Apr 12, 2017

Austrian Airlines Launches New Service to Los Angeles

Austrian Airlines Launches New Service to Los Angeles
Occasion marks the airline’s first direct flights between the U.S west coast and Vienna, Austria

Today, Austrian Airlines began its new, non-stop service between Vienna, Austria and Los Angeles, California. Flight OS 081 departed from Vienna (VIE) at 10:03 a.m. local time, and is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 1:20 p.m. local time. Eastbound flight OS 082 will depart Los Angeles at 3:05 p.m. local time, and is due to land in Vienna at 12:05 p.m. local time tomorrow (April 11, 2017). Austrian Airlines will initially be operating a five-times-weekly service on the new route; starting June 13 this number will increase to six flights a week.

“Austrian Airlines is the third passenger airline of the Lufthansa Group to provide service to the important Los Angeles market, which is one of our largest U.S. gateways in terms of passenger volume,” said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Vice President Airline Sales for The Americas for Lufthansa Group. “Adding this market to Austrian Airlines’ network provides our west coast customers with another key, centrally located hub in Europe for easy transfers to more than 130 destinations worldwide, and thus, another option for Angelenos to easily visit friends and relatives abroad. With this new service, the Lufthansa Group will now offer 46 weekly flights to and from California.”

“Effective immediately, direct flights to Vienna will not only be offered from the East, but with Los Angeles, also from the West Coast,” explained Austrian Airlines Chief Financial Officer Heinz Lachinger. “We have been successfully working on the expansion of our flight program from the U.S. to Vienna in the last four years. There is growth potential.”

Onboard Experience

The Boeing 777-200, which is used on the LAX-VIE route, offers a two-class configuration that includes 48 Business Class seats and 260 Economy Class seats, for a total of 308 seats.

Austrian’s Business class cabin interior of the long-haul fleet was modernized in 2013 and now features an elegant cabin design with that special “Austrian touch”, as well as innovative seats that turn into nearly 6-1/2 feet long full flat beds. Business class passengers will enjoy the airline’s unique “Flying Chef” program where gourmet menus are created and then refined on-board by professional chefs. Sommeliers are also on-hand to recommend suitable wines to complement the menu.  Business Class passengers can also savor a wide array of coffees provided through Austrian Airlines’ Original Viennese Coffee House Service on-board. Typically, ten Austrian coffee variations are served– ranging from the “Großer Brauner” and ever-popular “Wiener Melange” through to real specialties such as the “Wiener Fiaker”. Austrian Airlines is the only airline in the world to provide this highly regarded service.

Connections and destinations

Austrian Airlines provides passengers connecting in Vienna with access to the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal, which enables connections in as little as 25 minutes. Customers will especially enjoy the direct access the new Austrian Airlines route will provide to Vienna, the capital of the carrier’s “home country”.  One of the great European capitals, Vienna was the stomping ground for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for centuries. The empire is long gone, but reminders have been preserved. Past artistic glories thrive due to the cultural legacy of the artistic geniuses nourished in this city—including Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Gustav Klimt. Today's visitors discover a city with a special grace that sets it apart from other European cities. Austria is a country that has not forgotten the elegance of a time gone by.

Vienna’s city center can be accessed in only 16 minutes utilizing the “Vienna Card”, which Austrian Airlines has arranged through partnerships, offering passengers up to 210 discounts on museums, tourist sights, theaters, concerts, shopping and much more. Austrian Airlines passengers can purchase Europe’s best city card online after booking their flight at austrian.com.

Additionally, Austrian Airlines is part of the A++, a multilateral transatlantic joint venture that exists between the Lufthansa Group, Air Canada and United Airlines. It covers all of the airlines’ North Atlantic routes and associated connecting flights and thus offers customers more destinations and route options, seamless service, fewer and shorter connection times and a much wider range of products & services.

The airline’s North American service in brief

Austrian Airlines’ summer 2017 flight schedule offers approximately 43 weekly non-stop flights from North America. This includes up to four times per week from Miami, a maximum of six weekly flights from both Los Angeles and Toronto, and up to one flight a day from Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Austrian Airlines will continue to offer thirteen weekly flights from New York. For further information and reservations visit www.austrian.com.

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates annually a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, being particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 35 destinations. Thanks to its favorable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. For additional information visitwww.austrian.com or follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or myAustrianBlog.

Apr 4, 2017

New Junior Wrangler Program Announced at The Home Ranch

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Aspiring ranch hands will get up-close-and-personal with authentic wranglers and horses as The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado debuts its new “Junior Wrangler Program” as part of its All-Inclusive Family Vacations.

