The Ultimate Staycation: Roosevelt Hotel

If you are looking for the ultimate staycation, pack your bags to the brim.


The Roosevelt Hotel is one of the only hotels in Los Angeles where you can enjoy the best burger, best pool and best bar the city has to offer. Dining at the Roosevelt means trying a burger at 25 Degrees, a restaurant inside the hotel that is open seven days a roosevelt hotel picweek where burger lovers can unite.

Once you finish the last crumb of your burger, a drink at the Tropicana Bar is essential. The poolside bar has become a popular hangout for young Hollywood royalty and a plethora of celebrities and their followers. For those looking to get out of their bathing suits and into nighttime attire, a visit to Teddy’s located directly off the lobby is perfect for sipping and star-spotting ,if the lines aren’t long and guest lists aren’t strict.

After you have wined, dined and laid by the pool, trust us, you’ll never want to leave.

Hey, we told you to over pack.

Singing the Blues: House of Blues Hollywood

Though they may call it the House of Blues, you most likely won’t be singing them once you head on over. Since the House of Blues can be found in pretty much any large U.S. city, the 1994 opening of the Sunset Boulevard location had to be special.

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Even from the outside, the House of Blues on Sunset is covered in tin and looks like an old rock ‘n’ roll house situated on the boulevard. Filled with different works of art and elements of architecture, the House of Blues has become a great place to throw events in Los Angeles as well as listen to lives music from some of the greatest bands and performers.

With multiple bars, levels and rooms to roam, the House of Blues is pretty impressive, until you snag yourself a membership to the Foundation Room, where all bets are off. With prayer rooms, city views and fireplaces, the Foundation Room brings drinking, dining and listening to live music up a notch.

Muy Bueno: Las Palmas

If you feel like you just stepped into an episode of “The Hills,” it’s probably because you were rubbing elbows with Brody Jenner and Kristin Cavallari at Las Palmas Nightclub in Hollywood.

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If you seemed to make it through the line and past the doorman, consider yourself lucky; Las Palmas is taking over the Hollywood nightlife scene and is becoming THE place to frequent. Ever since Las Palmas had a nice little face lift, the place is swarming with celebrities and those willing to purchase private tables.

Though the lines are long and the guest lists are crucial, Las Palmas has become known for featuring unbelievable DJs that deliver amazing music. If all the dancing and squeezing through crowds has got you hot and bothered, Las Palmas features two outdoor patios that shouldn’t be missed.

Even after a long night as Las Palmas, the h.wood family was kind enough to set up a taco stand out front, to fulfill any late night munchie needs.

A Dash of Moxie With Your Roxy: The Roxy Theatre

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Since most famous music institutions in Los Angeles are located on Sunset Boulevard, it’s no wonder that the Roxy Theatre has become apart of that family. Ever since the days of live shows from Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, the Roxy has become a must for up-and-coming musicians and those who feel like giving a little love back to the fans.

The Roxy itself is an intimate space with open dance floor and bar. Though most of the music performed at the Roxy is loud enough to blow out an eardrum, the Theatre has also become a place where comedy shows and performance art can take place.

Though the Roxy makes for the perfect night out in L.A., many visitors boast about ‘On The Rox’, an after-hours bar upstairs with DJ and all night debauchery. If you wish to make it out alive without getting bombarded by crowds, park across the street in the open lot, especially if you are visiting on the weekend.

Walk the Walk: Downtown LA Art Walk

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Ever since the first event in 2004, the Downtown LA Art Walk has become an event bringing food, fashion and of course art, together for Angelinos to enjoy. The second Thursday of every month brings locals as well as visitors to the Art Walk where from the hours of 12pm – 9pm, anything goes.

Though one of the first to help launch the event, Bert Green, may have had a vision for the Art Walk, each month brings something different, such as spur of the moment fashion shows and live music events. Set up outside of galleries, people can roam the streets admiring artwork, listening to music, and enjoying food from one of the many food trucks that have begun taking over the Walk.

Since every month is different, everyone who visits once seems to come back again. For immediate news, events and anything else you could be interested in finding, the Downtown LA Art Walk has redesigned their website for viewers and Art Walk aficionados to enjoy.

Live Fashionably – LF Clothing Store

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In a sea of independent clothing stores and boutique shops, LF on Robertson seems to stick out and has developed a styling mantra that has kept stars like Scarlett Johansson and Mischa Barton satisfied.

The store takes an innovative approach to styling by keeping the racks full of variety and assorted designers meant for girls who aren’t afraid to take chances in fashion. With stores in New York, Miami, Massachusetts and of course Los Angeles, the LF brand has officially spread its wings; bringing groundbreaking fashion to all coasts. Those working at LF will not only provide assistance rummaging through the racks, but can also act as makeshift stylists when needed.

For up-to-date looks and trends, many LF followers will venture to their website to see the latest “Look of the Week” or thumb through their “Look Book.”

Though most of the items in the store are on the expensive side, LF holds semi-annual sales during the Fall and Spring with items up to 60% off.

Italian Fare That Will Make You Want to Say Cheese: Cecconi’s

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If you feel like dining alongside Whitney Port, Jennifer Lopez, or Kristin Cavallari, Cecconi’s is an absolute must for some of the best Italian food Los Angeles has to offer.

Located in West Hollywood, Cecconi’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in one of many dining areas such as the main dining area, bar, terrace or Butterfly Room. The Butterfly Room is the restaurant’s private dining area that can be rented out for private events and parties and can seat up to 16 people.

The dinner menu is filled with Italian favorites such as Potato Gnocchi with Bolognese and Wild Mushroom Risotto. The menu also features charcoal grill and wood oven dishes such as Eggplant Parmigiana and Mary’s Farm Chicken Paillard.

Though the food and dining experience is elegant, the restaurant gears itself towards a younger crowd by offering a midnight menu offered Thursday through Saturday from 11pm to 1am.

