Kiki on the River – memorable Mediterranean in Miami

Since our Miami food article on Lonely Planet was put on hold by the pandemic, we wanted to share a restaurant we will never forget – Kiki on the River. Due to its open-air location on the river and dramatic glowing setting at night, Kiki on the River in Miami makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Greece or the Mediterranean. While you might … Continue reading Kiki on the River – memorable Mediterranean in Miami

7 Best Parks in LA for Socially Distant Gatherings

Is there anything better than summertime in California? However, in the era of the novel coronavirus, many regional attractions remain closed, while others reopen with new restrictions. Have you caught cabin fever yet? Guess what? You don’t need any money or roller coasters to enjoy fun in the sun, California-style. LA boasts a wide array of parks, and you can find plenty of space to … Continue reading 7 Best Parks in LA for Socially Distant Gatherings

Dine around the world – Q&A with Nick Liberato from Restaurants on the Edge

If you haven’t watched both seasons of Restaurants on the Edge on Netflix, that what are you waiting for? Travel around the world from your own home and dream about where you want to jet post-pandemic. We can tell you Slovenia and Malta are now high on our list. Filled with travel, food, and design inspiration, the team (consisting of Chef Dennis the Prescott, Interior … Continue reading Dine around the world – Q&A with Nick Liberato from Restaurants on the Edge

Buellton – wine tasting Sideways-style during a pandemic

We would have been on a wine tasting trip in Buellton a month ago. In honor of missing yet another trip due to the pandemic, today I reminisce about a beautiful dinner atop H Club in Hollywood last year with Visit Buellton and the winemaker Frank Ostini of the Hitching Post. Today I look back – at this dinner sipping on saucy Hitching Post reds … Continue reading Buellton – wine tasting Sideways-style during a pandemic

The Vault Garden is now open in San Francisco

The Vault Garden is now open. They have researched and developed a socially safe environment for you to enjoy creative cocktails and delicious food in a heated, outdoor full-service garden.  From Hotel Triton, it is an easy walk to the Financial District for dinner at The Vault at 555 California Street, a grown-up suit-wearing restaurant built into an old bank vault. In the basement of the … Continue reading The Vault Garden is now open in San Francisco

Dog sledding in Oregon – yaps, farts, and faith

A quick flight from LA and you can arrive to the wilderness of Central Oregon, a wilderness you may remember from the pioneer computer game of our youth, Oregon Trail. Just a short drive from the 3,300-acre snow-shrouded Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon is the Three Sisters Wilderness near Mt. Bachelor. In winter, this is where 30 Alaskan Huskies greeted us, chained equidistant to the … Continue reading Dog sledding in Oregon – yaps, farts, and faith

Sanity in the Time of Coronavirus

Well, we’re a few weeks in and you’re probably beginning to feel like Jack Torrance well into his “novel” at the Overlook Hotel (and if you’ve never seen “The Shining,” you truly have no excuses now). But ol’ Jack might not have gone so stir crazy if he’d just taken a few quarantining tips from yours truly.  The first thing to remember is that we’re … Continue reading Sanity in the Time of Coronavirus

Todos Santos, Mexico – Baja Pitstops Along the Way

There is no better time to lay out your wish list of travel destinations than now, locked down at home for weeks. This COVID-19 house arrest is the time to reflect on your travel goals and contemplate the best time to go to the destination of your dreams – when it is safe to travel again. Mexico is a place we visited six times in … Continue reading Todos Santos, Mexico – Baja Pitstops Along the Way

Mamajuana – the Dominican Republic cure-all

The consumption of alcohol for social, ritual, medicinal, and religious purposes appears to be widely spread through history and societies. In centuries past, alcohol used to be prescribed by doctors as a cure-all, mostly based on no scientific proof. Instead of anesthesia, alcohol was commonly used to knock patients out or to lessen the pain before say, an amputation. Doctors experimented with treatments that today … Continue reading Mamajuana – the Dominican Republic cure-all

Commerce Casino: The World’s Largest Card Room and Site of the LA Poker Classic

Located in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, the Commerce Casino complex and Crown Plaza Hotel is a historic site that’s home to the largest card room in the world. The famous card room has hosted many international tournaments and is one of the country’s most prestigious places to play. Along with the card room, the casino also has many other features that make it … Continue reading Commerce Casino: The World’s Largest Card Room and Site of the LA Poker Classic