Jody Robinson

Travel & Leisure

Kansas City, Missouri

Where to Eat, Stay and Play in the “City of Fountains” A friend of mine joked with me recently that Kansas City is the loudest city in the midwest. He assured me that it was strictly due to the volume of sports fans: Royals baseball and Chiefs football, Sporting KC

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Travel & Leisure

Greetings from Lake Tahoe California

There are a few places on my winter vacation shortlist: San Diego for a surf and sand staycation, Big Apple for the holidays, Big Sur to see McWay Falls at its peak, and South Lake Tahoe for literally everything else. Boating, shopping, gaming, nightlife, hiking, biking. Dining out or cooking

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Feature

Your Vacation Needs Branson Missouri

Adventure Awaits in the Ozarks A few years back my teenage daughter came home from school using the phrase “beyond.” I gathered after it was expressed a few times that it meant “extra,” or “really great.” And then I felt very old. After enough time passes though, those juvenile phrases

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Travel & Leisure

Day Tripping in Style at Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Full disclosure: I’m a mom of teenagers and as such, am continually on the hunt for bonding opportunities that a) don’t involve electronics and b) do entail entertainment and activities that are enjoyable for both age brackets. So I was thrilled when my suggestion of a day trip to the

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Business Showcase

The Somm’s STASH

Purposefully designed to make great wine uncomplicated One could venture to say with Micah Sampson, what you see is pretty much what you get – passion, excitement, intelligence. But each of those things is about as complex as the best glass of wine – and as a sommelier Micah will

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Travel & Leisure

Minneapolis The City by Nature

Known as one-half of the “Twin Cities,” Minneapolis is one of the most welcoming, culturally rich places to visit as a family in the country. With growing numbers of gorgeous parks, beautiful lakes, hiking trails, bike paths and verdant green spaces, this city is also home to a vibrant arts

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Business Showcase

Absolutely Fabulous

The Happiest Place in OC for the Holidays! The nature of gift purchasing has changed greatly since the advent of the internet. How has Absolutely Fabulous stayed above the fray and blossomed while the rest of the gift industry flounders? “That’s easy,” responds Diane Silverstein, owner of the iconic Huntington

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Destination Dining

O SEA | seafood for thought

With the change of seasons always comes an exciting time in food – especially at your favorite restaurants. My new go-to in Orange is O SEA, located in the historic heart of Orange on the circle. Open since June 2021, this innovative eatery features a refreshingly modern, upbeat atmosphere and

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Destination Dining

Savor Handmade Moments at North Italia

Savory is one of those words that gets tossed around indiscriminately. I suppose the synonyms are a bit lackluster (appetizing, toothsome), but none of the adjectives really do an unforgettable meal justice. At North Italia, it doesn’t matter how you describe the food, as long as you know you’re always

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