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Lindberg Customized Eyewear and an Interview with Henrik Lindberg

Eyeware has been an integral part of my entire family’s life forever, or so it seems. I’ve experienced eyewear I disliked and others that seemed like part of me. To be able to learn about and interview Henrik Lindberg was an unexpected pleasure. This family-run Danish business is led by Henrik Lindberg, who co-founded the company with his father, Poul-Jørn Lindberg,  in the 1980s. They are now recognized as one of the world’s leading international fashion eyewear companies. Lindberg   What I found interesting was Henrik trained as an architect. LINDBERG’s classic elegance and simplicity have played an important role...

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Napa Valley’s Luxury Sip Trail

Sipping an ultra-premium glass of wine always evokes feelings of luxury.  No matter where you are or what varietal or blend you drink, indulging in a glass of wine has a way of making one feel nurtured and inspired.  After all, what could be more enjoyable than savoring a glass of perfectly crafted Cabernet with friends, sipping an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc while strolling leisurely through a vineyard, or conversing with a vintner or winemaker? Like most wine lovers I’ve done my time in tasting rooms located in Napa Valley. It’s an important place to explore as Napa is a...

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Kalua Pig, A Plantation Food Favorite

This is an easy crock pot version that anyone can make. Kalua pig is the whole pig that is cooked in a pit in the ground known as an Imu. This dish is traditionally served at Luaus, family gatherings and special occasions such as graduations, and birthdays. Local families in Hawaii also make quick version with pre-made Kalua pork, but here we do a better version from scratch using a crock pot/slow cooker. Kalua Pig Ingredients: 3-4 lb pork loin roast or pork shoulder 1 large onion sliced 4 plus cups beef stock 4 plus cups chicken stock 1...

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Luxe Travel Guide: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona can claim to have it all: premium wines, extraordinary restaurants, an alluring climate, inspiring architecture, a multitude of beaches and excellent shopping. There’s several ways to experience Barcelona and its abundant choices.  It’s my take that the luxury route is the best one. Barcelona is known as one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. With a bit of planning and a few days to soak in its stunning diversity, this is the place to be to experience wild and wonderful architecture, world class museums and galleries, high-end lodging and impressive shops, wines and cultural...

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Grande Slam – Luxury Offerings Meet Old-World Charm at Florida’s Secret Island Retreat

Photography by Dale Sanders No traffic lights.  No franchises.  Not one high rise as far as the eye can see.  Perfectly manicured streets.  Lush greenery, quiet gardens, and pretty ponds with wrought iron benches that beg you to take a load off and daydream about nature for a while.  Flowers of nearly every color proudly blooming for all to see — spilling out over stunning straw baskets. And in the midst of it all, a magnificent piece of history that just had a big birthday. Think you’ve died and gone to heaven?  You may be right.  It’s one of...

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Featured Contributor – Leah Walker

Every month we will feature one of our writers so you can gain some insight into our talented consortium. Each has their individual style and perspective, which we would like to share. For our first featured contributor we selected Leah Walker. It wasn’t a tough decision as her work is outstanding and she is full of surprises, we never know where she will end up next, traveling from one continent to another.  Her passion for travel is infectious her interview provides an interesting insight to what drives her to keep discovering new worlds. Leah exhibits her exceptional talent as...

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Expressing Love & Romance through New York Fine Dining

Valentine’s greetings date back to the Middle Ages. History behind this holiday is still a mystery.  The entire month of February has become a time of romance, gifts, and special dinners. To secure reservations at some of these fine establishments, you need to start early. New York City has more exceptional restaurants that one could mention. Our focus will be on its seven three-star Michelin establishments. Last year, New York boasted five with this ranking and two more joined in 2012. Three Michelin star rating is considered the highest, most respected global recognition in the culinary world. Having met...

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Romantic Valentine’s Dishes For Two

This Valentine’s Day wow your other half with some of the world’s most romantic dishes by creative Chef Katherine Frelon. This year if you find yourself on Google on the eve of February 13th with sweat on your brow or browsing the aisles of your local supermarket desperate for inspiration and steadily panicking, worry not. Creative Chef and founder of Gourmet cookery school in Burgundy, Katherine Frelon has developed a selection of Valentine’s suppers sure to make even Casanova go weak at the knees. Warm the heart and soul with this simple romantic salad Prep: 15mins Cooking time: 30mins...

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Crispy Pacific Oysters with Black Truffle Caviar

  Some years back, when I was working at Different Pointe of view, I was asked to travel to New Orleans and cook.  I was beside myself with excitement.  Not only is New Orleans a big food town, but it also is a magical place filled with beautiful architecture and even more beautiful people.  I made sure to stay a few days so I could eat my way through the city before I had to return home.  I started my mornings with rich coffee flavored with chicory and piping hot beignets covered in decadent powdered sugar.  For lunch I...

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Haute Hong Kong Hotels

There’s no shortage of luxury anything in Hong Kong. It’s a place where Bentleys and Rolls Royces sit in traffic next to Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Multiple outlets of Cartier, Prada, Gucci and every other major luxury brands dot the city. Hong Kong has plenty of fine dining options, boasting 62 Michelin-starred restaurants, second only to Paris. Thus, it should come as no surprise that over 20 five-star hotels also exist in the city. With so many luxury choices, how does one choose? Mandarin Oriental Located in the Central district overlooking Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong-Mandarin Oriental celebrated its 50th...

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Romantic Getaway in Burgundy France

Move over Paris, Burgundy has stolen my heart. France is for lovers and if your thoughts of a stroll along the Seine leave you daydreaming for romance, let your mind wander to the French countryside. Not sure where to settle your thoughts? Let me give you a nudge in the right direction. Make your way to Chef Katherine Frelon’s La Ferme de La Lochere gourmet culinary getaway, and you’ll enjoy a week of intimate and delicious delights. Your romantic escape starts as you board an express train from Gare de Lyon in Paris to Montbard station. The complexities of...

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Heard Museum, An Icon of Phoenix and Native American Culture

Recently, when some friends visited, they were interested in learning more about native culture. Our first thought was The Heard Museum. Phoenix has many world-class museums, but the Heard is outstanding with its descriptions of all aspects of Native American life. Since they had done their homework and showed us the Heard had three Michelin stars in their guidebook, they were pleased with our choice. The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is nationally renowned for its collections that illustrate the culture, past and present, of Native Americans, especially in the Southwest. Its 1929 founding was intended to...

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