Friday, November 29, 2013

Frontiers: Los Angeles New Restaurants 2013

As we come to the end of 2013, it's time to look back on all the delicious developments on the LA food scene and as part of that restrospection, Frontiers asked me to write a roundup of the most exciting new restaurants in Los Angeles.

There were tons of great new openings in the city this past year, and not nearly enough space to cover them all here, but the ones that did make it in include splashy scene-setters like Trois Mec, Bucato, Rao's, Petty Cash Taqueria, Church Key, Hinoki & the Bird and more.

For the full list and why I think each is drool-worthy, check out my article: Cuts Above the Rest - LA's New Culinary Contenders.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Points Guy: Park Hyatt Siem Reap Review

One of the more exciting recent hotel openings was that of the new Park Hyatt Siem Reap in Cambodia. The hotel used to be the historic Hotel de la Paix d'Angkor, and Hyatt engaged the services of hotel designer extraordinaire Bill Bensley to redo the landmark property.

Luckily, it was open by the time I got to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat earlier this month and I got the chance to spend three nights at this beautiful new hotel. It's a bit pricey for Cambodia, but it can also be a great place to use your Hyatt points, and the spa is fantastic.

Read my full review here: Hotel Review - Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Frontiers: LA Dining Trends - Juice Bars, New Restaurants and More

For one of the last Frontiers issues of the year, we are covering dining trends in and around LA including the latest juice craze and all the new restaurants from chefs we already know and love.

Included in the juice roundup are a couple recent faves like Clover and Pressed Juicery, while in the second acts article discuss chefs like Michael Cimarusti (Connie & Ted's), David LeFevre (Fishing With Dynamite), and David Myers (Hinoki & the Bird) among others.

For the full article, check it out here: #NowTrending - Dining Trends of the LA Foodie.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Points Guy: Thai Airways A380 First Class Review

The second part of my first class award itinerary from New York to Bangkok was a 10-hour flight on Thai Airways A380 from Frankfurt to Bangkok.

I snagged seat 1K at the very front of the plane's top deck and after flying all night from New York to Frankfurt then spending the day working at the airport, I couldn't wait to relax, eat, sleep and start the day fresh in Bangkok. The glass of Dom Perignon 2003 I was handed as I sat down didn't hurt either!

Though it's not the newest first class out there, Thai's is still quite comfortable and spacious and I got a great night's sleep in. The food was also pretty good and the service attentive and friendly, so all in all it was a very nice experience.

Read my full review (and about the caviar course!) here: Flight Review - Thai Airways A380 First Class

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Points Guy: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

On my multi-continent flight from New York to Bangkok via Frankfurt, I had a long layover at the Frankfurt airport. That wasn't so bad since I had a lot of work to catch up on between flights and could spend my time in Lufthansa's First Class Lounge (not the First Class Terminal, unfortunately!).

While it might have been more fun to get out to the city, since I was only there from 6:00am-2:00pm, I didn't think I'd have too much time to actually do anything cultural there, so I just stuck around the airport instead and got to know the lounge amenities really well.

I took a shower, had breakfast, did some work, got a massage (oh, didn't I mention they have a spa there?), had a snack and some champagne, and then it was time to board my Thai flight to Bangkok.

Want to learn more - like how there's a huge water menu and all kinds of strange European candies? Read my full review here: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Terminal 2

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Points Guy: Flight Review - Lufthansa 747 First Class

A couple months back, a friend of mine invited me to come visit her in Thailand, so I thought about it - where I'd like to go, what to see, how long to stay - and started looking into award tickets.

She suggested November, and after a quick search, I found a first class award itinerary from New York to Bangkok via Frankfurt on Lufthansa and Thai. The Lufthansa portion was actually in business class, but award space usually opens up last-minute, so I went ahead and booked my outbound ticket - and sure enough, a couple days before I was scheduled to depart, I was able to switch my seat to first class.

I've had some amazing experiences in the sky, from Air New Zealand Business Premier to Cathay Pacific business class, but I was even more excited to try Lufthansa's legendary 747 first class - there's a seat and a bed! So it was with lots of enthusiasm and a spring in my step that I climbed the stairs to the top deck of the plane, grabbed a glass of champagne and settled in for the flight. I was only sorry I didn't last longer!

Read my full review of the experience of one of the best first class products in the sky here: Flight Review - Lufthansa 747-400 First Class