Monthly Archives: July 2011

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Beaumarchais

My French is a little rusty. But I will never let my bilingual struggle keep me from enjoying une nuit fine cuisine française. Brasserie Beaumarchais, a sexy eatery inspired by the south of France located in the heart of New York City’s hip Meatpacking District, serves up some flavorful French cuisine. As upscale and chic as executive chef and Iron Chef champion Nicolas Cantrel’s restaurant is, the lively crowd and a live DJ keeps the stuffiness at bay. Although it’s best known for its brunch, I decide to give their dinner menu a whirl.The place is bustling inside and out with an after work crowd. (There’s a

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers

Long before starting my own blog, I tested the waters by guest blogging on other sites. It was a great way for me to flex my writing muscle in between paid writing gigs without the burden of having to run an actual blog. Clearly, I got bit by the bug and decided to launch my own joint. But now I’m extending the invitation to you. If you’d like to be a guest blogger on The Urbane Urbanite, shoot me a pitch at What I’m looking for? For the most part, it’s light and easy fare over here on my corner of the

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Kickin’ it in Cali: My San Fran-Napa Valley Wine Country Getaway

Image: S. James An unseasonably cool breeze whips through my rental car as I zoom up I-80 on my way from the San Francisco International Airport to The Meritage Resort & Spa in southern Napa Valley. After a six-hour flight from New York City, the fresh air is a welcome reprieve. The one-hour drive, which features glimpses of The San Francisco Bay, grassy knolls and rugged mountainous terrain, goes by in a flash. And before I know it, I pull up to a palatial 158-room resort that looks like an estate plucked straight from a Tuscan painting. I can’t wait to check in! Image: Courtesy

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