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No Nonsense Luxury Hotel in San Francisco


Enter from Market Street or a quiet cul-de-sac.


Main lobby is on the fifth floor with the bar, restaurant MKT and the event space.

 

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The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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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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How to buy the best SUV

on February 20th, 2014
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Feb

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The Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged in action

SUV – AKA Sport Utility Vehicle

by Alain Gayot


They are the evil but oh-so-loved cars, not just in America where they have deep roots, but now worldwide. And, if you don’t have one as part of your line-up, you can’t be considered a complete auto manufacturer. These often gas-guzzling beasts are not new, they are simply all the rage nowadays.

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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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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” »



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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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Jan

  • pinitbutton MyGoFlight PLC Duffel — Review

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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

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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Jul

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Tables decorated according to Talisker on Main’s white theme at Savor the Summit in Park City, Utah

 

A Gourmet Feast in the Middle of the Street

by Alain Gayot


Long gone are the silver mining days in Park City, Utah. Today, locals, part-time residents and visitors flock to partake in an array of sports and activities, winter and summer. There is Bob’s annual film festival and they once held the Winter Olympics here. For the past six years there has been another reason to position yourself at 7,000 feet of altitude and partake in a culinary journey with 2,500 of your closest friends. All that is required is that for one Saturday night, the city shuts down Main Street, enabling three dozen restaurants to set up a ten-block long table.

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Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon liqueur


Pernod Ricard Launches Quirky Spirits


by Alain Gayot


Bacon, bacon everywhere: in your ice cream, chocolate and your Brussels sprouts; restaurants just can’t seem to stay away from that part of the pork. But what’s a bacon-lover trying to live the vegetarian lifestyle to do? Try Mama Walker’s new Maple Bacon liqueur, brought to you by the Pernod Ricard group. Far from the exotic Pernod and Ricard spirits with roots in France, the multinational decided to create three liqueurs with American comfort breakfast foods in mind. Like the Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut versions, Maple Bacon is totally vegan.

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