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The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco


No Nonsense Luxury Hotel in San Francisco


Enjoying a convenient SoMa location just blocks from Union Square, the Four Seasons San Francisco offers a retreat for both business and leisure travelers. Guests enter from Market Street or a quiet cul-de-sac, then check in with the personable staff at the fifth-floor lobby, granting them access to all the hotel’s impressive features, such as the luxurious accommodations, 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space located on the floor just below and 127,000 square feet dedicated to fitness and wellness on the second and third floors. The 277 guest rooms and suites provide guests with creature comforts such as down duvets and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, twice daily housekeeping, an iHome alarm clock, multi-line phone with voicemail, in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include a 75-foot junior Olympic pool, a 24-hour business center, a private art collection of 90+ works and MKT Restaurant – Bar. The menu features a local, California-inspired cuisine of steaks and small plates, as well as artisanal cocktails, craft beers and California wines.

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How to buy the best SUV

on January 16th, 2015
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Jan

2015 Cadillac Escalade Front

2015 Cadillac Escalade

SUV – AKA Sport Utility Vehicle

by Alain Gayot


The SUV has symbolized many things, from rugged individualism to crass ignorance, from the ideal of suburban family life to gaudy celebrity wealth. But despite their ability to carry cultural baggage as well as literal luggage, SUVs remain a practical choice for many in need of spacious or off-road capable vehicles.

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A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas


What do you get when world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa and two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro get together? A modern luxury hotel, of course.


April 2013 marked the beginning of Matsuhisa’s hotel venture, when his first lodging opened as a hotel within a hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But the duo’s collaboration didn’t start there, as De Niro previously co-funded and provided creative direction for Nobu restaurants worldwide. He’s also responsible for luring the Japan-born Los Angeles chef to New York.

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"We Love You, You Bastard"

“We Love You, You Bastard”


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by:
 Claude Lelouch
Starring:
 Johnny Hallyday, Sandrine Bonnaire and Eddy Mitchell
Released by:
 Les Films 13
Year:
2014

Fandango  - We've Got Your Movie Tickets!


by Alain Gayot


The 18th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where renowned director Claude Lelouch’s 44th film, “We Love You, You Bastard” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Produced by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, COL•COA is the largest French film festival outside of France, bringing together 60 writers and producers and 20,000 attendees.


Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, 9021Pho and Lexington Social House was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors, directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater for the feature presentation of “Salaud, on t’aime” AKA stateside “We Love You, You Bastard.” After the credits rolled, “Mad Men” creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner moderated a Q&A session.

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The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California

The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California


R&R Paradise


At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, private gates open onto 45 acres of gardens, olive groves and 49 casitas, which have all been thoughtfully renovated (along with the restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, spa and fitness center) to the tune of $30 million. Better yet, more than seven miles of fields dedicated to polo and horse training separate the all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa from the I-5 freeway, guaranteeing peace and quiet for guests.

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The exterior of Hotel Giraffe in New York City

The exterior of Hotel Giraffe in New York City


When it comes to choosing a great hotel, it isn’t always about “location, location, location.” But a convenient space in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods sure doesn’t hurt. Named after owner/entrepreneur Henry Kallan’s favorite animal, Hotel Giraffe enjoys an opportune spot on the corner of Park Avenue South and 26th Street in NoMad, or north of Madison Square Park, which is also home to a creative business community made up of architecture, Internet and design firms. The building was purpose-built in the late 1990s to house the Library Hotel Collection’s Giraffe Hotel, which opened in 1999.

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Jan

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the La Brea Bakery Café

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the La Brea Bakery Café


25th Anniversary Grand Opening Ceremony


by Alain Gayot


It was a big deal when the original La Brea Bakery Café opened twenty-five years ago at Campanile Restaurant (now République). La Brea Bakery became a very BIG deal over the years with worldwide distribution of their tasty bread and other bakery products. The new, warm and inviting café designed by Stephen Francis Jones has set up camp where Rita Flora had been at the corner of La Brea and 6th Street, a block away from its original location. Continue reading “La Brea Bakery Café Ribbon-Cutting” »



The Volvo Drive-E engine offers improved performance and efficiency

The Volvo Drive-E engine offers improved performance and efficiency


Gambling on the Superturbo Engines

Since taking control of the Swedish brand several years ago, Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Geely has been hard at work reinventing Volvo as an automobile for the 21st century. The product of several years’ and billions of dollars’ worth of research and development, Volvo’s new line of Drive-E powertrains is the first step toward that goal, utilizing forward-thinking technology to provide improved performance and fuel economy. Continue reading “Volvo Introduces New Drive-E Powertrains — Car News” »


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MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Duffel

MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Duffel


Tools for a Paperless Cockpit 


Developed around the unique needs of general aviation pilots, MyGoFlight’s PLC Duffel is a solid, durable bag that will streamline any aviator’s life. Functional and light, it is made out of water-resistant material and has a spacious center section.

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Aluminum Overcast taxiing

Aluminum Overcast taxiing

Time Traveling with Aluminum Overcast


by Alain Gayot


Soon, we’ll be able to purchase a flight on Virgin Galactic for a twenty minute trip to space. But for nostalgic flyers who prefer to travel back in time, a WWII era B-17 Flying Fortress is the ticket.


For about $400, you’ll be able to sample, for twenty minutes, what brave men experienced as they went on bombing raids over Europe. No first class, no business class, not even premium economy here. These aluminum war machines took ten svelte men in a very noisy, rather uncomfortable environment featuring cat walks, cramped spaces and no facilities.


However, thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s devotion to promoting all things aviation past and future, a happy few will be able to board the Aluminum Overcast, a pristine and fully functional aircraft, during its inaugural 2010 national tour. Stopping at an airport near you, enthusiasts can simply take a ground tour ($5) and chat it up with the crew or embark on their very own mission. You’ll also be able to purchase memorabilia and learn about aviation overall.

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