Archive | August, 2010

The Ritz Carlton – San Francisco

Posted on 31 August 2010

After crossing the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, I glimpsed a momentous structure on a peak overlooking the city. The Ritz-Carlton, resting at the end of a cobblestone driveway, was quietly nestled at the top of historic Nob Hill. The nine-story hotel was breath-taking with its enormous white stone columns, which resembled such architecture as […]


The Taste of Beverly Hills

Posted on 30 August 2010

The “Taste of Beverly Hills,” presented by FOOD & WINE, will span the culinary talents of this rich and diverse city, from the Eastside and Downtown Los Angeles to the Westside and will offer foodies, music lovers and nightlife seekers alike an exciting and star-studded line-up. Guests will enjoy top musical artists, live bands, world-renowned […]


7 Questions + Bonus: Esao Andrews

Posted on 27 August 2010

7 Questions + a Bonus question with Esao Andrews

Tartinery – Nolita

Posted on 26 August 2010

“The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay. Chorus: I heard the laughter of her heart in every street cafe”. Ok so It’s actually Manhattan in August and the weather isn’t warm, it’s hot and humid but who’s counting? There’s an authentic French restaurant in Nolita that’s just waiting for you […]


The Lowell Hotel – New York City

Posted on 25 August 2010

Tucked away on a quiet street in the Upper East Side of Manhattan you will find the charming boutique hotel, The Lowell. You know exactly what to expect from the outside with the friendly doormen and classic Art Deco designed exterior but then when you enter the lobby you instantly know you’ve stumbled upon a […]


The Ritz Carlton – Central Park

Posted on 24 August 2010

When I heard my wife had booked a room at the prestigious Ritz Carlton Central Park, it didn’t take much arm-twisting for her to get me to tag along on her business trip. NYC is one of my favorite cities and the opportunity to stay at this super-lux hotel was too much to pass up. […]


TOCQUEVILLE – Union Square

Posted on 23 August 2010

New York City’s subway system is very much like the vascular system of the human body. Multicolored subway lines intersect each other branching out in various directions in ways veins and arteries would. If you were to pinpoint the heart of New York City it would be Union Square. In 2009 an estimated 34,245,245 million […]


Luxe Hotel – Rodeo Drive

Posted on 20 August 2010

Shop, shop, shop, come in for a tea, enjoy your dinner, why not… stay the night? Valentino to the right, Michael Kors to the left, Luxe Hotel blends boutique convenience with accommodating services of a five star hotel. After flying in from New York and attending to a day of business, the warm and easy […]


Virgin America: LAX to JFK

Posted on 19 August 2010

Flying Virgin America affirms just how low your standards get driven down with the other American carriers. Don’t take my bashing of the status quo as radical ranting, Virgin America is the real revolutionary here. The lighting in the cabin is calming, the leather seats are spacious in the Main Cabin and better in the […]

Hotel Astoria – St. Petersburg

Posted on 14 August 2010

Astoria Hotel is basically an institution in St. Petersburg.  Every time a world’s political leader or a superstar is in town, he/she is staying with his/her entourage at Astoria. The list is quite long: Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Jack Nicholson, Jean-Paul Gaultier, George W. Bush, Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, etc… Luxurious Rocco […]


Chappellet Vineyard and Winery

Posted on 11 August 2010

A Robb Wirt Experience

As I drove up the windy road to the Chappellet Vineyard and Winery I could just tell that I was about to escape the hum-drum of corporate winery’s that just want to get me in, sample a tablespoon of wine, scoff at me for not purchasing two cases, and then scoot me along without so much as an explanation as to why I would want to buy their wine to begin with. I think that capitalism and tourism often depletes the passion once fermented from many wineries [...]

Dennis Hopper – Double Standard @ MOCA Los Angeles

Posted on 11 August 2010

Join MOCA and the Southern California community for a special tribute to acclaimed actor, film director, and artist Dennis Hopper at the premiere of Dennis Hopper Double Standard. Curated by Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper Double Standard is the first American museum survey exhibition to showcase the remarkable body of work Hopper produced in a formidable […]

The Ritz – Tokyo

Posted on 09 August 2010

Clifford Unsworth

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is completely as you would expect, it isn’t cheap but you don’t stay in the Ritz if you’re watching your pennies. The staff are super polite and make you feel nothing but welcome and it has all the amenities one would expect – bar, restaurant, pool, gym, there is even a Rolls Royce to pick you up from the airport if you’re feeling like treating yourself. [...]


Nobu – West Hollywood

Posted on 09 August 2010

Jonathan Stinson
Even though a night on the town in Los Angeles is always unpredictable; a night beginning at the chic and sexy sushi restaurant, Nobu, guarantees an unforgettable experience. Everything from the Asian inspired décor, the personal ambiance, to the impeccable yellowtail sashimi makes you feel among the A-list. If you live in Los [...]


Ivan Kane’s Café Wa S – Hollywood

Posted on 01 August 2010

By Bob Schriner
Stepping into Ivan Kane’s Café Wa s instantly makes one forget they’re at Sunset and Vine. Upon entry my pupils were immediately dilated by the vast space and quickly contracted to take in small details and decorations. The interior pairs French traditional with eclectic in a strangely compelling way that makes absurdity [...]