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Ovolo Hotels Introduces New “V.I.Pooch” Pet-Friendly Program

Ovolo Hotels, the independent, design-led hotel collection in Hong Kong and Australia, has launched a brand-new V.I.Pooch program to welcome its furriest guests in style. With the new V.I.Pooch initiative, each of Ovolo Hotels’ two properties in Hong Kong and six properties in Australia will offer pet-friendly rooms decked out with a plush dog bed, a no-mess eating and drinking mat and separate food and water bowls. And while human guests of Ovolo can enjoy the hotels’ signature Loot Bags full of snacks, V.I.Pooch’s get their own designer ‘Doggy Bags’ containing woof-worthy dog toys, healthy dog snacks and handy...

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Weekend Fun in Bucolic Buellton

Planning a weekend getaway, we wanted to go somewhere within two hours from Los Angeles offering beauty, wine and culinary delights. After the winter rain, the Super Bloom is transforming California’s landscape into pastures of Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills are blanketed with vibrant yellow mustard flowers. We decided to investigate for a quick getaway. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We...

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Chef Nick Stellino’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes

In Italy, there are two things that people value the most: family and food. So, it’s only fitting that for Mother’s Day, Italian celebrity Chef Nick Stellino, the author of 12 cookbooks and the star of ‘Storyteller in The Kitchen,’ now celebrating 25 years on the air, wants to help your readers celebrate mom this year with a few of his favorite fun, easy and tasty breakfast dishes that she is guaranteed to love. Chef Stellino has shared with us his top breakfast in bed picks, along with recipes below. I’ve included his French Toast recipe with video as...

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Luxurious La Prairie Spa in Beverly Hills

Taking the elevator up to the second floor, the door opens to La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Recently this 5,000 sq. ft. spa was named a Five-Star Spa by Forbes Travel Guide. It’s the first spa at a Hilton property in North America to win the award, and only the second globally. Curious why this luxury spa received such a prestigious designation, I discovered the staff incorporates the Swiss skincare’s most luxurious products and experiences. Only at the Waldorf Astoria, do they offer a multitude of treatments and three exclusive experiences. The Ultimate Radiance Experience leaves locals...

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This Mother’s Day, Spoil Your Mom with These Rum Cocktails from BACARDÍ and FACUNDO

With the Mother’s Day quickly approaching, BACARDÍ and the FACUNDO Rum Collection bring three delicious, and refreshing cocktails for a Sunday brunch with mom –  BACARDÍ Lime Cooler, BACARDÍ Rum Julep, and NEO Fresco.  The perfect cocktail for your Mother’s Day activities, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is easy to make for any Sunday brunch. An easy combination of BACARDÍ’s most refreshing new flavor – BACARDÍ Lime, watermelon liqueur, simple syrup, club soda and a splash of lime juice, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is a delicious cocktail that your mom will enjoy all summer long.  If your mom prefers dark spirits, we recommend the BACARDÍ Rum Julep, made with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, mint...

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Realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus

“Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth…” (excerpt from The Kraken, by Lord Alfred Tennyson) “Supple as leather, tough as steel, cold as night!” was how Victor Hugo described the writhing tentacles of a giant octopus in his 1866 novel, Les Travailleurs de la Mer. Hugo wrote of an unimaginable account of a man embroiled in a life or death struggle with a malevolent blood-thirsty cephalopod.  Indeed, what could be more horrible than to find oneself suddenly trapped in a nightmarish death struggle with...

Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

Continued Growth for Global Art Market, Active Buying by Millennial Collectors

Global art market up 6% to an estimated $67.4 billion, its second highest level in 10 years. US retains position as the largest market; and the United Kingdom regains its place as the second largest market ahead of China. UBS research collaboration reveals fresh insight on collecting behaviors of high net worth individuals in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. UBS and Art Basel today published the third edition of the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, authored by renowned cultural economist Dr Clare McAndrew, and integrating strands of research from UBS. A comprehensive and macro-level analysis of the global art market in 2018, the...

