Category | Travel

Shutters on the Beach :: Santa Monica, CA

Shutters on the Beach :: Santa Monica, CA

By Lara Smith on November 01, 2016Comments (0)

Simply put, Shutters on the Beach is a wonderful little oasis in the mist of Santa Monica and its beach. This hotel is in a perfect location on the Santa Monica boardwalk. The staff took care of us in a way that we felt like royalty. From the initial valet service, the checkin and our […] read more»

Olive Nera – Venice, Italy

Olive Nera – Venice, Italy

By Ava Stochinsky on October 30, 2016Comments (0)

My most recent trip was memorable for many reasons, but one of the highlights was my visit to Oliver Nera. Owner Isabella treats you like family, who clearly takes pride in her profession. regarding the nights specialties. The food is absolutely delicious and her staff is fabulous and very knowledgeable. They recommended the stuffed fried […] read more»

The 7 Question Interview – Chef Edward Kim – Mi & Yu Noodle Bar – Baltimore, MD

The 7 Question Interview – Chef Edward Kim – Mi & Yu Noodle Bar – Baltimore, MD

By Erin Silverman on October 29, 2016Comments (0)

Lately I have been a bit disappointed in my Ramen adventures, bland broths and seemed like they were phoning it in with ingredients. Mi & Yu have renewed my love of all things Ramen! I tried the beef dashi soup. It was incredibly hearty, and rich with a slight hint of sweetness. My favorite part […] read more»

The Granville Island Hotel – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Granville Island Hotel – Vancouver, British Columbia

By Erin Silverman on October 07, 2016Comments (5)

I have had the pleasure visiting Granville Island many times. Some folks make it a destination for the day to visit their famous market, or a very obvious choice for a memorable meal at the multitude of restaurants. What I would highly recommend to consider it a spot to park your car and stay at […] read more»

The Soprarno Suites :: Florence, Italy

The Soprarno Suites :: Florence, Italy

By Ava Stochinsky on July 20, 2016Comments (0)

Quite frankly I had to see for myself what all the buzz was about. I had read about this place in a couple places, such as Wallpaper Magazine as a new style of funky boutique hotel. I pictured it as a cross between Novogratz chic, meets Ace hotel…and a dash of Florence fresco for good […] read more»

Wake Up To the Splashing Luxury of Tower 23 at San Diego

Wake Up To the Splashing Luxury of Tower 23 at San Diego

By Ava Stochinsky on July 07, 2016Comments (1)

Rise and Shine to a brand new experience of luxury and sophistication at Tower 23. The scenic beauty of the beaches from the hotel itself is worth the price of admission to the swank hotel. The rooms are very modern and have a modern streamlined feel. Upon arrival we received a delicious plate of cheeses […] read more»

The Library Hotel – NYC

The Library Hotel – NYC

By Ava Stochinsky on June 30, 2016Comments (5)

Maybe it is just me growing older (and somewhat wiser), but I have really come to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. The overall experience I had at the Library Hotel was one of the most pleasurable stays in New York. When I mention the simplicity, it should not be confused with lack of elegance. […] read more»

FrostBites – Natural Fruit, Botanical Cordials and Syrups

FrostBites – Natural Fruit, Botanical Cordials and Syrups

By Ava Stochinsky on May 23, 2016Comments (0)

This is the inaugural article series where I feature products I love. Let’s face it…it will mostly be food and drink items. I was inspired when I took in the Make It show, in Saint Albert in April. It was chalk full of well curated small businesses, but one stood in particular. FrostBites, which is […] read more»