Serene Oasis at Park MGM Spa

The Park MGM Hotel is known as one of MGM’s megaresorts in Las Vegas. Forming a joint venture with Sydell Group to renovate and rebrand the Monte Carlo, MGM renamed the resort Park MGM to connect with the exciting dining and entertainment district, and The Park near the T Mobile Arena. The Park MGM has…

A Holiday Table Favorite – Brazi Bites

After a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, I discovered one of the most pleasing comfort foods in the world – Pão de Queijo. It’s Brazil’s most popular snack food, and after returning back to the United States, I began my search to recreate these culinary sensations while home.  Years ago…

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Chef Fest 2019

One of the most luxe Hawaiian culinary events of the year is the annual Chef Fest Food and Wine Festival on the Big Island Hawaii. Hosted by the esteemed Executive Chef Thomas Bellec at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this unique Hawaiian experience is from November 13 through November 16, 2019. This year the Four…

Waterfront Dining in Marina del Rey

Executive Chef Job Carder prepares California coastal cuisine with a fusion of French flair that is visually as pretty as the silhouette of sailboats in Marina del Rey. I met this chef years ago at a private holiday party, when he was the executive chef at The Proper in La Cañada. His grandfather co-founded Norm’s…

Japan House LA celebrates Japan 47 Artisans

At Hollywood & Highland JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectural through a collection of art, crafts, and design created by 47 young artisans. Now through January 5, 2020, the gallery on Level 2 exhibits 47 ARTISANS displaying contemporary crafts that embody the character of their hometown. JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project conceived…

Cruising the Cyclades Islands in Greece

Arriving to Marina Zeas after a three night stay in Athens, my family and I excitedly walked onto the 157-foot, 49 passenger Galileo motorized sailing ship to embark on an 8-day ‘Jewels of the Cyclades’ cruise showcasing some of the most popular Aegean Islands. First launched in 1992, and most recently renovated in 2016, passengers…

Ohau’s Gunstock Ranch Ecotourism Experience

According to the United Nations aviation division, carbon emissions from air travel are on track to triple by 2050 if no action is taken. Travelers are becoming more aware of this and are seeking experiences to be good citizens of the world. Hilton Hotels in Hawaii offer a list of ecotourism activities to help guests…

Visiting Oahu’s Hollywood Movie Set – Kualoa Ranch

A memorable Hawaiian ecotourism experience is exploring West Oahu’s movie and television sets at Kualoa Ranch. Designated a US Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places since the 1970’s, Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve is owned and managed by the eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. Located about 24 miles from Honolulu,…