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Parties: The Seventh Annual Malibu Wine Classic

It was blazing hot this year at the Seventh Annual Malibu Wine Classic, held on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at the Malibu Civic Center. Every year the Classic features an afternoon filled with top-notch wines and gourmet foods, this time showcasing more than 60 wineries from California's Central Coast (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties) and tasty tidbits from many Malibu-based restaurants and beyond. [...]

Events: Teen Choice Awards 2009 – Exclusive Photo Gallery

They gave out 87 surfboards (the night's unwieldy trophy) at the Teen Choice Awards held on Sunday, August 9, at the Universal Studios Hollywood Ampitheatre, and aired on Fox Television on Monday, August 10. That meant that just about anyone who is anyone in the hearts of teenagers right now took home a prize. And of course, everything "Twilight" is front and center right now as anticipation builds toward the November release of "Twilight: New Moon," so it's no surprise that the first film grabbed 11 Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Movie Drama, Drama Actress for Kristen Stewart and Actor for Robert Pattinson. It was a scream fest, as the lucky few teens in the audience, out of the 83 million teens that voted for the awards, let their favorites know loud and clear just how much they love them. [...]

Parties: Sex, Sex, Sex with Ashton Kutcher at the “Spread” Premiere

Ashton Kutcher was surrounded on Monday night by women he’s had sex with, a bevy of beauties that included his wife Demi Moore and the three actresses that he beds in “Spread.” Of course, the sex is faux with Anne Heche, Sonia Rockwell, and gorgeous Margarita Levieva, but in the hard-R-rated movie that premiered at the Arclight Cinema, it sure looked real. [...]

Restaurants: Joe’s Pizza

Finding a good slice of pizza in Los Angeles is a difficult challenge. What makes a good slice? From the perspective of a native New Yorker, a thin crispy crust, sweet tangy sauce, and gooey, rich mozzarella cheese are the essentials. Joe’s Pizza really nails it. With New York City locations on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, and Kings Highway in Brooklyn operating since 1975, Joe Vitale has ventured west to show Los Angeles how to do pizza right. [...]

Parties: Mel and the Miz Christen Playhouse Hollywood

It seems that Mel Gibson should have recruited WWE superstar “Miz,” a.k.a. Mike Mizanin, at the opening night soiree for Playhouse Hollywood, a decadent little dive on Hollywood Boulevard, for Gibson got in hot water again with a paparazzi-style journalist at the bash. It sure rocked and rolled with the best of ‘em at the Wednesday night opening of the latest L. A. hotspot. [...]

Destinations: On the Trail of New Zealand’s Best Wine

When it comes to wine from New Zealand, most people think of only one varietal, and its corresponding wine region. That’s Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough district at the north end of the South Island, of course, which is justifiably renowned, it is true. But there’s much more to that island nation’s vast world of wine than that uniquely crisp and grassy quaff, a fact that is proven every November at the annual Air New Zealand Wine Awards. In 2008, the awards attracted over 1700 entries from New Zealand’s ten winegrowing regions, with the big winners coming not from the Marlborough, but from the Hawke’s Bay. [...]

Parties: Culinary College: Fine Wines and Gourmet Food in Santa Monica

An interesting series of wine tasting and recipe demonstrations has been happening this summer in Santa Monica, sponsored by “Los Angeles” magazine and known as “Culinary College.” This one-night-each “college” course provides participants with the opportunity to learn expert techniques and taste fabulous, fresh dishes. The first event took place on June 17 and it featured Patrick Healy, executive chef/co-owner of the Buffalo Club; the last is on August 19, with Jason Travi, executive chef at Fraiche and Riva featured as the visiting chef. [...]

Parties: Rhinos and Bears and Snow Leopards, Oh My! At the Annual Beastly Ball

The Indian rhinoceros, the black bear, and the stunningly beautiful snow leopard all strutted their stuff at the Los Angeles Zoo’s 39th Annual Beastly Ball, the bash that the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) puts on every year. Plenty of animal fans put on their best safari outfits and turned out for the party on Saturday, June 20, including the fabulous Betty White, whose lifelong dedication to animals has not waned, despite her advancing years. [...]
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