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Live Contest Pitted Two Teams Of Celebrity Chefs To Benefit Local Food Bank

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The sprawling 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 21-14, got underway Thursday with some serious fun on a perfect summer evening in America’s new culinary capital, DTLA (or downtown Los Angeles for everyone not in the know).With a cool ocean breeze keeping the warm August temperatures manageable, guests mingled outdoors during the […]

¡Viva México! Festival Los Angeles September 13 and 14


Travel spotlight: Promoting a mosaic of Mexico’s rich culture by developing an international appreciation, ¡Viva México! Festival has arrived to Los Angeles September 13 and 14 La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Grand Performances.The¡Viva México! Festival, has established itself as one of the international festivals that showcases the richness and cultural diversity of Mexico, […]

Los Angeles Food & Wine Scene Reflected in Chase Sapphire Chef Challenge

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The meteoric rise in the Downtown L.A. Food Scene is reflected in the work of key celebrity chefs for the Team Competition of the 4th Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival to feature the Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge!Culinary Superstars Graham Elliot, Fabio Viviani, Ben Ford and Ray Garcia compete for a chance to win […]

August 20th is National Lemonade Day, Have A Refreshing Cocktail; Recipes

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Do you like lemonade?Thank an Arab!  The all-American drink lemonade may have had its origin in medieval Egypt.  According to, historians say that the first clear literary evidence of the lemon tree in any language dates from the early tenth-century Arabic work by Qustus al-Rumi in his book on farming.There are many health benefits […]

Slash Composes Original Score for Clowns 3D Maze at Halloween Horror Nights


Grammy Award-winning musician, Slash, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.While partnering […]

Fall Fashion 2014: Spotlight On Three Classic Fashion Equestrian Boots


Equestrian-style riding boots are a fashion item that never ever goes out of style.If you purchase them wisely, they’ll be staples for years and will be the foundational piece that can take slim pants or leggings and transform a work-out outfit into a work/office or ‘going out to dinner with friends’ outfit with a top […]

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights Stay Game Plan


It’s time, make the reservations now so you aren’t scrambling last minute for the best vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24!The Nation’s Premier Halloween Event – 8 Terrifying Haunted Houses – Multiple Spine-Chilling Street Experiences – Outrageous Live Shows Special Offer Vacation Packages And Tickets for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24 […]

Las Vegas Star Stalking: Where The Cool People Hang Out

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You save up and plan your vacation, and you want to know: Where DOES Brad Garrett go when he wants to get his nosh on?Understandable.Or where does David Copperfield go to order some Fois Gras and chillax, and not conjugate anything for a few?We get it. You want to see the Vegas stars in relaxed […]

Chez Bon Bon Back In Business At Fontainebleau Miami Beach


Everything old is new again in Miami, as Magic City rolls out the delectable food porn of yesteryear as Chez Bon Bon’s sweet seductive re-launch at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is officially here!The reinvention of the hotel’s original coffee and patisserie shop pays homage to the golden era that the iconic hotel is known for in […]

Synthetic Marijuana Spice A Lethal Gamble, One Family’s Story VIDEO


Frightening news out of California today as the grieving parents of one young man are warning other families about “Spice,” a synthetic form of marijuana that can potentially kill.Local affiliate KTLA’s Lu Parker exclusively reported that the parents of a 19-year-old California teen who recently died after smoking synthetic marijuana claim their son had one […]

‘An American Werewolf in London’ HHN Universal Studios Hollywood, Details!


Fall is coming, and that means Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, here in Hollywood and for the East coast people, Universal Studios Orlando too!“An American Werewolf in London” Takes A Bite Out Of “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood In An All-New Sinister Maze Inspired By Universal Pictures’ Academy Award Winning FilmUniversal Pictures’ […]

Lavazza Love At Rogers Cup in Toronto, Coffee Dessert Drinks To Grand Slam


Do you know what Italians do REALLY well? Many things, of course.  Coffee is taken to an art form, and very seriously. Lavazza has been doing it for a long time, and they are the official coffee sponsors for Wimbledon and the Rogers Cup, currently underway in Toronto until August 10.Lavazza is also the official […]

Universal Orlando Celebrates One Million Riders on the Hogwarts Express


Today, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic steam locomotive found at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.The destination theme park celebrated this major milestone with nearly two hundred park guests, and they shared the photos resulting from this moment.Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade […]

Fashion Spotlight: August 2014 T-Shirt of the Month


Here at Monsters and Critics we celebrate the wines of the month, cocktails, new desserts, food items and even cars. So when we spot badass t-shirts, we have to alert the masses.One of our favorite late night hosts and comedians W. Kamau Bell has created our pick of the month.  Kamau’s latest shirt wins for […]

Wine of the Month: Marvelous Red 2011 from South Africa Plus Recipe


August  2014: This month’s wine pick is Marvelous Red 2011 from South Africa. A full-bodied affordable fruity and easy to drink red wine made with lots of love from a chef, a winemaker and an entrepreneur who collaborated and produced some exuberant, unfussy wines hitting the USA this summer.We fell in love with the Red […]

Eat This Not That: The Gracious Gourmet’s Ready To Use Jars of Love

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Every now and then, something so magically delicious (no, not Lucky Charms) comes along that makes our toes curl, and we sing to the heavens, “thank you foodie gods” for making people so darn clever that they gave it the good old college try and succeeded in making a totally fantastic and quite useful entry […]

Brooklyn Brewery Mash Storms London


The second annual Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour hits London, July 26 – Aug 3 tocelebrate what’s next in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer. The Mash tour is the largest traveling food, beer and arts festival, stopping in ten US cities as well as Stockholm in 2014. Brooklyn Brewery has collaborated with local London chefs, artists and […]

National Tequila Day Is July 24: Seize The Day With Avión, Recipes


Tequila Avión Silver stands out for National Tequila Day, this July 24th!National Tequila Day is Thursday, July 24 and it is NOT to be confused with National Margarita Day which falls on dreary cold February 22.An exceptional pour, this tequila hails from Jalisco, Mexico, and is an affordable gift for any party host or tequila […]

Rochelle Humes Launches Her Fashion Collection Pictures

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We have added a set pictures from the event Rochelle Humes Launches Her Fashion Collection for Photos are copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. Rochelle Humes Launches Her Fashion Collection for at Claridge’s Hotel in London, UK. Photo copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. Rochelle Humes – Rochelle Humes Launches Her Fashion Collection […]