Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Grooving Into the Summer

Grooving Into the Summer

All times of year are beautiful, but there is a heightened anticipation for Summer, because it is a time of frolicking, fun, and sunshine. The enjoyment is made even better by lazy afternoons languishing in a pool; chilling at a BBQ, or simply lying in the grass or at the beach.

For me, Summer kicks off a lot of wonderful smooth jazz concerts, and one of the top-notch concert series is held at the Thornton Winery, in Temecula, CA. The winery is host to some of the top talent in the smooth jazz industry, from Brian Culbertson, to Boney James (both are two of my ULTIMATE favorites to see in concert). 

This year is no exception, as they will be hosting the likes of Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz, Hiroshima, David Sanborn, Bob James...the list is jam packed with primo talent, and lest I forget Jessy J (a USC Alum, like myself); an incredible saxophonist that has busted onto the scene with a vengeance (if you haven't heard of her, you need to check her out; especially one of my favorite songs by her, "Tequila Moon.")

Here's to a wonderful Summer of great music, food and (of course) wine!

*photo provided by "Music World In Abstract Background " by jscreationzs from

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New Book Release: Into Wine by Olivier Magny

New Book Release: Into Wine by Olivier Magny

Last August I wrote about the opening of a new wine bar in Paris called, Ô Chateau. I met co-owner,  Olivier, on a trip to Paris when he still held wine tastings in his flat...ohh, la, la. Now, he's big time, and not only does he have a wine bar to add to his list of accomplishments, but he's also released yet another book titled, Into Wine.

As an added enticement to purchase his book, he has an offer (which sadly will only last until Sunday, May 12, 2013), just in time for Mother's Day. The details follow:

 Get a copy of Into Wine on Amazon... 

...and receive $349 in FREE gifts  

Gifts include:

- Free premium access to HD wine videos,
- The list of the 50 best Food & Wine destinations in Paris, from the author of 'Stuff Parisians Like'
- A discount code giving you 10% off on any purchase on O Chateau's site.
- The list of my favorite (and best value) wineries worldwide
- The full presentation of my "History of wine class"
This offer is only valid until Sunday
To take advantage of this offer:
simply email your Amazon receipt to

Click on the following Into Wine, and you will be taken to the Amazon page to purchase his book. Don't miss out on this spectacular opportunity to obtain $349 in FREE gifts just by purchasing what will be an incredible read; with plenty of wine information, and spiced with Olivier's cheeky personality.


p.s. I do not get any compensation for referring his book. I just like Olivier and want to help spread the word about his wonderful wine bar and his new wine book.

p.s.s. I purchased a copy too!

*photo provided by "Glasses Of Champagne" by Rosen Georgiev

Friday, May 10, 2013

Work Options for Women - WomenCook Event Rocked!

Work Options for Women - WomenCook Event Rocked!

On Monday, May 6th, I was WOW'ed by the incredible WomenCook Event that was given by Work Options for Women. I know the amount of work that goes into an elaborate event such as the one they put on, and I have to say that they did an incredible job, and their entire organization should be proud of the massive turn out and the delicious food that all of the participating chefs contributed.

I saw one of my favorite chefs, Elise Wiggins. She was one of the featured chefs at the event, and was busy as could be, but I was able to get a big hug and a quick "hello."

The mood was upbeat, positive and an experience that I was so fortunate to be a part of; especially since Chicks That Trip was a part of their Silent Auction. The donated, Viva Las Vegas package was a big hit, and I was told that the lucky winner rarely gets to travel, so she's extremely excited by her win!

I also wanted to give a big "Thank You" to the companies who donated portions of the package:

And finally, it just doesn't get any better than this - platters of delicious cookies!

*Photos taken by That Chick Té