OC Wine Fest 2018

The inaugural OC Wine Fest brings wines, brews, music and more to Orange County this weekend.

OC Wine Fest

Guests at OC Wine Fest will learn all about wine and sip award-winning wines from around world. The Wine Fest team has also specially curated some tasty craft breweries into the mix for beer fans.

There are seminars and classes Saturday and Sunday, led by wine experts, so any guest who wishes can further hone their tasting and pairing skills. These classes require a special entry.

This event also helps raise awareness for the OC Wine Fest’s charitable partner, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

OC Wine Fest

The OC Wine Festival will be held at A Stones Throw Winery.

A Stones Throw Winery is located at:
29943 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Saturday – March 10, 2018 1-5pm
Sunday – March 11, 2018, 1-5pm

Ticket includes:

  • a commemorative tasting glass
  • unlimited wine and beer sampling
  • Music
  • Water, coffee & food

OC Wine Fest Parking is available for $5 at:
Saddleback Valley Christian School, 26333 Oso Rd., San Juan Capistrano

Serra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Rd., San Juan Capistrano

We’ve got a promo code for you – OC Wine Festival Promo Code

Purchase an all-access ticket to this weekend’s inaugural OCWineFest and you’ll get to sample wines from an additional 14 boutique wineries. Get a 30% discount when you use promo code OCSpecial at checkout. Head to the OCWineFest website for details.

OC wine fest

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Paws FUR Pink Dog Friendly Run/Walk

Mark your calendars! The sixth annual Orange County Paws FUR Pink run/walk is coming back soon.

Starting line of racers at Pars Fur Pink

Looking for a great way to get some exercise with your pet? Check out the Orange County Paws FUR Pink® run/walk will be held on Sunday, February 18at Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Whether you and your pet want to walk in celebration of life or to honor a friend or relative, it is a great way to raise money for a good cause and make some friends in the process.

Participants can register to run or walk with their dogs and raise funds for charity paw-tners, which include Susan G. Komen Orange County and The National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). Other activities include a pet costume contest, a pet expo and an award ceremony.

paws fur pin great dane dog

“It’s an honor to be chosen for the sixth year as a charity partner of Paws FUR Pink,” said Lisa Wolter, executive director of Komen Orange County. “Every day in Orange County, five women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one dies from the disease. The funds raised at Paws Fur Pink are critical to save both human and canine lives.” Since the event’s inception, close to $50,000 has been raised, the equivalent of 400 mammograms.

Partial proceeds from Paws FUR Pink® will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County to support breast health education, services and research, as well as The National Canine Cancer Foundation. Five percent of the net proceeds from the pledge money raised and a $5 donation per 5K and 1-Mile will be allocated post-event to the charity of the participant’s choice.

“We, at Book That Event, place an emphasis on women’s health and wellness and understand that cancer affects not only our daughters, sisters, friends and mothers, but the pets in our lives as well. We created an event that includes dogs because we understand how the love from our pets can make us feel better,” said Lisa Scolman, co-founder of Paws FUR Pink. “We’re dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the necessary research, treatment, care, hope and inspiration to those affected by cancer.”

The event features:

  • Hearty Hound 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Dawdling Doodle 1-Mile Walk
  • FURever Yours Expo w/Yoga in the Park and pet demonstrations
  • PAWsitively Pink Costume Contest
  • Each participant will receive a custom Paws FUR Pink branded participation t-shirt, wine glass, doggy frisbee and sunglasses.


All events on Sunday start/finish at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

7:00 a.m. – Registration & Packet Pick Up Opens

7:00 a.m. – FURever Yours Expo Opens

8:30 a.m. – Hearty Hound 5K Run/Walk Starts

9:00 a.m. – Dawdling Doodle 1-Mile Walk

9:50 a.m. – PAWsitively Pink Costume Contest

10:00 a.m. – Paws FUR Pink® Awards

Registration fees range from $15 to $48.  For more information and to register for Paws FUR Pink®, please visit PawsFURPink.com or send an email to info@bookthatevent.com.

Check out the Taste Travel Explore Events Calendar on our Facebook page for other great local events.


Orange County Los Angeles County Museum Free Admission Days

If one of your goals this year is saving money this year, you might like this list of Museum Free Admission Days for Los Angeles and Orange County Museums.



Here is a list of Orange County and Los Angeles County Museums and the dates that they offer free admission. Website links to the museums on this list will give you additional information on parking, operating hours, tours and special events.  Note that if you have a large group, you may want to check out the museum website to get additional information.


