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Discover the Original Boston Cream Pie at One of America's Most Iconic Hotels

Jul 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

A steaming bowl of New England clam chowder at Legal Sea Food, a dozen freshly-shucked Native Cherrystones and Littleneck Oysters at Union Oyster House and a thin-crust Neapolitan at Pizzeria Regina in North End—these are all among Boston’s best bucket-list restaurants, ranking among some of the best regional cuisine in the country. But a sentimental favorite should be among the first culinary destinations on every Boston visitor’s itinerary, the elegant Parker’s Restaurant at the 160-year-old Boston Parker House, now a jewel in the Omni Hotels family.... Read More

Mission Hills' The Patio on Goldfinch Serves Up Craft Beer & Artisan Cheese

Jul 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

Mission Hills — a small neighborhood that sits nestled among the slightly more popular areas of Banker's Hill, Hillcrest and Downtown — is adorable. If you have yet to make it up there, the more quaint area of San Diego has its own character, one that was just kicked up a notch with the opening of new dining and drinking venue: The Patio on Goldfinch.... Read More

Moulin Rouge and Le Crazy Horse Provide Sizzling Parisian Entertainment

Jul 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

After feasting on tasty patisseries, fine wines and French gourmet food, fancy something different in the City of Light? An evening’s entertainment at the Le Crazy Horse or Le Moulin Rouge in Paris might just be the ticket. The Féerie show at Le Moulin Rouge involves between around 40 male and female dancers on stage (often altogether) dressed (sometimes not so dressed) in costumes ranging from flamboyant ostrich feathers to transparent silk to colorful military uniforms. The performances make for a wonderful experience, transporting one back to the days of the late 19th century La Belle Époque and Henri... Read More

Hit the Water: Where to Find Some of the Best Italian Yachts in New York City

Jul 26, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While not as well-known as car brands like Maserati or Ferrari, many Italian yacht builders meet and exceed the expectations set forth by the country's legendary auto manufacturers. However, finding New York City yacht brokers that sell these... Read More

The Newly Revamped Indigo Grill Brings Modern Latin Flavors Back to Little Italy

Jul 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Djani Schafer

Indigo Grill in San Diego’s Little Italy recently re-opened its doors with a menu overhaul and fresh new décor. The top-to-bottom remodel gives the decade-old restaurant a hip atmosphere to match its ever-growing and stylish neighborhood.... Read More

Ditch the Buffets & Check Out Block 16 Hospitality Group's Restaurants in Las Vegas

Jul 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Las Vegas is generally thought of as the place people go to let loose, forget their inhibitions and to party all night-long in sexy clubs and at glamorous resorts. However, the other side of Sin City that makes it so desirable is its award-winning restaurants and notable dining venues. Owning a handful of eateries in Vegas, Block 16 Hospitality Group knows that quality food, top-notch service and a welcoming atmosphere are the building blocks of a great dining destination. ... Read More

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London Pays Homage to Italian Fashion With New Exhibit

Jul 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

The history of Italian high fashion is brief, glittering, and on full display at the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibit The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014, showcased now through the end of the month. Curator Sonnet Stanfill has been working full-time on the exhibit for two years (which ends at the end of the month), and her sartorial fluency and historical sensibility shine through in the masterful show.... Read More

Italian Roots: 5 LA Destinations with a Strong Italian Vibe

Jul 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Unlike other American cities like New York and Philadelphia, finding a cool Italian vibe in Los Angeles presents a bit of a challenge. That doesn't mean indulging in Italian culture is impossible though, especially if you know where to look. Whether direct and obviously Italian or merely reminiscent of our favorite spots in Italy, these LA locations offer enough of an Italian atmosphere to satiate more than just a pizza craving.... Read More

Salvador Dali's Rare Collection of Etchings, Tapestries & Watercolors Make Their Way to SD

Jul 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Djani Schafer

Beginning Friday, July 25, Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection will make its stop at Meyer Fine Art in Little Italy. The traveling collection will be on display and available for acquisition until September 6, and includes rare pieces curated by Madame Christine Argillet, the daughter of Pierre Argillet, Dali’s publisher and close confidante for more than 50 years. The summers Argillet spent with Dali and her father, as well as their close relationship is demonstrated through the carefully-selected etchings, tapestries and watercolors.... Read More

Raise Your Glass if You're Ready for a Hot New Pool Party & Hotel in Las Vegas

Jul 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Las Vegas is getting a little bit classier come August thanks to the opening of the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino by sbe Entertainment Group. Known for their chic European décor and elegant furnishings, the SLS brand is opening its third property on August 23 on the grounds of the previous Sahara Hotel & Casino. But the SLS won’t be a stuffy hotel by any means, the resort aims to compete with The Strip’s hottest hotels by offering a spacious casino, vibrant pool parties, alluring nightclubs and trendy accommodations.... Read More

