Qatar is Home to a Stunning 26,000-foot Restaurant From This Famed Sushi Empire

The stunning 26,000-square-foot Nobu, the famed sushi empire from Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, is part of the Doha Four Seasons and floats on its own mini-island in the Qatar Gulf, rising like a coiled shell crossed with a starship from the future.

 

Stunning Design

Inside, seven separate glamorously designed dining areas comprise a 134-seat main room, two private dining rooms, two bar lounges, and a 38-seat rooftop venue. Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s recipe for success combines his formal sushi training with a love of travel and global cuisine.

 

 

 

 

World-class Cuisine

The architectural masterpiece, designed by the NYC-based Rockwell Group, showcases the very best in fine dining, featuring Nobu’s world-famous cuisine matched by panoramic views of the alluring Arabian Gulf.

A practitioner of new-style Japanese cuisine, the Nobu menu includes innovative flavor pairings, such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, lobster with wasabi pepper sauce, and perhaps Chef Matsuhisa’s most notorious recipe – the black cod miso.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobu Doha does nothing but impress. A destination as a whole; the world’s largest Nobu is not just a restaurant, its the venue for an entire evening.

Offering a truly exclusive culinary experience, found nowhere else, the tri-level Nobu Doha boasts the largest of its kind in the world and is the only Nobu at a Four Seasons in the Middle East.

Disney World’s Nicest Hotel Is Well Worth It

The newly renovated Four Seasons Orlando has 443 exceptionally designed guest rooms and suites plus a fitness center, golf course, outdoor pools and lazy river, luxurious spa and salon, six vibrant restaurants including Michelin-Star rated Capa Steakhouse. (Curated by renown luxury travel expert Christopher Parr.)

A family trip to Orlando Disney is one of the most memorable but chaotic experiences. Between arranging the meals, fast passes, and nap times for kids, it’s easy to forget that it’s parents’ vacation too. Visiting Florida’s Disney World could be more tranquil and orderly if you book your stay at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

 

The 101 on the Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The newly renovated Four Seasons Resort Orlando is in a private 26-acre lakeside setting with gardens, pools, tennis, and golf courses. It’s the only AAA Five Diamond rated resort in Central Florida that offers the ultimate luxury accommodation with a splash of Disney experience.

The hotel’s unique location and amenities allow you to have a balanced experience of active and relaxing activities. Spend some days enjoying the rides and attractions at Disney World, sleep at a pool when you feel like resting, or dedicate a couple of hours to outdoor sports.

 

 

Known as the best luxury hotel at Disney World, the Four Seasons Orlando is situated right in the middle of the magic. Here, you could experience all the top-notch amenities and services a luxury traveler could possibly expect from the five-star hotel and even more.

At Four Seasons Orlando, guests could book VIP-guided tours that allow skipping the lines or plan an exclusive event with private Disney character dining.

Thanks to the Disney Concierge services at the Four Seasons Orlando, you can effortlessly plan all the fun activities in the parks. The prime location of the resort ensures that you don’t spend too much time traveling and concentrate on relaxing and enjoying precious moments with your family.

 

SPA at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

 

In the Four Seasons traditions, the resort features a state-of-the-art SPA, a private 5-acre water park, three tennis courts, a free-of-charge kids club, and a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. Celebrate life with a champagne toast overlooking nightly Walt Disney World fireworks from a rooftop of a Michelin-Star-rated contemporary steakhouse, Capa.

 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

 

What Seperates Four Seasons Orlando From the Crowd

At the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, there are plenty of top-notch amenities to create family memories and relax your body and soul in Florida’s finest hotels.

These are just some fantastic amenities to enjoy at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

 

For adults:
  • A pristine and picturesque 18-hole Tom Fazio signature golf coursewith abundant wildlife (it’s a Certified Audubon Sanctuary) and professional gold instructors for hire.
  • Three Har-Tru tennis courts where you could take a private lesson from an on-site tennis expert Alain Labrecque or play with your friends and family at your leisure.
  • The SPA and salon are where you could indulge in body and facial therapies or get a haircut and blowout for your special occasion.
  • Adults-only pool if you need some time for yourself and family pools you could enjoy with the kids.
  • The luxury shopping experience at one of the boutiques where you can find apparel and accessories from the world’s renowned brands for the entire family. While at the resort, you could hire a personal stylist to assist you with picking the most flattering pieces and styling your outfits.
  • A state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness center offers complimentary classes like aqua aerobics, group cycling, bodyweight boot camp, and personal training sessions (additional charges apply).

 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

 

For kids:
  • A kids’ camp (ages 4-12) is complementary to the Four Seasons Orlando Disney guests.
  • Explorer Island family water activities include a pool, splash zone, water slide, and lazy river.
  • The Hideout game spot is where kids can enjoy their favorite video games.

 

 

Additional perks:
  • Late departure lounge where you could comfortably spend time while awaiting an airport pickup.
  • Personalized room decorations could be arranged for special occasions, including play tents for kids and glow-in-the-dark terrace amenities for the Disney nighttime spectaculars.
  • Free meals for kids are available for guests under 5 in all hotel restaurants.
  • Also, enjoy free entertainment, including live music, happy hours, and snacks.

 

Capa Steakhouse

 

Dining Options at the Four Seasons Orlando Disney

Whether it’s a casual get-together with a family, a quick midday snack, or a special celebration, the Four Seasons Orlando Disney dining experiences satisfy even the choosiest foodies. From in-room dining and Disney characters’ breakfasts for kids to a Michelin-star steakhouse and a gelato stand, get your taste buds ready to experience all four Seasons’ delicacies.

While visiting the Four Seasons Orlando Disney, check out the following dining options:

  • Capa Steakhouse is a Michelin-star rooftop restaurant that showcases Spanish-influenced cuisine. Pair fresh seafood and exquisite hors d’oeuvres with exclusive cocktails and an extensive wine selection. Book your dinner on Wednesday or Saturday night to catch a live Spanish guitarist performance.

 

Capa Steakhouse

 

  • Ravello Restaurant is the place to visit for a night of modern Italian cuisine with the “Four Seasons twist” by executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi. Everything at the restaurant is made out of imported Italian flour and other authentic ingredients. Every Thursday and Saturday, the restaurant hosts a breakfast with guest appearances by Goofy and his friends.
  • Plancha is a popular Sunday brunch spot that serves Caribbean-inspired dishes and elegant cocktails.

 

 

  • Lickety Split Coffee Shop is a perfect grab-and-go coffee spot where you can also find gourmet snacks and breakfast options.
  • Pool Bar & Grill serves delicious poolside snacks and meals, from tacos and burgers to oysters and various salads.

The Four Seasons Orlando guests could enjoy 24-hour room service with an extensive menu for adults and children.

 

 

SPA at rooms at Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando

 

The SPA at the Four Seasons Orlando Disney

Rejuvenate your body and soul at the Four Season’s world-renowned SPA. From facial treatments and massages to meditation sessions at a Somadome capsule, pick your favorite restorative ritual to look and feel your best.

  • Ayurvedic rituals are the SPA’s most unique beauty procedures that help to heal your body with the help of ancient Ayurvedic healing traditions.
  • Body treatments, from massage and body scrubs to detox wraps, will help smooth and tone your skin while relieving the stressing points.
  • Indulge in one of the Four Seasons’ facials that address your specific skin concerns. Whether it’s a quick hydrafacial or a remodeling treatment, you will nourish your skin, so it’s glowing from within.
  • Cryotherapy is a stylish and efficient way to rejuvenate skin with the help of extreme temperatures. Tone and slim your body using fat-destroying thermal procedures or age-defying facial treatments that nourish your skin so you can look and feel your best.

 

Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

 

Rooms and Suites at the Four Seasons Orlando Disney

Stay at one of the newly renovated suites and guest rooms for an indulging and serene vacation experience at the Four Seasons Orlando Resort.

From 500 square feet, each of the 443 guest rooms offers panoramic views from a furnished terrace. Take a break from the sun and soak in a full-marble bathtub or enjoy your in-room breakfast overlooking the golf court.

 

terrace at Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

 

Perfect for family vacations or romantic retreats, the Four Seasons Orlando suites offer a luxurious lodging experience with designer finishes and separate sleeping and living spaces. Each suite could also be configured as a two- or three-bedroom suite and includes two full-marble bathrooms.

The luxurious Royal Suite is the resort’s most significant floor-to-ceiling window accommodation with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a media room, and a wraparound terrace. The suite’s ability to expand to a 9-bedroom configuration makes it an ideal setting for family retreats and celebrations.

 

rooms at Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

 

Final Take:

Staying at the Four Seasons Orlando in the Walt Disney World Resort is a magical visit to the lap of luxury with Disney spark and Four Seasons amenities. There are so many delightful things to do, from shopping to dining and playing, and the Pursuitist family always has an amazing time when we visit this modern and beautiful luxurious oasis sprinkled with pixie dust. It is a relaxing and fun getaway to Walt Disney World, accompanied by gorgeous surroundings and staffed by wonderful Four Seasons bartenders, housekeepers, servers and team members that will look after your every need. If you’re looking for the best luxury resort experience in Orlando, with is in the heart of Walt Disney World, Four Seasons Orlando is our top pick.

 

Flurry of New Celeb Chef Outposts in Las Vegas Shows How Hot Sin City Has Become

Sin City just got more decadently delicious. When in Las Vegas, make sure to hit the food jackpot by booking a table at the newest restaurants helmed by some of the most world’s most famous culinary stars.

 

Photo of Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment
DOMINIQUE ANSEL LAS VEGAS at CAESARS PALACE

Creative confectionaries, decadent desserts and, of course, the original Cronut have arrived at Dominique Ansel Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Ansel has opened his bake shop and introduced his only-in-Vegas “Lucky 7” collection, Cookie Shots, Frozen S’mores, baked-to-order Mini Madeleines, the best-selling DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann), and the Cronut flavor of the month which never repeats. The first featured flavor is November’s Lucky Cherry Chambord and Caramelia Cronut filled with cherry Chambord jam and Valrhona Caramelia (caramelized milk chocolate) ganache. Treats are baked fresh daily, made with Beurre d’Isigny butter and Les Grands Moulins des Paris flour imported from France.

“I’m so thrilled to finally have a home here at Caesars Palace,” said Ansel. “For each of our shops, we strive to make each menu unique, and we hope our ‘Lucky 7’ pastry collection will bring some good fortune to everyone here. I can’t wait to share what we have planned for our future menu creations.”

The cafe-style bakery has seating for 20 people and is located next to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill near the Caesars Palace Forum.

 

Vetri Cucina by Mac Vetri photo by Clint Jenkins/Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort
VETRI CUCINA at PALMS CASINO RESORT

The return of the beloved Vetri Cucina at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas is official, with the Palms Ivory Tower elevator now whisking guests to the 56th floor for panoramic city views and award-winning Italian cuisine by Chef Marc Vetri, Philadelphia’s shining culinary star for the past 25 years.

“I’m very excited and honored to be open in this amazing space and location once again,” says owner/chef Marc Vetri. “This space is magical and one that can only be found here at Palms. We love creating memories for our guests and simply celebrating life.”

