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Summer Travel with Mandarin Oriental

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Summer Travel with Mandarin Oriental, tantalizing pricing packages at MO around the world…

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

MO Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental’s newest package, La Table de Rosanjin, pairs a delectable eight-course menu of fine French cuisine and beverages prepared by Chef de Cuisine of Signature, Nicolas Boujéma, where each dish is carefully presented in beautiful ceramics handcrafted by Japanese ceramicists inspired by Rosanjin.

Through June 26, includes a one-night accommodation for two starting at $1,256.00. Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo/

•Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

Mandarin Oriental Geneva

Geneva MO Rasoi by Vineet

Mandarin Oriental announces new seasonal pop-up, La Riviera by Mandarin Oriental, transforming the hotel’s Café Calla into a lively Côte d’Azur restaurant with a touch of Provence.

Open every day for lunch from 12-2:30 pm, dinner 7-10:30 pm through September 30th.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva/

Art & Beauty
•Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Boston MO Bar Boulud

Explore urban sculptures from eleven international artists with the Artful Moment package featuring five star accommodations and admission to the new Megacities Asia exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Through July 17
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston

•Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta spa double treatment room

MO Atlanta spa double treatment room

In Partnership with Bloomingdale’s, the Girls Southern Sojourn package includes “Beauty Lunch,” hosted at Bloomingdale’s, complete with champagne, makeover and a gift bag.

A two-night stay and spa indulgence with steam, sauna, vitality pool and 80-minute Oriental Essence Massage.

Valid year round, double occupancy starting at $1,500 US dollars.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta/

Indulge
• Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Mandarin Oriental Milan

MO Milan

Experience our newest location in the world’s top city with Milan’s Style My Suitepackage. Exclusive accommodations in brandnew suites, a pair of sunglasses per person (designed by Italia Independent exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Milan), a bottle of Champagne, Oriental Essence Massage for two guests at the spa.

Available year round, starting at $1,520.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/milan/

•Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

MO Las Vegas Poolside

Pamper yourself with the full Las Vegas experience. By booking any suite, guests will receive a complimentary cabana by the pool Monday through Thursday.

Offer valid through September 8th, 2016.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/hotel-offers/suite-cabana/

Love is in the air
•Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental, Baroque Prague

Mandarin Oriental Prague

MO Prague fine dining wine cellar

Kuala Lumpur * Couples booking the Romantic Rendezvous package in Kuala Lumpur will indulge in luxurious accommodation, an intimate dinner for two, spa treatments, butler-drawn bath, and more starting at $1,183 per night for a Deluxe City View.

Prague * Couples booking the Baroque Romance package will enjoy an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Baroque style romantic weekend in 18th century Prague. Accommodations in the Baroque Deluxe Suite Baroque Boudoir, a welcome drink, complete makeover for guests to experience the Baroque period with costumes, make-up and a wig, a private horse-drawn carriage tour with a photographer, a romantic dinner in the hotel’s Wine Cellar and more starts at $3,956. These packages are valid year round.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/


Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai

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Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai
The Oaks at Ojai encourages the youthful tranquility within

The Oaks at Ojai

A quick jaunt away from the hectic pace of Los Angeles rests a wellness oasis called The Oaks at Ojai. Located in the heart of the quaint town of Ojai, The Oaks at Ojai is spa, fitness, and wholesome food, all in one. Founded in 1977 by the forward thinking health advocate, Sheila Cluff, The Oaks at Ojai has become one of the most well-respected and often visited destination healing spa and wellness resorts in America. Going beyond a respite for weight loss, The Oaks embodies total wellness.

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

Cluff herself was not immune to weight gain having been a former champion ice skater. Upon retiring from professional skating, Cluff found her diet to be calorie high for the reduced exercise intensity. With a weight gain of 20+ pounds, Cluff decided to create a safe haven where women and men could experience healing rejuvenation, a restored sense of well-being and get on track with their health and fitness goals. “Whether it is to reboot healthy living practices or get started with a new regime,” shares Cluff, “It is my hope that guests take away a motivation and inspiration to make lifetime behavioral changes for healthy living.”

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

A pioneer in the healing health movement, Cluff was serving Potassium Broth for morning breaks from the get go, a tradition that continues to this day. “The fundamental values and core concepts of sound nutrition have always been a governing factor of The Oaks food philosophy,” Cluff explains. “Though there is nothing magical about our broth, it is a nutritionally dense snack to keep energy and satiety steady.”

Upon arrival, guests receive daily menus and an outline of fitness classes which begin each morning at six-thirty and continue until five each afternoon. Among the fitness activities are morning hikes into the Ojai mountains, aqua, dance, QiGong, yoga, and cardio sculpt classes. An on-site health director can provide a complimentary general wellness evaluation that includes weight, cholesterol check, and heart monitor and a personal journal is included to assist with goal setting, keeping track of spa appointments, fitness classes, and health and wellness lectures.

