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The Flatiron Room (NYC)

[Translate] Time stops when you pass through the doors of the Flatiron Room. Fifties-era Italian floral wallpaper, rolling library ladders. There’s live jazz or blues performed on a velvet-curtained stage makes this place intriguing and felt like you’ve walked back in time. What really draws a cocktail and spirits snob back is the whiskey. Old, rare, indie, you name it — if it’s distilled from fermented grain, it’s probably here. There are nearly 1,000 bottles to choose from, including Gordon & MacPhail, the Maltman, and 27-year-old limited-run Glenmorangie Pride (you should sip slowly — it’s a very pricey dram). A..

Choice Eats 2016

[Translate] The 9th annual Choice Eats 2016 taken place on March 11th at the Metropolitan Pavilion was another fun and food filled evening hosted by the Village Voice. 56 restaurants and bakeries were out doling their delicious fare. There was a huge Stella Artois bar in the center of the main floor, Herradura Tequila, and other craft beer and spirits to aid kicking off the weekend on a good note. Please view the the photo set or the gallery below for some of the photogenic eats: Information: Choice Eats 2016 Website

Dinner at The Sea Fire Grill (NYC)

[Translate] The Sea Fire Grill is a seafood restaurant from the same team of the Benjamin Steakhouse. Like the Benjamin Steakhouse, this restaurant has the same high-level service and the food is very solid. Muted cream and brown tones dominate the dining areas with pops of color from recessed blue bulbs throughout the space. A shimmering blue accent wall gives the impression of being underwater and a large fireplace crackles at the far end of the dining room. The large bar area gives diners a front row seat to watch bartenders build the specialty cocktails and champagne spritzers, Usually when..

Key West, Florida Keys

[Translate] A favorite destination for Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, Key West is known for its palm lined streets and fish that is fresh enough to draw any committed culinary traveler. With a distinct mixture of cultures, the island is not only home to a strong seafood scene, but a tantalizing fusion of cuisines. At night, the street a lit up with vibrant sidewalk cafes that lure in passersby with delicious scents of their specialties like their delectable key lime pie. Live music and hopping bars are the perfect pairings to watch the sunset into the Gulf of..

Whisky Live NYC 2016

[Translate] Whiskey is taking off in America. So it’s no surprise that New York City’s annual Whisky Live expo, hosted by Whisky Magazine, was a huge hit this year. The fair, which took place at Pier 60 on Wednesday, featured 80 different brands, distillers, and local bars, pouring more than 300 whiskey expressions. Some exhibitors had fun booths to showcase their brand. There were plenty of interesting, craft brands, as well as established whisky brands. (more…)

Gorgeous Artwork at Chihuly Garden & Glass (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] The first time I’ve ever encountered a Chihuly piece was probably when I went to Las Vegas at The Venetian The Bellagio when I was a teenager. I remembered looking up at the lobby’s ceiling and be stunned by the beautiful, rainbow of vibrant flora made of blown glass. Over the years, I’ve tracked down to various countries to see Chihuly’s exhibitions and still be mesmerized by the beauty of his studio’s work. (more…)

Storyville Coffee at Pike Market (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Storyville Coffee opened its doors in October 2013. Pike Place Market is the Seattle-based brand’s flagship store. The Pike Market the beating heart of the city’s culinary scene. Steeped in coffee history and community, the Pike Place Market can be very intimidating for any new business hoping to stand out, let alone another coffee shop. The Market birthed the nation’s coffee culture with the opening of the first Starbucks store in 1971, followed by the first Seattle’s Best Coffee store in 1984. In addition to these coffee giants, Pike Place Market today is also home to four smaller coffee..

Wonderful Stay at Alexis Hotel (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Alexis Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel, featuring 121 eclectic guestrooms that cater to every possible personality, is about as perfectly located as a downtown hotel can be. Many of Seattle’s most desirable sightseeing destinations are within easy walking distance, as are a vast selection of top-notch restaurants. It also sits right on First Avenue, directly above Puget Sound; a few rooms do have partial water views but many face neighboring buildings. Better harbor views can be found at hotels a few blocks north. We stayed at the Fireplace Suite where it feels very cozy to curl up by..

Solid Southern-Style Brunch at Mamie Taylor’s (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Mamie Taylors is one of those hipster-like restaurants (like the ones I’ve seen in Brooklyn, NY) that has the rustic, exposed brick and wood beamed decor with lots of taxidermy (as I’ve learned, it’s donated from locals) that is an 85-seat American restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food with a contemporary twist. This restaurant is the vanguard to the Chinatown neighborhood in Vancouver. The Chinatown there is sort of a shadow of itself since most of the Chinese community has migrated south to Richmond. The relaxed and casual ambiance of exposed brick walls and kitsch play into the up-and-coming..