Ulivo, Nyon

Another stay at the gorgeous Ambassador Hotel, Nyon, found me dining in their intimate restaurant on a Monday night when the rest of the city shuts down. The best dish that I have had in Switzerland, maybe ever, was this octopus Mosaic. Thin crudo with chick peas and olive oil was absolutely the perfect start…

Mercer Roof Terrace

My only night at Vintry and Mercer, I was stoked to test out the Vintry Izakaya. I am a sucker for dim sum and all things dumpling! I made a reservation in advance and had scoured the menu for my top picks. Bummer for me, when I arrived home to the hotel and dumped my…

Adore San Remo

A few days ago, I treated myself of a rainy afternoon in gorgeous, rainy, Londontown. I only looked at email occasionally and leisurely strolled from my fabulous, new, little hideaway in the financial district to Covent Garden. I had my heart set on finally dining at the Palomar, but it was in that weird close…

Hotel Havana

After the depression subsided a bit after checking into the Hilton Palacio del Rio, I set out on foot, dodging crickets along the way, to find Hotel Havana, a member of my beloved Bunkhouse Hotels. This group never fails to deliver and Hotel Havana was no exception and why I made stops here on three…

Super Model Project: Red Curry Chicken

Chrissy, girl. Friend I’ve never met, spirit animal, sister from another mister, and kitchen diva… I love you. I love your recipes… I LIKED this one. It was tasty, it was easy, it tasted like a comforting piece of home. BUT IT WASN’T SPICY ENOUGH. Not even close. I realize you wrote Cravings 2 when…

Beso at ME Sitges Terramar

ME Sitges Terramar had a lovely restaurant, Besos, situated with beachfront views. There was also a small oyster bar in the lobby and rooftop bar that was quite the hot spot one evening and then completely closed for the season with no warning the next. As I saved it for my last night I was…

Ina’s Turkey Sausage Lasagna

What’s the best leftover you can think of that’s delicious served cold? Revenge? Close. For me, it’s anything red sauce pasta, which is how I cam to test drive Ina Garten’s Turkey Sausage Lasagna as part of my Hurricane Dorian readiness plan. This was beyond simple to make and will absolutely be a staple in…

Layered Raleigh

There’s a new bakery in town. Wait, make that a croissanterie. Yep, that’s all they do are variations on the croissant! I had occasion this week to just happen to need a French good luck charm and this seemed like a much more reasonable alternative to say…mmm…Cartier? More calories though. Bummer. I was in a…

Key Lime Fine

This might be the strangest summer on record. Unless it was on a holiday weekend, I didn’t hit a single moment at any pool. There were no key lime pies. There were no melony, buratta-y, fresh tomato-y salads. I don’t have an inkling of what the song of the summer is. And bathing suit body?…

Chalet d’Adrien

While La Grange was less than impressive for my first Verbier meal, the next day brought me to Le Chalet d’Adrien. The chalet is perched up just a quick 10 minute walk up the mountain from the main street in town. The exercise was nice and the view was gorgeous on a Sunday morning heading…

Consideration of La Grange- Verbier

Ah beautiful Verbier and for just one night! C’est dommage! After three blissful hours in the spa, I had to continue the do-something-nice-for-self streak that I’d started. So, rather than just hit the local trattoria as I’d planned, I headed to La Grange which came to me as a recommendation of the concierge and also…

La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

On my very first day of my holiday in Italy, I took a call from my CEO – I’d received a promotion that I didn’t even know I was up for. Woah! What a lovely surprise and killer start to a gorgeous vacation. If you can be lucky enough to align major life perks, I’d…