The 14-room Home Ranch is a Relais & Chateaux affiliate situated near Steamboat Springs and is known for providing extraordinary ranching experiences since 1980.

The new “Junior Wrangler Program” offers younger guests, age 10-16, the chance to develop a deeper relationship with horses and experience the daily life of a true ranch hand. 

The four-day program includes an introduction to proper grooming, saddling and mounting of horses along with cattle penning, gymkhana games, and synchronized riding.  At the end of the week, junior wranglers show off their new skills at a performance for parents followed by an awards ceremony.

Other activities for youngsters include fly fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, nature hikes, pool parties, scavenger hunts, cookouts, barn dances and even storytelling around the campfire. 

The Home Ranch’s “Junior Wrangler Program” is offered to children ages 10 - 16. The program is part of the all-inclusive seven - night cost which starts at $7,100 plus tax and service fee.  For further information or reservations, please visit www.HomeRanch.com or call 970.879.1780.

About The Home Ranch

The Home Ranch, located in Clark, Colorado is a 14-room luxury guest ranch set against the western Continental Divide amid the grandeur of the upper Elk River Valley. With the Rockies as a backdrop, discerning guests enjoy unparalleled scenery, inspired dining and a breadth of activities ranging from fly-fishing and horseback riding in the summer to cross country and downhill skiing in the winter. Deep in the heart of Colorado, the ranch sits on 4,000 acres of private property at an elevation of 7,200 feet. The Relais & Chateaux affiliated Home Ranch is an Orvis endorsed fishing lodge.

For reservations or more information visit www.HomeRanch.com or call 970.879.1780.

Mar 24, 2017

"A Beast’s Belle" a New Book Based on the Classic "Beauty and the Beast"

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A Beast’s BelleA BDSM Retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” to be Published by Riverdale Avenue Books

The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books has released A Beast’s Belle, a BDSM retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, by first-time novelist J. Gambardella. A Beast’s Belle’s release coincides with Disney’s live-action version of the movie that opens theaters March 17th.

A Beast’s Belle offers a twist on a classic story; Isabel is the daughter of a widowed inventor and tinkerer, but leaves home to join the indentured staff of a manor. Upon arriving, she explores the rigid structure of domestic servitude and discipline in the manor, and eventually grows fascinated with the Master of the house, a feral man with curious proclivities and voracious appetites. Isabel tries to find her way in a new life at the manor, but quickly finds herself bound up with the Master of the house and engrossed in the lifestyle and ritual the manor’s occupants share.

Beauty and the Beast has become a classic story, constantly retold; my goal here is to change some of the elements of the story to explore the emotions and personalities of the beloved characters more deeply, as well as find and express the romance in BDSM and power dynamics that are such a compelling (though often under-appreciated) motif in the story," said Author J. Gambardella.

A Beast’s Belle is a classic fairy tale told in a new light,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.  “This novel reminds me of Anne Rice’s Beauty Trilogy where she retells the story of Sleeping Beauty with BDSM themes.”

Downloads of this book are available at RiverdaleAveBooks.com and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

About J. Gambardella
J. Gambardella was born and raised in northern California, where he was fortunate to be raised around a rich library in a single-parent home, affording him enormous time to read. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to work in a bookstore where he interacted with some of the greatest literary minds northern and central California had to offer, taking their advice and applying it to his own fancies and fantasies. He adopted a pseudonym to work in erotic romance, and looks forward to an illustrious career sharing his perverted and idealistic imagination with a new audience.

Feb 24, 2017


Condé Nast Traveler unveiled today its Digital City Guide of Los Angeles with best restaurants, best bars, and best things to do. The editorial team recognized the very best of the city of angels according to what they deem are the restaurants, the bars, and the activities that they can't stop thinking about long after they've left L.A.

The Los Angeles Digital City Guide is released on www.cntraveler.com on February 24, 2017.  The full list is published exclusively online, at: 23 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles11 Best Bars in Los Angeles8 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles

Feb 22, 2017


CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Calling All Caped Crusaders! LEGOLAND® California Resort is inviting guests out to celebrate the Dark Knight of Gotham City this weekend during the family theme park’s The LEGO® Batman™ Movie Days on February 25-26.
During The LEGO Batman Movie Days, guests will get a chance to meet LEGO Batman, search for villains during a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., build their own batmobile to race against other guests, test their inner model builder skills by helping create a life-size LEGO Batman and LEGO Robin and help build a special mystery mosaic mural inspired by the film. The LEGO Batman Movie Days activities are included in the price of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort.