Where to Experience True Italian Aperitivos in New York This Summer

Jul 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Time and again, the concept of aperitivo Italiano is directly compared with the American deal-fest that we so lovingly refer to as happy hour. However, there are some striking differences between the two that should be discussed. Taking place primarily in northern Italian cities like Milan and Turin, aperitivo normally happens between 7 and 9 p.m. and serves as a socializing appetizer before Italians enjoy their decidedly late dinners. Though discounted prices aren't at play (those who advertise discounted prices are usually just catering to tourists), they do often come with small tapas-like plates to accompany guests' beverages.... Read More

The Striking Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a Great Choice for the Health-Conscious Traveler

Jul 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Luxurious spas are de rigueur at any high-end resort; however, the Well & Being Spa at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess takes the integrative spa-and-fitness experience to an impressive level. Arizona's stark beauty provides a stunning backdrop for this revered retreat, a behemoth 65-acre sanctuary neighboring the Sonoran Desert with the McDowell Mountains in view beyond.... Read More

La Dolce Vita: How to Take a Luxurious Three-Hour Lunch Break in LA

Jul 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Translated into English, la dolce vita stands for "the sweet life," however, as with most colloquialisms, the translation alone is an oversimplification of what it stands for. You see, la dolce vita is an Italian philosophy on living life to the fullest by passionately embracing food, sun, hospitality and relationships.... Read More

High Design: Where to Find the Best Italian-Style Furniture Boutiques in LA

Jul 18, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While many Italian furniture manufacturers have been producing primarily modernistic pieces lately, the absolute defining factor of Italian style is quality craftsmanship and eye-catching design. While Los Angeles has no shortage of good looking home décor, massive stores just can't match the skill and artistry of Italian pieces, which can be much harder to locate in a slew of Pottery Barns and Crate & Barrels. ... Read More

3 Sites to Find Private In-Home Chefs to Cook Italian Dinners in NYC

Jul 18, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Even if you're the kind of person who truly enjoys whipping up a fresh batch of your favorite pasta, much can be said about the leisure and luxury of having a chef come to your home to prepare an Italian feast. Similarly, if you expect the highest quality cookery from New York's best chefs but don't have the time or energy to fight traffic or wait for a table (even when reservations have been made), nothing can compare to the presence of a personal chef doing the shopping, preparation, serving and cleanup for some hearty Italian fare.... Read More

Glamorous Hats, Winning Jockeys & Elite Parties Kick Off Del Mar Racetrack's Opening Day

Jul 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As jockeys moved their horses to the starting gate yesterday, excited patrons clutched their racing form in one hand and beers in the other, in eager anticipation of the first race to kick off the 75th annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racing season. Opening Day saw 42,020 people in attendance and the fashionable affair drew in some of the most outrageous, oversized and playful hats to one of San Diego’s most beloved events.... Read More

The Best Italian Festivals in New England

Jul 17, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Whether through firsthand experience or hearsay, anyone even vaguely familiar with Italian culture knows that food and feasts are an incredibly important aspect of Italian social life. Italians first began heavily immigrating to the United States during the late 1800s through the 1930s, in a period referred to as the "New Immigration," and with them they brought over their delicious recipes that many still use today. Celebrating the influence they’ve had on today’s food, a majority of Italian-themed festivals around New England are focused on the country's cuisine. Though it truly is difficult whittling down a selection of the best Italian-centric festivals in an area like New England, our favorites include:... Read More

Two of Manhattan's Best Boutique Hotels to Book During the 2014 US Open

Jul 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Roger Sands

New York City is home to more than its fair share of iconic hotels. However, the City That Never Sleeps also boasts a plethora of exquisite boutique properties. For those planning on attending this year's US Open, which begins August 25, there are a number of luxury boutique hotels on the Lower East Side to consider, such as The Bowery and the Ludlow.... Read More

Authentic Sicilian: 5 Restaurants Dishing Up Some Serious Seafood

Jul 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

When you think of Italian food you probably picture heaping piles of spaghetti and plates of steaming lasagna. But with its vast coastline, seafood is a pretty big part of the cuisine as well. And if you live in Los Angeles you're in luck, because there are several great spots that offer some of the best Italian seafood restaurants around. Trust us, you'll want to visit these five establishments immediately.... Read More

Get an Inside Look at the Man, the Myth, & the Legend David Bowie in Chicago

Jul 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s never a bad time when Bowie is involved (Am I right?). Celebrating the famed musician’s traveling exhibit “David Bowie Is,” the Thompson Chicago is offering an exclusive package for its guests. The 247-room hotel announced its “Day and Night with David Bowie” VIP experience this week in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.... Read More

E11EVEN's Founder and Creator Talks Burlesque Dancers, Cirque du Soleil Theatrics & the Nightclub Industry

Jul 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

Like most people, I am curious by nature and thrive on the allure of the forbidden. The naughty and the unmentionable are something that are not easily avoided in a city like Miami. So checking out E11EVEN Miami, downtown's newest unique nightlife experience, was right up my alley.... Read More