Bring your appetites and your autograph books.

The Maya Hatcha: Colorful accessories and clothes at Grove boutique

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Celebrating four decades in the same Coconut Grove location, The Maya Hatcha is an institution in the area and it’s thanks to their unique clothing items, jewelry and other accessories.

This is the place to shop for cool, comfortable clothing and shoes, all made from natural materials, there’s lots of cool cotton and gauze in this place. Their “Kurta” an Indian shirt made of 100% cotton or silk is a great seller and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Their flowing dresses can be dressed up for an evening out but also make a great beach or poolside cover up. Colorful accessories like handbags, hats and their exotic jewelry are the perfect complement to a new outfit.

They’ve also get both delicate and bold printed bedspreads and tapestries to add a touch of Maya to the home.

The Maya Hatcha is located at 3058 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fun: The Robusto Room

Named for a type of stogie, The Robusto Room serves as a rare sanctuary for smokers—and a swanky one at that. One part cigar bar, one part martini lounge, The Robusto Room boasts a robust amount of Citysearch Awards, cleaning up everything from Best Club to Most Romantic Bar and Singles Scene.

Hidden in a courtyard off a suburban street, this dark, wood-and-leather-filled Lone Tree martini lounge and cigar bar doesn’t only sell hundreds of tobacco labels but also rents private humidors for regulars to maintain their stashes. And though there’s not much food on the menu—with only a couple of appetizers, you should plan to dine elsewhere—there’s lots of entertainment in store: besides plasma TVs and free Wifi, karaoke, poker, trivia, and DJs all turn The Robusto Room into a refined rec room on any given night.

Grab A Cool Brew Or Two At ChurchKey

Beer lovers all over the District are relishing over ChurchKey, the newest addition to the trendy 14th Street lounge scene.  As the more casual, chic counterpart to its equally anticipated other half, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey boasts an out-of-this-world beer list, packed with a variety of unique brews.  The always packed, “it” beer bar boasts over 50 drafts, 500 bottles and 5 English-style cask ales – Washington’s largest selection by far.  For those looking to take advantage of the bold assortment, grab a seat at one of the comfy, oversized banquettes and try ordering a variety of 4-ounce servings.

Don’t sample on an empty stomach though – ChurchKey’s witty menu is almost as impressive at the booze list.  Executive Chef Kyle Bailey has concocted some quirky small plates that pair perfectly with Beer Director Greg Engert’s brews.  Bring your foodie friends with a sense of humor, and share an order of the Disco Fries with Cheddar and Sausage Gravy or the whimsical Green Eggs & Ham – deviled duck eggs served with duck pancetta and sage.

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Insider Tip: ChurchKey will offer unique beer flights soon!  For those who can’t handle the hops but still want to savor the new menu, all ChurchKey flatbreads can be prepared gluten-free.

Second City’s Lauren Ash Brunches at Bongo Room

After a long week of wise cracks and improvised jokes, Second City star Lauren Ash hits up the sinfully delicious brunch at Bongo Room. Lauren’s must-have is the Nestle Crunch Pancakes, with bananas and crumbled Nestle Crunch bars baked into the pancake. If that sounds decadent, take a look at the rest of the menu. The Chocolate Tower French Toast is a favorite, with chocolate French Toasts piled high and topped with bananas and both chocolate and white chocolate shavings. For those who want to stay away from the carbs- although this is the place to divulge- Bongo Room has a phenomenal Lump Crab Egg Benedict that’s cooked to perfection, and a lunch menu filled with American favorites like BLT’s and classic salads, but all served in over-the-top portions. Bongo Room proves that not everything is bigger in Texas, because brunch is massive at Bongo Room.

*** Lauren Ash is a Canadian-born comedian and actor at Chicago’s iconic Second City comedy club. Lauren has received rave reviews for her starring role in Second City’s Taming of the Flu.

Billiards, Bars and Darts at Rocket Bar

Sometimes there’s nothing more fun than hanging in someone’s pimped out basement, playing games, and hanging with friends. But when you’re in the city, basements are few and far between. That’s why many young Washingtonians head to Rocket Bar. With 17 HDTV’s, 7 pool tables, 6 shuffleboards, 6 darts, 2 jukeboxes, boardgames, and 3 full bars, Rocket Bar is the ultimate house party.

Zen Ultra Lounge: Sexy & Sleek

East meets West at club owner Kostas Kouremenos’ latest Denver venture: Zen Ultra Lounge. Giant buddhas and sleek red lighting provide the eastern organic ambiance, but there’s nothing zen about this place. Dj’s create killer re-mixes of the latest Lady GaGa hit, while a sexy crowd fill up the bottle service-only tables and darkly lit dance floor. The Asian infusion club is as impressive with its decor as it is with its hot clientele.

Surf’s Up at Duke’s

If you can’t make it to Maui this weekend, your next best bet is to head over to Duke’s.

Located in Malibu and overlooking the ocean, Duke’s is the perfect dinner destination that brings Hawaiian flare without all the tourists. Locals from Malibu and Los Angeles can never seem to get enough of the fruity cocktails and signature fish tacos that Duke’s serves up for lunch and dinner.

If you stick around for dinner to enjoy their fresh fish selections such as their lobster tail, make sure to grab a table near the window to enjoy ocean views and the sunset. Though they are known for their fish tacos and array of assorted seafood, diners rave over their macadamia nut ice cream and kimo wine as well.

Duke’s also has designated nights for wine lovers and fruity cocktail aficionados. Wednesdays are dedicated to bottles of half-off wine while the Barefoot Bar assigns different nights to different drinks.

If you are visiting the bu’, make sure to visit Duke’s.

Spiaggia: Killer Clientele, Killer Food

5It has been said that Spiaggia has the best Italian food in all of America by notables for Travel & Leisure and Esquire. Yep, read it and weep Northeast coasters who think you’re the only people to recreate Italian masterpieces.