Vetri Cucina’s menu features many of the favorite dishes and wines that first brought it acclaim, as well as new menu items. Highlights include Foie Gras Pastrami with Toasted Brioche and Mostarda, Sweet Onion Crepe with White Truffle Fondue, Spinach Gnocchi with Ricotta Salata and Brown Butter, Smoked Baby Goat with Fresh Milled Polenta au Jus.

The new Palms Casino Resort is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. The off-Strip property features two towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a variety of bars, restaurants, and live entertainment venues across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino.

 

 

BEDFORD BY MARTHA STEWART at PARIS LAS VEGAS

An authentic, immersive experience awaits at The Bedford by Martha Stewart, a replica of Martha’s 1925 farmhouse with culinary inspiration drawn from her legendary gardens and love of French cooking. Locally sourced ingredients round out a menu of Martha’s most celebrated dishes.

Developed by Martha and her team, The Bedford’s menu features flavorful dishes from fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Transporting guests to an authentic dining experience at Martha Stewart’s famed country farmhouse, the restaurant boasts French-inspired cuisine and a combination of Martha’s favorite recipes for Oysters Rockefeller, Salmon en Croûte, Martha’s $30 Square Burger, a Whole Roast Chicken carved tableside, and, of course, a Martha-tini made with Zubrówka bison grass vodka.

 

 

RAMSAY’S KITCHEN BY GORDON RAMSAY at HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS

With so many restaurants in Sin City – including Gordon Ramsay’s Steak, Pub & Grill, Fish & Chips, Burger, and Hell’s Kitchen – the world’s favorite potty-mouthed Michelin-starred chef is the unofficial culinary king of Las Vegas. Well, make room in your tummy for Ramsay’s sixth Vegas restaurant: Harrah’s Las Vegas has just opened Ramsay’s Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay. Foodies can tuck into many of Gordon’s classic dishes such as Beef Wellington and his irresistible Sticky Toffee Pudding, plus “new dishes not yet served anywhere else,” says Ramsay.

The 240-seat restaurant has a seven-seat seafood counter, a private booth, and a private dining room. This marks the iconic chef’s second Ramsay’s Kitchen location – the original Ramsay’s Kitchen first opened in Boston’s vibrant Back Bay neighborhood and features an expansive menu including a raw bar, soups, salads, sandwiches, and signature mains.

“I’ve had an amazing 10 years with Caesars Entertainment, and I couldn’t be more excited to expand the partnership in Las Vegas,” said Gordon Ramsay. “I’m really looking forward to introducing Ramsay’s Kitchen to the millions of guests that visit Harrah’s each year.”

 

Golf, Tennis, Pickleball And More At The Hyatt Indian Wells

If it’s true that location, location, location are the indicators of top real estate, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has it made in the palm tree shade. Twenty miles closer to world-class events like the BNP Paribas Open (tennis, anyone?), Coachella and Stagecoach than downtown Palm Springs — and just three miles to El Paseo’s designer shopping and gallery mecca — the stellar, four-star property is an Indian Wells landmark known for its gracious hospitality for visitors, groups, conferences, and tournaments. It borders the scenic Indian Wells Golf course and is legendary as the original home of the Newsweek Champions Cup, now the sixth largest tennis tournament in the world.

 

Agua Serena Spa

With nearly 350 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder Indian Wells is a desirable destination, especially in Springtime when the local wildflowers are in bloom, clear skies are blue, and warm temperatures are idyllic. To escape the winter-like weather elsewhere, there’s nothing like the resort’s sunny pools, green gardens, and views of the technicolor Santa Rosa Mountains to make you exhilarated to be able to pack swimwear instead of parkas.

 

A serene adults-only oasis
Sports

Pretty as a post card, the sprawling, lovingly landscaped resort has new dining options, the world-class Agua Serena Spa, tennis and pickleball courts (this is one trend we thoroughly stand by), seven pools, massive waterslides, a lazy river, and 530 rooms, including 35 suites and 43 villas.

 

The Fireside Garden

 

Al fresco dining

This newly refreshed desert oasis also has a long list of new bragging rights. The Fireside Garden is the desert’s newest event space for catered al fresco dining and chef’s dinner experiences. Located along the 17th hole of Indian Wells Golf Resort, the space offers a desert mountains panorama contrasted by the lush green grass and colorful garden. Built around a wood fire oven, the Fireside Garden is an ideal gathering space for villa guests or private parties up to 40.

For a perfect wedding spot, The Grove is a serene new outdoor area for a ceremonies and receptions. With Mount Eisenhower perfectly positioned as the scenic backdrop, The Grove has two connecting spaces that can be customized to host up to 300 guests. It’s conveniently ringed by private villas, allowing your group to stay close.

 

Hollywood Terrace Suite

 

Diverse accommodations

The resort has hotel suites and villas for every taste. Mid-century aficionados and party people can’t help but love the new 1,100 square-foot Hollywood Terrace Suite with all the mod cons. It’s designed for lively celebrations with its retro-themed décor, playful furnishings, stocked bar, and huge terrace for indoor-outdoor fun and colorful Instagramable moments. Separate living and sleeping make bachelor parties and girlfriend getaways a breeze with two queen beds, two sofa sleepers, and two full bathrooms. Private space for sunbathing? Check. Views of the resort’s lazy river, lagoon, and mountains? Check, check and triple check.

 

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Villas

 

Sophisticates have the resort’s classic Penthouse Suite, Grand Suite, and 1,100 luxe square-feet Champions Suite to choose from. Notably, the property’s private villas to relax, play and indulge on your own terms. Arranged in clusters of four with an inner courtyard, the villas range from 1,100 square feet with one bedroom, to the 1,800 square foot Presidential Villa providing spacious residential living complete with fireplace, private patio, outdoor spa and barbeque. Guests are in VIP territory here, as Hyatt Regency Indian Wells has hosted such tennis greats as Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and more, plus a who’s who list of Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals stars.

 

Presidential Villa Living Room

 

Huge Pool and Lazy River

The heart of the resort is where you’ll find the most important feature of any great Palm Springs area hotel: great swimming pools. Making a big splash, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells now has the largest water feature in Greater Palm Springs following the resort’s $21 million waterpark renovation. It includes something for everyone: a 450-foot Desert Twist Lazy River, a kids’ splash area, and the curvaceous HyTides Plunge — twin 30-foot waterslides. If that sounds like too much excitement, do as I do and retreat to one of the resort’s seven pools where you can bask in sunshine, chill with the cool soundtrack, and nap in a private cabana surrounded by palm trees. Yes indeed, this is the place.

 

The heart of a $21 million pool expansion

Inside NYC’s “Ultra-Luxurious Billionaires’ Row Sky Palace” at One57

Want to know what the inside of a 45-million-dollar penthouse in New York City looks like? Take a look inside One57 Penthouse 88 with Ryan Serhant (of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York) and Talia McKinney of luxury real estate brokerage firm SERHANT. The 6,200+ square foot mansion in the sky features 5 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms over a full floor, with 360-degree views.

 

Thomas Juul-Hansen Designed

 

Ultra-Luxurious Billionaires’ Row Sky Palace at One57 was designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen, and features designer finishes throughout the apartment. White oak floors, natural light, and floor-to-ceiling windows are just a few of the many details. A private elevator entry gets you to the crown jewel apartment on the 99th floor, 880 feet in the sky, and a grand foyer is a blank canvas for the next owner.

 

The 57- foot great room features custom tray ceilings, elegant chandeliers, and prime views of the entirety of Central Park. Through pocket doors, the open concept family room and the kitchen feature custom built-ins, an eat-in island, sleek black stone countertops, a high-capacity Sub-Zero wine cooler, and integrated high-end Miele appliances.

 

Rooms

 

The primary bedroom suite is located in its own private wing and covers a full corner, with the space for a seating area. A 22-foot-long walk-in closet and a master bath with walk-in showers, enclosed toilets, Jack0and-Jill wetroom, and a  soaking tub and wall caved from a singular block of marble make this one of the most unique bathrooms.

 

The second and third bedrooms have large reach-in closets and full en-suite bathrooms, while the remaining two bedrooms share access to a windowed full bathroom with a large linen closet and walk-in shower. A laundry room with a utility sink and a side-by-side washer/dryer completes the home.

 

More ammenities

 

Other amenities for residents of One57 include valet parking, a private fitness center, dining, and entertaining rooms, a screening and performance room, a pet spa, a library and billiards room, package delivery, dry cleaning, and access to Park Hyatt amenities like a state-of-the-art health club, pool, and spa, a business center, and attentive housekeeping service.

Tour the apartment here:

 

Dine and Unwind at Nobu Hotel Chicago

Pursuitist presents our review of Nobu Hotel Chicago, one of the best new luxury hotels in Chicago, curated by renown luxury travel expert Christopher Parr. The new Nobu Hotel Chicago has 115 exceptionally designed guest rooms and suites plus a fitness center, indoor pool and Nobu Restaurant, bar, and the Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago.

Open since July, 2020, Nobu Hotel Chicago is a serene oasis of Japanese minimalism located in the busy Fulton Market District. The 115-room hotel, which has quickly become one of the top 5 luxury hotels in Chicago, engages the senses from the second you step in – and is brought to life through its architecture, which playfully blends elements of old world Japanese art and new world utilitarian, creating a sense of accessible sophistication.

Nobu Hotel Chicago Review
Inspired by Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese process that uses gold to glue broken porcelain, the Nobu Hotel Chicago lobby features a brass sculpture that “glues” the deep indigo walls together.

With tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, a signature Nobu Restaurant, and the new-concept Rooftop at Nobu, Nobu Hotel Chicago is the perfect destination for a stylish stay in one of the Windy City’s culinary hubs.

Rooms & Design

The rooms and suites are quite obviously Japanese-influenced, equal parts Zen and ultra-modern post-industrial — check out the cedar tubs in the suites — and they’re as luxurious as they are stylish, with plush beds custom-designed for Nobu and upscale conveniences like Nespresso machines and 60-inch smart TVs.

 

 

 

 

Dining

True culinary immersion is evident with a 10,000 square-feet Nobu Restaurant — and Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago — complete with elegant indoor and outdoor bar space overlooking Randolph Street’s “Restaurant Row.”

 

 

The Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago culinary scene is an elegant, flawless experience. Not only do you get a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline, you are surrounded by impeccable service and beautiful architrave design, food and drink.

Just a few blocks from Nobu Hotel Chicago, guests can get a full gastronomic experience going from sushi bar to sports bar, bakery to brewery, wine tasting to taquería, or by checking out the nearby Chicago French Market, the city’s only year-round, indoor marketplace.

 

Meeting and Events

The hotel plays host to a 3,320 square-feet of multi-use suite space available for private social functions and corporate events.

Wellness

A rejuvenating 2,800 square-feet facility featuring a state-of-the art fitness center with Technogym equipment.

Final Word

During your stay at Nobu Chicago, count on impressive skyline views; an indoor tranquility pool; calming, elegant decor; acclaimed dining at Nobu Chicago including a stone sushi bar; and the 11th-floor Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago for inspiring views of the city, delicate bites and tasty cocktails. In-room amenities include Dyson hairdryers, yoga mats, steamers and exclusive Nobu beds. A stay at Nobu Hotel Chicago will make it feel like you actually got to transcend into another land, where gratitude meets luxury.

