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Blog, New York

Hotel Pierre, New York


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Hotel Pierre New York
The beautiful lobby of the Pierre Hotel in New York

Highlight on The Pierre Hotel

  1. The Pierre is a landmark on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
  2. Built in the 1920s.
  3. The iconic US flagship of the Taj reopened its doors after an impressive $100 million renovation in 2007.
  4. This New York hotel occupies a pride of place on the corner of Central Park and the Upper East Side, an area where upscale shopping seamlessly blends with residential elegance.
  5. The Rotunda on 5th Avenue, NYC is the signature room of The Pierre, with famous Renaissance-style trompe l’oeil murals created in 1967 by American artist Edward Melcarth.
  6. French-American cuisine at signature restaurant Perrine.
  7. Two E Bar/Lounge is the in-house bar.
  8. Located in the Heart of Manhattan.
  9. Classic Manhattan Style Residences.
  10. Sprawling Views of the Central Park.
The Pierre Hotel
I loved their checkerboard floor
Leaving NYC for Newport at the end of our trip
A fresh Lily in our room daily
Some Christmas shopping
Chanel NO.5 Limited Edition
Chanel No.5 Limited Addition
Christmas Carol Design Ideas
Little Town of Bethlehem Sheet Music
Saks 5th Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue on a Rainy Day
I found a South African favorite – Indian Samosas – on the menu at Two E Bar!
The Rotunda
Louis Vuitton New York
Louis Vuitton nearby
Louis Vuitton New York
Beautiful Christmas displays
St Regis Hotel
St Regis nearby – another gorgeous hotel – decorated with fairy lights and nutcrackers for Christmas
Nello
Enjoyed a dinner at “Nello” near the hotel
Nello NYC
Peony at Nello
Nello NYC
The swanky restaurant is on Madison Avenue
Nello Madison Avenue
Loved the African menus!

 

Children's Zoo NYC central park
Central Park
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Beautiful Christmas flowers
Cartier
Cartier Christmas Display

 

 

Blog, Port Elizabeth

Your New Year’s Resolutions + South Africa’s 3rd Largest City


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What’s on your New Year’s Resolution list?

If it’s got anything to do with health or travel – allow me to introduce one way you could tick both boxes in one fell swoop.

Visit Durban, South Africa.

In 2014, CNN rated it as “The coolest city in South Africa you’ve never seen” (See the article here Durban City).

It’s a major center of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.

F A C T S   O N   D U R B A N

  • Mahatma Ghandi, leader of the Indian independence movement, began his political journey in Durban.
  • Durban city is home to The Ushaka Marine World – the worlds 5th largest aquarium
  • Shaka Zulu, the most famous Zulu king, ruled the lands surrounding Durban. Durban’s international airport was named after him; known as “King Shaka International Airport”. Nearly seven million passengers pass through the airport each year!
  • It hosts a fantastic travel conference each year, which Skybok had the pleasure of filming. Also see photos from my Township Tour in Durban.

W H E R E   T O   E A T  +  S T A Y   W H I L E   T H E R E

With almost 4 million people, you may need some suggestions on where to eat + where to stay.

I wrote about the Banting diet a while back here on The Starlit Path. I thought seeing as it’s a brand new year, I would share it again. (We all have some unwanted Christmas / New Year’s weight to lose.)

As someone who takes health seriously, I’m always looking for healthier ways of eating which aren’t just fad diets. And I need a diet I can apply to any city I’m in.

In my article I listed places you could find Banting friendly restaurants in Cape Town.

This month I’m giving you places to reach for the trendiest health snack in Durban – rated 3rd on South Africa’s list of Top 10 cities to visit!

Whether you’re on vacation in Durban or live there, allow me to showcase the best restaurants offering Banting-friendly meals PLUS the best places to stay while you’re there!

RESTAURANT

Ebb & Flo, Umhlanga Rocks

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

Holiday Inn Express, Umhlanga Rocks

RESTAURANT

Republik, Durban North

  • This place offers a side of chicken strips which is Banting friendly, see my recipe for something similar here to make at home as a Banting snack!!

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

29 B&B’s/Guest Houses to choose from at Accommodirect 

RESTAURANT

Ciao Bella Cafe, Durban Waterfront

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

Waterfront Hotel & Spa, Durban Waterfront

RESTAURANT

Low Carb Love, Online

  • Threw this one in ‘cos I love the website!

MORE ACCOMMODATION IN DURBAN

Durban Central

Durban Beachfront

For more of my articles on Banting including recipes for salad + carb-free cocktails – see here.

For more awesome facts on Durban – see here.

For more on accommodation choices at Accommodirect – see here.

Accommodirect has over 12,000 subscribers on Facebook + recently published a cool infographic on the most expensive + least expensive destinations in South Africa to stay overnight.

They’re also giving a way a summer getaway to the value of R10,000 over here!

Pssst. “The Grand White SA” is a stunning event coming up in Durban on April 29th – check out more + get tickets here.

Blog, San Diego, USA

Food in La Jolla


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Overlooking Scripps Beach at Scripps Seaside Forum in San Diego California

Some great meals + cocktails I had in San Diego! Each of their websites:

+ The Grande Colonial Hotel 

+ The Crab Catcher

+ Eddy Vs

+ Omni La Costa Resort

+ Hotel Valencia

+ Jonty Jacobs

+ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop

+ Karl Strauss Brewing Company

+ Nine Ten Restaurant + Bar

 

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Octopus lunch at The Grande Colonial Hotel at La Jolla Beach

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