The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa now welcomes Guests with Dogs

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If you have had a bout of guilt while traveling because your best friend (aka, your dog) can’t come along, then the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in the San Francisco Bay Area has come to your rescue.

The upscale and prestigious Claremont has launched what it calls its Furr-iendly Sensational package. The Claremont Hotel Club is now open to all dogs of any breed and any size and will provide matching accommodations for pets equal to the services provided to human guests.  This package includes:

 

  • (2) Feeding Bowls
  • (2) Dog Biscuits treat baked with love from our Pastry Chef
  • Waste Disposable stands around property
  • 1 complimentary meal from our Doggie In-room Dining Menu
  • List of pet-friendly local activities, public areas, and restaurants

 

Get packing, and don’t forget a leash.

 

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa 

41 Tunnel Road 

Berkeley, CA 94705               

 www.claremont-hotel.com

Star of Award Winning Series MasterChef Jr. Launches Resort Program for Kids

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TV competition series, MasterChef Junior, won a TASTE AWARD in January 2014 for its outstanding programming. Now, the winner of the series is partnering with a resort in Mexico for a new type of program… for kids.

They have recently announced the rollout of the Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma Launch of Little Eko Chefs, hosted by MasterChef Junior Season 1 winner, 13-year old Alexander Weiss.  Over the weekend of August 15 – 17, 2014, the celebrity guest chef will kick-off the exceptional kids program at the newly opened Gourmet Inclusive® resort on the Mayan Riviera.

MasterChef Juniorimage005During this exclusive weekend, Generations Riviera Maya invites guests to join Alexander on a three day culinary adventure for the entire family (offered complimentary to guests staying from 8.15-8.17). The Little Eko Chefs Weekend will include a sampling of Little Eko Chefs as well as one-of-a-kind opportunities to interact with Alexander, including a meet and greet with mocktails and photos, a live culinary performance, and a cooking class for kids to watch and learn from Alexander, personally.

Offering a first taste of Little Eko Chefs, Generations Riviera Maya invites guests to join Alexander, 13-year old wunderkid and first-ever winner of MasterChef Junior, on a three day culinary adventure for the entire family.  The Little Eko Chefs Weekend will provide a select group of children (and parents) a sampling of Little Eko Chefs as well as exclusive opportunities to interact with Alexander, including a meet and greet with mocktails and photos, a live culinary performance, and a cooking class for kids to watch and learn from Alexander, personally.  Guests of the Little Eko Chefs Weekend will also be invited to enjoy a Pasta Dinner on the Chef’s Market deck overlooking nothing but the azure sea and sky; a special turndown amenity for children before bedtime; and a goodbye afternoon ice-tea party.

A sampling of Little Eko Chefs classes includes:

 

  • The History of Chocolate – Kids will start with the cacao bean and convert it with artisanal equipment into chocolate mixing with all the corresponding ingredients. Finished chocolate will be molded it into bars with Eko Kids wrappers.
  • Tamale Making Class – In this fun class, kids will learn the process making both savory and sweet tamales in a corn husk or banana leaf before eating for lunch
  • Sushi Class – Kids will learn the history of sushi before being taught how to properly fill and roll sushi
  • Shaved Ice – This cool class (literally!) will teach kids how to shave ice themselves using natural fruit based toppings
  • Pasta Class – Kids will learn how to make their own pasta dough and turn it into spaghetti and raviolis to share for dinner with your family
  • Mexican Tortilla Making – From start to finish, kids will learn the entire process of tortilla making, including how to grind corn by hand, turning it into tortilla dough, forming tortillas in the press and even learning additional side products to create like tortilla chips, empanadas and sopes. Ole!
  • Mexican Sweets (Dulces Mexicanos) – In this class, kids learn the history of and preparations in making these delectable unique Hispanic sweets
  • Greenhouse Harvest – Kids will visit the nearby Greenhouse to pick tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and herbs before bringing them back to the Eko Kids kitchen for garden fresh soup and salad making
  • Artisanal Ice Cream Making – Kids will create their own mix of fruits to blend and mix before pouring into the ice container to be spun by hand until ice-cream is formed
  • A Taste of the Senses – What you see is not what you taste!  This interactive activity teaches kids that what is seen with our eyes can vary dramatically from what’s expected

 

Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez announces Summer Concert Series

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Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez announces Nile Rodgers & Chic as the headline performer for its upcoming annual summer concert series. Known for their international smash disco hits, such as “Le Freak”, “Dance Dance Dance” and “Good Times,” as well as their recent performance with Daft Punk, Pharell Williams and Stevie Wonder at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Nile Rodgers & Chic will perform on July 17, 2014 at Byblos. The concert starts at 9 PM and will be followed by a closing ceremony orchestrated by Jack-E, resident DJ of the famed Les Caves du Roy nightclub at Byblos.

Every July, Byblos hosts its annual summer concert. Previous headline performers have included the likes of MIKA, Supertramp, Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta and Martin Solveig.

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Hotel Byblos is pleased to announce a joint project with Rolls-Royce for the summer 2014 season. The iconic motor company will provide guests of Byblos the newest versionS of the luxurious Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models.

 

About Hotel Byblos

Located in beautiful Saint Tropez, in the South of France, Hotel Byblos opened in 1967 and is part of the Groupe Floirat collection. The legendary hotel is home to Spa Byblos – a haven of peace and serenity, created by Sisley Cosmetics; Alain Ducasse’s latest culinary concept – Rivea; Algandra – Byblos’ own 65-foot luxury yacht; as well as the famed French nightclub – Les Caves du Roy.

Portuguese Sausage Musubi

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We recently discovered an alternative to Hawaiian Musubi at Noelani’s Bar and Lounge in San Carlos, California (near Palo Alto). It is their version that uses Portuguese Sausage instead of the traditional Spam.

As anyone who has been to Hawaii knows, Spam is one of the state’s most favorite “meat” ingredients, and it is key to a good Hawaiian musubi. Musubi itself is defined in Wikipedia as “Spam musubi is a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori dried seaweed in the tradition of Japanese omusubi“.

Regardless of the Spam, the snack is quite good and filling, and we can see why it is addictive.

 

TASTEABLE: California – Episode 16 Intro

The host of TASTEABLE: California takes viewers on a weekly tour of California food and wine creators and destinations. This episode includes a recipe for Caldo Verde at Belcampo in Larkspur in Marin County, a classic cocktail from Jackson’s Bar and Oven in Sonoma, a dinner for Spanish olives at Canela in San Francisco’s Castro district, our latest roundup of California cookbooks, and a recipe for duck breast at Brasserie S&P of the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco.

TASTEABLE: California” airs Fridays at 1pm on KRCB. KRCB public television, Ch. 22/722 on cable and dish), reaching over 2.5 million households in the San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country, from Santa Cruz to Napa/Sonoma, from San Francisco and Oakland to Livermore and Walnut Creek.

EXCERPT: Venetian and Palazzo, Graton Resort Feature on Tasteable series

Feature on the food options that can be found at the Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas, and the Graton Resort in Sonoma. Excerpt from the TasteTV television series, “TASTEABLE: California”

TASTEABLE: California” airs Fridays at 1pm on KRCB. KRCB public television, Ch. 22/722 on cable and dish), reaching over 2.5 million households in the San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country, from Santa Cruz to Napa/Sonoma, from San Francisco and Oakland to Livermore and Walnut Creek.