Monica Turner

Monica is the PR contact for Stark Insider, and helps with calendaring, coordinating SI video shoots, and assisting with inquiries. monica (at) starkinsider.com.

Celebri! Italian food in Loreto at Restaurante Il Campanile

Italian food now in Loreto! Sure you can find plenty of tacos, burritos, sushi and fresh fish. But how about some pasta, ravioli, pizza and fresh home made deserts like apple pie? Loni caught up with the owner, Manuel O Cota, to discuss the new restaurant, doing business in Loreto,...

Domaine Ott, Les Domaniers Rose wine review and food pairing

Discovered during the week at Costco for slightly under $16.00 Having lived in France on and off for eleven years and experienced many lazy Saturday terrace lunches I was happy to rekindle the memories after a few sips of the wonderful rose. Great with charcuterie, light cheese and tomato/mozzarella salads. You may...

Aviso de Terminacion de Obra: What is it and when do you need one?

Editor's note: When building a home in Baja Mexico, there are many issues to consider and be aware of which are different from building anywhere else because of the local regulations, desert climate, conditions of the infrastructure and the environment. Marco, an attorney at law in Mexico practicing in...

StarkSilverCreek now available on Kindle

Good news if you enjoy reading newspapers, blogs and web sites on your Kindle. Do you have one? If so, StarkSilverCreek is now available on it via the Amazon store. All the posts, photos, stories updates on travel, Loreto, wine and SF Bay Area arts. In glorious black &...

Top ten reasons to shop at Trader Joe’s

I had to laugh when I read the latest TJ's "Fearless Flyer". It looks like marketing out of the 1800s. Interesting style! In the May 2009 issue on page 8 you can read the "Top Ten Reasons to Shop at Trader Joe's"... here we go: 10. Our Legendary Parking Lots 9....

Villa Group talks about Loreto and Baja resort developments on Loreto Live

Villa Group has a large presence in Baja, dating back 25 years. Loni spent some time with Mario Cortes, project director, to get a first hand update on what's happening in Loreto resort development. It's an informative conversation that covers everything from the roots of Villa Group's beginning in Puerto...

Mustardless no longer! Patrick Kellaher of Mustards Grill explains (Video)

Founded in 1983 by Cindy Pawlcyn Mustards Grill is a famous Napa Valley fixture along highway 29, and an early pioneer in the "farm to table" wave. Earlier this year, a kitchen fire unfortunately caused the restaurant to close. But rejoice! Napa will no longer be "mustardless" as of this Friday...

World’s best places to live 2009: What is it about Europe, anyways?

I just read another world's best places to live article. Don't ask me why. I see the headline and feel compelled to click to see where, or if, any of my favorite cities rank. Not that I think these things matter. Every year it seems Europe places more cities...

Top 3 movie twists of all-time

I love a good surprise. It's part of that magical "ahhhhh" movie moment, when you realize what's really going on, and just when you thought you were a step or two ahead of the plot. In the last decade, the art of the "twist" has become a director favorite...

And – Boom! – just like that, the end of the Madden era

A somewhat sad day for me today, hearing the news of football announcing legend John Madden's retirement. He was one of those guys, or icons, that you figured would just go on forever, comfortably filling your family room amid the fall sounds of smacking football players and cheering fans. I...