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When you are traveling, the last thing on your mind (or the first) is whether or not your luggage will stand up to the trip. If you buy Briggs and Riley luggage, you can forget about worrying; all Briggs and Riley luggage is guaranteed for a lifetime, simply ship it back or bring it in to a store to have them repair or replace it. Some of their smaller pieces have an extra sleeve that you can loop over a rolling luggage handle (or convert into an extra pocket if you choose to zip it up). I love the many extra pockets inside and out that make it easy to organize your belongings. These are pieces you will not need to replace; if anything, you will want to buy more pieces to suit the length and type of your trips. For longer trips, I love the ultralight wheeled duffel with its’ wide opening and dirt resistant gray ballistic fabric; for an overnight trip, everything fits into their large tote (including two pairs of shoes!). Even though I have four pieces, I still want more (can luggage be addictive?). They offer very neutral colors, so sorry, no purple or orange choices, but you can add a colorful luggage tag or simply get a color other than black to distinguish your pieces from the others in baggage claim; I bought the dark gray and I have never seen another gray Briggs and Riley piece on the baggage carousel.

Of course when you travel, you will need money, so what better way to carry it than in a Lodis wallet? These fine leather wallets allow you to carry all sizes of currency and plenty of it (important if you are traveling outside of the credit card carrying U.S.) in beautiful style. Some of the larger wallets are big enough and beautiful enough to be a clutch. The simple solid soft leather with a one touch open frame is understated elegance, while some of their wilder prints allow you to express the rock star within you. Can’t decide who you want to be? They also carry wallets with flowers and patterns in colors ranging from hot fuschia to warm brown. And yes, they have wallets for men, as well as briefcases and passport holders, so you can share the same brand with a man without compromising on your taste.

With a new wallet and new luggage, the only question to answer now is, where do you want to go?

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When you are traveling, the last thing on your mind (or the first) is whether or not your luggage will stand up to the trip. If you buy Briggs and Riley luggage, you can forget about worrying; all Briggs and Riley luggage is guaranteed for a lifetime, simply ship it back or bring it in to a store to have them repair or replace it. Some of their smaller pieces have an extra sleeve that you can loop over a rolling luggage handle (or convert into an extra pocket if you choose to zip it up). I love the many extra pockets inside and out that make it easy to organize your belongings. These are pieces you will not need to replace; if anything, you will want to buy more pieces to suit the length and type of your trips. For longer trips, I love the ultralight wheeled duffel with its’ wide opening and dirt resistant gray ballistic fabric; for an overnight trip, everything fits into their large tote (including two pairs of shoes!). Even though I have four pieces, I still want more (can luggage be addictive?). They offer very neutral colors, so sorry, no purple or orange choices, but you can add a colorful luggage tag or simply get a color other than black to distinguish your pieces from the others in baggage claim; I bought the dark gray and I have never seen another gray Briggs and Riley piece on the baggage carousel.

Of course when you travel, you will need money, so what better way to carry it than in a Lodis wallet? These fine leather wallets allow you to carry all sizes of currency and plenty of it (important if you are traveling outside of the credit card carrying U.S.) in beautiful style. Some of the larger wallets are big enough and beautiful enough to be a clutch. The simple solid soft leather with a one touch open frame is understated elegance, while some of their wilder prints allow you to express the rock star within you. Can’t decide who you want to be? They also carry wallets with flowers and patterns in colors ranging from hot fuschia to warm brown. And yes, they have wallets for men, as well as briefcases and passport holders, so you can share the same brand with a man without compromising on your taste.

With a new wallet and new luggage, the only question to answer now is, where do you want to go?

When you are traveling, the last thing on your mind (or the first) is whether or not your luggage will stand up to the trip. If you buy Briggs and Riley luggage, you can forget about worrying; all Briggs and Riley luggage is guaranteed for a lifetime, simply ship it back or bring it in to a store to have them repair or replace it. Some of their smaller pieces have an extra sleeve that you can loop over a rolling luggage handle (or convert into an extra pocket if you choose to zip it up). I love the many extra pockets inside and out that make it easy to organize your belongings. These are pieces you will not need to replace; if anything, you will want to buy more pieces to suit the length and type of your trips. For longer trips, I love the ultralight wheeled duffel with its’ wide opening and dirt resistant gray ballistic fabric; for an overnight trip, everything fits into their large tote (including two pairs of shoes!). Even though I have four pieces, I still want more (can luggage be addictive?). They offer very neutral colors, so sorry, no purple or orange choices, but you can add a colorful luggage tag or simply get a color other than black to distinguish your pieces from the others in baggage claim; I bought the dark gray and I have never seen another gray Briggs and Riley piece on the baggage carousel.