Italian Roots: 5 NYC Destinations with Strong Italian Culture

Jul 14, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As one of the most beloved countries in the world, Italy has played a huge part in shaping many nations and lives through its food, art, architecture, culture and its beautiful philosophies such as la dolce vita. Even those who don't come from Italian decent can appreciate the amazing and timeless items that have come from Italy. To celebrate their culture, let's take a look at our favorite NYC destinations where you can go to learn more about this vibrant society.... Read More

Get the Fit: LA's 5 Best Locations for Italian Suits

Jul 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The pinnacle of contemporary men's fashion is without a doubt the Italian suit. The problem is, that not enough guys are sporting the style. Luckily for fellas in Los Angeles, the city has a number of great locations to find a slick suit and have it tailored to fit them perfectly.... Read More

Brioni Opens Milan Flagship Store and Unveils New Suiting Technology

Jul 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

With World Cup fever permeating all corners of the globe, Brioni's unveiling of a Milanese flagship location may not have been on many guys' immediate radars, but the implications of the large store's opening is one that any fashion-forward man should be able to get excited about. ... Read More

Have you Heard of France’s Little Well-Known Region of Pays de la Loire?

Jul 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Pays de la Loire Atlantique is an oft-forgotten part of France, overlooked by many international travelers, but the diversity of its attractions and scenery makes it a region well-worth visiting. Here are four ways to enjoy an area that is a mere two-hour train journey by TGV from Paris.... Read More

Divine Dining at the Second Story Liquor Bar in Scottsdale

Jul 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Crazy. Sexy. Cool. No, I’m not referring to the gals of the famed pop music trio TLC, but rather Scottsdale’s hottest new haunt, The Second Story Liquor Bar. This eclectic eatery is trending as the see-and-be-seen Old town Scottsdale hotspot, and with good reason. The vintage-inspired vibe and visionary victuals at this intimate dining and imbibing venue are as distinctive as they are delightful.... Read More

The Power of La Dolce Vita: 5 Things New Yorkers Can Learn from Italian Traditions

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

New Yorkers are a busy people, running to and fro from one meeting to the next, from happy hours to dinners and elegant balls, they are a people group that seems to constantly be in a rush. While this constant flow is a part of the city’s charms, it’s also why residents can oftentimes feel exhausted on a daily basis. So how do we remedy this? Maybe New Yorkers should start taking a cue from their Italian neighbors and begin living la dolce vita.... Read More

Experience La Bauhinia Restaurant in Paris for East Meets West Cuisine

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

When Prince Roland Bonaparte—explorer, geographer, botanist and grand-nephew of the famed French emperor—made this present-day hotel his home, he probably didn’t imagine his passion for travel would live on through the exotic flavors now emanating from the kitchen of La Bauhinia restaurant.... Read More

First Look: The New Kettner Exchange Eatery in Little Italy Slated to Open This Fall

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Rooftop restaurants and bars in San Diego are a sacred part of our culture. Because of our (almost) year-round warm, sunny weather, any time we can escape to enjoy tasty food and drinks al fresco, we’re there. So you can imagine our excitement to hear about the latest project from restaurateur Matt Spencer (FIREHOUSE American Eatery & Lounge, Vin De Syrah, Analog) and partner Tyler Charman, a Progressive American restaurant in Little Italy with a spacious rooftop bar.... Read More

Bringing Tuscany Home: 5 Stores Specializing in Imported Italian Décor

Jul 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

From socks to sports cars, Italian quality consistently stands out as the best in many fields of manufacturing. This easily holds true in the world of home décor as well, so it's no surprise when someone looks for ways to add a little Sicilian flair to his or her home. If you live in Los Angeles though, finding imported décor can be a bit of a challenge since the city doesn't really have any predominantly Italian neighborhoods, making the hunt that much more difficult.... Read More

Where to Shop for the Coolest Italian Interior Designs

Jul 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Featuring clean lines and elegant design, Italian furnishings can make a room shine like never before. Thankfully, if you live in New York, you have quite a few stores to choose from when shopping for new home décor. The locations below have some pretty amazing collections, with nearly every piece coming from an incredible designer. Not only are their offerings fit to be centerpieces, but they're also fantastic conversation starters when you have company over.... Read More

Two Marriott Brands Coming to Charlotte's EpiCentre Tower in 2016

Jul 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

With construction slated to begin in Charlotte, N.C. for early 2015, the upcoming EpiCentre tower will be home to two new Marriott brands: AC Hotel and Residence Inn. While the majority of luxury travelers already know about the home-away-from-home style accommodations that many Residence Inn locations are heralded for, the addition of the AC Hotel brand promises to offer a more cosmopolitan destination for travelers.... Read More

Italian-Inspired Etiquette: 5 Forgotten Niceties Angelinos Should Really Re-embrace

Jul 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Face it, Los Angeles residents have a reputation for coming off as, a tad standoffish, possibly a result of everyone being so incredibly cool (or at least thinking they are). Sometimes all it takes though is a little lesson in the lost art form of etiquette, and few do it better than Europeans.... Read More

 
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