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Experience True American Ballet with the San Francisco Ballet

As America’s first and oldest professional ballet company, the San Francisco Ballet is a must-see for anyone looking to truly experience the American style of ballet. It is among the world’s leading dance companies and one of the three largest American ballet companies, and is the company responsible for premiering ballet staples like Swan Lake & Nutcracker to American audiences.

The company presents more than 100 memorable performances annually, from new works by today’s most prominent choreographers to new interpretations of classic full-length productions. Led by world-famous Helgi Tomasson, the company consists of a diverse international repertoire that is always presented with finesse and elegance.

The company is currently based in the beautiful 3,146-seat War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. With its elegant lines, vaulted ceiling, marble foyer, and sweeping balconies, the opera house complements and completes the breathtaking experience that is the San Francisco Ballet.

BONeJOUR – Fine Accessories for Our Furry Friends

All pets are rock stars says BONeJOUR, and we certainly agree – especially when Fluffy is wearing her skull and crossbones couture collar. BONeJOUR is Old City’s pet boutique, outfitting your pup or kitty in only the finest collars, leads and accessories.

If your pooch is a princess, this shop will outfit them in tiaras, barrettes and bows for any occasion. There’s also rhinestone pendants and glitter cat collars if you prefer our feline friends. And all of our furry friends will be lounging in style on the state-of-the-art animal beds.

BONeJOUR promises that they love your pet as much as you do, which means that they have taken extra care to make sure the treats are nutritious, the toys are durable, and the leashes will keep your pet harnessed, which makes Mommy and Daddy very happy.

Demystifying the JFK Myth at The Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the myth that still surrounds the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. By reconstructing the political environment of the Sixties and showing original footage of those days, the visitor is transferred back right up to the very moment of the tragedy on one of the most notorious days in American history. See through the very window the sniper looked through as he set up his rifle and fired the fatal shot. History could not be more hands-on or emotional than at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Jon Lovitz Comedy Club

The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club features live stand-up comedy by some of the hottest national headlining comedians. The club’s 3 floors open to a perfect view of the stage and the casual tropical décor makes visitors feel as if they’re on an island vacation. In addition, the club also boasts a state-of-the-art sound and video system, as well as a full bar and gourmet menu.

Magic tricks and more at Timothy O’Toole’s

In a quiet part of the River North neighborhood, it’s somewhat surprising to discover how hopping Timothy O’Toole’s is. Tucked away at the bottom of a staircase, the spacious Irish sports bar offers more than just drink specials and pub grub. In one corner, there’s a handful of pool tables and video games. But best of all? On Saturday nights, a magician makes his rounds, showing off some card tricks and creating balloon animals for the local crowd, which isn’t made up of just Northwestern students. Even with all these entertainment options, Timothy O’Toole’s motto couldn’t be more true: “Win or lose, we came for the booze.”

Art Center/South Florida: Watch artists at work

What makes the Art Center/South Florida so unique is that aside from being such a great place to view local art it’s actually a working studio where artists rent space and create their work. Besides making it the perfect excuse to stroll up and down Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, not that any excuses should be needed for doing that, it’s a great way to experience the craft of creating art first-hand.

Big names in the South Florida art community, like Carlos Betancourt, Robert Chambers, David Rohn, Michele Oka Doner and others, have displayed their work here and the exhibitions include public art commissions, performance and video art, multi-media works as well as more traditional paintings and drawings.

Art Center/South Florida is located at924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL


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.

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.

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

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).

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 oaklongbarkitchen.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sara Jane’s No Plain Jane

Goodbye to Plain Jane. Sayonara, Farewell, Au revoir! Now say hello to Sara Jane.

It was the fall of 2002 when Sara Jane opened a store bearing her own name in hopes of providing a true boutique experience amongst the slew of chains just blocks nearby on the Magnificent Mile. Nestled in perhaps Chicago’s most charming neighborhood, Old Town, Sara Jane has made her humble splash on the scene. Although a regular in Lucky Magazine and Chicago Magazine, ask your average Chicagoan and they probably have never heard of the place.

But local fashionistas and Old Towners know to turn to Sara Jane for unique finds on adorable dresses, cocktail wear, jeans and accessories. The quick turnover allows for more variety and the small space often times conjures up new friendships and gab sessions (lucky thing there are plenty of pubs and bistros nearby!) A visit when “Sara Jane” herself (a.k.a. Sara Plocker) is there will only prove this neighborhood-gal-pal feel all the more.