Of course when you travel, you will need money, so what better way to carry it than in a Lodis wallet? These fine leather wallets allow you to carry all sizes of currency and plenty of it (important if you are traveling outside of the credit card carrying U.S.) in beautiful style. Some of the larger wallets are big enough and beautiful enough to be a clutch. The simple solid soft leather with a one touch open frame is understated elegance, while some of their wilder prints allow you to express the rock star within you. Can’t decide who you want to be? They also carry wallets with flowers and patterns in colors ranging from hot fuschia to warm brown. And yes, they have wallets for men, as well as briefcases and passport holders, so you can share the same brand with a man without compromising on your taste.

With a new wallet and new luggage, the only question to answer now is, where do you want to go?

>Spending a day in another culture is a good way to sample the lifestyle without needing a passport or committing to a trip abroad. Los Angeles offers many cultural choices, and one way to spend a day in Korea is to go to the Olympic Spa in Koreatown. They offer spa packages that rival the best of the chain spas at less than half the cost. A word of warning for those who are self-conscious about being nude, do not come here if you are not comfortable being naked or seeing naked bodies within 2 feet of you. If you are only comfortable in the prudish setting of an American spa, then do NOT try this. This is women only spa, so you are naked only with other women (the therapists wear a bikini type combo as they work on you). If you are able to open your mind and relax your body enough to try a taste of an Asian spa, you will reap the benefits of both the unique offerings and prices you will not find elsewhere in Los Angeles. The Olympic Spa offers an oxygen room, a mugwort hot tub, and their famous Pure Bliss package, which offers a scrub, massage, facial and mask, for about the price of just a massage at any other full service spa. For those who doubt the quality of this experience, the spa uses Bumble and Bumble, so they are not skimping on products. It is a very different atmosphere than you would find at an American spa, but that is the point here as you immerse yourself in the hot and cold spas, steam rooms, and spa packages that make this a haven for Koreans and those who are willing to travel to another culture for their spa experience. The people who work here are all very nice to foreigners (non-Koreans), so be nice to them and tip generously because at these prices, they work very hard for very little. There is a resting area where you can take a nap after your treatments, and they even serve food in a small cafeteria on the premises (Korean food of course).

For better Korean food, leave the spa after your service and try Cham Sot Gul for Korean BBQ, just a few blocks away, in a setting that befits the Flintstones, with boulders set into the walls of the restaurant. They have delicious Galbi (marinated short ribs) and Bugolgi (sliced beef) for meat lovers, and squid or shrimp for those who want lighter meals. If you can’t decide, pick one of their combos. Everything comes with an umpteen number of side dishes (including spicy kim chee, mild bean sprouts, steamed egg, etc.), along with a nice salad. The idea is to eat the BBQ meat wrapped in the rice wrappers that come as a side, or with the lettuce. Rice is considered by Koreans to be the thing you eat if you have nothing else, so if you want rice, you must order it separately. This is the typical grill it yourself Korean BBQ restaurant, with a surprising touch of kindness (those who have gone to other Korean places will appreciate this even more than the food). They are nice to Caucasians (and non-Korean Asians), they have a menu in English (with pictures), and the waitresses will even help you grill your food and change your grill when it gets too charred.

To be Korean for a day while enjoying all the perks, but without the jetlag and repressive regime, just go to Koreatown.

Spending a day in another culture is a good way to sample the lifestyle without needing a passport or committing to a trip abroad. Los Angeles offers many cultural choices, and one way to spend a day in Korea is to go to the Olympic Spa in Koreatown. They offer spa packages that rival the best of the chain spas at less than half the cost. A word of warning for those who are self-conscious about being nude, do not come here if you are not comfortable being naked or seeing naked bodies within 2 feet of you. If you are only comfortable in the prudish setting of an American spa, then do NOT try this. This is women only spa, so you are naked only with other women (the therapists wear a bikini type combo as they work on you). If you are able to open your mind and relax your body enough to try a taste of an Asian spa, you will reap the benefits of both the unique offerings and prices you will not find elsewhere in Los Angeles. The Olympic Spa offers an oxygen room, a mugwort hot tub, and their famous Pure Bliss package, which offers a scrub, massage, facial and mask, for about the price of just a massage at any other full service spa. For those who doubt the quality of this experience, the spa uses Bumble and Bumble, so they are not skimping on products. It is a very different atmosphere than you would find at an American spa, but that is the point here as you immerse yourself in the hot and cold spas, steam rooms, and spa packages that make this a haven for Koreans and those who are willing to travel to another culture for their spa experience. The people who work here are all very nice to foreigners (non-Koreans), so be nice to them and tip generously because at these prices, they work very hard for very little. There is a resting area where you can take a nap after your treatments, and they even serve food in a small cafeteria on the premises (Korean food of course).

