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Inside the stone walls of the 11th century-style castle, Medieval Spain comes to life as six knights, donning authentic armor, clash in a jousting tournament for the title of King’s Champion. Medieval Times is the ultimate family or group dinner show!

Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during their All-New Show. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun and more excitement than ever before.

Not far from Hollywood is the Buena Park Castle. The fortress-like, 1,116 seat Spanish palace is right at home with the red tile roofs, palm trees, and blazing sun of Southern California. And its location couldn’t be better. The castle is only minutes from Disneyland, near the Santa Ana and Artesia freeways. Most of all, we’re proud to say that our show’s stunning battle sequences and authentic Medieval tournament offer one thing Hollywood doesn’t: the thrill of live action.

As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty.

The menu includes:

  • Tomato Bisque
  • Focaccia Bread with Olive Oil and Seasoning
  • Oven-Roasted Chicken
  • Larger BBQ Spare Rib
  • Herb-Basted Potato Split into Two Quarters
  • Braided Apple Strudel
  • Larger Beverage Servings and Coffee

Some of the most talented Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament cast members are their horses. The magnificent stallions are born performers. Nearly all of their more than 400 horses are raised at Medieval Times’ Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.

Training begins early. As weanlings, Medieval Times horses are introduced to lead ropes and halters. Saddles come at age 2. Long reins and simple exercises such as lunging follow. At age 3, the horses move to their new homes – one of their nine North American Castles – where they learn advanced-level dressage from a master horse trainer. Then life as a pampered performer begins.

After a few years in the spotlight, the Medieval Times horses move back to the Chapel Creek Ranch. In the serene setting, we make sure our horses live out their lives in royal treatment.

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WHAT: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
WHERE: 7662 Beach Blvd | Buena Park, California 90620
WHEN: Click here for schedule

CONTACT INFO: 1-866-543-9637

DETAILS:

  • Rates: Adult: $57.95 (+ tax and processing fee) Child 12 years and under: $35.95 (+ tax & processing fee)
  • Lap children under the age of 3 are free.
  • Vegetarian Meal Available
  • Gratuity are not included.

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The Taste, Southern California’s favorite food and wine festival returns after a successful inaugural year bringing over 15,000 Angelinos together for an unparalleled experience delighting their senses through fine foods, beverages, music, and more.

The event lets guests experience local restaurant tastings and cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs to wine tastings/seminars from some of the top vintners in the world. The signature events feature renowned chefs/celebrities and specialized cuisines celebrating different tastes of themed food trends from many different exhibitors.

Schedule of Events

  • Field To Fork hosted by Russ Parsons and Ray Garcia – September 1st 11 am – 3 pm
  • Cocktail Confidential hosted by Jessica Gelt and Julian Cox – September 1st 8 pm – 11 pm
  • Flavors of L.A. hosted by Jonathan Gold and Evan Kleiman – September 2nd 11 am – 3 pm
  • Dinner and Drinks hosted by Betty Hallock and The Beer Chicks – September 2nd 8 pm – 11 pm
  • Labor Day Picnic hosted by Noelle Carter and Zoe Nathan – September 3rd 11 am – 3 pm

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WHAT: Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine Magazine’s The Taste
WHERE: Paramount Pictures Studios | 5555 Melrose Avenue |  Los Angeles, California 90038
WHEN: September 1 – 3

CONTACT INFO: eventinfo@latimes.com

DETAILS:

  • Ages 21+ for all events except Labor Day Picnic
  • Programming is subject to change
  • Tickets are $65 per event and $75 after September 1st
  • Parking is available for a flat rate of $10/per car

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Ojai Getaway

August 20, 2012 — 2 Comments

For a small town, Ojai has a big reputation. A place to unplug and reconnect with real life. Bring a bike, or rent one in town. The Ojai Vally Trail takes you from the village center to the Pacific coast, along a converted rail line. Head to the hills and explore the many trails overlooking Ojai Valley by foot, horseback, or on a back-country jeep tour. At nearby Lake Casitas, enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, and a family water park.

Ojai was recently named the nation’s second best tennis town, and is home to one of the top 25 golf resorts in North America.

Art and Culture

Ojai celebrates the arts and the creative spirit. It’s an enclave for writers, photographers, painters, sculptors, composers, potters, and actors drawn to Ojai’s scenic beauty and mystical charm. The best place to start your cultural journey is right downtown – in the “village” as locals say. You’ll find inspiration on every block. Art centers, theaters, a museum, and an impressive array of galleries are all within walking distance.

