How how we love London! This time, it’s a quick trip and no kids. (Big grin!)
I will be flying the new American Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER JFK-LHR to experience their new premium cabins. The Business Class cabin has lie-flat beds—all with aisle access—no more climbing over strangers!
Also, the new cabins have mood lighting, power outlets, USB ports, international WiFi, personal entertainment system with 150 movies, gourmet meals and a premium walk up bar (a first for a US carrier), and more. (Is it weird that I’m a little disappointed that the flight will be only 7 hours and 47 minutes?)
I will take photos and videos of my inflight experience on the new AA 777-300 ER but in the meantime, you can watch the video below to see the whole new redesign of the American fleet and all the amenities in all classes. USB port, outlet and personal entertainment system in the main cabin? Yes please! (The tour of the 777-300 ER starts at 1:35.)
When I arrive in London, I’ll be staying at the very chic Corinthia London in Whitehall Place, just steps from the Thames River, The London Eye, Tate Modern, St. James Park, National Gallery and more.
The five-star hotel is a renovated historic Victorian building offering 294 rooms and suites, destination bars and restaurants and the London’s largest spa and wellness center.
Bassoon, the musically inspired bar serves both molecular cocktails and colonial inspired drinks from its boutique spirits library. The stunning Lobby Lounge, illuminated by a spectacular Baccarat Chandelier and overlooking a picturesque, maple-lined courtyard, the central position and effortless style of the lobby lounge area makes it the natural heart and soul of the hotel.
Luxury London accommodation, lounges, bar and spa? Yes, I do believe I’ll have a bloody good time!
As we close this somber week that’s had some of the most unbelievable news, we’re really hoping this can be a Fab Friday for the citizens of Boston and the United States. Sending well wishes to all of you!
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/19 at 12:04 PM
A Foodie’s Diary of 5 Days in Paris
I spent a week in Paris over Christmas and planned the majority of my trip around fantastic dining experiences. Below are some of my favorites and “must eats” for the next time you visit:
EAT L’Avenue: This restaurant was recommended by a local, and this was our favorite spot in Paris throughout our trip. It’s located on a fancy shopping strip on Avenue Montaigne and is definitely a place to “see and be seen”. L’Avenue is super swanky and chic with purple velvet couches and beautiful people all throughout. The food is contemporary and I fell in love with the pasta dish with morels and cream. It’s steps from the Champs-Élyssés so it is a great place to grab lunch when in the area. 41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France.
Le Grand Colbert: You might remember this restaurant from the movie Something’s Gotta Give. Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves dine here during the movie and she names it her favorite restaurant in Paris. We decided to pick this spot for Christmas Eve dinner as we knew it would be festive and lively. It is a classic French brasserie that does not disappoint. I started with a lovely hot crusty goat cheese salad and then went for the sole meunière which was divine: dredged in flour and served in a brown butter sauce with lemon. 2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France.
Brasserie Thomieux: I read about this lovely spot on a blog called Paris in Four Months and I immediately added it to my list. The menu is only in French but the friendly waiter offered to translate for us so we could order something appealing. We each had a wonderful glass of Pinot Noir, and I ended up ordering one of the best salads I have ever had. It was fresh greens, seared scallops, potatoes, shaved Parmesan, and truffles in a light vinaigrette. This salad was divine– light, yet so satisfying. The atmosphere here was also so nice and pleasant. One of my favorite places we visited during our time in Paris. 79 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France.
Les Cocottes: I read a lot about Chef Christian Constant who owns multiple restaurants throughout the city, all of which are highly regarded. Les Cocottes is a very small restaurant with only bar stools. The restaurant does not take reservations therefore it is often common to have long lines out of the front door. I recommend getting there on the earlier side around 7 or 7:30 to avoid the mass of people. We were able to walk right in and snag two seats at the bar, but by the time we left the place was bursting at the seams. The menu is quite small at Les Cocotte and everything is served in a cocotte or a cast iron pan. Order the beef shoulder, which came with potatoes and was served in a red wine sauce. This dish was to die for. 135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France.
Le Villaret: For our last night in Paris we decided to enlist the help of the concierge for a classic Parisian spot. He highly recommended a small authentic bistro called Le Villaret on a quiet side street. There is nothing fancy or upscale about the restaurant, but we loved the vibe as soon as we walked in. Comfortable, casual, lively. The waiter happened to speak beautiful English and helped us translate the options on the menu. We both ordered the roast chicken with chanterelles for our main course and we were in heaven! The chicken was beautiful and moist and the sauce was creamy with all different sized mushrooms and potatoes. If you go to Paris, you must go to Le Villaret and order this dish. What a perfect ending to an exquisite trip. 13 Rue Ternaux, 75011, Paris, France.
