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Friday, 14 August 2020 11:43

LA Dodgers Select Official Wine

TASTE News Service,  August 14, 2020 – Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wines is now the Official Wine of the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a multi-year partnership.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 13:15

L.A.'s Fabled Magic Hour

TASTE News Service, April 21, 2020  –  Known in Hollywood for the captivating period just around sunset when the sun casts golden hues of warm light in a stop-in-your-tracks intoxicating way, “magic hour” has always been a little more special in Los Angeles, luring filmmakers, artists and visitors to chase, capture and sing about it.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:10

Hollywood Landmark Marks 100 Years

By Peter Berk

How deliciously ironic that the story of Musso & Frank Grill – the cherished cultural landmark currently marking its milestone 100th anniversary – should turn out to be every bit as compelling as any of the countless movies, television shows and novels that have been developed and celebrated within its legendary walls.  

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 17:25

The Taste Debuts in Costa Mesa

TASTE News Service October 2, 2018 – The Los Angeles Times has announced the lineup for its inaugural Orange County edition of The Taste.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:17

California Celebrates Wine Month

TASTE News Service, August 28, 2018 — September is California Wine Month, and there's no better time to experience the excitement of the state's annual harvest season.

Thursday, 02 August 2018 11:52

Pasadena Promotes Science, Innovation

TASTE News Service, August 2, 2018 – In an effort to support the continuous advancement of science and technology in Pasadena, the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau has teamed with Bill Nye and the Planetary Society to showcase Pasadena's innovative spirit.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:16

Margaritas WeHo Style

TASTE News Service, May 3, 2017 - Margaritas became America's most popular drink in the 1970s, kicking Wall Street martinis to the curb, and we never looked back.

Monday, 21 September 2015 13:55

LA Chef, Santa Barbara Fishermen Join Forces

Chef Mike Cimarusti with fish PicmonkeyChef Cimarusti and piscine friendTASTE News Service, September 21, 2015 – Chef Michael Cimarusti has announced an innovative fish-sourcing project for his Los Angeles restaurant, Providence. Working with 16 commercial fishermen from Santa Barbara organized by Captain Brett Wilson, the pilot program is establishing the first-ever Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) in the state of California.

Through the Dock to Dish program, participating restaurants receive a weekly delivery of freshly caught seafood, based on the species available to local, small-scale fishermen. The concept is reimagining the seafood marketplace throughout multiple domestic seaports and making wild, traceable and local fish readily accessible to chefs. The pioneering initiative is part of a larger national food movement designed to reconnect chefs and restaurants directly with their local fisheries, and was modeled after the increasingly popular land-based Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept.

With Cimarusti at the helm, Providence will be the first West Coast restaurant participant of Dock to Dish. As a tireless champion for sustainable seafood for over a decade, the Michelin-starred chef is excited to lend his support to the California launch of the new pilot program. At Providence, which celebrated its landmark 10th anniversary earlier this year, he refuses to serve endangered species such as Bluefin tuna, and constantly updates his menus according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:12

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50 Years

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TASTE News Service February 17, 2015 – The spotlight shines on Universal Studios Hollywood as it celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation.

This undertaking—the most ambitious in the theme park’s storied 50-year history—will radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as it sets its sights on the next 50 years.

From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as a progressive and exciting theme park, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the world of movie-making magic.

Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues by working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandri—to create intriguing rides and attractions. 

“For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the world’s most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.”

Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English and led by expert guides, the Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words:  lights, camera, action.

Editor’s note: Much more about the studio tour and new attractions for 2015 can be found at Universal Studios Hollywood. If you’re planning a trip to Hollywood, first check out the Los Angeles County section of Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Southern California wineries and craft beer purveyors.

Monday, 08 September 2014 12:31

A Coastal Option to the Bustle of LA

Santa Monica Pier PicmonkeySanta Monica Pier offers many activities

TASTE News Service September 8, 2014 - Santa Monica is a charming seaside town with aspects of the culture, events and urban amenities of a metropolis. The blend of natural beauty with quality hotels, restaurants and shopping options creates an attractive seaside destination. National Geographic ranked Santa Monica as one of the “Top Ten Beach Cities in the World” – putting it in a class with Barcelona, Sydney and Rio de Janerio.