Keste is Neapolitan for “This Is It”

San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella flash-frozen in Campagna, Italy before shipping to New York, sea salt, volcanic stone heated to one thousand degrees: these are just some of the necessary ingredients for a true Italian pie at Keste Pizza & Vino. And this attention to authentic detail is working, as the newest contender for the best slice in New York, it has already ranked #1 on NY Mag’s list of NYC’s Top Pie.

Keste Pizza & Vino offers over twenty pizza pies ranging in price from $9 to $19 with striking toppings such as imported cooked ham, butternut squash cream and truffle spread. Once the order is placed and the toppings are spread over the dough, pizzas cook in just one minute thanks to the thousand degree oven.

Chef-owner Roberto Caporuscio is a traditionalist when it comes to making his twelve-inch Neapolitan pies. With an oven that was made by artisans flown in from Naples, Keste Pizza & Vino is the newest contender for the legendary New York slice status, even if it is through and through Italian. The name sake pie has tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, arugola, gran cru and extra virgin olive oil. And for the purist there is always the simple elegance and perfection that is the equally popular Margherita.

Scandalous to Fabulous at New Limelight Marketplace

It’s hard to believe the once infamous nightclub Limelight-that was once an Episcopal church turned into a scandalous late night party house- is now a chichi mall. There’s a doorman in a marble lobby of the new Limelight Marketplace, a chandelier on every ceiling, and exquisite – read, expensive – designer pajamas available from Olatz that you can wear in bed, while you eat artisan chocolate from Mariebelle Cacao Bar & Cafe.

On the first floor, formerly the main dance floor, there are Havianas and Hunter boots in every color imaginable, on the balconies there are flower arrangements from Barbara Scott (that might break the bank if you’re not careful), and rows of dainty handmade jewels from Tina Tang. And in the once co-ed bathroom that posted naked pictures of porn stars, you will find classy Brocade home furnishings fit for a modern princess.

In short, the Limelight Marketplace has it all for the ultimate upscale New York, however ironic, shopping experience. But lost on this irony the Limelight Marketplace is not. Many of the boutique stalls are set up around little bars that serve wares instead of alcohol: at Alexander West you can order a custom (bespoke!) men’s dress shirt and at Petrossian you can order ten different types off caviar – if that’s what you’re into. There are mannequins dressed as club kids on the main floor and there are antique bobbles from Old Hollywood on display in front of an enormous stained glass tryptic on the balcony. Shopping at the Limelight Marketplace is truly a unique experience – especially if you have experienced it in its former gritty glory.

AIC Rocks Mummies to Matisse

Majestic lions guard the entrance where a slew of steps will pump up your heart rate and Greek columns will draw your eyes up toward the heavens: The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) has an entrance that serves as its own destination. But inside, the museum guards treasures that could take weeks (or months) to truly appreciate. Yep, thousands of pieces to gawk over that span over 5,000 years of artistic creations from Africa to around the world, and back again.

This is the art museum for all personalities: classic, modern, kinky, crazy, beautiful and scary – it’s all here. From Van Gogh, Chagall, Matisse and Picasso – there’s enough European Impressionism to tempt the craziest of Thomas Crown affairs. Past Europe, dig into mummies and ancient Egyptian collections like the coffin and mummy of Paankhenamun – dating back from the Dynasty 22 (c. 945–715 B.C.) – no big deal. Far more than just framed pieces and mummies, African masks, Iranian tiles, statues, headbands, photography, jewelry – it’s all here.

Interior and furniture designers tend to freak over the miniature rooms which allow guests to geek out over period rooms from around the globe, like the French Provincial Bedroom of the Louis XV Period of the 18th century.

Bottom line: This is a must see – especially with the Modern Wing addition (only an extra 65,000 feet more to discover!)

Iconic Gibsons Steakhouse is Good Enough for Johnny Depp

If there is one iconic restaurant in Chicago, it may just be Gibsons Steakhouse. This is Chicago at its best: mouth watering steaks, a bar that never runs dry and serves nothing but premium liquors and wines, celeb sightings to watch for and enough people watching to compete with your appetite.

Rounding off the “Viagra Triangle,” yes, the ‘hood really is called that because of the Ferrari driving white-haired men and their hot young things, Gibsons Steakhouse is the place to be. In case you don’t want to call its digs the V Triangle, it’s also known as the Gold Coast area where Rush Street and State Street become one. Gibsons Steakhouse is literally packed from Monday through Sunday, partly because of the financial district heads who dine there or the ladies who lunch (and linger until happy hour), but the place gets jumping early and ends late. If you want to snag a good table, you’ll want to head there at 4ish on a weekday!