Feb 17, 2017

The Top 20 Junior Home Cooks are Revealed on "MasterChef Junior"


Chef Aarón Sánchez Guest-Judges and 

the Top 20 Face their First Mystery Box Challenge 

on an All-New Episode of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Airing Thursday, February 23 on FOX
Last night on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, 12 young chef-testants joined eight previously announced junior home cooks to comprise this season’s Top 20 finalists. Hoping to earn a coveted white apron, the 24 remaining competitors split up into groups of four, each getting a different challenge, including making a perfect steak worthy of the MASTERCHEF kitchen, preparing a delicious chicken dish, cooking a live lobster and producing a box of six perfectly identical cupcakes. The judges then decided which two kids from each group went home and which two went on to join the Top 20. 

Throughout this season, the juniors will face a wide array of exciting new challenges, including one served up by former First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than 50 first responders; MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’s first-ever vegan challenge from guest judge Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”); and cooking for other VIPs, including Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) and the Muppets “Miss Piggy” and “Swedish Chef.” At the end of the competition, one talented kid will be named America’s next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and a $100,000 grand prize.  

In the next all-new episode, “Just Like Gordon,” airing Thursday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez steps into the MASTERCHEF kitchen as a guest judge. The Top 20 young chefs will face their first mystery box challenge of the season, during which they will have to put their own spin on the most commonly eaten crop in the world – rice. Later in the kitchen, Chef Gordon Ramsay teaches the kids how to make his signature hand-roasted sea bass, which they must replicate. 

A James Beard Award-winning chef, Aarón Sánchez is chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore. He co-starred on “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior,” and is the author of two cookbooks – “Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours” and “La Comida del Barrio.” In summer 2017, Sánchez will join Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as a permanent judge on MASTERCHEF Season Eight.  

Watch/share a clip of the kids discussing why kid chefs are better than grown-ups: 

Adam - Age 12, Sacramento
Mashu - Age 13, Thousand Oaks 
Afnan - Age 12, Jonesboro
Jasmine - Age 11, Milton
Justise - Age 11, Sugar Hill
Avani - Age 8, Chicago
Charlie- Age 9, Chicago
Evan - Age 10, Chicago
Lila - Age 9, Rockport
Sam - Age 9, Concord 
Mark - Age 13, Starkville 
Peyton - Age 10, Ringoes 
Cydney - Age 10, Brooklyn
Donovan - Age 9, Brooklyn
Eddie - Age 9, New York City
Gonzalo - Age 11, Whitestone
Elisabeth - Age 9, Sweetwater
Shayne - Age 13, Spring
Solomon - Age 10, Houston 
Sydney - Age 9, West Bend 

MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJfFOX and join the discussion with #MasterChefJunior. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay - @gordonramsay; and Christina Tosi - @christinatosi.

Renowned for award-winning original programming, One Potato Two Potato produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL, the blockbuster MASTERCHEF and irresistible spin-off MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, all for FOX; as well as “Best New Restaurant” and competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., OPTP produces “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape,” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen,” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; and “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC. OPTP has also produced two instructional cookery series featuring Gordon Ramsay, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course,” both of which have sold all over the globe. 

Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV  shows on both sides of the Atlantic seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, HELL’S KITCHEN and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4; and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children's channel CBBC, all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.

The next-generation multi-media production company STUDIO RAMSAY has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that includes a scripted arm focused on food-related themes, and development of new talent on a global front. The catalogue of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership. Studio Ramsay’s first production, live food variety show THE F WORD, will premiere Summer 2017 on FOX.

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and now across all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions. Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Ink Master” (Spike), “Kingdom” (AT&T Audience Network), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “Swamp People” (History), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Steve Harvey” (NBCU), “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT), “Billion Dollar Buyer” (CNBC) and upcoming “Page Six TV” (Syndicated) “Hunted” (CBS), SUPERHUMAN (FOX) and “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime).

Feb 16, 2017

Prince Tours - Minneapolis, operated by Waconiaville Tours

MINNEAPOLISPrince The Tour, operated by Waconiaville Tours, is adding special tour dates surrounding the 1st Anniversary of Prince’s passing and Paisley Park’s Celebration 2017. From Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, Prince The Tour will operate two daily tours at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CST. Each tour will run approximately three hours and tickets can be purchased for $89 per person at Princethetour.com.

“As visitors began to flock Prince’s hometown, there was an essential need for a guided tour. Some of the stops are not easy to navigate on your own. Visitors began to request tours and we answered that need,” said Captain Randy, tour operator, Prince The Tour. “We are remaining true to Prince’s legacy by offering a relaxed and educational tour for his fans. Our tours are as unique as the man himself. It’s an honor to share Prince’s legacy with people from all over the world. We welcome you to Minneapolis.” 

The special anniversary Prince tours board at the Minneapolis Visitors Information Center of Tourism at 505 Nicollet Ave. in downtown Minneapolis and include the following stops:

·         Capri Theatre, where Prince performed for the first time in 1979 (outside stop)
·         First Avenue night club that was featured in the Purple Rain movie (outside stop)
·         Electric Fetus, Prince’s favorite record store (20 minutes to browse and shop inside)
·         The “Purple Rain” house (outside stop)
·         The new large Prince wall mural in Chanhassen created by Mr G (Graham) Hoete of Sydney, Australia, two months after Prince passed away.
·         The Chanhassen Cinema where Prince privately reserved the theater for movie nights with friends.
·         Paisley Park, Prince’s home and studio in nearby Chanhassen (outside stop – does not include inside tour of Paisley Park)
·         Schmitt Music Mural where the iconic Prince photo was taken in 1977

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.PrinceTheTour.com and visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrinceTheTour/

Due to high demand, no coupons or special offers apply to these tour dates. 

Salt & Straw February Flavors Celebrate LA Chocolatiers

Available at all four Salt & Straw locations in Los Angeles Starting February 3rd

L-R: Matcha Mint Chocolate Ganache; ChocoVivo’s Mayan Tradition; Marzipan Chocolate Tango

WHAT: Salt & Straw, the small-batch ice cream purveyor known for its artisanal, chef-driven approach to the American classic, will start scooping flavors from its “LA Chocolatiers” series starting Friday, February 3rd. Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek collaborated with five of his favorite local chocolate makers (CompartésTwenty-Four BlackbirdsBar au ChocolatChocoVivo, and Ococoa) to craft the decadent month-long lineup, which highlights each of their unique styles, ingredients, and techniques via ice cream. Flavors will be available by the scoop at the Larchmont Village, Abbot Kinney, Studio City, and Arts District locations all month; pints are also available for Valentine’s Day gifts at at-home splurging. For more information, visit saltandstraw.com/flavors/#la(Note: flavors will officially be updated on February 3rd.)

WHEN:  Friday, February 3rd – Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 


·         Compartés' Spring Awakening: Design-forward and cutting edge, Compartés’ Jonathan Grahm creates stunning bars and truffles with the philosophy that chocolate is art. In this flavor, we captured the color and joy of Compartes’ Spring Awakening bar—milk chocolate jeweled with freeze-dried strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. In our take, we coat the same suite of berries in milk chocolate and stir them by the handful into milk chocolate ice cream with a kick of strawberry vanilla jam from Laura Ann’s Jams.

·         Twenty-Four Blackbirds' Matcha Mint Chocolate GanacheSanta Barbara bean-to-bar maker Mike Orlando combines his eclectic career path as a marine biologist, analytical chemist, drummer, and coffee enthusiast to put the science in chocolate making. This ice cream captures the method Mike uses in his mint ganache truffles—dehydrating Santa Barbara mint leaves and blending them into cream and single-origin Ecuadorian chocolate—stirred into matcha ice cream with a touch of citrus to bring everything together.

·         Bar au Chocolat's Marzipan Chocolate TangoNicole Trutanich of Bar au Chocolat has an instinctive, nearly mystical approach to making chocolate. We joined the tango in this flavor, working back-and-forth with Nicole to create a marzipan custard ice cream that pairs seamlessly with a malted milk chocolate fudge. Close your eyes and get lost in the music of every bite.

·         ChocoVivo's Mayan TraditionChocoVivo’s bean-to-bar alchemist Patricia Tsai makes incredible chocolate using a stone-grinding method inspired by Mayan and Aztec cacao craftsmanship, incorporating whole spices with roasted beans in bold flavor combinations. This spiced chocolate ice cream combines cacao nibs, California almonds, Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks, three kinds of chiles, and a touch of salt for a deliciously balanced and warming delight.

·         Ococoa's Port & Caramel Truffle: An up-and-comer in the Los Angeles chocolate scene, Ococoa’s Diana Malouf brings a gentle touch and nod to old-world chocolatier tradition with her butter cups and truffle bars, named some of “America’s Best Chocolate” by Bon Appétit Magazine. In this flavor, we showcase the flavors of Diana’s Tawny Port Truffle Bar with a port and salted caramel chocolate ice cream decked out with port chocolate sauce and slices of ganache to pump up the chocolate factor even more.

WHERE:  Available at all four Salt & Straw locations in LA!

·         240 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA - (323) 466-0485
·         1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA - (310) 310-8429
·         12180 ½ Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA - (818) 358-2890
·         829 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA - (213) 988-7070