Mar
15

Take a trip up the Northern California Coastline

I love the Northern Coast of California probably as much as the southern coast. While it's much colder and foggier, the scenic views are simply stunning. It's a place where ocean fog rolls in to blanket hushed redwood forests and whales spout offshore. ...continue reading the story called Take a trip up the Northern California Coastline

Apr
27

Disneyland Survival Guide!

My family and I were brave enough to go to Disneyland during the week of Spring Break. It's no cake walk battling crowds and standing in long lines with little kids; however, with a little bit of planning ahead, you can have your magical Disney experience during the busiest of times too!  I learned a lot about planning my Disney visit during my six hour car journey from the Bay Area to Disneyland, some of which I wish I had known earlier. ...continue reading the story called Disneyland Survival Guide!

Mar
8

Wine Tasting in Napa

My love for good wine is no secret and I feel very blessed to live near some of the best wine producing regions in the world. Drinking fabulous wine is such a privilege ...few things compete with it. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to visit many wineries in Napa but my most recent visit (past weekend) was probably my favorite because we really planned it out in advance. We love big Napa reds so we picked the following wineries to visit. Each winery was unique in its own way and a pleasure to visit.

Feb
15

The Natural Beauty of Yosemite

Just four hours east of San Francisco, you'll find the magnificence of nature at Yosemite. This national park can truly be described as heaven on earth and is the perfect getaway if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful vacation. ...continue reading the story called The Natural Beauty of Yosemite

Sep
2

Kids Activity: Steam Engine Train Ride!

Looking for a fun excursion in the Bay Area with your train-loving kids?
Here's one worth checking out - Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California.
Pick either the Redwood Forest Steam Train Ride (1.15 hrs) or the Santa Cruz Beach Train Ride (3 hrs). They also have special rides like a Starlight Evening Train Ride or a Great Robbery Train Ride.
We tried the Steam train ride, which was a lot of fun for kids and adults.
The property has a duck pond and large picnic grounds so you can easily spend half a day on site.
Once a year, they have a Thomas the Tank Engine Day - must visit for Thomas-crazed kids!

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Jul
25

I Love NYC!

New York City is one of my favorite cities in the world. I find it invigorating, energizing, exciting, and sexy. I love the beautiful skyscraper skyline, the majestic Hudson river, the amazing museums, fantastic shopping and last but not least the incredible food. There is nothing like eating a NY Hotdog while walking through Central Park or a slice of the heavenly NY cheese pizza after late night clubbing!


Here are a few of my favorites....
Hotels 
Ritz Carlton Central Park - Can't beat the location. Across from Central Park, a block away from Fifth Avenue.
The Plaza - Landmark hotel. Absolutely beautiful and also great location.
Hotel Gansevoort - Modern, contemporary hotel located in the Meat Packing District. Walking distance to amazing restaurants and shopping.
Ritz Carlton

Restaurants
Buddakan - Pan Asian. Beautiful decor, Excellent food, Vibrant Scene
Roja Mexicano - Mexican. Best Guacamole made table side. Awesome Margaritas and desserts.
Koi - Sushi, Asian. Amazing, Creative Sushi.
Balthazar - French. Fabulous. Fun.
Buddakan
Shopping 

Fifth Avenue - Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Henri Bendel, Designer Boutiques, American Girl
Soho - Quaint setting but mostly big chains like Bloomingdales, A/X, H&M. Some cute stores that I like are Olive & Bette, Frock, Custo Barcelona.
Meat Packing District - Boutique Shopping. Diane Von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, Calypso St. Barth, Christian Louboutin, Stella McCartney among others


Kids

Dylan's Candy Store - Absolute fantasy for most kids.
American Girl Store - Every 7 - 11 year old girls' dream come true store!
Magnolia Cupcakes - Decadent cupcakes.



Entertainment 

Broadway Shows - So many to choose from. My favorites include Wicked, Lion King, Mamma Mia, and Phantom of the Opera.
Museums - The Met, MoMA, The Cloisters, The Guggenheim and The Museum of Natural History are all amazing

Jul
13

My Guide to Vegas!

City of Sin, City of Light, City of Whatever you might....
Las Vegas is a perfect location for so many occasions be it a Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend, Birthday, Anniversary or a just because weekend.
Its a one stop shop for some of the best dining, shopping, hotels and any kind of entertainment!!!!
Here are some of my favorites in the city currently!