Southern California has many museums and offers an educational experience for the entire family. Many have eateries within their facilities or close by. I always love to peruse the gift shops for unique gifts for friends.


Note that museum information is subject to change so be sure to check the museum website before you go.

Wanderlust Guide to Museum Free Admission Days


Museum Which Free Day Website Notes
Children’s Museum at La Habra http://www.lhcm.org/
Nat Hist 1st Tue https://www.nhm.org/
Page La Brea 1st Tue http://www.tarpits.org/museum
Huntington Library 1st Thu http://www.huntington.org/
Pasadena Art 1st Fri http://pmcaonline.org/
Norton Simon 1st Fri Nite https://www.nortonsimon.org/
Pacific Asia 2nd Sun http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/ Closed until May 2017
LA County Art 2nd Tue http://www.lacma.org/
Gene Autry 2nd Tue https://theautry.org/
Descanso 3rd Tue https://www.descansogardens.org/
LACO Arboretum 3rd Tue http://www.arboretum.org/
South Coast Botanic 3rd Tue http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/
Japanese American 3rd Thu http://www.janm.org/
MOCA every Thu Nite http://www.moca.org/
Laguna Art Museum every Thu Nite https://lagunaartmuseum.org/
craft & folk art every Sun http://www.cafam.org/
Latin American every Sun https://www.molaa.org/
Skirball every Thu http://www.skirball.org/
Long Beach every Fri http://lbma.org/
Orange County Museum of Art every fri https://www.ocma.net/
The Broad every day http://www.thebroad.org/
Calif Science Center every day https://californiasciencecenter.org/
African American every day http://www.caamuseum.org/
Dominguez Rancho every day http://dominguezrancho.org/
UCLA Fowler every day http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/
Griffith Observatory every day http://www.griffithobservatory.org/
J Paul Getty every day http://www.getty.edu/museum/
UCLA Hammer every day https://hammer.ucla.edu/
Holocaust every day http://www.lamoth.org/
Travel Town every day http://traveltown.org/
USC Fisher Museum every day https://fisher.usc.edu/
UCLA Meteorite every day http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/
Holywood Bowl every day http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/visit/hollywood-bowl-museum
Annenberg Space every day https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/
Wende every day http://www.wendemuseum.org
Center for Land Use every day http://clui.org/page/los-angeles
Paley Center every day http://paleymusuem.org
Rancho Santa Ana select days http://rsabg.org/free-days
Fullerton Arboretum every day http://fullertonarboretum.org
Old Orange County Courthouse every day http://ocparks.com/historic/oldcourt/
Beall Center for Art every day http://beallcenter.uci.edu/
Muckenthaler Cultural Center every day http://themuck.org/
Irvine Museum every day http://www.irvinemuseum.org/
Free Museum Day! 1/29/17 1/29/17 http://www.socalmuseums.org/free-for-all/

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Free Museum Days Los Angeles and Orange County

Summer is here and the weather is getting warm. For those days where you have spent all your funds, here is a list of free museum days in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas that offer complimentary admission at least once per week.

There is nothing like exploring a good museum on a warm summer day. And while admission is free at these museums, many of these fine organizations will accept donations and it is important to support our local arts.

Refer to the corresponding link to get information about location and events.

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles & Orange County

Museum Which Free Day Website
Laguna Art Museum every Thu Nite https://lagunaartmuseum.org/
craft & folk art every Sun http://www.cafam.org/
Latin American every Sun https://www.molaa.org/
Skirball every Thu http://www.skirball.org/
Long Beach every Fri http://lbma.org/
Orange County Museum of Art every fri https://www.ocma.net/
Fullerton Arboretum every day http://fullertonarboretum.org
Beall Center for Art every day http://beallcenter.uci.edu/
Muckenthaler Cultural Center every day http://themuck.org/
Irvine Museum every day http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

Check out this article for more practically free things to do this summer.


8 Hacks to Pack Like A Pilot

Tips to pack like a pilot so you can travel light.

hacks to pack like a pilot8 Hacks to Pack Like a Pilot

We have all seen the pilots fleeing through the airport with tiny little suitcases on wheels. Now that may not be realistic for most of us when we are packing for a trip, but here are some hacks that we have received from flight staff that you can use to pack like a pilot.

Fold and roll.  

There are tons of ways to pack a good suitcase, but there is nothing like the fold and roll. Not only do you save time on ironing once you reach your destination, but you can free up lots of space in your bag. Most clothing is made to roll up without much wrinkling.