 

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission.

A Higher End Happy Hour at These Popular NYC Restaurants

With the weather slowly cooling down, it’s about time for New Yorkers to enjoy the after-work hours, easily sipping libations with co-workers or friends. Sometimes, what you need is something exceptional, yet uncomplicated. Here are 5 of our favorite happy hours that will be sure to please:

 

ALDAMA

Mexican hot spot Aldama is the perfect place to sip perfectly crafted cocktails, made under partner and beverage director Christopher Reyes (formerly of Employees Only and Cosme).  Aldama is offering happy hour every day of the week from 5 pm to 7 pm, with refreshing, $8 cocktail creations like the Citrus Fizz and the staple Margarita, and snacks like tacos, guacamole, and ceviche tostada available for $10.

 

BUBBY’S

A Tribeca staple for over 30 years, Bubby’s is well-known for its family-friendly brunch, but a happy hour at Bubby’s shouldn’t be missed. Grab a seat at the bar, and choose from a selection of wine, beer, or classic cocktails (Margarita, Negroni, Pickled Martini, Rye Manhattan) available for $10, and hearty snacks include nachos, mac and cheese balls, chicken wings, and deviled eggs for only $7.

 

 

THE STANDARD EAST VILLAGE 
Available every day, The Standard East Village has launched a brand new happy hour menu. Sip wine over charcuterie, or sample a specialty curated cocktail like the crowd favorite jalapeño-infused tequila-based cocktail the No Problem, paired with $2 Oysters, spice nuts, or newly Fried Chicken Sandwich with a B&B pickle, bibb lettuce, a special chili-lime aioli served on a Hawaiian roll. Happy hour is available Monday- Thursday from 4-6 pm, Friday-Saturday 4-5 pm.
KATANA KITTEN 
Known as one the best cocktail bars in the city, it’s surprising they have a happy hour at all. Keeping with the Japanese theme, the 4-7 pm daily happy hour features a $6 house cocktail, $5 Sake, $5 Sapporo, and $5 Hot Dog with Japanese pickles and mustard.

 

 

 

Great Jones Distilling Co.

You will want to check out Great Jones Distilling Co.’s very own happy hour, dubbed “Prohibition Hour” where all cocktails (like the Hangar One NY Vodka Fruit Cobbler) and light bites, such as local burrata toast, smoked bacon croquettes, and BBQ chicken wings are $11 from Tuesday-Friday from 4-7 pm.

Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagaya—An Eco Paradise for All Ages

Curated by renowned luxury travel expert and founder of Pursuitist.com, Christopher Parr.

The eco-gorgeous and family-friendly 182-room Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is set on a lush hillside overlooking the beaches along the Gulf of Papagayo and Culebra Bay, offering exceptional Pura Vidavibes, fine dining, and adventure.

If you haven’t been to the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, add it to your bucket list. A perfect eco-luxury getaway for the whole family, this understated luxury resort showcases the very best of Latin American culture, adventure, and nature.

 

 

 

The 411 on the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

The Four Seasons Costa Rica is a stunning coastal retreat, complete with manicured grounds, pools, beaches, spas, and golf course. The resort has been awarded Central America’s Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort for six consecutive years, and is perfect for anyone seeking to experience “Pura Vida”.

 

 

 

What Makes the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Different

At the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, you will find so much to see and do. Some of the fantastic amenities to enjoy:

For adults:

  • A beautiful 18-hole,par-72, Arnold Palmer-designed golf course with lush forests, the Pacific Ocean, and Bahía de Culebra as your backdrop. Improve your game by booking a customized session with a golf pro.
  • Adventures by land and sea.
  • 2 beaches and 4 outdoor pools with attentive poolside service
  • The SPA and wellness center specializes in where you could indulge in body and facial therapies using local ingredients.
  • 5 Pro-level tennis courts, pro shop, and daily lessons and clinics provided by Peter Burwash International (PBI).
  • A state-of-the-art, bi-level fitness center overlooking the beach features several different types of yoga classes, pilates, spinning, body weights, and meditation. Certified trainers are available upon request.

For children:

  • The Kids for All Seasons Club is for little explorers aged 4-12, with complimentary daily activities in the Children’s Center.
  • The Tuanis Teen Center  (named after the Costa Rican expression for “too cool”) hosts only teen guests looking for adventure and excitement through activities like hiking and laser tag.

 

Dining Options at the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Using fresh, local ingredients, the Four Seasons Costa Rica offers something for everyone.

  • Anejo– the lively crudo and tapas bar is open for all-day dining, all the way to late-night drinks. Small bites (sliders, ceviche, croquettes) pair well with the cocktail and wines.
  • Bahia – This sophisticated all-day restaurant locally sources ingredients for the freshest meals. Their signature dish: whole grilled fish with Chimichurri marinade, fresh lemon, and chayote slaw.
  • Pesce- Sophisticated dinners in a relaxing environment over classic Italian cuisine, pasta, fresh local seafood, and fine wines.
  • Nemare – Located at the Peninsula Papagayo golf clubhouse, this dinner-only sophisticated steakhouse celebrates a menu of craft cocktails and flavourful dishes, as well as an optional 6-course tasting menu.
  • Palapita Tap House – Chill out at the newest venue, Palapita Tap House at Tennis Centre. Surrounded by lush greenery, enjoy Costa Rican Street food (tacos, ceviche, arrachera) and locally crafted beer by Papagayo Brewery.
  • La Reserva – Open from 6-10 pm daily, this rum bar features the best of Latin American rums.
  • Pool & Beach serves delicious poolside snacks and meals, from tacos and burgers to oysters and various salads.
  • In-Room Dining can be enjoyed with an extensive menu for adults and children.

The SPA

One of the best features of the Four Seasons Coast Rica is the spa. From facials to body treatments that will relax and rejuvenate, the rituals are all based on Latin American culture.

  • KOYOMO RITUAL – The ritual begins with a foot cleansing ceremony, then aromatic herbal pillows are placed on the body, resulting in released tension and calming your nervous system. A massage follows with house-made organic essential oils.
  • VOLCANIC PURIFICATION RITUAL– Based on ancient tribal rituals, this treatment is meant to purify and heal the body and mind using a volcanic ash scrub to remove dull skin and increase circulation followed by a volcanic mud mask and a customized massage.
  • Indulge in one of the Four Seasons’ massages including the signature Rainforest Massage, Healing Bamboo Massage, or Disquis Hot Stone Massage, using stones only found in Coast Rica.
  • Custom facials are provided by BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE or EMERGINC, and focus on immediate results such as tightening, cleansing, and brightening.

 

 

Activities

One of the most adventurous countries, explore all that Costa Rica has to offer by land or sea.

  • Papagayo Explorers – The in-house outfitters of the Four Seasons, join naturalist guides for biking, hiking, outrigger canoeing, stargazing or nature safaris.
  • Zip Line Tours– Costa Rica is known for zip lining, and 3 properties are available- Sky Trek, Papagayo Canopy Tour or Witches Rock Canopy Tour.
  • Surfx- Take advantage of the Coast Rican waves with surf school made for everyone, from first-time surfers to experts. Personalized sessions let you choose the time spent ( 1-8 hours) and the beach.
  • Diving with Purpose– Explore under the sea and help restore the reef system with the Coral Gardening Experience.
  • Water Adventures– With gorgeous, warm waters, you will want to make time for snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and private boat cruises.
Rooms and Suites

With guest rooms, suites, and 15 private residences, all accommodations are surrounded by native tropical landscapes and the sounds of exotic wildlife.

The 15 Ronald Zürcher-designed Private Residences are ideal for longer-stay guests, families, and groups. Blended seamlessly into the hillside, all homes feature fully-equipped private kitchens, views of the peninsula, and private infinity pools and terraces (in select homes).

From their hillside perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this Costa Rican resort is your launching pad into boundless adventures. After a day of zip lining, surfing or hiking a volcano, return to this tropical retreat for farm- and -sea-to-table dining, refreshing swims in the four swimming pools or relaxing spa treatments. With customized itineraries for families and couples alike, experience luxurious “pura vida” at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo.

5 Beautiful Bottles of Booze for Your Home Bar

With spring here, no doubt you need a bar refresh with interesting, light libations. Here are a few bottles we love for your home bar this spring:

 

 

Gray Whale Gin 

This consciously crafted spirit is the perfect gin for any occasion.  Made with six sustainably sourced botanicals that can be found along the gray whale’s 12,000-mile migration path, Gray Whale Gin gives back through a partnership with Oceana- the world’s largest organization for ocean conservation. Corn-based and Gluten-free,  it’s like sipping California sunshine in a glass.

 

 

 

iichiko shochu

Japanese spirit iichiko shochu has released a beautiful, limited-edition bottle inspired by cherry blossom season. The light, rich flavor comes from the use of exceptionally soft, iron-free water that is naturally filtered through 1,000 feet of volcanic rock and emits a pleasant nose of white peach, golden plum, and sea breeze.  Traditionally enjoyed with food, iichiko can also be served either on the rocks or in cocktail form, like a chu-hi (or shochu highball), mixed with soda and fruit juice. Only 600 units of the limited edition are available on Drizly, Reserve Bar, and select stores nationwide.

 

Kástra Elión
This beautiful, simplistic bottle embodies the spirit of the Greek islands with premium vodka. Handcrafted in Greece, the olives are hand-picked from the Nafpaktos region of Greece and mixed with mineral-rich spring water from the Crystalline Rock in Mount Taygetus (the highest peak in Southern Greece, creating a flavor profile with subtle notes of olives, pepper, and a buttery finish.

 

 

Equiano Rum 

 

Expand your rum horizons with the addition of award-winning Equiano Rum, the world’s first African and Caribbean rum. The premium aged rum is a limited batch blend from one of the best-emerging distilleries in the world, Gray’s in Mauritius, and the world-renowned Barbadian distillery – Foursquare. 100% natural rum, with no spices, no additives, and no added sugar, this unique spirit also gives back 5% of global company profits to ground-level freedom and equality projects annually.

 

 

 

 

Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea® Rye Whiskey

Every home bar needs a whiskey, and the newest addition to the Jefferson’s Ocean family is a rye that has been aged at sea.  The liquid is a fully mature rye whiskey that was double-barreled (75% in char 3 barrels and 25% in toasted barrels) and then placed on ships to travel around the world as part of the unique finishing technique for which the Ocean series is known. With the barrel combinations, find hints of marshmallow and toffee on both the nose and palate, accented by leather and tobacco with a long, lingering finish of spices and cinnamon. $79.99

 

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Take Your Exercise Regimen Out Into the World

While working out in the comfort of your home or at the local gym or fitness studio is great, there’s nothing quite like taking your workouts outdoors. Getting that all-important dose of vitamin D, breathing in plenty of fresh air and meeting other people are all benefits that taking your workout outdoors can provide. To ensure that you get the full benefit from your workouts, it’s important to venture outdoors a little more often for exercise.

