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Chef Nobu Takes His Iconic Sushi to Paris

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

If you haven’t been to one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice. With signature dishes such as Black Cod with Miso, the Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Sashimi Tacos, the master chef has created a following across the globe. But dining at Nobu is more than just a culinary experience, it’s evolved into a full-fledged luxury brand. Nobu hotels—with residences on the way—have popped up in chic destinations ranging from Miami Beach to London. Surprisingly, the cultural mecca of Paris hasn’t been privy to the chef’s cuisine, until now.

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The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France-Académie Culinaire de France Meets for its Annual Congress

Jun 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by a group of French chefs? For true gourmands, this is the stuff of dreams. The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France- Académie Culinaire de France held its Annual Congress and gala this past week in San Diego and JustLuxe was there, taking it all in. The gala was the valedictory event of a long weekend spent at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in rural San Diego County. The goal of the Congress is to bring North American French chefs together to celebrate the year's achievements and the successes of their colleagues while attending workshops to improve their crafts. The attendees include chefs and others working in food and beverage around th... Read More

6 Honeymoon Ideas for Avoiding the Typical Beach Getaway

May 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask most brides about what they’re looking forward to before their wedding, many will mention the honeymoon. With all the planning that goes into the big day, it’s not hard to see why brides are counting down the days until they are married and headed out on their first trip as Mr. & Mrs. As far as destinations go, beach locales usually top lists for the romantic getaway. 

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From Once to Brigadoon: 5 European Itineraries Inspired by Musicals

May 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard not to love visiting Europe, especially since country hopping is extremely easy. For jet-setters who frequent the continent, it's always great to find new ways to enjoy some of your favorite cities. So this year, instead of making the typical stops, consider having a theme for your travels. Many of today's most well-loved musical productions have been based on locations around the continent, making it easy to live out these productions in real life.

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Falling in Love with Lillet

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

Many bottles of ink have been spilled trying to distill the so-called art of living like a French woman into a user’s manual: how to tie a scarf like her, how to inhale croissants and not gain weight, as she does, and even how to raise children the “French way."

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Rarity of Foie Gras Expected to Increase Dramatically

May 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Sacre bleu! France is bracing itself for a summer onset of avian flu and halting all foie gras production. The price of foie gras is expected to rise rapidly, as France currently produces about 75% of the world’s supply.

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A Hotel Barge is Really a Floating Villa

Apr 5, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Lately, travelers have been all about river cruising, and the industry has responded by offering a slew of new itineraries across the globe. Calling it an “alternative to villa living,” European Waterways is offering all-inclusive boat charters on select cruises throughout the summer.

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The Newly-Renovated Ritz Paris Catches Fire, Further Delays Opening Set for March

Jan 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Talk about bad timing. Early Tuesday morning, the Ritz Paris’ seventh floor caught fire and spread from to the attic and roof. This comes just weeks before the renovated hotel was set to reopen on March 20. Fire crews were alerted of the fire at 7 a.m. local time, and the area was blocked off during rush hour while 60 firefighters and 15 fire engines quickly sprayed the flames. 

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A Cultural Exploration of Nice & Its Historic Towns and Many Museums

Jan 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

While some French Riviera hotspots are just about glitz and glamour, Nice offers a special blend of luxury mixed with homespun local neighborhoods, busy beachfronts, a thriving arts scene and an attractive old town center. As France’s seventh largest city, the area is protected by surrounding hills, making its pleasant microclimate an attraction for many international visitors.

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Traveling in Cognac Country: Touring the Fine French Spirit's Top 5 Houses

Dec 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Exclusive, exquisite, occasionally expensive and always worth it—it’s no wonder Americans can’t get enough of Cognac. The double-digit growth of sales of the spirit in the U.S., already the world’s largest importer of Cognac, is one of the resounding success stories in the industry.

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Radisson Blu Hotel: The Longtime French Property Makes for a Relaxed Vacation in Nice

Dec 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Opened in 1979, the 331-room Radisson Blu Hotel in Nice has undergone extensive renovation costing more than $19 million in the past few years. Corridors, façades, kitchens, meeting rooms, restaurants and the rooftop terrace have all been redesigned by French architects Didier & Fabrice Knoll to give the property a fresh and modern look. 

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AC Hotel Nice Offers the Charm of a Boutique Retreat & the Amenities of a Big Brand Property

Dec 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A bronze statue of a goddess encased in granite along the length of the façade is the first thing that grabs your attention upon approaching the Marriott’s AC Hotel Nice. The stunning 85-foot tall sculpture is the work of an artist best known as Sosno, and is an impressive introduction to this four-star hotel. Built in 1987 as the Elysée Palace, it was taken over by the Marriott group two years ago.

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The Beatles Once Roamed the Halls of This Century-Old, Belle Époque French Hotel

Nov 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With its striking rose-colored cupola and dazzling white Belle Époque façade, Le Negresco stands out like a beacon on the wide, beachfront Promenade des Anglais of Nice. Tall and proud, clasped between the sweeping Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) in front and Mont Boron behind, this classic, century-old property occupies one of the most scenic locations on the French Riviera.

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Paris Day & Night Captures the Beauty of the City from the Eiffel Tower to Skatepark de Bercy

Nov 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Vacationers may be hard pressed to see all the beauty that the City of Light has to offer, but a new short, Paris Day & Night, gives viewers a spectacular visual journey through the streets and landmarks of Paris.

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Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin’s $455M Bubble Palace is For Sale & is As Amazing As it Sounds

Oct 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Iconic fashion designer Pierre Cardin has put Le Palais Bulles (Bubble Palace) on the market for a rumored $455 million and yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. With its own 500-seat amphitheater and an obvious dislike for right angles, the 13,000-square-foot property is an epic ode to art and design. 

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