Sensational Spas

People often say that Ojai Valley has an almost tangible feeling of serenity, a special aura, a spiritual vortex. Ojai is a great place to unplug and retreat from everyday life and urban stress, and offers an appealing menu of spas and treatments. Indulge in an Ojai Olive Oil body soufflé massage or a Moroccan mud treatment. When it comes to pampering, Ojai delivers.

Spa Ojai is America’s preeminent luxury Spa. The spa village features an environment of unparalleled beauty. Spa guests are encouraged to reach greater levels of fitness, balance and awareness with innovative programs and treatments that can be individually tailored to meet your personal requirements.

Shopping District

Ojai is everything but the same old, same old. Nowhere is this more evident than in the collection of unique boutiques and specialty shops in and around the village center. Cowgirl clothing, metaphysical gifts, high-end apparel, beauty products, and hand-crafted furniture … all this and more is on the menu in Ojai’s shopping district.

Rains of Ojai, a fixture in the village for more than 100 years, contains everything imaginable from clothing to accessories to items for the kitchen and your outdoor garden. Rains is centrally located in the Arcade, with dozens of great shops, restaurants, and galleries just steps outside its doors.

Dining

The year-round Mediterranean climate of the Ojai Valley makes it ideal for cultivating organic produce, citrus, nuts, grapes, and lavender. These locally grown ingredients are celebrated in the creative cuisine of Ojai’s award-wining bistros and restaurants. Immerse yourself in local flavors. Try a cooking class, explore the wine trail, or take a tour of a ranch where olive oil is produced. Think Tuscany, only closer.

When it comes time for dinner, you can’t go wrong with one of these Ojai favorites:

  • Suzanne’s Cuisine, rated one of our top restaurants, year after year, combines fresh California cuisine with Italian recipes from the kitchen of chef/owner Suzanne Roll.
  • The Ranch House – another culinary landmark – dishes up delectable California cuisine and award-wining wines. It’s the place to splurge on your getaway – dine al fresco on the patio overlooking the herb garden.
  • Feast Bistro where a warm and inviting atmosphere can be found, combining New American cuisine with locally-grown seasonal ingredients. The small open kitchen is the first thing to greet you when you walk through the door.
  • Azu Mediterranean Restaurant, an eclectic blending of Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, and Greek cuisine. Save room for fresh home-made gelato! At Osteria Monte Grappa the Italian dishes are both authentic and reasonably priced, with dining on a sunny patio. An Ojai tradition for over 60 years, Bodee’s offers a wide range of exceptional steaks, ribs, and fresh seafood while featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Find Your Pink Moment

Ojai is nestled in the valley of an east-west mountain range, making it one of the only places in the world to experience a “pink moment” – a twilight phenomenon when the fading sunlight creates a brilliant pink hue across the horizon. Find your pink moment on an Ojai hilltop, at an outdoor cafe, or from the balcony of an enchanting resort. Ojai is famous for its charming inns and resort spas.

In fast-paced Southern California, Ojai remains a place apart, suspended in time. Tucked away from the world, the Ojai Valley offers a place to relax, wind back the clock, and rediscover nature, art, and yourself. Ojai is where “one of a kind” really rings true. You won’t find any chain stores or fast food outlets within the city limits.

WHAT: Ojai Getaway
WHERE: 206 North Signal Street | Ojai, California 93023
WHEN: Open seven days a week

CONTACT INFO: Ojai Visitors Bureau (888) 652-4669 or info@ojaivisitors.com

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Celebrity chefs and internationally acclaimed wineries will once again take over the entertainment capital of the world, as the wildly popular Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival returns with city-wide events. Enjoy intimate access to chefs and winemakers throughout the weekend at themed parties, dining experiences, wine seminars, cooking demos, and a charity auction brunch.

An exclusive foodie festival, the inaugural event welcomes more than 15,000 attendees to sample the incomparable tastes from 140 celebrity chefs and nearly 300 acclaimed wineries. The festival is open to the public, allowing passionate food, wine, and spirit lovers to discover new and exciting products normally not available to the public.

Last year there were more than 60 city-wide events, weekend highlights included the Red Carpet Premiere, where celebrities such as Randy Jackson and Kathy Griffin shared the spotlight with celebrity chefs like Daniel Boulud and Tim Love and the mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, a Champagne and Caviar fete at the L’Ermitage hotel, two epic Grand Tastings, LIVE on the Plaza where the stage was shared by GRAMMY-winning artists Train and Wolfgang Puck, and a star-studded Auction Brunch at the newly re-opened Bel Air Hotel to cap the weekend.

