My first Summer 2016 full week in Fire Island | Fire Island, United States | Lovely week – as every year – at our Beach House in Fire Island PINES. filled with beach walks, quire relaxing time, friends and family visits, cooking and glasses of wine and lots of breathtaking sunsets over the bay. Lucky enough 6 more weeks ahead await for Rubin, Bruna and I. Very few places in the world give me so much peace and happiness. Fire Island is one of them, and lucky enough this island is only two hours away from New York. No need for long-haul flights. Hope you enjoy my report in photos on this experience. You can also check and follow me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Fire Island #GPSCarlosMeliaFIREISLAND. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
A very busy week working and enjoying San Francisco | San Francisco,United States | I am lucky enough to spend quite some time in San Francisco throughout the year, and every time I come I am blown away by the restaurant scene, which is my absolutely favorite thing to do when I visit. My last two visits were mostly for work, and to attend The Modern Ball 2016 – the social event of San Francisco – this year paired with the opening gala dinner of the SFMOMA ( aka. MOMA of San Francisco ) San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art ), where my husband RUBINSINGER, was dressing over a dozen of the most influential women of the social scene of San Francisco. Hope you enjoy my report on this experience. You can also check and follow me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in San Francisco #GPSCarlosMeliaSanFrancisco
So first of all and most importantly, How did I fly ? from New York to San Francisco. Well of course I did, with American Airlines, enjoying the new Business Class Service. The flight is approx. 5 hours and 30 minutes. Flat bed, great entertainment system and WIFI.
Second, Where did I stayed ?. When I travel, I like to change hotels to try different options. This time I chose three of my favorite properties in San Francisco, all located conveniently close to Union Square, since we came to do a Personal Appearance for my husband RUBINSINGER at Neiman Marcus and for the opening Gala Diner of the SOFA. First (above) the Ritz Carlton San Francisco. There we had a lovely and spacious Concierge Level King Room. When you book the Concierge Level, you enjoy all the 24 hours Food & Beverage services at the private lounge. This was my first time staying with them, and I loved it. I was not crazy about the menu at the Lobby Restaurant, but other than that, all was lovely. Our second stay (below) was at a classic of my visits to San Francisco, the Palace Hotel – A Luxury Collection Hotel. I love this hotel, and the breakfast room is just GORGEOUS. Here we had a stunning Corner Suite. I wish we could have had more time to stay at this property.
And finally, on the day/night of The Modern Ball Gala at the SOFA San Francisco, we took the Presidential Suite at the St Regis San Francisco, given it is only one block away from the museum, and we hosted a cocktail with all the women wearing RUBINSINGER to the gala dinner. This is my second stay at the St Regis, and here you can see my previous post and visit.
Where did we eat ? Well I must say we did PLENTY of that, and of all types. I mean San Francisco it might as well be consider the food capital of the United States. On this trip, we tried some classics – you can see on my previous posts, but also new options you need to know about.
First gourmet stop, might as well be in Chinatown. Right ? Here we tried two options. The bran new Mister Jiu’s by Brandon Jew – trendy and hip Chinese Restaurant, and then R & G Lounge – my favorite BTW, with local and rustic Cantonese experience. Well not so rustic, since we chose to stay at the elegant upstairs banquet room. Here you can have the specialties like Princess Chicken, Pekin Duck and the Crab.
Four of the best findings, we found thanks to our local friends, where Wayfare Tavern ( serving American fare in a British pub-style setting), Liho Liho Yacht Club( the hot table in San Francisco right now mixing Hawaiian-Indian-Chinese food ), Zuni Cafe( bustling Market Street bistro serving famous roast chicken & other wood-fired eats ) and The Slanted Door ( for Vietnamese food over the bay ) . You must try all of them.
