March 2010

Ahi Tuna Crackers from Mustard Grill in Napa, a participating "Toast of the Town" restaurant

How would you like to taste 500 premium wines and spirits, and nosh on gourmet creations from more than 30 top Bay Area restaurants — all in one spot?

You can at “Toast of the Town,” a wine and food extravaganza that will be held at the stunning War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, a short hop from the Phoenix Hotel-Civic Center. Read More »

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The solar-powered Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

The hundred-year-old Santa Monica Pier continues to be one of Los Angeles’ ‘must-sees.’ Strolling the length of the Pier (nearly 2,000 feet) can feel like you’re walking on water, or off into the sunset.

It’s a great place to bring kids. They can ride the historic 1922 Carousel, or the famous solar-powered Ferris Wheel (that they say can be seen from space), or play in the cavernous arcade with 200 games, from the classic to the contemporary. Under the Pier, you can visit The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which features interactive exhibits presented by Heal the Bay. Kids might even recognize the Pier from such movies as The Hannah Montana Movie, Forrest Gump, and Iron Man.

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Jungle Island hosts a 3 day long Easter egg hunt

Easter Sunday in Miami Beach is always a party. If you’re traveling with your family for the holiday, here’s what to do:

Brunch: The traditional Sunday brunch gets a gourmet update at South Florida restaurants, including Hakkasan’s tender steamed dumplings at the Fontainebleau Resort, Nemo’s whole roast suckling pig, and Sakaya Kitchen’s kimchee scrambled eggs. Just be sure to make reservations well in advance. Read More »

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Gimme! Coffee in SoHo

Years ago, New Yorkers had to settle for only decent coffee. It might have bested other cities when it came to pizza and bagels, but when it came to serving up a good cup of joe Seattle and Portland were the clear winners. But over the last few years there has been an espresso explosion; high-quality coffee shops have been opening up throughout the city. These are my favorite: Read More »

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The Aventura Mall in Miami has lots of great dining options

South Florida visitors renting cars should definitely make a trip to the awesome Aventura Mall in North Miami (19501 Biscayne Boulevard). The flagship triple-story mall  houses many global top performers such as the most lucrative Abercrombie in the United States, a massive Crate & Barrel, the latest and greatest Nordstroms, as well as 248 other shops and restaurants. It’s the fifth largest mall in the United States. Read More »

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The Epic Roasthouse in San Francisco will have a five-course prix-fixe Passover dinner

San Francisco restaurants are gearing up to commemorate one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, Passover, which begins at sundown March 29 and lasts for seven days.

Mission Beach Cafe in San Francisco, a short drive from the Holiday Inn Civic Center, is teaming with hipster Heeb magazine for its annual Slow Food Seder on April 5. The four-course dinner ($55) will be a mix of Old World and New World dishes — all made with seasonal, local, and organic products. Sit down to such inviting fare as smoked black cod with potato kugel and chive creme fraiche, and roasted duck with Israeli couscous, Jerusalem artichokes, pea shoots, and orange sabayon. Read More »

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Easter Brunch at Asiate, The Mandarin Oriental's critically acclaimed restaurant, will cost $68 per person.

Easter Brunch at Asiate, The Mandarin Oriental's critically acclaimed restaurant, will cost $68 per person.

Easter brunch is longstanding tradition in many families, and for those who like to enjoy a truly decadent spread, there’s nothing like letting someone else do the cooking. The following New York hotel restaurants offer some of the best Easter brunches in the city — for a price. But hey, it’s special occasion.

Cafe Boulud

  • Price: $75 per person ($45 for kids under 12)
  • Hotel: Surrey Hotel

Brunch is an extravagant affair at Cafe Boulud every Sunday, with two prixe fixe menus (two courses for $39; three courses for $49) that include dishes like ricotta cheese blintzes and Maine peekytoe crab benedict. On Easter Sunday, brunch will be an even more extravagant affair, with a special three-course menu for $75 (or $45 for kids under 12).

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Swimsuit competition during the Wet Republic pool party at MGM Grand

Summer is coming, which in Las Vegas means one thing: POOL PARTIES! Wet, wild, debauchery-filled pool parties.

The parties at some hotels have already kicked off, while others will get underway within a few weeks. The above photo is from the Wet Republic pool party at MGM Grand, which kicked off on March 12 this year and has been known to attract celebrities, world-famous DJs, and thousands of young partygoers.

See more of our pool party photos below, or check out our full slideshow.

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The Mission Beach Cafe, in San Francisco

The Mission Beach Cafe, San Francisco

San Francisco restaurants are gearing up to commemorate one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, Passover, which begins at sundown March 29 and lasts for seven days.

Mission Beach Cafe in San Francisco, a short drive from the Holiday Inn Civic Center, is teaming with hipster Heeb magazine for its annual Slow Food Seder on April 5. The four-course dinner ($55) will be a mix of Old World and New World dishes — all made with seasonal, local, and organic products. The dinner will include such items as smoked black cod with potato kugel and chive creme fraiche, and roasted duck with Israeli couscous, Jerusalem artichokes, pea shoots, and orange sabayon.

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Surfing Cowboys on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach

Only about one mile long, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in Venice,  is home to unique boutique shopping and some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. Venice Beach is best known for the Venice Boardwalk and the oddities found there (people and shops), but Abbot Kinney is the local’s favorite. Day or night, this is the place to be — either shopping for vintage furniture at Surfing Cowboys, or having a drink at The Brig, or eating an unforgettable meal at Gjelina. Read More »

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