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English: Monument to the Portuguese discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), Lisbon. Detail of the eastern side, showing St Francis Xavier (right) and Afonso de Albuquerque (left) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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If you want to visit a gorgeous city, head to Lisbon Portugal. I love the Monument to the Discoveries; it commemorates the Portuguese explorers who participated in the Age of Discovery of the 15th and 16th centuries. You will find this monument on the estuary of the Tagus river in the Belém parish of Lisbon.   (Photo credit below from Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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View of Lisbon Castle in an illuminated manuscript

View of Lisbon Castle in an illuminated manuscript (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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On the left, their are the names of the navigators in the  Monument to the Portuguese discoveries:  Bartolomeu Dias, Diogo Cão and António Abreu raising a padrão (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: East side of the Monument to the Portuguese Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon, with labels of individuals represented. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Castle of São Jorge occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and the Tagus River beyond. The fortified citadel, which dates from medieval times, is located atop the highest hill in the historic center of the city. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic sites of Lisbon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The tomb of Vasco da Gama, in the Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon. Français : La tombe de Vasco de Gama, dans le monastère Saint Jérôme, à Lisbonne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Cristo-Rei (Christ the King) is a Catholic monument overlooking Lisbon, The monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus river, facing Lisbon on the other bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fabulous Vino con Vista City of Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Lisbon is endowed with a combination of historic quarters and a gorgeous scenic Tagus River-front view. There is a vibrant downtown area with plenty of shops and restaurants. The city is brimming with outstanding art and architecture.

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English: The Monastery of Jerónimos, Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. They were recently awarded a cultural UNESCO designation for Fado.

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English: The Tower of Belém, Lisbon, Portugal. View from Northeast. Français : La Tour de Belém, Lisbonne, Portugal, vue depuis le Nord est. Italiano: La Torre di Belém vista da nord-est, Lisbona, Portogallo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Português: Estátua do Cisto Rei em Almada.

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I love the Vasco de Gama Bridge and the monument to Christ the King. The Cristo Rei monument stands on the southern bank of the Tagus River, in Almada where Christ stands with open arms. This statue was inspired by the Corcovado Christ the Redeemer  monument in Rio de Janeiro.

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I also love the Monument to the Discoveries representing the the maritime Portuguese Explorers during the 15th and 16th centuries. Expeditions started in 1419  along West Africa’s coast under Prince Henry the NavigatorBartolomeu Dias got to the Cape of Good Hope and entered the Indian Ocean in 1488. In 1588, Vasco da Gama led the first fleet around Africa to India. Methodical Portuguese expeditions started in 1419.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos” (Monument to the Discoveries) is located on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary; where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient. This magnificent sculpture was conceived in 1939 by Portuguese architect José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo, and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida.

The Tower of Belem was designed to protect the Tagus Estuary from pirates, but it isn’t the only castle in Lisbon. When I was in Lisbon, I had an opportunity to attend a Fado concert at ST. GEORGE’S CASTLE. From the millennium-old walls of the castle of Sao Jorge, I had a panoramic Vino con Vista view of this historic city.

The castle of St George, Lisbon

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I basically won the Fado lottery on this Vino con Vista adventure because I was introduced to Fado by listening to Carlos do Carmo. He belted out some incredible tunes. Most of the members of his Portuguese audience in Lisbon were singing along. He is like the Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley of Fado.

 

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The Castle of Sao Jorge was an outstanding concert venue. taking hilltop venue overlooking the city of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

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This was my first exposure to Fado. Many Fado lyrics are drawn from poetry. I liked the mournful music so much, that I bought a Carlos do Carmo CD at the concert. Watch this video to see him in concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66wB4aomvI&feature=related

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Historians concur that Fado is a “multicultural blending of melodies by Portuguese  sailors, African slave songs and ancient Moorish ballads.” Fado songs are usually performed by a solo singer, male or female. The solo singer is traditionally accompanied by a wire-strung acoustic guitar and the Portuguese guitarra (a pear-shaped lute with twelve wire strings).

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Portugal has numerous Fado venues where you can hear the soulful music. There is a Fado Museum in Lisbon.

Fado is Lisbon’s traditional music genre.  This “distinctive melancholic form of traditional singing, accompanied by  classical and Portuguese guitars has themes associated with passion, fate and regret.”

On November 27, 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage ListsUNESCO is interested in protecting cultural traditions; Intangible Cultural Heritage includes “traditions and skills passed on within cultures.”

