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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.

SAN SEBASTIÁN, PINTXOS, AND THE GILDA

For those who have never been to San Sebastián, Spain, put it on your bucket list. If you have already been—then you know. You’ll return. What makes the city so appealing? Food, glorious food, and more food. Of course the setting is lovely. Once a small fishing village, San Sebastián now spreads from the sea […]

GEAR TO GO

Of all the travel products and paraphernalia that Sweet Leisure sampled and scrutinized lately, two rise to the surface like cream. Take one to the beach, the other on the road. But before I tell you about these useful products, I have to add a disclaimer. These are not ads. I am not paid (Damn!). […]

BEST EVER SUGAR BAKED HOLIDAY HAM RECIPE

Ta-Da! Drum roll please! And now, dear readers, I’m going to share my secret family recipe for the best ever (really really succulent and delicious) sugar baked holiday ham. BEST EVER SUGAR BAKED HOLIDAY HAM Yield: Plan on serving 1/2 to 3/4 pound per person, but buy enough to have leftovers. This ham makes fabulous […]

10 WAYS TO SAVOR CINCINNATI

Love food? Headed to Cincinnati? Lucky you.

Forget your diet. Cincinnati is the place to gorge, gobble and gluttonize on high-fat, low-cost and pig-out delicious specialities. Whatever you do in the city—wherever you go, be sure to sample the city’s top specialities.

HAPPY HOUR: UNION 30’S COMFORTABLY NUMB

So here is  the way I was told to drink the Comfortably Numb cocktail served at Union 30, a restaurant located inside the smashing Hotel Saint Louis.  See that little bud sitting in a white dish at the side of the drink? It’s a Szechuan button flower. I was told to eat the button and […]

HOTEL SAINT LOUIS, UNION 30 RESTAURANT AND FAMOUS BARR FRENCH ONION SOUP

St. Louis has a new hotel and it’s a stunner.
Believing hotels should be rated for not only guest comforts, but also capturing “a sense of place,” I’d rate Hotel Saint Louis a perfect 10.

DIVA DIAMOND MUSEUM, ANTWERP BELGIUM

Prepare for sparkle. Prepare for shine. Prepare for scandalous stories of courtesans and opera singers and movie stars. Prepare to be educated and entertained. Prepare for DIVA, a museum dedicated to diamonds, silver and other dazzling objects that opened in Antwerp, Belgium, in May, 2018. Located in Antwerp’s historic city center, DIVA has already emerged […]

10 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT LONDON IN DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS DECOR. HERE. THERE. EVERYWHERE.     WARMING AND LINGERING AT LONDON’S TOP INDOOR ATTRACTIONS           THEATRE   AFTERNOON TEA WITH A HOLIDAY THEME   ONE-STOP CHRISTMAS SHOPPING   PUBS, PUB GRUB AND HAPPY PEOPLE    FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST   POP UP ICE RINKS AND MERRY GO ROUNDS   COSY HOTEL […]

THE SPIRITS OF GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH ALABAMA

Beer? Okay.  Wine? Fine.  Cocktails? Now you’re talking.  Although beer and wine may float your boat, cocktails best capture the free-wheeling beach spirit of Gulf Coast Alabama. The coastal cup runneth over with bars and restaurants serving a staggering array of house-speciality cocktails, and although many raise the bar of pleasure, I’ll tell you about […]