Category: Going Out

Top 10 hotel bars in the United States

Top 10 hotel bars in the United States

You would think that all the possible ‘top 10’ lists out there have been exhausted by now.   But no, MSN have managed to come up with a new one… the top 10 hotel bars in the US. We’re told that the pool is the new “hot spot” at US hotels. Whether you’re looking for […]

The all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The new celebrity waxworks attraction Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will open at The Peak  Tower tomorrow. It has undergone a six month renovation at a cost of HK$20 million, and with its new look now has over three expansive floors with five themed areas. There are over 100 wax models of celebrities, ranging from world […]

Rice Dumpling Festival

Rice Dumpling Festival

If you’re in Singapore, head to the Copthorne  Orchid Hotel to celebrate the Rice Dumpling Festival with Hua Ting’s mouth-watering dumplings. Their award-winning veteran Masterchef Chan Kwok is known for his specialty dumplings and this year, he will present his new creation – XO Rice Dumpling with Sliced Pork and Chinese Mushrooms. The event starts […]

New Majestic Hotel in Singapore's historic Chinatown

New Majestic Hotel in Singapore’s historic Chinatown

The Singapore hotel scene has seen the addition of the New Majestic Hotel in Chinatown. The hotel features 30 rooms, individually designed by emerging Singaporean artists. The Majestic Restaurant within the hotel pairs modern Cantonese cuisine with some of Singapore’s best wines. The hotel was opened earlier this year by former lawyer Loh Lik Peng […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

London’s  Marriott West India Quay found itself in the most unlikely of situations recently after hosting the English Premier League soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, prior to their last game of the season.    Many of the Spurs players were hit with a virus just before the game,  enabling rivals  Arsenal to ‘pip them at the […]

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine combines physics, chemistry and gastronomy, and was made popular in the early 1990s by the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià. While many parts of the world are no stranger to test tubes and petri dishes, this type of cooking has  been a long time in coming to Tokyo. But the wait is finally over: […]

Chicago bans foie gras

Chicago bans foie gras

The City Council in Chicago has voted to ban the sale of foie gras by retailers and restaurants in the city. The ban comes into play in 90 days and a fine of $500 faces anyone who violates the regulations.   Reservations have been expressed by restaurant owners, unsurprisingly, but also by  Richard Daley, the […]

Coast in Sydney NSW

Coast in Sydney NSW

Situated on the roof terrace at Cockle Bay Wharf, Coast Restaurant is one of Sydney’s most awarded and popular restaurants. One of  Australia’s best Italian chefs, Stefano Manfredi, runs the show here. The spectacular dining room, recently designed by Hassell architects, and Frost design is inspired by Australian coastal living. With a beautiful outdoor terrace […]

Empire State Building enters 75th year

Empire State Building enters 75th year

This news nearly passed me by but, on Monday of this week, the Empire State Building entered its 75th year. As part of the celebrations, there will be a year-long series of lighting and entertainment events. The building – which attracts in the region of four million visitors a year – is also currently undergoing […]

Europe's favourite wine bar

Europe’s favourite wine bar

Travel + Leisure have identified five favourite spots in Europe where you can simply go out, have a drink and enjoy  a great atmosphere.   They are Le Sommelier (Copenhagen), La Taberna de Cien Vinos (Madrid) [if my Spanish serves me correctly, that one sounds good!!], Legrand Filles & Fils (Paris), Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi […]

Travel + Leisure add restaurants to website

Travel + Leisure add restaurants to website

Published monthly by the American Express Publishing Corporation (a subsidiary of the American Express Company), Travel + Leisure is a highly respected magazine, with an excellent online presence.   They have recently added restaurants from all over the world to their site.   For now, the bulk of the content focuses on the US (1287 […]

No smoking at Sandals and Beaches resorts

No smoking at Sandals and Beaches resorts

As of today, there’s to be no smoking at Beaches and Sandals resorts. The ban will apply to all enclosed areas including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, lobbies, conference facilities and shops. Smoking is however still permitted both outdoors and in designated rooms at each resort.

Occidental Grand Aruba

Occidental Grand Aruba

The Occidental Grand Aruba re-opens on Palm Beach tomorrow after a $42 million renovation, reducing the total number of guest rooms slightly from 402 to 391. Stay at The Royal Club, an exclusive  50-room boutique-style hotel within the resort, with its own private a la carte restaurant and lounge.

 Da Vinci package in Milan

Da Vinci package in Milan

Hotel Principe di Savoia, one of Milan’s finest five-star deluxe hotels, has extended the Da Vinci package. The package allows visitors to Milan to see great works of art by Leonardo da Vinci in luxury and comfort. Package includes accommodation, complimentary limousine service for duration of the stay, complimentary entrance to Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous […]

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2006

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – now in its fifth year – announced its ’50 Best’ for 2006 earlier this month. And, without further ado, the winners were: 1 El Bulli, Spain 2 The Fat Duck, UK 3 Pierre Gagnaire, France 4 French Laundry, USA 5 Tetsuya, Australia 6 Michel Bras, France 7 Alain Ducasse […]