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Romantic Montecito Inn with Hollywood’s Golden Era Charm

Romantic Montecito Inn with Hollywood’s Golden Era Charm

The Montecito Inn, one of Santa Barbara’s landmark boutique luxury hotels, tastefully combines the history of Charlie Chaplin, who built the in Inn in 1928, with an elegant Mediterranean charm. My husband Jim and I feel fortunate to already live in Santa Barbara and when it comes time to plan a romantic getaway, we often […]

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First Class Romantic Dining and Destination Getaway

First Class Romantic Dining and Destination Getaway

My wish for you is that by the end of reading this you will be inspired to create your own romantic getaway and romantic dining experience to reconnect and celebrate someone you love. As a Mediterranean-California home cook and newlywed of almost two years with a passion for celebrating love, life & delicious food, I […]

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Global Renaissance Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou, speaks in Santa Barbara, California

Global Renaissance Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou, speaks in Santa Barbara, California

ON MEETING DR. ANGELOU: What an honor it was to meet Dr. Angelou back stage at the Arlington Theater before her talk in my town of Santa Barbara, California. She is as gracious and intelligent as she comes across in her books and on-camera. When I saw her I gave her a big hug and […]

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(VIDEO): California Premiere Party Celebrating the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network

(VIDEO): California Premiere Party Celebrating the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network

       I drove down from Santa Barbara, California to Orange County for a premiere party for the 2nd Great Food Truck Race that is airing Sunday nights at 9/8c on the Food Network. This second season has special meaning to me because my little sister Nicole is on the Seabirds Food Truck from Costa Mesa, […]

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Delicious, Healthy and Romantic Mediterranean Date Nights (VIDEO)

Delicious, Healthy and Romantic Mediterranean Date Nights (VIDEO)

I’ve found that delicious and healthy Mediterranean meals with quality time at the table definitely contribute to my happy and healthy marriage. Each week, my husband and I take turns planning our weekly date nights. I’m lucky that he can cook, too!…

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Award-Winning Horta (Greek Greens) Recipes

Award-Winning Horta (Greek Greens) Recipes

Recipes for Classical Horta & Horta with a Mediterranean Twist By Cynthia Daddona Photo by RomancingTheTable.com Dark Leafy Greens are an important part of the Mediterranean Diet. Research that began on the Greek Island of Crete in the 1940’s and later included the rest of the Mediterranean, determined that the Mediterranean Diet contributes to living […]

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Yia Yias (Greek grandmothers) and Horta (Greek Greens)

Yia Yias (Greek grandmothers) and Horta (Greek Greens)

Watch this video filmed in Santa Barbara and Crete that includes how to make my award-winning horta recipe! Eating a consistent amount of greens – raw and lightly cooked or steamed can help you live a longer life! I now realize this is what contributed to the longevity of my Mediterranean relatives. Greens are a […]

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AphFoodite™ in Crete on Romance & the healthy Mediterranean diet & lifestyle VIDEO.

AphFoodite™ in Crete on Romance & the healthy Mediterranean diet & lifestyle VIDEO.

Check out this video I did as AphFoodite™ – the Greek goddess of food, romance and love – that was filmed in Crete. What brought us to Crete? My husband Jim and I were delighted when the Pan-Cretan Association of America (through the Greek Trade Office and the Greek National Tourist Organization) invited us on […]

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Delicious, Healthy and Romantic Mediterranean Date Nights (VIDEO)

Delicious, Healthy and Romantic Mediterranean Date Nights (VIDEO)

This month is National Mediterranean Diet Month (Med Month!) created by Oldways, a world-renowned source of Mediterranean diet information, “to highlight the healthy Mediterranean Diet and its lifestyle practices…

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Sophia Loren – World’s Most Beloved Cinema Goddess Honored with a Motion Picture Academy Tribute Hosted By Billy Crystal

Sophia Loren – World’s Most Beloved Cinema Goddess Honored with a Motion Picture Academy Tribute Hosted By Billy Crystal

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science tribute to Sophia Loren, hosted by Billy Crystal at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, was a moving event filled with laughter, tears and love for the world’s most beloved Italian film goddess. An audience of a thousand attendees enjoyed the beautiful evening of film clips, […]

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