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Long on Short Order

on September 11th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot

Despite its name, Nancy Silverton’s Short Order restaurant does not cut corners to prepare its burgers nor other dishes. You can read my review of the restaurant which I wrote after my first visit in July. You can also watch my exclusive video with executive chef Christian Page to find out how he gets it done.

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  • pinitbutton What I Did on My Summer Vacation
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Panoramic View from a suite in the Park Hyatt Aviara

by Jeff Hoyt

How could anyone turn down free airfare? That was the choice I recently made when American Express offered me 250,000 Membership Rewards points to plan my family summer vacation. If you’ve never had to wake a sleeping child from a nap to fold up their stroller to get through security; if you’ve never had to prove to the TSA that milk in a baby bottle was truly milk in a baby bottle; if you’ve never had to submit to the complete pat-down inspection because you wanted to carry milk in a baby bottle onto a flight; if you’ve never had a child screaming on a descending airplane because the tyke was too young to alleviate the pressure in her ears; if you’ve never had to wrestle ill-fitting baby seats into a rental car in the rain at the airport while the pint-sized passengers lustily vented their frustrations; then you would never understand why I would take my family via car to San Diego rather than accept free flights anywhere else.

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  • pinitbutton Meaty Memories from Tampa, Florida

by Sophie Gayot

I recently enjoyed my longest dinner ever: after arriving at the restaurant at 8:30 p.m., I didn’t leave until 2 a.m. Where was that? At Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Florida. Why? Because I wanted to get a real feel of the oh-so-famous steakhouse, one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.

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An aerial view of downtown Los Angeles

Party Like a Rock Star at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

Created with the diehard music lover in mind, the 2012 American Music Awards VIP Getaway Package from the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live is the ultimate weekend escape.

The American Music Awards is one of Los Angeles’s most exclusive events, but guests of the JW Marriott will not only attend the November 18 awards ceremony, they will also be treated to a variety of VIP experiences before and after the show, including red carpet arrival and hospitality lounges. This once-in-a-lifetime package includes Continue reading “JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live American Music Awards Package – Travel Special” »



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Prévu Sparkling Liqueur

by Barnaby Hughes

You’ve enjoyed sparkling water, sparkling soft drinks and sparkling wine; are you ready for a sparkling liqueur? Imported from France, Prévu consists of a neutral spirit base of vodka and Cognac blended with blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and violet for flavor and aromatics. We got to sample some along with its creator Simon Tikhman at a recent visit to Craig’s in West Hollywood.

We tasted the 34-proof organic liqueur in a variety of cocktails: one featured Champagne, apricot juice, and pomegranate/blueberry juice; another had raspberry gin, sparkling lemonade, and mint. My favorite contained honey whiskey, agave, a splash of soda and mint garnish. Prévu was also incorporated into some of the dishes, as with the Prévu balsamic reduction topping the heirloom burrata and the roasted Prévu tomato vinaigrette adorning the grilled eggplant caponata. Otherwise, we dined on typical Craig’s menu items like ahi tuna with potato chips, avocado and spicy mayo drizzle and sliced 35-day dry-aged New York steak over mashed potatoes with an oyster mushroom blue cheese compote. The meal ended with fresh vanilla bean pudding topped with huckleberry Prévu compote paired with Prévu, Bailey’s, Kahlua and coffee topped with whipped cream and raspberry garnish.

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Dining by the Pier

on September 01st, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot

Michael Zislis’s latest achievement is The Strand House, the beautiful restaurant overlooking the pier in Manhattan Beach, CA. Before that, he put his energy, and he has quite a lot, into restaurants ROCK’N FISH, Rock & Brews, and Mucho Ultima Mexicana, as well as the Shade Hotel.

Not only does he like to invite guests to his restaurants and hotel, but Michael, who is obviously in the hospitality business, also has created a Guest Chef Series at The Strand House where chef Greg Hozinsky cooks and creative exec chef Neal Fraser comes by a few times a month.

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