5 Chicago Magic Shows You Have to See to Believe

10.29.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Nightlife

Magic shows tend to be thought of as the stuff of kids’ birthday parties, street performers, and Las Vegas shows. But that’s all changing in Chicago, where it turns out the Windy City has quite the magical history. Possibly the most famous illusionist ever, Harry Houdini perfected many of his stunts here and wowed crowds

NYC Street Art: A Walking Tour

10.17.2018 Full Article Art, Mondrian Park Ave, New York

Before Manhattan became the gleaming city of today, it used to be a gritty, graffiti-filled haven for underground artists who gained prominence in the early ‘80s. Pop artist Keith Haring led the pack by creating old subway installations, and while you won’t find these spray-painted masterpieces on today’s trains, you’ll still find Instagram-worthy walls —

Eat Your Way Through LA’s Finest Food Halls

10.16.2018 Full Article Food and Drink, Los Angeles, Restaurants, The Hollywood Roosevelt

Getting everyone in your group to agree on which restaurant to hit up for lunch isn’t always the easiest feat… and that’s probably why the culinary powers-that-be created food halls, gloriously spacious spots that are home to multiple food purveyors all within mere feet of each other. We’re not talking ‘80s-style mall food courts here,

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 100 Years

10.4.2018 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Music

There’s a lot in the history of the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which to be proud. As the organization celebrates its 100th birthday, there are highlights throughout the years: “The Dean of African-American Composers,” William Grant Still, is said to have been the first African-American to conduct a major American orchestra when he picked up

5 Next Level Date Nights in Chicago

10.1.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Happenings, Nightlife

Thinking of going out with your special someone and settled on the idea of dinner and a movie? You might want to keep brainstorming. Food and a flick might be a safe bet, but there are so many more unique, romantic nights out in the city you could be planning. Our advice: Start out at

Bring Your Own Vinyl: Record Night in Los Angeles

9.14.2018 Full Article Events, Los Angeles, Nightlife, The Hollywood Roosevelt

The hook to Record Club, a twice-monthly get-together at downtown Los Angeles’ Bernadette’s, is simple enough: Bring a record – any record – and the bar will play it. That “any,” though, has sometimes been taken quite literally. “There were a couple of people who would try to mess with me, and see how far

The 4 Best New Restaurants Near NoMad

9.13.2018 Full Article Food, Mondrian Park Avenue, New York

Summer may be over, but for New Yorkers, that’s not a bad thing. For starters, fall means saying farewell to hot and humid temps, while ushering in crisp, cool air and brilliant foliage. Then, there’s the style factor. (You can finally bump up your basic warm weather wardrobe of tees, shorts, and sundresses to items

The 6 Best Carry-Out Restaurants in NoMad

8.20.2018 Full Article Food, Mondrian Park Avenue, New York

You’ve traversed the sights and smells of Manhattan’s melting pot of cuisines, and now it’s time to rest inside the chic confines of Mondrian Park Avenue. Still hungry? You’re in luck. New York City loves its carry-out and so should you. Whether you’re ordering room service, asking Cleo to send up sharable Mediterranean mezes, or

Everything to Know About the Joshua Tree Music Festival

8.16.2018 Full Article Music, Music Festivals, Palm Springs

It might not have Beyoncé on stage or Leo DiCaprio in the crowd, but that’s just fine with fans of the Joshua Tree Music Festival, who show up for a lineup of indie international artists, culture, yoga, a family-friendly vibe, and the one aspect the festival prides itself on most: a sense of community. In

5 Fitness Finds in the Windy City

8.14.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Health

Keeping up with a workout routine while traveling can easily feel like a chore. Thankfully, Chicago offers so many cool fitness options, there’s no need to clock time on the treadmill while you’re in town. If you really want to break a sweat the old-fashioned way, you can always go on a run or ride

What to See Near New York City’s High Line

8.3.2018 Full Article Art, Dining, Mondrian Park Ave, Shopping

It didn’t take long for the High Line to become an overnight sensation after being unveiled in 2009. Occupying a 1.45-mile-long strip formerly a freight rail line, the elevated, urban park and greenway is a smart example of adaptive reuse and, today, remains one of New York’s most popular attractions for locals and visitors alike.