Fill up space.

You have to make sure to use every available inch of space in your suitcase so stick to the fold and roll. Also, here is the time to tuck items like socks, undergarments, and other smaller items into your shoes for maximum room. Roll belts in shoes or along the outer edge of your suitcase.

When you think you are going to need multiple gadgets on your trips such as maps, GPS, a camera, or a video recorder, try to limit yourself to just one gadget that does it all. These days our smartphones and tablets cover all of those bases and then some.

Invest in quality.  

One of the best things you can do is buy a quality piece of luggage, especially if you are a frequent traveler.  The wear and tear our bags get from going airport to airport can take a toll.  So, go for a hard case suitcase with sturdy wheels and it will last so much longer.

Pack just 3 pairs.

Of shoes, that is.  All you really need is 3 of your most functional shoes on any trip.  Pack your comfortable dress shoes, a pair of exercise shoes, and of course some sort of sandal or flip flop so that you can avoid walking around on the hotel carpet.  

Keep it fresh and clean.  

One of the best tips anyone can use on any trip is to pack either a small bag of potpourri or a few scented dryer sheets inside your luggage. Even tuck some inside your shoes and place your shoes in a large zipped plastic bag to keep them freshen up.  Also, storing your shoes in bags will keep the dirty soles away from your clean clothes.

Wear your best onboard.

Everyone loves to be comfortable on a flight, so make sure when you are packing you leave out your favorite outfit and layer up a little so you can leave room in your bag for more items. If you are going to a colder destination, take along your coat and wear a sweater onboard so you don’t bulk up your bag. If you bring a hat, you may want to wear it so it doesn’t get crushed.

Wash on the go.

A great way to be able to pack a little less and carry a lighter road while traveling is to do a load of laundry at your hotel if you can. This is a huge deal if you have kids and all of their dirty clothes to contend with as well as your own.  Just check ahead of time that your hotel has laundry facilities or nearby place you can do a quick load, if needed.

See our Lifestyle website for more great packing tips for travel.

So there are a few tips. Do you have any we missed? Let us know in the comments.


Tips on how to pack like a pilot so you can travel light!

Gringo Bandito Tacos at Slide Bar

Gringo Bandito Hot sauce has announced that they have partnered with Fullerton, California’s Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen to create a special taco for their new menu. I had a chance to try the Cali Bandito Tacos at a media preview.

Gringo Bandito Tacos available at Slide Bar.

Thee tacos are made with house made tortillas and filled with carne asada that have been marinated in a sauce that includes Gringo Bandito Red sauce. The tacos are topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and avocado creme. If you are not familiar with the Gringo Bandito name and the rock star affiliation, read on.

Gringo Bandito Marinade

The tacos were delightfully fresh and the marinated beef was tender and nicely seasoned. There was a bit of spice, but it was not overwhelming. Paired with fresh tortilla chips and salsa and served with beans, it was an awesome meal. It was especially good with a Modern Times IPA.

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Makes for a great meal in a fun spot.

Slide Bar Fullerton

This was my first time to Slidebar Fullerton. Sadly, it was not in Fullerton when I attended CSUF because I would have been there every week as the vibe was cool.

Fullerton Slide Bar

Both Gringo Bandito and Slidebar will be at OC Weekly’s popular Summerfest on June 17th at Newport Dunes.

If you did not know, Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce was founded by Dexter Holland (frontman for the awesome Southern California group, The Offspring) in 2004. Sidenote, I love The Offspring, and their hits Your Gonna Go Far, Kid, and Come Out and Play are seriously good tunes.

Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen was founded in 2006 by Jeremy Popoff. They offer live music, great food and drinks, in a spacious open air setting. It is located at:

122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832-1909
(714) 871-7469

Gringo Bandito is now sold in Australia, Japan, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Hungary and coast to coast in the US. It is also in the top ten on Amazon.com’s highest customer rated hot sauces.




10 Things To Do Vienna

Vienna is the capital of Austria and is a beautiful and stately city. Vibrant with culture, fine dining and music, there is a lot to do when visiting this magnificent republic. The people we encountered throughout our trip were very friendly and helpful. Nearly everyone we talked to spoke English, which made communication easy.


Things to see and do in ViennaTransportation is quite easy as they have a great transit system and many areas we visited were walkable. You can take a cab easily as well, for a reasonable price. The city center is surrounded by residential districts and dotted with parks and squares.

We spent 5 days in Vienna and based on my experience, these are my top ten things to do in Vienna.


