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Category: Restaurant Reviews

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…

Fun in Puerto Rico!

One of our most fun vacations as a family was Puerto Rico. Both girls were in college and it so happened that they had the same spring break. How often does that happen? I’m not sure how we decided on Puerto Rico, but we were sure glad we did. A couple of months ago, when our Gr8 Friends, Terri and Mark, told us they had rented a condo in Puerto Rico and would we like to join them…

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