Going strong since 1984, chef and partner Tony Mantuano is a name to be reckoned with in the world of cuisine. Everyone knows he’s a master, no contests necessary. Just take a look at the crowd that eats here: Michelle Obama, Sir Elton John, the late Princess Diana, Sir Mick Jagger, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Billy Joel, Paul Newman, Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Wolfgang Puck and Joel Robuchon.

En sum, “Il mio sogno realizzato” says Spiaggia owner and founder Larry Levy, his dream come true.

Madison is a Stylist’s Dream Where Celebs Get Their Looks

Many stores on Robertson can claim celebrity clientele, but not many stake claim as the hub for  expert stylists who are paid to dress the celebs. But Madison is the go-to store for the likes of Rachel Zoe and Jennifer Aniston’s stylist Jessica Pastor.

The sleek store looks like a showroom, with bare walls, ultra stylized mannequins and amazing collections of everything under the sun. Madison carries brand names like YSL and Marc Jacobs to up and coming LA designers, including some of Madison’s staff members! There are different shapes and sizes of shoes, sunglasses, jewelry (costume to real) as well as jeans, dresses, shirts and jackets. Madison covers every trend and every style, making it a favorite for those who want a one of a kind look, that will of course be copied by many others.

Drop Dead Gorgeous Erica Courtney

Whether it’s Oscars, premieres or MTV Movie Awards, it seems like every season is award season in Hollywood. That’s perfect for Erica Courtney, who is the red carpet go-to jewelry designer for stars Julia Roberts, Madonna, and Kate Beckinsale, among many others. Her one of a kind, interchangeable designs are the reason why elite stars trust Erica Courtney on some of the world’s biggest stages. For example, her earrings can be custom enhanced, because built into Erica’s design, stylists can add another large, drop stone with a single click of the clip.

Erica Courtney is not afraid to use colorful gemstones and each one is hand picked by the designer herself. Not to be out done in the bling department, her designs are covered in pave diamonds that add sophisticated sparkle to every piece. For those who are walking another very important “carpet,” a la the aisle, Erica Courtney just launched the “Gorgeous and Engaged” collection that keeps the red carpet wow factor, but adds the beauty and purity of wedding jewelry.

The Hill’s Stacie Hall: Getting Away From The Drama

Citybuzz Los Angeles blogger Jessica Ingber interviews Stacie Hall

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How has the hills changed the way you view your city?

The Hills mainly focuses on Hollywood and the trendy places to go and hang out. Filming in different places really showed me there is a lot to do and see that’s not just clubs and glamour.

Was some of your favorite hang outs filmed on the hills? If so which ones?

The best place we filmed on the Hills was obviously Malibu for the summer. We were so fortunate to spend our days on the sand and have beach parties at night.

What do you love about your city?

I love that Los Angeles has it all. We have the city with cool restaurants and shops and only 20 miles from that is beautiful beaches. There’s not a lot of cities that have so many different things to do with very unique people.

What do you love about your city in the summer/fall?

Los Angeles has some of the most gorgeous weather. I love that everyone is very active riding bikes and going on hikes in the mountains.

What are some of your favorite neighborhoods? For eating? Museums? Nightspots?

I really like Hollywood and West Hollywood. I would highly recommend the Farmers Market for small restaurants that have a lot of character and have been around in Los Angeles the longest. The Griffith park observatory is also great and has great views of the city. My favorite Night spot is Teddy’s located in the Roosevelt hotel that has been around longer than most cubs and always draws a big crowd and is never too trendy.

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What is your favorite place to shop in the city?

I really enjoy the flea markets and farmers markets. You can spend your weekends browsing antiques and finding really original stuff. There’s a great place to find fresh fruit and a lot of local business’s at the farmers market near the grove.

What inspires you about your city?

I feel really lucky to be around so much history and old Hollywood glamour. Los Angeles is one of the places people can only dream about going and making there dreams come true.

Do you have an insider tip for tourists visiting your city for the first time?

If you’re a first time visitor I recommend going to check out Hollywood and Highland were the man Chinese theater and the Hollywood stars are.

Are you a regular somewhere? Local hangout?

I like trying new places whenever I can but I cant seem to get away from Venice beach!!! There’s always so much to do there including roller blading and riding bikes.

Do you have a secret spot in the city (to unwind, get away, people watch, read a book, escape) and why?

One of the most peaceful places is the top of Runyon canyon. It’s a short hike up the mountain and has views all the way to the ocean.

Urban Elegance & Very Happy Hours at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse

One of  NYC’s premiere steakhouses, Del Frisco’s stands out in a city filled with suits and their discerning steak tastes. Listed as one of the country’s top grossing restaurants, Del Frisco’s is located in the McGraw Hill building on 6th Avenue in, what NYMag claims, “is without question the most ubanely elegant steakhouse.”

The sophisticated, three-floor eatery is home to one of midtown’s most popular Happy Hours, filled with the beautiful and successful people in Midtown’s financial area. The wine list is one of the best in the city; the wine cellar and private party room is actually an old bank vault. For those martini lovers out there (this is NYC after all), Del Frisco’s offers an array of signature cocktails, including the popular “V.I.P,” which contains pineapple pieces soaked in Smirnoff Orange Vodka.

Now Del Frisco’s would not be a steakhouse without the steak, and the chefs here serve up some of the most mouth watering sirloins and filets. Regular customers almost instantly order the infamous crab cakes and freshly baked bread before biting into a juicy Double Eagle Strip Steak. Prices are reasonable for the large Manhattan portions. Reservations are not required, but recommended to be seated quickly.

Authentic French Cuisine & Parisian Bar at Z Cuisine

Chef Patrick Du Pays wanted to make a “home away from home” with Z Cuisine & A Cote Bar a Absinthe- and he has succeeded. The restaurant has been awarded the Westword Best of Denver five years in a row. Using local and organic ingredients, the food is exquisitely done to perfection including classic French dishes that every palate can enjoy.

