Thursday, January 24, 2013


Top 10 Steak house in Chicago

Best spa in Chicago

Top 5 night club in Chicago

Chicago Style Pizza Traditions

 Chinatown in Chicago

Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

The 5 Best Hotels in Aruba

Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino

The Westin Resort and Casino Aruba

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino

Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive

Radisson Aruba Resort and Casino

Top 10 Steak house in Chicago

1.Chicago Chop House
Phone 312-787-7100 Fax 312-787-3219
Address:60 W Ontario, Chicago, IL 60610

This steakhouse gets high marks for affordable prices and great steaks, salads, and baked potatoes. What's the secret? Some say it's because all three owners are always on-site to make sure everything is perfect. Others say that the quality and value can't be topped. And, here's the trivia buzz...there's a picture of every mayor of Chicago on the walls! Even City Hall doesn't have them all.

2.Gene & Georgetti
Phone:312-527-3718 Fax:312-527-2039
Address:500 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60610

An institution and a draw since 1941, this establishment is one of the city's last men's club steak houses. All the waiters are male, and the maitre d' is on a first-name basis with regulars. Moreover, Sinatra dined here whenever he was in the Windy City, indulging in thick, generous steaks and wonderful Italian specialties. These dishes are still around today, thanks to the wonderful tradition that was first started more than 50 years ago. EL: Brown Line to Merchandise Mart.

3.Gibsons Steakhouse
Address:1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Gibsons is what you would imagine a steak house to have been like during the speakeasy era. Big, aged cuts of the finest steaks, huge, ice-cold martinis, bartenders with bowties and, of course, crowds of fascinating people. Celebs and celeb wannabes make Gibson's a must-visit and a definite place to see and be seen. EL: Red Line to Clark/Division.

4.Morton's, The Steakhouse
Phone:312-266-4820 Fax:312-266-4852
Address:1050 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Below street level and exuding the ambience of an exclusive club, Morton's continually wows diners with succulent cuts of sirloin, t-bones, and filet mignon. With white linens on the tables, crystal chandeliers, and royal service, this is the perfect place for any special occasion. Lots of the city's best and brightest agree that you can't top Morton's.

5.N9NE Steak House
Phone:312-575-9900 Fax:312-575-9901
Address:440 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606

Dress for success and make your way to this restaurant, where heads turn and people sit up and take notice. The massive dining room features a 20-foot waterfall and a large, circular granite caviar and champagne bar. The New American menu features fresh seafood and thick cuts of meat, notably lobster, oysters, ahi tuna, veal, and prime-aged steaks. The wine list is hefty, and nine pages showcases wines from across the globe, grouped by varietal, producer, and taste. Reservations are recommended for Ghostbar, an ultra-hip lounge.

6.Rosebud Steakhouse
Phone:312-397-1000 Fax:312-255-9929
Address:192 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

At Rosebud, you'll feel comfortable and at ease in the welcoming dining room, but you may have a tough time deciding what to order. The menu is packed with delectable beef and seafood dishes, and you're sure to find something delectable, like a NY strip steak or potato-crusted striped bass. Salads and sides abound as well, and the wine list includes Italian, French, and Californian white, red, and sparkling wines.

7.Ruth's Chris Steak House
Phone:312-321-2725 Fax:312-321-1365
Address:431 Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

If Ruth Fertel has a Ruth's Chris steakhouse in the area, it's sure to be included on every "Top 10" list. Most people would have been intimidated to open an establishment in the backyard of such famous steak houses, but not Ruth. This restaurant, with its men's club atmosphere, holds its own and serves perfectly seasoned steaks sizzling on platters heated to 450 degrees, mouthwatering sides, and fantastic.

