Month: December 2017

The Hermosa Inn Arizona a Unique Boutique Hideaway

Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona—an exclusive Phoenix enclave that’s just minutes from bustling Scottsdale—lies a AAA Four Diamond boutique hideaway called Hermosa Inn. Originally the residence and studio of iconic cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, this one-of-a-kind boutique resort is the quintessential blend of modern luxury and authentic southwestern charm. Here you’ll revel in world-class amenities amid a peaceful desert ambiance that’s punctuated by striking panoramic views of the neighboring Camelback Mountain. With just forty-three casitas, The Hermosa Inn is ostensibly the most intimate of the region’s luxury resorts, which translates to highly personalized service that’s genuine...

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The Most Luxurious Rental in Los Angeles

Oh the parties you will have at the sprawling four-bedroom, ten-bathroom penthouse that sits atop downtown Los Angeles’ luxury LEVEL high-rise on the 34th and 35th floors. Professionally designed by Robert Bailey, you and your guests will gaze out the 13-ft floor to ceiling windows offering 360-degree views of Los Angeles and beyond. From the minute you exit the security elevator on the 34th floor into the elegant entry, one notices the opulent natural limestone flooring that continues through the kitchen, living and dining areas, as well as outdoor terraces. Warm woods include walnut, ash, and oak. The expansive window walls...

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2018 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants released its fourth annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast. From Chifa and Nordic-influenced cuisine to Za’atar and Vadouvan spices, Kimpton’s chefs and bartenders from 80+ restaurants and bars reveal what’s on the horizon for 2018. The forecast findings were uncovered through an extensive survey of leading chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from Kimpton restaurants, bars and lounges across 37 cities in the U.S. as well as Kimpton properties in Europe and the Caribbean. More details on the results are in the press release below, but a few highlights include the following: Meat Alternatives Going Mainstream –...

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Bravdo’s Merlot 2012, a Fall and Holiday Israeli Wine

Planning a dinner menu is always an experience at our house. My boyfriend Brian is the chef in our kitchen and each meal is well thought out and that includes the wine. Recently, I stumbled across a kosher wine and we decided it would make a nice accompaniment to our lamb dinner. In tasting this kosher wine, we were not familiar with Karmei Yosef wines. We discovered that this Israeli wine bearing the Bravdo label has many fine wines and the Bravdo’s Merlot 2012 happens to be the one we were fortunate to enjoy. This medium to full bodied...

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Let the Good Times Roll in Lafayette, Louisiana!

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” is an expression you’ll hear often throughout the parishes in southern Louisiana. Translated it means, “Let the good times roll.” More than a sentiment, it’s a true representation of the joie de vivre spirit that is Cajun culture. Lafayette, the state’s fourth largest city, is considered the center of Acadiana, the heart of Cajun Country. With its colorful heritage, rich culinary influences and infectious music, this town is all about showing visitors a “two-steppin’, toe-tappin’, taste-temptin’ good time!” I have always had a fascination with Cajun culture and decided that a trip to Lafayette...

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