South Congress Hotel- Austin

<Said in the same tone as “….Canonballllll!!!!”> Mileage Runnnnnnnnnn! After all of my pinging back and forth to Europe the last six months, I still needed another 1,700 miles to hit Executive Platinum status. While my social life and time at the gym may be in the crapper, we are doing this damnit! And did…

Toque!- Montreal

Like a billion years ago, the ex and I spend a cold weekend in Montreal and had what was probably one of our first real splurge dinners- a whimsical tasting menu that was So.Much.Fun. As this most recent trip had me in Montreal on the coldest weekend of the year, there was literally nothing else…

Maggie Oaks- Montreal

Ok, so the William Gray was great, but how was the restaurant? Though it didn’t perform amazingly on the Google, I’m happy to say that it was really great too! In the four meals I enjoyed in Montreal, three were at Maggie Oaks. Because cold arsed Canada. Lunch day 1: Simple green salad and a…

Hotel William Gray- Montreal

After waiting two years for a certain customer meeting, the gang was finally in Montreal doing the damn thing. Naturally, they’d wanted to meet us on Thanksgiving, because Canada… so we agreed to a couple days before Christmas instead. I knew everyone was exhausted when they let me choose the hotel – William Gray. A…

Bar Boulud London

Bar Boulud at the Madarin Oriental in London has been on my ‘to-do’ list for nearly two years now and I finally had the chance for a visit recently. We were seated at a lovely, cozy corner booth for a late lunch, despite my making a reservation for the location in NYC. Whoops! Not to…

The Ampersand Hotel- London

Over a rainy birthday week, my mum and I spent the London portion of our British holiday at The Ampersand hotel in the vibrant South Kensington neighborhood of London. The grand building is conveniently located near the South Kensington tube stop, but not so near that you hear it. Perfection. The hotel interior design was…

The George- Edinburgh

The George hotel is now owned by the Interncontinental group and I was curious for a return stay from a year or so ago when it remained an independent. The hotel is still absolutely gorgeous and the staff also very helpful. The location is superb, especially when attending a party downstairs. It was the rooms…

Baba- Edinburgh

2019 was a very odd year for birthdays, down to the lunch itself. I’d been wanting to try Baba at the Kimpton Charlotte Square for some time and used #37 as an excuse as it was right down the street from my hotel. After my colleague force fed me, very kindly, multiple bakes just before…

Maitre Choux- London

A little sugar to kick off your morning, compliments of the Maitre Choux bakery in South Kensington. How gorgeous are these!? My Paris-Brest eclair was definitely my favorite birthday dessert of the trip! While I missed test driving any of the savories, they were the real star of the show for me. How creative, yet…

Il Portico- London

My <gulp> 37th birthday was just a few days ago and I was delighted to celebrate it with my mum in the UK. We’d spend a few days in Edinburgh followed by a few more in London, culminating with a meal at River Cafe, a new favorite special occasion spot. Well, the final day came…

The Edinburgh Grand

After spending a few evenings at The Hawskmoor Edinburgh and having drinks at the property’s fourth floor, Register Club, it was time for a proper stay at The Edinburgh Grand. The Grand sits at the far end of St. Andrew’s square and is in nice proximity to the train station, shops, and restaurants. The Register…

The Hoxton Southwark

On a recent Saturday night stop in London, I decided to test drive The Hoxton Southwark after reading about it across multiple forums and hearing great things about other Hoxton locations. I would rate the experience as fine-ish, but would not return. The room was industrial chic and unfortunately wasn’t ready when I arrived at…