Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Roku

IDG, the restaurant group behind Sushi Roku, Boa and Katana has opened a new teppanyaki restaurant up on Sunset called Roku. Here's my review.



Review: Roku Brings Teppanyaki Talent to Sunset

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Brunch Around LA

My latest for Frontiers - new restaurants serving brunch, and restaurants serving new brunch!



Let's Do Brunch: 6 of LA's Best Weekend Options

Friday, December 18, 2015

Los Angeles Confidential: Celebrity Restaurants

The celebrity-owned restaurant has been a fixture on the LA dining scene for decades now, but a new crop of dining hot spots, and some old favorites, are heating things up again these days, so we decided to cover them in the latest issue of LA Confidential.



Article: LA Celebrity Restaurant Owners Pick Favorites Off Their Own Menus

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bravo: 11 Elite Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers

For my latest Bravo piece, I'm covering a few things I love - travel, wine and luxury!



Check out my post on 11 Elite Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bravo: Exclusive Private Islands

I've begun writing for Bravo's newly launched travel site, and my first article is on exclusive private islands that can be all yours...for an insane amount of money!



Check out the article here: 12 Outrageous Private Islands That Can Be All Yours

Monday, December 7, 2015

Los Angeles Times: Airline Elite Status

My latest article in the LA Times is on a subject near and dear to frequent fliers' hearts, and one that becomes ever more important as the end of the year draws near: airline elite status.



The subject this time around? Is airline elite status even worth it anymore, and if so, what are some last-minute ideas to cross the qualification finish line.

Article: Frequent Fliers, Consider: Is Airline Elite Status Worth the Trouble?

Friday, November 27, 2015

JustLuxe: Temple House Chengdu

My latest article up on JustLuxe is about my recent jaunt through Asia, including a review of the fantastic new hotel I stayed at in Chengdu when I stopped by to hang out with the pandas, the Temple House.



Review: China's Most Exciting New Hotel Opens in Chengdu

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Canon Club

Seafood joints seem to be popping up all around LA, and the latest is an upscale crab shack in Beverly Hills called Canon Club. It was the subject of my latest Frontiers review.



Review: Beverly Hills Does Seafood in Style

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Points Guy: Review of Cathay Pacific Business Class

Cathay Pacific, based out of Hong Kong, is one of my favorite airlines. Not only are the planes and service wonderful, but there's great award availability. Read my full review of a recent flight in the airline's business class from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.


Flight Review: Cathay Pacific 777-300ER Business Class

Friday, November 13, 2015

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Prix Fixe Menus

Prix-fixe menus are taking over LA! Here are some of my favorites, including those that have been around for a while, and some new options around town in my latest LA Confidential article. Some of those I included: Trois Mec, Orsa & Winston, Patina and Q Sushi.



Article: Prix-Fixe Menus Are Dominating LA's Dining Scene

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Top Foodie Travel Destinations

Changing things up for this issue of Frontiers, I wrote a travel feature on the 7 best foodie cities in the world (for now!). Among those I included: Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Melbourne and more. Read on to find out!



Article: The World's 7 Top Locales For Destination Dining

Friday, October 23, 2015

JustLuxe: Six Senses Zighy Bay

While I was traveling around the world this summer, I spent a few days in Oman and stayed at the gorgeous Six Senses Zighy Bay. Here's my review on JustLuxe.



Review: Discover Oman's Under The Radar Musandam Peninsula at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Points Guy: American Airlines 777-200 New Business Class

American Airlines is redoing the business-class cabins on its 777-200's and I had the chance to test it out on flights to and from New York and Rio.


Check out my full review here: American Airlines New Business Class JFK-Rio

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Frontiers: Triple Review

Another three-for-one restaurant review in Frontiers this issue. Included this time: Sambar, Ostrich Farm and Hinterland.



Review: 3 New Restaurants on the LA Scene

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

JustLuxe: Singapore Hotels

When I visited Singapore this summer, I actually swung through the city twice as a bookend to my trip to Bali, and I covered the hotels I visited for JustLuxe.



For the first few days, I stayed at one of the city's iconic properties, the Shangri-La.



For my second weekend, I camped out at the Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island.

