Los Angeles: Shangri La, Past and Present

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By Kitty Pilgrim

I glimpse an elaborate stone villa on the outskirts of Los Angeles. It looks like the set of the movie Jane Eyre, but it is relatively new, built in the Jazz Age.  Greystone Mansion is a faux English estate, solid and elegant, surrounded by 18 acres of manicured gardens.  Once a private residence for an oil magnate, Edward L. Doheny, the baronial edifice was constructed in 1927 and was used by his family as a country retreat.  Now it serves as a historic landmark, and it no longer sits in isolation - the manor is now in the luxurious enclave of Beverly Hills.

Antwerp – The City of Dreams

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By Hillary Latos

Considered to be the melting pot of Europe and a sister city of New York, Antwerp is home to over 170 nationalities hailing from all over the world who have passed through this port city to realize the dream of a better life elsewhere and/or fell in love with this liberal and progressive city and never left.  There are many things this dynamic city is famous for - it's the epicenter of the lucrative diamond industry, and also a center of nurturing creativity producing some of the most important 17th century artists to their rising fashion scene.  The common thread that reverberates throughout its storied history is making dreams materialize which infectiously touches everyone who visits this vibrant city.

A Taste of Japan

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By John Friia

Nestled in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is a hidden gem for visitors to escape the chaos of city life and become one with nature. The tranquil garden is the home Taiko-en, which encompasses five restaurants and twelve banquet halls. It is owned and operated by the leading Japanese hospitality company, Fujita Kanko Inc., which operates 60 other iconic properties.

Beniya Mukayu Hotel

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By John Friia

As the rising sun travels up the mountains of Yakushiyama it awakens the hidden gardens and visitors of hotel Beniya Mukayu. The quaint 17-room Japanese getaway embraces the cherry, maple and other trees that surround the retreat. With simple decorations the rooms are designed to compliment the unique view they offer.

Vermont’s Winter Wonderland

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By Hillary Latos

When the first snowflakes of the season begin to fall and the Northeast begins to glisten in white merriment, skiers and snowboarders begin to count down the days until the slopes open. In just a few short hours by train or auto, transport yourself to the charming ski resorts in Vermont that has something for everyone - charming villages, daredevil mountains, snow bunny hills, luxury spas, unchartered Nordic trails and fine dining.

Events Around Town

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By W.A. Muller

Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston Celebrate the Publication of Their Novel FROZEN: Heart of Dread, Book One

In celebrating the publication of their latest novel FROZEN: Heart of Dread, Book One, best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz and co-author Michael Johnston hosted a book party at Tyler Rollins Fine Art on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Known for her award-winning novels for teens and young adults, de la Cruz is also the author of the hit series Blue Bloods and Witches of East End, each of which Johnston co-created. With the success of Witches of East End, de la Cruz has turned the novel into a Lifetime television series that will air this fall, starring Julia Ormond and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Most recently added to the duo’s list of published books, their newest novel FROZEN has already received various critically acclaimed reviews, making it a must-read this season.

For more information on both de la Cruz and Johnston, as well as their previously written novels, please visit: melissa-delacruz.com

Resident Alien

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By George Wayne

Pamela Morgan, the chic Fifth Avenue socialite and culinary queen has, for more than three years, been conducting what she calls “Flirting With Flavors,” which one could call “the chicest cooking class imaginable” and which she would call ‘’more than a cooking class, more like a cooking party.” Six times a month she opens her state of the art kitchen to six candidates who want to upgrade their culinary skills.  What is coolest about this culinary excursion is the fact that it has been attracting a wide range of bankers, industrialists and highly successful men about town who have come to realize that learning how to cook and prepare a meal is one of the classiest investments a man can adapt to impress a suitor or two.