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UNESCO describes Fado as the “urban popular song of Portugal”:

Fado (Lisboa - Portugal)

Fado (Lisboa – Portugal) (Photo credit: Patxi64)

“Fado is a performance genre incorporating music and poetry widely practised by various communities in Lisbon. It represents a Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, local traditional genres of song and dance, musical traditions from rural areas of the country brought by successive waves of internal immigration, and the cosmopolitan urban song patterns of the early nineteenth century.” (UNESCO) For more information visit UNESCO’s website here

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Furthermore, Lisbon won The Academy of Urbanism’s “European City of the Year 2012.”  The organization was impressed with “Lisbon’s development of the River Tagus waterfront (now home to the annual Festival dos Oceanos) and the revival of Mouraria, one of the city’s typical historic quarters. Lisbon has successfully managed to sustain its classical and modern architecture. There was a tremendous amout of rebuilding after the great earthquake of 1755.”

The Academy  of Urbanism is “an autonomous, politically independent organisation whose goals are the recognition, learning and promoting of best practices in urbanism.”

Here’s a great video to watch before you plan your trip to Portugal: http://youtu.be/qt-T6Zbry98

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

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Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

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World’s Best Christmas Songs and Videos!!

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Cover of White Christmas

I love listening to Holiday Music.

Here’s a list of some of my favorites Holiday songs from YouTube:

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RengWX0P5KA&feature=related

Eartha Kitt

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Ertha Kitt‘s “Santa Baby”

http://youtu.be/xOMmSbxB_Sg

and Madonna’s Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEk1rCBpXno&feature=related

Luciano Pavarotti’ s “Ave Maria” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPvAQxZsgpQ

Plácido Domingo

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and the version by Micheal Bolton and Placido Domingo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atoF1fpGK2o&feature=related

Michael Bolton

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I also like the Charlotte Church’s version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8g6Tqqc6DQ&feature=related

Merry Christmas (Bing Crosby album)

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Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”

http://youtu.be/qZ1-duv_zNk

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Cropped screenshot of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye from the trailer for the film White Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frank Sinatra singing “Mistletoe and Holly”

http://youtu.be/Jr7PwZQFODs

 

Billie Holiday

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Billy Holiday‘s I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0677H1EPdB0

Celine Dion‘s “So this is Christmas-Happy Christmas”

http://youtu.be/xf8db3Vz95I

Céline Dion

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Amy WinehouseI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claushttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta2TQkZ9PIA&feature=related

Johnny Mathis “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pI-gtDY5jA&feature=related

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Singer Judy Garland in her dressing room at Greek Theater Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judy Garland and Mel Torme “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOQ4JxPDXIU&feature=related and

Judy Garland “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo&feature=related

Nat King Cole’s classic http://youtu.be/Oqpyfa2EmzQ

The Crystals “Parade of the Wooden Soldiershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1UXf3xBPdg

Andrea Bocelli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8SaX7ubTx4&playnext=1&list=PL2A551576E8D8B598&index=7

James Taylor and Natalie Cole’s “Baby it’s Cold Outside” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwjzCb4JOJg and

James Taylor’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” http://youtu.be/IqYGtYunJus

Dean Martin‘s “Baby it’s Cold Outside” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crFQpOCDfEc

Darlene Love “Christmas-Baby Please Come Home” http://youtu.be/EVTz69PHLpU

Beach Boy’s “Little Saint Nick” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We41bCkszOs

The Ronette’s  “Sleigh Ride” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa-hTXE72G0

Brenda Lee “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVsc74O2sks

Christina Aguilera “This Christmas” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKVw-hRw5fQ&feature=related”Carol and

Donny Hathaway’s version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj1mVUEHeUE

Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolf” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCTeXUkTFwQ

Destiny’s Child “Carol of the Bells” http://youtu.be/DhILMcG8VJ0

Annie Lennox “Angels from the Realm of Glory” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuq81BlkRjo and

“Holly and the Ivy” http://youtu.be/PMa7Gru1xXA

Sarah Mclachlan and Josh Groban “The Arms of the Angels” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZHrbjhwKik&feature=related and

Josh Groban “You Raise Me Up” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VqRlO3wa1A&feature=related

Celine Dion and Josh Groban singing “The Prayer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhxIjRO6WjI&feature=related

Stevie Wonder “What Christmas Means to Me”

http://youtu.be/wtgGBgpNcIo

Justin Bieber’s Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyKZCQfKIDw&feature=related

Micheal Jackson’s version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZIrPUqQMLU&feature=related and “Give Love at Christmas” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZk0dQrxiw0&feature=related

For the Finale: Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Carol of the Bells” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQfUgeJxpS0&feature=related

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What are your favorite holiday songs?

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My Favorite Hotel on the Via Venato: The Majestic Hotel in Rome

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Frank Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity"

Frank Sinatra at the Majestic Hotel in Rome

My favorite hotel on the Via Venato in Rome is the Majestic Hotel. I love the rooftop restaurant and the lobby bar. The hallways are cloaked with interesting vintage photos of “la Dolce Vita.”

It’s located on the Via Venato just steps away from Piazza Barberini with two Bernini fountains: The large Fontana del Triton is pictured at the top of this post (1622) and the Fontana delle Api (1627)  is shaped like a shell and covered with Barberini bees. The elegant hotel is within walking distance of the Villa Borghese where you can admire many of Bernini’s sculptures at the Villa. It is also close to the top of the Spanish steps.

Frank Sinatra

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The lobby and guestrooms are furnished with elegant antiques and the service is impecable. The hallways are filled with framed photos of the filming of the movie “La Dolce Vita”.

You don’t even have to tell the people at the front desk your room number when you pick up your key because they remember your name. They also appreciate an update on all the great tourist spots you racked up in Rome. They were able to get me tickets to the Carravagio Exhibition and were thrilled to know that I write travel guides about Italy.

Madonna at the Hotel Majestic on the Via Venato

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My favorite Bob Dylan lyrics are “Go away from my window-leave at your own chosen speed. I’m not the one you long for–not the one you need”.  Do you remember that one? Check  out the live version of “It Ain’t Me Babe” on YouTube–

 

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Miami Beach Wine and Food Festival 2012 at the Historic Fontainebleau Hotel

Attend the Miami Beach Wine and Food Festival at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2012

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I love the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. It is one of my favorite Vino con Vista destinations in Miami Beach! It is also the most historic and architecturally significant hotel on Miami Beach.  It was designed by Morris Lapidus and opened in 1954. On December 22, 2008, the Fontainebleau was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis broke the integration barrier in Miami Beach at this hotel. Jerry Lewis waged his war against Muscular Dystrophy at this hotel with his Labor Day Marathon fund-raising events.

The hotel was also the setting for Jerry Lewis‘s 1960 comedy film, The Bellboy. Here’s a picture of Jerry Lewis on the diving board at the Fontainbleau pool.

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Cover of The Bellboy

The hotel and pool were featured in the following films: Scarface, Go for It , Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach and The Bodyguard (1992) with Whitney Houston.

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The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the perfect setting for the Miami Beach Wine Festival. It is situated on the Atlantic oceanfront at Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row with 12 restaurants and bars; and a 40,000-square-foot spa.

Here are the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival details headlined by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 winner, Kevin Sbraga and Fontainebleau’s Executive Chef, Thomas Connell:

1. Miami’s first and foremost charity wine and food festival, will take place Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mary Brickell Village and Village of Merrick Park.

2. Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 winner, Chef Kevin Sbraga, and graduate of Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, will headline the Interactive Dinner on Friday, April 20.

3. Fontainebleau’s Executive Chef Thomas Connell, will direct an exclusive dinner during Cellar-bration on Saturday, April 21. All proceeds to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting more than 120 programs in the areas of education, financial stability and health. For tickets, visit www.miamiwinefestival.org or call1-877-820-3378.

4.  Brews & Bites Craft Beer Tasting returns as the opening event of this year’s Festival on Wednesday, April 18, sponsored by CBIZ. Guests will “tap” into 50 craft beers and micro-brews at dozens of tasting stations, with beers provided by Gold Coast Beverage and Brown Distributors, among others. Selections include: Cigar City Brewing, The Native Brewing Company, Palm, Boston Beer Company, Wynwood Brewing Co. and many more. Guests will pair their beers with food samples from 30 local restaurants, including: Baru Urbano, Fado Irish Pub and Timo Restaurant. The VIP tasting begins at 6 pm, tickets are $75 per person. General admission begins at 7 pm, tickets are $55 per person. Brews & Bites takes place at Mary Brickell Village, 901 South Miami Avenue, Miami.

5. On Thursday, April 19, longtime Festival partner, Village of Merrick Park will host Taste & Toast Fine Wine Tasting, sponsored by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. This outdoor fine wine tasting brings more than 65 wine producers and importers together for a grand display of more than 200 wines from around the world, with more than 35 area restaurants providing a culinary backdrop. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with wine producers and chefs, and share their experiences on Twitter for a chance to win great prizes. Participating restaurants include: 1500 Degrees, Crave, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Sawa Restaurant and Lounge and Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, among many others. Bacardi USA, 97.3 The COAST and Crave Restaurant will host a VIP Lounge during the tasting with special treats and surprises. The VIP tasting begins at 6 pm, tickets are $150 per person. General admission begins at 7 pm, tickets are $75 per person. Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables.

