The Scoop

NBA All-Star Yao Ming plans to open winery, top ten destinations for holiday lights

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

Shore Hotel’s Cyber Monday deal

Today only!

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a Cyber Monday deal. Today only, rooms discounted at 30% off from November 28, 1011 – February 28, 2012 for partial ocean views with king or two queen sized beds. Deal is subject to availability and limited to today. Book online using code CYBER or call 310-458-1515.

Photography provided by Shore Hotel

Charter you own plane with 144 of your closest friends

All you need is $60,000

Travel like billionaire Richard Branson! On Monday at 12 PM, Gilt City members will be able to charter a round trip flight on an Airbus A320 for $60,000 to any Virgin America destination in the United States.

Price includes one free checked bag for the 145 passengers and allows the buyer to name the flight with it being permanently displayed on the side of the plane.

Photography provided to Virgin America

Thank you sponsor: Tsaiclip

Last week’s Taste Terminal was brought to you by Tsaiclip. The clip is available in shiny silver and gunmetal. Purchase one as a present or for yourself at Tsaiclip.com.

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Food

‘Top Chef’ contestant Marcel Vigneron’s tips on caviar

From the 'Beverly Hills Caviar' tasting

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Nestled in the hills of Bel Air, Beverly Hills Caviar hosted a caviar tasting by Top Chef contestant Marcel Vigneron for the Harold Robinson Foundation, dedicated to enriching the lives of inner city and underprivileged children, with performances by the Malibu String Quartet. Here’s the dishes and some tasting tips from Marcel. Read More

The Scoop

Best city hotel rooms with a view, foursquare’s holiday travel checkin patterns

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

Photo: the view from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It didn’t make the CNNGo list, but it has quite the view

Taste Terminal’s Thanksgiving round up!

The holiday of overindulgence is here. These past few weeks we’ve been sharing stories and recipes about Thanksgiving and have compiled them together here. Check out our round up! Read More

Drink

LAB Brewing Company: inside look at Agoura Hills’ newest gastropub

Plus a video interview with brewmaster Roger Bott and a lesson on the importance of yeast

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Just a mile east of Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, CA sits the newly opened LAB Brewing Company, lead by brewmaster Roger Bott and Executive Chef Moez Megji. Our host Jace Milstead sat down with Roger to chat about his brewing days abroad, the role of yeast and transitioning from home to commercial brewing. Read More

Café Motif opening in Beverly Hills early December, Basement Tavern to host ‘Movember’ golf tournament

Café Motif and adjacent retail store, Motif, selling high end clothing and home decorations, officially opens on December 6 in Beverly Hills. The French inspired cafe created by owners Elishia Bolour and Sasha Shokrian will serve fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, and soups. 930 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.

To raise funds for prostate cancer, the team behind Basement Tavern in Santa Monica is hosting the “Movember Gold Classic Golf Tournament” for a minimum donation of $40 per golfer on Monday, November 28 from 12 PM – 3 PM. An after party will be hosted at Basement Tavern with a mustache contest, live music, and prize raffles. To participate in the tournament, email twiggbrad@hotmail.com.

Photography provided by Gabriella Kashani

Pumpkin Pie Cocktail from Steven Ashworth of Terranea Resort

Steven Ashworth‘s seasonal drink is available at both the Lobby Bar, Living Room & Terrace and signature restaurant, mar’sel at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Read More

The Scoop

10 percent of Americans will have Thanksgiving out, eight beers to drink this weekend

  • 10 percent of Americans will be eating out during Thanksgiving.
  • Demands for gasoline to increase over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
  • Travel + Leisure shows you how to get into VIP airport lounges.
  • Eight beers to drink this weekend.
  • Scientists Shirley Corriher and Harold McGee’s tips on cooking a delicious turkey.
  • Dr. Bill Sysak’s Thanksgiving pairings from CraftBeer.com

Customizable chocolates from Victoria Chocolatier

San Francisco-based Victoria Chocolatier is giving customers thousands of variations through customizable chocolates. Choose between six pure, Belgian bases and a selection of fruits, nuts, and other stuff you may or may not want in your chocolate. Each bar made fresh to order with GMO free chocolates and received within two days via overnight shipping for $6.95.

