Author: Jill Weinlein

Extravagant Mandarin Oriental

Share: The first time I flew into Hong Kong was in 1992, onto the runway of the Hong Kong International Airport. It was ranked one of the most dangerous airports in the world, which I instantly realized as our Cathay Pacific airplane flew very close to skyscrapers and landed on a runway jutting out into Victoria Harbor. This airport closed in 1998 and has been replaced by the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. I flew into this safer airport recently in June, 2015, after 10 days in China. I was surprised to see so many...

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10 Fun Facts About Real Housewife of New York City, Kristen Taekman

Share: The Real Housewives Of New York City’s newer member is Kristen Taekman. Not only is she a reality star, but also a wife, mother, professional model, philanthropist and blogger. I met her in California with her husband Josh to introduce EBOOST to Southern Californians shopping in Whole Foods. Josh’s company EBOOST has two new EBOOST products: Spruce, an on the go green juice and POW, a pre-workout powder. After standing for hours in front of Whole Foods, Kristen was happy to sit down with me to talk about her marriage, family, being on The Real Housewives of New...

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Palm Springs Celebrates Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Share: Frank Sinatra would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Since he was a big fan of Palm Springs, this fall and winter, a variety of Greater Palm Springs resorts, restaurants and attractions are paying tribute to the “Chairman of the Board” with festive activities, ‘his way’ signature cocktails and dishes, Rat Pack-inspired parties, custom hotel packages and a lively Jack Daniel’s pub crawl. The legendary crooner and his Rat Pack friends made their second home in Palm Springs for nearly 50 years. He commissioned the most sought after architect of the day to design and build...

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67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball

Share: The largest formal sit-down dinner is on September 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center following this year’s Emmy Awards show. As the 4,000 nominees and winners walk inside the beautifully transformed ballroom, they will be handed a flute of Ferrari Brut NV TrentoDOC Metodo Classico. The Governors Ball is known for its dramatic elegance, and this year’s theme, “Reigning with Radiance” is spectacular with subtle shimmering hues and rich vibrant textures. It’s classic grandeur in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Sequoia Productions has designed the exquisite party at the helm of the talented Cheryl Cecchetto. This is...

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Sake 101 with Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori

Share: Sake is an elegant beverage to sip with Japanese cuisine during a special meal or festive celebration. Innovative Dining Guide (IDG) employs three sake experts to guide guests in their upscale Sushi Roku restaurants in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena and Las Vegas and their West Hollywood Katana restaurant. IDG’s Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori shared 10 interesting facts about sake: 1. Sake is made from fermented rice, but the rice is not the same grain that one would eat. It’s a special rice that is larger, stronger and contains less protein and lipid than ordinary rice. 2. To make sake,...

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