Membership Has its Privileges in the Kobe & Cabernet Club

Membership Has its Privileges in the Kobe & Cabernet Club

When it comes to food-and-wine pairings, American Kobe (Wagyu) beef matched with an intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of impeccable. The combination of a full bodied Cabernet with deep, concentrated flavor in combination with a fine-cut grade of this succulent, buttery beef is an exquisite epicurean experience like none other.

Gordon Ramsay Steak Las Vegas a cut above

Gordon Ramsay Steak Las Vegas a cut above

Vegas restaurateurs take note: There’s a new game in town that has single-handedly elevated the fine steakhouse experience to another level. This is in the form of Gordon Ramsay Steak, which opened in May 2012 aptly at Paris Las Vegas. Hell’s Kitchen is a far cry from this elegant and alluring new eatery that has raised the bar to an exceptionally high standard.

Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard: L.A.’s ultimate urban retreat

Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard: L.A.’s ultimate urban retreat

Upon arrival, plush and cozy furnishings in the open, airy, fresh orchid-scented hotel lobby beckoned me sit back and settle in to “vacation mode.” This I did as a team of service-focused staffers checked me in while I freshened up with a provided moist towelette and sipped a complimentary glass ofShirazwine – the welcome amenity I opted for over a cappuccino. This wonderful arrival experience was apropos foreshadowing of the hospitality to follow.

BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge gets a fresh start (Los Angeles ,CA)

BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge gets a fresh start (Los Angeles ,CA)

When in L.A., it’ll be worth your while to head over to BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge in Westwood, which is ensconced in the trendy and sophisticated Palomar Hotel onWilshire Boulevard. Surrounded by a bevy of high-rise residences, BLVD 16 exudes that friendly and familiar neighborhood gathering place vibe that’s duly complimented by an urban chic atmosphere and uncompromised American California cuisine.

New Executive Chef commandeers Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego

New Executive Chef commandeers Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego

In his short time at Bali Hai, Lieberman and has already flexed his creative muscle by introducing an array of seasonal menu items that are attracting local leisure diners, tourists, and large parties, alike. On a recent “girl’s night out,” I had the pleasure of sampling multiple dishes from the current iteration of the Bali Hai menu, which duly showcases this chef’s artistic vision and versatility.

Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Opulence

Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Opulence

This past January 2012, Caesars Palace celebrated the grand opening of its luxurious new Octavius Tower—its sixth hotel tower that brings overall availability at the venerable property up to nearly 4,000 rooms and suites. The tower has already proven to be a high-demand destination, which is understandable given Caesars Palace has long maintained one of the highest regular occupancy rates in Las Vegas even during the recent economic downturn.

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