8.The Capital Grille
Address: 633 N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611
One of the many reasons The Capital Grille has become a carnivore's mecca for Chicagoans and visitors alike is the melt-in-your-mouth, dry-aged in-house beef. Everything from the signature Veal Chop with Roquefort butter sauce to Steak au Poivre with Courvoisier cream is tantalizing. "Wine Spectator" magazine granted The Grille a "Best of Award of Excellence" for their 300-bottle wine list. The decor is simple yet elegant with Tiffany lamps, sumptuous carpeting, rich brown and forest green hues, and large windows. A lovely wine room is available for private events and occasionally serves as an additional bar.

9.The Palm
Phone:312-616-1000 Fax:312-616-3717
323 E Wacker Dr, Swissotel, Chicago, IL 60601
Perhaps best known for the caricatures of celebrities that grace its walls, The Palm also serves some of the best steaks in town. The Chicago branch of this New York-based establishment has been enthralling local politicians and sports figures, as well as business guests and out-of-towners, since its 1980 opening. Impeccable service makes dining in this beautiful room all the more enjoyable. Dark woods, rich leathers, hardwood floors, and fine linens blend to create an atmosphere conducive to romance or business.

Phone:312-787-9000 Fax: 312-787-9123
Address: 159 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60610
Jazz music sets the tone at this clubby, laid-back steakhouse. House specialties include roasted prime rib of beef, horseradish-crusted filet mignon, barbecued baby back ribs, wood-roasted mussels, cedar planked salmon, and macadamia nut-crusted halibut. A selection of salads and sandwiches is also available. While waiting for your table, order a specialty martini in the lounge; you'll also find a list of microbrews and wines.

Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino

Hotel Description:
556 rooms, 6 floors
Special All-inclusive Packages are available!  Located in the heart of Aruba's capital, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino truly caters to all vacationers. Two distinct hotel choices offer both style and a tropical elegance. The Renaissance Marina Hotel is a hip adult-exclusive destination for travelers over 18; complete with adult-only amenities and pool area.The Renaissance Ocean Suites offers family-friendly accommodations and facilities as well as kid's activities. For guests seeking shopping and excitement, the hotel is located in the heart of Aruba's top shopping district. Beach goers can bask in the sun on the 40-acre private beach on Renaissance Island or indulge in a treatment at the exclusive Spa Cove. Group travelers have access to over 22,000 sq ft of function space at the Renaissance Convention Center as well as special themed events on Renaissance Island.

Area Airports 
Queen Beatrix International Airport - AUA
Airport Phone: 297 582 5846 
Hotel direction: 2 mile(s) W 

Driving Directions:
On the waterfront, just a 10 minute drive from Queen Beatrix International Airport and within walking distance of the vibrant center of Oranjestad. 

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. 
Alternate transportation: Rental Car;reservation required 
Bus service, fee: 2.00 USD  (one way) 
Estimated taxi fare: 20.00 USD  (one way) 
Other Transportation Bus Station  
 Arubus (1/4 mile distance) 0.3 mile(s) W

Car Rentals
At this property:
Renaissance Marina Hotel
Phone: 297-5887570

Complimentary on-site parking 
Valet parking, fee: 5 USD daily 
Complimentary off-site parking

Hotel Amenities  (Additional fees may apply to some amenities)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Non-Smoking
  • Parking
  • Restaurant On Site
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Facility
  • Kids Activities
  • Gambling Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry
  • Spa
  • Tennis Courts
  • Business Center
  • Convention Center
  • Meeting Rooms

Dining Options

Property Has 9 Restaurants On-site

Meals Served - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
The only Starbucks in Aruba served at the Renaissance
Mall the Renaissance Marketplace Oceanside.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 5236751

Cafe de Plaza
Meals Served - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
Perfect among restaurants in Oranjestad, Aruba to relax
and unwind over dinner drinks.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 5838826

The Lounge Midnight Grill
Type of Cuisine - American
Meals Served - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
Discover one of the Oranjestad restaurants serving
light fare all-night live entertainment until dawn.
Dress code: Dress Jeans
Phone:  297 583 6000