Going beyond the average bistrot restaurant, Z Cuisine has an added bonus of the A Cote Bar a Absinthe right next door. Taste real (minus the wormwood) absinthe that was illegal in the States not so long ago. If you’re not interested in some sugar and green liquid, there’s also an incredible selection of wines and cocktails to start, or end, your evening.

Wisteria: Award Winning Newcomer

To call Wisteria simply a restaurant is not to do it justice. By essentially cleaning up the AOL Citysearch Best Of Awards in over a dozen categories, everything from Best People Watching to Best American Restaurant, Wisteria takes quality to another level.

Wisteria is housed in a century-old  building, but the cuisine is contemporary American with a Southern Twist. It serves Southern classics like Fried Chicken and Pork Tenderloin alongside a sophisticated and award-winning wine list. Its homey atmosphere in the historic Inman Park makes this a romantic dining location.

The menu changes seasonally so you can come back and enjoy the delicious food at Wisteria like it was the first time.

Nora’s First for Organic Eating

Usually trends are set in New York or Los Angeles, but the Nora Restaurant started one of the best culinary trends as of late: organic eating. Being the first certified organic restaurant in the United States, Nora’s knows how to cook with the heart and body in mind. Not only is the food good for you, it is also really good. The Nora Restaurant was voted’s Diners’ Choice Winner this year. At Nora’s, once you go organic, you can never go back.

The Field Museum: Still Rocking a Century Later

With its presence so large, so bold, so daunting, it’s no surprise the Field Museum is still rocking as one of Chicago’s top tourist destinations, visited by global trekkers day in and day out. Its large, impressive columns speak of antiquity (its prized possession is Sue, the largest and most complete T. Rex in the world), but the big, bold flags of new exhibits draping the museum scream of its modern take on history.

And its been rocking since it was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, later changing its name to the Field Museum to honor its benefactor, Marshall Field. Sitting proudly and prominently in Chicago’s Museum Campus (strikingly visible from Millennium Park), the museum attracts hundreds daily to ooh and ahh over the vast collections of over twenty million specimens, like ancient African and Islamic vases to nearly perfectly preserved mummies. From lectures to regular classes, specialized tours and overnight stays for children, it’s quite hard to find an angle the museum doesn’t reach.

Today, aside from serving as one of the world’s top museums, its research is constantly recognized as a leading developer in science, thanks to joint efforts with the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. Make sure to check the calendar for exhibit and event listings coordinating with your visit

Chops Lobster Bar is Famous for a Reason

Boasting beef and life-size-lobsters, this restaurant isn’t just a favorite of Atlanta’s locals; Chops ranks among the top ten steakhouses in the country. Savor their two to five pound lobsters, fish flown in daily, and the best USDA beef, while soaking in the Southern charm and warm ambiance. You’ll be licking your chops after tasting their famed surf and turf.

Hop City

Hop City is pushing the envelope for beer. Taking a cue from their beverage cousins, wine, Hop City organizes their beer based on based on style and not brewery. It’s the only beer store they, or we, know of that has taken this ingenious approach.It’s also the first store in Atlanta to specialize in craft beer.

Aside from its unique line-up style, Hop City is stocked with incredible beers from around the world. The store’s shelves hold 450 different types of beer including an impressive selection of 250 Belgian beers. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Hop City is so passionate about educating their costumers that every Wednesday they hold a free beer tasting. Hop City is proudly elevating the experience of beer shopping, which is long overdue.

The Porter is a Pub With Beer on the Brain

Throwing its proverbial hat in the gastro-pub scene ring is The Porter Beer Bar. The Porter boasts a beer menu of some 300 bottles and 30 more on-tap. In the kitchen, headed by Nick Rutherford (formerly of Seeger’s, Quinones at Bacchanalia, and the Chocolate Bar), pub grub is served up with gourmet style. Try their legendary wings served three ways:  Chipotle BBQ, Traditional Buffalo and Teriyaki.

The Porter also has a “Hair of the Dog” brunch on weekends featuring peach-covered waffles, biscuits and  sausage gravy, and a smoked salmon scramble.

The Porter Bar is located in the heart of Little Five Points.

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Where Fulfilling Comfort Food Comes to Fruition


Fruition was named one of America’s Top Ten New Restaurants in 2007. Chef Alex Seidel didn’t create a new twist on asian fusion cuisine or use some molecular gastronomy tricks up his sleeve, he just made some seriously good comfort food. Chicken soup with homemade noodles, and even warm apple pie have never tasted so good than at Fruition. Enjoy a properly cooked meal that leaves you smiling from the stomach to the mouth.

Sushi Samba Dromo Fuses Peru, Japan and Brazil

The eye-popping, mouth-watering Sushi Samba Dromo takes fusion to a whole new level with an inspired threesome of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian tastes. You’ll feel like a world traveler in the hip, lounge-like dining area and bar. For the full global impact, be sure to sample the fusion drinks like Caipirinhas and specialty Sambatinis, Latin-inspired sushi a la the BoBo  Brazil Roll with kobe beef and the amazing meats of the “Rio Grande” Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue).

Diner by Day, Silk City by Night

By day it’s a simple diner, serving up simple fare like salads and burgers, but by night, Silk City Lounge transforms into a raging club, filled with hipsters and young professionals looking for a little fun. The calendar is packed nightly with the hottest DJs and electronica/indie rock bands on the scene. DJ Sammy Slice and Cool Hand Luke keep the party hopping every Thursday night at this jet-set cool bar, but DJ Deejay continues to give them a run for their money every Sunday.

