Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA
I’ve been trying to live passionately the last few weeks, but it has been tiring. So tiring that I’m sitting here sick in bed as I write this. But that is okay because I’ve rediscovered that passion for life that had escaped my everyday routine for a couple weeks. Its that same passion that has driven me to drive a VW Beetle made up to look like Herbie the Love Bug. Its that impulse that drives people to do things that make them happy and allows you to enjoy life. And for me that helps translate into others being happy. I’ve always been passionate about travel, hotels, food and discovering new experiences and most of all sharing them with those I love.
I’m not sure what Winston Churchill was referring to in his quote about eating breakfast with his wife. For me it is totally the opposite. My latest passion are the breakfast beignets at Brenda’s. Oh MY! This isn’t about the swankiest or trendiest places, but little points in our lives where we could just close our eyes and still taste the food, remember the wonderful time we hand and long to relive a great time when we were happy.
For my wife and I breakfast has always been a highlight. Sitting down and having breakfast together means we are taking time to be with each other and usually that meants we aren’t rushing off. It started when we were penniless college students in Pittsburgh and would go to the now defunct Bagel Nosh in Squirrel Hill for a $2 breakfast that included an egg, bagel, and coffee. Oh did we have lots of refills just to hear this one waitress with a fake British accent (we still laugh about it to this day). Over our life together there have been numerous places where we have held hands under the table over a hot cup of coffee. In New York it was The Cupping Room located in SoHo where they served the best Challah Bread French Toast along huge bowls of coffee (yes, you brabbed the mugs with two hands). That has since been replaced by our new favorite breakfast place in New York, the Clinton St. Baking Company where you will find the most incredible pancakes and muffins.
Marriott NEWPORT BEACH HOTEL & SPA
900 Newport Center Drive
The rooms in the lower structure are small with glass showers but I found them to be all that I needed to relax while staying there for a conference. With palm trees all around and beautiful sunsets you might even be able to trick yourself into thinking that you are in Hawaii. All rooms have a balcony that make the rooms feel larger.
I found the resort to be fairly quiet, especially in the non-tower rooms. My room rate was a reasonable $159/nt and I’d especially recommend the resort to Marriott Reward members who are looking for a nice place to spend their weekend.
Rio All-Suites Hotel ( a Harrah’s Property)
While I am a local San Franciscan, I do have to add that the Cable Car line on Powell St. is just a block away. You can catch the cable car all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square from there.
We left our shades open and got up early the next morning for breakfast at the Clinton St. Bakery. I’ll discuss that at another time, but located three blocks from the hotel on Clinton and Houston, you will find the best blueberry pancakes (okay Martha Stewart discovered them first) that are just one more reason to stay down in the LES.
I highly recommend the Hotel on Rivington. We didn’t get to truly experience the hotel, but the small taste that we got was enough to get us to come back to the hotel and its great neighborhood. The furniture , the interior design and the ambiance were spot on.