Showing posts from June, 2008

Carnival Cruises Launches 130,000 ton Behemoth

Wow! The economy isn't stopping Carnival Cruise Lines. The mega company that owns Princess, Seabourn, Holland America, Cunard et al--just announced it's latest entry into the high seas-- the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream – the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed. Slated to debut September 21, 2009, the  3,646-passenger vessel,currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, is part of the cruise company's SuperLiner class.  Formerly a low budget product, Carnival has evolved as a major player in the past decade or so with major upgrades to its fleet that included much need improvement in food and accommodations--entertainment has always been tops on these ships. Anyhow the new liner introduces a concept called The Piazza--an  indoor/outdoor cafĂ© and live music venue;  elaborate children’s facilites, including expansive play areas and a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park; “scenic whirlpools” that extend over the ship’s beam; and a variety of new st…

Chic Chardonnay from Sterling

Just opened this amazing 2006 Sterling Gold Standard Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay last night. Big, buttery and bursting with butterscotch. If you love your Chards BIG this one's for you. The limited edition wine was actually created by the Sterling Vineyards winemaking team to be served at galas celebrating the 80th Academy Awards. Expensive and elegant it hurt me to open the pricy bottle, but every sip was worth the splurge.
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Boy toys--great gifts for guys

Need gifts for guys, here's a few choice ideas to make your shopping easier: Give them an Every Man Jack "Beginner's Luck Kit" they will love it. The kit comes with a hydrating shave gel,  gentle face wash that smells like coconuts and does a deep pore cleansing, post-shave face lotion that's macho, hydrating and helps heals dry skin or razor knicks, body wash made with coconut, essential oils that's invigorating and moisturizing and soap made of pure vegetables and marine extracts that also moiszturize, And guess what, it's only $24.99 at or Digital Entertainment System From the garage to the den and outside at the BBQ, dads can have a variety of their favorite tunes playing ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Sonos ( is an easy to use portable, wireless music system with a handheld remote that lets dads manipulate their music from anywhere inside OR outside of the house – and in multiple rooms simultaneously (…

Great Wines From California's Central Coast

Carlos Lopes,managing director Hotel Bel-Air and host of the hotel's First Annual Press Outing/Wine Tour, talks with the wine makers at Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn &Spa Went on a fabulous  tour  of California's Central Coast wineries, sponsored Carlos Lopes, managing director of the Hotel Bel-Air --a romantic, intimate celeb hideaway and primo place to stay in Los Angeles, but check it out for yourself, after all I wrote most of the copy for their web site:( Carlos is a wine aficionado and helps hand select the wines stocked for the hotel's restaurant. We began our trip at Fess Parkers  Wine Country Inn & Spa ( where we tasted  some mighty fine wines and ate an equally scrumptious gourmet lunch prepared by HBA executive chef Douglas Dodd.  For those too young to remember, Fess Parker immortalized Daniel Boone and  Davy Crockett back in the 1950s and 60s  in the movies and later on TV. That's Fess Parker chatting with…