The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

What a place. Totally hip, booming, and the new Vegas experience. If you like that kind of thing.

While Vegas is not for everyone, for those of us who find Las Vegas to be an adult playground, this is an excellent place to visit.

They have everything you need, pools, clubs, bars, restaurants, casino, shops, and some awesome rooms.

Smack dab in the middle of the strip. It really the right amount of wrong.

Oh and make sure you look for the Chandelier Bar and the hidden pizza place.

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The NoMad Hotel

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The NoMad Hotel has very quickly become one of my favorite hotels in NYC. It’s distinct, elegant, and bustling. The rooms are all individually decorated and inspired by the french word “Voyage”. The service is terrific. It also has a world class restaurant, and bars, including my favorite the Library Bar. An actual 2 story working library that is made available only for Guests of the hotel.

From the internet:

Housed in a historic, beaux arts building, this Parisian-inspired luxury hotel is 1.4 miles from the Museum of Modern Art.

Stylish rooms have free WiFi, hardwood floors and handmade rugs, walk-in showers, and original artwork, as well as pillow-top mattresses with Italian bedding, desks, minibars, flat-screen TVs and iPhone docking stations; suites add bay windows and extra living space. Some rooms include clawfoot tubs and city views.

Perks include nightly turndown service, a 24-hour gym and a bi-level library, plus an indoor/outdoor rooftop event space, an opulent lounge with a 24-foot-long mahogany bar, and a destination restaurant.

Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
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https://www.thenomadhotel.com/

 

Napoleon House

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On a recent visit to New Orleans I eventually made it outside in the sweltering heat to explore the French Quarter. It was on this journey where I stumbled upon Napoleon House. It barely caught my attention as it seemed run down and non-descript.

But I stepped inside  after looking at the menu and to get out of the heat. What I discovered was this completely fascinating location, Napoleon House. I made my way up to the bar to have lunch.

After receiving the menu I discovered this place was designated as a Historic Building by the United States Department of the Interior. And it was amazing.

From the menu:

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Walls that had paint chipping, antique works of art covered the walls, and classical music played throughout. I felt as though I stepped into another time period; where internet, cell phones, and distractions of the day had no place here.

The bartender made some suggestions and I ordered the Bruscetta, thinking it was be light and fresh. It was not, instead it was this amazing tomato and cheese soaked bread. It was so large I could only eat half. Paired with a nice glass of wine, it was awesome.

So obessessed was I with this place, I made sure to return one more time before I left new Orleans. This night the waiter could tell I was amped up about the place, and even gave me a menu to take with me, and told me they had T-Shirts for sale, so I bought one.

For dinner I had one of their signature items, a Muffuletta.

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From the website:

The Muffuletta

Muffuletta is the quintessential New Orleans sandwich and a Napoleon House signature that pays homage to the Italian immigrants who first opened grocery and deli stores along the riverfront of the French Market in New Orleans. It is a hearty sandwich of cured meats and cheese, slathered with a tangy olive salad dressing piled onto a sesame-crusted Italian loaf.  The muffuletta is heated to intensify the flavors of the ingredients.

It was completely memorable and I could return again and again. It felt familiar, like somewhere you’d meet your friends, and to relax.

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/

 

Tequila, Mexico

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Recently had the chance to visit Mexico and the little town of Tequila. We had very few expectations for the visit knowing very little about the actual town. What we found was a total charming surprise.

It’s a quaint, cobble-stoned, painted buildings magic town, or “Pueblo Magico” as it was also named in 2003. Restaurants, shops, churches, Tequila mobile tours, as well as tours of both Jose Cuervo La Rojena distillery and Casa Sauza.

It’s a short drive or train ride from Guadalajara and totally worth the excursion.

http://www.casasauza.com/age_gate/new

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/magicaltowns/things-to-do-in-tequila

 

Amy

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Amy, the new documentary about Amy Winehouse is one of the best films of the year so far. Certainly, one of the best documentaries. This troubling, moving, comprehensive, empathetic work brings so many topics to light. What is does so well is present Amy Winehouse as a human being who is talented beyond her years and fighting demons of addiction while becoming world-famous. It’s compelling and heartbreaking at the same time. You see her talents as a young performing mature into a pop culture phenom. All the while you know where this is headed, and yet, you still hope the ending turns out differently.

It is impossible to walk out of this film and not view her differently. The surprise is how the struggles, successes, and life moments feel universal. You experience the lows and the highs in equal measure.

The care, effort, and approach with this film is evident. It will also help Amy Winehouse’s legacy endure.

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REHAB

by Amy Winehouse

[Chorus]
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab
I won’t go, go, go

I’d rather be at home with a Ray
I ain’t got seventy days
‘Cause there’s nothing, there’s nothing you can teach me
That I can’t learn from Mr. Hathaway

I didn’t get a lot in class
But I know we don’t come in a shot glass

[Chorus]

The man said, “why do you think you here?”
I said, “I got no idea.”
I’m gonna, I’m gonna lose my baby
So I always keep a bottle near
He said, “I just think you’re depressed.”
This, me, yeah, baby, and the rest

They tried to make me go to rehab
But I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know

I don’t ever want to drink again
I just, oh, I just need a friend
I’m not gonna spend ten weeks
Have everyone think I’m on the mend

And it’s not just my pride
It’s just till these tears have dried

[Chorus]

Songwriters
Winehouse, Amy

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Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Jack Daniels

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Oh Jack Daniels. So this Tennessee Whisky (not a Bourbon they say) has some history in my family. It is one of my Grandmother’s go to drinks. In fact, one of her nicknames is Lady Jack or Lady J. I really didn’t start drinking until I was approaching 30. And having waited a long time to partake, I discovered very quickly what appealed to me and what didn’t. Jack Daniels appealed to me.

Jack Daniels is the highest selling American Whisky according to Wikipedia. It is also named after Jasper NewtonJackDaniel born in 1849. He was an American Distiller.

The taste is part of why I drink Jack Daniels, it has a kick, and it connects me to family…surprisingly. So drink responsibly and raise a glass to toast my Grandma Mary the next time you happen to be holding the Tennessee Whisky in your hand. Cheers.

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Website: http://www.jackdaniels.com/verify-age

Michelada

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Recently during a recent trip to Cozumel, Mexico, we ordered 2 beers and were given a plate with limes, salt and chile molido. Coincidentally, a friend of ours had mentioned Micheladas and also serving cerveza (beer) with spices. One can either sprinkle the salt, chile molido, and squeeze lime into the beer directly, or put it all on the rim of the glass. It offers a kicky approach to drinking beer, especially with Mexican food.

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From Wikipedia:

A michelada (Spanish pronunciation: [mitʃeˈlaða]) is a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers.[1] It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass.[2] There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America.[1][2]

Some people in Mexico believe micheladas are a good remedy for hangovers.[3][4][5] There are different variations of micheladas; for example, in Mexico City, the most common form is prepared with beer, lime, salt, and particular hot sauces or chile slices. There are several other optional ingredients, such as Maggi sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Chamoy powder, serrano peppers, Camaronazo, Clamato, or slices of orange.