Type of Cuisine - International
Meals Served - Lunch - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
Renowned for the Blue Martini, the open-air bar offers
a variety of fare from sushi to burgers.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 583 6000

Type of Cuisine - International
Meals Served - Lunch - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
Relax with ocean views at Solé, offering casual fare
including burgers, steak, and shrimp.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 583 6000

Type of Cuisine - International
Meals Served - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
Delight in this Oranjestad restaurant s casual fare
including burgers, steak and shrimp.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 583 6000

Captains Corner
Type of Cuisine - International
Meals Served - Breakfast
Restaurant Description -
Enjoy this Oranjestand, Aruba restaurant s fresh,
breakfast buffet at the Renaissance Ocean Suites.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 583 6000

Papagayo Bar Grill
Type of Cuisine - International
Meals Served - Lunch
Restaurant Description -
Discover one of the shaded, open-air restaurants in
Oranjestad, Aruba overlooking Iguana beach on the
private, 40-acre Renaissance Island.
Dress code: Casual
Phone:  297 583 6000

L.G. Smiths Steak Chop House
Type of Cuisine - Steak House
Meals Served - Dinner
Restaurant Description -
This Oranjestad, Aruba restaurant s fare featuring
fresh certified Angus Beef and an extensive
international wine list in a contemporary setting with
sweeping views of the marina and bustling boulevard
below. Enjoy fine dinin
Dress code: No Jeans
Phone:  297 583 6000

Driving Directions
Direction to the Property from Airport AUA On the waterfront, just a 10 minute drive from Queen
Beatrix International Airport and within walking distance of the vibrant center of Oranjestad.

Transportation Info
City Center is within walkable distance from property Distance from City Center to property 0 MI
Nearest Metro, Bus, Subway - Arubus 1/4 mile distance 0.3 MI Transportation from Primary Airport to Property Taxi

Rental Car
Transportation from City Center to Property Taxi Rental Car
**Please Note Fees May Apply To Above Transportation**

Sunday, December 27, 2009

How to Find The Best Cruise

Anyone who has not cruised before, can not imagine the experience. No other vacation is like it. You have everything you could ask for, right there, ready for you to enjoy. For one price you have a room, fine dinning, entertainment, and ports to explore. Cruising is different in another way too. When you are out on the ocean, with no phone calls, no problems from home, there is a calm feeling that comes over you, like no other vacation can bring. There are different cruise lines from high end lines, like 'Silver sea' to mid prices, such as Carnival (family) Disney (children) to Norwegian. Before you start your search have in mind a month you would like to cruise. Below are steps to help you find your best cruise.

Step 1

Check out the cruise lines. Perhaps you have heard a good recommendation. Many prefer Royal Caribbean, for it's medium price range and luxury cruises. But with children in tow, Disney is great. The choice is yours.

Step 2

Do you have in mind where you would like to sail to? A month you would like to sale? If not, you need to decide, will it be the Caribbeans, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands? Where?

Step 3

Now, you are ready to start checking out cruise packages. Go to a cruise travel agent, such as, or You should compare prices with several agents, and with the cruise lines themselves. Here is where your pencil and paper come in, keep a record of the date, and price, the port it leaves from, where it goes, and anything else, such as a promotion. Your list will help you find the best cruise. Prices do change from day to day. This record will help you know what the best deal is.

Step 4

When you find a good sounding deal, check out the ship's history. Is it new? Is it small or large? What activities does it have? Everything should be listed about every ship on line. If it is not what you want, move on.

Step 5
Check out the travel insurance, it is a protection. When you have a final price for your cruise, add on your tip expense, which again, will be listed on the net. Now you are ready to sail. Happy cruising!

How to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

With a little forethought and some flexibility, you can reach your
favorite destinations without breaking the bank. If you don't know anybody who works in the airline industry that can give you a hook-up, follow the advice below:

Step 1
Keep yourself updated on airfare wars by watching the news and reading the newspaper. Look for limited-time promotional fares from major airlines and airline companies just starting up.