Photography provided by Nuri/Victoria Chocolatier LLC

Drink

Sam Adams’ founder Jim Koch announces 2011’s ‘Infinium’ with Weihenstephan

A collaboration with the oldest brewery in the world

2011’s Infinium is almost here. Claiming to be the first completely new beer style created in more than 100 years that adheres to the German Purity Law, Reinhetsgebot, which requires beers to be brewed with only malt, hops, water and yeast, Infinium is a prized Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams) brew that’s just around the corner. Read More

Spicy Bacon Cheddar Biscuits for Thanksgiving

Tired of that boring bland biscuit? Spice up your holiday season with this Spicy Bacon Cheddar Biscuit recipe to serve as a compliment to your meat of choice or just to have on its own. Read More

Michael Ruhlman’s four course dinner and book signing at Farmshop, and Vignalta wine dinner at Ombra

On Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Farmshop in Santa Monica is hosting a four course family-style dinner prepared by Jeff Cerciello and Michael Ruhlman, along with a book signing of Michael Ruhlman’s new book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”. Dinner cost $75 per person and comes with the book. Call 310-566-2400 for reservations. 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City is preparing a five course dinner and wine-pairing with Italy’s Vignalta founder Lucio Gomiero on Wednesday, December 7 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner and wine pairing cost is $89. Call 818-985-7337 for reservations. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Read More

Places to stay for River Walk’s ‘Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony’ in San Antonio

Deals and packages from Marriott, Hotel Valencia, Westin and Hyatt

From now until October 19, 2012, the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel is offering “The Explore the Riverwalk Package“. The package includes two Rio San Antonio boat tickets, breakfast for two at the on-site Cactus Flower Restaurant or in-room through room service, coupons, and free parking. Use promotional code ZJL online or call 800-228-9290 to make room reservations. 889 East Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205.

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is celebrating the lighting of the Riverwalk on Friday, November 25 with their “Light up the Night” package starting at $180 per night (double occupancy). The package is available from November 25 – December 30, and includes accommodations for two, turn down service, two 2 complimentary twinkling lighted drinks per night in Vbar, and a complimentary full American breakfast for two at Citrus or in-room. Minimum stay of two nights is required for arrival day of Friday, November 25. Call 888-842-0100 to book. 150 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas 78205.

Westin Riverwalk is offering the “Riverwalk Holiday Experience” package valid for the night of November 25 only, starting at $369. The package includes an upgraded stay in a Riverview, Riverside or suite, four-course dinner for two at Zocca, and two seats riverside for the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony. Use online promo code RVRLIT. Call 866-716-8137 to book. 420 W Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205.

Both Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Hyatt Regency San Antonio are offering rooms starting at $85 per night from November 26 until January 6, 2012 during their “Take the Elevator Home” promotion. Also, Hyatt Regency San Antonio is celebrating their 30 year anniversary for 19 days from December 10 – December 28 starting at $81 per night. Use online promo code HOLIDY for “Take the Elevator Home” and ELEVTR for the anniversary rate. Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205. Hyatt Regency San Antonio‎, 123 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205.

Food

Where to eat out this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Roundup of turkey day dinners around L.A.

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Get out of the kitchen and hit up one of the many choices around town. Traditional and specialty options are available this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. Check out what the city’s got to offer. Read More

Relais & Châteaux add 45 properties to their 2012 guide

A collection of 518 premier hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries

Food travelers rejoice! Relais & Châteaux‘s 45 additions mark a record year for their association. The entries come from all over the world including 25 new properties in Europe, 7 in Asia, 3 in Australia and 10 in the Americas. Relais & Châteaux’s family of hoteliers and Grand Chefs include big names like Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud.