Macaron & Mayhem Guide: London

MACARONS Aux Merveilleux de Fred:  Cramique and meringues straight from Paris. Harrod’s:  Snacks on snacks on snacks…. Lauderee:  For when you can’t travel to Paris. MAYHEM American Bar at The Savoy:  Classic. Posh. Old school cocktails ($5000 Sazerac, anyone). I visit this spot every time I’m in London. Calloo Callay:  A surprise at every turn…

Earth at Hidden Pond

For my only meal in Kennebunkport, I just HAD to try Earth at Hidden Pond which came highly recommend by about everyone.  Earth touts itself as “farm to fork” and grows many a plant on site – I can attest, as I walked by many during my grounds stroll. The food was fresh and creative….

The Tides Beach Club

After the longest, most exhausting conference of the year ends (and nearly a year in prep work!) I always need a massive escape for some R&R afterwards. Last year, somehow I hopped on 17 hours worth of flights, 22 hours with a layover in Taiwan and headed to Bali. This year, I rented a rather…

El Farallon

I’m just back from a long Labor Day weekend in Cabo, one of the most naturally beautiful places that I’ve yet to see. I just love that place. Wish I lived a little more centrally so that it could be my “Miami.” Ya’ know, that 2 hour flight to get away from it all for…

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…

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…