Monday, October 12, 2015

JustLuxe: Ritz-Carlton Comes to Bali

Over the summer, I spent a week in Bali exploring the "Island of the Gods."

I got the chance to stay at one of two new Ritz-Carlton properties there. The second one, a Reserve called Mandapa, opened up last month in the lush interior, while the beach property where I stayed in Nusa Dua has been around since last spring.

Here's my coverage of the resorts and all the fancy amenities you can expect during your stay...

Ritz-Carlton Brings Two New Resorts to Bali

Thursday, October 8, 2015

LA Confidential Magazine: Steak Frites

It used to be comfort foods, then Peruvian. Today the cuisine of choice in LA seems to be classic French, with steak frites taking center stage.



Read my roundup of the best steak frites places in LA in this month's issue of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Where To Eat Steak Frites in LA

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Leona Review

My latest Frontiers Review - for this one I headed to Venice to try chef Nyesha Arrington's new restaurant, Leona.












Review: Progressive California Cuisine Comes to Venice

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Los Angeles Times: Business Travel Credit Cards

While I tend to write a lot about loyalty programs, points and frequent-flier miles, much of my writing focuses on the personal credit card market. However, business credit cards can be just as important as tools to boost those points balances...and more people are eligible for them than you might think.

To find out more, check out my latest LA Times Travel article: Business credit cards have several points in their favor.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Three Reviews in One

We're switching things up a little in Frontiers this issue, and doing three restaurant reviews in one. This time around? House of Macau, Belcampo Meat Co. and Clifton's Cafeteria.



Review: 3 New Restaurants on LA's Dining Scene

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Broken Spanish

Another restaurant review for Frontiers Magazine, of chef Ray Garcia's downtown Mexican restaurant, Broken Spanish.



Review: Broken Spanish is a Taste in Translation

Monday, September 7, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: EP/LP Review

My latest Frontiers Magazine article, a review of LA's hottest new restaurant and rooftop bar/lounge.



EP/LP Review

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Points Guy: Top Ways to Fly to Asia in First Class

I fly a lot. Like really a lot. But that also means I get to try the newest first and business class seats all the time, which is one of my favorite parts of the job. In my latest The Points Guy post, I get to compare the best options for flying first class to Asia, so read on for some drool-worthy pictures of the seats on Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and more...


Top 5 Ways to Fly to Asia in First Class

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Lunch Bowls

Forget food trucks and the paleo diet. The newest dining trend in LA is the bowl. All the fresh ingredients, fancy flavors and healthy options you want in one big, inclusive dish.


Here are some of the best (and healthiest) options in town, and the power players you're likely to see munching on them: Lunch Bowls Are On Trend in LA

Monday, August 17, 2015

Los Angeles Times Travel: Travel Credit Cards and Your FICO Score

One of the concerns many people seem to have about applying for points-earning credit cards is how those applications might affect their credit score, or FICO.

The interesting thing is, though credit card applications do affect your FICO score, it's not in the way you might think, and carrying multiple credit cards over time (and responsibly) might actually raise your score.

Find out more in my most recent LA Times Travel article: What Really Happens To Your FICO Score When You Cancel A Credit Card?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Points Guy: Hotel Review Andaz Amsterdam

One of the hotel stays I was most looking forward to on my recent trip through Europe was a couple nights at the Andaz Amsterdam booked using my Hyatt points.


The hotel, one of the city's newest, is beautiful, in a great location and a great points value. Read my full review for the details.

Hotel Review: Andaz Amsterdam

Friday, August 7, 2015

Frontiers: Best of Gay LA Restaurants and Bars

It's time for Frontiers Magazine's Best of Gay LA issue...


And for my contribution, I wrote up the exciting new restaurants. Check the full list out here: BOGLA Food & Drink

The Points Guy: Flight Review Qatar Airways Business Class

I love trying out new airlines and new business-class seats, and I got to do both (for an amazing mileage redemption) on Qatar Airways' new 787-8 from Singapore to Doha last month.


You can read my full review on The Points guy.

Flight Review: Qatar Airways 787-8 Business Class

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: What's New In New South Wales

I spent the month of June in Australia exploring all kinds of interesting places, including some fabulous new restaurants, hotels and hideaways in New South Wales.





