Friday, May 22, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: 5 Great Cocktails To Travel For

One of the more fun stories I've gotten to write lately has been about some of the world's most legendary cocktails and the wonderful watering holes where they originated, from the now 100-year-old Singapore Sling to the Bellini to the mojito.

Check out the full article here, and drink up!

5 of the World's Most Legendary Cocktails and the Bars that Originated Them

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Restaurant Reviews 2015

It's been a busy year for me with a lot of travel, a lot of writing, and the launch of a new web site, so I figured I would just compile my latest restaurant reviews for Frontiers Magazine in one place.

Frontiers is a great bi-weekly glossy magazine here in LA, so I cover a lot of local restaurants as well as some travel for them. Here are my reviews from this spring.

Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge



Odys + Penelope

The District by Hannah An



Bon appetit, I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

LA Times Travel: Travel Credit Card Benefits

My latest LA Times Travel article focuses on the benefits your travel credit card offers you that you might not know about or take advantage of.

However, these benefits could either save your or provide you with hundreds or even thousands of dollars' worth of value thanks to perks like primary rental car insurance, waiving foreign transaction fees, lost or delayed baggage benefits and more.

Check out the full article, and start maximizing your benefits!

Study up on benefits your credit card offers; it might save you money

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Points Guy: Under-The-Radar African Safari Series

After my recent trip to Zambia, I was raring to write about some of Africa's most exciting safari experiences.

I eventually wrote up a whole series including five countries that was published over the course of a month, but here's the whole list of links compiled for you in one place.


Friday, May 1, 2015

JustLuxe: Edition London Hotel

I love London, but I never have enough time there. During a recent trip, I had an overnight layover of  about 18 hours - just enough time to check out one of the city's trendiest new hotels, the Edition London.

I met some friends for drinks, went out for dinner nearby, then luxuriated in my room and got a great night's sleep before my flight.

Check out more about the hotel, it's uber-hip scene, the trendy restaurant and bar there, and why I think Burt Reynolds would be right at home in the rooms.

JustLuxe Review of London Edition Hotel

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Points Guy: How To Use Miles Destination Series

I've been writing a series of posts this spring on The Points Guy about how to use your miles to get to various destinations, including strategies for booking awards, the airlines that fly to each place, and where to look for tickets.

I'll just include the links to all of them so far here, including:

Buenos Aires

Monday, April 27, 2015

LA Confidential Magazine Food Features

I figured I'd consolidate my articles from the recent issues of Los Angeles Confidential, since there have been quite a few, and rather than posting them one by one, I would just present them here as a list.

It's been a busy, food-filled spring, and I've written articles on everything from the usual goings-on around town to the best places to get seafood in Manhattan Beach, to off-menu items only those in the know can order like the caviar burger at Petrossian.

Here's what I've been up to on the LA food scene lately.

Off-Menu Favorites at Celebrity-Loved Restaurants

In Manhattan Beach, Seafood Reigns Supreme

Where to Find LA's Fanciest Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Sunday, April 12, 2015

LA Tmes Travel: Avoiding Lap-Child Airline Fees

My next LA Times Travel section article is a good one for new parents to take heed of. You might not know it, but airlines will charge you extra for bringing junior along, even if he/she doesn't have a seat of his/her own. That's usually not the case with domestic travel, but as soon as you cross the border, plan to pay!

Here are some of the things you should know, and some ways to avoid fees that can range up into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars!

More For Your Money: Avoiding Lap-Child Sticker Shock on International Flights

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Points Guy: Spring Hotel Openings Worldwide

Every season, we're going to look at the exciting new hotels coming just around the bend on The Points Guy. This time around, it's spring hotels to check out in destinations as far-flung as Jakarta, Taipei, Istanbul, and...Pittsburgh!

Seriously, though, it's an exciting list. Check it out here: Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Points Guy: 13 Benefits Every Airline Credit Card Should Have

I talk a lot about credit cards. They're probably the single most important factor to consider in an overall travel strategy.

While most folks understand the basic benefits of airline credit cards such as earning miles on purchases or getting a free checked bag, there are a lot of other ones out there, including several I consider essential to making a card worth keeping in my wallet.

Check out my post on the topic on The Points Guy here: 13 Benefits Every Airline Credit Card Should Have

Thursday, February 5, 2015

HotelChatter: Archer New York

On my way back from Africa, I planned to spend a couple more nights in New York City and got to spend them checking out the new Archer in Midtown. I pretty much loved this cute little hotel. My room had a spectacular Empire State Building view. There were some great cocktails in the rooftop bar And it generally made being a tourist in the city a lot of fun thanks to its proximity to the Broadway theaters, the stores of the Flatiron District, and its general convenience. Oh, and the turndown treats were pretty good, too.

Check out my review here: No More Mystery: We Get To Know Archer New York.

Monday, February 2, 2015

LA Times Travel: Avoiding Fees on Airline Award Tickets

After three years running The Points Guy, you could say I have a fair amount of expertise when it comes to airline miles and award tickets. So I decided to put some of that know-how to use and pitched a story to the LA Times Travel Section about avoiding fees and surcharges when booking award tickets.

It can be extremely frustrating to spend years scraping together the thousands of miles you need for an award hoping to travel for free only to find you have to pay hundreds of dollars in fees for everything from "fuel surcharges" to phone booking fees.

If you keep a few things in mind, however, you can avoid a lot of these and end up saving a lot of money. Find out my tips and those of other experts in my LA Times Travel article below.

Article: Avoiding Fees and Surcharges on Airline Award Tickets

Friday, January 30, 2015

Frontiers: Butchers & Barbers

The Houston Brothers have focused on bars until now - Pour Vous, La Descarga, Harvard & Stone - but this is their first venture where the food takes center stage...though the drinks are pretty fantastic as well.

The restaurant and bar are actually in a tiny former barbershop right amidst the hoi polloi of Hollywood Boulevard, though you will see nary a tourist snapping shots inside.

Instead, there's an accomplished little menu, some strong drinks, and a lively ambiance that should keep the crowds here all night.

Read my review here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Points Guy: Flying the A350

The newest aircraft to hit the skies is Airbus's A350. Qatar Airways was the launch customer with flights from its hub in Doha to Frankfurt.

Now you can find out how to fly this new plane and which airlines are going to be operating it, as well as the kinds of miles you can use to book awards on them with my latest TPG article.

Flying on the Airbus A350: Which Airlines and Miles to Use

Friday, January 23, 2015

HotelChatter: First Look at SIXTY SoHo's Gordon Bar

While I was staying at the SIXTY SoHo last week, I spent an evening at the hotel's new bar, The Gordon Bar.

It's pretty swank, with tons of cozy seating areas, a private room with a vertical garden on the wall, and delicious cocktails and nibbles.

Take a look around with my latest HotelChatter article here: First Look: The Gordon Bar at SIXTY SoHo