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    What AreThe Benefits I Receive When Reviewing Books?
    I have been reviewing books for over 10 years for Bookpleasures.com and here is a brief listing of the many benefits and perks I have received from reviewing:-Receiving free books (many of which are Advance Reader Copies by well known authors)...
  • Bodega Bar - a promising watering hole for warm evenings.
    Five LA wine bars for summer
    It’s summertime and whether or not the livin’ is easy, everyone seems to be looking for an escape whether it’s from the office, the family or the heat. In the greater Los Angeles area this means soaring temperatures and a glut of...
  • Pick up a drink to enjoy at select screenings or relax before or after a show.
    A Drink and a Movie at the Landmark
    High-end movie houses are constantly looking for avenues to entice viewers in a market glutted by options typically played up by choice locations and in-house perks. A bar within the building isn’t terribly new, but perhaps the 21+ shows at...
  • Monsieur Marcel for a light repast or a full meal, at the Los Angeles Farmer's Market.
    Monsieur Marcel at the Farmer's Market
    The LA Farmer’s Market is designed to offer both culinary and climatological delights. From a cosmopolitan array of eateries to the bountiful southern California sunshine, rarely is a food course such a pleasant destination. Monsieur Marcel...
  • Storefront wine retreat next door to the Kodak Theatre.
    The Wine Bar at Hollywood & Highland
    Deep within the Hollywood and Highland Center a number of surprises are tucked away. For all that the Center is an overgrown spectacle of a mall that threatens to overshadow the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre that is its anchor, there is...
  • Fine wines and special events
    Tasting Madrigal Wines at Mission Wine & Spirits
    Mission Wine & Spirits is a well known as a purveyor of fine beverages and tobacco products in the San Gabriel Valley. It's less well known for events such as wine tastings - given the wine "bar" is has only been in effect for...
  • WineStyles at 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena
    WineStyles - Boutique & Bar
    The typical wine bar is, at base, a bar that focuses heavily on wine. Another simple, but not always obvious, super-category is a cafe with a wine and beer license. At WineStyles in Pasadena wines by the glass and snack dishes are available in a...
  • Simple and to the point.
    Bodega Bar - The Victory of Simplicity
    At Pasadena's Paseo Colorado, just a couple of blocks from city hall, Bodega Bar is nestled in a corner against luxury apartments and across the courtyard from stylish eateries that include P.F. Chang's and upstairs from the upscale Gelson...
  • Pourtal Marks One Year of Discovering Diverse and Responsible Wines
    Pourtal Marks One Year of Discovering Diverse and Responsible Wines
    Celebratory prices brought out a jovial crowd to Pourtal for its first anniversary. Small plates of barbecue ribs or skirt steak and select wines by the glass were each available for $4.29 - the date of the affair. In addition the usual wines by...
  • Revenge of the Merlot
    Revenge of the Merlot
    Pity the merlot, it gets no respect. Estimated to be the third most grown grape around the world, merlot wines sell fast and hot in grocery and specialty stores and are an essential varietal in blends. But one little indie movie is all it takes to...
  • Sidewalk view of the Venice Beach Wines porch.
    Venice Beach Wines - Local drinking nook
    Venice Beach Wines is a tiny spot in a row of converted homes tucked away on Rose Ave in Venice. Everything about the physical setting is snug, from how the wine bar & boutique nestles between its neighbors to how cozy patrons have to get when...
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    Drinking at the Disney Resort - Pt 2 The Wine Cellar
    Comfortable Wine Cellar is often empty, overlooked. Flor San Roman It's Thursday evening and only Lori and I are in the Wine Cellar, both marveling at the absence of anyone else, despite the Spring Break crowds at the shops and parks a stone's...
  • Napa Rose: Not everything at Disney is geared toward children
    Drinking at the Disney Resort - Pt 1 Napa Rose
    Ever since it opened in 2001 Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney have offered wines at certain specially-chosen eateries, a remarkable change from the nearly dry Disneyland park. In keeping with the nature of the resort as an...
  • A tasting pour at Bin #73
    Tasting versus Full Glass Pours
    It used to be that only wineries and the occasional wine boutique store with a license to serve alcohol offered wine by the taste (typically a two-ounce pour) but with the growing interest in wines many wine bars have started offering more of...
  • Friends of the Vine - Wine Boutique and Lounge
    Friends of the Vine - Wine Boutique and Lounge
    Between strips of chain stores and restaurants and the Catalina Ave strip of bars and boutiques, <A href="http://www.friendsofthevine.net/">Friends of the Vine</A> is a relaxing community presence. With ample room for...