About the Author:Jenna Golden has always had a passion for food since she was a young child. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy in 2004, Jenna solidified her love for food and began to take notes on her experiences as she started to refine her palate. In 2010, Jenna helped to create EatMore DrinkMore, a Washington, D.C. area food blog, which aims to report on the latest food news, and restaurant openings across town. Since then, EatMore DrinkMore has become a popular local blog where Jenna writes restaurant reviews and reports on the latest and greatest food endeavors in the District.
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/18 at 02:05 PM
Here’s our contribution—purple night skies enveloping blossoming cherry blossoms in Washington.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 04/12 at 11:44 AM
Fab Friday: A Productive Traveler
Gotta say, it’s pretty beautiful outside! Especially since the cherry blossoms have made their appearance here in DC. (If you missed them don’t worry… there’s a link for you below.) Here’s your weekly round up of all things fabulous family travel!
My Top 7 Droid Razr HD Apps for Managing Life, Work & Travel
There’s been lots of buzz about the Droid Razr HD lately—the latest Android™ smartphone for those wanting the best network and technology.
Its HD display is vivid enough to resemble an HD TV along with the Verizon 4G LTE power and long–lasting battery it’s a fab device for my hectic life as startup founder, traveler, mom to three young kids and wife. (Not necessarily in that order.)
In addition to having the face of the Droid Razr HD being large (hey, I’m 40-something and appreciate a larger screen!) and HD resolution, Droid Razr HD also has a ton of great apps that I use regularly.
My top 7 that I use daily for personal and professional reasons are the following:
1.) Skype: I use Skype stay in touch with my family while I’m away. I love that I don’t have to login and find a WiFi network to chat with my husband or “tuck” my kids in at night when I’m on the road. From Iceland to Istanbul to Tulum, I can video chat with my family for free.
2.) Instagram: We use Instagram for Poshbrood.com (filters make everything look better don’t you think?) and I have even borrowed my 10 year old’s iPod when I traveled to have this app. Now I have it on my Droid. LOVE!
@poshbrood We love, love, love the cherry blossoms!
7.) Gate Guru: An amazing travel app that will be your new BFF if you fly a little or a lot. GateGuru gives you gate information, flight status, TSA security wait times, and even shows you deals on food, rental cars, hotels and activities during your layover or at your destination. This app has been especially helpful when traveling with hungry and cranky wee ones.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits. There is no additional compensation and no promise of a positive review. The opinions in this post are my own.
If you hate the idea of boarding your pet and leaving them behind while you’re on vacation, you will love this infographic from Marriot Hotels. They believe even your furriest brood should be able to join the family for their travels and this information will make sure you have them covered while they’re with you far from home. Also, be sure to check out the Marriot’s list of pet-friendly properties for your next trip!
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/01 at 09:49 AM
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Posted by Elizabeth on 03/29 at 10:47 AM
5 Clubs to Spot a Celebrity in London
With football stars, legendary musicians, and knighted actors, London has a reputation as a city buzzing with celebrities. But before you start fantasizing over impressing Chris Martin or Gwyneth Paltrow with your dancing skills, remember that you are in the original land of nobility. Stars in London are used to getting the ultimate royal treatment far from the prying eyes of the peasantry, which is why we are here to help. Because if you want your chance at a London celebrity sighting you better know where to go and be ready to look the part. So brush off that snazzy sports coat or make a shopping stop at Regent Street, because here are five exclusive clubs in London where you’ll have the best chance of finding your favorite celebrity.
Named after the king of cool himself, McQueen is an ultra-sleek nightclub and lounge in the Shoreditch neighborhood of London. Purple and blue hues pervade under the dim gold lighting while deep black leather banquettes and sofas balance the rooms. Three separate areas provide the power players and swank fashionistas with a place to eat, drink, and dance, but the masculine coolness of the venue is topped off with what goes on in the basement. Its Thursday night burlesque shows and late-night DJs are famous for inspiring the sort of antics that would have made the legend himself proud. McQueen, with its crafted cocktails, risqué environment, and trendy clientele, will be a likely place to spot a celebrity dressed to impress. You might even test out the inherited moves of Jade Jagger who’s been known to dance here from time to time – luckily you can do so with impunity as the rest of the crowds will be distracted by the cabaret.
The Cuckoo Club
Deserving of its own Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous episode, The Cuckoo Club is where the city’s finest throw on their Louboutins and little black dresses for a night of glamour. Competing with clubs in LA for its constant celebrity sightings, the Cuckoo Club is a prime suspect for spotting stars looking to hit the dance floor. Make a reservation and arrive early to this lavish spot because the lines are guaranteed to be stiff. And keep your eye out for British and American royalty – both Prince Harry and Eva Longoria have been spotted here.
