City Guides: Attention all gourmands, foodies, and wine, beer and spirits lovers! The producers of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will present the Gourmet Experience this fall at the San Diego Convention Center. The two-day culinary event will present celebrity chefs sharing their recipes, special sipping sessions, and info on epicurean travel tours, and feature exhibits luxury products for home entertaining as well as new designs and kitchen layouts. ... Read More
Hotel Review: In researching fabulous destinations for a “Memorial Day Girl’s Getaway,” I ultimately set my sights on Santa Monica’s iconic Hotel Shangri-La - a landmark 71-room art-deco hotel that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This luxurious seaside reprieve, mere minutes on foot to the sand, has been a Los Angeles institution since 1939. But, with its recently completed $30 million renovation that fortunately maintained the hotel’s highly distinctive original architecture and retro design aesthetic, I can assure you this timeless property... Read More
Restaurant Review: Members’ clubs can often feel stuffy and stayed – so the launch of Beaufort House is like a breath of fresh air. Discreetly based on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the venue boasts champagne and cocktail bars, members’ room, private meeting areas and a restaurant – so you can decide whether to visit for drinks, nibbles or to dine... Read More
City Guides: New York neighborhood hangouts A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus, part of the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC) have recently introduced Happy Hours into their elegant casual repertories.
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City Guides: Here are Bon Vivant's suggestions for London's best alfresco dining options.
River Café, Hammersmith
Widely regarded as London's best Italian restaurant with great pedigree in the kitchen that has produced many successful alumni and imitations, the River Café, with its minimalist, sleek design and light colour scheme that blend effortlessly with the riverside setting, creates an unforgettable dining experience.... Read More
City Guides: From June 17 to September 6, 2010, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Late Renoir showcases the artwork of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir through the final three decades of his life and career. It was during this time that he was considered to be at the apex of his creativity, despite the fact that he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, progressive deformities in his hands and a host of other physical ailments. Although in constant pain, Renoir produced works of great joy and beauty, including colorful Mediterranean scenes and his famous Rubenesque nudes and bathers.... Read More
City Guides : My favorite street of a musical is coming to San Diego: Avenue Q, the world wide hit musical featuring puppets embodying the conflicts and struggles of today's 20-something year old, comes to America's Finest city from July 6th-11th.... Read More
Las Vegas Shopping: As one of the newest shopping centers to hit the Las Vegas strip, Crystals is set to become one of the city's leading luxury lifestyle destinations. With its prime location in City Center -- an urban metropolis situated between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo -- Crystals features...... Read More
Luxury Vacations :The secret is out: Pelican Hill Resort, the 504 acre resort resting atop rolling golf greens and enjoying view of the Pacific Ocean in Orange County , has travelers flocking to it from around the world. Not even two years old, this impeccable resort has already racked up the industry’s top distinctions, including Travel + Leisure’s, It List and the Robb Report’s Best of the Best.... Read More
San Diego Events: This weekend hundreds of women will be flaunting their beach bodies in an attempt to create a new world record. Starting at 1:30pm on Sunday, June 27, a bikini parade will be taking place in San Diego’s hottest neighborhood, the Gaslamp District.... Read More
City Guides: Any American, or foreigner for that matter, could spend a lifetime visiting America's array of cities and towns. It should be mandatory for all to visit one unique city for for a full Americana experience: New Orleans. Oozing culture and vibrant with its motley people, New Orleans is unapologetic for its quirks and imperfections. New Orleans is a delight for curious travelers. On a recent visit, I uncovered a few of the city's best gems.... Read More
When considering where to go with your fun-and-food-loving friends for a girl's night out in downtown San Diego put The Melting Pot in the historic Gaslamp Quarter at the top of your list. This restaurant offers novel table-top fondue-style cooking combined with a lively atmosphere, stellar service, high quality fare and premium libations. While multi-unit chain and franchise restaurants are typically not my thing, this experience proved to be an exceptionally good time. Beyond a night on the town with the girls, The Melting Pot is equally apropos for a romantic dinner for two, families with children, and ... Read More
City Guides: We catch staff at Boyd’s Brasserie off guard. It’s a Sunday, but not just any Sunday. Today, thousands of runners are lining the streets of London for the annual marathon – and where the restaurant is situated is a base for some of the charities benefitting from the event. The manager is honest though. ‘This isn’t how we’d like you to see us,’ he confesses. ‘But we don’t have much choice today.’However, I think he’s underselling it – a bar with banter from good-spirited Londoners adds a lively and welcoming atmosphere. ... Read More
City Guides: Simply, the 15th century the Chiltern manor house Le Manoir is breathtaking. With a mission to “find perfection” in both food and accommodation – Le Manoir is just that, nestled against Oxfordshire countryside.... Read More
San Francisco, the sweet soul of California, still delights travelers the world over with its charm and historical prestige, perhaps best encapsulated by The Westin St. Francis.... Read More
City Guides: When word got out that a Mandarin Oriental Hotel was opening in Boston, residents and guests alike could hardly wait for its arrival. The hotel did finally open its doors on October 2008 and it has lived up to every expectation offering the same five-diamond experience the brand has become so well known for.... Read More
City Guides: Is it just me, or do most spa fanatics feel a little flutter in their hearts upon hearing a new spa is about to debut? When I learned Sugar and Spice Studio, by the notable ladies of First Class Wax, was about to open in Old Town, I nearly did a tap dance.... Read More
City Guides: I have often seen the queues of well-dressed socialites outside the Kensington Roof Gardens. They would stand patiently, awaiting entrance to the building and the lifts which would take them upstairs into one of London’s premier nightspots. To those not ‘in the know’, it was intriguing – what was the appeal of standing for sometimes hours? So I was quite excited to finally be finding out. ... Read More
A new Range Rover model will be introduced at the Paris Motor Show 2010 this fall. Whether it is by coincidence or plan, Land Rover's third model line is coming out the same years as the Range Rover's 40th anniversary. ... Read More
San Diego Dining: When considering where to go with your fun-and-food-loving friends for a girl's night out in downtown San Diego put The Melting Pot in the historic Gaslamp Quarter at the top of your list. This restaurant offers novel table-top fondue-style cooking combined with a lively atmosphere, stellar service, high quality fare and premium libations. While multi-unit chain and franchise restaurants are typically not my thing, this experience proved to be an exceptionally good time. Beyond a night on the town with the girls, The Melting Pot is equally apropos for a romantic dinner for two, fam... Read More
It will be another Fourth of July to remember in the City of Brotherly Love
with the Aronimink Golf Club hosting the PGA Tour's 2010 AT&T National tournament on the Fourth of July weekend. Newtown Square, which is just south of Philadelphia, is the actual site of the event that runs June 29 to July 4. ... Read More
Hotel Reviews: With $100M in re-design, the iconic Pierre Hotel has become even more esteemed, offering guests a venture into elegance and refinement with an inviting simplicity of a boutique hotel. With guests like Queen Elizabeth II, Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, and Elton John staying at your hotel, every detail must be accounted for.
