THE ALISE CHICAGO: HISTORIC HOTEL WITH A PLAYFUL VIBE–AND CUPCAKES

Pineapple Hospitality Group is a small boutique-hotel chain you should know. The family-owned hotelier, founded in 2011 and based in Bellevue, Wash., operates eight unique hotels in prime locations across the country. Seven are on the West Coast; the newest is a Midwestern property–The Alise Chicago. The hotels are different but significant architecturally, and they […]

FINE DINING IN FLIP-FLOPS: LES CHENEAUX CULINARY SCHOOL, HESSEL, MI

LES CHENEAUX CULINARY SCHOOL  SERVES UP ELEGANT CUISINE AND CHEF EDUCATION On the eastern edge of the Upper Peninsula is the tranquil waterfront village of Hessel. The year-round population of 200 swells to 10,000 during the summer, due in no small part to the annual Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of the Arts each […]

CRUISING THE FOODIE TRAIL IN THE UPPER PENINSULA, MI

Throughout the Upper Peninsula, eateries offer hearty and delicious fare. They often shop from local purveyors, with freshwater fish and cherry-something-or-others commonplace on menus. After all, Michigan is the Number One cherry-producing state in the country. Another regional favorite is the pasty, a hand-held meat-and-potato pie popularized by Cornish miners who immigrated to the area […]

CRUISING THE FOODIE TRAIL IN SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

Throughout the Upper Peninsula, eateries offer hearty and delicious fare. They often shop from local purveyors, with freshwater fish and cherry-somethings commonplace on menus. After all, Michigan is the Number One cherry-producing state in the country. Another regional favorite is the pasty, a hand-held meat-and-potato pie popularized by Cornish miners who immigrated to the area […]

11 REASONS YOU MUST GO TO MONTERREY, MEXICO, RIGHT NOW

Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey (with two r’s), is long known as a global business destination, but it is growing in popularity with pleasure travelers as well. With the Sierra Madre Mountains as its backdrop, Monterrey welcomes visitors with an accessible location, robust hotel stock, international cuisine, trendy bars and clubs, modern and historic art and […]

JUANES: A PERUVIAN FAVE FOR SPECIAL FEASTS OR EVERYDAY DINING

Juanes are tasty Peruvian fare with a dual heritage. This traditional rice-and-protein combo anchors family feasts on June 24, an important religious holiday that celebrates the life of San Juan Batista, or St. John the Baptist. And because portions are precooked and individually wrapped in Maranta or banana leaves, they are easily transported on fishing […]