You might not look twice at this featureless four-story building, but within its upper three floors is an exquisite members-only club known for its celebrities, athletes, and affluent corporate-types that relax and socialize in its tranquil environment. By far, the highlight of the Shoreditch House is its rooftop. Perched on the roof are a restaurant/bar, a crystal blue pool, and even a Lazy Lawn – a garden area with lounge chairs and beds perfect for a sunny day tan while sipping on world-class cocktails. But if you aren’t a member, how do you get in? Well, tough luck Chuck. Just kidding, there is actually an adjacent hotel next door, and guests are welcome to use the club. So book yourself a room or be prepared to dish out a pretty penny if you want to muster up the courage to talk to Shoreditch House’s famous patrons like Mischa Barton, David Beckham, or Emma Watson.
Ministry of Sound Known around the world as one of London’s top clubs, Ministry of Sound is the center of the trance and EDM universe. Some of the biggest DJs and electronic acts in the world have started out here. And with multiple DJ booths, colorful visuals, and an enormous sound system, Ministry of Sound has secured its reputation as London’s hottest club for the biggest names in electronic music like Tiësto, Erick Morillo, and David Guetta. Serious audiophiles will want to share in the multisensory experience that is The Box – Ministry of Sound’s soundproofed room with one of the best systems in the country. If you can take a break from dancing, celebrity sightings are routine here and the chart-topping DJ Calvin Harris is a known regular.
Mahiki will be the best gamble for those looking to simply get hammered with some celebrities and have a rowdy good time. The Polynesia-inspired club has two things going for it. First off, you don’t have to be Prince Harry to get in – although he’s been known to stop by. Secondly, the place is known for turning into an animated blur of debauchery. The downstairs dance floor is alive on any day of the week and the ripe talent mixed with the South Pacific flair will have you dreaming about your own From Here to Eternity reenactment. The upstairs lounge, with its tropical décor, serves up fiery displays of entertainment – oh, and your cocktails will probably be on fire too. Everyone from David Hasselhoff to Rihanna has turned up here, so if celebrity sightings are your thing, be on the lookout at Mahiki.
About the Author: Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth, an international media and entertainment company that features reviews, editorials, and listings of the best bars, clubs, festivals, concerts, events, and more in 19 cities around the world.
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/23 at 12:55 PM
Preferred Family Makes Your Family Vacay Planning a Breeze
We celebrated our first day of “Spring” Break with 3 inches of snow….gah!
My fantasies about a family beach vacation are at epic proportions. I’ve begun searing for an early summer getaway and the fabulous Preferred Family website has easily narrowed down some major front runners.
We love the Preferred Hotel Group—a fabulous collection of Luxury Hotels and Resorts. We’ve had lovely stays at many of them including: The Tides Inn, Montage Beverly Hills, The Atlantic and The Trump Hotels in NYC.
They truly love families!
Preferred Hotel Group has made luxury family travel even easier with their Preferred Family website.
Preferred Family has over 230 participating luxury hotels located all over the world, from cities to resorts, Preferred Family hotels and resorts welcome families with special amenities and activities, catering to the unique needs of travelers of all ages.
To be a member of Preferred Family, hotels have to go through an extensive certification process to prove they are indeed family friendly. Yay! This involves a survey and on-inspection. Preferred looks at what they offer for families – ranging from location and room set-up to on-site facilities and child-friendly programming – and then certify them for each age group they can accommodation.
This allows Preferred Family to tell travelers exactly what ages of children a hotel can accommodate to make their experience as enjoyable as possible and give them peace of mind knowing that a property is family-welcoming not just family tolerable. The certification also drives their search filters.
They have a Special Offers area for families (including deals for suites, Advanced Purchase rates, bed & breakfast, even Paris specials!) and a cool feature called “3 Days In…”
“3 Days In…” has suggested itineraries for families in a slew of locations including: LA, Tokyo, Dublin, Vail, London, Key West, Paris and more…They even have great resources for babysitting, information on culture, eating out, etc. It’s an amazing resource.
Back to my need for a fruity cocktail on the beach, I love Preferred Family’s Family Travel Planner feature. It makes finding your ideal family hotel a breeze: put in your criteria including setting (beach, country, city, mountains?) kids’ ages, amenities like adjoining rooms, kid’s club, playground, etc. and a list of properties that match your needs will pop up.
Shall we go to Phuket, Thailand, Tenerife, Spain, Laguna, California or Sea Island, Georgia? There are 26 properties matching our requirements! When I add “playground” to the search criteria, the list narrows before my eyes to 12 properties.
Hmmm…Tivoli Victoria in Portugal is looking pretty amazing: Kid’s Club, children’s pool, connecting rooms, beach, playground, kid’s menus, video arcade, story time, spa (for mama)!
Making reservations online at Preferred Family after you find the dream vacation for you and your family couldn’t be easier.
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