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Concierge Services: Do you often slip into bed at night, wondering where the day went? Or during the working day, do you receive a phone call from your mother to say you have forgotten your father’s birthday?
Does your partner call to say that it would be nice to do something together as the last time they saw you was weeks ago?... Read More
City Guides: Whether your wedding is traditional, modern or filled with whimsy, three LA bakeries have the fairy tale ending to your wedding day and a cake designed to suit the individual style of any I Do Diva. ... Read More
City Guides: The plan is to establish a world's record and to have the Guinness Book of World Records' people there to confirm it. Ten thousand yoga enthusiasts are expected to spread out over the lawn of Central Park in NYC on June 22 to participate in the world's largest yoga session.... Read More
City Guides: The listingof 1805 Pine Street in Rittenhouse Square offers luxury buyers the unique opportunity to purchase not just a piece of Philadelphia history, but American history. Built in 1856, this 5-bedroom, 7-bath mansion was the home of the Civil War Library & Museum from 1922 to 2008, and a historical plaque still sits outside the home to celebrate this rich heritage.... Read More
City Guides: Rugged and teeming with natural beauty, the Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards of Hahn Estates/Smith & Hook Winery deserve to be protected. Hahn Estates founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn recognized this two decades ago, when he first proposed the creation of the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) appellation. ... Read More
City Guides: No. 9 Park
is one of the city's best restaurants and after just one step inside, you will soon see why. Located in an elegant townhouse overlooking the Boston Common and Beacon Hill, the intimate European style restaurant highlights some amazing cuisine. The French and Italian inspired dishes focus on simplicity and flavor with entrees that include East Coast halibut, yellowfin tuna, grilled pork belly and organic guinea hen. ... Read More
City Guides: It’s the time of year for outdoor spa treatments, spicy barbeques and evening rooftop soirees. While glamorous outdoor activities abound in Beverly Hills, small-town, community-oriented options are plentiful too. From music in the park to chili cook-offs to “dive-in” movie nights, there truly is something for everyone in Beverly Hills, one of the world’s most sought-after locales. ... Read More
City Guides: In the ever-changing Los Angeles nightlife scene, two hotel-based venues are currently making an indelible mark: Drai's at the W and SKYBAR at the Mondrain, both in West Hollywood. These two highly distinctive clubs offer exclusive and extraordinary experiences, including mixing and mingling with the bold, beautiful and often famous patrons that make the town tick.... Read More
Luxury Vacations: As the first-ever Impressionist Festival kicks into high-gear, JustLuxe hits the streets of Normandy to celebrate one of the most influential artistic movements of all time.... Read More
City Guides: If you want to change your appearance, you want it done right â€“ that goes without saying. Unfortunately, too many patients wind up having revision surgery, after countless hours of hand-wringing and researching a better surgeon. With any luck, they find themselves in the office of Dr. Anthony Weikel. Dr. Weikel frequently performs revision plastic surgery procedures on patients who are dissatisfied with the results from their original cosmetic surgeon. ... Read More
City Guides: Perched atop a bluff right off the Sunset Strip in the heart of Hollywood sits Chateau Marmont a fabulously over-the-top hotel modeled on an infamous royal residence in France's Loire Valley. Over its 81-year history, Chateau Marmont has famously hosted A-list Hollywood stars among other power players in its 63 secluded bungalows and cottages, glamorous penthouse suites, and graciously appointed rooms.
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City Guides: The recent news of the selling of Harrods by Mr. al-Fayed to Qatar Holdings brings London's Knightsbridge District into the limelight. With Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Selfridges as the hubs among other boutiques, eateries, and cult... Read More
City Guides: Tuscany meets Temecula at Gershon Bachus Vintners (GBV). The winery is located in the enthralling hills of the De Portola wine trail, where ocean breezes roll over coastal mountains creating the perfect spot for luxury wine tasting.... Read More
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