Author Archives : Marcie Taylor

What I learned from Women’s Wellness Day


15th Annual Women’s Wellness Day features renowned author and chef Alice Waters By some stroke of luck, I won two tickets to the annual Women’s Wellness Day hosted by the UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. (Thank you, Facebook.) The event was held at the Irvine Marriott hotel and I brought my friend Anne along to experience…

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Out and About: Spring Menus at Five Crowns and Back Bay Bistro


When you are lucky enough to be invited to two menu tastings at two popular restaurants on two consecutive days, you say yes and put on your stretchy pants and get ready for a mouthwatering journey. Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar is an Orange County institution so I consider any opportunity to visit, quite the treat. The charming replica…

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Bowling for Fun


When you have tweens and teens and are trying to find a way to get together with another family with same-age kids, it can be challenging to find an activity that both adults and reluctant kids would enjoy. So when the idea of meeting up with our friends for a post-holiday game of bowling came up, we went for it.…

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The Coolest: Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce


“We have become a nation obsessed with hot sauce.” – Denver Nicks in “Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession.” In November, Gringo Bandito released their Special Edition 2016 Private Reserve hot sauce. The recipe featured the yellow bhut, yellow moruga and yellow Carolina Reaper. A limited number of bottles were produced, just like fine wine, this hot sauce is available…

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A Restaurant AND a Bar at a Grocery Store? Why not?


Gone are the days when getting a pre-made sandwich in the chiller of a grocery store was the only option to lunch. There’s a growing trend of restaurants and even bars within the grocery. Leading the pack in this trend is Whole Foods Market. At the Whole Foods Market at The District in Tustin, Mendocino Farms, a popular sandwich restaurant,…

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Out and About: Color Run, Nutcracker, Stax Cookie Bar, and Mamma Mia!


It was a crazy week overall, in addition to it being Thanksgiving week. But boy, it was fun! Weekend Shenanigans Saturday started off early with The Color Run in Huntington Beach. I didn’t actually run in “The Happiest 5k on Earth, ” but I did enjoy documenting the happy faces, costumes and colors of the participants. Right after the Color…

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