For better Korean food, leave the spa after your service and try Cham Sot Gul for Korean BBQ, just a few blocks away, in a setting that befits the Flintstones, with boulders set into the walls of the restaurant. They have delicious Galbi (marinated short ribs) and Bugolgi (sliced beef) for meat lovers, and squid or shrimp for those who want lighter meals. If you can’t decide, pick one of their combos. Everything comes with an umpteen number of side dishes (including spicy kim chee, mild bean sprouts, steamed egg, etc.), along with a nice salad. The idea is to eat the BBQ meat wrapped in the rice wrappers that come as a side, or with the lettuce. Rice is considered by Koreans to be the thing you eat if you have nothing else, so if you want rice, you must order it separately. This is the typical grill it yourself Korean BBQ restaurant, with a surprising touch of kindness (those who have gone to other Korean places will appreciate this even more than the food). They are nice to Caucasians (and non-Korean Asians), they have a menu in English (with pictures), and the waitresses will even help you grill your food and change your grill when it gets too charred.

To be Korean for a day while enjoying all the perks, but without the jetlag and repressive regime, just go to Koreatown.

Spending a day in another culture is a good way to sample the lifestyle without needing a passport or committing to a trip abroad. Los Angeles offers many cultural choices, and one way to spend a day in Korea is to go to the Olympic Spa in Koreatown. They offer spa packages that rival the best of the chain spas at less than half the cost. A word of warning for those who are self-conscious about being nude, do not come here if you are not comfortable being naked or seeing naked bodies within 2 feet of you. If you are only comfortable in the prudish setting of an American spa, then do NOT try this. This is women only spa, so you are naked only with other women (the therapists wear a bikini type combo as they work on you). If you are able to open your mind and relax your body enough to try a taste of an Asian spa, you will reap the benefits of both the unique offerings and prices you will not find elsewhere in Los Angeles. The Olympic Spa offers an oxygen room, a mugwort hot tub, and their famous Pure Bliss package, which offers a scrub, massage, facial and mask, for about the price of just a massage at any other full service spa. For those who doubt the quality of this experience, the spa uses Bumble and Bumble, so they are not skimping on products. It is a very different atmosphere than you would find at an American spa, but that is the point here as you immerse yourself in the hot and cold spas, steam rooms, and spa packages that make this a haven for Koreans and those who are willing to travel to another culture for their spa experience. The people who work here are all very nice to foreigners (non-Koreans), so be nice to them and tip generously because at these prices, they work very hard for very little. There is a resting area where you can take a nap after your treatments, and they even serve food in a small cafeteria on the premises (Korean food of course).

For better Korean food, leave the spa after your service and try Cham Sot Gul for Korean BBQ, just a few blocks away, in a setting that befits the Flintstones, with boulders set into the walls of the restaurant. They have delicious Galbi (marinated short ribs) and Bugolgi (sliced beef) for meat lovers, and squid or shrimp for those who want lighter meals. If you can’t decide, pick one of their combos. Everything comes with an umpteen number of side dishes (including spicy kim chee, mild bean sprouts, steamed egg, etc.), along with a nice salad. The idea is to eat the BBQ meat wrapped in the rice wrappers that come as a side, or with the lettuce. Rice is considered by Koreans to be the thing you eat if you have nothing else, so if you want rice, you must order it separately. This is the typical grill it yourself Korean BBQ restaurant, with a surprising touch of kindness (those who have gone to other Korean places will appreciate this even more than the food). They are nice to Caucasians (and non-Korean Asians), they have a menu in English (with pictures), and the waitresses will even help you grill your food and change your grill when it gets too charred.

To be Korean for a day while enjoying all the perks, but without the jetlag and repressive regime, just go to Koreatown.

>There are so many Versailles restaurant locations in Los Angeles now that you can try Cuban food even if you live in the suburbs. They are famous for their crispy garlic chicken and roast pork, but this is also one of the few places to find oxtails and a decent paella in Los Angeles. Where else can you get cuban black beans as a side and a toothachingly sweet dessert of Cascos De Guayaba Con Queso Crema (guava shells with cream cheese)? The food comes out so quickly, you may wonder if they are psychic, but service is always friendly, and efficient. With prices for dinner for two under $30, this is the place for an inexpensive foray into Cuba without paying for airfare.

Empanada’s Place offers food from Argentina, namely empanada’s. For those who have never had an empanada, think of a South American version of an Italian calzone or a Russian piroshki. It’s basically a folded turnover filled with various meat or vegetable fillings. My favorites are the chicken and the spinach, which also come in cocktail sizes so you can order them to go and serve them at your next party (good at room temperature, but better heated in your oven for a few minutes). They also offer a few other choices, like sandwiches and tamales, but this place is called empanada’s place for a reason, so listen to reason and order at least one empanada.

