A very busy week working and enjoying San Francisco

Carlos Melia in San FranciscoA 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.

St Regis San Francisco

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.
QUINCE Restaurant


For after dinner drinks, we joined our local friends, at The Battersy Private Members Club. Quite a beautiful and fund destination.

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.
Palo Alto

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.

And I am back in New York, home sweet home, ready for my next adventure. Hope you’ve enjoyed my post. I cannot wait to be back in San Francisco. , which luckily enough, happens quite often yearly. You can also check and follow me on Instagram to see all my post-current-future posts and experiences while in San Francisco #GPSCarlosMeliaSanFrancisco. Till next travel experience. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com


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My very hectic and eventful week in San Francisco plus a day in Sausalito

My week in San FranciscoMy very hectic and eventful week in San Francisco plus a day in Sausalito  |  San Francisco, United States  |  My week in  San Francisco was full of fashion, hotels, restaurants, private events and a lovely simple day out exploring Sausalito, which was the perfect balance to a hectic week. The main reason of my trip, was to attend RUBINSINGER’s – my husband – personal appearance and trunk show at Neiman Marcus San Francisco, and from there on, I built the itinerary and activities around. Take a look a my week in San Francisco, and for more minute-to-minute photos, check out my Instagram San Francisco GalleryContinue reading My very hectic and eventful week in San Francisco plus a day in Sausalito

My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER

My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER 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

Huntington Hotel Nob Hill

Huntington Hotel Nob Hill by www.carlosmeliablog.comHuntington Hotel Nob Hill  |  San Francisco, United States  |  Perched atop one of the city’s highest hills since 1924, this elegant establishment upholds a long tradition of gracious hospitality. Only a few blocks away from Union Square and very close to Lombard Street, Chinatown and Fishermans Wharf, on California Street.  On our latest and recent visit to San Francisco, we decided to stay at this hotel, which came highly recommended by acquaintances of ours. Member of the SLH and Preferred Hotels family.

We stayed at a spacious, comfortable quaint one bedroom Suite, with lovely views overlooking California Street, Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the San Francisco Bay to the front and Taylor Street to the side. I didn’t have time to try the Spa, but I did use the Fitness Center, which was basic. Something to mention, wether you stay at the hotel or not, is the BIG 4 Restaurant and Bar. named after the nation’s four most famous railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century – C.P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins. Appointed with lead-glass mirrors and forest-green banquettes, the Big 4 Restaurant instantly transports guests to another era of San Francisco dining, featuring an impressive collection of original artifacts, historical photographs and memorabilia from California’s unique history.

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If you choose to book the Huntington Hotel Nob Hill through me, I can offer you the following extra complimentary VIP Amenities: Full American Breakfast for two Daily in The Big Four, also available through Room Service + One Way Private Sedan transfer from the hotel to the San Francisco Airport for up to two Guest + Welcome Tea or Coffee Service sent to room on Arrival. The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of booking: Upgrade. The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Early Check-In, 12:00 Noon + Late Check-Out, 4:00 PM. Because you are worth it !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Riviera Nayarit by Carlos Melia

Riviera Nayarit at 429 MAGAZINE by Carlos MeliaRiviera Nayarit by Carlos Melia  | 429 MAGAZINE | My article on Riviera Nayarit, based on my full week stay hosted by Fours Seasons Punta Mita is OUT and online at 429 Magazine. Check it out. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Riviera Nayarit where all began

Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comRiviera Nayarit  |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  Relatively unknown to many international travelers until only a few years ago, the Riviera Nayarit may be a fresh destination on the Mexico tourism travel scene. Just north of Puerto Vallarta, in the neighbor state of Jalisco, Mexico and spanning over 190 miles along the Pacific coast of Nayarit, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is not only a perfect holiday destination, but also the ideal place where many are establishing their temporary or permanent residence. Invited by the Four Seasons Punta Mita, I spend over a week exploring the destination and the many small villages and fishing towns that form this charming Riviera. There are nearly 200 miles of sandy beaches, resort hotels and attractions, siting at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain range.

Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comI visited some of the towns within the coastal line of the Riviera, like the famous Litibu Beach, the happening Bucerias, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and the up and coming Nuevo Vallarta, but I fell in love with two of them in particular Sayulita and Punta de Mita, just minutes away from my hotel, where we came for a lovely outdoor dinner over Anclote Beach at Rosa Mexicano. Special thanks to Richard Zarkin from the Tourism Office of Riviera Nayarit, for taking a full day to introduce me to this region of unspoiled beauty. Unfortunately time was not on my side, and I missed visiting San Blas, from what I heard, the ultimate fishing village experience, a tropical Oasis, filled with tradition among estuaries, mangroves and hundreds of birds and spectacular marine life. FYI this is where you will get the fresh giant Blue Shrimps.

Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comSayulita, known by many as the trendy hippie chic town, full of local and international surfers. A very bohemian, chilled feel with cobblestone streets hosting dogs, chickens and playing children, Sayulita is a half-century away from nearby Puerto Vallarta and it’s huge resorts, discos and parasailing. I must say that I was not fully crazy about the beach, but of course coming from the Four Seasons Punta Mita, that was a whole statement. I was highly recommended for lunch or dinner at Don Pedro and/or Tacos on the Street. If you choose to stay overnight, there are two quaint hotels, KUPURI and Hotel Petit d’Hafa. I wish I could have spent the afternoon there and see the village lighting up after sunset. Maybe next time.

Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comFrom there we moved to San Francisco, or as many call it San Pancho, yet another quaint fishing village, nestled between the verdant Sierra Madre Mountains and jungle and a long stretch of pristine Pacific coast. The great thing about Riviera Nayarit is that you can spend over a week driving along the shore and staying every night at a different village, to truly capture the essence and soul of each of them. In this case, if you plan to overnight at San Francisco, I would recommend Hotel Cielo Rojo.
Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comBucerias and Nuevo Vallarta where the last two stops. This two more urban and developed, in particular Nuevo Vallarta, which of the years has taken over the presence of Puerto Vallarta. Nuevo Vallarta us like stepping into Collins Ave. in South Beach, with lots of new High Risers and modern developments and hotels.
Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comIf you happen to stop by, have a drink at the INSU Sky Bar and Pool Lounge, at the rooftop of the Marival Residences & Spa. Great panoramic views of the shores of Nuevo Vallarta, along with lounge music and great drinks. My personal take the Beer Bloody Mary, a true mexican Michelada.

IMANTA Beach at Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comMost say that one of the best beaches in Riviera Nayarit is Litibu, and although they are fairly close, rival by Manzanilla Beach and Las Cuevas Beach, I found my own personal favorite at the brand new self-named IMANTA Beach, right next to Litibu Beach, part of the new hotel development of IMANTA Resort.
Sailing onboard Four Seasons Yacht by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Marieta Islands, is also a must during your visit to this region. A group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast with two main volcanic formations dating from 60K years ago, each called Redonda (Rounded) and Larga (Long). Known as the Galapagos of Mexico, home to the beyond cute Blue Footed Boobies.

Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comRiviera Nayarit enjoys a tropical climate with average 80 degree temperatures. During these winter months, temperatures can dip to about 70 degrees. December to February is the peak season for vacationing tourists. Rainy season is between June and October.
Hotel Check IN at Four Seasons Punta Mita by www.carlosmeliablog.comNayarit is a multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual state, flavored with the lifestyle and traditions of the cultures that provide its depth and identity. Its four tribes of indigenous people, the Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanes and Mexicaneros, still exist today and visitors can take tours to their communities to learn about some of the ethnic group’s ceremonies, lifestyles and artistic creations.

Riviera Nayarit by www.carlosmeliablog.comRiviera Nayarit, is a true piece of heritage, that began at the Isla de Mexcaltitan, from what they say a true magical place.  A small man-made island-city off the coast in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit. Legend has it that it was the Aztlan of the Aztecs, their home city and birthplace from where they set out on their pilgrimage in 1091 that led them to the founding of Tenochtitlan. Mexcaltitan, comes from Mexalli “mezcal” and Titlan “abundance of”. Mexcaltitan is known also as the Venice of Mexico. Many reasons to visit Riviera Nayarit right. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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GPS Carlos Melia Riviera Nayarit

GPS Carlos Melia Riviera Nayarit  | Punta Mita, Mexico  | Getting ready to depart early Monday, for my four days visit, next week, exploring Punta Mita and Riviera Nayarit in Mexico, invited and hosted by Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico. Time to relax and focus on work, while exploring the small towns and villages of the Riviera. This will be my first time back in Mexico after many many years, when my parents used to take me on holidays to Acapulco and Distrito Federal.

 

Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport.  The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay.  Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe.  All to be posted here at www.carlosmeliablog.com, stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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CM ENEWS AUGUST 2011 is OUT and ABOUT check it out

CM ENEWS AUGUST 2011 is OUT and ABOUT check it out  |  CM by Carlos Melia Enewsletter  |  The AUGUST 2011 Edition of CM ENEWSis OUT and ABOUT, please check it out. !!!. On this AUGUST issue, I am taking you to San Francisco, on an exciting Gourmet Odyssey. To Boston for the Annual Les Clef’s d’Or USA Congress, to Manila for some Asian fusion and as always to the vibrant New York. Great news are that Carlos Melia and CarlosMeliaBlog.com keep making the international headlines. Everyday more and more sites and publications are considering my posts as relevant and interesting, sharing them with their audience. Some of them are: GayTravel.com / MATE Magazine (EU) / Connextions Magazine (US). Thank you. !!!!

Next week I am off for two month to the UK ( Manchester & London ) and to AFRICA ( Bostwana, South Africa, Zimbawe and Zambia ) so stay tuned to CarlosMeliaBlog.com, the adventure is about to begin. You are not subscribed to CM ENEWS yet, then follow this link to receive once a month a full summary of CarlosMeliaBlog.com activity and posts SUBSCRIBE and enjoy. CM

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Carlos Melia by Nicolas Smith

Carlos Melia by Nicolas Smith  |  San Francisco, US  |  Check out my last photo shoot which took place at Castro in San Francisco. Photos by Nicolas Smith local photographer. Photos will be used on an upcoming spread for DNA Magazine. Stay tuned. View the all photos @ Flickr Carlos Melia. Hope you like them.  Continue reading Carlos Melia by Nicolas Smith

Interview with Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund


Interview with Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund  | San Francisco, California  |  Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to the idea of which organizations and charities we should or should not support, promote and endorse. As this was still in my head, while visiting San Francisco, out of the blue I got connected to Rainbow World Fund, an all-volunteer international humanitarian service agency based in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender – LGBT and friends community. Everything happens for a reason, so I went full on it. Check my interview with Jeff Cotter, Executive Director for Rainbow World Fund. I know this is not a post about Travel, but blogging about causes like this, and bringing attention to organizations like this it is totally worth it. Continue reading Interview with Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund