Macarons and Mayhem Travel Guide: Miami

Since I can’t travel to Miami Beach this week as planned, thought I would at least share with you some of my annual favorite haunts- a virtual visit if you will. While Brickell used to be home, I can’t resist staying on the beach. It’s also a testament that these spots have stayed during the…

The Bygone- Baltimore

Let Bygones be Bygones, and that’s just what we did when test driving this 29th floor resto atop of The Four Seasons. First stop, cocktails! The bar spans the harbor side of the restaurant and would be just perfect for a sunset; unfortunately, we picked a rather grey day for our visit and missed out……

Duck, Duck, Goose- Baltimore

On a recent trip to Baltimore, my colleague and I had the very difficult task of testing several restaurants and bars for upcoming events that we will be hosting. We stumbled into Duck, Duck, Goose accidentally one evening. A neighboring barman pointed us to some cocktail lounge called ‘Rye.’ We saw a sign for Rye…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cantina Follie & L’Escale Trattoria

As soon as I realized that I was just down the road from Grand Hotel Tremezoo, it was pretty obvious that I’d need to be there in some capacity every day. One day it was a Michelin starred meal to celebrate a promotion, another day I’d simply broken a flip-flop or so my subconscious told…