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CHOCOLATE BUTTERMILK CAKE–THE BEST

Chocolate buttermilk cake is so easy to make and incredibly delicious. Plus it serves a crowd. Luscious to the max. Here’s the recipe…

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT: ODD, OFFBEAT AND WEIRDLY WONDERFUL

Visit the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, Salvation Mountain, Slab City, East Jesus and Galleta Meadows Estate in the Southern California Desert area to find weirdly wonderful art and other unique attractions.

MELROSE UMBRELLA COMPANY AND MEZCALI ME BANANA COCKTAIL

The recipe for a luscious mezcal based cocktail from the Melrose Umbrella Company cocktail bar/restaurant on Melrose Ave. In Los Angeles.

WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN STRASBOURG

What and where to eat in Strasbourg, France, all deliciously explained.

PENCK HOTEL DRESDEN GERMANY

Although it might not be to everyone’s taste, the Penck Hotel Dresden is wildly innovative and strangely attractive as well as welcoming and agreeable. The hotel serves as a museum to artist A.R. Penck.

THE PANAMA HAT COCKTAIL 

The Panama Hat cocktail brings on the happiest of happy hours. Here’s a recipe invented by master bartender Policarpo for Salsipuedes Restaurant and Bar in the hotel Bristol Panama.

THE SPA AT GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO AND SPA RECIPES

Drum roll please. And the grandest of them all—the winner—the best of the best resort spa in all of Mexico is…ta-da…Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa.
Not that I’ve been to all the pampering places (unfortunately, something I must correct), but have been to enough to know that this one would be really hard to beat.

WHITE WINE SANGRIA HEADS-UP TO HAPPY HOUR

Recipe for Mita’s White Wine Sangria as a heads-up to happy hour.

21c Museum Hotels and Granola Recipe

The 21c Museum Hotels offer guests style, comfort and a museum packed with fun, interesting, thought-provoking art.

TEQUILA: 10 TIPS FOR BUYING AND DRINKING

I was lost, but now I’m found. Lost in a murky, all-is-acceptable-when-it-comes-to-drinking-tequila-sort-of-a-way. But now my cup runneth over with knowledge. I credit Javier Moreno, the charming sommelier at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun resort (located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula). Javier conducted a tequila tasting seminar for a few guests of the resort and, like the resort itself, the seminar couldn’t be better.