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2 Park Pl, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA
Del Cerro Park is a great hiking trail in Palos Verdes, CA - 30ish minutes south of LAX. There are several trails, some that are for bikes, some for pedestrians, some for equestrians, and some for a combo of the three. The trail we hiked wasn't...
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2900 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
CATCH Week1: On a road trip from Texas to California, I stopped in Arizona for a sleep. While driving though the lonely and isolated desert roads, headed towards Nevada, I spotted these cactus that reminded me of the Caribbean coral species the...
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900 E Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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For 20 years now, the Spring Mountain corridor north of the Las Vegas Strip has been a hotbed of hot pots—and every other Asian dish under the desert sun. When celebs such as Anthony Bourdain and Penn Jillette raved about the real-deal...
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5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146, USA
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Of course there is no shortage of great food in Las Vegas, but this place is different. First of all it is not on The Strip, so it is not accessible unless you know about it. It's in a strip mall in an area with a lot of other Asian restaurants,...
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3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Celebrity restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich serve the finest steaks in town. They match their spectacular all-beef tasting menu with a vast wine list. (701) 789-4141. Read Bob Guccione Jr.'s Spin the Globe story on Las Vegas. This...
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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Intimate. Hilarious. Impressive. Less expensive than the others. Just go!
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3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
We had the fabulous opportunity to spend a week at the Venetian and here are my findings. I loved it the minute I got out of the taxi. It has an opulent front entrance, with a massive ceiling adorned with frescoes. Inside you are greeted with more...
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6800 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146, USA
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Don't let the nondescript exterior fool you—Hash House A Go Go takes its farm-to-table seriously, and in a big way. Artfully arranged meats and produce (or eggs and waffles if you're in for breakfast) dwarf normal portions here, making meals...
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2910 West Lake East Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89117, USA
In the heart of Vegas, it can be difficult at times to find the healthiest of meals, given the penchant for fine dining (and steak) that characterizes the Strip. However, Go Raw Cafe has your back—with two locations in Vegas, Go Raw is on a...
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1407, 3327 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Bauman Rare Books is well known among antiquarian booksellers, and marks a striking contrast to most of the shops and boutiques you'll find in Las Vegas. Having worked in the rare book business in the past, I can't resist a beautifully tooled...
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4080 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
As the old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." But it's hard to imagine who'd find anything less than treasures here, at this cool, vintage home decor and furniture shop. It's a haven for the handcrafted and handmade, and the...
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For their morning cup of joe, many locals living and working on the west side of the city head to Sambalatte, a locally owned coffee shop with an extensive caffeine-fueled menu and a laid back vibe. It's common to find local runners and cyclists...
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3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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In recent years, there has been an awesome pizza trend in Las Vegas. Gone are the days when the average toss-it-in-the-oven pie was the only option; today, there are fun local pizza eateries, high-end gourmet pies and even hidden alcoves housing...
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3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Bouchon Bakery, with its origins in Yountville, California, and under the aegis of world renowned chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry, now has three locations—and, lucky enough for Vegas, one of them is on the Strip. The menu is classic...
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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Visiting the Strip? Save time for its spas. One of my favorites: Qua, at Caesars Palace. The Roman baths make you feel like you've left Las Vegas behind, and the snow room is worth a (quick -- it's cold!) stop. Then the treatments are out of this...
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This was my 2nd time in the Omo River Valley visiting the Surma, the Suri and the Nyangatom. These people are known for their amazing body decorations. They shave their heads into intricate designs, they pierce their lips and their earlobes, they...
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The top wildlife viewing experience of my life. Hands-down. So wild, remote, unplanned...no other people, no other vehicles. Damaraland is my favorite region of Namibia - incredible scenery, geology, views, stars, and so few other travelers. Stay...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
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Southern Asia
The Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, India (also simply known as the Lepakshi Temple), isn't the easiest place to get to. It's a 120 km journey north of Bangalore through rural villages. Your best bet for getting there is to hire a driver for the...
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RT 8, Morondava 619, Madagascar
Having driven from Morondava to this remote row of Baobabs 45 min out of town, I took this picture at sunset as the day came to an end. I thought why not come back tomorrow for sunrise so at 4 in the morning we arranged a driver to take us in the...
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Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
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700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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My deep love for macarons is no surprise to anyone that knows me, so it's no wonder that after trying perhaps the finest ever in Paris, I'd look for a temporary fix in Los Angeles. This quest led to the discovery of Bottega Louie, one of my...
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Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
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3926 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
You wouldn’t know there was a store there unless you lived in the neighborhood, but the owner, Chris, has an amazing list of cheeses. I love his shop because he sells what he likes, not what people tell him is good. He’s also got an...
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6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
This luxurious spa tucked away on the property of The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is a true oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Guests and locals alike visit the spa year round to experience all the tranquility and rejuvenation the Centre...
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Quintana Roo, Mexico
If you are staying anywhere near Tulum, Mexico, plan a visit to Sian Ka’an Reserve, a 1.5 million acre protected UNESCO World Heritage site. The company that runs the Reserve offers several different tours. We signed up for the canal tour. After...