Hang with Politicians at Bullfeathers

Sure, fun and politicians may not seem like they go together, but at Bullfeathers they do. Serving the House of Representatives and “friends” since 1980, Bullfeathers knows how to have a laugh. After all, it’s named after the phrase President Teddy Roosevelt used to deal with “frustrating situations” and to call out other people’s, well, bull…feathers.

Happy hour is always hot at the 40 foot bar and enjoy one of the best burgers in town with that beer. When the weather’s nice, make sure to take advantage of the patio and relax with the savvy Washingtonian crowd.

No pretense at The Bar

Established in 1946 and a staple of the Coral Gables community, hangin’ out at The Bar (once known as the Hofbrau Haus) is almost a rite of passage for folks who like to party in “The City Beautiful.” But don’t be fooled by the fancy surroundings because this place is no pretense and all good times. The brews are cold, the grub is great and there’s a jukebox that won’t quit, it’s legendary.

There’s something going on nightly here and they know how to start the week off right with 2 for 1 specials on Mondays. Karaoke’s on Tuesday, DJ’s Boe and Icue take over Wednesday through Friday and Saturday there’s live music.

And if all that’s not enough, they keep patrons happy by offering a “Hangover Brunch” on Saturdays and Sundays, after all they want to keep everyone coming back for more so what better way than to feed ’em.

Visit The New OAK Long Bar + Kitchen


OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is a new, American brasserie style restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Sip a hand crafted cocktail, sample a farm to table American menu featuring local ingredients and purveyors, and savor the dramatic results of an extensive restoration, full of thoughtfully curated details. OAK represents simple elegance complemented by contemporary spirit and style.

Imagine the cool feel of a custom copper top bar, the sound of ice against a cocktail shaker, the hum of conversation and the taste of artistry in a glass. At this one-of-a-kind Boston bar, contemporary cocktails like the Rosebud, ‘New’ Fashioned and Le Passion Mojito share the stage with classics like the Manhattan, Sidecar and Dirty Martini. The OAK Long Bar also offers a full menu of craft beers – and the Boston wine bar is second to none. Sit, relax and become part of the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen experience.

Enjoy a Boston fine dining experience unlike any other at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. Visit the website at

Ted’s Montana Grill’s Bison Burgers Can’t Be Beat

If you’re looking for a new taste on the traditional burger, there’s no better place to satisfy a juicy burger craving than at Ted’s Montana Grill. Founded by media guru Ted Turner and famed restaurateur George McKerrow, Jr.,  Ted’s Montana Grill found a niche in the American grill market and it stuck: Bison Burgers. Repeatedly acclaimed as one of the best burgers in cities across the US, New York’s urbanites love Ted’s home range twist on American classics as a pre-theater must or relaxed dinner.

Ted’s Montana Grill hasn’t become a restaurant empire just for its most popular item, it also does all the American classics with style. Try freshly cut french fries, hand-dipped salt and pepper onion rings, pecan crusted salmon and steaks. Located right in Rockefeller Center, Ted’s Montana Grill proves hearty American food shines in the heart of Manhattan.

Newsroom Cafe: The Other Robertson Hotspot

The Ivy may get all the paparazzi on Robertson, but Newsroom Cafe is where you’ll see the real LA locals and low-key celebs. Although it’s based around healthy, vegetarian-friendly dishes, Newsroom Cafe serves up burgers and wine and alcohol like the best of them. With a perfect location- complete with a people-watching patio, it is packed for lunch and dinner and at night, it turns into a hot bar scene. Newsroom is known for its freshly made juices, Veggie Burger, and, of course, a large magazine rack and wifi. This is the perfect place to stop for a break from all the trendy boutique shopping.

New Director, New Sound at LA Philharmonic

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new director, 28 year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is already wowing A-list Californian crowds and reaching the top of the classical Billboard charts. Dudamel began his tenure in October and in his first concert, he received a standing ovation before he had even begun. He has an incredible energy and artistry that has made him one of the most sought-after conductors around the world. His work is so incredible that TIME magazine named him one of the most influential people of 2009.

Make sure to check out Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic. There are always a many different types of concerts performed year-round, from holiday themed performances to jazz bands to beautiful classical music, for every musical taste.

Music Wonderland at Disney Concert Hall

The LA Philharmonic is proud to call this sophisticated concert hall its home.  With the partnership of Lillian Disney (wife of Walt Disney) and famed architect Frank Gehry, the Disney Concert Hall is an incredible landmark fit for the artistic Los Angeles crowd.  It’s designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated venues with an intimate, circular seating. The concert hall also has two outdoor amphitheaters and an inspiring garden.

This internationally recognized architectural masterpiece is the perfect venue for an unforgettable event.

Go Wild at the Denver Zoo

Spanning more than 80 acres in Denver’s historic City Park and home to numerous endangered species, the Denver Zoo is itself a rare bird among animal parks. With Bear Mountain, it was the first in the nation to create a naturalistic habitat; since then it has gone on to build Predator Ridge for African wildlife, the world’s largest Komodo dragon exhibit, and various other sanctuaries for the threatened likes of Andean condors, Pallas’s cats and Bactrian camels. But there’s nothing like Mshindi—a rhinoceros who paints with a brush and whose works are on permanent display in the Pachyderm House.

The Margaret Mitchell House is Home to Everything Gone with the Wind

Best known for housing the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote the classic Gone With the Wind, this turn of the century building is a haven for literary buffs. Where else can you feast your eyes on the very apartment where, ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!’ was conceived, during a guided tour, and check out a full GWTW movie exhibition, too?

Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, The Margaret Mitchell House offers a unique glimpse into the author’s Southern roots and everything GWTW. You can take a piece home with you, because it features a unique gift shop, including Gone With the Wind-inspired figurines from the San Francisco Music Box Company. Polonaise holiday ornaments of Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley, and other legendary characters are also available for purchase. The Literary Center offers, among others things, writing workshops for kids and adults. Special events are also held at the home, including weddings and corporate events.

Insider’s Tip: As an added bonus, purchase a Dual Ticket to the Margaret Mitchell House and the Atlanta History Center and save 25% when visiting these two must-see attractions for one low price. Go ahead, get your history on because as Scarlett so aptly said, ‘After all…tomorrow is another day.” Click here for more information.

Toscano is Beacon Hill’s Italian Gem


Some Bostonians may argue the best Italian food can be found in the North End, but the hidden gem known as Toscano sits prominently in Beacon Hill. Located on picturesque Charles Street where people watching here is one of the best in the city, Toscano has a knowledgeable staff who review both the food and wine menus with guests while making suggestions. The upscale restaurant is an ideal location for a special occasion or formal night on the town. This year, Toscano celebrates its 25th anniversary with new owners and a new look. The interior has been revitalized to include 80-year-old hand carved walnut hardwood floors, Italian stone walls, and individually painted chandeliers. The menu includes freshly baked pizzas, homemade breads, house made pastas like gnocchi Quattro formaggi to slow grilled meats and fresh seafood (think oven roasted monkfish). Be sure to make a reservation in advance as this place fills up to capacity quickly, especially on the weekends. When you leave here, you will truly feel their motto “Toscano – where a road in Tuscany leads to Beacon Hill” rings piercingly true. For more information, visit

Haunting Dallas Holocaust Museum

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center For Education & Tolerance is a up close and personal tribute to the memory of the millions who died during the Holocaust with survivors as tour guides and authentic artifacts the moment you walk in.  One part authentic museum, one part memorial, this center, in the heart of free America, capturePicture 10s the horrors of the Holocaust.

A Holocaust museum may seem a bit odd in the middle of Texas, thousands of miles away from the concentration camps in Europe, but this museum is the result of the hard work and dedication by a group of survivors. In 1977 a group of 125 Holocaust survivors from North Texas created the Holocaust Survivors in Dallas and in 1984 the Dallas Holocaust Museum came into fruition.

The museum entrance contains a railway car–an actual boxcar donated by the National Belgian Railways – used to transport Jews and other “undesirables” to concentration camps.  The tours, sometimes led by Holocaust survivors, take you through the museum and an entire room dedicated to the memorial of the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Piaget is Swiss for Perfectly Crafted Jewelry and Watches

When people hear the name Piaget, many think of the Swiss watchmakers who have been designing and crafting exceptional timepieces since 1874. But celebs like Anne Hathaway and Eva Longoria know Piaget for more than just keeping time. Longoria even had Piaget design her wedding band. And who isn’t going to gravitate to this necklace of cascading diamonds. Looking for color? Giant gemstone rings are about as hot as it gets!

Broadway Bodies with Thomas Farely.

Broadway Cardio” at Broadway Bodies was a better workout, and “Dance Workout” at Downtown Dance Factory was definitely more hip. Both had enthusiastic instructors who eased my first-timers’ nervousness. The fun factor of each was about even for me—I recommend trying whichever type of music is more your style. Both studios also offer additional classes, from Michael Jackson Mondays to Rock n’ Roll Ballet.

Wishbone Restaurant: Southern Eatin’ in the Midwest

Rockin’ comfort food since 1990 back when it was nothing more than a few stools and 23 seats, Wishbone Restaurant is clearly doing something right since they’ve now evolved to three locations.DOG_LOGO

Back before Wicker Park was an “it” neighborhood, Wishbone opened as one of the first chef-owned indie restaurants in Chi-town making it a fave locale for artists and hipsters. Today, Wishbone’s three locations continue to host artists and hipsters in the ‘hoods of Berwyn, Lincoln and West Loop.

The secret to their success? Chef and owner Joel Nickson and his brother, co-owner, Guy Nickson are indeed from the south so trust them on their southern take on good eats. Joel even schooled with Anthony Bourdain so let’s hope there was nothing on Kitchen Confidential on Wishbone.

Renaissance era’s alive at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The gem and jewel of Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, is a tribute to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance art and architecture and although the structure looks as though it were built in that era, it was actually constructed by American industrialist  James Deering who lived in the home from 1916 when it was finished, to 1925.

The grand structure which sits on Biscayne Bay, became a National Historic Landmark. The main house with its 34 rooms adorned with 15th through 19th century antique furnishings and art objects are the perfect complement to the lushly landscaped gardens. Overall, Vizcaya is the perfect way to take a trip to Italy while still enjoying all that Miami has to offer.

Park Grill: 4 Seasons of Fun

Millennium Park bustles with tourists and locals in the soutdoor-summerummer gawking at art installations, music concerts and taking summer strolls while the winter hosts bundled up cuties of all ages circling the ice rink with their best moves. All seasons, this park swarms with action and the perfect place to tuck in to rest your feet in between park time is where else, but the Park Grill, found in the center of it all.

Lunchtime heats up with local business power lunches while happy hours revel in drink specials while dinners are posh yet classsic, top notch yet not over the top. In other words, Park Grill is always a safe bet and has been since it and the park’s debut in ’03.

Celebrate Good Times at W Hotel’s Ghostbar

Celebrating in Dallas has never been easier, thanks to the Ghostbar at the W Hotel. On any given weekend, several bachelor/bachelorettes can be seen parting ways with singlehood, birthday toasts are being made and the closing of a big business deal is capped off with good times at Ghostbar. From the chromed-out mirrored elevator where you ride all the way up to the top of the hotel, you can already hear the music pumping.

To make your evening more exclusive and comfortable, call ahead and make a reservation for Vodka bottle service. You won’t be disappointed with the first class service, VIP treatment and extra introductions that you wouldn’t be privy to otherwise. Step out on to the glass balcony when the weather permits; the view of downtown Dallas is as spectacular as it is vast. It’s the perfect spot to sip a cocktail, enjoy a little dancing, or share a romantic moment.

