Friday, November 30, 2012

JustLuxe: Ice Skating in Los Angeles


We might have sunny weather and gently swaying palm trees in LA, but there's no reason you can't get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin around the ice this winter. Here are six great rinks all over town where you can get your skate on this December-January.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/los-angeles-news__1856430.php

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

JustLuxe: Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinners Around LA


Just in time for Thanksgiving, here's another annual roundup of great restaurants offering gourmet meals - both for dining in and takeout - this turkey day.

I'll be enjoying the holiday at home with my family, but for those of you who want to shirk your cooking duties, or avoid ornery relatives descending on your home, there are some great options for what are bound to be delicious dinners around town - and who knows, maybe you'll start a new Thanksgiving tradition by going out every year.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/los-angeles-news__1854660.php

Monday, November 19, 2012

JustLuxe: Beijing Excursion

After my Shanghai article from last month on JustLuxe, I wanted to write a follow up that detailed what I did on the second half of my trip to China last summer while I was in Beijing and staying at the Kerry Hotel there.


It's all in here, from touring Tiananmen to wandering the Wall, visiting some cool shopping and arts districts and generally discovering this fascinating destination. Have a look, and get the inside scoop on the Kerry Hotel Beijing as well at the link below.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/luxury-vacations/feature-1855505.php

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Points Guy Destination of the Week: Seoul

I just spent the past week in Seoul - experiencing the Korean Air A380's business class and staying in several hotels including the W Walkerhill, the Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt, not to mention eating more Korean bbq than I've ever had before in my life, visiting ancient imperial palaces and strolling the now-stylish streets of Gangnam.


Read about what I did, where I stayed, and all the other ways you can use miles and points to get there in this week's Destination of the Week on The Points Guy.

Link: http://thepointsguy.com/2012/11/destination-of-the-week-seoul/

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

LA Confidential Magazine: Post-Shopping Drinks

As holiday shopping season looms, you might need a little tipple to fortify you before or after facing the hordes at shopping meccas like The Grove, the 3rd Street Promenade and the Beverly Center.

That's why I compiled this funky list of great bars where you can sneak a sip before your consumerist excursion this holiday season. Cheers to that!


Link: http://la-confidential-magazine.com/dining/articles/post-holiday-shopping-drinks

Thursday, November 8, 2012

LA Confidential: MessHall Restaurant Review

One of the buzziest new restaurants around town lately has been MessHall, which makes its home in a historic building that once housed a restaurant owned by Cecil B. Demille, and sits in a hip, happening little corner of Los Feliz.




The whole theme is about down-home country cooking in a communal setting, and the dining experience is pretty congenial - especially after one or two of the rocket-fueled whiskey cocktails.

You can see my review from LA Confidential at this link, and check out the restaurant for yourself: http://la-confidential-magazine.com/dining/articles/messhall-los-feliz

Monday, November 5, 2012

LA Confidential Magazine: Post-Art Prandial Spots

Though little-touted, LA has an amazing collection of art museums and galleries scattered throughout the county. Favorites include the Getty (both the Museum and the Villa), LACMA, the Huntington and the California Science Center.


If you're out for an artful adventure, here is a roundup I wrote for LA Confidential about great places to dine and discuss what you've seen: http://la-confidential-magazine.com/dining/articles/los-angeles-restaurants-for-the-art-crowd

JustLuxe: Domaine Carneros Le Reve Vertical Wine Tasting


A few weeks ago, I headed to one of my favorite LA hotels, The Hotel Bel-Air, for an extensive vertical tasting of wines courtesy of one of California's most respected wineries and winemakers, Domaine Carneros. Winemaker Eileen Crane brought vintages of the estate's flagship sparkling cuvee, Le Reve, down with her dating from 1992-2006 for a few other wine writers and restaurant industry insiders to taste through.

I won't get into the details here, but to read more about vertical tastings, what makes them so interesting, and the particulars of these wines, have a look at my piece on JustLuxe at the link below.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/dining/feature-1840199.php

Friday, November 2, 2012

JustLuxe: New Brunch Places Around LA

Just a quick restaurant scene update for JustLuxe this month with a roundup of new brunch offerings around town including at Freddy Smalls, Superba Snack Bar and a new bar on La Cienega called The Phoenix.

Read all about delicious dishes like poached gggs with green chorizo fondue on pan con tomate, and red velvet bread pudding.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/los-angeles-news__1847190.php