Step 2
Be flexible in scheduling your flight. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly; late-night flights ('red-eyes'), very early morning flights and flights with at least one stop tend to be discounted as well.

Step 3
Ask the airline if it offers travel packages to save money in other areas. For instance, is a rental car or hotel room available at a discount along with the airline ticket?

Step 4
Find out whether the stated fare is the cheapest, and inquire about other options when speaking to the airline reservations clerk. If you're using the Internet, check more than one Web site and compare rates.

Step 5
Inquire about standby fares if you're flying off-season. High season is a bad time to fly standby because most airlines overbook flights, making it difficult to find a spare seat.

Step 6
Purchase tickets through consolidators, who buy blocks of tickets and sell them at a discount to help an airline fill up all available seats. Check the travel section of the newspaper under 'Ticket Consolidators.'

Step 7
Book early. You can purchase advance-ticket discounts by reserving 21 days ahead; book even earlier for holiday flights, especially in November and December. Keep in mind that holiday 'blackout periods' may prevent you from using frequent-flier miles.

Step 8
Stay with the same airline during your entire trip to receive round-trip or connecting fare discounts.

Monday, December 14, 2009

NY Metro Best Sushi In YNC

1.Alpha Fusion
(866) 679-5640
365 West 34th St
New York, NY 10001
View the menu
Message from Alpha Fusion
* New Asian Fusion Restaurant offering Gre
* Free Delivery & Happy hour
* Karaoke thursdays
Here at Alpha Fusion NYC we offer a relaxed atmosphere along with great Asian inspired food. Our Daily Lunch specials are the best deals in the area, whether you are looking for a hot entree or some fresh sushi or sashimi Alpha has it all for an affordable lunch deal. Our modern sleek look is great of your next party or gathering. We have great music playing throughout your dining experience. We have a long bar for your enjoyment with a great flat screen TV. For dinner we offer great entree?s such as Chilean Sea bass, fresh Salmon and ribs that fall of the bone. Please call us about catering options for your next office party or event. Daily happy hour specials are available everyday.

2.Kang Suh Restaurant
(866) 781-5016
1250 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
View the menu
Message from Kang Suh Restaurant
* Korean Food & Sushi
* Free Delivery
* Private Parties
Ever since we opened our doors in 1993, we, at Kang Suh in New York City's Garment District have been serving happy customers the best Korean food in NYC. We serve fresh, delicious food -- in a warm, inviting environment. We pride ourselves in offering the freshest meats and ingredients available in a relaxing environment that will keep you coming back for more. Not only is our Korean food delicious, but our sushi is also to die for! Our menu has an endless number of different choices ranging from our delectable Korean pancakes, teriyaki, BBQ and rice options to our specialty Korean entrees and sushi rolls. We are sure that everyone in your party will find just what they are looking for. We are open 24 hours a day, making us the perfect spot for late night dining in NYC. Come in alone or bring a big group - we have private rooms available! We look forward to serving you.

3.Sushi Zen
(212) 302-0707
108 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
View the menu
Dinner Mon-Sat 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Sun Closed
Lunch Mon-Fri 12:00PM to 4:30PM, Sat, Sun Closed
Message from Sushi Zen
* simple, elegant, beautiful
* healthy, delicate flavor
* reservations are recommended
Chef Suzuki says "I have introduced more than 150 kinds of rolls through my restaurant, and that saved and kept my restaurant going well. However, creating and introducing those rolls were not my goal of the business, so when I moved my restaurant to the current location West 44th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway near to Times Square, I thought that this is the time for me to reintroduce traditional Japanese cuisine. Because of this location, I would be able to introduce traditional Japanese cuisine to not only to locals but also people from all over the world. " The primary feature of our restaurant at dinner is the sushi counter that has only 10 seats and no sushi case. We invite you to enjoy a seasonal feast for the eyes and the palate, tailored to your individual tastes.

