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Southern California Must Eat & Drink: We curate a list of the best food, restaurants, chefs, farmers markets, and where to find them in Southern California. If you are a foodie, this section will keep you in the loop on the best of the best in food news, restaurants reviews, upcoming food events and so much more. The latest news on spirits, bubbles and brews, lounges, cocktails, beers, wines, wineries, juices, smoothies, coffees, teas, and more will also be featured here. We highlight everything from old staples to new additions in the juice, alcohol, and coffee fields. We talk with mixologists about new inventions and twists on old staples.

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Solvang Stomp

The second annual Solvang Stomp will be happen on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in downtown Solvang on First Street (between Mission Drive/Hwy 246 & Copenhagen Drive) and the adjacent Solvang Park. Solvang Stomp guests will have the opportunity to stomp grapes in vats barefoot, sip tastes from dozens of area wineries, dance to a live band, drink pink in the “I Love Rosé Lounge” and purchase food inside the festival area from popular area eateries as well as participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest based on Lucille Ball’s famous grape stomp episode on her TV show.  All “Solvang Stompers” will receive a souvenir logo wine glass and foot towel plus a ticket to win wine-related prizes.

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Winter Wonderland

From skating under the twinkling palms to Ferris wheel and carousel rides, the holidays are magical at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Guests will also enjoy storytelling by Santa and friends around a festive 25-foot tree with fireside s’mores in hand. There will be traditional refreshments in the Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden. Celebrate the splendor of the season and create new traditions together at Winter Wonderland. ·       Ice Skating Rink with Performances ·       Frozen Slide for Sledding ·       Carousel and Ferris Wheel Rides ·       S’mores Roasting Around Fire Pits ·       Holiday Character Storytime and Appearances ·       Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden and Festive Refreshments ·       The Grand 25-Foot Christmas Tree ·       Holiday Shopping ·       Christmas Carolers – select dates The event is open to all.

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SoCal’s Quick Costa Rican Getaway: El Mangroove

It’s been called the “land of art in nature” and for those who love spectacular landscapes, Costa Rican is a travel-must. If black sand beaches and vibrant colored sunsets are your idea of a tropical getaway, El Mangroove in Northwest Costa Rica should rank at on the top of your proverbial bucket list. With an unhurried vibe and hammocks placed in each guest room, this is where visitors come to unwind and indulge in Costa Rica’s unmatched splendor. Situated on the Guanacaste province, El Mangroove is an all-inclusive resort that’s a convenient 20-minute drive from Liberia International Airport. This is where travelers” land and play” without the delays of actually getting to a hotel destination. El Mangroove is the nearest beach resort to an international airport within Costa Rica. Offering an array of activities and water sports, guests can enjoy paddle-boarding, snorkeling, boating, swimming and a variety of treatment options at Bearth Spa, which features outdoor terraces and massage decks. Private and group yoga classes are available upon request and the gym is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Boating excursions are available should guests feel like visiting nearby beaches, and surfing lessons can be booked for individuals or groups….

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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Makes Los Angeles Sweeter

Last month, D.C.-born Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opens its latest location on Main Street in Santa Monica. The opening day celebration includes a free doughnut for each guest and one “Golden Doughnut,” offered every hour of the day, redeemable for free doughnuts for an entire year. The Golden Doughnut will be filled with edible gold filing and mixed in with the rest of the free doughnuts. Golden Doughnut winners will be selected at random once every hour throughout the day. The Main Street storefront is home to the city’s first CBD doughnut. Made with birthday cake batter and topped with a CBD-infused chocolate buttercream frosting, the new comfort food joins Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s list of seasonal and signature doughnuts such as their iconic Crème Brûlée doughnut, Maple Bacon and the new Hot Vegan doughnuts. The diverse all-day dining menu also features breakfast chicken sandwiches, a French Toast doughnut, bone-in fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, and vegetarian friendly items including Grilled Cheese sandwiched between savory doughnut buns, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. “Santa Monica is the perfect location for Astro’s playful personality, and we’re excited to be a part of the local community,” said Founding Partner Elliot Spaisman. “We’ve…

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5 Most Heavenly Cupcake Shops on Earth

Cupcakes come in all colors, sizes and calorie counts. You see glorious cupcake displays at weddings, birthdays and lining bakery shelves. If you’re going to eat the whole thing, it’s probably best if it’s a cupcake rather than the three-tiered alternative. Here are five of the Southland’s best to tempt the palate and keep you relatively guilt-free.   Enjoy Cupcakes in Santa Barbara & Los Olivos Established in 2009 in Los Olivos and Santa Barbara in 2014, Enjoy Cupcake has so far created more than 650 Wine Cupcake recipes.  Baker Amber Joy Vander VlietI produces six flavors each week with input from chief executive taster/partner Kevin Vander Vliet. Creations include their signature Chocolate Blackberry Syrah — syrah-infused cake with dark chocolate fudge topped with blackberry frosting and a wine-soaked blackberry rolled in sugar crystals; Blueberry Lemon Chardonnay — chardonnay cake with creamy Meyer lemon filling topped with blueberry cream cheese frosting and wine-soaked blueberry; and Chunky Chocolate Salted Peanut Butter Caramel — chocolate chunk cake oozing with peanut butter mousse, topped with peanut butter chocolate chip frosting, caramel and pinch of salt. enjoycupcakes.com | 805.451.0284     Georgetown Cupcake in Beverly Hills In 2008, co-founders Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne…

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Sweet and Savory in SoCal: National Waffle Day

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Waffles are a tasty treat so dynamic that they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Whether you like your waffles drenched in syrup, topped with berries, or served alongside fried chicken, Southern California has you covered in the waffle department. Enjoy today, National Waffle Day, with a delicious meal! Check out these places for unique twists on the traditional waffle:   The Waffle Spot — San Diego The name speaks for itself. The Waffle Spot in San Diego is the hot spot for all things waffle! They have “specialties” like apple cinnamon, toasted pecan, and churro waffles. If you want something more classic then you can opt for a plain waffle with your choice of fruit toppings or whipped cream. Savory is also an option with their Eggs Waffle Benedict— two mini waffles topped with Canadian bacon and 2 poached eggs covered with fresh Hollandaise sauce. 1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108  |  (619) 297-2231 wafflespotsandiego.com/   Shaky Alibi — Los Angeles The Shaky Alibi is a “wafflerie” founded on authenticity. Their Liege waffles are handcrafted to your taste and served fresh off the waffle iron. Sweet and savory…

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