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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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Required Reading for Black History Month: Streetcar to Justice

One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a black schoolteacher named Elizabeth Jennings was violently removed from a segregated streetcar in Manhattan, setting into motion a major civil rights court case in New York City. The story, famous in its day, was all-but-forgotten until HarperCollins published a new book, Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York. The author of the book, Peabody Award-winning journalist Amy Hill Hearth, researched the topic for more than twenty years. Hearth wrote the book, which is...

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Chocolate for Valentine’s Day: The Food of Love?

Shakespeare suggested that music was the food of love, but judging by the tens of thousands of heart-shaped boxes presented to wives and sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, that honor should be shared with chocolate. Not only is chocolate delicious, it has been celebrated as a food that holds the promise of significant health benefits similar to those in red wine and green tea. Like wine and green tea, cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids–phytochemicals (plant compounds) with powerful antioxidant properties. While the research on chocolate’s benefits may be relatively new, it has had a long and distinguished history. Ancient...

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UnCruise Offers Savings on a Small Ship Adventure Cruise in Alaska, Costa Rica/Panama

  UnCruise Adventures, an award-winning small ship cruise line, is offering savings on select adventure cruises in Alaska and Costa Rica/Panama. Ships carrying 22-90 guests sail adventure cruises with included activities and a focus on nature and wildlife.   Southeast Alaska Savings Alaska Air Credit: Travelers heading north for adventure can save with an Alaska Air credit of up to $600 per couple on select 2019 departures on board the 90-guest Legacy and 22-guest Safari Quest.  Book by February 28, 2019 for sailings between April and August 2019–and mention code ADVAIRAK to receive the savings on three adventure cruise...

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Trending: Spectacular Shopping at Sea

  Starboard Cruise Services creates spectacular shopping at sea on new ships Miami-based Starboard Cruise Services, an LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton company, is the premier retail company that designs and curates retail boutiques for Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and other iconic global brands aboard the world’s most famous cruise lines (including the top 10). The company has launched a next-level shopping experience aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, the Celebrity Edge. The ship began her maiden sailing on December 9th from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL The ship’s godmother, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Malala unveiled the custom Malala...

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Celebrate the Holidays at National Harbor, Md.

Washington, D.C. region’s  premier waterfront escape features Santa, larger-than-life ice sculptures, performers, stunning holiday décor and displays National Harbor has quickly become one of the nation’s top holiday waterfront destinations, offering both family activities and romantic getaways for couples. Each year, National Harbor welcomes Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s amazing ICE! This year, the fun begins on November 16 and runs through January 1, 2019.  The world-famous interactive ICE! attraction will showcase the true meaning of Christmas with its rendition of the ever-popular Peanuts holiday story, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Beloved characters including Charlie Brown,...

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Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive Go Bold for the Holidays

  The second annual BOLD Holidays campaign kicks off on November 15 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. with the highly anticipated Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration.  This multi-generational event is sponsored by the Rodeo Drive Committee in partnership with the City of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. The event will be hosted by TV and social media personality Dawn McCoy.  The festivities will include live music from electro hip hop violinist and America’s Got Talent contestant, Svet, and a specially curated 20-piece #BOLDBH band which will be playing a mix...

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Oceania Cruises Reveals All-New Owner’s Suites Furnished Exclusively With Ralph Lauren Home

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line unveiled the first of many exciting enhancements coming to the line’s acclaimed 1,250-guest ships Marina and Riviera: an altogether new generation of Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively with Ralph Lauren Home. “The Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively with Ralph Lauren Home are signature elements of our brand and truly iconic,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises. “As we are always looking for ways to elevate the guest experience we took the opportunity to completely re-master these suites and provide our guests with an entirely new experience. Everything from the furnishings to...

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La Pulperia: Outstanding Seafood and Lots of Fun

  I love New York’s Restaurant Row (West 46th Street) because almost every cuisine of the world is represented here. And, if you have tickets for a Broadway show, there is an abundance of choices for pre-theater or post-theater dining. Recently I was invited to sample the food at La Pulperia, a Latin American restaurant on Restaurant Row. Since I had read only good things about the place, I was especially eager to try the seafood, which had garnered the most raves. My daughter and arrived on a Monday evening, when most theaters are dark, but the restaurant was...

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Cunard Announces 10-Day Sale on Select Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth Voyages

Luxury cruise line company Cunard today announced a 10-Day Sale, which features up to 50% savings plus up to $800 Onboard Credit per stateroom on select voyages on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Guests can reserve a voyage under the 10-Day Sale now until August 3, 2018 under the promotion code RG5. Sale features up to 50% off Launch Fares plus up to $800 Onboard Credit per stateroom The 10-Day Sale applies to new bookings only. The offer features: 7-night Transatlantic Crossings including Transatlantic Fashion Week, from $749 7-night New England and Canada voyages from $899 7-night Mediterranean Voyages from $899 13-night Europe voyages from $1,299 Bookings are based on double-occupancy and taxes, fees and...

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AmaWaterways Concierge Golf: Luxurious River Cruise Plus World Class Courses

A spectacular European river cruise and golf at world-class courses—perfect together! Imagine golfing at the finest courses in different countries all on one trip. Imagine not having to organize tee times, transportation, club cleaning and so on. Imagine having your favorite luxury hotel follow you wherever you go with everything you need for the perfect vacation. AmaWaterways’ Exclusive Concierge Golf Program includes 7 nights on board the line’s newest and most innovative ship to date, the AmaMagna, sailing along the iconic Danube and taking you to some of Europe’s most prestigious golf courses. With this seamless golfing experience, guests...

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