As for the Johnny Depp connection? Gibsons Steakhouse was a favorite eating place for Depp when filming the mobster flick: Pubic Enemies. Johnny liked the place and its service so much, he left a $4,000 tip! So if it’s good enough for Johnny, you better believe you’re going to love Gibsons.

Chanel, Halston, Dior at Rare Vintage

All New Yorkers covet vintage clothing, because everyone wants that one-of-a-kind piece to stand out in the crowd. Rare Vintage is the answer to that fashion holy grail: an entire store dedicated to hard to find, high-end designers and pieces that are simply no longer around today. From a red silk Balenciaga 1960 coat- worn by royalty!- to a limited edition Hermes ‘Security’ Kelly Bag to an owl head shaped minaudiere that looks like it came straight out of a Sex and the City episode, Rare Vintage is filled with gems from the icons of the fashion world past and present. Owner Juliana Cairone is a master of finding these rare pieces from all over the world, making frequent scouring trips to Paris and Italy, and luckily bringing back all her finds to the heart of Midtown Manhattan for fashion hungry shoppers.

Barbounia’s Where the Mediterranean Meets NYC

If you’re looking for an authentic Mediterranean restaurant with marvelous prices and a fantastic atmosphere, you’re only a cab ride away. Nestled in Gramercy, Barbounia allows its customers a glimpse into a Mediterranean dream. The restaurant is dimly lit and is decorated with towering pillars, ornate arches, and lavish floral arrangements.

The menu boasts many flavorful dishes from the region, specifically the countries of  Greece, Morocco, southern France and southern Italy. Such dishes include the Lamb Terracotta, which is Lamb Kebabs served with pepper chutney, pistachios, and tahini wrapped in an oven baked flat bread, and their pan-seared Yellow Fin Tuna served with creamed potatoes and vegetables. While enjoying their meal, customers can also sip on some of the many cocktails offered, including the Barbounia-tini made with fresh aloe-vera juice and foam. But that’s not all, Barbounia also offers a champagne brunch on Sunday where you can get a never ending flow of champagne cocktails for only $12!

Robertson: A Trend to Do and Take Home

Move over Rodeo Drive, whether preparing to be seen or shopping the scene, Robertson is the place. Here, find every look from trendy high fashion to casual daily staples that stand out… as well as plenty of paparazzi catching a glimpse of today’s hottest stars.

It’s easy to kill a day on the few Robertson blocks between Beverly and 3rd Street. Start with lunch at The Ivy or Newsroom Cafe for plenty of shopping fuel, though both Starbucks and LA fave Coffee Bean are readily available if the need for a mid-spree upper arises. The strip is packed with both boutiques and bigger names. Jeans are the thing at Paige, AG, and True Religion, or pop into Kitson and Intermix for LA trendsetter staples.  But remember, for late night in Hollywood, the short skirt reigns. Couture, cosmetics, bed and beach wear, Robertson has something for everyone…well everyone with cash to burn.

John Varvatos: Rock ‘n Roll Never Looked Finer

One of the most popular and innovative male fashion designers of our time, John Varvatos, is rock ‘n roll meets high fashion. Taking over the infamous CBGB’s music club- that launched the careers of Blondie and The Ramones- John Varvatos is one of very few that could do the legendary music venue justice.

Most may know John Varvatos for his killer take on Converses, with the madly popular Jack Purcell and One Star styles, but his clothing makes men look effortlessly stylish. Every man can’t help but look two notches cooler in one of the distressed blazers, edgy leather jackets or skull cufflinks. All these cool clothes are hanging next to vintage album covers in a store where punk-rock music is always playing.

Known to throw concerts there from time to time- with free admission and free drinks- it’s no wonder John Varvatos is known as the rock star of fashion.

Stylish to the Exotic at Pearl River Department Store

Teas, slippers, lamps, party supplies, stationary, fengshui, window blinds, ceramics, bags, lanterns, condiments, kitchenware, and chinese dolls are a few of what fills the shelves at Pearl River. Clearly,  Pearl River isn’t your average department store- or even store for that matter. As an intriguing blend between two very different cultures, Pearl River is the first Chinese American department store.

