Hyatt Regency New Orleans Has It All

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans offers it’s guests a bit of sanctuary in the Big Easy. This AAA four diamond property is centrally located in the heart of this exciting city in fact the Loyola streetcar route running right in front of the hotel.

When you think of New Orleans, you think Jazz. The Hyatt offers free live Jazz on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 10pm at the 8 Block Bar, no reservations needed. Featuring local musicians, you’ll appreciate this great way to take in the music that made this city famous without having to leave the comfort of the Hyatt.

8 Block Restaurant
In a dynamic food city like New Orleans, you have to provide first class food to get the attention and the Hyatt has hit a home run here. I had the opportunity to sample some outstanding sushi and sashimi from Vitascope […]

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The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Offers Unsurpassed Hospitality

 

In honor of our amazing visit to New Orleans and especially a thank you to our gracious hosts at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, I just had to share with you one of the many special local treats; the Praline that The Ritz-Carlton offers in it’s Club Level, a hotel within the hotel. The club level offers unsurpassed service that includes “continuous culinary offerings daily. Complimentary wine, beer and cocktails. A dedicated concierge staff on hand to personalize your stay, a 24-hour  ‘grab and go’ station for your convenience, and a remarkably spacious layout including a salon, library and parlor, plus a 24-hour Business Center”.

The warm and welcoming guest rooms transport you to the beautiful garden district with the  well-appointed and thoughtful design, expansive windows and a large comfortable bath area featuring imported rose  marble. Another unique feature of the club level is your private  elevator that […]

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Iconic Santorini’s Chef Konstantinos Avgoulis’ Tomato Keftedes

I  have a new favorite snack that I have also enjoyed as an entrée. I found this incredible small tomato on Santorini. In fact it is referred to in various parts of Greece as the Santorini tomato. Of course it only grows here developing  its tart, rich  deep flavor from the relentless sun, wind and lack of water.  My dear friends at Iconic Santorini Hotel suggested I try their Executive Chef Konstantinos Avgoulis’  version. Born and raised on Santorini, Chef  Avgoulis treats Iconic  guests to many of his treasured family recipes including his rose jam and this one using the noblest of ancient fruits, the tomato.  Of course there is nothing to compare with tasting these for the first time sitting  at the edge of the caldera outdoors in Iconic’s shady pergola covered restaurant  accompanied by a lemony  Assyrtiko from Estate Aryros or some cold bubbly […]

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Sofitel SFO: Sophisticated By Design

When designer Jill Cole was creating the sleek revamp of Sofitel San Francisco Bay ‘s guestroom floors, she had the added challenge of integrating existing elements. Asked by the architectural design trade magazine Hospitality Design for the source of her inspiration, Ms. Cole was quoted as saying of her minimalist beige palette, accented by dark woods and splashes of red, “ The view of the bay. . . we just stood back and let it happen.” ( HD August 2013).

She delivered. The comfortable rooms and suites are well-equipped for working and have subtle details like issues of France Magazine on the desk and Lanvin bath amenities to reflect Sofitel’s French luxury brand provenance.

The sophisticated style and proximity to Silicon Valley surrounded by many Fortune 500 companies, Facebook and LinkedIn in heart of San Mateo county, makes Sofitel SFO a favorite […]

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Ka’anapali Fresh Festival 2014

What a glorious celebration Ka’anapali Fresh Festival  is of  the relationship between Maui farmers, fishermen, ranchers and chefs.  For three days the agriculture, seafood and ranching community ( there are 800 farms on Maui) is brought to the forefront  as talented island chefs create an abundance of flavorful, fresh pupu, dishes, deserts and drinks at Ka’anapali Beach Resort.

The mission is simple; to ensure the viability and future of Maui’s farms and ranches. Preservation of the lifestyle is also key. Who in Hawaii and many parts of the world has not heard about the famous Hawaiian cowboys; the “Paniolo?” In Maui they are  usually based in the Paniolo town of Makawao on the slopes of Haleakala crater.

The rich volcanic soils of Haleakala are the perfect place to grow, nurture and bloom. The famous Kula strawberries grow year round preferring the cool evenings and dryer elevations. […]

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Bluegrass and Bourbon: Celebrate Kentucky’s Inspirited Keeneland with a Mint Julep

Lexington Kentucky is home to a unique and special place, Mecca for horse racing and training called Keeneland. Perceived today as a top brand in the Thoroughbred horse racing business with a storied history, traditions and a bright future, Keeneland was named a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Open the public to watch the horses work out on the track in the morning 6-10 AM, to public viewing on auction days, and to race fans for the races.

