritage with healthy California living is what it’s all about. So the next time someone gives you a hard time for thinking LA doesn’t healthy and delicious food, take them to Grilliant to prove them wrong. 

Organic quinoa salad with salmon. 

Fire-grilled chicken wrap
Mediterranean Labneh with pita bread

Banana Strawberry Smoothie


Dining area at the Westwood location 


Grilliant (3 Locations)
4007 W Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505;
3850 Main Street Unit C, Culver City, CA 90232;
10861 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood, CA 90024
www.grilliantfood.com

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5 Reasons the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Should Be Your Next Outdoor Adventure Destination


Photography by Eddie Sanchez

If you live in Los Angeles, your idea of an outdoor adventure probably involves a long drive through traffic just to get to Runyon Canyon for a hike on a trail that has now been paved. Once you reach the top, you're semi-satisfied as you take a deep breath of that city air, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds of cell phones, cars, and music blasting. Not quite what you had in mind for a relaxing and rejuvenating outdoor adventure is it?

Luckily, only a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city, awaits a great outdoor adventure trip that includes hikes, stargazing, and s'mores around the campfire! So, before you head back to Runyon again for your nature fix, consider getting on a plane and discovering a whole new outdoor adventure in Colorado. It's a place with fresh mountain air and green hills adorned with yellow wild flowers. Here you can listen to the singing of birds and quite possibly the growling of a bear. You'll be amazed to see that you can have the most memorable experience with nature without sacrificing the resort comforts that you're used to in a city like Los Angeles. Yes, you can have it all and to convince you, I've listed
five reasons why you should highly consider The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch for your next outdoor adventure getaway.





1.  LUXURY LODGE-STYLE ACCOMMODATIONS



There's nothing like enjoying a mountain adventure in the luxurious comfort of world-class Ritz-Carlton accommodations. Each room captures the beauty of Beaver Creek or Vail Valley and evokes lodge-inspired luxury with modern touches. Relax in a large soaking tub in your spacious marble bathroom after watching the sunset from your furnished balcony. You'll have no trouble falling asleep to the warm glow of the fireplace in what you may consider as the most comfortable bed you've slept in. It's easy to enjoy the great outdoors when you can retreat to the great indoors.











2. UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES




Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is reason enough to jump on a flight and experience elevated traditional mountain cuisine in a breathtaking setting. Locally sourced ingredients that highlight the resort's surroundings are the main star here, so even your food is fitting of the impressive outdoor mountains that surround you. Dishes like elk chops, bison tenderloin, and Colorado Striped bass are a must for the ultimate Alpine gourmand dinner experience. Garden dishes in season such as Summer succotash or salt roasted Colorado beets are the perfect way to round out your Colorado culinary experience. It's without question that the food is absolutely delicious and the spaces they are served in are a beautiful reflection of the great outdoors surrounding the resort. 


WYLD offers an eclectic menu of flavorful Alpine cuisine. 

Buffalos focuses on seasonal dishes from regional farms and features Colorado specialties.

Anderson's Cabin is a preserved century-old log cabin from one of the early founders of the area. It offers a unique private dining experience for up to 14 guests. 

Bison tenderloin with parsnip chips served on a hot salt block. 

Colorado striped bass with fennel and arugula salad. 


Elk chops with marinated blistered tomatoes. 


Burrata with braised peaches and house granola. 

Salt roasted Colorado beets with pickled strawberry, haystack chèvre, rye croutons, and strawberry balsamic reduction. 

Bison burger with bacon onion jam. 

Elk sausage prepared three ways. 


Banana caramel semifreddo pops paired with moscato. 


Paulie's Plunge - Cazadores silver, lime juice, agave nectar, Mexican lager. 


3. ELEVATED AMENITIES



A Forbes Four-Star Spa, year-round heated pool, fitness center with amazing views, and a whiskey & cigar lounge - those are amenities you won't find at a typical outdoor cabin getaway. Add to the fact that The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch holds very high standards, and you have access to some of the finest amenities of any resort. The luxury spa is the ideal place to workout those tired muscles after a long day hiking. For the finest experience possible, The Ritz-Carlton Club lounge offers customized experiences for Club level guests and is a great space to stop in for breakfast, and small bites throughout your stay. For the whiskey connoisseur, Bachelors Lounge offers sessions to sip and savor spirits including the resort's proprietary bourbon. 

The spa's relaxation room.


Spin indoors with views of the outdoors. 


Bachelors Lounge, Vail Valley’s only cigar lounge, offers signature cocktails and a selection of sommelier-curated wines. 



4. FUN ACTIVITIES 


There's no shortage of activities and things to do at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. A guided hike is the perfect way to soak up the majestic views of Bachelor Gulch while learning fascinating facts of the plants and animals that thrive during the beautiful Summer season. There's also an opportunity for an adult summer camp experience with craft making like Lager and Leatherworking, Pinot and Painting, and Whiskey & Woodburning. Yes, sip on a glass of wine and paint the beautiful view in front of you, or sip on local craft brews while learning how to stamp leather - creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take back home. Even the kiddos have something to do through the resort's Ritz-Kids program where they go on hikes, and even pan for gold. Nearby the property, you have access to rafting, fly fishing, and horseback riding. Even your four-legged friends are welcomed to experience something at the resort. There's something for everyone in the family. 

Lager and Leather-working - sip on Colorado local beers while creating a stamped leather souvenir. 


Bachelor - the resort's canine ambassador. 



5. BEAUTIFUL SCENIC LOCATION


The resort is tucked away on a peaceful mountainside between Beaver creek and Arrowhead. Bachelor Gulch, named for its original settlers, is the perfect resort setting year-round. Access to hiking trails and nearby wildlife and plants will give you a glimpse of nature that Los Angeles doesn't offer. Plus at night, you'll see more stars in the sky than on Hollywood Blvd. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a relaxing, luxurious lodge-style resort that offers all the comforts you need in a setting that has all the outdoor adventure you are looking for. 


Chairlifts during a summer night of stargazing.


The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
0130 Daybreak Ridge Rd
Avon, CO 81620
970.748.6200






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