Stepping into the SoHo store, one is immediately overcome with unique colors and never-before-seen (in the West, at least) toys and trinkets. The three-story store in the middle of SoHo is constantly expanding, like the new 10,000 foot home department.  Needless to say, it’s a one-stop shop for everything you may need, Chinese or American.

Kitson: Home of the Celeb Shoppers

Kitson has a virtual celeb-friendly clothing empire in Beverly Hills. There’s Kitson Men, Kitson Women, Kitson Studio, and Angelina Jolie favorite Kitson Kids that are all in a matter of feet from one another on Robertson.

Although these stores are theoretically divided, they carry everything under the sun. Besides the usual of jeans, dresses, shirts, and pants, there’s a Molton Brown-heavy Apothecary, multi-story shoe rack, sunglasses overload, and handbags in nearly every corner with the famous sequined Kitson handbags being prominently displayed. It goes without saying that there are more than the fair share of celebrities inside and outside the store.

Pop Art & Graffiti at Andenken Gallery

You won’t find your traditional portraits here, but at the Andenken Gallery you can see much more interesting things like bodies wrapped in wooden flooring and works of art featuring the alphabet. Specializing in anything pop and graffiti, this LoDo gallery has featured some of the world’s best known modern artists. It always challenges the boundaries of tradition, making the Andenken Gallery a fun trip.

Jersey Chasers Score at The Fifty/50

Wondering where the elite echelon of sports stars hang out while in the Windy City? Without a doubt it’s at the Fifty / 50, a bar which brings the sexy back to the Ukrainian Village ‘hood (if it were ever there in the first place). Now it definitely is, from Tony Romo to Pierre Thomas of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints. Even the investors are sports stars; Curtis Granderson is an investor (of the New York Yankees), and owners Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner roll in the same circles as these big boys.

Alas, jersey chasers – the doors to the Fifty / 50 are basically your pearly gates. The food will give another inkling as to why the jocks flock here: the menu is based on fried foods, smoked foods and sandwiches (and beer of course). Read: dieters this is not your place, unless you’re happy dining in the eye candy. And worry not, feasting on the likes of athlete superstars is not restricted only to the evening hours, this place is a brunch hotspot as well.

Ladies, suggest this place to a guy and you score. Guys, suggest this place to the ladies and they’re happy (albeit because they’re wondering who they’ll see). Either way you flip it, 50% chance plus 50% chance equals 100% happiness.

54 Mint Wine Bar’s Italian Charm

SOMA’s new 54 Mint Wine Bar is technically a three-in-one punch of vineria (wine bar), ristorante, and alimentari (food store), but really it’s all imported deliciousness. As the only distributor of some of its Italian fine wines to the straight-from-Italy sheep’s milk cheese and handmade Italian plates, 54 Mint serves up an authentic Italian meal that tastes even better coming from the hand of the heavily accented servers.

This hotspot is the work of native Umbrian owners Alberto Avalle (of NYC’s Il Buco fame) and Claudio Ricciolini- and 54 Mint can’t be a better ode to their homeland. Even the famous Umbrian olive oil is sprinkled into nearly every dish and is even displayed beautifully for customers to buy.

During good weather, make sure to hit up the patio for some great people watching in the trendy SOMA district.

2. Worldwide Affair at Miami Int’l Art Fair 1/7 – 1/10/10

It’s a worldwide affair at the Miami International Art Fair as galleries from every continent contribute the best in contemporary art. All mediums of contemporary art will be represented at this four-day evePicture 21nt. The fair also includes a lecture series featuring prominent experts in International Contemporary Art. This year one of the must-see exhibits is “Next Generation” as it draws attention to artists of the future.
The fair will open with an Invitation-Only Collector’s Preview Party on January 6. Passes can be requested at the website, and are limited, so don’t wait.

Grafton Street Offers Authentic Irish Experience


Irish pubs in and around Boston are a dime a dozen, but authentic ones like Grafton Street Pub and Grille really stand out. Located in Harvard Square, this neighborhood hotspot was named after the cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin’s famed Temple Bar area. The restaurant relocated up one block in 2002 to a larger space in the heart of the square and now offers contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner seven days a week, including a Sunday brunch. From casual fare, including rustic pizzas and paninis, to classics such as fork and knife chicken and ale battered fish and chips, you will be hard pressed to find a better place to stop by for a pint and a great meal. Visit graftonstreetcambridge.com/ for more information.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Everyone’s talking about the museum on the west coast that makes all other children’s museums green with envy. Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Area Discovery Museum is the only museum in a National Park and its creative exhibits are admired by other museums nationwide. Whether it’s sculpting a model of the Golden Gate Bridge (that’s right above!), examining live sea creatures in a recreated natural habitat, or watching a puppet show, the hands-on museum nurtures future generations of creative thinkers and innovators.

