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I’m sharing this post for the next time I head to London!

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Where in the world do you begin with a list for London, so many places, so little time. It has been a few years since I last visited and I am eager to return. I am headed there for two reasons: 1] I will be attending the Chowzter 2014 ‘Tastiest Fast Feasts in the World Awards’ & they have a fantastic 3 day line-up of events [see post below]; 2] I have added on a few days to spend with a good friend eating & drinking our way past & sometimes visiting London icons. Here is my list so far, lots of good stuff by Passport Delicious who lived in & truly loves London. Check out all the places that I have mapped on Bon Voyaging.

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  • Gymkhana – spied this in a magazine, sounds amazing, indian food, room looks lovely
  • Benares – I am sensing a theme – Indian – Michelin…

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I am reblogging this post since I’m off to the National Pop Culture conference in April 2014…can’t wait to visit Chicago again! If anyone has other suggestions, send them my way…

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Here is our take on our favorite haunts in the Lincoln Park & Lakeview neighborhoods. It is just our 2 cents on what we think you should put on the EAT | SEE | STAY list. Have fun exploring our handsome city.
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We love these hilarious banners. Check them all out over here.

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  • Alinea – It will send you home broke – but the guy is a genius. Fine-dining, so wear something fancy and be prepared to be blown away. It’s art on a plate. [R&H review]
  • Balena – Great italian food from wood fire oven thin crust pizza to pasta to , a great bar, and the interior is spot on [R&H review].
  • Bar Pastorl  – When a cheese shop that sold wine turns into a bar – perfection.
  • Browntrout – BYOB sustainable dining. The cheese plate rocks it for me : )
  • Chez Moi

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techno dining

 

Imagine eating a 22 course meal while simultaneously being indulged in every sense, from everchanging murals to scents piped in for over-the-top aromas?  Sound crazy?  It’s already happening in Shanghai and other locales across the globe with “Multisensory Dining”, a concept that incorporates heightened emotion as a key component in this new gastronomic movement…coming to a McDonald’s near you?  Read about it here.

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The Viceroy group opens in NYC today with a nautical themed space.  Ok, so this room is small, but sumptuous, and check out the Central Park view…insane!

Here’s what Hotel Chatter had to say about it…

Now if I can figure out a way to get comped when I go up next spring to see Celia perform at Carnegie Hall??  Gotta find a good angle, checking out the swimming pool maybe?

My next vacation??

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In Provence, close to Cannes and the French Riviera, Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a five star property ranked amongst the world’s best hotel resorts, offers the finest in luxury, serenity, sport and well being.

The exclusive domain of 750 acres, nestled in the hills overlooking the valley, is designed as a charming Provencal village with magnificent views of medieval villages, lush surrounding landscape and mountains. The hotel features luxurious and spacious suites and villas, connected by meandering garden walkways, offer a living room, a separate bedroom, large bathroom, private terrace and some of the villas have a private Jacuzzi or pool.

Like its own village, Terre Blanche has been built in a predominant Provencal style, with several contemporary touches. Works of art are displayed throughout the property, enhancing original sculptures and paintings from the Owner’s private modern art collection.

Terre Blanche has recently joined the distinctive European Tour…

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The Grove Park Inn has ALWAYS been great, but its getting even better.  We were just there this past week and I wanted to tell you about some new things going on.  First of all, they’ve built gorgeous decks outside where you can enjoy cocktails, nibbles and the stunning mountain views…

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I was also told that they are opening a BRAND NEW restaurant this week (soft opening) called EDISON that is going to feature craft beers and cocktails as well as a new spin on southern comfort food.

In case you didn’t know, the Grove Park is having its centennial celebration this year with new signature cocktails, commemorative glasses and ongoing events.  Furthermore, should you decide to spend a weekend here, make sure to book well in advance for a day at their award-winning (seriously) over the top spa.

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Yes, the prices seem extortionist, but trust me when I tell you that it is worth paying $80 for a pedicure when you can spend the whole day pampering yourself on the premises, and you must indulge!  There are indoor pools, waterfalls, outdoor pools with striking views of distant mountains…you will not regret it.

As for the food, we had lunch on the terrace after waiting for a while in the massive lobby sipping on a craft cocktail and house made pimento cheese and chips…a shout out to Nelson for some snappy waitering!

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Then for lunch, we had a variety of items from the gargantuan burger, to the beet salad and trout entree, all of which were lovely and delicious…

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The house made fries are cooked in duck fat, just sayin…

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And let me tell you, you will have died and gone to heaven after eating their insanely good biscuits with honey/butter/pepper spread (notice I couldn’t get a picture before it was half gone)!

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I promise they don’t pay me to say any of this (although they should!).  The place is just awesome in my opinion.  I have stayed there, but its been a while.  I’ve heard they’ve updated all the rooms recently, and I can vouch that the lobby has been redone with a contemporary adirondack vibe (if there’s such a thing, imagine John Saladino crossed with Frank Lloyd Wright).

Book now and thank me later. Maybe I’ll send you ideas on where to eat in Asheville, which was recently voted one of the best foodie towns (by Food and Wine I believe).

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Disregard the fire trucks…the renovation kicked up dust and set off a false alarm that day!

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I don’t think I’ll ever get to visit, but holy cow! It’s worth taking a look at the gorgeous pics!

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Qasr Al Sarab sits embedded in one of the largest sand deserts in the world, the Empty Quarter or Rub’ al Khali as it’s known locally.

Isolated from the outside world, the luxury Liwa Desert resort is perfect for some well deserved rest and relaxation. The drive is about an hour through the desert from the centre of Abu Dhabi. All of a sudden you see this in the midst of the sand dunes.20130514-191449.jpg20130514-191437.jpg20130514-191554.jpg20130514-191608.jpg
The reception area is quite stunning, it really feels as though you are in an ancient Arabian fortress.20130514-191731.jpg20130514-191749.jpg20130514-191810.jpg20130514-191929.jpg
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We were then taken on a journey through the windy maze of the hotel to our room.20130514-192359.jpg20130514-192411.jpg20130514-192428.jpg
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The restaurants are all very good and the service second to none. I would highly recommend.

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