 

Whether you take your yoga class onto your deck, do your bodyweight routine at the local park, or simply go for a hike, there is no shortage of ways to stay fit and healthy outdoors. You can try a brand new activity or simply progress even further with whatever exercise you are doing now. Taking your workout outside will not only help you enjoy all of the benefits of the outdoors but can also add a new, exciting dimension to your current workout.

 

Let’s take a closer look at four simple ways that you can take your exercise routine out into the world.

 

Get On Your Bicycle

 

Moutain biking has become increasingly popular amongst all generations. Electric bikes have also become very popular in recent years, offering a great solution for older cyclists and those living in hilly areas.

 

Cycling in general has proven itself to be a fantastic activity that will help people of all ages to burn calories, stay in shape and make friends in the process. There are countless cycling groups and clubs that you can join to meet other fitness enthusiasts who are braving the elements.  Riding a bike is also a low-impact activity making it a great solution for anyone recovering from injury or returning to exercise after an extended break.

 

Lace-Up Your Running Shoes

 

There’s nothing quite like lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement with enthusiasm. Turn up the volume on your favourite playlist or simply get together with your mates and get some mileage in. Running doesn’t require any equipment other than some good footwear to get started. If you’re not ready for running just yet, try alternating running and walking until you get a little fitter.

 

Head For The Hills

 

Whether you live near the mountains by the coast or in the bush, there are countless options for walking all over the country. From scenic coastal walks to epic multi-day hikes, whatever your style, you can be sure that it will be catered to. Hiking is a wonderful way to take your workout outdoors and spend some quality time with your friends and family. Hiking can also be an effective active-recovery activity if you have been training particularly hard.

 

Outdoor Fitness Classes

 

From yoga to boxercise, bootcamps and Zumba, there is a never-ending list of outdoor fitness classes that you can sign up for. Many providers will have a first class free offer so you can try the class first and see if you like it. Get some friends together and sweat together at an outdoor fitness class that will be challenging and enjoyable.

 

Enjoy The Benefits Of Taking Your Exercise Routine Outdoors

 

If you have been working out exclusively indoors until now, it’s time to shake things up a bit. Getting out into the great outdoors, trying new things and spending time with your loved ones will encourage you to stick with your new outdoor exercise regime. Not only will you stay in shape but getting fit outside will ensure that you get a healthy dose of vitamin D, have less stress, breathe in cleaner air and have more energy. Take your next workout outdoors and enjoy all of the benefits of spending time outside for yourself!

 

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Four Mother’s Day Brunch Spots in NYC

Treat mom to the very best this year, with brunch at her favorite restaurant. From uptown chic to downtown cool, we have all of our favorites:

 

For the Brooklyn Foodie: 

Aldama | 91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn 11249 |

From Christopher Reyes comes Aldama, the chic, highly-rated eatery where food and drinks take on a new art form. Chef and partner Gerardo Alcaraz (from three-Michelin-starred Martin Berasategui in Spain) highlights beautiful dishes like Pescado Zarandeado and Carne Cecina at this chic Brooklyn eatery.

This Mother’s Day, the Aldama team welcomes Luis Valle of the beloved Mexico City destination, Don Vergas Mariscos, for a one-day-only pop-up with five dishes from the Don Vergas Menu, available in two separate seatings: 11 am – 1 pm, and 2 pm – 4 pm. Reservations can be made through Resy HERE.

 

For the Italian Riviera Lover:

Casa Limone | 20 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

Take mom on a trip underneath a canopy of flowers with pops of cheerful yellows and blues at Casa Limone, the bold Southern Italian restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Antonio Salvatore. For Mother’s Day brunch, feast on a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $65, which includes a complimentary mimosa for all those 21+.

Choose from a selection of Antipasti, such as Zucca e Burrata (roasted squash, Pugliese burrata, pumpkin seeds, bottarga) and Carpaccio di Salmone (wild salmon, fennel, sun-dried tomatoes, radishes); Mains such as Margherita Pizza (fior di latte mozzarella, tomato, basil), Tagliata e Uovo (steak and eggs, salad, fries) and Lobster Benedict (Maine lobster, poached eggs, hollandaise); and Dolci such as Tiramisu, Meringata di Limone, and Gianduja. Typically closed on Sundays, Casa Limone will be open on May 8th for the special occasion, serving Mother’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The full menu may be found here, and reservations may be made on OpenTable.

 

For Trendy Downtown Chic: 

Saint Theo’s | 340 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014

 

Saint Theo’s, the new coastal Italian restaurant from owner Robert Goldman, partner Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and executive chef Ashley Rath offers a menu inspired by Venice and the Italian coast, including elevated housemade pasta, and savory egg preparations, and daytime sweets. New and favorite dishes include Cherry Tomato spaghettini ($24), Mozzarella in Carrozza ($15), Baked Eggs, three eggs, parsley pesto, fried sage ($19), Frittole (fried dough with apricot jam, creme fraiche $19),  and Fried Tomato Sandwich (fried heirloom tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella, prosciutto, aioli $20). Reservations open two weeks in advance on Resy.

 

Decadent Delights: 

Cathédrale | 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

Treat mom to a decadent brunch at Cathédrale at Moxy East Village. The restaurant will be creating a special experience for mom, starting with complimentary Prosecco upon arrival, and special items for Mother’s Day like Eggs Benedict with poached lobster and caviar and served with truffled fingerling potato and a special Crepe Suzette pastry for mom. 

 

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3 Hitter Hotel Suites in Miami

Pursuitist takes us inside 3 luxe suites in Miami Beach.

 

Faena Suite at Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach is set on a gorgeous stretch of pristine white sand beach, and the 169 rooms suites and 13 penthouse residences have all the Art Deco glamour of the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

The 4,515 sq. ft. Faena Suite showcases panoramic ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows, a color palette of reds and blues alongside lush velvet and bold prints, and four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, furnished oceanfront balconies, a full kitchen, and an elegant living room.

 

 

 

 

Faena Hotel Miami Beach is also in an exclusive partnership with Red Bull for the Formula 1 race and will be the official Red Bull Guest House for Miami’s Formula 1 Grand Prix from May 5 – 9 2022. Guests who book four nights or more in a Premier Oceanfront One-Bedroom Suite or higher will enjoy access to specially curated events, DJ performances, and access to the official Red Bull Hospitality Suite offering the best views of the track.

 

 

 

Lanai Oceanfront King Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is known for glamour, allure, and luxe amenities. Located on Miami Beach, the hotel is zen-like with spacious and warm ocean color palettes throughout the hotel. The 1,100 sq ft Lanai Oceanfront King Suite is the perfect indoor/outdoor accommodation for the traveler seeking luxury, stunning views, and light-filled space . The expansive balcony provides an outdoor escape, and the spacious living areas and magnificent amenities include a full marble bathroom with plush terry robes to a large living and dining space ideal for entertaining and relaxing to the divine standalone tub, no detail has been overlooked.

 

 

 

Palace Suite at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

The stunning Palace Suite located on the 23rd floor of course offers panromantic views from four 210 sq ft balconies—three with chaise lounges, the other with a dining table for 10—accessible via sliding glass doors that let in ample daylight.

The  4 bedroom, 4 bathroom suite boasts an expansive living area boasting marble floors, a sleek table that seats four, as well as two large sofas. A well-equipped kitchenette and a glass dining table that can host meals for eight guests under modern pendant lights. State-of-the-art technology includes a wall-mounted 50-inch flat-screen TV in each living room and bedroom and a tablet that controls temperature, lighting, shades, and music.  All guests have access to St. Regis’s signature butler service.

 

5 Happy Hour Spots in NYC with Interesting Apps

With the weather slowly warming up, it’s about time for New Yorkers to enjoy the after-work hours, easily sipping libations with co-workers or friends. Sometimes, what you need is something exceptional, yet uncomplicated. Here are 5 of our favorite happy hours that will be sure to please:

 

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ALDAMA

Mexican hot spot Aldama is the perfect place to sip perfectly crafted cocktails, made under partner and beverage director Christopher Reyes (formerly of Employees Only and Cosme).  Aldama is offering happy hour every day of the week from 5 pm to 7 pm, with refreshing cocktail creations like the Citruz Fizz and the staple Margarita, and snacks like tacos, guacamole, and ceviche available for $10 or less.

 

BUBBY’S

A Tribeca staple for over 30 years, Bubby’s is well-known for its family-friendly brunch, but a happy hour at Bubby’s shouldn’t be missed. Grab a seat at the bar, and choose from a selection of wine, beer, or classic cocktails (Margarita, Negroni, Pickled Martini, Rye Manhattan) available for $10, and hearty snacks include nachos, mac and cheese balls, chicken wings, and deviled eggs for only $7.

 

 

THE STANDARD EAST VILLAGE 
Available every day, The Standard East Village has launched a brand new happy hour menu. Sip wine over charcuterie, or sample a specialty curated cocktail like the crowd favorite jalapeño infused tequila-based cocktail the No Problem, paired with $2 Oysters, spice nuts, or newly Fried Chicken Sandwich with a B&B pickle, bibb lettuce, a special chili-lime aioli served on a Hawaiian roll. Happy hour is available Monday- Thursday from 4-6 pm, Friday-Saturday 4-5 pm.
KATANA KITTEN 
Known as one the best cocktail bars in the city, it’s surprising they have a happy hour at all.
Keeping with the Japanese theme, the 4-7 pm daily happy hour features a $6 house cocktail, $5 Sake, $5 Sapporo, and $5 Hot Dog with Japanese pickles and mustard.

 

 

 

PORTALE

Understated, yet sophisticated Portale by Chef Alfred Portale features an extensive happy hour menu from Tuesday- Friday from 5-6:30 pm at the bar, serving up 14 classic cocktails ($12), wines ($10), and beers ($6). Small bites include crostini, arancini, and sliders ($8-$14).

5 Standing Desks to Keep You Healthy at the Office

Standing desks allow you to stand—or alternate between sitting and standing—while working.  Due to myriad benefits, including lower blood sugar levels, reduced back pain, and boosts in mood, not to mention improved productivity, standing desks have become increasingly popular in office settings. In addition, people are also investing in shoe inserts for hard surfaces in order to ensure a great posture.

Pursuitist scoured the market for the top standing desks and narrowed the field to our top five favorites. Here, we list them in ascending order:

 

 

Vari Electric Standing Pro Desk 60 ($699)

A top standing desk offering from one of the original standing desk converter industry giants, so it comes from a name that is trusted and reliable. Coming in five colors, this standing desk has quick and easy assembly and good stability and lift capacity. We also like that it has a programmable controller with three separate height presets.

 

 

Poppin Series L 25 Adjustable Height Sit-Stand Single Desk ($999)

Truly a modern workspace. Designed for ideal ergonomic working, users can transition from sitting to standing in seconds with its electric legs that travel quickly and quietly. The desk adjusts from 25″ to 50.5″ to accommodate a variety of heights, and it can support up to 300 pounds of weight. All that, and the warranty lasts for a full 5 years.

 

 

Sabine Height Adjustable Standing Desk ($440)

A workhorse at a great price. Quick assembly — the website claims under 10 minutes — yields a desk that adjusts from 28″ to 48″ using a programmable controller with a 225 lb weight capacity. We especially love its sophisticated style, with rounded corners and smooth edges, as well as its one soft-close drawer. With no steady-bar necessary, it allows for reversible orientation. This standing desk, which comes in four finishes, also boasts built-in USB ports and cable management.

