Archive | August, 2009

SF CHEFS. FOOD. WINE Festival Day 1

Posted on 30 August 2009

By Bob Schriner

There’s nothing like starting your day off with a walk around San Francisco. As I strolled the streets with a hot cup of coffee in my hand I witnessed the logistical hustle needed to get the city stocked to host away the weekend, there was such promise in the air. [...]

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Hotel Maya – Long Beach

Posted on 27 August 2009

By Bob Schriner Through all the traveling I have done in my life I never fallen prey to the allure of resorts. They struck as bourgeois playgrounds for the wealthy or elderly who wanted to leave home and never encounter the city they are visiting. To me, resorts have always been a man’s way of […]

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Resto: Belgian Restaurant in the style of New York

Posted on 22 August 2009

Belgian cuisine, at least as it is known in the outside world, consists of just a few potentially delicious things. They are: steamed mussels, French fries, Belgian endive, good chocolate and of course amazing beer. All of these things—except Belgian endive—are served at Resto and clearly a good amount of care has gone into the […]

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It’s HUMANOID Nature

Posted on 18 August 2009

Humanoid, a Netherlands-based design collaboration between Sandra Harmsen (creative director) and Hans Boelens (commercial director) and Cecile Bleijenberg (head of design) is making waves internationally with its barely there, easy to wear design aesthetic. Airy silhouettes mixed with loose cashmere cardigans, stylish scarves and draped fabrics hang over the body ever so lightly and pair […]

Hotel 1898 – Barcelona

Posted on 16 August 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill Barcelona’s Hotel 1898 is an exclusive 4 star hotel that has all the makings and amenities of a 5 star hotel, and in my opinion should thusly be classified as such. Personal bias aside, this historical hotel in the heart of the bustling Las Ramblas district of the city is a quiet […]

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Coming Fall 2009: Ames – Boston, MA

Posted on 16 August 2009

Located in Boston and premiering in November 2009, Ames is the latest addition to Morgan’s Hotel Group’s lineup of stylish boutique hotels worldwide.

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Barbara Hulanicki – BIBA

Posted on 16 August 2009

Interview with Barbara Hulanicki, the creator of the legendary BIBA and one of the most iconic figures of British fashion. Hulanicki’s most recent clothing designs can now be found at TopShop in New York and online.

Cakebread Cellars – Napa Valley

Posted on 16 August 2009

By K.L. Riley Cakebread Winery represents the finest in Napa Valley horticulture and an American dream realized by an extraordinary family. For over 30 years Cakebread winery has been perfecting the art of making wine and even though this family name has always been on the tongues of wine drinkers it has now come into […]

Novelli’s Restaurant – Marbella, Spain

Posted on 16 August 2009

By Jacqui Passfield What could be better than sitting under the stars on a warm sultry Spanish summer evening, soft music playing, jewelled waterfall lights dancing, enjoying the absolute ultimate in dining experiences? Well, this is exactly what you get at Novelli´s, the restaurant recently opened in Puerto Banus by the world renowned French chef […]

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Boutique Hotel Villa Belpoggio – Loro Ciuffenna, Tuscany

Posted on 15 August 2009

Bel Poggio in Italian means beautiful hill, and the name really fits. Relais Villa Belpoggio is immersed in the gorgeous Tuscan hills of the Arezzo district in Tuscany, just a thirty minute car ride from Florence. This area is not as widely popular as the Chianti region, at least among non-Italians, but maybe because of […]

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The Muse at Montage – Beverly Hills

Posted on 12 August 2009

The Muse at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills offers one of the best formal dining experiences in Los Angeles. If there is one restaurant in Los Angeles that could inspire young chef’s to want to strive for culinary excellence then this restaurant would have to be it. Executive chef John Cuevas, known for his […]

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Meltdown at the Mondrian – Los Angeles

Posted on 08 August 2009

By Bob Schriner I’ve stayed at Mondrian hotels in the past and come to expect good things. However, after a recent weekend at their West Hollywood location, I would need considerable persuasion to give them my business again. Friday night on Sunset Blvd is going to be teaming up with ego and self-importance. I just […]

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Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club – Redondo Beach

Posted on 08 August 2009

By Julie Sahley I believe I just fell in love… with The Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach. This hotel is truly special, a hideaway unlike any other. The vibe of the hotel upon entry is light, airy and carefree- a glimpse of what your entire stay will feel like. The lobby has combined elements of fire […]

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Upcoming Exhibits at the Guggenheim

Posted on 07 August 2009

Free Day at the Guggenheim and upcoming exhibits: GABRIELE MÜNTER AND VASILY KANDINSKY, 1902–14: A LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHS September 18, 2009–January 13, 2010 Gabriele Münter and Vasily Kandinsky, 1902–14: A Life in Photographs presents German artist Gabriele Münter’s photographs (along with a selection taken by her companion, Russian-born artist Vasily Kandinsky), recording the years they […]

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Henry’s Hat – Hollywood

Posted on 07 August 2009

By Bob Schriner When I first walked into Henry’s Hat I was greeted by the bartender, a nice fellow who knew it was my first time there. He presented me a menu for food, drinks and board games. I took two of three and looked for the best seat in the house. As I walked […]

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