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Travel Cancellation Penalties: Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to cancelling or changing airline, hotel or cruise bookings that have any kind of cancellation penalty, you need to know some critically important realities. Nothing New Under the Sun  When it comes to excuses, there is nothing new under the sun. There is not a story, excuse or scenario that the airline or hotel has not heard before…especially the death in the family; dog ate my confirmation; lost my job; my phone died; I thought I cancelled this in time–or I just broke up or divorced. Different employees have different levels of authority to waive, reduce or cancel penalties. You...

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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...

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Street Food on the Edge: Buffalo’s Food Truck Experience in Larkin Square

Growing up in Buffalo, New York good food is everywhere. Buffalo wings from Anchor Bar or Duff’s, a sub from John and Mary’s, or Beef on Weck from just about any local eatery. Biscotti or fresh Italian bread from DiCamillo’s or a peanut donut from Paula’s. The list is endless. When I plan a trip back to the Queen City the menu of good eats gets top prority. A few summers ago I was thrown an unexpected curve-ball when my folks introduced me to Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. My parents are regulars and they have been bragging...

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Immerse Yourself in O’Keeffe Country

Georgia O’Keeffe is synonymous with New Mexico. The famed artist spent the last forty years of her life living in the Land of Enchantment. She painted its dramatic landscapes and iconic formations in her own unique style. O’Keeffe is regarded as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, and her work is treasured worldwide. People from all across the globe travel to New Mexico to see the place that offered her so much inspiration. For many, the trip is a pilgrimage, made in homage to the great American modernist. A major destination for visitors is the...

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Were you Booked or Planning a Cruise or Educational Tour Including Cuba?

CUBA a NO-GO for American Flagged or Owned Cruise Lines and Tour Companies As of June 4th, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced ending people-to-people travel to Cuba, and also the end to cruise travel for US citizens, and US owned tour companies and cruise lines. In a published statement to the U.S. Department of State website, a spokesperson wrote that along with the elimination of people-to-people trips “United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft.” That will effectively...

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Street Food on the Edge: Buffalo’s Food Truck Experience in Larkin Square

Growing up in Buffalo, New York good food is everywhere. Buffalo wings from Anchor Bar or Duff’s, a sub from John and Mary’s, or Beef on Weck from just about any local eatery. Biscotti or fresh Italian bread from DiCamillo’s or a peanut donut from Paula’s. The list is endless. When I plan a trip back to the Queen City the menu of good eats gets top prority. A few summers ago I was thrown an unexpected curve-ball when my folks introduced me to Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. My parents are regulars and they have been bragging...

Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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...

Luxury Fashion Sneakers Worth Spending Your Money On

Italy is the world’s fashion capital where top footwear designers are headquartered.  It is no wonder when a fashion trend begins in Italy and hits the rest of the world at a later time. From fitness shoes to a high-end fashion staple, the sneaker’s move up the ladder in the fashion world depicts the most significant developments in our society in recent years. This is the case for P448 Italian fashion sneakers. The first collection of P448, which combined ferments of streetwear culture and pop spirit, placed this brand on the fashion map alongside other high-end contenders. Unlike other...

Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

Accor Launches $50k Hotel Package to Celebrate 21c Museum Hotels Joining MGallery Hotel Collection

To celebrate 21c Museum Hotels joining the MGallery Hotel Collection and the entrée of MGallery into the North American market, Accor has unveiled an extraordinary new Paint Your Passport package – a collection of bespoke experiences providing unparalleled insider access at all eight 21c Museum Hotels across the country. One unforgettable journey, perfect for lovers of travel and the arts, the ‘Paint Your Passport’ package includes travel between all eight 21c properties, unprecedented VIP access to one of the largest contemporary art collections in the country and activities unavailable to the general public, such as dinner at the 21c Founders’ home with a personal tour of their...

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...

Pitcher Perfect Cocktails for Memorial Day

Cocktails made by the pitcher are an easy way to spend less time stuck behind the bar  and more time celebrating just like Diddy, DJ Khaled, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Longoria and more. CÎROC VS,  DeLeón Tequila and CÎROC Summer Watermelon have created the following ‘pitcher cocktails’ to serve up at your next celebration. Grab a pitcher or two and start crafting one these delicious batch cocktail recipes! CÎROC VS Sangria 4 oz CIROC VS 8 oz Red Wine 2 oz Elderflower liqueur 8 oz Ginger Ale Preparation: Stir all ingredients thoroughly in a pitcher of ice. Garnish: berries/mint/Lemon Glassware: Rocks/stemless wine glass...

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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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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Luxury Fashion Sneakers Worth Spending Your Money On

Italy is the world’s fashion capital where top footwear designers are headquartered.  It is no wonder when a fashion trend begins in Italy and hits the rest of the world at a later time. From fitness shoes to a high-end fashion staple, the sneaker’s move up the ladder in the fashion world depicts the most significant developments in our society in recent years. This is the case for P448 Italian fashion sneakers. The first collection of P448, which combined ferments of streetwear culture and pop spirit, placed this brand on the fashion map alongside other high-end contenders. Unlike other...

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