Nira Caledonia

The summer in Scotland brings loads of tourists and super jacked up hotel room rates. AKA I couldn’t expense much more than some dull corporate chain, so I reached out to a travel agent to see what his recommendation would be. Try the Nira Caledonia, he said. The rooms would be small, but in budget,…

Miss Clara Cooks for Giro

Miss Clara was a wonderful lady to sleep with, but did I mention that she also cooks? And this charming terrace is where she serves you. That’s right, a real Renaissance woman. Apparently, the broad also packs picnics which was just too adorable for a single lady like myself to even attempt to take in…so…

Miss Clara

After a long weekend with the parents, I was ready for the first part of my solo adventure – four days in Stockholm at the Miss Clara hotel. Both the city and the hotel came with killer recommendations and I was quite anxious to experience both. Although I was actually quite sick, I did manage…

The Kensington

For a three-day weekend with the parents in London, I pushed them towards the South Kensington area and a friend pushed all towards the lovely hotel, The Kensington. Situated a few minutes from the tube stop one direction and a few minutes to the V&A the other, it was the perfect home base among tons…

Thompson Chicago

Ah the Windy City, my home a decade or so ago. The food scene is so much better now, but other than that, it feels like not much has changed. My lovely bff lives in town so it quite literally is home. Well, her home is my home, right? After a few days crashing at…

Thompson Toronto

After a few days in Mexico, I stopped home, swapped suitcases and headed to Toronto for two (very long) weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see my bed before. Or cook. Or nap. Or read. Or anything at my house (except unpack). I spent a chunk of my time at the…

Unico 20 87

Recently, I returned from a long weekend at the beautiful, new-ish, all-inclusive resort, Unico 20 87.  I must admit, I wasn’t jazzed about the idea of going to Mexico. While I LOVE Mexico, there have just been so many murders and whatnot, I thought the Caribbean seemed like the more logical option. Also, I’m never…

Principal George Street

Time to head back up to Edinburgh! This round, I test drove the lovely Principal George Street. Around since the 1700’s (!!), the hotel recently received a face lift and was lauded by Conde Nast as the spot to stay in Edinburgh. It’s among some great restaurants, bars, and shopping in New Town. Obvious choice!…

Eat the Mondrian London

Throughout my weekend at the Mondrian London, I managed to sneak in a meal or drink at all three of their charming establishments. Free breakfast (with a view of the Thames!) is always a bonus. The pretty lattes were delivered quickly from the yellow submarine bar to table. The breakfast was a buffet that was…

Mondrian London

You guys! I am getting old! It takes me a serious moment to recover from a long trip these days. I’ve been home a week and just today did the laundry from my trip. I’m finally back to buying vegetables, exercising, and writing to you gorgeous people. So, let me begin by telling you about…

Epicurean & Cucina

But what are you eating besides the minibar wine and crisps, you ask? Easy, well I’ve been here for ages so all sorts of things, but sticking around the hotel also proved lovely. The hotel bar, Epicurean, is staffed by lots of lovely folks and a killer cocktail menu. Stairway to heaven. Again, love that…

G&V Royal Mile Hotel

I arrived at the charming G&V Royal Mile Hotel (formerly Missoni Hotel) on Tuesday for three nights and two packed days of meetings. Plans never go as expected, so instead I opted for a weak half day of meetings and five nights at the hotel. Well, it’s what Jack Frost opted for, anyway. Edinburgh has…