Tuesday, May 31, 2011
So here is a quick look at the final lounge I spent time in: the Qantas Business Lounge at the Sydney Airport, where I spent several hours between a flight from Cairns and the big one across the Pacific back home to Los Angeles.
I took a self-guided tour, flipped through some magazines, got some work done, taste-tested all the snacks (and wines--hey, it turned noon while I was there!), and even took a shower and got all nice and groomed before my main flight, so it was a morning well spent.
Take a look at my photo gallery and the inside info at the link below.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Not just any barbecue, though. I went on the hunt for the randomest, weirdest, wildest barbecue stories I could find. And I came up with everything from barbecued rattlesnake to a steak that you cook on your classic Cadillac's radiator contributed by chefs and pitmasters from around the country including Frank Ostini at Hitching Post II in Santa Barbara wine country (Buellton, to be exact), Ember Room's Ian Chalermkittichai , Jon Bonnell of Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine in Houston, and Morgan Murphy, an editor at Southern Living.
Now, I'll eat just about anything, and I've seen some pretty odd stuff, but some of these sound too bizarre to be true. You decide. Then fire up the grill!
Monday, May 23, 2011
One takes place at one of my favorite restaurants in town, Hatfield's, and the other is at the cool new bowling-tchotchke-hipster bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Spare Room.
Whether your thing is more rarefied fine dining, or artisanal cocktails accompanied by ironic pastimes, there's something for you here. And best of all, they're for a good cause: ending childhood hunger in the U.S.
So get your tickets (Wednesday's the first one!) and get ready to do (and eat) some good!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Now it's time for a good old-fashioned Frontiers review of Kris Morningstar's menu and the design-driven space that's already drawing in the artsy audience as well as the after-work crowd, and everyone in between.
Check out some of my favorite dishes and moments at the link below.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I was there for three nights, but I took the experience and condensed it down into a whirlwind 48-hour getaway, including only my very favorite activities and sights (and meals!).
So take a look and see what you should be doing on your next visit to one of the world's most dynamic, exciting cities--fabulous hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class shopping, and more!
Friday, May 13, 2011
That's why it was a fun change of pace for me to do this little roundup for JustLuxe about a trend I've been noticing for a while around Los Angeles: single-spirit bars.
That might sound confusing, but what I mean is, bars that are devoted to a single liquor like rum or whiskey. A preponderance of them have popped up in the past couple of years, so here I talk about 3 old favorites and a soon-comer to downtown LA.
I cover The Thirsty Crow in Silverlake, which specializes in whiskey and bourbon, rum mecca La Descarga in Los Feliz, the tequila- and mescal-fueled party at downtown's Las Perlas, and finally, a new soon-to-open vodka bar also in DTLA called Silo.
They don't just serve up premium shots, though. Each has an accomplished cocktail menu of tasty classics and intriguing new experiments. So pick your poison, and your decision where to drink this weekend will be made!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
One day while I was at a work lunch with a friend of mine who edits a publication here in LA, I noticed that he was dressed nicer than usual, so I asked him where he got his clothes, and he told me that they came from J Hilburn. The company doesn't have any stores, but operates sort of like an old-timey bespoke haberdashery with a network of ladies across the country who come to your home or office, take your measurements, walk you through the company's clothing catalog and help you pick out a new wardrobe. The best part is, since the company has very little overhead, the clothes you get are of comparable quality to those you'll find at Nieman's or Brooks Brothers and from the same mills that make Zegna and Ralph Lauren, but at a fraction of the cost both of department store and especially of the usual custom-clothing price tag.
I scheduled my own appointment and settled on a shirt and a pair of trousers, which have since been made exactly to my specifications and shipped to me, and which I've been wearing out to social engagements all over LA and getting tons of great compliments on.
Needless to say, I'm a happy guy at the moment. So I wanted to talk about the experience on JustLuxe, so take a look, and think about getting your dad something special from here on father's day!
REDISCOVER SAN DIEGO
America's Finest City has everything you need for your next weekend getaway. By Eric Rosen
Green Scene: Beach casual meets tribal chic at the Hotel Solamar (hotelsolamar.com) It’s got all the amenities of the business-friendly Kimpton brand, plus eco-friendly policies, a fourth-floor pool and bar, and the gourmet J6 restaurant.
