Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Oenologist.com The People of Wine and John McBride Thornton – Co-Owner, Thornton Winery

Oenologist.com (2 million) is a division of CityRoom, City-Room Now on June 1 http://www.oenologist.com/spotlight-profiles_1043_john-thornton.htm CityRoom-Now http://www.cityroom.com/CityRoom-Now/2011/06/thornton-winery-%E2%80%93-a-successful-business-profile/ also June 1, 2011 LocalWineEvents.com has posted Thornton Winery to their Facebook page.  LocalWineEvents is a PR6 site.  Their FB page has 32,375 Likes. http://www.facebook.com/Localwineevents It moved to Business Insider (5 million)  on June 9 http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-build-and-run-a-successful-winery-2011-6 They immediately re-titled it (they  changed the picture from John to a stock photo.)  It was one of the highest viewed article on BI in just one day. On June 11, 2011 it showed up in The Netherlands in the strategy section of Wyn Wys.EU.   John McBride Thornton – Co-Owner, Thornton Winery The old adage that, to make a million dollars with a winery you must invest ten million dollars, has been around in many forms for decades. John Thornton went by his own rules. He invested in a winery with a friend. Little did he know, he would one day own the whole operation that would be a family affair with Thornton Winery.  John’s expertise was not in winemaking, but successful business practices and smart investing.   When I asked John about the beginning, his answer was simple. “My wife and I traveled in the U.S., Europe, and the Orient a lot on business, and always tried to enjoy the best food, wine, and music of the area. In the 80s, the opportunity came along...

Read More

CityRoom, Spa Tours Worldwide, – Rancho La Puerta

This started on CityRoom (1.5 million) April 20 and went to Spa Tours Worldwide (1.5 million) April 25, 2011 and to the spa tour map. This was written with Brenda C. Hill   http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/04/20/rancho-la-puerta-spa-tips-2/ http://www.spatoursworldwide.com/rancho-la-puerta-a-glimpse-of-a-wellness-oasis-in-sunny-mexico/ http://www.cityroommaps.com/tours/spa-tours.htm Rancho La Puerta & Spa Tips April 20th, 2011 By Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill Overlook at Rancho La Puerta Recently, the Hill Team returned from one of our favorite spas worldwide, the renowned Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico., just a short, breathtaking ride south from San Diego. While at “the ranch,” (as the regulars call it,) to present one of our writing workshops, our free time was aimed at refreshing and renewing. Deep breathing with long walks and short hikes was part of every day. Time was also made for swimming, then relaxing in the private roof tub hot tub au natural; indulging in treatments, steam and sauna and a make-up session with excellent products and some valuable tips. Both of us took as many enrichment classes as time allowed. Our day was also filled with dancing, learning new techniques from chefs, and time for solitary meditations. Most pleasant of all, we dined like royalty on the best, fresh, farm-to-fork cuisine from two top chefs and many experienced sous chefs.  We have both written and published two books about notable chefs, so we know when we find true passion in the...

Read More

City Room to JustLuxe – Chateau Yearing

This was originally published on April 8, 2011 on CityRoom (1.5 million) and then picked up by JustLuxe (2.5 million) on April 30, 2011.   Chef Mathew Macartney of Chateau Yearing Shares an Intriguing Salad Plate April 8th, 2011 While exploring the Australian Yarra Valley wine region, I was able to experience the five star, heritage-listed Victorian mansion.  Chateau Yearing, sitting on 250 acres, is a member of Relais & Chateaux. In the parlor, while enjoying scones and tea, I discovered Head Chef Mathew Macartney. Mathew oversees the Sweetwater Café and Elenore’s, a One Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide. Elenore’s has won numerous awards since Mathew arrived. He has also been a celebrity chef on Silversea’s cruise line the past two years. Chef Macartney’s talent speaks for itself in the recipe he chose to share. ……………. Crisp Parcel of Persian Feta, Shaved Beetroot and Black Truffle Salad, Beetroot Jelly For the parcel: 600g (about 21 oz) Persian feta or goats cheese 250g (about 8-3/4 oz) cottage cheese or ricotta 2 egg yokes 1tsp chopped thyme Salt and pepper 16 sheets brick pastry 200mls (about 10 tbs) clarified butter   Method for the feta filling: In a food processor combine feta, cottage cheese, egg yokes and thyme process until mix is very smooth season with salt and pepper (not much salt as the feta acts as the...

Read More

The Epoch Times – Chef Interview: Deborah Scarborough and Black Cat Bistro

This first appeared online on July 17. Michelle M. Winner and I wrote it together as we discovered Deborah together. It appeared in the print editions as shown below: http://epoch-archive.com/a1/en/edition.php?dir=us/nyc/2011/07_Jul/18 New York City Edition http://epoch-archive.com/a1/en/edition.php?dir=us/sfo/2011/07-Jul/21 San Francisco Edition http://epoch-archive.com/a1/en/edition.php?dir=us/was/2011/07-July/21 Washington DC http://epoch-archive.com/a1/en/edition.php?dir=sg/nnn/2011/07%20July%202011/Issue%20372_19_July%202011 – July 20 Singapore Chef Interview: Deborah Scarborough and Black Cat Bistro By Maralyn D. Hill & Michelle M. Winner Epoch Times Staff Created: Jul 15, 2011 Last Updated: Jul 15, 2011 | | Related articles: Life > Food   ELEGANT: Black Cat Bistro Meyer Lemon and Chevre Cheesecake. (Maralyn D. Hill) It’s always exciting to meet a new chef full of passion, inspiration, and success. Deborah Scarborough is the owner and chef of The Black Cat in Cambria, Calif.Maralyn Hill: How did you get started? Deborah Scarborough: Like many other chefs, I started cooking with my grandmother, mother, and father. Each had different specialties, from country Southern, to great soups, and elite dinner parties. My mother cooks wonderfully and knows how to develop flavors. My father cooked wild game and freshly caught fish. It is because of him that I have no fear of cooking any kind of meat. Ms. Hill: As to using local ingredients, Deborah was absolute. Ms. Scarborough: I am on the board of Pallet to Palate, which promotes the farm-to-table experience in California’s Central Coast. Before Pallet to Palate, I found it...

Read More

Maralyn D Hill and Brenda C Hill Presenting at Rancho LaPuerta the Week of July 14, 2012

Brenda and I are very happy to announce we are on the Events Calendar at Rancho LaPuerta the Week of July 14, 2012. Other special presenters that week are Roni Mahler and Linda Carroll, M.S. You can see all of our programs outlined below.The Ranch is always a wonderful retreat for relaxation, rejuvenation, reflection, and good company. Where else can you enjoy so much in such a healthy atmosphere. We hope we see some of our followers there. Presenters for the week of July 14, 2012 Ballet Week | Roni Mahler Love Cycles | Linda Carroll, M.S. Write, Market...

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest