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Robb Wirt - who has written 14 posts on Swell City Guide.


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Min Jiang – London

Posted on 18 September 2013

So you’re not in the mood for fish and chips you say? How about Chinese? Not just any Chinese, Min Jiang Chinese (traditional dishes from China’s gastronomic provinces). It’s on 10th floor of the Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel. Before dinner we enjoyed cocktails in the restaurants’ bar. The classic, muted furnishings really stood out, as […]

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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 [...]

Hotel Indigo London-Paddington

Posted on 05 January 2010

A Robb Wirt Experience

As my London escapades come to an end, I relocate over to the Paddington area to check out Hotel Indigo, a 4 star branded boutique hotel. No! I didn’t get kicked out of my last hotel. You’re so silly. First thing I noticed was how close the hotel is to the tube. [...]

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Le Pont De La Tour – London

Posted on 14 December 2009

A Robb Wirt Experience

“A one in a million chance, you know the moment that you crossed over the line, a casual glance, no one has to read between the lines, in the south of France it was spring time, special feelings come alive!” OK, so it’s actually London in the Fall, but whatevs. I’m sitting [...]

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Restaurant Sauterelle – London

Posted on 06 December 2009

By Robb Wirt

After an afternoon of high-power shopping at the iconic Royal Exchange Bank building, the historical home to some of London’s most luxurious boutiques (like Paul Smith, Bulgari, and Cartier), you’re bound to be hungry for an equally satisfying lunch, right? [...]

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Are you a Sinner or a Saint?

Posted on 11 November 2009

By Robb Wirt

Today is Friday, and I think my travel companion and I got lost. It’s so warm in the tube that we must have dozed off and once we realized we were off course, we just decided to explore our destiny. We got off the tube at Shepherds Bush central line and wondered about [...]

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Athenaeum – London

Posted on 25 October 2009

By Robb Wirt

One of my favorite places to stay, hands down! I don’t even know where to start. Give me a moment while I collect my thoughts… Hmmm, well, I guess it starts back at the tube station really. The hotel is located in the middle of Green Park and Marble Arch tube stops. Green [...]

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Get WICKED in London

Posted on 22 October 2009

By Robb Wirt

So you’re in London and it’s a Thursday night. What to do? You could stay in your hotel suite watching reruns of Murder She Wrote, OR, you could head out to the theater. I mean, you ARE in London, which is a lot like going to NYC. You simply cannot go without catching [...]

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The Classic Martini @ Duke’s Hotel – London

Posted on 11 October 2009

By Robb Wirt

Shaken, not stirred. Oh really? Since when is anything portrayed in a movie truthful? I know, I know, you can’t handle the truth! Listen up, the first thing you should learn is that you never shake something that doesn’t need to be shaken. There has to be a reason to shake something. Shaking [...]

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My Hotel – Chelsea/London

Posted on 09 October 2009

So you’re in Chelsea, the affluent and enduringly fashionable area of West London wondering where to stay. I’m thinking you might like my Hotel. “My Hotel” is the name of this 45 room boutique hotel that has influences of feng shui and cutting-edge design by James Soane of Project Orange. My Hotel was very quiet […]

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Clare De Lune @ Thompson Hotel Rooftop – Beverly Hills

Posted on 11 September 2009

By Robb Wirt It’s time to party roof-top style. I walk into The Thompson Beverly Hills hotel lobby. A man stands by the elevator dressed in a suit and red sneakers. He exudes LA. He provides the wrists bands. Once on the roof I am stimulated by the view of downtown LA and downtown Century […]

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Melodrama on the High Seas

Posted on 14 May 2009

By Robb Wirt

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship. …For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.” OK, it was only two and a half hours, and well, does tropic in spirit count? You get the [...]

Mucho Ultima Mexicana in Manhattan Beach

Posted on 15 March 2009

By Robb Wirt I used to be the only person in California that didn’t really care for Mexican food. Notice I said “used to.” I am a changed man, thanks in part to Mucho. Mucho is located in the hip beach town of Manhattan Beach, near the pier, is an unexpected reservoir of tasty delight. […]

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An Intimate Evening at the Standard with Curt Smith of Tears for Fears

Posted on 12 March 2009

By Robb Wirt “Never mind the starting gun, Cover’s up the curtain’s drawn, Standing in the outline…” Those are the opening lyrics to Curt Smith’s song “Coming Out”, from his new album Halfway, Pleased. Those lyrics struck a nerve in me. They reminded me of my own past. I noticed many heads in the audience […]

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