Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Points Guy: Exciting New Airline Routes for 2015

Airlines are constantly changing and updating their route networks as new aircraft come online, others are phased out, and new airports open up to travelers.

2015 looks to be an exciting year for air travel as airlines introduce tons of new routes on the latest-generation aircraft. Some to look out for include Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Boston, EVA from Houston to Taipie, Delta from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam, Icelandair from Portland to Reykjavik, and Finnair's new routes from Helsinki to Miami and Chicago.

Check out my whole article on The Points Guy here.

Frontiers: Wine For Holiday Parties

With the holiday season well underway, you might well be wondering what to bring to all your holiday parties. Of course, wine is always a nice gift, but with New Year's comes something to celebrate, so you might be thinking about sparkling wines...Cava, Prosecco, Champagne and more.

To help you decide what to bring, and to get a few expert opinions, I wrote up this little piece for Frontiers. Hopefully it'll come in handy for your next hostess gift: Champagne for New Year's Eve

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Points Guy: Best Redemptions To Fly the A380

Among the #avgeeks out there, one of the feathers in their cap is to fly all the A380's out there, airline by airline. About a dozen international carriers now operate the double-decker super-jumbo, so it's easier than ever to experience this behemoth.

Here is my article with info on the airlines flying it and strategies for how to book award tickets using miles if you are interested in taking it for yourself.

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Frontiers: Dining Year in Review 2014

As the year draws to a close, it's time to look back at 2014 and discuss some dining trends...and one of the biggest in LA has been the advent of the gourmet market cum restaurant.

These little sundry shops with attached eateries have been cropping up everywhere and include such newcomers as Stir Market and GC Marketplace.

Read about the trend in my article here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frontiers: Alimento

One of the hottest new restaurants in LA is the latest venture from chef Zach Pollock, Alimento. The restaurant is a casual, convivial ode to southern Italian cuisine with a California vibe.

It's right along Silver Lake Boulevard, so the people-watching is good, the food is delicious, and the ambiance is exactly where you want to spend an evening over pasta and vino.

Check out my full review here: At Alimento, Italian Tradition Meets SoCal Sensibility

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Points Guy: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at American Airports

After waiting years for it to roll off the assembly line, the flying public is finally able to experience Boeing's latest-generation jet, the 787 Dreamliner.

The first few customers were foreign airlines, but now US flyers have a few choices as more and more airlines including United offer service from North American hubs to international (and some domestic) destinations.

To help all you fellow #avgeeks out there figure out a way to fly the new dream machine, I've put together a handy list of the airlines operating this new aircraft to North American airports along with mileage hints about how to book awards on each of them. Check out the full article below.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service to North American Airports

Frontiers: Five International Adventure Destinations

One of the other features I wrote for Frontiers' 2014 travel issue was on adventure travel. Though you usually tend to find me in a restaurant or vineyard, or by the pool or on the beach, I do tend to tempt fate from time to time with adrenaline-inducing activities.

Here are some of my top picks for adventure travel including Iceland, Western Australia, Laos, New Zealand and Chile.

Article: The Plunge Awaits: 5 International Destinations Offering Real Adventure

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Points Guy: Best Airlines to Fly Premium Economy Domestically

While international carriers like British Airway and Qantas have led the charge on premium economy seats, US carriers do offer slightly better economy seats. However, most travelers are left wondering whether these seats are worth the extra cost given that they only include a little extra legroom and note much else in many cases.

However, to look at all the added amenities and space, I made a detailed comparison of the premium domestic economy products out there and wrote it up for The Points Guy. So if you're wondering whether to shell out for a few extra inches, this should help you make your decision.

Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

Frontiers: Zambia, Modern Safari-Style

For Frontiers' 2014 travel issue, the other one-off destination I wanted to cover was Zambia, Africa's best-kept safari secret.

Just a 2-hour flight north of South Africa, Zambia is a fantastic country with gorgeous scenery, extremely friendly people, and amazing sights including Victoria Falls. Safari here is also an incredible experience with game-rich national parks including the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa. All with the crowds of tourists and honeymooners you run into in South Africa. It's a well-kept secret, but one that is easy to access and to enjoy.

Check out where to go and what to do in my article: Zambia, Modern Safari-Style

Frontiers: Top Party Destinations

Though hitting the party circuit is usually not the top of my travel priority list, I still like to keep tabs on where the best bashes are.

So for the Frontiers travel issue, my editor asked me to find three of the top party destinations in the world, and I came up with a beach in Thailand, another in Greece, and one of Europe's smallest but most fun capitals, Helsinki.

Check out the full article here: Three Under-The-Radar Party Destinations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Frontiers: Get Spiritual in Myanmar

I've covered Myanmar for a few of my other outlets, but for the Frontiers travel issue, it was one of my top picks of where to go in 2015 and one I definitely wanted to cover for the magazine.

It's a short article, but I cover a lot of ground including Yangon, the temples of Bagan and Mt. Popa, and the fishing villages of picturesque Inle Lake.

Check out where to go and what to do in my article here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

LA Confidential Magazine: Cheese Menus Around LA

It's not every article where I get to quote famed gastronome Brillat-Savarin, but every so often I get to muse on food history, and this article from LA Confidential's December issue about cheese was one such instance.

Not only do I explore the placement of the cheese course in the meal, but I talk to leading chefs and fromageurs from some of LA's top restaurants including Melisse, AOC, Bouchon and Patina about what goes on their cheese lists and why.

Check out my full article here: What LA Restaurants Serve the Best Cheese