French Restaurant on Rodeo Drive

by Sophie Gayot


There is sunny Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and there is the Champs-Élysées in Paris, which is buried under snow as I write this. Each of these prestigious streets has only a single hotel directly located on them: the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Élysées and Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. While there are many restaurants with terraces on the most beautiful avenue in the world (“la plus belle avenue du monde”), there is only one on the walk of style: On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge.


Discover the restaurant with my exclusive video interview of hotel general manager Marcus Mueller and French executive chef Olivier Rousselle. Read the just published review of the restaurant to learn its rating and more.

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Explore Beijing and Shanghai Visa Free – Travel News

The Great Wall of China, to the north of Beijing, is one of GAYOT.com's Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations of 2013
The Great Wall of China, to the north of Beijing, is one of GAYOT.com’s Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations of 2013


The doors to two of China’s hottest destination cities have just swung open a little wider. Now, travelers staying 72 hours (three days) or less are welcome to Beijing and Shanghai without the hassle of obtaining a Chinese visa — that’s an entire day more of sightseeing than the previous visa rule allowed.


For visitors to Beijing, this means an extended layover could include visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, without the stress of embassy bureaucracy.

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George Clooney and Rande Gerber Launch Casamigos Tequila


by Barnaby Hughes


If you can’t find Tequila that you like, why not make your own? That’s what actor George Clooney and nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber decided to do. The two Tequila-lovers, who have built houses next to each other in Baja California, teamed up with a master distiller in Jalisco, Mexico, to craft a premium Tequila. They launched their joint venture, Casamigos, which translates loosely as “house of friends.”


The convivial nature of the partnership is on full display in Casamigos’ new video ad, which begins with Clooney in bed with Gerber’s supermodel wife Cindy Crawford and ends with Gerber in her place. (Stacy Keibler, Clooney’s girlfriend, also appears in the ad). The sobering message is: Please drink responsibly.

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Sponsors Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Ben Affleck at the 2013 Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Ben Affleck at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

by Barnaby Hughes


The 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which takes place tonight at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA, will have Nicolas Feuillatte as its exclusive Champagne sponsor for the second year in a row. Broadcast live on the CW television network at 8 p.m., the annual awards ceremony will present the best films of 2012. The CCMA awards, hosted this year by KTLA-TV’s Sam Rubin, is thought to be an important influence on other award shows.


Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte should “bring an air of glamour and elegance [to the awards ceremony], and help elevate our function to a whole new level,” acknowledged Joe Berlin, President of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association and founder of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The Champagne will be served during the ceremony as well as on the red carpet and at the after-party.

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New Life Hiking Spa Shares 35 Years of Weight Loss with Guests – Travel Special

New Life Hiking Spa hotel
New Life Hiking Spa retreat


Who knew relaxation, diet and exercise could go so well together? Jimmy LeSage, the founder of New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont, put his money on the idea 35 years ago, and it’s still paying off — for his guests, that is.


To coincide with your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get toned, New Life is offering celebratory rates for their 35 years of service for those wanting to shed pounds while on vacation.

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