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The Trendy Duniway Hotel Portland

What makes The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel special is their friendly and thoughtful staff, especially Concierge Extraordinaire John Conway. Stepping into the warm, eclectic, living-room style lobby, one admires the trendy furniture and tchotchkes on the wall behind the reservation desk. There is a glass-encased Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters franchise, an iconic camera, and a record player with a stack of vinyl records to play. Curated books from the largest independent book store Powell’s are on display. Conway is usually one of the first people to welcome guests. He stands near nostalgic items that include an old typewriter,...

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SHARE by Curtis Stone on Princess Cruises

Walking on-board the Emerald Princess, I admired the 19 deck cruise ship with almost 900 glass balconies attached the 1,539 guest rooms. What makes this ship extra special is Executive Chef Curtis Stone’s fine dining restaurant SHARE. It’s featured on only three Princess Cruises ships, to provide passengers an celebrity chef culinary experience while at sea. Chef Curtis Stone creates an inviting dining room with walls of glass windows for ocean view dining in an opulent setting. Inside a private dining room are photos of Stone and memorabilia, including his first recipe Orange Cake that he wrote out in...

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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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Mezé Greek Fusion Flying High in Downtown San Diego

Just a few short years ago, GBOD Hospitality, helmed by brothers Raymond and Patrick Davoudi, debuted Mezé Greek Fusion in the heart of downtown San Diego. Unlike any other restaurant concept in the region, this eatery brought a fabulous new flare to the city’s famed Gaslamp Quarter by pairing contemporary Greek fare with modern, industrial-chic architecture and interior design. Through consistency in both the front and back of the house, a commitment to top-shelf ingredients, a menu elevating classic cultural dishes, and a sky-high service standard, Mezé has unsurprisingly curated a devoted patron base in a competitive culinary scene...

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Fox Restaurant Concepts Curating Culinary Devotees Across the US

::: How two of its highly popular eateries — Olive & Ivy and The Henry — will continue to surpass expectations in the Arizona market and beyond ::: According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2017 State of the Industry report, the United States boasts more than one million restaurant locations employing as many as 14.7 million staffers. In a seemingly saturated industry that’s rife with competition and replete with culinary creativity, it can be difficult to stand out—to rise above—to raise the bar. But one epicurious entrepreneur is doing exactly that, making extraordinary strides in the national marketplace while carving out a niche all...

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2018 Julia Child Award Winners Too Hot Tamales – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

When Los Angeles based celebrity chefs, television personalities, cookbook authors and philanthropists Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger learned that they were receiving the 2018 Julia Child Award, they were thrilled. A distinguished panel from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts awarded these two chefs. They are not only the first women to receive this honor, but also the first chef team to be acknowledged by this prestigious non-profit organization. The Foundation will be presenting their award on November 1, 2018 in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History at a gala event...

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The Irresistible Charm of Napa’s Culinary Capital Yountville

The Napa Valley town of Yountville is like a beautiful well-crafted bottle of wine: carefully thought out and the longer you spend in its atmosphere, the better it gets. You immediately become infatuated by its carefree, unhurried vibe, unmistakable charisma, and sheer beauty intertwined with vineyards. The Town of Yountville is steeped in upscale epicurean and oenophile experiences yet remains charming and down to earth. It’s difficult to believe that the gourmet capital of the Napa Valley, with a population of a tad over 3,000, boasts four Michelin stars and was once a mere speck of a stagecoach stop...

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Unique Summer Dining Spots

If you’re looking for the most unique summer dining experiences around the world, we’ve got the list. Destinations where guests can enjoy world-class meals without sitting in a stuffy, formal environment.  From a meal in beautifully adorned cave to beers atop African mountain peaks, adventurous foodies can enjoy meals at these scenic spots: Dinner in the Grotto at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort This Five-Diamond resort in Los Cabos provides guests the opportunity to dine and relax in a bubbling jacuzzi hidden inside the resort’s all-new Oasis pool. While unwinding in warm waters in a gorgeous, private grotto,...

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Arrogant Butcher at Epicenter of Downtown Phoenix Revitalization

The Arrogant Butcher restaurant is no newcomer to the downtown Phoenix scene. However, despite opening its doors and ovens back in 2011, the eatery has managed to stay at the top of its game and establish itself as a bona fide landmark that’s now at the epicenter of the area’s renaissance. Just a short walk away from Talking Stick Resort Arena where, on any given night, you might catch anything from a NBA game to a Justin Timberlake concert, as well as Chase Field where the resident Arizona Diamondbacks strive to dominate the MLB year after year. There is...

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Top 10 Foodie Experiences in Europe

Europe is full of great food. With so many destinations having great reputations for fantastic dining experiences and so many nurturing hidden gems, you’ll be constantly spoiled for choice…wherever you go. So, where are your taste buds going to take you this summer? To help inspire you, we’ve made a list of some of the best food experiences that you can enjoy when traveling in Europe. Croatia With over 1,000 islands to visit, what’s not to love about Croatia? Full of sun, sea and national parks, it’s truly a beautiful location. Its culinary capital is Istria, which full of...

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STK LA a Must Do-or-Dine Destination

When it comes to steakhouses, Los Angeles is a carnivore’s cornucopia. While the City of Angels is replete with meat-minded eateries, one such restaurant—STK in the W Los Angeles in West Beverly Hills—rises above thanks to an inimitable mix: a well-conceived and expertly executed menu proffered in a high-intensity, chic club-like atmosphere where dining is far more than eating: it’s an event. While patrons indubitably flock to STK LA for the food, Robert Liberato, Regional Executive Chef for the location, understands that a memorable guest experience is about far more. That, in Los Angeles especially, image is everything. “It’s...

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Tallest Skyscraper West of the Mississippi in Los Angeles

Sitting in a booth eating sushi at the Sora restaurant located on the 69th floor of the Wilshire Grand, I commented to my friend about the magnificent views of Los Angeles. Located inside the newly opened Wilshire Grand, this upscale, world-class and state-of-the-art 73-story high-rise, offers multiple dining options in the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Inside the office building is the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, with 889 guest rooms on the 31st to 68th floors. Everywhere you look are million-dollar views. The lobby on the first floor is not the registration area for the hotel; instead hotel...

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