The Places

The Places

 
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BY Margaret Galush

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What Makes a Special Occasion

"The day you open a ’61 Cheval Blanc, that’s the special occasion," Maya (Virginia Madsen) says to Miles (Paul Giamatti) in Sideways, one of my favorite movies about California. Miles had been holding onto the treasured bottle for so long while he waited for a special occasion he was afraid it might go bad.  I thought about that line when I dined at Canela Bistro in San Francisco’s Castro district with my good friend, Paul.

A Tasting with LA’s Only Water Sommelier

When I sat down at a table at Ray's & Stark Bar, the acclaimed restaurant on the plaza at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and saw five empty glasses lined up at each place setting, I knew it was going to be a night of heavy drinking. And it was.  But there was no risk of a hangover or improper behavior. What was being poured was nothing more intoxicating that good ole H20.  Along with about a dozen other members of the press, I had been invited to a water tasting.

Conference Call To Action

With a major overhaul proposed for McCormick Place, group business is booming in Illinois once again. Here’s a look at eight of the state’s best spaces, from the traditional convention center, the avant-garde conference spaces and unique university settings that promote continued learning. With a major overhaul proposed for McCormick Place, group business is boominging Illinois once again. Here’s a look at eight of the state’s best spaces, from the traditional convention center, the avant-garde conference spaces and unique university settings that promote continued learning.

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