A Tiki Revival in Palm Springs

8.2.2018 Full Article Nightlife, Palm Springs

“If you can’t get to paradise,” Donn Beach is said to have remarked, “I’ll bring it to you.” It’s been 85 years since Beach (his original name was Ernest Gantt) opened his first bar, Don the Beachcomber, in Los Angeles, and it’s been 65 years since the Beachcomber empire expanded to Palm Springs. But while

From Pac-Man to Pinball: LA’s Coolest Arcade Bars

7.31.2018 Full Article The Hollywood Roosevelt

While modern smartphones have placed sophisticated video games right at our fingertips, there’s still something irresistible about visiting an old-school arcade – the kind you probably hit up more than once as a kid. Thankfully, someone came up with the idea of giving adults a side of gaming nostalgia with their cocktails via the arcade

Set Your Sights on Some of Chicago’s Best Views

7.26.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago

With a skyline as gorgeous as Chicago’s, it’s no wonder residents and visitors are constantly seeking out the best views. The good news is that there is no shortage of options, ranging from the obvious — hello, Willis Tower observation deck — to more surprising hidden gems (one of the event spaces at the Ambassador

5 Vegan Dishes You Need to Eat in LA

7.18.2018 Full Article Los Angeles, Restaurants, The Hollywood Roosevelt

Vegan food once had a reputation as being little more than bland beans and steamed spinach. But as more people are giving veganism a try (even the beloved Queen Bey!) and others are simply trying get a health boost from more plant-based eating, plenty of restaurants around town (including The Hollywood Roosevelt’s own Public Kitchen

5 Spots for Healthy Eats in the Desert

7.16.2018 Full Article Dining, Palm Springs, Two Bunch Palms

When the temps rise come summer in Coachella Valley, taking frequent dips in the healing waters, recharging with spa treatments, and lounging under an umbrella is pretty much the plan for visitors to Two Bunch Palms. Well that and eating fresh, light, and healthy (because nobody wants fettucine alfredo when the thermometer inches past 100 degrees).

Vintage Vinyl: Where to Buy Golden Oldies in NYC

6.27.2018 Full Article Music, New York, Shopping

These days, what’s old is new again, and luckily that sentiment applies to LPs. Because New York City is already a music lover’s town, it’s no surprise that a surplus of brick-and-mortar stores caters to both discerning vinyl junkies and laidback collectors alike. From jazz to punk to classical, check out these six indie venues

Take a Chance: Monday Night Residencies in LA

6.26.2018 Full Article Music, Nightlife, The Hollywood Roosevelt

It’s hours before R&B performer Tolliver takes the stage for the final night of his monthlong “Lazy Gays in Black Turtlenecks” residency, which he’s shared with singer and emcee Eddington Again. He’s one new jacket and one art installation away from being ready to perform for the first time with a backing string section. “We

Manly Man’s Guide to Chicago

6.18.2018 Full Article Chicago, Food and Drink, Happenings

With its designer boutiques, chic restaurants, and upscale cocktail bars, Chicago has a lot to offer those looking for a sophisticated, high-end vacation. But don’t let all that elegance fool you – there’s also a ton to do when you’re feeling a little more on the macho side (it is the city of broad shoulders

The Best Ethnic Eats Around the Valley

6.15.2018 Full Article Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, Restaurants

There was a time when good food in the Coachella Valley was not what drew visitors, as the former Rat Pack playground was mainly home to aging steakhouses and tourist traps. Times have changed, thankfully, and the area has become a true foodie paradise where visitors often run out of time to hit all the

The Best Stops Along Chicago’s Lakefront

6.11.2018 Full Article Chicago, Food and Drink, Happenings

There’s nowhere Chicagoans would rather be in the summer than by the lake – the ideal place to lay out, play volleyball with friends, or grab a cool drink. The best part? Getting around is easy thanks to the Lakefront Path, an 18-mile trail that traces the edge of Lake Michigan. Easily accessible from the

A Bar Crawl Through NoMad: 5 Must-Try Spots

6.11.2018 Full Article Food and Drink, New York

One of the best ways to get a grasp on a New York neighborhood is by scoping out the local bar scene. So whether you’re craving a glass of Bordeaux in a hushed wine bar or a well-crafted cocktail in a swanky lounge, here are five bars you shouldn’t miss in NoMad. The best part?

One Chair, One Stylist: Inside Barry Nadeau’s Desert Salon

6.7.2018 Full Article culture, Palm Springs

He’s styled the hair for fashion shoots featuring Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci. He’s developed colors for L’Oreal and Redkin. He’s traveled the world, plying his trade. But now, hair stylist Barry Nadeau has a salon, a great view of the San Jacinto Mountains, and a fully stocked bar. “In some ways, it was part

Two Bunch Palms Shares the ABCs of Aromatherapy

5.1.2018 Full Article Interviews

If you don’t know all that much about aromatherapy, you’re not alone.

Free For All: How to Get Cultured in Chicago on the Cheap

5.1.2018 Full Article Art, Happenings

Chicagoans don’t just spend their summers sipping away in beer gardens or hitting up local street fests; they also head to parks and other public places around the city to take in movies, concerts, and theater performances.

A Foodie’s Guide to Koreatown

4.30.2018 Full Article

An easy six-minute stroll from Mondrian Park Avenue will lead you to one of the most thrillingly delicious neighborhoods in Manhattan: Koreatown.