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

If resting is the priority, relax poolside, read underneath a tree on the resort lawn and visit their award-winning on-site spa for a total body treatment. Featuring a complete spa menu, choose from signature treatments such as a variety of massage, scrubs, and facials including Skin Authority “Fit & Firm” selections like the Fit & Firm VitAD Fortified Lifting Facial with AHA. Skin Authority’s skincare coaches follow-up after treatment to assist with personal skin care needs – an added bonus.

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

No wellness spa retreat would be complete without wholesome food. Executive Chef Christine Denney aims to help people “change their focal point” about food. “I strive to give a visual of what a healthy plate should look like and here, I serve the food in a way that guests don’t have to think about what or how much to eat,” shares Denney. Chef Denney enlists a “no added salt” attitude towards her menus, uses all-natural sugars in sparing quantities, and has expanded her selections to provide more options appealing to different groups including gluten-free, dairy-free, and adding items such as black bean noodles and quinoa. “It is appealing to be in a place where health and well-being is a priority,” says Chef Denney of her 10 years at The Oaks. “I, too, have lost over 50 pounds during my tenure just by creating a wellness focused practice daily.” Menu favorites among guests include Chef Denney’s famous Barley Burger, a vegetarian burger like no other, No-Cream Creamy Asparagus Soup with Lemon Pesto, Gluten-free Granola, and The Oaks Spa Bark – YUM!

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

An exclusive and affordable spa and wellness resort designed to promote a sense of youthful tranquility, The Oaks at Ojai features 46 rooms and suites available at private and shared rates. Special pricing packages and day spa programs also available. Visit the website at OaksSpa.com for details.

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5573
oaksspa.com


Dana Point IlluminOcean

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Dana Point IlluminOcean

Dana Point IlluminOcean
This stunning holiday festival of lights makes its debut in Dana Point Wednesday night, November 26, 2014 and runs through January 4, 2015. Great news… it’s FREE to the public. Dana Point IlluminOcean Holiday imagination shines bright with larger-than-life sea sculptures and moving light tunnels dotting the Southern California coastline.

Dana Point IlluminOcean will electrify the Southern California shoreline with 40 nights of holiday lights. This wonderland by the sand — created and funded by The Resorts of Dana Point to become an annual winter tradition — features a brilliant spectacle of 18 oversized lighting sculptures with over 225,000 LED lights, and is free to the public for viewing nightly at sundown through January 4, 2015.
Dana Point IlluminOcean lights

As thousands gather to celebrate the season at New York’s Rockefeller Center or Chicago’s Millennium Park, Dana Point Harbor enchants and excites visitors of all ages with a vibrant exhibition for the whole family to enjoy.

As the whale watching capital of the world, and proud stewards of the coastal ecosystems which drives most of the destination’s tourism traffic, the sea-themed holiday lighting sculptures showcase the city’s devotion to ocean preservation.

From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen gigantic lighting sculptures — so big visitors can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale!

As visitors stroll through the colorful collection of immersive attractions, every step is filled with vibrant sights and sounds while roaming street performers entertain crowds, glow merchandise shines and “Whale Eyes” 3D glasses give a must-see holographic look at this holiday spectacle.

See the lights. Explore the sights. This year and every year, only at Dana Point IlluminOcean. For additional information, visit myDanaPoint.com.

ABOUT DANA POINT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Conveniently located in Orange County — halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles — Dana Point showcases a breathtaking collection of resort properties with an approachable elegance unique to the Southern California shoreline. Dana Point’s dramatic beauty is complemented by a distinct variety of year-round signature events, as well as boundless ocean experiences along its golden coast. Renowned as the whale watching capital of the world, Dana Point features an abundant marine life and legendary OC Dana Point Harbor that opens to an ocean of possibilities.

ABOUT DANA POINT ILLUMINOCEAN:
From November 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015, the lights come to life every night at Dana Point IlluminOcean and it is free to the public. This large-scale family holiday lighting attraction, backed by The Resorts of Dana Point with support from multiple community stakeholders, features 18 ocean-themed lighting attractions with over 225,000 LED bulbs situated along the one-mile harbor of the quintessential Southern California town of Dana Point. The oceanic holiday walking tour experience will be lit nightly at sundown, creating a festive tradition for all to enjoy for years to come.

ABOUT THE RESORTS OF DANA POINT
A collection of four luxury coastal properties—including the St. Regis Monarch Beach; The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach – Dana Point; and Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa—joined together in 2010 to form a Tourism Business Improvement District. Collectively, their objectives include the development and execution of promotional activity to increase leisure and meetings travel to the destination.


Zimzala Restaurant and Bar – Deliciously Free-Spirited

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Zimzala  entrance

Zimzala Restaurant and Bar – Deliciously Free-Spirited

Huntington Beach is home to the swanky boutique hotel, The Shorebreak Hotel. A delightful place to relax and revive for stay-cay locals and worldwide travelers alike, The Shorebreak Hotel is just steps from the beach.
Chef  Brian Drosenos

On a recent visit, I had the pleasure of dining at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Zimzala Restaurant and Bar, which represents everything free-spirited and that “sand between the toes” feeling which I will call “whimsical”. Helmed by Executive Chef Brian Drosenos, Zimzala offers much more than just “comfortable California cuisine”. Chef Drosenos brings a rich and flavorful culinary history to Zimzala having earned his chops at restaurants such as LA Live’s JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, Noble House and The Ventana Inn and Spa. When I asked Chef what Zimzala-like element he brought to the menu, he replied, “I enjoy a free-spirited presentation of the foods.” Yet, I found the dishes themselves to be of equally delicious, creative whimsy.
Zimzala tasting  menu
For starters, a soup of roasted cauliflower with crispy Brussels, finely chopped Marcona almonds, golden raisins, and focaccia croutons was presented in an artful white bowl. And, when served, a whimsical swirl of lemon oil graced the top to add that perk of tartness that pleases the palate. Make this delicious soup at home, view my version of the recipe here: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with  Lemon Oil drizzle
Quite possibly my favorite dish of the day was the Marinated Pepper Salad which was a finely chopped array of yumminess of marinated baby bell peppers, kale tossed with roasted pistachios, roasted garlic, feta cheese and a sherry vinaigrette. Refreshing and light, I could eat this salad everyday as it is not only delicious, it is filled with food healing ingredients – bell peppers, kale, garlic, and pistachios.
Marinated  Pepper Salad
Have you ever had charred octopus? Neither had I. Giving way to that Zimzala “sand between the toes” whimsical experience, the whimsy here was not only enjoyed in Chef’s presentation but in the food, too! Chef Drosenos explained the baby octopus is braised first and then charred with paprika giving it a tenderness that is not often found when eating octopus. The char totally works in this earthy dish that gets another flavor boost from espilite chili peppers from Spain, smoked potatoes, kalamata olives, lightly fried capers, and a housemade romesco sauce that has nuts, olive oil and sherry vinegar. Smokey is the flavor here as the peppers from Spain are naturally smokey and the potatoes are smoked. I give this dish a smoking hot two bikinis up for the whimsy alone… the flavor, a bonus.
Paprika Charred  Octopus
You would think I would be full by now and on most days I would but today’s tasting menu had me curious so I continued with the Porcini Mushroom Spaghetti. House made spaghetti noodles get their porcini-ness from porcini powder. I must get some. Then, the noodles are cooked al dente and tossed with an incredible medley of mushrooms that include brown beech and pink trumpet – I love everything pink. Also in the mix, a medley of herbs among them chervil, chives, tarragon, and dill. Finish with fresh lemon, grana padano, and a cured egg yolk, Chef fully got his whimsy on here.

Porcini Mushroom  Pasta
Being a ocean view restaurant, fish is an integral part of the menu. I was delighted when salmon arrived. Pan Roasted Salmon with eggplant purée, bloomsdale spinach, roasted fennel, roasted tomato, and black olive caramel made with burnt sugar. Wow! That pretty much sums it up.
Pan Roasted  Salmon
Now, normally I would skip dessert but the Chef insisted by surprising me – and the other guests – with a Persimmon Panna Cotta. The highlighted ingredient, persimmon, was served with an abundance of flavors and textures. Date and walnut bread whipped cream. Toasted pepitas and pecans. A hint of micro basil completed the dish and what a whimsically divine dining experience.
Persimmon  Panna Cotta
To say Chef Drosenos’ cuisine and Zimzala was a surprisingly palate pleasing experience is an understatement. Although I have been a fan of The Shorebreak Hotel since it opened, I had never had the pleasure of dining at their premiere restaurant. I half anticipated just another beachy restaurant experience which is not all bad but not whimsically amazing. To my surprise, Zimzala, under the direction of Chef Drosenos, is far better and beyond being a beachy restaurant. Producing high quality, delicious food that is artfully presented in a free-spirited style, Chef Drosenos brings a bit of gourmand and then some.
kitchen at Zimzala
In Huntington Beach and SO Cal, make Zimzala a “must dine” location. Visiting? Worth the stop!
the outdoor patio  at Zimzala

Bottom line for your bikini: 2 bikinis up!
Zimzala  decor

Zimzala Restaurant and Bar
The Shorebreak Hotel – a Joie de Vivre Hotel
500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-5050

RestaurantZimzala.com