The famous Naschmarkt is a lovely open-air market with tons of food stalls, cafes, and stores. A must-visit for any food lover, the Naschmarkt is a great place to find some cheese and sausages and wine and set off for a picnic lunch. Hours are longer in the spring and summer than they are the rest of the year.


Must see places in Vienna Austria for Foodies
Vienna Naschmarkt


I loved perusing the market stalls and we stopped here for lunch of chicken schnitzel and fries.

Vienna Places for Foodies to See


Spanish Riding School

At this equestrian riding school, you can watch a training session, take a guided tour or catch a performance. The Lipizzaner Stallions are Europe’s oldest breed of horses and they are beautiful in movement and stature. Performances fun to watch if you have a love of horses and history. No indoor photography is allowed here.


Similar to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, this street offers luxury shopping fabulous restaurants and a nice view of people walking the city. There are luxury boutiques and department stores. While you will find Gucci and Louis Vuitton here now, these streets were once the home of composers Haydn and Chopin. Walking around in this metropolitan city is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Stop for lunch and one of the many highly-rated restaurants and enjoy a good meal.




Best things to see in ViennaYou can also find plenty of great shopping in the city center on Mariahilfer Strasse. You will find specialty shops, souvenir shops and department stores on this pedestrian only street.

Top things to do in Vienna, AustriaSt. Stephens Church

This Gothic church dating back to the 13th century is majestic and sits right in the center of the city. It is a beautiful tribute to the elegance that is Vienna. They have guided tours of the church and its art treasures. You can enter the church for free, but it will cost you a few Euros to get into the main section. The Cathedral is stunning inside and offers tours of their treasury and catacombs with a combination ticket. Check the schedule for choir performances and Catholic services which are offered.


Things to see and do in Vienna Austra

Hofburg Palace Imperial Apartments

These beautiful royal apartments are as lavish as Versailles, though not as big. I suggest you take a tour of the apartments and the Hofburg Treasury collection for an unforgettable glimpse of this long-reigning family. The stories of Franz Josef and Sisi are entirely captivating and tragic. For more information visit http://www.hofburg-wien.at/en.html.


My best ten things to see and do in Vienna, AustriaThe Opera House

Beautifully magnificent and world-renowned for the classical performances of opera. It has also been the location of movie premiers and musicals. There are Live Opera evenings on the square in which you can watch the opera on a large screen outside of the Opera for free during April – June, and September. You can view the schedule here.

Schonbrunn Palace

This summer residence of the Habsburgs is another beautiful residence filled with elaborate artwork, furnishings and the Vienna zoo, which is considered to be the oldest zoo in the world. It is also where Mozart gave his first concert at the age of six.

Cafe Sacher

One of the most popular desserts, the Sacher-Torte, was born here. A wonderfully decadent chocolate cake made with apricot jam and served with the most amazing whipped cream deserves a spot on your itinerary. I recommend sitting outside and enjoying your cake while watching passersby. Enjoy it with a cup of Viennese coffee and savor the wonderful moment that it is sure to be.

Best restaurant for foodies in Vienna

Cocktails at the Ritz

The rooftop bar at the Ritz Carlton is a fabulous place to enjoy the view and a libation at the same time. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton on our visit and loved everything about it. Wonderful guest rooms, great dining, friendly service and an excellent location make this a great choice if looking for luxury accommodations. 


Things to do in Vienna Austria

Museum Quarter

Take a stroll in the Vienna Burggarten in Vienna’s city center or Museum Quarter. Visit the Art Historical and the Natural Historical Museum and gardens for a scenic afternoon.












Visiting Vienna Austria


Danube River AustriaThere are many things to do just outside of Vienna as well, but that’s for another post. For other articles on Vienna, check out:

A Visit to Melk, Austria

Where to Dine in Vienna

Visiting Vienna For the First Time

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Taste Travel Explore Southern California and Beyond

Welcome to Taste, Travel, Explore

Of all the things there are to do, most people would agree that travel is at the top of their list of favorite things to do. Having traveled extensively over the last 25 years, I have been fortunate enough to have visited many cities and countries in the US and beyond.

I went on my first trip to Europe as a senior in high school and caught the travel bug then and have back to Europe several times since then and have fallen in love with several cities there. I am a writer, mom and food lover, who lives in Southern California. I have shared some of my stories and tips on my lifestlye blog, but this space is dedicated to sharing the following;

  • Suggested Travel Itineraries
  • Culinary Events and Travel
  • Family Travel
  • Food and Drink Events in Southern California

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