These two restaurants – next – I found them while walking around town and killing time. I did not stay to enjoy a full meal with them, but I both I did enjoy a lovely chilled glass of white wine and some tapas, and in both cases I loved the ambiance, crowd and location. First Cala Restaurant( high-end Mexican cuisine, seafood & cocktails ) steps away from the San Francisco Opera. And Rose’s Cafe( All-day cafe with outdoor seating & Italian fare, including a signature breakfast pizza ) – in Pacific Heights.
Now, without a doubt, the Grand Dame gourmet experience of our trip, was our elegant 2 Michelin – 14-Courses dinning experience at Relais & Chateaux Restaurant Quince. Californian contemporary cuisine that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California by Chef Michael Tusk. Quite a lovely evening.
What did i do and see ? Well I walked around by the beach, and I always end up getting myself – intended – back to the Golden Gate Park. I mean, you can never get enough of this views.
Then for some strange reason, when I am in San Francisco, I get the craving for shopping. It is fun, it is easy and it is chic. So I did some shopping around Union Square. And this time I discover a new favorite at Wingtip. I ended up buying a gorgeous new Dunhill raincoat.
I took a walk by the Golden Gate Park, visiting the Japanese Gardens, and they on to the Young Museum to see the Oscar de la Renta ” Retrospection ” exhibit, which quite frankly was rather unimpressive.Spent a GORGEOUS day in Palo Alto ( approx. 1 hour away from San Francisco ) visiting friends and clients.
Now it was highly time to do some work right. Early morning interview at Wingtip Cigar Lounge, followed by RUBINSINGER Personal Appearance and Trunk show at Neiman Marcus San Francisco.
And finally, my favorite part of the entire trip. The Modern Ball 2016 Gala Dinner for the opening of the SFMOMA – San Francisco Modern Art Museum. The social event of the year. My husband RUBINSINGER was dressing over a dozen high-profile socialites. The evening began over Dirty Martinis at our Presidential Suite at the St Regis San Francisco, and off we went for a private viewing of the museum. followed by a cocktail, dinner and after party. FUN FUN night.
WYNWOOD WALLS STREET ART | Miami, United States | Miami now has its own SOHO vibe. Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. It is north of Downtown Miami, with two major sub-districts, the Wynwood Art District in northern Wynwood, and the Wynwood Fashion District. During my last visit to Miami, I came to explore these districts, which everyone talk about. I must say I was quite unimpressed, particularly by the Fashion one. I mean nothing you haven’t seen before, and the area looked like a ghost town, completely empty. As for the Art District, it was rather more interested and crowded. Full of art galleries, and small cafes, eclectic bars and restaurants. Contains over 70 galleries, museums and art collections. What I did find very attractive, were the Wynwood Walls. Continue reading WYNWOOD WALLS STREET ART
MUSTs and MISS South Beach Miami Restaurants list | Miami, United States | Last week I spent 5 days in Miami Beach. I came to review and experience a few new luxury hotels (post to come soon), and at the same time do a revision of the restaurant scene. Of course this was not my first time to Miami, as a matter of fact I have spent half of my life coming here, and I have seen many transformations and faces of Miami and SOBE, over the years. I tried a few options either new to me or new to the Miami Beach Scene. Here are my MUST and MISS South Beach Miami Restaurants list, based own experiences. Continue reading MUSTs and MISS South Beach Miami Restaurants list
New Year’s Week Skiing at the private Yellowstone Club in Montana | Montana, United States | For this past New Year’s Week, both Rubin and I were invited to spend an ultra chic and exclusive week skiing, at the Yellowstone Club in Montana. Yellowstone Club, is the World’s only private ski and golf community. A 13,600 acre private residential community set amidst the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The Club’s superior amenities, easy Montana charm and overwhelming natural beauty present an incomparable venue for mountain living, year-round recreation, and cherished family traditions. 2,200 acres of powder drenched trails of world-class skiing in the winter and an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed mountain golf course for the summer months. Continue reading New Year’s Week Skiing at the private Yellowstone Club in Montana