Check out all that's fresh and exciting in my recent article: All That's Fresh in New South Wales

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Points Guy: Top Ways to Fly to Europe in First Class

As part of my ongoing series on The Points Guy, I cover the best options for using miles to get to Europe, and some of the choices might surprise you.


For instance, did you know you can fly Singapore's amazing First Class Suites from New York to Frankfurt? Read the article for more details.

Top 5 Ways to Fly to Europe in First Class

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: LA Happy Hours

Happy hour might conjure up images of dive bars and co-workers letting loose after they leave the office, but restaurants all over LA are classing up this discount drinking institution.


Check out some of my favorite ones in my latest LA Confidential feature: How LA Bars and Restaurants are Redefining Happy Hour

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Points Guy: Top Ways To Fly to Europe in Business Class

As part of my ongoing series, I cover the best options for business class travel from the US to Europe.


Included are details on the offerings from American Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and more.

Top 6 Ways to Fly to Europe in Business Class

The Points Guy: Review of Qantas New Business Class

I've flown Qantas's lovely business class a number of times before between the US and Australia. But on my most recent trip down under, I got to test out the airline's newest business-class seats aboard an A330 from Sydney to Perth, and it's wonderful.


Read my full review on The Points Guy to see what you can expect.

Flight Review: Qantas A330 New Business Class

Monday, June 8, 2015

LA Times Travel: Five Ways To Boost Your Miles

Most folks think that the only way to earn frequent-flier miles is to fly, right? Wrong. There are so many other great ways to build those mileage balances, and in my latest LA Times Travel article, I give you the inside scoop on how to do so.

Check it out here: Five Ways to Boost Your Frequent-Flier Miles

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Points Guy: Wine Travel to Australia's Margaret River

This week on The Points Guy, I got to cover one of my favorite wine regions in the world: Western Australia's Margaret River.


Wine Travel: Margaret River

Friday, May 22, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: 5 Great Cocktails To Travel For

One of the more fun stories I've gotten to write lately has been about some of the world's most legendary cocktails and the wonderful watering holes where they originated, from the now 100-year-old Singapore Sling to the Bellini to the mojito.



Check out the full article here, and drink up!

5 of the World's Most Legendary Cocktails and the Bars that Originated Them

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Frontiers Magazine: Restaurant Reviews 2015

It's been a busy year for me with a lot of travel, a lot of writing, and the launch of a new web site, so I figured I would just compile my latest restaurant reviews for Frontiers Magazine in one place.

Frontiers is a great bi-weekly glossy magazine here in LA, so I cover a lot of local restaurants as well as some travel for them. Here are my reviews from this spring.

Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge

Terrine

Redbird

Odys + Penelope

The District by Hannah An

Baltaire

Birch

Bon appetit, I hope you enjoy!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

LA Times Travel: Travel Credit Card Benefits

My latest LA Times Travel article focuses on the benefits your travel credit card offers you that you might not know about or take advantage of.



However, these benefits could either save your or provide you with hundreds or even thousands of dollars' worth of value thanks to perks like primary rental car insurance, waiving foreign transaction fees, lost or delayed baggage benefits and more.

Check out the full article, and start maximizing your benefits!

Study up on benefits your credit card offers; it might save you money

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Points Guy: Under-The-Radar African Safari Series

After my recent trip to Zambia, I was raring to write about some of Africa's most exciting safari experiences.


I eventually wrote up a whole series including five countries that was published over the course of a month, but here's the whole list of links compiled for you in one place.

Zambia
Namibia
Rwanda
Malawi
Botswana

Friday, May 1, 2015

JustLuxe: Edition London Hotel

I love London, but I never have enough time there. During a recent trip, I had an overnight layover of  about 18 hours - just enough time to check out one of the city's trendiest new hotels, the Edition London.


I met some friends for drinks, went out for dinner nearby, then luxuriated in my room and got a great night's sleep before my flight.

Check out more about the hotel, it's uber-hip scene, the trendy restaurant and bar there, and why I think Burt Reynolds would be right at home in the rooms.

JustLuxe Review of London Edition Hotel