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…

MiM Sky Bar Sitges

When I booked my trip to Sitges, I was torn between the gorgeous ME Terramar and the MiM Sitges, a bit more centrally located. For this particular trip, I made the right call for me, but still had a great experience snooping around the MiM Hotel (whose lobby is stunning, by the way). I snuck…

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…

Auberge du Chateau

In Nyon Switzerland there is a tiny little square lined with just one restaurant and one little wine bar. The whole thing looks out over the lake. It is just picturesque and the cutest. I took advantage of a cool, but pretty evening to dine outside at Auberge du Chateau. They like to start their…

Hotel Ambassador Restaurant

My home away from home recently has become the simply chic Ambassador Hotel in Nyon Switzerland. However, it was just this trip that I finally tried their restaurant. After working in the garden and sipping on rose wine, I started chatting with the charming restaurant manager, Walter, who insist that I must dine with them….

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…

Snacks the Size of Wheezy F. Baby

I recently had the pleasure of an across the land pond visit to Wheezy F. Baby. Not the Li’l’est Wayne’s house exactly, but the Li’l-est Wayne in Indiana anywho. I saw my own littlest Wayne’s (super hip code for niece and nephew) and my charming SIL made me this more that l’il Key Lime pie…

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…