Istanbul 2013

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Angkor Wat 2012

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Saigon 2012

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Cambodia / Vietnam Cruise 2012

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Peru 2013

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Airports: Most Major U.S. Terminals Now Smoke Free

According to USAToday, 27 of the 35 busiest American airports now ban smoking. Now, if they’d only consider banning body fondling by airport security, flying could get a bit more pleasant.

HACKED! PDF Print E-mail

My website was hacked and we are working hard to restore the site, which should be fully back up and running within 24 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience!


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Ferrari and Shangri-La Hotels Team Up For Asia & Europe Races PDF Print E-mail

On June 8, 2014, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Ferrari announced their partnership for the Ferrari Challenge Series at the Ferrari Racing Days in Shanghai.  The collaboration, a first for both brands, will see the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group as the official hotel partner in Asia Pacific and Europe for the legendary Italian supercar’s season of racing events.

Hakkasan Las Vegas - My Personal Tasting Dinner PDF Print E-mail

This article first appeared on Yahoo! HERE.

As someone who writes about food and wine, my favorite experience at a restaurant is not to prove my knowledge by ordering from the menu, but to allow the chef to choose my entire meal for me. The best meals of my life, the most delicious, most decadent and most expensive, have all been chef's tasting experiences where my only job was to enjoy and eat the food. One of my most decadent, most epic and most memorable dining experiences was at the uber-trendy Hakkasan Las Vegas, inside the beautiful MGM Grand. The exclusivity and exotic interior will stun you, but it's the food that will blow you away. I had the best, most decadent meal of my life there.

Where is the best Sunday Brunch in LA? PDF Print E-mail

This article first appeared on Yahoo! HERE

Sunday champagne brunches combine two of my favorite things, champagne and breakfast. While I might sample the more lunch-oriented items at a brunch, it's those breakfast classics I really enjoy. I usually choose the same items, and enjoy comparing how they are prepared and served at different restaurants. Los Angeles has a lot of wonderful Sunday champagne brunches, here are my top five:


Paris Behind The Scenes Tours - Notre Dame, EIffel Tower, Crazy Horse PDF Print E-mail

By Ted Sherman

This article originally appeared on Yahoo! HERE

Paris is filled with museums and a seemingly endless list of tourist activities. Our family has always sought out more unique, backstage experiences where we can learn how something works in addition to being entertained. Some of Paris' greatest monuments and tourist sites offer visitors VIP and backstage access, where they can be explored more intimately. For only a little bit more money than a regular tour ticket, these tours bypass the lines and crowds for a better use of your time. Here are three great backstage Paris tour experiences at the Eiffel Tower, The Crazy Horse and Notre-Dame Cathedral:

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel - My Review PDF Print E-mail

This review was first published on Yahoo! HERE

Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation of the guest rooms, public areas and lobby space, the stylish Renaissance Long Beach (111 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach) sits ready to become quite the hotspot in this fun destination. I stay at a lot of hotels and I've found great properties start at the top. Leaders who motivate their team members, from the front desk staff to the people who clean the rooms, ensuring they all focus on one thing, delivering a great guest experience. The management here at the Renaissance Long Beach "gets it" and that results in an enjoyable, comfortable visit for those who stay here.

Race time in Long Beach PDF Print E-mail

I just returned from an amazing, fun weekend at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. I'll be writing a lot more about my experience, but I can really recommend the hotel as a great place to stay for the race or any time. Recently renovated and with a cool GM who really understands luxury service, you get five-star service for three-star prices. Online specials on the Renaissance website offer advance purchase rates of $109, which is a great price to be across from the harbor and next to the excitement that is downtown Long Beach.

The view from my suite. That's the track in the center.



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