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Where to Eat in Punta Mita, Mexico: Si Señor

You say “when” on the tequila pour for your margarita at Si Señor

It’s always fun to venture off the resort grounds and eat at a great local restaurant. A few years ago I asked Carl Emberson, the General Manager of the St. Regis Punta Mita, for a restaurant recommendation in the sleepy town of Punta Mita, he insisted we try Si Señor. I’ve been recommending the restaurant to friends ever since.

Left: The signage isn’t fancy Right: the colorful entrance to Si Señor

Si Señor is funky, atmospheric and all about the fresh fish. If you go, have your camera ready because the whole restaurant has a fun, show-like atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine and very strong margaritas.

The atmosphere at Si Señor is colorful and fun

From the giant clam shell at the hostess desk to the Mexican serapes strung between palm trees to provide diners shade from the sun, the restaurant feels like fun from the moment you enter.

The waiters at Si Señor make you say “when” when pouring the tequila

The menu at Si Señor

While fresh seafood is the standout here, Si Señor does great with all the traditional Mexican specialties. The guacamole is made table side and the queso fundido is pure cheesy goodness.

Guacamole prepared tableside

Be sure to ask what the catch of the day is, because that is when a meal at Si Señor gets really fun.

Here’s how you get shown the catch of the day at Si Señor

Si Señor Catch of the Day GIF

Our entrees have arrived!

Tacos chilapa (hard chicken tacos soaked in chicken broth) were also super yummy

Your catch of the day can be prepared to your liking

The catch of the day can be prepared a few different ways: Arriero (with potatoes, onion, chile guajillo, garlic, wine, olive oil and paprika); Mexican Cajun style (chiles secos, curry, olive oil, garlic and mushrooms; or sauteed with lemon and capers. Your waiter will be sure to offer advice and the best preparation for whatever fish you choose.

Si Señor’s resident parrot is quite the showman
Don’t miss the exceptionally charming resident parrot at the bar. He’ll shake his tail feathers while taking a birdbath making for a memorable meal.
Address: Av El Anclote,
63734 Punta de Mita, NAY, Mexico
Phone:+52 329 291 6652

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A Stay at Le Bristol in Paris (Thanks to LHW Leaders Club Unlimited)

Cleo, the most famous resident of Le Bristol, lounging in the lobby

On my recent trip to Paris, I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at Le Bristol on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. What I knew about Le Bristol is mostly for it’s role in Midnight in Paris (it’s where Rachel McAdams’ and Owen Wilson’s characters stayed). I remembered it looked really expensive.

Curving stairs and a glamorous vintage caged elevator add to Le Bristol’s glamorous atmosphere

Left: fresh fruit and wine welcome amenity Right: the flowers on the vanity

Fortunately my husband is a Leaders Club Unlimited member of LHW hotels, and Le Bristol had award availability for a few nights. Score! So I spent a very lovely few days in room 714 of this old school luxury hotel… and it was FABULOUS.

The classic desk

Room 714 was huge by Parisian standards. The vibe at Le Bristol is old world luxury, but the property has all the requisite tech perks, including easy to use, speedy wifi (free for Leaders Club Unlimited members).

Traditional elegance in the vibe at Le Bristol

The bed was uber comfy, and the bathroom, while simple in style had the most impressive water pressure I’ve experienced in Paris. The tub was huge, well designed for soaking and filled quickly.

Left: the shower had serious power (and La Prarie amenities) Right: the separate water closet

Suddenly I had a dilemma– I did not want to leave the room to explore Paris.

Le Bristol’s bathtub worked for serious soaking

As lovely as the room is, the true star at Le Bristol is the service. It was flawless. Every request was handled exceptionally well.

The view from room 714 into the courtyard

Le Bristol Breakfast Menu

Another perk of the LHW Leaders Club Unlimited: not paying € 85 per person for breakfast (it’s an included benefit).

Poached eggs just taste better in Paris, especially when they are free

Behold: perfectly styled fruit at breakfast

Obligatory breakfast bread basket shot

The dining room at Le Bristol

While in my heart I’m a Saint-Germain girl, I’m also never going to turn down a chance to stay at Le Bristol. It’s legendary reputation is well deserved and the service is perfection.

Hôtel Le Bristol Paris

112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 43 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 53 43 43 01
reservation@lebristolparis.com

Rates start at $1128 USD

Check the LHW site for special offers

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Where to Eat in Paris: L’Ecailler du Bistrot for Oysters

The shellfish plate at L’Ecailler du Bistrot

Looking for a great oyster bar in Paris? Head to rue Paul Bert in the 11th. There is Bistrot Paul Bert just down the street, and the unpretentious maritime-themed L’Ecailler du Bistrot, which has combines classic French ambience with excellent seafood.

