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Historic Nashville: The Union Station Hotel
By September 28, 2011
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The second you step into the historic Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, you feel the grandeur of this luxury hotel’s 65-foot stained glass ceilings, rich woodwork, and timeless beauty. Situated within walking distance of the bustling honky-tonks Music City is famous for, Union Station Hotel is the perfect place to rest your head after a night out on the town. The lobby’s classic architecture welcomes you into this former transportation hub, and around every corner there is a set of colorful leather chairs that invite quiet conversation.

Jinky’s Cafe: Breafast in L.A.
By September 21, 2011
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Looking for a good breakfast joint with healthy ingredients that serves up both classic and unconventional treats? Then look no further than Jinky’s Cafe. With a relaxed California vibe and four locations across Los Angeles, Jinky’s has you covered for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If chili is your thing, Jinky’s has a whole section of the menu devoted to it. In fact, they’ve got a menu so long it’s dizzying.

I was hooked the minute I tasted the Pumpkin and Baked Apple Crepes, a pile of savory crepes buried beneath layers of cinnamon-spiced apples topped with whipped cream and creamy pumpkin marmalade. Better yet, go for the 2 + 2 + 2 add on and you’ll get two slices of bacon and two eggs any style alongside most breakfast items.

Jinky’s Cafe
Restaurant locations in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Santa Monica, and Agoura Hills.

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Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar
By September 15, 2011
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(Roasted Halibut with caviar, olive oil poached artichoke hearts, black olives, potato mousseline, and blood orange essence.)

Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar is a must try restaurant in the Downtown Disney district serving unique Spanish cuisine, just steps from Disneyland in Anaheim.

Lovely and light Spanish cuisine is the specialty at Catal, a Downtown Disney establishment, just a short walk from the entrance of Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim. Spanning four unique dining areas, diners can choose between the upstairs windowed rotunda with warm yellow walls and panoramic views or the upscale fireplace room, decked out in rich earth tones with plenty of intimate lighting. There’s also an outdoor terrace overlooking all the action, as well as the Uva Bar downstairs.

Convenient and Versatile: Rick Steves’ AutoBahn Rolling Backpack
By September 12, 2011
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I once stayed in the greatest little pensione in Venice, located right off Piazza San Marco. It was more than roomy, outfitted in Italian antiques, and featured windowsills overflowing with flowers. Most importantly it was dirt cheap. I couldn’t believe my luck! Where did I hear about this inn you may be wondering? A Rick Steves guidebook.

So when searching for new carry-on travel gear for my next trip, I again turned to Rick Steves, who also has a line of travel luggage. I needed something that would be versatile. It needed to roll in the airport, but also become a backpack for all other occasions (think trains, subways, unpaved roads and more). It’s rare to find luggage that can do both, but the AutoBahn Rolling Backpack is that exception.

Design Showcase: A Collection of Colorful Rugs
By September 6, 2011

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