Author: Jill Weinlein

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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Extravagant Dining at Barton G. LA

Share: It doesn’t get any better in Los Angeles than dining at the elegant and innovative restaurant of Barton G. LA. Tantalizing nitro-cocktails arrive on mirrored trays, while flaky lobster pop tarts poke out to be admired and eaten from inside bright yellow retro toasters.  Drinks and dishes here are to be admired and appreciated — and demand attention in a fun and glamorous setting. Decorating one of the interior walls is fashionable white textured felt. Another wall is filled with small, wood square paneling made from recycled wine barrels. Beyond are rows of  single orchid flowers displayed in...

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The Elegant Art Hotel in Shanghai

Share: While visiting our daughter who was studying at Donghua University in Shanghai, my husband and I stayed at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental in Pudong. Built in 2013, the property is also known as the “Art Hotel,” with 4,000 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the elegant property showcasing 50 different artists. This area of Pudong is also known as “Skyscrapers in Greenbelts.” The most distinctive and unique skyscraper is the Oriental Pearl Television Tower. It looks like magenta luminous pearls that shine during the day and night sky of Shanghai. While the Bund is located along the Huangpu River...

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