WHAT: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
WHERE: Santa Monica | Downtown/LA Live | Beverly Hills | Hollywood
WHEN: August 9 – 12, 2012

CONTACT INFO: (831) 324-0771

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Venice has long been a destination for Southern California locals and tourists alike. Many have visited but not all have explored the many secrets and traditions that characterize this little beach community. One such tradition is First Fridays, held on the first Friday of every month where the unique collection of businesses along Abbot Kinney Boulevard stay open late. As you stroll down the sidewalk, there are art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and trendy restaurants filled with lively crowds.

First Fridays is an excellent way for Venice locals and others to get to know shop owners in a festive and gracious atmosphere. The street is named after the founder of Venice California, Abbot Kinney, who wanted to create Venice as a cultural center and modeled the city after Venice, Italy over a century ago. Now Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the go-to place for late night dining, cool bars, and independent shops with an attitude.

A big part of the event are the food trucks. You will see them parked along the street. These trucks serve great gourmet food at great prices and are not to be mistaken for the catering trucks you see at construction sites. There is a truck from the Border Grill as well as the Gastrobus, which serves a delicious pulled pork sandwich along with other tasty dishes.

There is plenty of good entertainment with many stores and galleries hosting live bands. Not only do you hear great music, but many of the  establishments also serve free snacks. Make sure to add First Fridays to your social calendar for a friendly and entertaining evening on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

WHAT: First Friday’s at Venice
WHEN: First Friday of each month | 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
WHERE: Abbot Kinney Boulevard | Venice, CA 90291

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Surf, sand, and exquisite taste make Malibu Wines the place to truly experience Southern California in a bottle. You may select one of the wines harvested and produced from the legendary terroir while lounging on the lawn enjoying a classic movie.

Enjoy Semler and Saddlerock wines on their hilltop grounds shaded by Italian olive trees, touched by their sun-kissed climate. You may either purchase one of their excellent bottles of wine to enjoy at a table (one bottle minimum purchase required per table), or you may choose from three tasting menus (flights) to help select the bottle perfect for your afternoon visit, or to pair with dinner. Click here to view the menu.

Every Thursday night Malibu Wines offers an outdoor movie night under the stars. Movies start at dusk, so come out, grab a bottle and enjoy! This weeks movie is Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Chlick here for upcoming movies and events calendar.

Malibu Wines Tasting Room is open 7 Days a Week from 11 am – 6 pm with extended summer hours. No reservations are necessary for wine tasting if you have a group of less than 15 guests, just stop by any time before last call at 5:30 pm (6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during extended hours).

WHAT: Malibu Outdoor Picnic Movie Nights
WHERE: Malibu Wines | 31740 Mulholland Highway | Malibu, Ca 90265
WHEN: Starting July 5th | 7:00 pm

CONTACT INFO: (818) 865-0605

DETAILS:

  • The Malibu Wines Tasting Room is open to guests who are 21 years of age or older only
  • No children, infants or pets and no outside alcohol
  • Parking: Valet is $12 per car or a complimentary shuttle will be provided at 31779 Mulholland Highway
  • All customers must obtain an entry ticket from the valet attendant or designated shuttle drive
  • For directions click here

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to dine at Supperclub in Hollywood. I was expecting something different and untraditional, but that doesn’t begin to explain the experience. Supperclub is truly a living, breathing playground of experimentation for artisans of all artistic backgrounds. They urge you to become a part of the experience by engaging the audience, stimulating your senses, and using the entire room as a stage, allowing you to embrace your inner artist – or possibly your inner freak!

This weeks theme was 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Upon arrival, we were greeted at check-in and shown to the bar for a stimulating welcome shot. We proceeded to another room for some pre-dinner entertainment and to mix and mingle with the crowd. We grabbed a cocktail and sat back to enjoy the underwater entertainment.

Soon after, a large pair of curtains opened to reveal the main room. The decor resembled an underwater scene and a mermaid greeted us. We sat down at our comfortable table/bed to enjoy a beautifully themed and tasty four course seafood dinner and watch the show.

After settling in, the host appeared with a grand entrance to announce the evenings activities. A highlight of the evening was a balancing act performance with a large ring.

The next performer emerged from the ceiling through a small opening lowered by a long, red drape.

After dinner, we stayed for the nightclub portion of the eventing. The music was hot and the entertainment continued!

If you’re looking for an unusual dinner experience in an unexpected place and are not afraid to discover the creative corners of your personality, then book your next dinner reservation at Supperclub.

WHAT: The Supperclub Experience
WHERE: Supperclub | 6675 Hollywood Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA, 90028
WHEN: Click here for event schedule

CONTACT INFO: (323) 466-1900 or losangeles@supperclub.com

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