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Pechanga – Jewel of Temecula Valley

My wife and I decided on a quick getaway to Temecula, California, to try out a spot getting good buzz, Pechanga Resort & Casino. After a speedy check-in, we headed to Kelsey’s, one of 11 restaurants. It’s a sleek American pub specializing in hand-cut, barbecued meats and craft beer. It was our first of three “wow” food experiences. Let me…

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Travel Tuesday: July 4th in Depth

Independence Day of the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress.   The thirteen American colonies then considered themselves as a new nation. Here’s how far we’ve come. $6.77B – Total planned spending on July 4th food. 150 Mil. – Hot dogs are consumed each July 4th holiday. 700 Mil.…

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10 Best & Worst Staycations in the USA

To help Americans find the best staycation spots in the U.S. — and the ones worth leaving home for — WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities across 28 key metrics. Our data set includes such metrics as movie and bowling costs, golf courses, frozen-yogurt shops and spas per capita, and the cost of house-cleaning services. Best Cities for…

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4 Winning Casinos In Las Vegas

When the chance arose to participate again in the World Poker Tour Boot Camp, I jumped at it. What I learned is that what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t have to stay there. My short trip to “Sin City” provided me with a new view of the town and the discovery of four winners. My hotel of choice was the…

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San Diego To Host Baseball’s 87th All-Star Game

Baseball’s 87th All-Star Game will be held this year on July 12 at San Diego’s Petco Park. Hosted by the Padres, they have chosen Padres Hall of Famers Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield as their official spokesmen. The National League team will be trying to end a three game/year skid. If you are in town for the game, take time…

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Travel Talk Tuesday – Packing

Besides the usual electronic gear including a mini-portable charger, a seam ripper and super glue are in my carry-on. Additionally, I don’t go anywhere without my two favorite Chico Bag products tucked away in a corner of my suitcase. It’s their Sling and Travel Pack (backpack). What unusual default accessories do you pack? Shaving hint: leave behind that bulky can…

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Top 10 Poker Players – 2010

In 2010, Poker for Dummies listed their “Ten Poker Legends.” Stu Unger Johnny Moss Jack “Treetop” Strauss Benny Binion “Amarillo Slim” Preston Doyle Brunson Johnny Chan Phil Helmuth, Jr. Scotty Nguyen Chris Moneymaker (the Moneymaker effect) What changes would you make to this lineup today?