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Archive for November 2012

The Whaler’s Inn

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Located in Mystic, Connecticut, the Whaler’s Inn is the largest in the downtown area; it boasts a great location, as their website states: “The property is situated just half a block from the Historic Bascule Drawbridge & Scenic Mystic River.”

The inn is just walking distance to local shops and restaurants, along with the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea.

The inn is split into several different “houses” that offer various accommodations. A noteworthy item about the Whaler’s Inn is the lack of key card access, each room has an actual key — some special old school charm.

Pictured is the Hoxie House, the most requested of the Whaler’s Inn houses. The deluxe guestrooms overlook the Mystic River and downtown.


Written by Paulo Loreto

November 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Monique Lhuillier

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Born and raised in the Philippines, Monique Lhuillier has become one of the top fashion designers in the world. Well known for her wedding gowns, her collections also include evening gowns, ready-to-wear, tableware, and linens.

She studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), where she met her husband Tom Bugbee.

In 1996, she debuted her first bridal collection; inspiration for that collection came in 1995, when she was shopping for her own wedding gown and, according to her website, “was surprised by the lack of fashion infused bridal options.”

In 2003, Lhuillier was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

This photo was taken in 2009 during a Monique Lhuillier event at a Bed, Bath, and Beyond event in New York City where she was introducing her Waterford tableware collection for fans.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The Palm

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Established in 1926, The Palm restaurant opened its first location at 837 Second Avenue. Today, the restaurant has about 30 locations.

The restaurant was founded by Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, natives of Parma, Italy. The restaurant’s name came about when registering their restaurant. Originally hoping to name the restaurant La Parma, through a misunderstanding from their accents, the license was issued for “The Palm.”

Bozzi and Ganzi’s grandsons currently run the business.

The restaurant is also known for the caricatures all over the walls. In earlier days, artists would paint on the walls as payment for their meals, a tradition that continued throughout the years.

The Palm has a loyalty rewards program for frequent guests called the 837 Club. For 15,000 points, one can have their caricature placed at a Palm Restaurant.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Cebu Pacific

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In flight since 1996, Cebu Pacific was launched as the Philippines’ low fare carrier. Originally operating exclusively as a domestic carrier, in 2001, the airline added international routes.

According to the Cebu Pacific website, such international destinations include: Bangkok, Busan, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei. Chairman Emeritus John L. Gokongwei, Jr. said in his book, “The Path of Entrepreneurship,” he dreams of having Cebu Pacific reach destinations in Europe and the Americas some day.

With the youngest fleet in the Philippines, Cebu Pacific currently operates with 30 Airbus and eight ATR aircraft.

Cebu Pacific is a subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings, the same company that runs Robinson’s Department Stores and Sun Cellular.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Posted in Airline, Philippines, Travel

Heart and Seoul

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Located within the Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, I Love Burgers offers an array of unique burgers — on the most recent menu, there are 14.

Along with burgers, slides, and salads, the restaurant also had a menu option called Garbage Fries. The menu describes them as: Golden brown French fries with buffalo chili, jalapeños, green onion, cilantro, black olives and aged cheddar cheese sauce.

A fantastic arrangement.

The Heart and Seoul burger, a veritable tribute to East Asian cuisine, includes ground angus marinated in Sriracha and soy, avocado, kimchi, onion strings, farm fresh egg and furikake-wasabi mayo.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Posted in Food, Korean, Las Vegas, Travel

Golden Gate

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Located in downtown Las Vegas, along the Fremont Street Experience, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino is the oldest and smallest hotels along the entertainment strip.

It is said the Golden Gate is where the first shrimp cocktail served in Las Vegas, In 1959, a shrimp cocktail cost 50¢. Today, coined “the best tail in town,” it is served in the hotel’s Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery for $2.99.

Since 1959, according to their website, more than 40 million have been served.

The casino was founded by partners Italo Ghelfi, Robert Picardo, Al Burante, Leo Massaco, and Dan Fioriro. The group were from the San Francisco area.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The Crystals

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A high-end retail complex in the midst of the Las Vegas CityCenter. The mall features retailers like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, Gucci, and Versace.

The interior was designed by the New York-based Rockwell Group. Previous work of the Rockwell Group includes Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City’s Borgata, and New York City’s W Hotel.

The Crystals also offers concierge service to assist in a variety of services from booking show tickets to coordinating events.

The Crystals complex is LEED+ Gold Core & Shell certification.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Posted in Las Vegas, Shopping, Travel