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Experiencing Santa Ynez's other specialty

9 Oct 2012
To many people, olive oil is nothing special - something to cook with or an element of a simple salad dressing, perhaps, but little more. However, for others, olive oil is an integral ingredient in their lives. People have been known to scour the earth in search of the freshest, richest olive oil money can buy. Some of these people may well live i Read More
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Iron Chef adds renown to wine country dining scene

8 Oct 2012
For years Masaharu Morimoto has been among the world's most famous chefs. He has appeared on countless television cooking shows, including the world famous Iron Chef. He sometimes gets recognized on the street and thanked for the contributions he has made to modern international cuisine. Although he has operations in cities around the world - Read More
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Bring the natural world into your Palm Beach home

5 Oct 2012
In a region so steeped in natural beauty, it would be a crime not to center your Palm Beach home around furnishings and art that incorporate organic elements. What good are vibrant sunsets, thriving flora and azure waters if you spend all your time in a dull, lusterless house? With this in mind, many owners of luxury homes in the area strive dutif Read More
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Ventura kitchen tour could inspire residents

5 Oct 2012
When people decide to remodel their home, the kitchen is often the first room to be tackled. More than just an eating area, the kitchen is the place where many families gather for conversation, the room where the majority of entertaining occurs and a space where homeowners often go to unwind after a long day at work. With this in mind, many owners Read More
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Sales of high-end homes in Los Angeles gaining steam

4 Oct 2012
The housing market in Los Angeles - one of the most luxury home -studded areas in the country - performed in excess of experts' predictions throughout much of the summer, according to The Los Angeles Times, using data provided by real estate analytics firm DataQuick. With home sales and median price rising and inventory diminishing, the region Read More
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New exhibit brings exotic colors to Greenwich

4 Oct 2012
At its best, photography combines the creativity and composition of painting with the realism and revelatory nature of film. Its most accomplished practitioners straddle this line with vigor, sometimes venturing one way or the other to create particularly evocative artwork. Gale Simmons, an accomplished New York-based photographer who is currently Read More
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Adding a back deck to your Hamptons' home

3 Oct 2012
The process of creating and maintaining the perfect home is an idiosyncratic and creative undertaking. Some people change the furniture to make their home's interior more reflective of their personality. Others periodically change the house's layout to keep things fresh. Still others focus on the exterior - applying a new coat of paint, fo Read More
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Home Building Institute: Santa Barbara's median home asking price spikes

2 Oct 2012
As a whole, America's housing market has made slow but steady gains over the last several months. Of course, this progress has not been uniform - some regions have seen their sectors continue to sputter, while others have taken even more substantial strides. One region in the latter category is Santa Barbara, California, where housing prices - Read More
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Santa Fe's flourishing opera scene

1 Oct 2012
For centuries, opera theaters have been places for art lovers and high-culture aficionados to take in the beauty and spectacle of one of the world's truly great art forms. Cities that boast an active and renowned opera house are often seen as beacons of culture - preservationists of the enduring majesty of classical music and dramatic theory. Read More