There are tons of exhibits at the Bay Area Discovery Museum year-round for children to discover and get creative in their own way.

Definition for Fine Dining at Four Seasons Restaurant

Other restaurants have incredible statues, but the Four Seasons has a bubbling pool as its centerpiece, one example of how this fine dining landmark establishment stands out above the rest. Complete with stand-by jackets for those who come unprepared for the formal dress code, the Four Seasons is home to celebrity clientele and the who’s who of power New Yorkers.

Known as the go-to “Power Lunch” hotspot in Manhattan, at night the elegant crowd dines on award-winning American cuisine that – true to its name- is prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients. The Four Seasons is the ultimate upscale New York experience, and so beloved by its regular patrons, that it was awarded the “Favorite Restaurant in the World” by Town & Country Magazine.

Gandhi & Presley Sought Serenity at the Self-Realization Center

Picture 8Serenity at the Self-Realization Center is an understatment. Many of the world’s most influential people loved this place; Elvis Presley made it a point to visit often, Beatle George Harrison had his memorial services here and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can actually visit the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi.

The secret to the Center is how it creates a spiritual and physical utopia for its visitors. The gardens and natural spring lake are home to many different plants and animals, including swans, ducks, koi and lotus flowers. With a beautiful rose garden surrounded by small monuments to the major religions- Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism- it’s a haven for free thinkers and the spiritual alike.  A visit to the temple, a walk through the peaceful garden, and maybe a chance for some contemplative meditation, is a wonderful way to get out of the city without ever leaving

Be Silly like the Scientist at the Albert Einstein Memorial

With his infamous disheveled hair and stuck out tongue, the Albert Einstein Memorial is fitting for the scientist who could be silly at times. The giant bronze Einstein is situated outside the National Academy of Science where anyone, big or small, can get up and climb on the lap of the genius.

The statue stands 12-feet tall and shows off the genius’s three best-known theories: the photoelectric effect, the theory of general relativity, and  equivalence of energy and matter. It’s a must-visit for a cute photo for you and your baby Einsteins.

Aptly Named Mr. Yum Brings Asia to Little Havana

This Thai/Japanese restaurant certainly doesn’t suffer for its unconventional location in the heart of Little Havana. With a chic interior- stark white tables against crimson walls- and a buzzing, hip clientele, Mr. Yum is known for providing great service and delicious food. Every meal begins with a fancy amuse bouche and highlights include a special Pad Thai, Panang Curry and an incredible, creative sushi bar that’s as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.

It’s Easy to Get Lost in Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is where you go to hike, bike, blade, boat, float, jog—or just simply walk around, but this is no ordinary park. Being the world’s largest municipal park, this park encompasses 92,00 acres and includes 62 neighborhoods!!! This extraordinary park is home to a number of museums, stables, mansions, boathouses, and historical buildings such as the Bellaire Manor with its floor to ceiling wood paneling that would make any art historian’s mouth water. Grown by John Bartram in the 1700’s, America’s oldest living botanic garden can also be found here. At Fairmount Park, quantity means quality as well.

North Third is First in NoLibs

Northern Liberties is filled with quirky bars with attitude, and North Third is no different. The menu features bar food favorites that have a wonderful reputation around town. If you’re friendly with a football team (or, just a cute blonde with an empty stomach), order “Pound your Wings” with North Third’s Famous Sauce or Asian Style – 1 pound of wings for $7 and 2 pounds for $11 can accommodate any budget. N3 is still known for its burger after all these years, too – 8 ounces of Black Angus with your choice of cheese.

The beer list is long and will put any fermentation-lover swooning. The margaritas and sangria also come in pitchers or carafes, which is perfect for the outdoor seating with friends in the summer. And we are slowly learning that in Philly you’re nothing if you’re not serving up a stellar belly-bombing brunch. N3 can check that one off the list too – omelets for the masses and pseudo breakfasts of champions like eggs and chili over cornbread with sides of potatoes and pico de gallo.

Toast to Taxim!