 

 

 Uplift V2 Standing Desk ($539)

Accommodates a range of heights from 41.3″ to 72.7″ with whisper quiet operation controlled by a keypad on the desk. Also boasting an industry-leading 355 lift capacity, this standing desk is stable even at its tallest, and comes with a wide selection of desktops, four frame colors, and a variety of other customization options. It has stability braces at the top of each leg for maximizing stability without the need for a lower crossbar between the legs. It also also truly raises the standard with a ten year warranty and an excellent price-point.

 

 

 

iMovR Lander Standing Desk with Solid Wood Top ($1899)

Our top pick in the standing desk category for its features as well as its American quality craftsmanship. Fully customizable from 36 varieties of solid wood tops, this heirloom quality standing desk is ergo-contoured for excellent comfort and wear resistance. In addition to its form and finishes, it also has a variety of power management device functions, including Qi wireless charging pads, USB outlets in both Type-A and -C, and even two way Bluetooth speakers. Monitor arms even make monitor positioning as personalized as possible.

 

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How To Take Cool Instagram Photos—From a Pro

The art of photography once was a closed world, filled with mystery and concrete details. It was commonly considered that to make a decent photograph, you should at least obtain a few professional items – camera, lights, etc. But the technologies stepped forward, and with the appearance of the first smartphone models with cameras, the ethereal world of photography has shaken. At first, no one took it all seriously, but nowadays, mobile photography has become a separate kind of art form that can compete with classic techniques. By now, iPhone owners can create outstanding works using their phones solely.

There is a proven way to make your works popular, like the possibility to buy custom Instagram comments or likes. But in this article, we shall concentrate on mobile photography tips for beginners.

 

Turn On The Grid

 

The grid will divide your screen into nine equal segments. This is one of the key points that will help you create a decent composition for your photos. Remember that the objects you want to accentuate on your work should be situated either in the central segment or on the crossings of the lines. The grid also will help you to keep the horizon line parallel to the frame. The crooked horizon line is a fact that effortlessly reveals that you are a newbie in taking photos, so train a bit, or use framing later. But if your grid is turned on, it will be easier to shoot accurately at once.

 

Don’t Make Things Complicated

 

Getting back to the composition, as it is a prominent aspect in photography. At some time, if you feel the urge to put more and more details in your frame – drop it like it’s hot! Adding too many objects to your composition distracts the viewer’s attention from the one you want to show as the central piece. But you can also interact with your followers in the comment section and ask them what they think about your works. Minimalism is easier to shoot and requires fewer corrections later. Of course, shooting a single object on a monotone background can seem tedious, but you should focus on the textures and colors, which can add accents to your photo.

 

Find A New Angle

 

The secret of being a good photographer is to be able to see things differently. Thinking outside of the box is a must if you really want to impress people with your works. While the majority of people shoot, holding the device in the chest area, a true photography enthusiast will find another angle to make a great shot. Use your fantasy and try out all the ideas that you come up with. Don’t always give a deep sense to your pictures – sometimes, the desired result is a pure visual delight. Pay attention to things that happen around you, and try to show how colorful and engaging the world can be.

 

Aim For Depth

 

Creating a three-dimensional effect on your photos makes the shot more engaging and storytelling. This factor is especially vital for landscapes, where animated objects are often absent. The easiest way to add depth to your photo is to include leading lines in your composition. Mostly, a role of a leading line is played by roads of different kinds. Still, it can be rivers, clouds, or fences – basically, anything that can lead the viewer’s eyes through the architecture of the shot from the foreground to the background.

The second popular method to add a sense of depth in the photo is to use closed composition. Closed composition means adding an object into the foreground, which is partly visible, so the picture tunnels. This way, you have objects in your frame’s front, middle, and back, imitating the actual sight.

 

Show More Details Closely

 

The devil is in details, and sometimes a close-up can reveal a whole new world for your viewers. Macro-shooting discovers textures and colors deeper, making your works more engaging as well. In a few years before, to catch the minor details, a specific camera objective was required. Still, modern smartphones can now capture high-resolution images as well, so in your search for a perfect frame, you can get closer to the object. Shortening the distance between the photographer and the object works not only for exciting nature shoots but for portraits too. With the current possibilities of the camera, you can catch emotions and tiny face features that would visualize the character of your model. If you work well enough on the details, it will all pay off in the comments, likes and followers on your profile.

 

Retouching And Enhancing

 

Of course, it is hard to create a masterpiece in one click. Most photos require a particular correction after the initial shooting. For mobile photography, the main tool that helps to improve the shot is color correction, along with cropping, graining, exposure settings, etc. These are fundamental changes that are implemented in most mobile appsfor photo retouching. Nowadays, one of the most popular apps for iPhones is VSCO, which offers a free set of basic enhancements (contrast, white balance, graining, etc.) and a range of more complicated instruments available to users for paid subscriptions. The main benefit of this app is creating, and saving presets that can be applied to several photos – making a series. VSCO presets are also sold and distributed freely by people who are mobile photography enthusiasts, so you can choose the ones you like and apply them to your shots, having a brilliant result.

 

Look For Symmetry

 

Another excellent technique for creating interesting and beautiful photos is capturing symmetry in your works. The human eye loves perfection, and symmetrical shots easily drive attention and impress the public. Besides, it is easy – nature is all about symmetry and perfect forms, so the world around you is filled to the top with the objects to catch in your camera. However, beware of making a totally symmetric composition. To make the picture look more natural, move the central part of the composition to any side slightly, or allow one tiny detail to intrude on it. Imperfections are also natural, so this way, you will make your scene look lively. Find symmetry in the real things – reflection in the water, leaf patterns, or the structure of human features.

 

Place Objects By Diagonal

 

Along with centered perspective, you can also add intrigue and engagement to your shot if the objects in your frame are placed diagonally. Such method allows you to add more details to the shot and provides visual harmony that pleases the eye of your viewers and will make him leave the like or comment organically. The technique works perfectly if you want to introduce two or three objects in your shot. The diagonal lines in your composition can be displayed by the patterns and shades as well – thus, you also create a direction for the viewer’s eye to follow.

 

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Why ME Cabo Should Be On Your Travel List for 2022

Well-known as a chic, party-themed hotel, ME Cabo reopened in the fall of 2021 after a complete transformation. The weekend of the Day of the Dead, one of Mexico’s biggest holidays of the year was the rebirth of this popular destination. Drawing scores of bikini-clad, well-heeled travelers from the west coast, all over Mexico and a growing number from the rest of the United States, ME Cabo opened its doors again and is ready to impress after investing over $10 million in its total redesign. These are the five top reasons why the seaside ME Cabo resort should be on the bucket list for every Mexico-bound reveler.

The location

 

beach

Within walking distance of town, this resort doubles down on the nightlife and fun-in-the-sun vibe. Not only are you in perfect view of the famous El Arco from much of the resort, but you can be shopping, “cheersing” or boating just minutes after leaving the hotel. It may be hard to pull yourself away from the resort’s own beautiful stretch of beach, oceanfront pool and bevy of highly celebrated restaurants though.

 

The resort sits at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and during the winter months, it is possible to see whales frolicking offshore. While the beaches are public, the resort does have a roped-off section with private chairs and umbrellas where guests can relax uninterrupted. The water is warm (this is Los Cabos’ only swimmable beach), and servers circle around to take orders from the nearby bar.

The party vibe

 

lounge

This is not the kind of place you come to for a quiet nap by the pool with cucumbers over your eyes. And the guest list here knows that. The upscale crowd here seeks out the party vibe making nightlife part of their daily routine, too. The rates here prohibit the Spring Break crowd from coming to the resort meaning it is ready and waiting for the often young, elite and chic crowds of Mexico City and Los Angeles.

 

 

saxophonist

As one of Meliá Hotels International’s brands, ME hotels are known globally for their sophisticated and fashionable party spirit. By the pool, dancers shimmy and shake from morning to night on pedestals as guests sip fruity cocktails or chilled Mexican beer. Clubby music emanates from speakers morning to night, and it is hard not to wake up in a good mood here. Even the hotel’s top suite has its own DJ booth for those that want to try their hand at mixing music. Poolside musicians perform throughout the day to entertain the crowd including jazz-style violinists and saxophonists.

 

A swim-up bar complements the roving pool servers, and visiting DJs often entertain at the beach club. The same thumping music continues in many of the bars and restaurants keeping the party mood alive throughout the day. It’s the kind of young and hip party place that is designed to impress.

This resort is not a mecca for conferences, but it does draw plenty of social events and weddings that take advantage of the beach club platform and pool area for parties.

Headline-worthy food and beverage

 

cocktail

Rosa Negra, famed for its numerous dining outlets in Mexico, is at the helm of the food and beverage experience here. It is responsible for the four dining and drinking outlets here, each with a focus to serve Latin American flavors using local ingredients.

 

Confessions Skybar & Tapas serves light bites of mostly Spanish fare with a mix of meat, seafood and veggie options. Arrive before sunset to catch the beautiful views, but once the sun goes down, the lights turn up for a DJ-fueled party atmosphere with coastal breezes. Dress to impress up here.

 

restaurant

 

Expect Thai, Chinese and Japanese fare at Funky Geisha while Mamazzita Mexican Soul serves three meals a day focused on traditional Mexican fare. Like the pool, musicians and entertainers perform throughout the space as guests dine on beautifully presented dishes. The Rosa Negra affiliation has brought tremendous buzz among foodies and from around the country to the resort. Don’t miss the fruit and grain bowls and chilaquiles at breakfast, which luckily serves until late.

 

lamb

At Taboo Beach Club, Mediterranean fare is the go-to option with everything from Greek-style rack of lamb to healthy platters of vegetables and chilled gazpacho. The outdoor setting is meant to feel like you’re at the beach on a Greek island or Turkish cafe.

 

The redesigned rooms

 

guest room

Perhaps the highlight of a stay here is the quiet spot you have to seek respite after a day partying by the pool or dancing on the beach. If you had stayed here before, you will hardly recognize the new look of the guest rooms. Polished tile floors and white-washed walls show off minimalist design with the occasional pops of color in the Mexican art and design pieces. Throughout the hotel, regional touches in Mexican art and design abound.

 

 

bed

The bedding features chic, yet unpretentious, bespoke bedding with power and USB outlets on either side of the bed. I particularly like how the bed is positioned to maximize the window views in many rooms. Open-plan bathrooms continue the edgy design with vanities stocked with towels and C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Separate marble rain shower and water closet sections make the entire bathroom and dressing area feel more spacious. Built-in luggage racks above drawers are another well-thought-out touch.

 

 

suite

Minibars (which the hotel calls “maxibars”) are stocked with regional Mexican products, but all rooms come with complimentary Evian bottled water. Suites add separate living room areas with day beds and Nespresso machines. There is a variety of suite types, some of which have outdoor whirlpools on the balcony and the most up-front-and-personal views of El Arco. Guests in the ME+ Suite enjoy a pre-reserved day bed at Taboo Beach Club each day of their stay.