4.Hana Japanese & Cuisine
(212) 388-9688
111 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
Open 7 days a week
Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3:30pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm - 4pm
Mon - Thurs: 5pm - 11:30pm
Fri & Sat: 5pm - 12am
Sun: 4pm - 11:30pm
Message from Hana Japanese & Cuisine
* Hand Rolls and Special Rolls
* Traditional Kitchen Entrees
* Lunch Specials
Hana Japanese Cuisine Restaurant is your neighborhood Japanese restaurant in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Hana offers traditional Japanese kitchen entrees as well as an extensive range of freshly prepared Sushi and Sashimi dishes. Regular, special and hand rolls complement the choices you have.
Lower East Side locals rave about our hibachi with a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or seafood served with seasoned veggies and our chef's specialities such as Katsu Don and Japanese Fried Rice. Sushi lovers are sure to find their fix with our wide variety of rolls and combos such as our Maki Combo featuring our California, Alaskan and Eel Cucumber roll.
Our patrons enjoy our lunch specials - served from noon to 3:30 - and our Combo Box is a big hit.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at Hana Japanese Cuisine Restaurant seven days a week!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New York Top 10 Bars of 2009

1.The Jane Ballroom
(212) 924-6700
113 Jane St (West Street and Washington Street)
New York, NY 10014
Sun-Mon 5pm-2am
Tue-Sat 5pm-4am
Parking: Street
Ah, 113 Jane Street, what a nice long ride it's been. We loved you as Salon, loathed you as Socialista and now, in your latest incarnation as the Jane Ballroom, we love you again. The uber-swanky hot spot at the Jane Hotel has been a godsend for the too-cool-for-school hipsters, scenesters and socialites for whom life all but ended with the closure of the Beatrice Inn. But when He closes one door, He opens another--or at least cracks it just enough to allow the VIPs to pass through. From the disco ball to the Persian rugs to the glam rock scene, we're on board with what's happening here.

2.The Summit Bar
133 Avenue C (East 8th Street and East 9th Street)
New York, NY 10009
Mon-Thu 5:30pm-2am
Fri-Sat 5:30pm-3am
Sun 5:30pm-1am
View the menu
Parking: Street
There's no shortage of bars in Alphabet City, but this sleek cocktail lounge offers more mature East Village locals a respite from the area's many dives and rowdy party bars with a more refined attitude--making it suitable for those of us who want to drink like 21-year-olds, not with them. Friendly bartenders are happy to concoct original drinks upon request, and may even let you sample something before you commit, provided it's not too crowded. The low-key door policy and smoker-friendly back patio will remind you that you're still on Avenue C, and all the better for it.

3.675 Bar
(646) 461-8318
675 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
Mon-Thu 6pm-2am Fri-Sat-6pm-4am
View the menu
A Lounge with 5 Personal rooms- Ms. Pac Man, Billiards & Foosball. Formerly Level V, this tastefully appointed bar and lounge is stylish enough to have a tough, bottle-focused door policy. Instead, 675 Bar is democratic, with occasional waits owing only to its popularity and the need for crowd control. The cavernous, subterranean space is warmly lit, with retro furniture scattered about; foosball and pool offer imbibers a way to unwind, cocktail in hand, and escape from the B&T scene that dominates the rest of the Meatpacking District.


(212) 555-1212
304 E 6th St (Between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10009
Mon-Sun, 6pm-midnight
Parking: Street
Named after the mythological Aztec goddess of agave, this bi-level East Village looker is one of several newbies devoted to cocktails made with tequila and its cousin mezcal. Church pew benches and a 20-foot-wide stained glass chandelier shaped like a tarantula give Mayahuel an unusual, romantic charm, and a menu of cocktails devised by Death & Co. alum Philip Ward holds its own next to the city's more prominent cocktail clubhouses. It's enough to make us change our rule about mixing tequila with date night.

