Posts categorized: Restaurants

The pool at The Standard Spa Miami, my pick for the best hotel for locals.

  The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler Lucas Peterson recently paid our fair, seaside city of South Beach a visit and like so many travel writers and first time visitors before him, he fell into the typical tourist traps of Ocean Drive and its surrounding streets, rattling off (for the most part) a list of bars that no self respecting local would be caught dead in. He even called Mango’s the “quintessential” South Beach club experience—uh, not quite, bro. See: LIV, Story. To […]

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Lisa, Krista & me loving life at Lafitte's after catching a parade on Canal Street.

  New Orleans was long on my shortlist of American cities I’d never been to, but was dying to visit. There was something about the lore of the Big Easy, with its free-spirited, jazzy laissez les bons temps rouler mindset that spoke to me. It was brass bands and zydeco, indulgent dishes, refined or rustic, synonymous with the city — jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, po’ boys, beignets, sazeracs. The sheer fact that a place like Bourbon Street existed, where you could walk around […]

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Hop aboard the pizza train! We're you're conductors Ted & Shayne. Final stop: Bushwick.

“Have you ever eaten pizza for all three meals in a day?” I asked Ted as we walked up Broadway. We’d already decided we were having pizza for brunch and dinner that day. “I don’t think so,” he laughed. “Have you?” “Yep,” I answered. It was back in college. I tried to recount where each pizza came from, but could only guess that one was a frozen pizza, one might’ve been delivery and I was pretty sure one was from […]

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From left:

  Thursday morning, I donned the most fashionable thing I could throw together in my closet (BCBG silver pumps, TIBI black and white striped jersey pencil skirt, white BCBG blouse, beaded necklace from Calypso New York and my new red Lanvin handbag–sorry, forgot to take pix #notafahionblogger) and headed to Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House for their new monthly Fashion For Breakfast series, featuring panel discussions with fashion entrepreneurs. This month, fashion blogger Ginger Harris moderated a discussion with Sari […]

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So many boat moments. With my crew: Brett, Krista, Ted & Matt aboard Grand Banks

  It’s easy to forget that Manhattan is an island surrounded by water and one of the country’s earliest port cities when you’re tucked inside a cozy West Village bar or caught in the bright lights of Times Square. It was Melville who wrote in the opening chapter of Moby Dick, “There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs—commerce surrounds it with her surf. Right and left, the streets […]

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The view from a 37th floor suite. Note the yacht docked in the foreground. Yes, that's a helicopter on its aft deck.

There’s a little something I love to do, and that is luxuriate. It’s a way to approach life. It’s a state of mind. It’s lounging in comfortable environs, savoring every morsel of a gourmet meal, reveling in a beautifully written sentence, relishing the touch of a fine silk or cashmere (even George Costanza said he’d drape himself in velvet if it was socially acceptable). It’s akin to the art of doing nothing. I’ve always said that I’m not much of […]

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Shayne, Dad & Kristy on their balcony at Loews Miami Beach

Last month, my dad paid my sister and me a visit in South Beach after a business trip in Naples. We selected Loews Miami Beach Hotel as our “staycation” destination. A spacious oceanfront resort (790 rooms, including 52 luxury suites) on Collins Avenue and a mere block south of Lincoln Road, Loews is positioned smack dab in the heart of South Beach. While not overly trendy like some of its neighbors, Loews offers plenty of luxury and spot on hospitality for a fantastic vacation […]

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Shrimp & grits at Old Vinings Inn

The last time I was in Atlanta I got a lot more attention than I expected for some of my nighttime antics out on the town. If you know what I’m talking about, great. If not, well, that’s also great. That’s not what I’m here to write about. The last time I was in Atlanta I had a lot of fun, and I was introduced to a couple of great restaurants I’d never been to before. It was a taste […]

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Lavanda, Bleauberry Mojito, & Mexican Fake Out available at Bleau Bar

With three signature restaurants — Hakkasan, Gotham Steak and Scarpetta — and the always buzzing Bleau Bar in its dazzling lobby, the pleasure dome that is the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is breathing new life into its cocktail program with the help of newly appointed corporate mixologist Hector Acevedo. A trio of new cocktails have been introduced to each of these establishments, highlighting a range of techniques and creative concepts from new twists on classics to the molecular avant garde. To take a virtual […]

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Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Passage to India

There were camels in Coconut Grove last night. I pulled up to the valet circle at The Ritz-Carlton with my friend Monica, and there they were. Flanked by two men dressed in rags who reminded me of Bedouins in the Negev Desert, the camels stood with big sad eyes, short, soft peanut-colored fur, and a funny look on their faces. I like the handsome profile the one behind me flashed for this picture. The occasion was a media preview of […]

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