They say Mediterranean and Greek food is the healthiest cuisine there is – thank goodness! Because that allows one to gorge oneself at Taxim guilt-free, no? The thing is, Taxim in Chi-town’s hipper than hip ‘hood, Wicker Park, offers so many ga-ga worthy Greek dishes that you’re going to wish you had five stomachs.

Touted again and again by the press for its over-the-top deliciousness, each and every plate is seriously delectable. The names may give your mouth a work out, try spitting out: Sparágia me avgó pápias – young asparagus, duck egg, wood-grilled no-knead garlic bread, but your tastebuds will reap the benefits. Melt-in-your-mouth lamb, Amish chicken, mouth-watering sea bass and a whole slew of veggie options, the menu is a people pleaser.

Of course, knowing its location too, Taxim certainly doesn’t skimp on the decor. The chic interior is warm, sexy and cozy enough to cuddle up and enjoy a night cap post din-din. Opa!

Radio City Music Hall Tour

Romance and opulence make up Radio City Music Hall, one of New York’s great attractions. And it’s not just about the shows! The sheer beauty of this venue is well worth the visit, even if you don’t have those hard-to-get tickets to your dream concert. Here is where many of the city’s star-studded events take place – everything from the Grammy Awards to the annual Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. Originally built as a part of midtown Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center complex, it continues to stand strong as a symbol of glamour and entertainment.

There’s also a way to get a sneak peek inside. Following the lead of Radio City’s experienced tour guides, explore the beautiful art-deco interiors and learn the secrets of the Great Stage, one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world. The stage’s hydraulic system is still in operation since the ’30s. And at the end of the tour, guests meet one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.


Wines from around the world and meat that’s braised, roasted, and stewed are just two of the reason’s why Aria has us utterly captivated. Pastry chef, Kathryn King, churns out delectables like the Warm Chocolate Cheesecake, and entrees like the Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Rib are nothing short of heavenly. Open in the evenings only, the kitchen devotes the whole day to concocting dinner-time masterpieces.

Culturally Clad at Club Mayan

Club Mayan, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is one of L.A.’s only historical and cultural remnants left in the area. Featuring live music and a dance club, Club Mayan encourages all visitors to let loose in their three leveled escape.

The multi-level club seems like it belongs in a Hawaiian paradise rather than on the streets of Downtown. Reopened in the 90s, Club Mayan not only reinvented their décor but also their vibe. Encouraging L.A. hipsters to dance the night away on Friday Sound Machine nights and bring their own leis on Tropical Saturdays, the club seems to be the only place left in this city where each level feels like a different getaway.

The perks of having such a historical hangout in Los Angeles are invitations to new musical acts and themed nights for the dress up fanatics anxiously waiting for Halloween. With varying cover charges and a relatively strict dress code, Club Mayan is a great birthday celebratory spot allowing you to create your own guest list as they treat you like a King or Queen.

If you are looking to come on a particular night, make sure to consistently check the events calendar on the club’s website. But if none of the names look recognizable on the calendar, just make sure to come on either a Friday or Saturday when the music is loud and the energy is on.

La Folie

This small french restaurant is just the right size. The intimate atmosphere is a great spot to take your family for a real treat. The dining room is a little bit of luxury with beautiful woodworking, plenty of mirrors and gorgeous drapes. Choose from french favorites like quail and foie gras lollipops, roasted rabbit or sauteed halibut. There are also plenty of vegetarian options if you’d rather stay that route.

Museum of the American Railroad

What’s big, long, and weighs a ton? One of the many massive trains on display at the Museum of the American Railroad. Explore Dallas’s intricate railroad history at this museum for locomotive lovers. Stand-out features include a complete pre-World War II passenger train as well as steam, diesel, and electric cabooses. The regarded relics of the railroad also include postwar lightweight passenger trains to compliment the impressive prewar collection.

Fairfield Inn New York

Fairfield Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square hotel features 244 rooms and suites in the heart of New York City Times Square. This Midtown Manhattan hotel, located at the crossroads of the world, features affordable prices and is perfect for family vacations, business travelers, and small group meetings. Work in our brand new spacious guest rooms with free internet. Work out in our state-of-the-art fitness room and enjoy free breakfast before exploring some of the nearby Midtown attractions such as the Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue and Central Park. Our newly built New York City hotel is proud to be the first Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Manhattan and invites you to experience first-class NYC accommodations, amenities and Marriott service. And getting to the Fairfield Inn New York Times Square is easy. We are centrally located in Times Square, across from Port Authority Bus Terminal, minutes from Penn Station and within walking distance of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.