Our week in Fire Island introduced by Mrs. Bruna | Fire Island, United States | Our week in Fire Island PINES introduced by Travel with Bruna, miniature Schnauzer extraordinaire. Pet Friendly Summer Beach Travel only two hours away from New York City. The weekend involved lots of walks around The Pines, lots of runs at the beach, close encounters with ducks, swans and deers, and lots of lovely relaxing sunsets. Read more on Fire Island on all my previous blog posts. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com Continue reading Our week in Fire Island introduced by Mrs. Bruna
My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER | New York, United States | Getting ready for my upcoming trip to San Francisco, to assist the Mid-Winter Gala 2015, I came to RUBINSINGER Studio in New York to have my new Tuxedo tailored by two master bespoke couture designers, Rubin Singer and his father, Alik Singer. Alik is the former designer of the Circus of Moscow and the Bolshoi Theater. I am not stranger to wear bespoke tailored Tuxedos by Rubin Singer in Bangkok and Cannes. Such an unique and interesting experience, spending the morning along Alik Singer, having my measurements taken, picking the fabrics, the lining, the shape…. and seeing and learning the full process, behind-the-scenes of a Tuxedo made-to-tailor in New York. Continue reading My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER
Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room | New York, United States | Sunday Brunch in Manhattan along my partner Rubin Singer and my dear friend Michael Romei, took place at the iconic and famous upscale rooftop restaurant and events space, the Rainbow Room. Located at the 65th floor of the NBC Tower, atop the 30 Rockefeller Plaza. I was so excited to explore and experience Rainbow Room, influenced by many stories of such unique New York landmark. We had a lovely afternoon celebrating the end my my Birthday week. Continue reading Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room
Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant | New York, United States | Celebrating my 41st Birthday, last night my partner Rubin Singer, took me for a fabulous fine dinning experience out in New York. His line was, you are so jaded and you have experience almost all in terms or cuisine and hospitality, but I will yet surprise you. And so he did. 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park by Chef Daniel Humm under the Relais & Chateaux portfolio, was quite outstanding and indeed a great discovery. Continue reading Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant
21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype | New York, United States | Last night I joined my dear friend Michael Romei, for a distinguished evening hosted by the 21 Club by Belmond. Our night began, of course, over Martinis and continue over a few fantastic bottles of Sancere, along with the Menu by their new Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique. Continue reading 21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype
Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York | New York, United States | If you happen to be a huge fan of Baccarat as I am, how can you not be, then you will love this brand new / soon to open first hotel by iconic luxury brand Baccarat. Heritage is the word that defines this heaven made out of glass, silk, fine textures and a galore of exquisitely curated marvelous chandeliers. Founded and commanded by King Louis XV, Baccarat is a legendary French crystal company, a true luxury brand whose renowned artisans have been producing objects of perfect craftsmanship for more than 250 years. Continue reading Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York
Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York | New York, Unites States | For our third year anniversary, with Rubin Singer, we choose this time to celebrate it with an intimate private dinner at Arabelle Restaurant at The Plaza Athenee New York. Mondays, the restaurant remains closed, therefore it is the perfect time to have your one-on-one private dinning experience. We chose the small room next to, my absolute favorite bar in New York, the Seine Bar. Very cozy, intimate and old time chic. For a minute you forget about being in New York, and you are transported to a petit bistro in France. Continue reading Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York
Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown | New York, United States | Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection. The castle was taken over three years ago by the Japanese group Sankara. Continue reading Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown
Brand new Park Hyatt New York | New York, US | Today I was invited to visit the brand new Park Hyatt New York, followed by a casual and wonderful lunch at The Back Room ONE57 Restaurant, American Grill with a touch of French, all prepared by the expert hand of Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault. Park Hyatt New York is located in the heart of midtown at 153 West 57th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from Central Park. The hotel, designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, features 210 generously sized guest rooms including 92 suites, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. The state-of-the-art guest rooms are among the largest in the city, starting from 475 square feet or 44 square meters. Throughout the hotel, guests will experience an uncommon space offering sophistication and elegance. The hotel is located at New York’s tallest residential building, occupying ground floor to the 25th floor. Onwards is all private residences with services and amenities, signature of Park Hyatt. A full-service Spa Nalai, fitness center with partial views of the Central Park and a lovely indoor pool. Fully pet friendly. Seamless check in concept, right from the entrance to your room. On the third floor there is a Guest Services and Les Clefs d’Or Concierge desk. I LOVED: Size of the rooms and bathrooms + the MiniBars which are like little jewel boxes full of surprises + the ballroom spaces for events + the balcony suites (specially the balconies) + the indoor pool + the fact that the building is fully WiFi Free of charge + being Pet Friendly Hotel w/ what I like to call VID – Very Important Dog treatment and amenities + the Beets Risotto I tried for lunch at The Back Room ONE57 + the Bar. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE: Being such a high-rise building, I was expecting to have breathtaking 360 degrees and panoramic views of Manhattan and most particularly of the Central Park, from the public areas and most specially from the rooms and suites. But unfortunately only those at the private residences get to enjoy that part, not if you are staying at the hotel. New York needed its very own Park Hyatt property, here you have it. Book with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at The Back Room at One57. Also available with Room Service + $100 Hotel Credit, per Room, per Stay. Plus the following amenities subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Upgrade + Early Check-In + Late Check-Out. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY | New York, United States | Last night invited by my dear friend Michael Romei, Chef Concierge at the Waldorf Tower and General Secretary of UICH Les Clefs d’Or, along with our other friend Alejandro, we shared and enjoyed a lovely evening at one of the most iconic restaurants of New York, the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. VIP treatment right from the start, when we were informed that we were seating at the Waldorf Astoria’s General Managers table, and the excellent service, efficient and professional, but yet friendly and relaxed. We even had the joy to have Celso Moreira, Concierge and Manager on Duty, to stop by and have a little chat with us. There is so much history and myth in these two rooms, that makes the whole gourmet experience even more enjoyable and rich. Every week, when the three of us are in New York, we get together to try a new restaurant and share week with each other.
In the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes. At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, New York’s giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow with Diamond Jim Brady, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and other colorful characters. Behind the bar, in honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear.
When The Waldorf Astoria opened in 1931 from its original location where the Empire State building stands now to its new location on park Avenue, it united two beloved watering holes – the clubby Men’s Bar and the convivial Old Waldorf Astoria Bar – into a new, and equally welcoming Men’s Bar. Manhattan’s financial and Wall Street elite immediately embraced their new gathering spot. The new Men’s Bar featured magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear, brought from the original Old Waldorf Astoria Bar. These powerful figures, which represented the significance of the Men’s Bar in the financial life the city, caused patrons to nickname it “The Bull and Bear.” Over time, so many deals were struck “at the Bull and Bear” where the gilded pair now stood sentinel that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar’s unofficial title. Today, the bronze bull and bear remain masters of their domains in a newly energized setting, surveying the scene as the staff at Bull and Bear serve New York’s most generous cocktails, its prime steak, and some of the city’s most delectable game and seafood.
But this is just the beginning of it all. Once you open the menu, the story continues, with iconic options, nobody can miss to try. Like the classic and worldwide renown Waldorf Salad. The salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. And the story goes, that the Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel at that time, had to prepare a meal for an event, and they realized they had run out of lettuce. Out of panic, they gathered some apples, coconut, celery, grapes, walnuts and mayonnaise among a few other ingredients and improvised this salad, which over the time became a classic. So of course we order one for the table.
My choice for started was the Onion Soup Gratinee Gruyere, Brioche Croutons (USD 14), I can never pass on it, specially during winter. I am obsessed with any type of soups, but Onion Soup is one of my favorites. As for the main course I had the Ocean choice of a Dover Sole Meuniere Lemon brown butter (USD 59). All along a fabulous dirty vodka martini to start and a bottle of Sancere to share with my two great friends.
Now dessert was a debauchery itself. Of course the chef sent some of the best classics to try, including the original recipe for the Red Velvet Cake, another signature dish by the Waldorf Astoria, made with beets. which give the original color and they also serve to retain moisture. So we shared a Red Velvet Cake Waldorf Astoria Original with Mascarpone cream cheese frosting (USD 19), a Warm Toffee Bread Pudding salted caramel ice cream (USD 14) and a Dark Chocolate Budino with peanut butter ice cream (USD 16). Of course after that I decided, mind the low temperatures, to take a long walk home along 5th Avenue and after the Central Park. Such a lovely night with my two great friends. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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