Five Graces
The closest you’re gonna get to sleeping inside of Jeanie’s bottle (or Ali Baba’s cave, for that matter), the Inn of the Five Graces offers a dreamily romantic escape in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe
Black and White Cookie
Why—after an exhaustive, decades-long search—I think that The Bagel Café takes the cake (pun intended) for making Las Vegas’ (and perhaps the country’s) best Black-and-White Cookies!
Casa Playa
A recent party at CASA PLAYA—the new restaurant at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas serving coastal Mexican cuisine—brought to mind the energy of Las Vegas in the mid-aughts; which inspired me to write about it in the style of my old “Diva Las Vegas” column. ¡Disfrutar!
Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove
With its large rooms overlooking Biscayne Bay, and its location in one of Miami’s oldest (and leafiest) enclaves; the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove offers a luxurious respite from the city’s hustle-and-bustle
The Barbacoa Boyz
When Pit Master Jay Austin teamed-up with Chef JP and his Arepa-making wizardry, The Barbacoa Boyz was created; and LA’s BBQ scene hasn’t been the same, since!
Chef Ashley Costa Cinnamon Bun
Chef Ashley Costa shares the secrets behind the Giant Cinnamon Bun, her oversized, sticky, gooey, sweet, and spicy pastry that has become a star of OSTERIA FIORELLA’s Sunday Brunch and is without a doubt, the most mind-blowingly delicious cinnamon roll I’ve ever eaten. Ever.
Dame Shirley Bassey
09/28/2021 On Kissing Dame Shirley Bassey09/28/2021
How, in Dame Shirley Bassey’s dressing room at MGM Grand in 2000, I mingled with some of the biggest names of Las Vegas entertainment, was photographed kissing Bassey, and laughed as she spoke with a friend on my cell phone [Part 3 of 3]
Dame Shirley Bassey
On February 03, 2000, I attended the opening night of Dame Shirley Bassey’s two-week run at MGM Grand, at the conclusion of which Bassey personally invited me to join her backstage [Part 2 of 3]
Dame Shirley Bassey
09/22/2021 The BIRLEY SHASSEY Playlist09/22/2021
On the occasion of her 84th birthday, I have compiled a playlist that I dedicate to those who introduced me to the music of Dame Shirley Bassey DBE [Part 1 of 3]

With CROSSROADS KITCHEN LAS VEGAS now open at Resorts World Las Vegas, Chef Tal Ronnen’s campaign to introduce upscale diners to his delectable plant-based cuisine continues, and I’m totally on board!