Sunny Isles Beach Most Luxurious Resort: Acqualina

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First impressions leave lasting memories. Drive through the gates of the stunning Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, and you will see what I mean.

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(Photo courtesy of the Acqualina Resort and Spa)

Impeccably cared for resident-owned, Rolls-Royce sedans frame the hotel’s European-style piazza entrance.

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(Photo courtesy of the Acqualina Resort and Spa)

Art and Design

Walk into the Mediterranean inspired lobby with incredible details from the marble floors to Venetian stucco to the red, gold and aubergine color palette of the brocade fabrics to the chandeliers that draw your gaze up to the dramatic ceiling.… Read more

How I Chose My Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are completely my own. 

 

What’s your favorite part of entertaining besides bringing your friends and family together? Is it the cooking and recipe creation? Designing the table setting? Coming up with a theme for the event? Ok now, what’s your least favorite part of entertaining? I bet I can guess….the clean up! Bosch 800 Series dishwashers are going to solve this for you instantly.

table of plates and food

After all the years I have worked in the housewares industry, I have learned first hand about the importance of choosing quality brands. They’ve done the research on how we, as home cooks, use our kitchen tools and appliances to make sure that their product(s) meet or exceed our expectations. 

So, when it comes to doing the dishes, finding a dishwasher that really does clean and dry our plates, glasses and silverware shouldn’t be a challenge.… Read more

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Adults Only Vacation to Pueblo Bonita Pacifica in Los Cabos

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When you are searching for the perfect place to go on your luxury vacation and your expectations include white sand beaches, stunning views, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, innovative dining and your very own butler, then Pueblo Bonito Pacifica in Los Cabos is your destination.

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet is an exclusive residential community known as Quivira Los Cabos. Within the gates of this secluded area is a luxury property known as Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort and The Towers at Pacifica. 

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Los Cabos

The natural beauty of the area makes an impression on you instantly.Read more

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Eli’s Cheesecake: A Sweet Story of Dessert and Generosity

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When people talk about what food Chicago is famous for, the first thing mentioned is “deep dish pizza”. Well, another Chicago food tradition (and a personal favorite) actually started back in 1966 with the opening of Eli’s the Place for Steak. Chicago style cheesecake was introduced to diners at the restaurant in the late 1970’s as the signature dessert.

original mixer Eli's Cheesecake: A Sweet Story of Dessert and Generosity

Eli’s Cheesecake: A little history

Long time restaurateur, Eli Schulman, had successfully created two previous dining venues before opening Eli’s the Place for Steak just off the Magnificent Mile. He had a celebrity following from legends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.… Read more

Saint Kate Arts Hotel Brings Art and Music to Milwaukee’s Hospitality Scene

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When you travel a lot, hotels can start to look the same. Not the case with the Marcus Hotels and Resorts re-concepting of the former Intercontinental Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Saint Kate Arts Hotel opened in June and will become your new favorite place to stay every time you visit the city.

Saint Kate Arts Hotel Brings Art and Music to Milwaukee's Hospitality Scene

Saint Kate Arts Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, across the street from the Performing Arts Center – a big hint of all you will experience at the Saint Kate Arts Hotel – is Milwaukee’s first foray into a hotel that highlights art, music, performance and theater.… Read more

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Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

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What’s your go-to dessert when guests come over or you want to bring something sweet to someone’s house? In the summertime, I am all about ways to incorporate fresh fruit. This Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake recipe is such a welcome dessert to bring as it appeals to both adults and kids alike.

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake Ingredients

Besides blueberries, this recipe calls for vanilla. If you are still baking with artificial vanilla, then you must read on. When it comes to baking and recipes that use just a small amount of ingredients, choose only the best quality as you can taste the difference!… Read more

Southern Hospitality Meets Luxury at Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee

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Linger Longer at the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee. Located just 90 minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on the aptly named, Linger Longer Road, is the entrance to a community that is an integration of residential living, club lifestyle and full service resort. At the center of Reynolds, situated on the shores of Lake Oconee is The Ritz Carlton Resort.

Image courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee

The Resort: It’s all in the details.

This AAA Five Diamond resort and spa located between Atlanta and Augusta is surrounded by deep green landscape, sky high trees and the sparkling waters of Lake Oconee.Read more

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless Earbuds 6 Key Features

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There is nothing like taking a long walk on a warm day with my favorite music playing in my ear to keep me energized. I just needed to find a solution to the poor sound quality and ever tangled earphone cords!  That’s when I learned about the new Push™ from Skullcandy Truly Wireless earbuds. 

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless earbuds

The Six Key Features

The first time I tried them, the music came through so clear with such a rich sound that totally immersed me in the rhythm of the songs. While these are not meant to be noise cancellation earbuds, the way they fit in my ear with their secure FitFin™ Gels, does help to block the external sounds.… Read more

A Seafood Lovers Vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast

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Exploring the Ringling, shopping on St. Armand’s Circle and dining at seafood restaurants across Tampa, Sarasota and Long Boat Key while on vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Sandy white beaches, sunshine, seafood and a slower pace were the goals of my recent trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast. My ultimate destination was Long Boat Key, exploring Sarasota’s dining and art space along the way.

Flying in to Florida’s Gulf Coast

While choosing the airport you fly into is usually based on other factors than the food scene within the terminal, this was actually a decision maker for me. Having learned that the Tampa International Airport did a massive $154 million renovation with a focus on their design, culinary and concessions, I wanted to see what this meant from a traveler’s standpoint.… Read more

22 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad Who Has Everything

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Who’s the most difficult person to buy gifts for in your family? DAD! No question. With Father’s Day fast approaching, I went searching for creative gift ideas for the man who rarely gives us hints of what he wants. Whether he is The Chef in your family, The Bartender at every party, always On The Go, or just needs some Well Rested time, here are 22 Father’s Day gift ideas that will make Dad happy.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

The ChefThe Chef kitchen tools and food

When Dad loves to cook or grill, everyone benefits!

1. MEATER+ is the world’s first truly wireless leave-in meat thermometer.… Read more