Category Archives: Restaurants

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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The Ainsworth: An Upscale NYC Sports Bar

The Ainsworth is not your typical sports bar. Sure, there’s the standard fare: Flat screens (over three dozen to be exact) on display at every available angle; a mammoth-sized, fully-stocked bar that begs to be sat at and pine walls that evoke a rustic, woodsy vibe. But fused with all of the masculine details are charming chandeliers that hang from sky-high ceilings, sporadic splashes of printed wallpaper, white, sheer curtains and life-size plants that dress the store front windows and doorway, giving the decor a classy, delicate touch. Situated in the heart of Chelsea, The Ainsworth is a 6,000 square foot, full service neighborhood hangout,

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Seeking Solace in Brooklyn

Every now and then, I need to make a quick escape. Life gets tough and the four walls in my apartment in New Jersey – as much as I adore my crib – start to close in on me and I want out! This past weekend was rough. I had a lot on my mind and needed a change of scenery. A change of pace. Different air to breathe.  Something to help me clear my head and take a break from my thoughts. I knew just where to flee: Brooklyn. I’m in Manhattan all the time – working, eating, chilling,

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