Heading to London? New Interactive Map Reveals Fashion Influencers’ Favourite Spots

With summer break fast approaching, many are planning their next trip abroad. But, with so much to see, do, and taste, how are we to know which are the best things to experience? E-commerce platform and fashion experts SilkFred have created an interactive map of London that explores the fashion, food and culture of the capital – illustrating not only a few fan favourites but also some hidden gems to add to your travel bucket list. The top 5 hotspots include: Rank Location Hashtag No. of Uses 1 London Eye #londoneye 2,762,343 2 Tower Bridge #towerbridge 1,931,009 3 Italian...

The Travel Corporation: Making Travel Matter

The Travel Corporation is Earth-Friendly Year Round Earth Day may be over, but some conscientious companies follow earth-friendly policies year round. Travel Corporation’s non-profit foundation, The TreadRight Foundation, celebrated the earth when they recently announced that single-use plastic water bottles will no longer be available on TTC brands’ trips. This includes Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Costsaver, Brendan Vacations, Contiki, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys. This announcement marked an important next step in a policy aimed at eliminating all non-essential single-use plastics across our all Travel Corporation operations by 2022, said Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC and founder of...

Ovolo Hotels Introduces New “V.I.Pooch” Pet-Friendly Program

Ovolo Hotels, the independent, design-led hotel collection in Hong Kong and Australia, has launched a brand-new V.I.Pooch program to welcome its furriest guests in style. With the new V.I.Pooch initiative, each of Ovolo Hotels’ two properties in Hong Kong and six properties in Australia will offer pet-friendly rooms decked out with a plush dog bed, a no-mess eating and drinking mat and separate food and water bowls. And while human guests of Ovolo can enjoy the hotels’ signature Loot Bags full of snacks, V.I.Pooch’s get their own designer ‘Doggy Bags’ containing woof-worthy dog toys, healthy dog snacks and handy...

Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

5 Green Tequila Cocktails You Can Make for St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Find your lucky green hat and “go green” this holiday with green cocktails with a Mexican twist. Tequila isn’t just for Cinco de Mayo! Tanteo® Tequila has shared with us five of their favorite green tequila cocktails you can make for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime of year. Sláinte! 1. PEPINO DIABLO Recipe: 2 oz Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz Cucumber Purée ¾ oz Agave Nectar Rim with Tanteo Jalapeño Salt Directions Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and pour into an ice-filled, salt...

Valentine’s Day Dinners for Lovers: Sublime Meals by Top Chefs

For romantic Valentine’s Day dinners, New York has an abundance of fine choices. Even better, one restaurant is home to a chef who has not one, but two Michelin stars. That would be Joseph’s, a family run restaurant located in New York’s Financial District at 3 Hanover Square. Heading the kitchen is Chef Frank Langello, who brings his 20 years of experience along with the Michelin stars. Chef Langello has also earned three stars from the New York Times—and has enjoyed the privilege of preparing state dinners for former president, Barack Obama. The décor at this sophisticated 140-seat restaurant...

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Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named Nora, and complimentary Tesla house cars are parked in front of the lobby awaiting guests arrival. The friendly staff offers a glass of wine, beer or flavored water at check–in to kickoff the Andaz experience. Each of the bungalow-style adobe casitas feature stylish mid-century...

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5 Tips for Your First Date

Congrats, you successful socialite! You won’t be spending your Saturday night alone again. You’ve scored yourself a date—a first date, to be exact. It’s an exciting opportunity to meet someone who could be your next significant other. Who knows? Maybe this will be the beginning of your happily ever after. First dates are exciting, but they can also be incredibly nerve-wracking. But if you follow a few golden rules on your first date, you can get yourself a second date. Here are 5 important first date tips. 1. Pick a Great Venue The best date situation is one in...

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