Business and Baseball: The Omni’s (omnihotels.com) elegant tower across from the Convention Center is the perfect setting for downtown business, and for quick access to Petco Park via a pedestrian bridge for Padres fans.
Urban Resort: It’s all about sunshine and the city at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort (loewshotels.com), a sprawling luxury property with perfect downtown views from across the Coronado Bridge.
Party Pad: Everyone comes to play hard at the Hard Rock San Diego (hardrockhotelsd.com), and the hotel even has a Vibe Manager who keeps things rockin’ on the sound system. There’s also a Nobu for when you need to refuel.
Designer Boutique: Housed in a building dating from 1890, the exclusive Keating (thekeating.com) has just 35 bright red, open floor-plan rooms designed by the firm behind Maserati and Ferrari, and the popular subterranean Sway Lounge.
Steakhouses: Locals frequent George’s on Fifth (georgesonfifth.com) for prime cuts, swanky scenesters gravitate toward Suite & Tender (suiteandtender.com) at the Sé San Diego (sesandiego.com), and control freaks settle in at Strip Club (cohnrestaurants.com)to grill their own.
Little Italy: Mangia bone-in Sicilian rib eye with parmesan truffle fries at Po Pazzo (popazzo.com), or the al dente house-made pasta dishes at Zia’s Bistro (ziasbistro.com).
The New Kid: Top Chef favorite Brian Malarkey has brought his brand of ingredient-driven cooking (and crowds of fashionable foodies) to Searsucker (searsucker.com).
Speakeasy Sips: Sneak into Prohibition (prohibitionsd.com)through a hidden Fifth Avenue door for clandestine classic cocktails. Nearby, whimsical Syrah Wine Parlor (syrahwineparlor.com) feels like a cross between a wine bar and the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Just Desserts: The mouthwatering pastries at Extraordinary Desserts (extraordinary desserts.com) make a sweet end to any evening.
Brunch Spot: Locals throng Hillcrest’s Hash House A Go Go (hashhouseagogo.com) for its “twisted farm food” like the fried chicken Benedict.
ACTIVITIESFamily Fun: Go wild at the world-famous San Diego Zoo sandiegozoo.org), or its North County safari-experience annex, the Wild Animal Park. For the more aquatically inclined, Sea World (seaworld.com)has special exhibits like Shark Encounter and Manatee Rescue.
Museum Meanderings: With over a dozen museums, theaters and gardens, Balboa Park (balboapark.org) is the largest cultural city park in the country.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Now you can learn why you should call it Uluru and not Ayers Rock (and why you shouldn't climb it), what to expect when you get there, and how long you should consider staying, all in one place. It's a succinct, handy guide for what not to do and what not to miss on your next visit to The Rock.
Monday, May 9, 2011
The two ladies who run it (and are now friends of mine), Vikki Garrod and Dianne Admire, are fabulous ambassadors to their adopted city, and took me to all kinds of wonderful hidden gems throughout San Francisco when I visited this past fall.
I cannot recommend their custom-tailored tours highly enough. Find out more about what I did, and what the ladies can do for you during your next visit to the city by the Bay when you read my article at the link below!
Friday, May 6, 2011
I went back a couple weeks later to try out the regular menu myself on a normal night (I was lucky to get in--reservations have been full every night for weeks), so you can take a sneak peek at what I enjoyed while I was there, and if you pick up a copy of the magazine itself, you can read about where I love to go for lamb chops (it was just in time for Easter) around town--some surprising choices like A Frame from the Kogi guys, the newly revamped Cafe del Rey, and Craig's.
So check out my "night in Provence" at the link below.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
You might have already seen my recent HotelChatter piece on this property, but it's just so new and special and singular, and it fits right into UrbanDaddy's ethos (upwardly mobile, young, professional, style-conscious dudes with presumably limitless disposable income) that I couldn't help but pitch Wildman Wilderness Lodge.
It's short, sweet and sexy (if you want the nitty gritty details, go to my HotelChatter piece), so take a quick peek at my UrbanDaddy Jetset piece on "Going Crocodile Dundee in the Outback"!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
It's the kind of place Wills and Harry would do their shopping for everything from mandals to wear beachside on the French Riviera, to a nice scarf and windbreaker for bundling up while hiking glaciers in Patagonia, to backyard barbecue wear.
All in all, it sounds like a little shopping spree is in order for yours truly!