On The Road ~ Atacama Chile 10

Arriving Explora Atacama

Elavation 7952 feet.

The Hotel is on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama, a town set on an arid high plateau in the Andes mountains of northeastern Chile. It’s dramatic surrounding landscape incorporates desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. The Valle de la Luna in the nearby Los Flamencos National Reserve is a lunarlike depression with a huge sand dune and pink-streaked mountains. Explora Atacama offers access to these and more with highly trained guides.

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This is where we eat.

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At this elevation it’s important that you drink lots of water. These containers have pineapple sometimes cucumber.

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Where i sit to write to share our trip with you.

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The path to your room.

 

On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #19

Heading back to Kyoto, spending a few days at the new Four Seasons, Kyoto. We want to thank the wonderful  staff, and if you stay here, be sure to find the Manager, Alex Porteous and say hello for us.

Besides the beautiful rooms, the flower arrangements and art throughout the public areas of the hotal

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Incredable pool and spa

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Tea House

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On The Road ~ Art Basil Miami

Four Seasons Hotel

I love how all of these hotels are so unique. We are here for Art Basil Miami, and how appropriate that Four Seasons Miami began collecting art a decade ago.

Colombian-born sculpture Fernando Botero is one of 40 Miami and Latin American artists, these artists can be found throughout the hotel.

 

I love the feet.

Other artists include renowned Venezuelan painter Jesus Rafael Soto, Cuban multi-media artist Jose Bedia, to edgy up-ans-comers such as Daniel Arsham, Tao Rey and Bhakti Baxter

 

On The Road ~ Budapest, Hungary #2

Four Seasons Hotel – Gresham Palace – Budapest

A beautiful example of Art Nouveau architecture.

Extraordinarily beautiful.

 

 

 

 

On The Road ~ Vienna, Austria

Arrived and staying at Hotel Sacher Vienna

Opened in 1876, Hotel Sacher Wien is furnished with valuable antiques, elegant furniture, and a famous collection of paintings. The rooms are individually furnished with precious materials. Family owned, and located in the heart of Vienna, opposite the State Opera and right next to the Kärntner Straße.

 

Edible East End in Vienna

 

 

Room with a view of the Opera House

 

On The Road ~ Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Côte d’Azur, France

Now on the French Riviera, at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a legendary palace hotel icon since 1908. Now a Four Seasons.

This is a very beautiful hotel and place, take a look at the chandler.

 

 

 

THE KAHALA TURNS 50 IN HONOLULU

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed January 22nd, 2014, The Kahala Hotel & Resort Golden Jubilee Day.

As a returning guest of the hotel since the mid 80’s, it’s very exciting to be a part of this years celebrations. When we checked in last week, as the staff says “welcome home”, we were told that in the last five years we had been their guest 22 times, yes our home away from home. The Kahala is a perfect oasis of serenity and elegance, just a short drive outside the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy the best of both worlds.

We had the honor of being a part of the celebration dinners, held in the beautiful Hoku’s Restaurant, just last weekend April 5th, 2014. The event was called “Remembering the Maile Room” Featuring Kahala Executive Chef Martin Wyss and Hotel Okura Tokyo La Belle Époque Chef Katsuya Yamamoto.

To start we had from Chef Yamamoto: Tomato Gelee ‘Cannelloni’, Dungeness Crab, Mustard Aioli, Sauce Aurore, paired with BANDOL, ROSE’, Domaine Tempier 2012

Next from Chef Wyss: Terrine of Foir Gras & Truffle, Beef Jelly, Citrus & Toast Points, Paired with: SAMOS, MUSCAT, Kourtaki NV, GR

Moving on from Chef Yamamoto: Marinated Salmon Confit with Fennel Cream, Poached Quail Egg, Paired with: VERMENTINO ‘E POVE’ Domaine Maestracci 2010, Corse Calvi, Corsica.

From Chef Wyss, Keahole Maine Lobster Thermidor, Hamakua Mushroom & Asparagus, Paired with VIOGNIER, Freemark Abbey 2011, Napa Valley

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From Chef Yamamoto, Grilled Sirloin with Lemongrass Butter, Beef Jus, Paired with RED ‘WINSTON HILL’ Frank Family 2008, Rutherford.

To finish, from Chef Wyss, Frozen Chocolate Ganache, Grand Marnier, Grapefruit Ice Cream, Paired with ALEATICO ‘CARO LORENZO’ Clenenden Family 1995, Santa Maria Valley.

And Amazing Petit Fours

Congratulations and a big thank you for an amazing event, goes to the brilliant Chefs, knowledgable staff and to Todd Oldham. MAHALO!

At Hoku’s on other evenings, enjoy Contemporary Island Cuisine, melding Hawaiian, Asian and European flavors, renowned for it’s innovative culinary style and service.

For more about this beautiful hotel and this years celebrations, visit www.KahalaResort.com

A hui hou