 

The spa

lobby
The hotel’s redesigned lobby
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With all of that partying, your body deserves a touch of pampering in between the ruckus. The spa is tucked away into a corner of the resort as if it were an afterthought, but once you pass through the changing rooms, you realize there is much more than meets the eye.

Grab a glass of chlorophyll water and head for the relaxation areas to feel the ocean breeze in the shade. Splashing waterfalls bring you into another world as you wait for your treatment. On the menu are facials, massages and medical treatments from a well-trained staff.

design details
The design details around the resort are beautiful.

In addition to sauna and steam room areas, there’s also a modern fitness center with the latest workout equipment, stacks of towels and a fridge stocked with chilled bottled water. It’s clear that many of those parading around the pool have spent at least some time in the gym or spa. For most of us though, the views and food are what clinches the deal when considering a top resort for a trip to famous Cabo.

5 Fancy Coffee Makers For a Killer Cup o’ Joe

Which fancy coffee machine makes the most luxurious brew? Pursuitist lays out the latest in high-end precision coffee machinery that allow for maximum customization and most importantly — truly killer cups of caffeination. Below, discover the top 5 luxury coffee makers to begin your day with the best technology to craft perfect coffee.

 

 

The Thermador TCM24PS ($3999) isn’t just a maker, but a true built-in appliance and masterpiece for the coffee connoisseur. This plumbed coffee machine with home connect enhances the residential café experience with its full color LED screen and Alexa voice control.  Or create drink orders remotely through your smartphone! The Thermador is always ready for the next cup with a fully automatic rinse program at turn-on and -off. And while it makes quick work of creating personalized beverages, it also stores up to eight coffee customizations. 

 

 

 

The Jura A1 Automatic Coffee Machine ($800) is for the purists. This one-cup machine prepares quality espresso, coffee, and ristretto at the touch of a button. With two adjustable strength settings and three programmable cup sizes, the stylish and sturdy machine preserves the full aroma of your coffee beans after they are ground, then takes those beans to customizable brew with one touch — in about 30 seconds. Ultra-compact, it delivers this full flavor without taking up all of your counter space, and, compared to other popular luxury options, is relatively budget-friendly. 

 

 

 

The Saeco PicoBarista Carafe ($1499) makes milk-based coffee drinks a joy. Fully programmable with buttons for a variety of coffee styles, and to change the intensity of your cup, this machine has a digital readout that makes it easier than ever to customize your coffee. It’s definitely our favorite for milk-based coffee specialities as it offers the largest variety from a compact machine and the attached carafe froths the milk automatically.  It also comes with a special filter that monitors water quality so there will be no descaling for about 5,000 cups! 

 

 

 

The Breville Barista Pro Espresso ($800) is a bold stainless steel beauty that makes a balanced coffee brew. With its adjustable grind size and dose, this machine makes a solid single shot — or double — with intuitive functions, achieving consistent and balanced espresso using the right amount of ground coffee every time. It’s a safe, user-friendly option that makes a phenomenal cup to rival your favorite coffee house.

 

 

 

The Miele CM6150 Coffee Maker ($1900) is a counter top coffee machine that makes the art of coffee both fun and functional. With its creamy milk frother for coffee specialties and up to four customized user profiles, this machine is a favorite for intense coffee flavor without the coffee shop fuss. You can even make two cups at once with the touch of a button! And its convenient cleaning program makes care and maintenance as simple as sipping your afternoon macchiato.

The Right Way to Open Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Not all food and wine traditions—like grilling certain meats, decanting certain wines, or “popping” the cork off of a champagne bottle—results in a better product. Champagne is supposed to open with a bang, right? Not necessarily. In fact a huge celebratory “pop!” is actually a sign that it was opened by an amateur. Experts contend that a bottle of champagne opened with skill will make only a very small popping sound, or perhaps none at all.

Here is how to open a champagne bottle like a pro:

Chill thoroughly – Properly chilled champagne will fizz and/or froth over less
Towel dry the bottle – if there’s condensation to ensure a good grip and prevent slippage
Cut the foil – using a knife, only tearing with fingers after you’ve scored the foil.
Tilt and aim – Tilt the bottle to 45 degrees and aim it away from yourself, others, and anything breakable (like windows)
Hold the cork down – with one hand while twisting open the wire cage with the other
Twist the bottle – with one hand while continuing to hold the cork down with the other
Listen – for the sound of air escaping to signal that the bottle is open. There may also be a small cloud of gas.

The pop can be fun when among friends in a party atmosphere but if opened gently and quietly the champagne will have more bubbles and taste better. As the old saying goes “The ear’s gain is the palate’s loss.”

Once you’ve successfully opened the champagne the next step is pouring it. For the best results make sure the bubbly has been chilled to the proper temperature, 46º F – 57º F depending on age, and then further preserve the bubbles by using a ‘beer-like’ technique and pouring the liquid down the side of a tilted champagne flute.

 

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Distilling in NYC

Manhattan‘s first and only legal whiskey distillery since prohibition has opened. 

 

 

 

Great Jones Distilling Co. opened to the public on August 21st, 2021 in the downtown NoHo area of New York City. With 28,000 square feet set over four floors in a distinctive building that was built during the prohibition era, the stunning distillery offers guests the chance to explore a working distillery.

 

 

 

The massive venue encompasses a fully functioning distillery, educational tour and tasting bar experiences, and numerous thoughtfully designed drinking and dining venues including an underground speakeasy and full restaurant debuting this fall. 

 

 

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Try out the Great Jones Distilling Co. 100% New York three signature whiskeys – Great Jones Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Great Jones Four Grain Bourbon, and Great Jones Rye Whiskey.  With special attention to ingredients, the grain is sourced from the Black Dirt region in Warwick Valley, NY where the air, climate, and rich soil impart a distinctive flavor profile.

 

 

For more information or to book, greatjonesdistillingco.com.

Conrad Hotel & Resorts Comes to Los Angeles

Conrad Hotels & Resorts will be opening its first hotel in California in 2022. A part of Hilton’s luxury hotel brands, Conrad announced its debut in California with the signing of Conrad Los Angeles at The Grand LA, designed by Frank Gehry and located in downtown Los Angeles.

 

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“With Los Angeles experiencing its largest downtown development boom in nearly a century, we believe 2022 is the right time to introduce such a dynamic hotel and exciting development to this cultural epicenter,” said Danny Hughes, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton. “We’re thrilled to continue to expand Conrad’s footprint in the Americas and have the opportunity to bring this empowered and design-forward brand to a new market.”

 

 

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The 28-story Conrad Los Angeles is expected to open in 2022 and will include 305 boldly designed modern guest rooms, a spa, fitness center, elevated indoor/outdoor lobby with sweeping views of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a 16,000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace complete with a private pool deck overlooking bustling downtown Los Angeles. All amenities are set within the design-forward, 24-7 destination of The Grand LA.

 

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The Grand LA will include 176,000 square feet of retail and dining space, more than 400 residences, and a landscaped public plaza that will host free arts programming throughout the year, including live concerts. Within walking distance of the Conrad include The Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Park, Colburn School, and The Music Center. A part of The Grand Avenue Project, the public-private partnership with the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority aims to revitalize downtown LA’s culture and showcase great public spaces with world-class architecture.

 

“The Grand LA is thrilled to host Hilton’s first Conrad property in California,” said Rick Vogel, senior vice president at Related Companies. “Conrad is one of Hilton’s high luxury brands for the Epicurean traveler in search of culture, arts and dining, which is aligned with The Grand LA’s landmark destination as the epicenter for arts and culture in LA. We look forward to welcoming Conrad Los Angeles’s first guests when The Grand LA opens in 2022.”

 

 

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For more information, please visithttps://newsroom.hilton.com/conrad.

 

Jimmy Buffet Comes To the Island of Manhattan

The newest Margaritaville Resort recently opened on an entirely different kind of island… the island of Manhattan!

 

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Margaritaville Resort Times Square, the newest addition to the Margaritaville Lodging portfolio, is now open to the public. This 32-story laid back lounge-y resort destination sits smack in the middle of NYC’s hustle and bustle, truly transporting guests to an island oasis in the middle of Manhattan.

 

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You can still nibble on a sponge cake and watch the sun bake from Margaritaville Resort Times Square’s 234 guest rooms, five restaurants and bars, year-round outdoor heated pool, and street-level Margaritaville retail store.

“The resort brings paradise to the island of Manhattan and offers something for everyone from families to happy hour with friends,” says Kori Yoran, General Manager.

 

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Located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 40th Street, Margaritaville Resort Times Square is blocks away from the bright lights of Manhattan’s entertainment district and provides the ultimate location for a “no worries” vibe vacation immediately adjacent to New York’s most notable attractions, shopping, and museums.

 

 

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Among its dining and drinks options, Margaritaville Resort Times Square’s LandShark Bar & Grill is home to Times Square’s only year-round outdoor heated pool, bringing the beach to Manhattan with a menu of poolside eats and drinks. And guests can also see jaw-dropping, 360-degree views of New York from Margaritaville Resort Time Square’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar without even changing out of their flip-flops!

Jimmy Buffett performs at Margaritaville Resort Times Square “First Look” at Margaritaville Resort Times Square on June 10, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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To celebrate the opening, the resort is offering a limited-time SummerzCool package, offering discounts for longer stays and a complimentary 1:00pm checkout… so they can sleep past noon in the city that never sleeps.

5 New Places to Visit This Summer in NYC

New York City is back in full force, and brand new bars, restaurants, and lounges are popping up all over the city. Here are 5 brand new chic places to add to your list for the summer:

 

 

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POPULAR at The Public Hotel 

In a collaboration between Ian Schrager, Peruvian Chef Diego Muñoz, and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, Popular at The Public Hotel brings to life a menu Latin culture at its finest. Opened in June 2021, POPULAR, which means “of the people,” offers a culinary tour of the many styles and traditions of Peru, showcasing made-to-order Ceviches, wok-fried dishes to wood-fired specialties.

“Never before have two chefs of such world-renown collaborated to bring a luxurious, multicultural, culinary experience to New York City,” says Schrager. “I have long been impressed by Chef Diego’s innovative cooking, which spotlights Peru’s healthful cuisine that effortlessly marries indigenous, European, and Asian influences. His ‘live’ Ceviche program, where guests watch their dishes being freshly made, brings excitement and theatricality to the experience. I truly believe that Pisco is about to step into the limelight and Chef Diego creating our Pisco cocktails really takes them to a new level.”

 

 

 

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WRITING ON THE WALL 

The Lower East Side’s most exclusive new lounge and cocktail bar is hiding in plain sight on East Houston Street and Avenue A. A new venture from 29MONROE Hospitality that opened in March 2021, the energetic vibe features a resident list of amazing DJ’S, Handcrafted cocktails, and tropical bites.  Don’t miss The Roaring 20s signature cocktail made with Louis Roederer bubbly, Ketel One Vodka, muddled blueberries, and fresh mint or the Mont Blanc Cake. wotwnyc.com

 

 

 

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CASA LIMONE 

Take a trip to Southern Italy with a visit to elegant Casa Limone. The first NY restaurant by Monte Carlo Hospitality Group, Michelin- starred Chef Antonio Salvatore from Monaco’s favorite Rampoldi highlights the flavors, sights, and scents of Basilicata, Italy. Don’t miss the meatballs, Frittata Casa or Carpaccio di Polpo.