Things are bloomin’ at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nestled in the heart of Miami’s gorgeous and historic Old Cutler Road, in the middle of a neighborhood, is the crown jewel of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Established in 1938, this colorful and exotic attraction features an extraordinary collection of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, and flowering trees and shrubs, vines and fruit trees, which are part of  the Garden’s mission to preserve the biodiversity of tropical environments.

Art collections are also part of the landscape at Fairchild with sculptures by world-renowned blown glass artist Dale Chihuly sharing space with the foliage and adding another dimension of beauty to the surroundings. Yearly events like the International Chocolate Festival and their most famous the Fairchild Ramble held every November for more than 65 years. Ramble is where plant lovers go to get the best deals and best finds for their garden.

Any time of year, a stop at Fairchild is a must, simply to take in this natural beauty and appreciate the conservation efforts of this wonderland.

Takoma Park Folk Festival September 12, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Takoma Park Folk Festival is a free annual festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages in Takoma Park, Maryland. The festival also includes dance workshops, children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world. Takoma Park Middle School 7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Rt. 410) Takoma Park, MD


Prince George’s County Fair Sept. 9-12

The Prince George’s County Fair is Maryland’s oldest fair dating back to 1842. The annual family friendly event includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests, and much more. This year, the fair includes a real, sanctioned Rodeo on Friday and Sunday. for further information contact Prince George’s County Equestrian Center and the Showplace Arena Water St., Upper Marlboro, Maryland. (301) 952-0270


Bleu Martini is the most electrifying night club in Philly

At the center of Olde City Philadelphia’s bustling nightlife strip, Bleu Martini’s neon blue exterior makes it stand out almost as much as the inside does. Eclectic Asian, American, and Fusion cuisine is what you can expect in terms of food, combine that with an endless array of delicious martinis for an experience that will surely complete your night. Nightly music and the large two-room space make Bleu Martini the only place you should be partying at.

Find over 30 different martinis, which is why Bleu Martini was named one of the best martini bars in the city.

The Writing on the Wall: Text in Art from Picasso to Alighiero e Boetti Sept. 6, at 11:30 a.m

Museum lecturers, educators, graduate students, and occasionally curators lead talks in the collection and special exhibitions daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Audiences learn about the historical context and significance of modern and contemporary artworks through a process of looking and exchanging ideas with a lecturer.

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Brides in the City, Sept. 09, 2010 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Brides in the City, is Miami’s premier bridal show. See the latest in couture bridal fashions and wedding designs, from food to flowers, music, photographers, limos and more. The event is presented by Grande Affaires and the InterContinental Miami with experts and wedding merchants on hand to answer important planning questions. See lavish displays of everything you’ll want for your wedding and enjoy tastings provided by the InterContinental and a specialty drink in the Knot Lounge. The award-winning Tartara Band will perform, and there will be honeymoon raffles and a bridal photo shoot station.
InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami


Project Smile 4th Annual Charity Date Auction, Sept. 17

Project Smile presents a charity date auction at the Gypsy Bar. Bid on dates with some of the city’s most eligible gentlemen and ladies, including police officers, firefighters, and many more. The guy and lady with the highest bids will travel on with their date in a Porsche or Aston Martin for their evening out. Proceeds benefit Project Smile, which works to comfort children involved in traumatic situations.
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Matt Von Roderick – A Technicolor experience Sept. 17

Critically-acclaimed and award-winning singer/trumpeter Matt Von Roderick will debut new music and a fully-produced concert stage show, A Technicolor Experience, at King King in Hollywood on Monday, August 2 at 7pm. This unique combination of aural and visual delights is helmed by Kristin Hanggi, who developed and directed the lauded musical, Rock of Ages. At the King King 6553 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028, Phone: 866-468-3399


Smartbar Proves Wisdom Comes with Age

With a new nightclub opening each month, the hotspot seekers are never short on a new place to call home- even if for a day. But Smartbar has built a reputation of quality that keeps it packed every night. Smartbar in Lakeview, just below its equally popular sister venue, The Metro, has been going strong since 1982. In club years that’s the equivalent to a dynasty’s ruling.

Aesthetically Smartbar is nothing to brag about. The drinks aren’t exciting or unique. The dancefloor? It’s not even that big. Yet, Smartbar continues to host hot crowds night after night, year after year, and pull in some of the biggest names in DJ culture. Notably, the favorites from Om Records like Kaskade and Collette are always true to Smartbar.

DJs and killer beats aside, an evening here guarantees a night of authentic house music. After all Chi-town invented house music back with Frankie Knuckles in the 1980s- so of course there had to be a club that stayed true to this legacy!

Verdict? Smartbar will always remain smart: posers and fair-weather fans need not apply.

SET Up for a Thursday Weekend Kick-Start

So the weekend comes, Friday and Saturday are party nights, except on unconventional South Beach, where they play by their own rules and kick the weekend off on Thursdays. That’s when things get hopping at SETPicture 18 on Lincoln Road, a high-energy nightclub where DJ’s take their booth on Thursday nights for “Contagious Behavior” and keep the party going through Sunday night.

Fridays are hosted by legendary Beach club promoters Eric Millon and Michael Capponi and with South Beach being a mecca for fashion, don’t be surprised when events pairing the hottest tunes with the latest fashions trends, like Christian Louboutin, are a given.

Sartorial Stampede at Buffalo Exchange

Call it a trading post for fashionistas: Buffalo Exchange not only sells clothes but buys and trades them, too. The funky Capitol Hill branch of this national resale chain is lined with rack upon rack of vintage, designer, and “gently used” duds as well as display cases cluttered with jewelry, hats, bags, sunglasses and other goodies—many of them priced just as they might have been back in the day (think silk sheaths for $10 and cowboy boots for a fraction of the cost of a new pair). Bring your own bag to tote your purchases in, and the store will donate a nickel to the charity of your choice—so you can do good while looking even better.

