Book Review – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Book Review – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

    I’m on quite a roll with one of my new year’s resolutions to read more. Keeping up with at least two books a month, I thought I’d share another recent read. Over the years, I have enjoyed quite a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books. So, when I saw her latest hardback book at Costco for around $15, I thought I’d make this an additional read to my Book of the Month Club for March.

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      Magnum Ice Cream Pop Up Shop in New York

        We all scream for Ice Cream

         

        As the weather is beginning to warm up in all three of my home locations I start to reminisce about a pop-up shop I discovered last year in New York. I believe that this company had a few pop-ups dotted around the globe so I would recommend you keep your eyes open when traveling. The ice cream bar of course was delicious, but the whole store experience was worth the wait in line. And if you have an Instagram account, then you would love this store even more.

         

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          The Capital Grille @ Citycentre, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

          The Capital Grille @ Citycentre, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

            An impromptu meetup to celebrate a girlfriends wedding anniversary presented another opportunity for me to visit The Capital Grille located at Citycentre. This fine dining restaurant, known for its dry-aged hand-carved steaks is the perfect setting for any kind of celebration.

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              Singapore Street Food from Kerb in Canary Wharf

                Tempting Street Food from Kerb

                 

                Sitting in my London home as the food trucks set up shop right by my building makes it just too tempting to resist as their delicious aromas fill my apartment. This week I thought I’d sample the Singaporean Street Food Stall and was not disappointed. Of course, I needed something sweet to finish off my lunch and found the perfect option from Fatties Bakery. I hope my vlog doesn’t make you drool too much 🙂

                 

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                  Rise No 2, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                  Rise No 2, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                    “The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you’re afraid of it” James Beard

                    Well the folks over at Rise No 2 are clearly not at all intimidated by the thought of producing consistently perfect soufflés. During my visit, I witnessed a constant stream of picture-perfect soufflés making their way to eager diners.

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                      Westin Hotel, Chicago – Review of Executive Club Room and Lounge

                        I visit Chicago quite often and like to try out different hotels. On a recent trip I had a two night stop at the Westin located on Michigan Avenue right by the Water Tower. I felt the large hotel had a somewhat corporate feel, meaning they were aiming for the business visitor rather than the casual traveler.  The common areas were always a little busy for my liking. Getting caught up in a couple of large wedding parties when you are trying to navigate entry and exit is not my idea of fun.  Take a look at my video to see the Executive Club Room and the Executive Lounge. On a positive note, the Westin hotel Chicago has the most comfortable beds so you should get an excellent nights sleep.

                         

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                          Book Review – Behind Her Eyes a novel by Sarah Pinborough

                          Book Review – Behind Her Eyes a novel by Sarah Pinborough

                            Another thumbs up for the Book of the Month Club selection. Don’t you just a love a book that you can’t put down? Well this page-turner had me up all hours trying to work out what was going on.

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                              Grand Mumbai Tours – Lets Explore Mumbai

                                After living in Mumbai for a few years I discovered Grand Mumbai Tours and want to share my good fortune. Naav, the tour guide, gave an extremely interesting look at Mumbai through his eyes. Naav explained the history and cultural significance of the various sites we visited. He also took me to sights I didn’t know existed and made our day out such fun. Taking a tour from a knowledgeable guide is such a worthwhile experience. But something that comes through from the start is Naav’s enthusiasm for his home city. Take a look at his website for details on how you can book your own tour. But in the meantime, please enjoy the video I shot of my day out with Naav.

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                                  Izakaya WA, Houston, Texas – Restaurant Review

                                  Izakaya WA, Houston, Texas – Restaurant Review

                                     

                                    On a recent shopping expedition with my girlfriends in Houston, I noticed a ‘new’ sign advertising a Japanese restaurant close by called Izakaya WA. As it was lunchtime it seemed rude not to stop by for a visit.

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                                      Ivy Boutique Hotel in Chicago

                                        I love visiting Chicago as the city is one of my favorites in the US. Take a look at the video I made with my daughter Rebecca that shows some of the reasons why I love Chicago.   I always enjoy trying new hotels on my frequent trips. On this visit. I tried out a boutique hotel located just off the Magnificent Mile. Such a convenient location and yet away from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping thoroughfare.  The large room was very well equipped and I loved the modern design. The bathroom was particularly luxurious. Sadly the weather didn’t cooperate to allow me to try out the rooftop bar/restaurant. For a city break, this type of boutique hotel is ideal.

                                         

                                        On the negative side, a pet peeve of mine is an extra charge for wifi. For a boutique hotel, I think the front desk staff could be a little friendlier. Upon check in and out I did not feel at all welcome but maybe I just got the staff on a bad couple of days. The bar/breakfast area is very tiny so if many of the guests decided to eat at the same time there would be a major issue. However, with so many restaurants on your doorstep (and much cheaper options) I guess this is not usually an issue.

                                         

                                         

                                        The Fact Sheet

                                        Ivy Boutique Hotel
                                        (312) 335-5444
                                        233 East Ontario StreetChicagoIllinois
                                        60611 United States