some of our favorite places to lay our heads, fill our tummies,
on our many travels across the u.s.
park hyatt chicago
, (312) 335-1234.
the park hyatt exudes elegance from the minute you
step into the lobby (where gerhard richter's piazza del duomo
hangs) to the moment you walk into your room (all boasting stylish
touches like eames chairs and soaking tubs). when we can, we
splurge for a room with a view of the lake.
westin century plaza hotel and spa
, los angeles, (310) 277-2000.
going on a girls' weekend or planning
a romantic getaway with your better half? consider this historic
yet trendy outpost, where the rooms are plush, the spa features
every kind of treatment imaginable, and the restaurant/sushi bar is
a favorite of the l.a. elite. who knows? you might never leave the
3660 on the rise
, honolulu, (808) 737-1177.
got seafood? this casual bistro in the
up-and-coming culinary mecca of kaimuki sure does, from the
signature ahi katsu appetizer to the chilean sea bass. there are
other marvelous menu items, too, in the asian/pacific vein, not to
mention a primo wine list. perhaps that's why it's been voted one
of honolulu's best restaurants.
old homestead steak house
, new york, (212) 242-9040.
when it comes to getting a good steak in
the big apple, most people think peter luger. but we like the old
homestead equally as well, if not more. truth be told, the service
isn't always what you'd expect at such a nice establishment, but
the food more than makes up for it. the cuts are incredible and, as
one devotee put it, they possess layers of flavors you just can't
duplicate at home.
three girls bakery
, seattle, (206) 622-1045.
it's hard to go wrong at any of the dining
spots in seattle's famed pike place market, but we always gravitate
here for feel-good food to go, which we typically enjoy on a nearby
grassy plot overlooking elliott bay. the sandwiches are so huge we
end up sharing in order to save room for one of three girls' tasty
dessert items, like the macaroons and raspberry mazurkas.
den of cin
, new york, (212) 254-0800.
we admit we haven't yet made it to this
campy east village basement bar, but next time we're in town, we're
definitely taking in the wednesday-night movieoke party. in this
new spin on karaoke, patrons act out scenes from their favorite
films, be it strutting down the runway with ben stiller in
zoolander or reciting robert de niro's "you talkin' to me?"
monologue from taxi driver.