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  Have you heard the buzz about the Four Seasons newest popular cocktail? We’ll let you in on a secret. It’s the  Blackberry & Basil Fizz cocktail created last week by Doug Shulman, the head bartender at the hotel’s fabulous U’LU Restaurant in Hawaii. You’ll find Doug tending this elegant bar at Hawaii’s five star Four Seasons Resort […]

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So, how do chefs at the Four Seasons keep their cuisine new and exciting? If you oversee an Italian restaurant, nothing quite beats a trip to Italy to do the trick. And so it was that Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastracusa spent time last fall in Tuscany. He came back to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai inspired […]

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Feel like having a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Admit it. Wouldn’t a few days at “Wynn’s Tis the Season”  be a great way to pamper yourself and be slightly indulgent? Of course, Wynn Resort Las Vegas is famous for being over the top. There’s a reason the hotel keeps earning […]

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The Four Season’s “Farm To Table” nine course tasting meal was over the top. What an evening! Instead of dining  oceanside at  the fabulous Pahu i’a restaurant, Executive Chef James “Jim” Babian surprised with a two person chef’s table “Inside the Kitchen.” Chef Jim is serious about using local products. Check out the menu below. It was inspired by […]

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Villa D’Este is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. If you are truly ambitious and want to create an over the top New Year’s Eve dinner, take a look at the exquisite photographs and recipes on the attached Christmas card from Chef Luciano Parolari  at Villa D’Este. I guarantee you will want […]

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The Four Seasons is known for its five star accommodations, fabulous food and exceptional service. Read on for an example of the  Four Seasons Resort Hualalai going the “extra mile.” I threw out a culinary challenge to Food and Beverage Director, Sebastian Hinsch, and Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastrascusa. How would you pair food with the only certified […]

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is known as much for its dining as it is for  luxurious hotel accommodations. Great ingredients, with an emphasis on farm fresh local selections, are the key. Food takes center stage. All photos in this post are from the new menu debuting tomorrow. Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastrascusa has been overseeing tastings […]

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Thinking about an exotic African safari?  Take a look at Tanzania’s luxury safari lodge, just named in Travel + Leisure’s 2011  World’s Best Awards category. Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania is next on my bucket list to visit. Singita Game Reserves set the gold standard for accommodations in Africa if you want to experience a […]

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Singita Ebony Lodge in South Africa is the ultimate African safari lodge located adjacent to Kruger National Park. Our family had the trip of a lifetime here. Singita means “the place of miracles” in Shangaan and it lives up to its name. We stayed at Singita Ebony Lodge, which consists of 12 thatched private suites. […]

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Mark  Broodryk is Head Guide at  Singita Ebony Lodgein Kruger National Park. We were fortunate to have Mark as our family’s guide for our stay at Singita. Mark would greet us at 5:00 every morning with fresh coffee,  homemade pastries and freshly squeezed juice. Then it was off to morning safari. We would greet our tracker, […]

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