Archive for October, 2016

Famed Costume Designer Luke Reichle On Art, Fashion and Sartorial Storytelling

[Cover image via Instagram.com/redcarpetluke] In which I talk to brilliant costume designer/fine artist Luke Reichle and in re-reading his answers to my questions while creating this post, sense his creative, electric energy with such fervent palpability, it practically buzzes off my computer screen and makes me feel all sorts of inspired … 

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Round Pond Estate: Family (And Wine) First

Posted by melissa kandel on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

[Photo Credit: Olaf Beckmann] “The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” said Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner and CEO of Round Pond Estate, quoting Aristotle not as some general, ambiguous notion about life but as the specific philosophy driving the creation and experience of Round Pond wines.  Round Pond Estate—a winery, vineyard and […]

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Halloween is Coming and the Netflix Candy and Confections Division Can’t Wait

Posted by melissa kandel on October 26, 2016 in Film, food, Television | No Comments

I mean, good for Netflix. Not only is the world’s biggest Internet television network killing it on the stock market, the company is also killin’ it with its marketing, too. This morning, Netflix sent out a faux-press release about “Netflix Pausing,” a distinct yet irrepressible phenomena that spikes each year on the night of Halloween, wherein viewers take a […]

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Adelaida Vineyards & Winery: Grape Expectations in Paso Robles, CA

Posted by melissa kandel on October 22, 2016 in drink, food, wine | No Comments

[Image via Adelaida.com] Like the pearl inside an oyster shell made from rugged, Central California terrain, Adelaida Vineyards & Winery is a treasure found amidst the peaks and valleys of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Except this pearl sparkles in shades of grape across 168 acres of sun-kissed vineyards. For 35 years, Adelaida has been bottling Petit Sirahs […]

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Discarded Post-it Poetry: An Idea That Sticks

Posted by melissa kandel on October 21, 2016 in #LWSCreativeXChange, art, creativity, On Writing | 1 Comment

We met in the most unexpected way. And while I guess great love affairs do often spring from the auspiciously unusual, I’d suspect none involve quite so much dog poop as this. In the thick of Sunset Boulevard, just a hint from The Standard hotel, there’s a little dog park chiseled into a hill, accessible by two […]

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Jeremy Lin Shoots (But Doesn’t Score) In New Viral Video

Posted by melissa kandel on October 19, 2016 in comedy, entertainment, Sports | No Comments

If there’s anything more awesome than watching a well-made and hilarious viral video, it’s watching a failed attempt at a well-made and hilarious viral video. (The end result is no less hilarious.)  Today, Comedy Central’s fictional branding agency, Viralocity, released a new video starring Brooklyn Nets point guard, Jeremy Lin, and it’s a smart and […]

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We Believe Wines Bottle Faith, Family and Freedom

Posted by melissa kandel on October 15, 2016 in food, Interview, wine | 1 Comment

It was a curious place to meet. Not because the place itself was curious—an old, Irish bar in Newport Beach that appeared just as deeply green, darkly wooded and Celtic-ly spirited as you’d expect—but because the topic at hand was so very American, it felt almost unpatriotic to be discussing it at a pub with […]

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The Comedy Jam Will See Famous Comics Unleashing Their Inner Rock Star

Adam Devine in “Goddamn Comedy Jam” // Photo Credit: Comedy Central If there’s one thing comedians like more than making people laugh … it’s making people laugh while reaching the highest of high falsetto notes as they gloriously belt out their favorite power ballad. Or so says Comedy Central.

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival: A First Timer’s Tale

Posted by melissa kandel on October 12, 2016 in drink, food, wine | 2 Comments

“Unless you want me to pour the wine into your hands, you’ll probably need a glass.”  The man speaking was tall, though not uncommonly so, with light gray hair slicked back in one fell swoop from his forehead. He wore a red polo shirt, khaki pants and while his eyes were kind, he had the distinct […]

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Legends of the Hidden Temple: A Nickelodeon Classic Returns

Posted by melissa kandel on October 7, 2016 in Film, Television | No Comments

When I think about growing up as a 90s baby, three things immediately come to mind: pogs, butterfly clips (because pre-teen hair goals were best achieved by looking like a human garden gnome) and of course, Legends of the Hidden Temple, a Nickelodeon game show that aired in 1993 and ran through 1995, then lived […]

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