Rivera Del Rio Hotel
Nestled into the hills of Puerto Vallarta, this old mansion once the home of the socialite named "Silver" and her husband "Smoky", friends of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, has been since been converted into a stunning 8-suite hotel, full of old world charm and eclectic yet elegant character. The scene of many a famous movie scenes and fashion photo shoots, you can tell this place is something else from the moment you walk in.
Each of the 8 rooms or suites in this hotel have a completely different decorative style and vibe. Pictured below, we stayed in the "Green Room", referred to as such for it's green walls. Filled with Botero-like paintings this room captured our hearts at first sight! Since the hotel was completely booked, I wasn't able to get pictures of any of the other rooms, but head over to their website to find more, and I can promise I'll be back to visit them again soon and hopefully get some more snaps of other rooms!
Perhaps the thing we enjoyed most about this spot was the fabulous service and delicious food. You could say it felt like staying at a bed & breakfast more than a hotel. Personal attention included fresh made margaritas to greet us, fresh squeezed OJ and fruit in the morning as we decided what to order for our main breakfast dish, and an "honor system" refrigerator by the pool fully stocked with Coronas, Tequila, Champagne, White Wine... just about anything you could want to compliment a day by the pool.
If you are headed to Puerto Vallarta, and want to experience something truly special and unique, I highly suggest you head over to Rivera Del Rio for an unforgettable stay! We enjoyed the sweeping views by the pool so much, we didn't even miss the beach!
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So it's been a bit since I've posted. Life has been crazy, but I want to get back on track! That being said, thought I'd start off by sharing some of my favorite finds from my recent trip to the capital of Mexico - Mexico City!
As you may or may not know, Mexico City is currently one of the most innovative gastronomic capitals of the world. So no surprise, just about anywhere I went, whether it was quickly popping into a street cafe for a bite, or a planned meal, EVERYTHING was SO delicious!
I spent most of my time in what is arguably the nicest "borough" of Mexico City, Polanco. Polanco is like the Rodeo Drive, or Fifth Avenue part of the city. So I was a little spoiled, and I can't wait to get back to Mexico City and check out the food in so many other places! But for now... here are a few of my HIGHLY recommended favorites.
Dulcinea: Quick, easy but totally gourmet, inexpensive casual cafe. Sounds like an oxymoron right? Because it is... Located in Polanquito, I stopped by this place for lunch, and was blown away by the creative menu, full of unique combinations for even the simplest dish. Price for 2 appetizers, 2 cocktails, and 2 entrees? $50 USD
Continuing on... even though I am drooling all over again thinking about the above... there is more drool to be had!
Condesa DF: Swanky hotel with gorgeous sunset rooftop views, located in the hip Condesa barrio. Perfect for grabbing evening drinks and a quick bite. From Grupo Habita, sister hotel to The Hotel Americano in NYC & Casa Fayette in Guadalajara, MX, to name a few.
As I sipped on a delectable maracuya, or passionfruit cocktail, watching the sunset overlooking Benito Juarez Airport, watching the planes come in and depart, I of course, GOT HUNGRY. The menu at Condesa was mix of everything, but I was immediately intrigued by the combinations in the Sushi Rolls.
A Sushi Roll with Spicy Tuna, Fresh Jalapeno, and Bleu Cheese Crumbles?! Is that even good? (I thought to myself). And boy, am I happy I decided to give it a try. I still dream of this Sushi Roll. I can't wait for the day that we meet again!
I could go on and on. But I'll save that for future posts, and future trips back to this magical city! I hope you enjoyed, and I promise to keep the posts coming more frequently.
Until next time fellow foodie and travel lovers!
NYC during Christmas time is possibly one of the most magical places to be... If you can never mind the influx of tourists, and let the Holiday spirit take you!
So, where to go for a fully immersive experience? We all know the typical destinations, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park Holiday pop-up etc. But where can you go to feel like you're eating inside of a Christmas Tree, or drinking in Santa's workshop? We rounded up our favorites below!
My all-time favorite? If you can manage to remember to make a reservation before December, or have the patience to wait in a long line/are lucky enough to sneak into the bar on an off-night, hands down it is Rolf's on 18th and 3rd Avenue!
Pictured above is the French Onion Soup amidst the Rolf's decor! I also ate the Jaeger Schnitzel, in Paprika Mushroom Sauce, Vegetable & Spätzle, which I would also recommend! While Rolf's probably has the most extensive decorations, all of my recommendations below feature Seasonal Holiday inspired cocktails, (think egg nog, mulled wines, candy cane concoctions etc.) and enough feLIZ holiday decor to put a smile even on The Grinch's face! :)
Check them out! Let me know what you think!
Rolf's German Restaurant, 281 Third Avenue, rolfsnyc.com
Lillie's Union Square, 13 East 17th Street, unionsquare.lilliesnyc.com
Miracle on Ninth Street/Mace, 649 East Ninth St, macenewyork.com
Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack, 13 First Avenue (at First Street), boilermakernyc.com
Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite foodie discoveries and scenic pictures from my most recent trip down to Miami, Florida!
I get to escape the Concrete Jungle (NYC) and slip down to Miami for some tropical sunshine and beachside eats once every couple months. My last trip I chose to concentrate my foodie escapades on some of the newest restaurant openings, including: Tom Colicchio's BeachCraft at the new 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach, Jean-George's Matador Room at the Edition Hotel South Beach, & the new casual Mexican hotspot/speakeasy Coyo Taco in the Wynwood Arts District.
I loved everything about this spot! With both in and outdoor seating, a fresh seafood centric savory menu, and a friendly and attentive waitstaff, they checked off all my boxes. The outdoor seating is beside their stunning pool, with beach sand and airy white couches by the bar area, or traditional seating with umbrellas a few feet away. I chose to lounge on the comfy couch, sip rose, and enjoy one of the most delicious Seafood Ceviche's I have ever had! Even the chips for the ceviche were individually seasoned and made in-house. I can't wait to get back to this spot.
Similar to BeachCraft, a restaurant from a prestigious chef, but a totally different feel. Matador Room features both in and outdoor seating (overlooking the hotel's pool), and a menu mostly Spanish-based with dashes of other Latin influence. Here I absolutely died for their Grilled Octopus appetizer. It was perfectly spicy and crispy, and beautifully presented. I also highly recommend the Hanger Steak, and you can never go wrong with the house-cured Charcuterie. Definitely worth repeating!
If you follow my Instagram account, you know I can't go long without digging into some authentic Mexican food. Coyo Taco certainly did not disappoint! Not only was the food a treat, but a fun destination as it is located in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. Spend some time taking a look at some of the famous Graffiti walls, then pop in here for a Pacifico and mouthwatering tacos. One of my favorite things about this spot was the variety of tacos that they offered. Here you can find all of your traditional Mexican tacos: Carnitas, Al Pastor, Cochinita etc.. BUT, you can also find some fun original ideas of theirs, such as: Pastor de Pollo, Pulpo, Quinoa, & Carnitas de Pato! What's more? Come on the later end, and sneak through the kitchen to find a hidden bar! Bon appetit & salud!
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As mentioned in my "About" section, my roots are in the beautiful country of Chile.
In this post, I thought I would share a few pictures from my most recent trip to Santiago, the capital of Chile, this past October.
If you are ever presented with the opportunity to visit, I urge you to do it! The city is rapidly evolving and growing more vibrant everyday. The food is exceptional, as you will get a taste for through my pictures below.
Please enjoy! And any questions, feel free to reach out to me via firstname.lastname@example.org!