Plateau de Fruits de Mer Time Lapse at L’Ecailler Du Bistrot Paris, France

It’s all about the seafood here. While my crab and scallop allergy kept me from the shellfish platter, my friends devoured it over the course of an hour.

One of L’Ecailler du Bistrot’s maritime-themed rooms

The fresh oysters from Normandy and Brittany, cockles and various other crustaceans all received rave reviews from my friends. The sole muniere was a standout, as was the half lobster served with frite, and the linguini with clams.

The half-lobster at L’Ecailler du Bistot

The entire meal was complemented by a few bottles of reasonably priced (for Paris) wine from the menu.

The oysters are ready for their close-up

Left: the empty shells Right: oysters on the half shell

Linguini with clams

This was a meal I had absolutely no expectations about, and wound up one of my favorites of the trip. The cozy atmosphere and good service did not hurt.

The Sole Muniere (before and after)

No doubt– L’Ecailler du Bistrot is a seafood standout.

L’Ecailler du Bistrot

22 Rue Paul Bert 75011 Paris

phone +33 1 43 72 76 77

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday, noon to 14h30 and 19h30 to 23h

Closed Sundays & Mondays

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Where Foodies Shop in Paris: Patrick Roger for Chocolate

The almonds in a Patrick Roger chocolate Bar

Patrick Roger is a rock star of chocolate. He’s both a highly esteemed chocolatier who has earned the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) honor as well as a “chocolate artist” who is known for sculpting animal forms from cocoa and displaying them in his gorgeous boutiques.

Lioness in chocolate at Patrick Roger

He’s know for cruising around town on his motorcycle covered in cocoa powder and using the rubber from Ducati tires for the handles of his jewel toned blue bags. His persona might be bad boy Willy Wonka, but his creations are both whimsical and delicious.

Patrick Roger creations nestled in his signature blue boxes

It”s worth visiting his Left Bank boutique store to try some of his explode-in-your mouth “colours” candies, which look like edible gems but unfortunately too delicate to travel well.

Patrick Roger colours are fresh tasting and beautiful to look at

Patrick Roger is also thoughtful. He’s known for sourcing the best possible ingredients from around the globe and his next level candies combine non-traditional ingredients like basil, lemongrass, oatmeal and Sichuan pepper in a way which inexplicably elevates chocolate to the next level.

Cases of chocolate deliciousness at Patrick Roger

This is a great place to blow some euros. You truly cannot go wrong. There is also a great selection of mini-chocolate bars for 7€ that travel well in their cool tin packaging and last– in theory– for up to a year. Once opened, they tend to disappear within hours.

Marizpan whimsy at Patrick Roger

The distinctive blue box of Patrick Roger

Patrick Roger Chocolate Boutique

3 place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
Tel: 01 42 65 24 47
Tel: 09 67 08 24 47

From Monday to Sunday
10.30 a.m to 7.30 p.m

108 boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris
Tel: 09 63 64 50 21
Tel: 01 43 29 38 42

From Monday to Sunday
10.30 a.m to 7.30 p.m

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Five Minute Film School: Rainy Day Time Lapse in Paris

Rainy Day Time Lapse in Paris

My recent trip to Paris was the first time I tried out the time lapse feature on the my new iPhone 6. This video is the result.

How I did it: I set up my In Your Face Viewbase clamp in the window of room 407 at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière and started the time lapse feature on the iPhone 6. I let the camera run for approximately 45 minutes.

I think the resulting time lapse is fun and quite good quality. But I do think that making a successful time lapse requires a tripod or clamp base. Usually I use the $4.99  TimeLapse app for iPhone, which includes presets for traffic, cloud, sunrise, and other typical time lapse situations. I missed having these options using the time lapse function on the iPhone 6 native camera, but I wouldn’t be surprised if future versions contain these controls.

I shot this video from the window on the 4th floor

Overall: I think the time lapse feature on the iPhone 6 is pretty darn cool and well worth experimenting with when you’re shooting action– just be sure to use a tripod or to keep your phone still while shooting. I still think the TimeLapse app is well worth the $4.99 and will continue to use it for more specialized situations.

An exterior sign at Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere

Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière

46, avenue George V

75008 Paris

France

Phone: +33 (0) 1 40 69 60 00

Reservation:

+33(0)970 809 111

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