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Chocolate Trends and a First Taste of New Flavors at SF Food Show

Chocolate Trends and a First Taste of New Flavors at SF Food Show

BY ILENE ENG SAN FRANCISCO⁠—A bar of Madagascar dark chocolate infused with California black figs had a fragrant, fruity taste. Dominican Republic chocolate chunks had a flavor solid and rich. A sweet dried pineapple covered in dark chocolate made its way from the Philippines. Exotic chocolates from all over the world participated in the Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) Winter Fancy […]

An Addiction That Requires No Substances – This Is My Story

An Addiction That Requires No Substances – This Is My Story

By Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author and Advocate My name is Catherine, and I’m a recovering gambling addict.  “How does did a good girl go bad? By crossing a fine line from a “once in awhile gambler into a full-blown addiction.”  As I began gambling with money, I then started with the money I didn’t have, to […]

Build a Breakfast to Battle Cholesterol

Build a Breakfast to Battle Cholesterol

BY DEVON ANDRE, WWW.BELMARRAHEALTH.COM Skipping breakfast is one thing you may want to avoid if you’re serious about battling cholesterol. Why? For a number of reasons. The first is that breakfast is a great opportunity to include more nutrition into your day. Research indicates that breakfast eaters tend to do a better job of hitting daily […]

Tech Executive-Turned-International Award-Winning Author Ara Grigorian Hosts Workshop

Tech Executive-Turned-International Award-Winning Author Ara Grigorian Hosts Workshop

Ara Grigorian, the author of the international award-winning books, Game of Love and Ten Year Dance, will lead a two-hour workshop on Saturday, February 1, at the February meeting of The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Writers Club. The event begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at the Motion Picture and TV Fund, […]

Considering self-publishing? Then come listen to Kimberly Basso on the Mechanics and Money of Self-publishing at- the February 3 IWOSC/SPAWN Meeting

Considering self-publishing? Then come listen to Kimberly Basso on the Mechanics and Money of Self-publishing at- the February 3 IWOSC/SPAWN Meeting

  OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS The Mechanics & Money of Self-Publishing: From Promotion to Production with author Kimberly Davis BassoIWOSC/SPAWN February 3 Meeting Goebels Adult Center Thousand Oaks (OJAI, CA — January 21, 2020) The February 3 meeting of IWOSC/SPAWN Ventura County will host indie author Kimberly Davis Basso speaking on “The Mechanics & Money of Self-Publishing: […]

Ojai Studio Artists February Second Saturday Free Mini-Tour

Ojai Studio Artists February Second Saturday Free Mini-Tour

The Ojai Studio Artists Second Saturday mini-tours starts on February 8 with five open studios in the Meiners Oaks area of the Ojai Valley. Featured this month are Eilam Byle, new member Eric Dubnicka, Andrea Haffner, Vera Long and Elaine Unzicker.  Studios will be open from 10am – 3pm.  Admission is free, and the studios […]

Sweet Potato Fries, Fully Loaded

Sweet Potato Fries, Fully Loaded

BY CAROLINE CHAMBERS As I mentioned in my last column, my husband George and I challenged ourselves to a Whole30 this month: 30 days of no sugar, booze, legumes, or dairy. We’ve spent the last 20-odd days chowing down on sauteed greens, limiting ourselves to minimal fruit, preparing meat and fish in every possible manner, and trying to […]

37th Annual California Strawberry Festival Seeks Sponsors and Exhibitors

37th Annual California Strawberry Festival Seeks Sponsors and Exhibitors

Oxnard, Calif.—The 37th Annual California Strawberry Festival, taking place May 16 and 17 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard, is seeking corporate sponsors and exhibitors. Each year, the festival attracts nearly 60,000 visitors. Festivalgoers come from throughout Southern California including Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, Santa Barbara and Orange counties. They enjoy over […]

Young Artists Ensemble Presents Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox

Young Artists Ensemble Presents Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Young Artists Ensemble presents Roald Dahl’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX directed by Suzanne Tobin at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive. Young Artists Ensemble performances are February 1 – 17, 2019 and Conejo Theatre for Everyone performances are February 21 -23, 2020.   Fantastic Mr. Fox is Roald […]

A Gentle Introduction to the World of Wine

A Gentle Introduction to the World of Wine

BY ANDREW THOMAS When it comes to wine, it’s difficult to know where to start. The variety of grapes and appellations alone is enough to make your head spin, and figuring out what to smell and taste for, or how to pair a bottle with food, just adds to the confusion. Throw in etiquette, and you might […]

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