 

 

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THIEF 

Opened in June 2021, Theif is the first solo venture from John McNulty (Katana Kitten, Swine and Cocktail Kingdom). The 50-seat quaint neighborhood spot is inspired by the 1980’s NYC graffiti, art, and music scene. Boomboxes and spray paint line the bar, as well as small craft producers for both spirits and wine.  Don’t miss out on the Friesling (Frozen Riesling), truffle grilled cheese, or Vegan Mini Corn Dogs.

 

 

 

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ELECTRIC BURRITO
From Alex Thaboua and Will Wyatt of Mister Paradise, comes Electric Burrito, a SoCal style eatery inspired by Thaboua’s upbringing in San Diego. Find a variety of burritos, tacos, nachos, house-made sodas, and orange sauce for sale (a staple of any San Diego burrito). Electric Burrito is also committed to sustainability, re-using waste from tomato salsa, bacon fat and more in creative ways. Electric Burrito is located at 81 St. Mark’s Place.

Top 5 Steak Houses in the US

Let’s face it. There is nothing quite like a high quality steak house. However, with so many to choose from around the country—including many of very average caliber—it can be difficult to find the best. Pursuitist has made it easy with this short list of the best places to go for a juicy, mouthwatering steak cooked to perfection by amazing culinary teams.

1. CUT – Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck is credited with redefining fine dining in America. Indeed, the award-winning Austrian-born chef and celebrated restaurateur has built a vast restaurant empire with locations around the world, beginning with his flagship Spago, which opened in 1982 (famous for its haute cuisine pizzas), and later Chinois and Postrio Bar & Grill, among many others. His trademark dishes have revolutionized the culinary industry.

In 2006, Puck opened CUT, a sleek, innovative and contemporary steakhouse complete with a lounge called Sidebar, located in the Richard Meier-designed Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills. After only one year in operation, the restaurant earned a coveted one star ranking from the Michelin Guide–no small accomplishment.

CUT continues to innovate at this stunning Four Seasons property. In 2016, the inviting CUT Lounge opened as the new bar and lounge experience formerly occupied by Sidebar. The ‘Rough Cuts’ menu offers the best bar snacks in the world, along with creative cocktails, in a relaxing and cosy environment. Try the New York Sirloin Steak Skewers, Maple Glazed Pork Belly, and the delicious Tempura Fanny Bay Oysters.

With its unique combination of service and design, the award-winning CUT Beverly Hills and the new CUT Lounge tops our list as the best steak and culinary destination in the US.

2. Smith & Wollensky – New York

Since its founding more than 30 years ago, The landmark Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in New York City has beef as its cornerstone, concept and reputation. Smith & Wollensky dry-ages and butchers its USDA Prime grade beef in-house to ensure unparalleled quality, tender texture, and outstanding flavor. On average, Smith & Wollensky is aging 7-12 tons of beef at any given time.

Smith & Wollensky is best known for its USDA Prime, dry aged steaks, but the prime rib is mouthwatering as well. The menu offers many options beyond the signature exemplary steaks. Guests can select from a variety of market-fresh seafood, poultry, and lamb. also, such as the shellfish bouquet. Meu standouts include the shellfish bouquet, creamed spinach, hashed browns and the coconut cake. The restaurant’s Great American Wine List offers over 550 selections from all across the country with a special section devoted to Undiscovered Gems, which are lesser-known wines of outstanding quality.

 

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3. The Prime Rib – Washington, D.C.

The Prime Rib was founded in 1965 in Baltimore, Md. by famed restaurateur Buzz Beler and his brother, Nick. The restaurant was designed to evoke the elegant supper clubs of 1940’s Manhattan. The restaurant is a throw-back to the good old days with its tuxedoed waitstaff, live music nightly, and convivial and romantic atmosphere. The restaurant, which is beautifully decorated with fine art and fresh flowers, is famous for its thick chops, fresh seafood and the plethora of delicious side dishes from which to choose. Its wine list is equally as extensive.

The Prime Rib opened its second location in 1976 in Washington, D.C.The restaurant has become a power meeting spot for the who’s who of Washington elite. The restaurant’s third location was opened in Philadelphia in the city’s historic Warwick Hotel in 1997.

 

4. Peter Luger Steak HouseNew York
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Peter Luger Steak House is a bonafied New York institution, has served the finest of steaks. For 26 consecutive years, Peter Luger has been the number one steak house in New York, according to Zagat’s, and its customers have included a host of celebrities, from Alfred Hitchcock to James Cagney and Robert De Niro.

Peter Luger Steak House offers only the finest USDA Prime meat available. The selection process is crucial and is done only by members of the family who visit the wholesale markets on a daily basis. Just as famous as its steaks are Peter Luger’s side dishes. Be sure to order the sliced tomato topped with Luger’s own sauce, creamed spinach, onion rings and the special German fried potatoes. The Peter Luger Steak House Old Fashioned Sauce is delicious and available for purchase. Keep in mind that most of Peter Luger’s dishes are large enough to serve several people.

 

5. Strip House – NYC & Las Vegas
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Executive Chef, John Schenk, is renowned for his culinary skills and is often seen on The Today Show among other national news programs. Schenk keeps the menu fresh at the eclectic restaurant offers an innovative menu featuring select cuts of beef that are charred to perfection accompanied by decadent sides, an extensive wine list and delectable desserts. Be sure to try its signature New York Strip Steak accompanied by the restaurant’s delicious creamed spinach with black truffles followed up by its famous 24-layer chocolate cake.

The restaurant’s name is a double entendre that relates to both the delectable strip steaks as well as its seductive, yet sophisticated decor. The interior was designed by David Rockwell and offers a clubby yet striking atmosphere with deep red leather booths. The walls are adorned with black and white images of women that pays hommage to the female form. The collection was photographed by Studio Manasse in Vienna in the early 1900’s.

 

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Sensibo “Pure” Air Filtration System

Looking for the newest technology in air purification that is still sleek and stylish? With most people working from home, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to your indoor air quality.

 

 

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We checked out the Sensibo Pure, touted as the world’s most advanced air purification system. Using smart sensing technology, this is the only filtration system that is powered by Pure Boost, a unique patent-pending technology that uses both HEPA and Carbon filters and removes particles as small as 0.1um(more than 100 times thinner than a human hair).  Pure Boost™ regulates the airflow based on factors like geolocation, inside air quality, outside weather & air quality to regulate the fan level of the device. Even better, if you have a Sensibo AC controller, it will use your AC fan to circulate the air even more, when air quality is dangerously low.

 

This includes contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and pollen, as well as PM (particulate matter) PM1.0, PM2.5, and PM10. Additionally, the active carbon filter absorbs atoms of harmful gases such as smoke and VOCs (Volatile Organic Components).

 

 

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Always on and sensing the air quality, this is the perfect filtration to do all of the work for you. Compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home, control is at your fingertips, and Sensibo’s advanced smart sensing algorithms save up to 40% on utility bills by letting you define triggers and schedules, helping you choose the right temperature settings, and reminding you to clean your filters. All in all, a win/win situation. To learn more: sensibo.com

 

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Most Expensive Watches in the World

Finding the top 10 most expensive watches in the world was made easy, with the help of the researchers at Online Casino Betway who meticulously took the task to write about the most desirable luxury watches ever made.

 

As you can imagine, there are some ridiculously priced timepieces, let’s dive straight in and look at some of the most expensive timepieces and explore why some investors really see a huge return on investment when it comes to investing in timepieces.

Are Luxury Watches an Investment?

Why spend so much on a watch? Well the simple answer would be that we know that the worth of high-priced watches goes far beyond their value as accessories.

 

According to a post by the New York Times, some investors claim that their luxury timepieces doubled in value within a year.

 

However, according to the Gentleman’s Gazette, there’s a lot more to investing in watches than buying an expensive model. Choosing a timepiece that will grow in value means research and a lot of careful searching. Let’s take a closer look at some watches that are guaranteed to sell for an even bigger fortune in the future.

10 of the Most Expensive Watches

Hublot Big Bang

The Hublot Big Bang was initially purchased by Beyonce for Jay-Z and is worth around £4,000,000. This timepiece boasts nearly 1,300 diamonds and is worth its weight in gold.

Vacheron Constantin 57260

With a worth of approximately £6,000,000, it took the creators nearly eight years to design and make this watch. Two hundred forty-two jewels form the outer shell of this timepiece.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518

This timepiece isn’t only remarkable for its value. Released in 1941, this was the first perpetual calendar wristwatch to see the light of day. This Patek Philippe wonder fetched a staggering £8,500,000 at an auction in 2016.

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona is, without a doubt, one of the watches that has appreciated most in value over time. The former star’s wife gave him the timepiece in 1968. When it went up for auction in 2017, it fetched a whopping £13,500,000.

Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette

This Breguet may not be a wristwatch, but it’s a luxury watch, nonetheless. Initially commissioned by one of Marie Antoinette’s lovers, the timepiece is valued at £25,000,000 and took 45 years to complete.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

This reversible timepiece currently holds the record for the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction: $31,000,000.

Louis Moinet Meteoris Collection

This collection takes its name from Louis Monet, a father of modern watchmaking. One-piece features part of an actual meteorite and is called the “Tourbillon Mars”. The collection is worth £3,500,000.

Patek Philippe 5004T

This timepiece is the only titanium version of this range ever created. It was specifically designed for auction and fetched £2,985,000.

Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

This watch is lovingly dubbed the “Master of Complications” by enthusiasts. It has a host of fascinating features (like a 1000 year calendar) and a price tag of £1.8 million.

Graff Diamonds Hallucination

Decked out in 110 carats of diamond and featuring multiple types of cut, it’s no wonder that this watch has a net worth of approximately £43,000,000.

Competition grows among the HNWI

For those that are lucky enough to even consider buying any of the 10 luxury watches, it makes complete sense to invest in a timepiece that is only going to go up in value as the years tick by. High net worth individuals are on the rise from China to India and the numerous high tech company founders in Silicon Valley, therefore there is bound to be a demand for such luxury timepieces, nevertheless, there are is only a limited edition made for each watch so competition for these rare items is going to grow over the years.

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Best Smart Equipment Systems For Your Home

Staying at home these last few months has sparked a serious boom in demand for at-home fitness equipment. To be sure, there are a number of high-tech players in the at-home equipment game that have a possibility to disrupt the gym industry — or at least make working out so much more convenient!

Pursuitist examined some of the latest in smart home fitness technology, equipment, and apps and narrowed the field to our top five favorites. Here, we list them in ascending order:

 

 

Tonal ($2995 + monthly subscription)

This is a “weight machine” that uses digital weights in a compact gym that extends from a mounted touch screen with a built-in coach. It replaces your personal trainer at the gym by putting one, on-demand, in your own home, offering real-time feedback as well as compact design. Tonal, which uses electromagnetics to create combined resistance, mounts on your wall — but keep in mind that you’ll need to have a wall appropriate for installation.