Hotels
1. Encore - Best overall hotel. Awesome rooms, dining, night life, pool scene, spa and shopping.
2. Cosmopolitan - Best for Bachelor/Bachelorette type weekend as it has the most happening clubs, bars, and restaurants currently.
3. Mandarin Oriental - Best for those who prefer not to have a casino where they are staying but want to be on the strip and luxurious accommodations.
Spa at the Encore


Restaurants
1. Tao Asian Bistro, Venetian - Pan- Asian food. Awesome ambience.
2. STK - Modern Steak house. The chef, Stephen Hopcraft, has appeared on Bravo's "Top Chef" and Food Network's "Chefs vs. City." My favorite things on the menu included the Dungeness crab salad, truffle Parmesan french fries, foie gras french toast and the mushroom potpie. 
3.  Julian Serrano - Tapas. Nice for lunch. Excellent menu and great Sangria.
Tao Asian Bistro


Night Life
1. Marquee, Cosmopolitan - Fun vibe. The club is split into four sections; the main dance floor, a smaller hip-hop dance floor, a lounge area, and an outdoor area by the pool complete with heaters and waterfalls. 
2. Tryst, Wynn - Very cool interiors with a 94-foot waterfall right in the center. 
3. Chandelier Bar, Cosmopolitan - Loved the Ambience and decor. Fun spot for people watching.
4. Hyde, Bellagio - Great spot to see the Bellagio Fountain show. Great music and overall a fun place.
Chandelier Bar



Shows
1. Le Reve, Wynn - French for "The Dream," Le Rêve combines water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and spectacular effects.
2. O, Bellagio - By Cirque du Soleil is an ethereal, visually stunning show that incorporates the elements of air, fire and - most prominently - water. 
3. Celine Dion, Caeser's Palace - Celine Dion is a fabulous entertainer and keeps the crowd engaged with her repertoire of hits and a collection of songs from other artists as well.
Le Reve Stage


Shopping
Crystals Mall, City Center - Beautiful abstract mall with an amazing selection of stores paired with one-of-kind galleries from artists such as Dale Chihuly and signature restaurants from Wolfgang Puck and celebrity restaurateur Eva Longoria.

Jul
2

Fun Summer Destinations

There are so many wonderful places to travel to in the US but here are a few of my favorites because they have all the elements I look for while picking a summer destination - beautiful beach, amazing food, great shopping and activities and people watching!!! Malibu, CA This Southern California retreat is perfect in so many ways. Located just 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles but feels worlds away. On one side of pch you’ll find the Pacific Ocean with point breaks of perfect surf, custom beach homes, and great beaches. On the other side of PCH you’ll find the beautiful Santa Monica mountain range that separates Malibu from the valley and is home to numerous stream filled canyons great for hiking. Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city and artist community located in southern Orange County, California. This is an ideal getaway with its picturesque location and small size, combined with unique shops and fine dining make for a romantic escape for a week or just a weekend. Ocean vistas and breezes, plus a plethora of cultural festivals create a balance of natural beauty where the hours while away lazily, and intellectual activities inspire and invite involvement.
Cape Cod, MA With charming East Coast appeal, the Cape's endless shores features family friendly outings and activities. Jutting into the Atlantic, The Cape is laden with seaside cottages, sunset sailboats, and sandcastle builders. More than 400 miles of perfect coastline hug the beautiful peninsula, creating a setting with miles of picture-perfect beaches. Nearby, there’s always a trail to hike, a path to cycle, or a fishing village to explore. And the seafood? Some of the freshest available. Lively and colorful, Cape Cod pulls you in ferociously and just won’t let go.
There are fifteen towns on Cape Cod, each featuring numerous beaches and areas for outdoor recreation along with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and more.
The Hamptons, NY A mix of social scene and New York hideout, this luxe beach destination draws fans from all across the country. Known for pristine beaches and ritzy summer weekends, the Hamptons define a luxurious beach vacation. With long stretches of white sand, sparkling blue water and the perfect summer climate, it's no surprise the Hamptons are continuously ranked among the best beaches in the world. Miami, FL Miami possesses a bright and buzzing ambience loaded with Caribbean and Hispanic influences, including a wild and colourful night life and terrific dining experiences around the clock. Massive white sand Miami Beach running along much of Downtown's length is comfortable, well-serviced and great for people-watching while the unique art deco touches provide a special glamour, not to mention the chic fashionistas that make the city [one of] their homes! Miami is located near one of Florida's top natural attraction - the Everglades - and to the tropical island chain stretching south, the Florida Keys.