Steve Martino Talks Gardening in the Desert

4.25.2018 Full Article Interviews

When Steve Martino first started integrating native desert plants into his designs in 1970s Arizona, his work was so unique that the American Society of Landscape Architects had to invent a new category for their annual awards.

FYF Fest takes over Exposition Park in July

4.23.2018 Full Article Happenings, Los Angeles, Music, Music Festivals

Janet Jackson, Florence and the Machine, Future, and many more will take the stage this summer.

The Mystery of L.A.’s Original Sandwich, The French Dip

4.23.2018 Full Article Food and Drink

One of Los Angeles’ contributions to the wider food world still doesn’t have a settled-upon origin story.

Drunk Shakespeare in New York City

4.20.2018 Full Article

Ever tried speaking some old english whilst drunk? The folks at Drunk Shakespeare in New York City sure have!

From lineups to late-night snacks: what to expect at Coachella

4.20.2018 Full Article Happenings, Music

Coachella is coming and we have one question for you: are you ready? Whether you’re gearing up for Weekend 1 or are biding your time for Weekend 2, we’ve got some highlights to get you ready for an extraordinary weekend spent in the desert.

Lights, camera, action! Rooftop Cinema Club is back

4.20.2018 Full Article Film, Happenings

Nothing says summertime in the city quite like a lineup of Rooftop Cinema Club movie events.

Lollapalooza 2018 is back for another star-studded year

4.18.2018 Full Article Happenings, Music, Music Festivals

Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and Jack White will headline this year’s festival.

Eat your way through Dodger Stadium

4.11.2018 Full Article Food, Food and Drink

While the Boys in Blue promise yet another exciting baseball season, their stadium brings an equally exciting selection of extravagant and delicious meals.

Celebrate spring with the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

4.10.2018 Full Article Happenings

Just because it may not exactly look like springtime in New York City doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the season—and there’s no better way to will spring weather like the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival.

LA’s very own museum for foodies

4.2.2018 Full Article

Los Angeles is a melting pot when it comes to culture—resulting in an endless variety of experiences, especially when it comes to food.

Chi-Town is a Bike Town

3.27.2018 Full Article Chicago, Cycling, Events

Sitting atop two wheels is one of the best ways to see Chicago!

On view this June: the Museum Mile Festival

3.26.2018 Full Article Art, Happenings

For the 40th year in a row, a mile long block party will be thrown to celebrate the museums and their patrons.

Ken Yuki of BUAISOU talks indigo dyeing ahead of Two Bunch Palms workshop

3.21.2018 Full Article

BUAISOU is heading to the desert from April 5-7 for a series of workshops.

Greatest hits: a look at Gotham City’s after-hours music scene

3.19.2018 Full Article Music, Nightlife

From rocking dance floors to A-list DJs, live blues, karaoke, and bowling, New York City is the place to be for all-night revelry.

A look inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

3.15.2018 Full Article Architecture, Travel

There are only a few examples of his work in Los Angeles and now you can visit one of the best.

David Bowie exhibit opens at the Brooklyn Museum

3.14.2018 Full Article Art, New York

“David Bowie is” is now open until July 15 in Brooklyn.

From magical musicals to stunning plays: what to see on Broadway

3.12.2018 Full Article

No trip to New York or weekend in the city is complete without a Broadway show.

Heather Lilleston of Yoga for Bad People talks beginnings, retreats, and what’s ahead

3.5.2018 Full Article Interview, Los Angeles

Heather Lilleston is determined to show people that you can balance yoga with a normal lifestyle.

Chicago’s very own Wes Anderson culinary experience

2.27.2018 Full Article Film, Happenings

For any fans in Chicago, Iliana Regan of Elizabeth is bringing the whimsy and wonder of Anderson’s eccentric films to life.

Mac & Cheese Smackdown hits New York

2.22.2018 Full Article Food and Drink

New York’s best restaurants to offer creative takes on the cheesy classic, in the ultimate showdown to crown New York’s top mac.

Runyon Canyon: A Nature Retreat in the Middle of Hollywood

2.20.2018 Full Article Travel

Get midway up one of Runyon’s three major trails, and it can feel like the urban jungle is far, far away.

5 Art Galleries to Check Out in NoMad

2.20.2018 Full Article Art

Five of the best New York has to offer are just a breezy stroll from your plush accommodations at the Mondrian Park Avenue.

Set the Stage with Chicago’s Best Theater District Eats

2.14.2018 Full Article

So, you’ve snagged a couple coveted Hamilton tickets. Now only one crucial question remains: where to eat before (or after) the show?

Two Bunch Palms Helps Kick Start Your Yoga Practice

2.12.2018 Full Article

Here’s a rundown of classes to consider for your next fall yoga retreat.

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