Coach & Horses Kew

When I found out that Chihuly was exhibiting in The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens for the first time in some 30 years, I instantly knew what I’d be doing for Memorial Day. The problem was Memorial Day is also a bank holiday in the UK, so every hotel was a fortune. That’s how I found…

Andaz London

A few weeks ago, mum and I commenced the London portion of our European tour with a stay at the Andaz London- Liverpool Street. We left Paris a day early feeling uncomfortable by about everything going on in that city at the moment. I called Andaz to add a night to the room and they…

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 to feel like I’m in London. Calloo…

London Calling

London Calling, yes, I was there too… …and will be again in a week! I’ve been lucky enough to jaunt across the pond something like my six times this year.  Since I keep repeating my destination cities and am often asked for resto reccos, I thought what better than to share some travel favorites via…

Stockbridge

One of the dope features of my misplaced hotel was that it was central to an uncentral neighborhood, Stockbridge. It was seriously the cutest and the concierge pointed me to all the hot spots. And doors. so many cute doors. If you don’t like doors, just stop right now. Also, very creepy parks. And subterranean…

Tigerlily

Are you in Edinburgh and totally starving and haven’t eaten literally all day? (Because you can’t afford food in Copenhagen anymore and you had to have a mani (and champs) for lunch). I’m sure this happens all the time and is exactly why Tigerlily instituted their two course menu for 15 GBP. Yes, yes, yes….

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…

El Cartel

The next night, I headed out to dinner, super early in pursuit of tacos. Again. El Cartel, I will eat your tacos come hell or high water. This time, it worked. I just had to wait maybe twenty minutes at the sister restaurant across the street because there is no waiting space in El Cartel….

Fishers in the City

Another long day of work leading into a dreary, rainy evening alone in Edinburgh. The only pick-me-up… tacos and tequila! Well, or so I thought. Despite it being only around 7PM on a gross Wednesday night, El Cartel, my destination of choice, was absolutely mobbed. Or just normally mobbed, as probably not a dozen table…

Côte

Cote Brasserie was my three course caloric splurge because well, it was Edinburgh and raining. What else would I do but sit in a dark room and read by book? The wait staff was very kind and attentive and didn’t seem to be bothered by my lingering at a four top. They even stowed my…

Hoot the Redeemer

Hoot the Redeemer. Yes, that’s the name of a bar. An incredible bar. Perhaps one of my favorite drinking holes I’ve ever set foot in, anywhere in the world. Where do I even begin?? The door is hippie, psychic chic, yet totally unassuming. It fits in well with its old, Edinburgh surroundings, just off the…

Rabble Taphouse & Grill

Just a couple blocks down the street from The Principal George Street was Rabble Taphouse & Grill – a trendy resto in another boutique hotel. A source told me this was a place to go “and be seen.” On Monday at 6PM, I didn’t expect it to be, which is precisely why I went when…