5.Brooklyn Bowl

(718) 963-3369
61 Wythe Ave (N 11th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Mon-Thu 6pm-2am
Fri 6pm-4am
Sat 12pm-4am
Sun 12pm-2am
View the menu
Parking: Street
This 16-lane, 23,000-square-foot behemoth of a bowling alley is Williamsburg's second in as many years, and apparently there is no shortage of fun-loving Brooklyn hipsters to support it. The sheer magnitude of the 600-person capacity space allows Brooklyn Bowl to double as a venue for live music and other special events, enlivened by a full bar and gourmet eats provided by the Blue Ribbon restaurant group.


(212) 982-8802
304 Park Ave S (Between 22nd Street and 23rd Street)
New York, NY 10010
Mon-Sun 11am-12am
Parking: Street
Gimmicky though it may be, this long-awaited Gramercy-area ping-pong club (backed by actress Susan Sarandon) ventured to do something different in a city overrun with lots of, well, the same. Part full-service bar, part table tennis playpen, SPiN is open to members and guests alike, with tables rentable by the half-hour at a relatively affordable rate. Delirium Tremens on tap and stiff martinis are an added draw, plus--let's not kid ourselves--ping-pong is super fun when you're wasted. So there's also that.

7.Sweet Afton

(718) 777-2570
3009 34th St (30th Ave)
Astoria, NY 11103
Mon-Fri 4pm-3:30am
Sat-Sun 1pm-3:30pm
Parking: Street
It may seem like an unlikely contender for "best of" status, but don't write off this Astoria charmer, which comes from the team behind Wilfie & Nell. Locally sourced brews and snacks (like a Pat LaFrieda burger and fried McClure's pickles) give the bar a decidedly Manhattan-esque feel, while the laid-back, weathered aesthetic and indie rock tunes remind that you're not in Soho--and in this case, that's a good thing.

8.The Ainsworth

(888) 513-7996
122 W 26th St (6th Avenue and 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
Sun-Wed 11am-1am
Thu-Sat 11am-4am
View the menu
Parking: Street
A First Class bar & a visually stimulating decor culminating in the ultimate drinking & dining experience. Just as booze is recession-proof, so too is America's love of professional sports. This sprawling 6,000-square-foot space boasts a sea of flat-screen TVs in an upscale setting (think Gothic chandeliers and leather banquettes) that's well-suited to cheering on your favorite team or grabbing a pint and a bite. All the standard sports bar elements are also present--from frat boys to beer served in 100-ounce tubes--but specialty cocktails, wine and fancy snacks like lobster po' boy sliders mean even your girlfriend will feel comfortable on game day.

9.The Standard Biergarten

(212) 645-4100
848 Washington St (Little West 12th Street and West 13th Street)
New York, NY 10014
Mon-Thu 4pm-12am
Fri 4pm-1am
Sat 2pm-1am
Sun 2pm-12am
Parking: Valet
Just when you thought the Meatpacking District already had everything it needed (plus a bunch of things it didn't), Andre Balazs opened the Standard Hotel, along with its foodie-approved restaurant and celeb-approved rooftop lounge, the notorious Boom Boom Room. But luckily for the rest of us, he also brought the 'hood this more casual rustic German beer garden, complete with communal wooden picnic tables and ping-pong--speaking of which, do we smell a new trend on the horizon for 2010? We'll have to wait and see.


(212) 229-2670
150-152 W 10th St (Waverly Place)
New York, NY 10014
Sun-Thu 6pm-2am
Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
Parking: Street
In 2008, it was wine bars; in 2009, the gastropub trend took New York by storm, with everyone from Daniel Boulud to Michael Psilakis jumping on the bandwagon. Even the Martignetti brothers got in on the action. But this Scottish-themed West Village gastropub stole our hearts with its Scotch-based specialty cocktails and lodge-like design accents like pheasant wallpaper and a wall-mounted deer head. A working fireplace and tasty, authentic Scottish grub like beef cheek and ale pie also helped make this decision an easy one.