Visit a Harsh Reality at the Moving Holocaust Museum

Our nation’s capital houses more than just gorgeous architecture, prominent figures and a rich history – it serves as the home to some of the most profoundly significant memorials in the world.  For a true memoir to one of history’s greatest tragedies, take an emotional journey through the moving Holocaust Memorial Museum for an in-depth look at the inconceivable reality of genocide.

With a permanent collection housing three floors, the museum details the horrors that took place in Nazi Europe during the years of 1933-1945, with over 900 artifacts and four theaters detailing events too difficult to comprehend.

The exhibit begins with the story of Hitler’s rise to power through the use of propaganda and state-sponsored racism, entitled, Nazi Assault.  Move between floors for the Final Solution and Last Chapter portions of the exhibit for an all-encompassing look at one of the most violent, inhumane and horrific acts of hate to ever consume a global community.  With artifacts such as actual railcars that shuttled Jews to concentration camps, the Holocaust Museum seeks to realistically remind visitors of a time and place where hate superseded freedom, and to help us prevent future genocide for generations to come.

Insider Tip: Although the museum provides an in-depth look at an important historical event, please note that the museum does not recommend exposing children under the age of 11 to the graphic nature of the museum.

Luxury Landmark Stanley Korshak

With worldwide recognition, Stanley Korshak is a department store like none other. Boasting an exciting and unique selection of both runway designs and wardrobe basics, Stanley Korshak showcases the work of established designers and fresh talent- something unique for most department stores. Soon-to-be brides will revel at the bridal boutique’s exquisite selection and the professional and unparalleled service will make your shopping excursion a quality experience.

The Not So Tiny Tiny Jewel Box

Looking for some sparkle? The Tiny Jewel Box offers three floors of precious gemstones, one-of-a-kind engagement rings, and designer jewelry from the likes of David Yurman and John Hardy. With DC’s largest collection of antique and vintage jewelry collection, it lives up to its motto of, “If it’s not special, it’s not here.”

While the first two floors are clearly female focused with wedding rings and designer names everywhere, an entire third floor is dedicated to men and their affinity toward watches. Everyone can come out a winner at Tiny Jewel Box, although we’ll bet the majority of the time will be spent on different floors!

Beauty & Rock ‘n Roll at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is not only a concert venue, its unique geological formations make it one of nature’s wonders where the seating is carved from Colorado’s stunning red rocks.  Catch up on the history of the red rocks at the visitor’s center and discover ancient dinosaur trails in the surrounding area. And of course, check the event listings at Red Rocks where bands like The Fray perform for thousands. This is a unique venue for concerts under the stars as well as breathtaking, natural views.

Fab Vintage Finds at Lost + Found

There are many vintage shops, but a good one really stands out in the crowd. Look no further than Lost + Found in Philadelphia. This boutique sells gently used clothing at incredible prices that have made the likes of Lucky Magazine fans. Run by a stylish mother and daughter duo, they’ve mixed in the vintage with the new so you can walk away with an entire outfit that you just can’t find anywhere else.

75 Years of Excellence at SFMOMA

The SFMOMA is one of the most inventive museums of modern and contemporary art. Celebrating its 75th anniversary with a brand new rooftop garden, it has something for every taste: traditional paintings and sculptures to new-age mixed media. The brilliant collection features contemporary greats such as Henri Matisse,  Alfred Stieglitz, Marcel Duchamp, and of course, the infamous Jackson Pollock.

For art enthusiasts or simply anyone who recognizes and welcomes greatness born in our time, SFMOMA offers not only traveling exhibitions of modern artists, but also artist lectures, curator talks, film screenings, workshops and more.

Complete with an architectural model of Eliot Noye’s Westinghouse 1964 New York World’s Fair Pavilion, as seen in the Men in Black movie, and Andy Warhol’s Red Liz, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is an excellent and eye-opening museum.

Gold Dust Lounge’s Music is Money

With the ceiling murals and walls lined with framed currency, the Gold Dust Lounge looked like a Wild West saloon. Don’t let the decor fool you, this historic Dixieland bar was famous for the many Jazz artists who have played there over the years.

San Francisco’s Gold Dust Lounge, in a fight for its life since octogenarian owners Jim and Tasios Bovis were hit with an eviction notice last year, served last call at its beloved Union Square digs and announced an upcoming move to the tourist heavy Fisherman’s Wharf.

The Gold Dust Lounge has reopened and you’re invited! We packed up the pieces in Union Square and moved to Fisherman’s Wharf on the Barbary Coast.

We brought Bing Crosby’s cherub mural on the ceiling, the antique brass lights, the Bovis Family paintings, the tables, the gold filigree mirrors, the old wood bar, the red velvet booths, Herb Caen’s stool, his Vitamin V, the band, the bartenders, waitresses, the Miner 49er, the swinging saloon doors, that familiar marquee -all we’re missing is you! Come have a drink as we kick off more good times for years to come! Help us make the new Gold Dust a home.

Dine in Style at City Café

When a fabulous restaurant serves afternoon tea, you have to try it. Make a reservation at City Café for a real treat. The homey vibe is to die for. The decor is neutral with lace-covered windows and friendly people. If you miss the tea, the delicious dinner menu will do. Food is seasonal with more than 200 wine choices. Ask to sit in the Garden Room. Then come back another night and sit in the Fireplace Loft.

Capogiro Gelato Rivals That From Italia

In Italian, capogiro means dizziness from something wonderful. The heavenly treats at Capogiro Gelato are beyond that!  The exquisitely crafted flavor combinations are quite simply out of this world, with the New York Times raving that there’s nothing subtle about Capogiro’s gelato.  Everything at this artisanal shop is handmade and they use fresh ingredients for the creamy treats, meaning that the seasonally driven menu is always changing based on the harvest. This treat rivals the gelato and sorbetto in Italy-  and there’s even been rumors that Capogiro is better.