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Family Paradise

Oahu’s Aulani enchants kids and adults as only Disney can The family vacation can be a fraught thing. When the kids are happy the adults are tired, and if the adults are happy you can bet the kids are bored. So what if there were a place designed to make everyone happy at once? That’s […]

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How Hearing Loss Can Ruin Relationships

Frustration and miscommunication take their toll It may be common knowledge that hearing loss is an inconvenience at times. But it can also be a relationship killer. Listening is as basic to a good relationship as good food is to your health. Hearing loss breaks the connection and places unnecessary stress on marriages, friendships, and […]

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The Love of the Game

Steve Mariucci on 40 years of coaching, talking and living football. Steve Mariucci is a family man. He’s the son of a coach, with two sisters and two brothers, one of whom is a college athletic director. A proud dad, Mariucci has called Monte Sereno home for years. His kids attended Los Gatos area schools, […]

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Hotel California

  After four years of turmoil in the owner’s office, the beautiful Hotel Los Gatos has joined the Greystone Hotels family of boutique properties. The selling price: $28.75 million. Expect little to change at the 72-room Mediterranean-inspired Main Street hotel, which houses the Michelin-starred Dio Deka restaurant; the spa will remain, and Dio Deka certainly […]

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Contemporary Cruising

SHOWBOATING: The top deck of the Royal Princess features computerized dancing fountains and a high-tech outdoor movie screen. Ocean liners are no longer just for retirees and honeymooners. Cruising isn’t what it used to be. And to the almost 25 million people who take to the high seas on any given year, that’s a good […]

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Class Acts

SEASONAL SWEAT: Sufferfest allows spin cyclists to race with the greats, close to home. When the weather outside gets frightful, move the fitness party inside with these innovative workouts. For cyclists, runners and anyone else who enjoys getting their cardio in under the wide open sky, the annual winter return to the gym is not […]

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The Twelve Wines of Christmas

  With apologies to everyone who has done a much better job of ripping off this classic holiday carol, I’d like to offer a selection of some of my favorite local wines to accompany “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Here it goes: First Day: A Partridge in a Pear Tree Ever eat partridge? Pretty good […]

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10 Specialty Foodie Destinations

In the next two months, Los Gatans will celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s and the lesser-known (but sacred to some) Beaujolais Nouveau Day, when the first of the year’s Gamay grape bottling is released. Each of these celebrations will require special shopping trips for procuring rare seasonal foods and beverages. Decisions will need to […]

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David Kinch Brings It Home

A third Michelin star makes it official: Manresa is one of the very best restaurants in the world.  Meanwhile, the celebrated chef brings New Orleans home with his new project, the Bywater, and on PBS’s ‘The Mind of a Chef.’ As David Kinch and I visit in the Zen-like patio entranceway of Manresa restaurant on […]

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Christmas Tree Farms: Into the Woods

  Your guide to local Christmas tree farms Few things conjure the holidays like wandering wooded hillsides to find the tree tailor-made by nature (and artful pruning) just for you. Chilled mountain air, warm cups of cocoa, an intrepid overland search and the thrill of discovering the one: a holiday tradition awaits in the Santa […]

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