Dine Downtown in San Jose

Visitors to San Jose can count
on four things in June: the best weather in the Bay area, many hotel deals,
great entertainment and a fine selection of cuisine.
From June 3-13, more than 25 of the best restaurants will offer extraordinary prix
fixe menus at  during the first-ever DINE
DOWNTOWN event.

 

Restaurants will roll out the red carpet with three-course meals priced at $20, $30 and $40. 
Epicurean delights will include Johnny Cakes with butter poached lobster,
American caviar, black forest ham, and sweet corn beurre blanc?  That’s just
an appetizer offered by A.P Stumps Chop House. 

Diners from out of town can take advantage of great deals at many hotels.

 

For information on reservations, menus and participating
restaurants in DINE DOWNTOWN, visit

http://www.sjdowntown.com/dinedowntown.html.

Hawaii.com The Magazine launches

A new interactive
quarterly online publication called
Hawaii.com “The
Magazine”
is offered by the vacation-planning
website Hawaii.com. To see this new magazine with easy to use page-turning
technology go to www.hawaii.com/magazine.

 

“The staff
at Hawaii.com has worked to create a unique magazine that showcases the
Sandwich Islands, with feature stories, great photography and fun tidbits you
would never have known or even guessed existed in paradise,” explained Rhett
Long, president of Hawaii.com.

 

The May
edition is 48 pages of interactive features with links to interesting web sites
and embedded video clips giving you the feeling of really being right there in
Hawaii.  These tools make it easy to
peruse its pages including thumbnails of the entire edition, the ability to
turn pages just like a paper magazine, zoom to 400 percent, to email a page to
a friend or to print a page or the entire beautiful magazine.

 

Some of the
features of the first edition include:

 

“Nine
Things You Didn’t Know About Hawaii” – A number of fun things to do that just
maybe you did not know about, including finding petroglyphs and discovering
little-known Kaho’olawe Island.

 

“Follow the
Whales to
Maui” – Humpback whales
winter in
Maui‘s welcoming waters
and the Pacific
Whale Foundation has been integral to saving the whale population.

 

“Touch the
Spirit of a Saint” –
Kalaupapa
National Historical Park on Molokai honors the spirit of Father Damien.

 

“The Magic
of Kualoa Ranch” – This place on
Oahu has been held sacred by the people of Hawaii for centuries.

 

“A Hidden
Island Gem” –
Lanai is perhaps
the least known of the
Hawaiian Islands.

 

“This first
issue only scratches the surface of what’s to come, whether you dream of
paradise or visit often, we hope readers will enjoy this inaugural issue and
future issues,” says Long.

 

Future
quarterly issues will focus on the people who make our island home, special
places that inspire the world’s greatest photographers and writers, stories of
legend and history, delicious food and spirits, beaches, golf, nightlife
hotspots plus much more.

 

Of course,
reading this magazine will entice readers to visit
Hawaii and the best way to plan their
trips is by visiting Hawaii.com.

 

“Research
has shown that the most powerful tool for forming, planning, packaging and
selling the dream is nothing more than an interactive shop window where
consumers sit and dream. Since the launch of Hawaii.com travel site in 2002,
our staff has wanted to create Hawaii.com
“The Magazine
.” Now it’s here,” Long says.

Remember, information on
the magazine and much more available on Hawaii.com, your source for everything
Hawaii! You can book your trip right from
its pages.

Catalina Island celebrates Flying Fish Festival


To celebrate the annual return of Catalina Island’s famous flying fish, Catalina will hold a Flying Fish Festival from May 28-31. The four-day festival will offer lots of family fun.


From May to September, the famous flying fish soar out of the water at
heights of up to 30 feet, gliding as far as a quarter mile. The flying
fish shows itself at
night when lured with lights.

 

The Flying Fish Festival kicks off on Thursday with the Taste Around of Avalon, a chance to explore some
of Catalina’s finest restaurants.

 

This year’s festival includes the
80th anniversary of the famous Casino Building.  A Saturday evening concert in the Casino
Ballroom will commemorate the architectural wonder, completed in May of 1929.
 The Good Vibrations will be play a tribute to the Beach Boys.  Tickets are $19.29.. 

 

Other events include evening
Flying Fish Boat Tours aboard the Blanche
W
, a street fair and beer garden, a professional sand sculpture creation,
free musical and theatrical entertainment, family kayak relay races, live marine
touch tanks, garden tours and beach bingo.