Perched on the Pacific Ocean at the crossroads of Pacific Coast Highway and California Interstate Highway 10, this city of 94,000 is bordered by the smaller seaside communities of Malibu and Venice. Santa Monica is just eight miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 13 miles from Union Station, the Los Angeles Amtrak terminal.

Broad, glistening beaches stretch for 26 miles along the scenic Santa Monica Bay, with 3.5 of those miles falling within city boundaries. Primary beaches include Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach, both of which are popular for swimming, surfing, running and beach volleyball.


Santa Monica is home to some of the most unique, celebrated hotels in Southern California. Thirty-six properties, ranging from high-style boutique hideaways to oceanfront resorts, provide more than 3,500 hotel rooms. Many of the hotels offer ocean views and are within walking distance from the beaches, pier, shopping, as well as dining and leisure activities.

DiningLa Vecchia Cucina PicmonkeyLa Vecchia Cucina is a fixture on Main

Santa Monica emerged as an international culinary destination in the 1980s and has remained in the top echelon of American dining thanks to its many celebrity chefs and the new generation of culinary innovators who continue to invigorate the city's dining scene. In the vanguard of the local foods movement long before it became mainstream, Santa Monica embraces use of sustainable, organic ingredients.


A collection of global retail brands, haute boutiques and unique local offerings has turned the beachside city into an internationally celebrated shopping destination. From Downtown's Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, to upscale boutiques along the celebrity-filled Montana Avenue and the eclectic retail mix on Main Street, a day of shopping in Santa Monica immerses the visitor in the diverse character of the city.

Among the Area's Attractions

Santa Monica Pier: This Southern California icon was built in 1909 and is one of Santa Monica's most well-known landmarks. It is home to an amusement park and the Santa Monica Aquarium, in addition to dining options that range from gourmet fare to cotton candy and ice cream cones.

Pacific Park: Pacific Park is located on the Pier with rides and attractions such as the five-story West Coaster roller coaster, the nine-story Pacific Plunge tower ride, and the nine-story Pacific Wheel, the only over-water ferris wheel in California.

Pacific Wheel: Pacific Park's 13-story Pacific Wheel is the world's first and only solar-powered ferris wheel. The ferris wheel's 160,000 energy efficient LED lights create an 85-foot high computer generated light show for nighttime beach-goers to enjoy. It also provides riders with spectacular views of the Santa Monica coastline and is a central focal point on the Santa Monica Pier.

Third Street Promenade: The sprawling Third Street Promenade is the hub of Downtown Santa Monica. This pedestrian-only, open-air shopping destination is only two blocks from the city's popular beaches and is noted for its weekly farmers' market, terrific shopping, street performers, ample dining options, and of course, people watching.

Farmers' Markets: Santa Monica offers four weekly farmers' markets where the city's residents and chefs pick up the country's freshest produce, flowers, meats, cheeses, nuts, fish, and more. Travel + Leisure even named Santa Monica's Downtown Farmers' Market as the top farmers' market in the United States!

Tongva Park: A brand-new, seven-acre park in the heart of Santa Monica. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the team behind New York's celebrated High Line, Tongva Park was inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site. The urban landscape features an abundant and ambitious plant scheme, contemplative walking paths, soothing water elements, and two viewing platforms offering majestic views of the Pacific Ocean.

South Bay Bicycle Trail: At 22 miles long, the South Bay Bicycle Trail is the world's longest oceanfront bike path. It begins at Will Rogers State Beach, the northernmost point of Santa Monica, then scenically winds its way past Santa Monica State Beach, the famous Santa Monica Pier, through the Venice Boardwalk and past the Venice Pier, all the way through Hermosa and Redondo Beaches to end at Torrance County Beach.

Santa Monica Place: Santa Monica Place reopened in 2010 after an extensive remodel as a three-story, entirely outdoor shopping complex, located just two blocks from the beach and steps away from the famous Third Street Promenade. Anchored by Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, Santa Monica Place also features a wide range of luxury and specialty shops such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors, and Emporio Armani. A third floor rooftop deck features gorgeous ocean views and an entire floor of dining, including 'The Market”, where diners will find artisanal cheese, wines, chocolates, olive oils, fresh produce and flowers, and more.


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