Friday, December 14, 2012

HotelChatter: Kerry Hotel Beijing

This week found me contributing to one of my old favorites, HotelChatter, about my trip to China this summer - specifically about the hotel I stayed at while in Beijing: the Kerry Beijing.

As you can see, my view was pretty spectacular  - a perfect shot of Rem Koolhaas's now-iconic, angular CCTV building.

But that wasn't the only feature of the hotel that I enjoyed, which you'll see when you check out my post from today on HotelChatter, so read on to find out about all the other cool features of the rooms here and the hotel's public spaces.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

HotelChatter: Suites Beranger in the Loire Valley

I have a fun little series on HotelChatter called Boozy B&B's. I haven't written a new post up for it for a while, but this week I had the opportunity to reminisce about one of the lovely little wine country inns I stayed at while in France this past May.

I spent two days out in the Loire Valley checking out chateaux and tasting wines from various AOC's like Chinon and Vouvray. I was based in the medieval city of Tours, and stayed at a delightful B&B called the Suites Beranger, which is in a 19th-century mansion that has been completely redone. My room was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the location was perfect - within the city and an easy walk to the sights, but quiet and private.

Find out more about why I loved this particular hotel and its various features in my HotelChatter story from today, and feel free to comment with any questions.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Jetsetter: Miraflores Park Hotel

One of the other great outlets I write for from time to time is Jetsetter, a beautiful site that curates fantastic hotel stays and experiences for well-heeled travelers.

My hotel reviews for them tend to be for far-flung places and have included France and Germany, and now Peru, where I traveled to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu last year.

They asked me to write up the hotel I stayed at in Lima, Orient-Express's Miraflores Park Hotel, which is a beautiful, Old World-style hotel perched on dramatic cliffs above the Pacific in the city's tony Miraflores neighborhood.

From the personalized service, to the elegant furnishings and chi-chi restaurant, this has to be one of Lima's best all-round hotel experiences. To find out why, read my review here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

LA Confidential Magazine: 10 Years in LA Food

LA Confidential Magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and as part of a special anniversary feature, they asked me to come up with a list of ten food trends from the past ten years that have defined the LA dining scene.

Needless to say, that whetted my appetite, and after having a good, hard think and polling my foodie friends, I came up with this list that includes some obvious topics like the advent of food truck culture and the speakeasy cocktail trend, as well as some interesting moments like the opening of Mozza and the recent reopenings of Spago and Nobu in Malibu.

All in all, it was a lot of fun to think back to all the good meals I've enjoyed with an eye toward outlining just what's made eating in LA so great for the past decade.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LA Confidential Magazine: Private Dining Rooms for Holiday Parties

Holiday season is upon us, and for all of you whose duties include planning the office holiday party - or maybe just those who want to take their friends and loved ones for a nice meal out at this time of year, I compiled a list of great restaurants around Los Angeles with delicious private dining experiences and beautiful settings for your next dinner party out that appears in the December issue of LA Confidential Magazine.

You can find my full article here, but just for a sneak peek, the list includes some of my favorites like Cecconi's, Culina, Hatfield's and Mozza, among others. Bon appetit!

Monday, December 3, 2012

JustLuxe: Champagne Tasting in Reims and Epernay

For my next JustLuxe piece, I return to one of my favorite French travel topics: taking a day trip from Paris to Champagne for some fun speeding through the countryside aboard the TGV, touring cathedrals and basilicas, sampling some of the world's best wines, and eating some of France's most renowned cuisine.

All in all, it's a great way to spend a day (or more!) in France if you like champagne and have a little extra time on your next trip to Paris.

You can see all my recommendations for both Reims and Epernay in my JustLuxe story here.