Also open to the public is The Keeneland Library, established in 1939 contains one of the largest repositories of volumes on the Thoroughbred and includes articles, books, images and auction recordings and is also open to the public weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can research bloodlines, learn of keen lad’s history, see silver and crystal trophies, Man O’War’s shoes […]

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By |June 1st, 2014|Categories: Cocktails, Kentucky, Recipes, Sip|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Caballadas By Horse: Argentine Holiday Ride Offers Food and Wines

I am on a ride at Caballadas and  momentarily stunned. I find myself on rocky ground tangled in sparse grass, sprawled out between the stones, under thorny scrub trees. But let’s back up. Experienced trail riders know that if you have to go under a thicket of low trees, you should keep your head lower than your horse’s. When I saw the inevitable coming, I tried to flatten to my mount’s neck, but my riding helmet prevented me from doing so. This created a gap at the neck of  my jacket, which was immediately speared by a branch. I figured the best bet was to release the stirrups and roll off.

“Are you O.K.?” Santiago cries as he races towards me on his young polo- pony-in-training. He looks concerned, while I manage an embarrassed smile and answer “Yes.” After a short appraisal, Santiago […]

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Half Moon Bay Resort Jamaica’s Exec Chef Sowa’s Coconut Poached Grouper with Lobster Medallions

One of my new chef friends is Executive Chef Steve Sowa of the Half Moon Bay Resort in Jamaica. He is fun to be around, very open and supremely talented.  With an assortment of  restaurants on property ranging from Caribbean (Pepperpot) , Italian (Il Giardino), International with a Caribe twist (Seagrape Terrace) and signature fine dining (Sugar Mill) and catering to international stars, royalty and business leaders the world over, he obviously knows his stuff.  I love sitting outdoors at the more casual  Seagrape Terrace,  a whisper  away from the waters edge under trees stuffed with glowing twinkle lights, nibbling on any of his creations.  Seagrape is  a welcome  spot for  dining  all day but at night with the  addition of a band  it surprises.  One night after a  leisurely dinner we  ended up joining a conga line lead by a countess wearing a chocker of  baroque pearls  and no […]

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By |April 1st, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Main Course, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Kitchen Deconstructed: Bay 223′s Executive Chef Alejandro Abad

Chef Alejandro Abad  has recently been named Executive Chef at  Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s signature restaurant ” Bay 223. Chef Abad, a native of Barcelona began cooking at an early age  preparing meals at home with his father.  After 17 distinguished years in  the culinary arts, he has fine-tuned his craft by training in molecular cuisine, learning about wine and working in  fine dining establishments throughout Europe, including five years in Barcelona and Michelin-rated Restaurant Christophe and Restaurant Vermeer, in Holland.
His mantra is a single word: fresh. And the location here is so very conducive to “ fresh.”
Sofitel hotels worldwide each have a signature scent.  Here in the San Francisco Bay area it is lavender because of the proximity to the nearby Sonoma lavender farms and a link to the Provence region of France in homage to this French luxury brand.  Not only is there the […]

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By |January 25th, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Restaurants, Savor|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Design: Sofitel San Francisco Bay a Sensual Feast

 

 

 

 

 

When designer Jill Cole was creating the sleek revamp of Sofitel San Francisco Bay ‘s  guestroom floors, she had the added challenge of integrating existing elements. Asked by the architectural design trade magazine Hospitality Design  for the source of  her  inspiration,  Ms. Cole was quoted as saying of her minimalist beige palette, accented by dark woods and splashes of red, “ The view of the bay. . . we just stood back and let it happen.”  ( HD  August 2013).

She delivered. The comfortable rooms and suites  are well-equipped for working  and have subtle details like issues of France Magazine on the desk and Lanvin bath amenities to reflect Sofitel’s French luxury brand provenance. The sophisticated style and  proximity to Silicon Valley  surrounded by many Fortune 500 companies, Facebook  and LinkedIn  in heart of  San Mateo county,  makes Sofitel SFO a favorite […]

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By |January 23rd, 2014|Categories: California, Hotels, San Francisco, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments