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What exactly is a champagne breakfast?

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It is, well, exactly as luxurious as it sounds: Breakfast served with champagne or sparkling wine and fruit juice, usually orange and/or peach.

This special treat is generally reserved for special occasions such as an Anniversary, Mother’s Day or a holiday. High-end hotels and vacation resorts often serve champagne breakfasts served in three elegant courses: bread, cake and fruit, followed by the main course, and finally, coffee, cheese and biscuits.


To give you a clearer idea, here’s the romantic champagne breakfast menu at the Governor’s Suite in Hartness House, an Inn in Vermont, USA.

Ice-chilled Champagne in a bucket with two crystal flutes;

Freshly-squeezed Orange or Carrot-Apple Juice;

Freshly baked Crumb-topped Blueberry muffins
and Orange marmalade;

Strawberries with Framboise Creme Parfait;


Your choice of:
Smoked Salmon and Green Onion Omelet, or
Almond and Graham Crusted French Toast; or
Governor’s Eggs Benedict

French Press Columbian Coffee with Cream

Decorated with a beautiful silk Rosebud in Vase and newspaper

This indulgence for two can be yours for an extra $75 USD!

Carnival + Circus + Jazz: 3 June Delights in Las Vegas!

Travelling to Las Vegas this June? Take a break from the limo rides around town and casino madness – Check out these 3 exciting events, sure to add more glamour and fun to your holiday.

Insomniac Electric Daisy Carnival 2015

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Not just another music festival – new sounds, state-of-the-art lighting design, large-scale art installations, interactive circus and theatrical performances, plus audience participation is big at Insomniac’s premier annual event.

Venue : Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motorsports Complex,7000 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV

Show Dates: June 19, 2015 – June 21, 2015

Show Times: 6pm – 6am

More info

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, entertains the crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.   Original Filename: Denver12.jpg

A one of a kind Circus show, deservedly called the “Greatest Show On Earth”. Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky –  an all-female troupe performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels, unbelievable freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers show off their crazy-stunts while acrobats leap through a 15ft. transparent tower, personal introductions to performing pachyderms – and these are just three acts. Join the circus and you’ll see more. Excited? It’s okay if you squeal like a child!

Venue : Thomas & Mack Center,4505 S Maryland Pkwy,Las Vegas, NV

Show Dates: June 11, 2015 – June 14, 2015

Show Times: Thu & Fri 7pm; Sat 11am, 3pm & 7pm; Sun 1pm & 5pm

More info here

Celebrating The Era of Jazz

UntitledTired after all that partying and circus fun? Now, sit back and relax with some beautiful Jazz for company. The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater is presenting a special performance celebrating the music and life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. The evening’s program will include “Mood Azul,” “Take 5,” “Simply Ella” and “Feeling Good,” a very special duet performed by Las Vegas’ headliner of the Year Clint Holmes and powerhouse vocalist Reva Rice from Vegas!

Venue: Reynolds Hall, 361 Symphony Park Ave,Las Vegas, NV

Show Dates: June 11, 2015

Show Times: 7:30pm

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Can you recommend a good hotel in Venice Beach, California?

Glad you asked. Our US correspondent Kristen Cashman spent a refreshing weekend at this seaside resort town, and could not stop gushing about Hotel Erwin.

Over to her:

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Los Angeles, California, offers visitors a wide assortment of attractions and landmarks to check out—from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Sunset Strip to the luxury shopper’s paradise, Rodeo Drive. But for a sprawling ocean view coupled with unparalleled people-watching, the Venice Beach boardwalk is not to be missed. Historically a mecca of surfing, skateboarding, and bodybuilding, and the birthplace of the legendary 1960s rock band The Doors, the boardwalk teems with colorful, oh-so-California sights and sounds, including tattoo parlors, bikini-clad rollerskaters, fortune tellers, and a smorgasbord of shops and vendors.

If you want to spend a night or more perched above all the hubbub of the boardwalk, the Hotel Erwin is the place to stay. Gelling with the neighborhood’s young, hip, laid-back feel, the hotel is decorated in bright colors and modern design details.

Hotel Erwin's half-circle driveway
Hotel Erwin’s half-circle driveway


The six-storey building has standard rooms as well as suites. My 750-square-foot suite felt enormous, with a kitchenette, dining area, living room, funky bathroom, and bedroom. The minibar featured offbeat options beyond the usual snacks and spirits, such as surfboard wax, sun-protective lip balm, and a portable torch for late-night strolls. The living space had a gas fireplace, a large flat-screen TV, and a desk. WiFi was complimentary throughout the hotel, and the connection was speedy and reliable.



The suite’s best feature by far? Its balcony, with a stunning panoramic view of the boardwalk’s happenings as well as the vast Pacific Ocean beyond. I soaked up the varied eye candy below—the skateboarders careening down the slopes of the beach’s skate park, the surfers stacking up along the faces of the waves, and the acrobatics of street performers surrounded by throngs of tourists.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo and are ready to take the plunge, you’re in luck! The Erwin offers an “Ink n Stay” package that includes overnight accommodations, a $100 voucher for tattoo services from a local acclaimed tattoo and graffiti artist, lotion, an ice pack, and a bottle of tequila. Where else but Venice?


The hotel’s crowning jewel is its rooftop lounge, High. The only place of its kind in town, it boasts a fabulous vista of the sea, the boardwalk, and the city rooftops. At $11–13 each, the cocktails aren’t cheap, but they are tasty—I sampled a blackberry Collins and a passion fruit mojito, both made with fresh fruit and high-quality spirits. The lounge also features an eclectic but limited snack menu whose offerings include guacamole, chicken skewers, and hot dogs. Although Venice enjoys a warm, Mediterranean climate with over 250 days of sunshine per year, evenings can be cool, so the lounge has propane heaters to keep its clientele cozy.


On the ground floor is the hotel’s restaurant, Barlo, which serves breakfast, dinner, and cocktails. The menu showcases local, sustainably grown produce and meats, and I was pleased with my breakfast of eggs from pastured hens with goat cheese, tomatoes, and spinach. Barlo is known for its fabulous burgers, but as a non–beef eater, I didn’t partake.

Everyone at the hotel was extremely accommodating, helpful, and informative, while also exuding the casual, low-key vibe that coastal LA county is known for.

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Truth or rumour? A Las Vegas nightclub serves a $10,000 cocktail.

One hundred per cent true! The tipple that’s making ripples has a deceptively simple name: Ono. It is served at the Wynn’s XS Nightclub, and one $10,000 portion serves two.


While you gulp that down, here’s why it costs so much: there’s a rare cognac in this cocktail, which costs a whopping $2000 per shot. As XS GM Yannick Mugnier puts it, “This cocktail is not about making money–it’s about extravagance.” Rather unnecessarily, he goes on to add that Ono is a big hit with big winners at the casinos. Well, duh.

Thirsty for more? Here’s where you can get all the mindblowing details. Hic!

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