6. Friday, April 20, Food, Friends & Fun – Interactive Dinner, sponsored by Bacardi USA, is the ultimate good time for foodies, where tables will team up to cook their own dinners under Chef Sbraga’s tutelage, with Johnson & Wales culinary students serving as sous chefs. The evening commences with a Bacardi cocktail reception at 6:30 pm featuring Oakheart Spiced Rum. Venue Magazine will host an exclusive lounge. WSVN 7’s Belkys Nerey will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the Interactive Dinner, which begins at 7:30 pm, and includes a live auction in between courses and a silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $400 per person and $3,200 per table of eight. The Interactive Dinner takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

7.  The Festival culminates on Saturday, April 21, with its highlight event, Cellar-bration – Good Food and Award-winning Wines, featuring an exclusive dinner under Chef Connell. This gastronomic experience will be inspired by the hotel’s signature restaurants Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, featuring delectable and diverse cuisine – from modern steakhouse and refined Italian, to four-star haute Chinese. Throughout the evening, guests will also enjoy stunning auction lots, entertainment and gold medal-winning wines from the Best in Glass Wine Challenge. A cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 6:30 pm; dinner begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $250 per person and $2,500 per table of 10. Cellar-bration also takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Have a margarita at the Lobby Bar (Bleay Bar) so you can admire the million dollar chandeliers.

Bleau Bar in the hotel lobby

Fontainebleau million dollar chandelier

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Chateau Lobby

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Margarita at Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com

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More than Super Bowl Parties at the Chic Public Hotel in Chicago

WHEN: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 (Game starts at 5PM)

WHERE: The Public Hotel – 1301 North State Parkway  Chicago, IL 60610

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Attend the Super Bowl 2012 Party at the Public Hotel. PUBLIC Chicago, conceived by Ian Schrager, is a complete transformation of the famous Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

There will be plenty of flat screens to watch the game. Indulge in the special Super Bowl 2012 food and drink menu. Table seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis so get there early!

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This luxurious hotel will be turning their Library Bar & Screening Room into a cozy, elegant sports bar.

Art at the at Public Hotel in Chicago

Art at the Public Hotel in Chicago

In the bar-lounge area, called the Library, the photos on the wall appear to be works by Vermeer. But in fact they are parodies; a woman has her hair covered in a turban of Bubble Wrap and in another painting, she has cans for hair rollers.

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One of my favorite Vermeer paintings is Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel). This is considered one of  Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer‘s masterworks. He uses uses a pearl earring for a focal point. This incredible painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in the Hague. It is sometimes referred to as “the Mona Lisa of the North” or “the Dutch Mona Lisa“.

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

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The new Pump Room offers an innovative menu concept by the 2011, James Beard award-winning French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten who was born in Alsace, France.

On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer an interesting brunch menu from 11:00 a.m.until 2:20 p.m. www.pumproom.com

or call  (312-229-6740) for reservations.

Arturo Petterino (1920–2010) was its maitre d’ for many years at the Pump Room. He was notorious for steering celebrity patrons to the coveted Booth #One.

Famous guests included: Frank Sinatra, John Barrymore, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Beverly Sills, David Bowie, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor. Their photos still adorn the foyer in the entranceway. You can see Tony Bennett’s photo below.

Tony Bennett at the Pump Room

The legendary and historic Pump Room Restaurant has retained some of its history original 1938 history. You can still dine at Booth #One and take a picture holding the phone that a multitude of celebrities have used, including Frank Sinatra.

Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC Hotel has 285 spacious guest rooms and suites. Ian is an American hotelier and real estate developer. Schrager is often associated with co-creating  the Boutique Hotel genre. Originally, he gained fame as co-owner and co-founder of Studio 54.

The rooms and public spaces are impeccably furnished! Rooms start at $135; the Frank Sinatra Suite, is $2,500.

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I love the resin spheres on frames of iron tubing that decorate the Pump Room. They were designed by Dimore Studio in Milan.

Resin Light Fixtures from Milan at the Pump Room

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Dr.EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Don’t forget to buy a decadent red velvet cupcake in the coffee shop!

Red Velvet Cupcakes at the Coffee Shop at Public Hotel

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