Monday, October 12, 2015

JustLuxe: Ritz-Carlton Comes to Bali

Over the summer, I spent a week in Bali exploring the "Island of the Gods."

I got the chance to stay at one of two new Ritz-Carlton properties there. The second one, a Reserve called Mandapa, opened up last month in the lush interior, while the beach property where I stayed in Nusa Dua has been around since last spring.

Here's my coverage of the resorts and all the fancy amenities you can expect during your stay...

Ritz-Carlton Brings Two New Resorts to Bali

Thursday, October 8, 2015

LA Confidential Magazine: Steak Frites

It used to be comfort foods, then Peruvian. Today the cuisine of choice in LA seems to be classic French, with steak frites taking center stage.

Read my roundup of the best steak frites places in LA in this month's issue of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Where To Eat Steak Frites in LA

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Los Angeles Times: Business Travel Credit Cards

While I tend to write a lot about loyalty programs, points and frequent-flier miles, much of my writing focuses on the personal credit card market. However, business credit cards can be just as important as tools to boost those points balances...and more people are eligible for them than you might think.

To find out more, check out my latest LA Times Travel article: Business credit cards have several points in their favor.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Lunch Bowls

Forget food trucks and the paleo diet. The newest dining trend in LA is the bowl. All the fresh ingredients, fancy flavors and healthy options you want in one big, inclusive dish.

Here are some of the best (and healthiest) options in town, and the power players you're likely to see munching on them: Lunch Bowls Are On Trend in LA

Monday, August 17, 2015

Los Angeles Times Travel: Travel Credit Cards and Your FICO Score

One of the concerns many people seem to have about applying for points-earning credit cards is how those applications might affect their credit score, or FICO.

The interesting thing is, though credit card applications do affect your FICO score, it's not in the way you might think, and carrying multiple credit cards over time (and responsibly) might actually raise your score.

Find out more in my most recent LA Times Travel article: What Really Happens To Your FICO Score When You Cancel A Credit Card?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Frontiers: Best of Gay LA Restaurants and Bars

It's time for Frontiers Magazine's Best of Gay LA issue...

And for my contribution, I wrote up the exciting new restaurants. Check the full list out here: BOGLA Food & Drink

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: What's New In New South Wales

I spent the month of June in Australia exploring all kinds of interesting places, including some fabulous new restaurants, hotels and hideaways in New South Wales.

Check out all that's fresh and exciting in my recent article: All That's Fresh in New South Wales

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: LA Happy Hours

Happy hour might conjure up images of dive bars and co-workers letting loose after they leave the office, but restaurants all over LA are classing up this discount drinking institution.

Check out some of my favorite ones in my latest LA Confidential feature: How LA Bars and Restaurants are Redefining Happy Hour

Monday, June 8, 2015

LA Times Travel: Five Ways To Boost Your Miles

Most folks think that the only way to earn frequent-flier miles is to fly, right? Wrong. There are so many other great ways to build those mileage balances, and in my latest LA Times Travel article, I give you the inside scoop on how to do so.

Check it out here: Five Ways to Boost Your Frequent-Flier Miles

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