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Celebrating Anna’s 60th Year!

For the past 365 days we have all enjoyed Celebrating Anna’s 60th Year! Her Instagram #daysto60 affirms that she considers every day a gift! And of course the Great 8 wanted to celebr-8 with her. Usually it is just the 4 of us gals that go out to dinner to honor the birthday girl, but this is a big one and just like we did for Jurga, the 6 of us took Anna and Vince out to…

For Lunch, Dinner, or Dessert…Bottega Louie!

There are few restaurants that I want to return to time and again mostly because I love trying new things. The ones that I insist on revisiting generally have more than just Gr8 Food. Bottega Louie is one of those restaurants. Whenever the Gr8 gals venture to Los Angeles, Bottega Louie is bound to be on the itinerary. It is a large, open space which includes the restaurant, a bar area and the bakery/take-out counter. One of the…

Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Montage Laguna Beach

Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Montage in Laguna Beach, California, is a restaurant like no other. This is one of those restaurants that’s pricey but Vince and I try to go to dinner there at least once a summer. There is nothing better than eating outside on a beautiful evening, add to that the view of the ocean (it’s right there!), and a solo guitarist singing popular songs, old and new, and you have the…

More Than Just a Coffee Shop…Starbucks Reserve Roastery

On a recent visit to one of my favorite cities, Seattle, I wanted to be sure to check out the new Starbucks Reserve – Roastery and Tasting Room. Wow! What an incredible place. They call it a “one-of-a-kind coffee shrine” and it is that, but also more. This post was originally published June 30, 2015. The Reserve is just nine blocks from the original Starbucks store in Pike Place Market. Starbucks has created a 15…

Jurga’s Birthday at Water Grill

Do you love birthdays as much as I love birthdays? We just celebrated Jurga’s birthday at a fairly new restaurant in town, Water Grill, and that’s one of the things I love about celebrating birthdays…eating at a Gr8 new place! The birthday girl doesn’t know where the “party” will take place, she just has to trust the evening’s driver. When we arrived, she was thrilled at the beautiful…

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