 

A stationary bike is the best exercise machine for home exercise. If you want to lose your fat calorie a daily basis you buy a recumbent bike to lose weight smartly. Most of us smart persons buy stationary bikes to keep their bodies fit. If you have any idea about stationary bikes you may read this guide to gather your beginner knowledge.

Fight Camp Boxing ($1219 + monthly subscription)

Fight Camp Boxing is a free-standing bag, workout mat, and glove set that makes any space a boxing ring. This smart home gym equipment comprises an in-home boxing bag, guided workout classes, and smart boxing gloves with sensors inside that tell users how hard they’re hitting and how many jabs and punches they actually landed. Fight Camp Boxing has an impressive roster of boxing coaches leading virtual classes and its punch trackers measure punches thrown, speed, and punch output.  It also gamifies your boxing workout by using your stats to beat your own personal records.

 

 

Hydrow Connected Rower ($2245 + monthly subscription)

This high-tech, virtual rower allows you the feel of the river in the comfort of your own home. This piece of smart home rowing equipment has an ultra-smooth electromagnetic computer controlled drag system. With it, you can stream high-energy rowing workouts on-demand as well as mat workouts. A swivel display makes it easy to watch the screen during your floor workout, and two wheels on front make it easy to move when you need to store it away.

 

 

The Mirror ($1495 + monthly subscription)

A full-length mirror and LCD screen that offers hundreds of cardio, strength-training, yoga, boxing, pilates, and barre exercises with a very small physical footprint. It hangs on your wall and provides instructor led, live on-demand classes. This interactivity is one of the best features of this smart home gym machine, added to the fact that the mirror allows you to keep an eye on your own form during your workout. And its slim design is the ultimate space saver!

 

 

The Peloton Bike ($2245 + monthly subscription)

Pelaton—no introduction needed—is an indoor-spin bike with adjustable seat and handle bars that capitalizes on the popularity of the boutique spin-class boom. But Peloton’s monthly subscription comes with unlimited classes, and not just for cycling. While its price is a commitment to making fitness a priority in life, Pelton brings out its riders’ competitive side, with an app that tracks improvement while monitoring resistance, cadence, and output. We love its smooth quiet ride, and give this one bonus points for its TV-sized touchscreen display, but the very best part may be the challenging new workouts added every day.

 

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Best Juice Delivery Services for 2021

Looking to detox and reset with a juice cleanse? Here are five high-end juice delivery services that will reboot your body, mend any damage, and suit your preferred lifestyle. And you don’t even need to leave home.

First, why should you have a juice cleanse? A juice cleanse is a type of diet that involves consuming only juices from vegetables and fruits in an attempt to lose weight and detoxify the body. Juice cleanses usually involve consuming only juice for a certain period, which typically ranges from 3 to 10 days. Before starting any juice cleanse, always contact your doctor or a medical professional.

Second, does a juice cleanse work? Typically, any “cleanse” diet will cause noticeable short term physiological effects, such as changes in appetite and mood, possible abdominal cramps, changes in the consistency and volume of waste and so forth. These changes are generally what the cleanse diet is aiming to achieve, so in that sense the diet works. Some types of juices are associated with health benefits, but more research is needed to determine cause-and-effect.

Reboot with the top 5 juice companies offering convenient delivery options:

Suja Juice

Suja juices are cold-pressed and feature 100% organic ingredients. Receive 6, 18, or 48 bottles of delicious drinks that are perfect for people looking to limit their sugar and calorie intake while also sipping on something healthy and delicious. (Costs $22, $38, or $85 a month.)

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Project Juice

The California-based juicery has dozens of organic, cold-pressed bottled juices and juice cleanses. The cleanses include six juices per day and, in the case of The Rejuvenation Cleanse ($85 per day), two superfood shots and two foods: soup and trail mix.

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Blue Print

Blue Print started in NYC but now offers its popular juice cleanses throughout the US and Canada. You can even buy the Blue Print Cleanse 6-Pack at select Whole Foods Markets. Blue Print’s offerings are based on your, and your body’s, familiarity with cleansing, whether it’s your first or fifth time. Each cold-pressed juice contains 6 pounds of organic, raw produce. Where the 3-Day Beach-Ready Detox ($175) focuses on eliminating bloat and the 3-Day Holiday Detox ($205) helps cut down on sugar, The Blueprint OG (which can last from one to six days and costs between $65 and $375) is the go-to for hitting the reset button.

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Cooler Cleanse

Actress Salma Hayek and Juice Generation founder Eric Helms partnered to created what they call the perfect detoxifying juice. Using organic and sustainably grown produce, the Cooler Cleanse comes in 1, 3, and 5 day packages, and features either all juice or a combo of juice and raw food. All-juice cleanse ($58/day), raw food cleanse ($72/day)

Juice Generation founder Eric Helms (L) with Cooler Cleanse co-founder and actress Salma Hayek
Juice Generation founder Eric Helms (L) with Cooler Cleanse co-founder and actress Salma Hayek
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IZZE Sparkling Juice, 4 Flavor Sunset Variety Pack, 8.4 Fl Oz (24 Count)

Pressed Juicery

This cult-like California based juice company is the best offering home delivery. They feature a cold-press process to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables, ensuring that no heat keeps the nutrients intact. Pressed Juicery offer three cleanses designed for your experience and comfort level, from 1 up to 5 days. 1-day ($72), 3-day ($99), 5-day ($325). Additionally, Pressed Juicery tastes better than the competition, you won’t dread drinking them at all!

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All top 5 juice delivery services offer delicious goodness delivered to your door. If you decide to detox, reboot or just want to receive a daily delivery of refreshing nutrients in bottle, you can’t go wrong with any of these innovative and exceptional juice companies.

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How To Cook Steak Like a Professional Chef

Learn how to make perfect, restaurant quality steaks at home. Restaurant chef secrets are revealed in this how-to segment that teaches you how to make the best steaks. Featuring Lobel’s Steaks of NYC and wine from Robert Mondavi of Napa Valley, enjoy an easy culinary creation for a gourmet meal at home.

Ingredients:
Steaks – Lobel’s American Wagyu Ribeye Steaks Recommended
Sea Salt
Fresh Pepper
Olive Oil
Wine – Robert Mondavi 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Recommended

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Step 2:
Open a bottle of wine.

Step 3:
Let the steaks come to room temperature.

Step 4:
Lightly brush the steaks with olive oil on both sides.

Step 5:
Sprinkle steaks with sea salt and cover with fresh ground pepper.

Step 6:
Turn burner on high heat. Pre-heat dry pan for 2 minutes. Place steaks in pan.

Step 7:
Don’t flip-flop the steaks. With tongs, check to see if a crust is forming after a few minutes. If so, turn the steaks over once and repeat the process.

Step 8:
Place the pan containing the steaks into the oven. Enjoy more wine.

Step 9:
After two minutes, take the pan out of the oven. Check the steaks with a meat thermometer. Desired temperature for medium rare is 125 degrees F.

Step 10:
Take the steaks out of the pan. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes so the juices settle before eating. Plate, garnish and and enjoy your steak.

About Lobel’s Steaks:
For five generations, the Lobels have been purveyors of fine meats dedicated to the highest standards of quality and personal service. These standards have made their butcher shop an institution in New York City, where the family’s Upper East Side store enjoys a devoted clientele comprised of celebrities, prominent business executives, and others who value the highest quality prime meats and attentive service. Learn more at: http://www.lobels.com

About Robert Mondavi Winery:
The Robert Mondavi Winery is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the wine industry. From the introduction of cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and the use of French oak barrels in the late 1960’s, to collaboration with NASA using aerial imaging to understand the health and vigor of the vines in the 1990’s, the Robert Mondavi Winery has always been at the forefront of wine industry technology. Their innovations, such as gentle winemaking techniques to increase wine quality and natural farming to protect people and the environment, have led to fundamental changes in the industry’s approach to winegrowing. Learn more more at: http://www.robertmondavi.com/

5 Great Juicers for Your Next Juice Cleanse

Juicing — the process of extracting the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables — is popular because it can increase the variety of nutrient-rich foods in your diet so you can take advantage of all of fruits and vegetables’ healthy benefits.

There are three styles of juicers: slow, centrifugal, and citrus. Slow juicers and centrifugal juicers are usually best for fruits and vegetables, while citrus juicers are dedicated for simply squeezing citrus, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.

No matter what kind of juicer you’re looking for, there are many on the market today. But we’ve narrowed them down to our top 5 favorite juicers. Here they are in ascending order:

 

 

Hurom’s H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer ($499)

The H101 is on our top juicers list because it really was designed with cleaning in mind. It has grooved strainers and a tiled juicing chamber that pours out more — and leaves less mess inside — so you can really enjoy all the benefits of juicing without the messy cleanup. There’s also a pulp outlet, aka trap door, that opens 180 degrees so you can easily flush out any remaining pulp inside the chamber. This slow juicer mimics the motion of fruit squeezing by hand, rotating at a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute, which produces delicious fresh juices in their most natural state. Hate pulp? Love it? This one has a function to control the amount of pulp to suit your own taste preferences. And we should also mention this top juicer also can juice nuts and soybeans into a variety of smoothies and nut milks.

 

 

Novis Vita Juicer ($500)

We love the bright, sleek and shiny exterior design of this juicer, and it comes in seven colors! This top juicer is amazing because it truly has the benefit of all three juicing options, including its own attachment for citrus. It’s simple to use, with just one button to operate everything. And an AutoSpeed function auto-senses the best speed for each food, adjusting the speed of the press and centrifuge according to your chosen fruit or vegetable. There’s a large tube, so you won’t need to cut all of the fruits and vegetables, and every part of the juicer can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

 

 

The Smeg Citrus Juicer  ($180)

As the name implies, this one is specifically for citrus, and therefore best for oranges, lemons, and limes. It is the top juicer that has our favorite look, sophisticated and retro, and a design that comes in a few cool colors. Its superior performance pairs with reliability, showing off a powerful 70W motor with an integrated on-off sensor. And using it is simple thanks to a non-drip spout which prevents spillage, keeping kitchen surfaces clean.

 

 

 

Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer ($600)

Kevin’s Whole Slow Juicer stands out for its versatility. It does an efficient job of juicing greens, veggies, and fruits alike. Its 3.2” wide-mouthed two-way feed tube reduces prep time and allows you to insert different types of ingredients without jamming. It has patented low speed extraction technology that prevents nutritional loss and minimizes oxidation. Multiple strainers, including a sorbet and a smoothie strainer attachment, allow for even more food options. And it even has a handle so you can carry it with you.

 

 

Breville Juice Fountain SL Cold Plus ($350)

The Breville Juice Fountain is SL Cold Plus Pursuitist’s overall favorite juicer for its power, ease of operation and clean-up. Its super sized 70 fl.oz. jug seals and stores so you can make large batches, and the 3.5” wide chute shortens prep time — seriously, you can put a whole apple in, core and all, and it juices. The “cold” its name refers to Breville’s “Cold Spin Technology” that reduces the amount of heat transferred while juicing. Set-up couldn’t be simpler, your juice will be pulp-free and delicious, and clean-up is a breeze. What could be better than that?!