Diversify and try Cuban or Argentinian food, even if you must go salsa dancing afterwards to work off what you just ate, it will be worth it.

There are so many Versailles restaurant locations in Los Angeles now that you can try Cuban food even if you live in the suburbs. They are famous for their crispy garlic chicken and roast pork, but this is also one of the few places to find oxtails and a decent paella in Los Angeles. Where else can you get cuban black beans as a side and a toothachingly sweet dessert of Cascos De Guayaba Con Queso Crema (guava shells with cream cheese)? The food comes out so quickly, you may wonder if they are psychic, but service is always friendly, and efficient. With prices for dinner for two under $30, this is the place for an inexpensive foray into Cuba without paying for airfare.

Empanada’s Place offers food from Argentina, namely empanada’s. For those who have never had an empanada, think of a South American version of an Italian calzone or a Russian piroshki. It’s basically a folded turnover filled with various meat or vegetable fillings. My favorites are the chicken and the spinach, which also come in cocktail sizes so you can order them to go and serve them at your next party (good at room temperature, but better heated in your oven for a few minutes). They also offer a few other choices, like sandwiches and tamales, but this place is called empanada’s place for a reason, so listen to reason and order at least one empanada.

Diversify and try Cuban or Argentinian food, even if you must go salsa dancing afterwards to work off what you just ate, it will be worth it.

In the movie “Something’s Got to Give” with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, they end up meeting at a restaurant in Paris. The restaurant really exists in Paris (not on a movie lot), and is called the Grand Colbert. The restaurant is also an historical monument, and it is a great place to eat fabulous French food. If you are craving any of the French classics whether a huge fruits de mer platter of seafood, a steak tartare, or foie gras, then come here for dinner and finish with profiteroles (ice cream puffs) or a tarte tatin (apple tart) for dessert. You can stop in just for a hot chocolate (done the old-fashioned, non-machined, non-packaged way) as a respite from strolling the area’s shops, or better yet have lunch here with the stockbrokers. La Bourse, the Parisian stock exchange is only two blocks away, so this is not a touristy area, but a real working (and local eating) area, like Wall Street in New York. This restaurant is located in the second arrondissement with covered alleyways, after which the classiest of today’s indoor malls were modeled. Come at night and you will have the romantic French restaurant of the movies, with food to match the ambiance.


Alain Ducasse also has his restaurant here in the 2nd called Aux Lyonnais. It serves the classic French frog’s legs, chicken, beef and pork from the Lyon region (known in France for being one of the best places to eat in a country where eating is the national obsession). The food here is heavier, the peasant style of the farmer’s of France. So if you like meat and potatoes, this is the French equivalent of an Midwestern style country restaurant. You will leave smiling and feeling very full.

My favorite restaurant in this area is on the Bistrot Vivienne, with it’s Art Deco interior and excellent menu of all the typically French dishes from grilled Espadon (fish) to a filet de boeuf bearnaise, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The prices are in line with a good restaurant, but not extravagant. Lunch here is business casual, but come for dinner, dress up and spend a few hours eating, drinking, and being merrily French.

Three choices for the second arrondissement in Paris. What would I choose? I would choose to stay long enough to eat at all three:)

In the movie “Something’s Got to Give” with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, they end up meeting at a restaurant in Paris. The restaurant really exists in Paris (not on a movie lot), and is called the Grand Colbert. The restaurant is also an historical monument, and it is a great place to eat fabulous French food. If you are craving any of the French classics whether a huge fruits de mer platter of seafood, a steak tartare, or foie gras, then come here for dinner and finish with profiteroles (ice cream puffs) or a tarte tatin (apple tart) for dessert. You can stop in just for a hot chocolate (done the old-fashioned, non-machined, non-packaged way) as a respite from strolling the area’s shops, or better yet have lunch here with the stockbrokers. La Bourse, the Parisian stock exchange is only two blocks away, so this is not a touristy area, but a real working (and local eating) area, like Wall Street in New York. This restaurant is located in the second arrondissement with covered alleyways, after which the classiest of today’s indoor malls were modeled. Come at night and you will have the romantic French restaurant of the movies, with food to match the ambiance.


Alain Ducasse also has his restaurant here in the 2nd called Aux Lyonnais. It serves the classic French frog’s legs, chicken, beef and pork from the Lyon region (known in France for being one of the best places to eat in a country where eating is the national obsession). The food here is heavier, the peasant style of the farmer’s of France. So if you like meat and potatoes, this is the French equivalent of an Midwestern style country restaurant. You will leave smiling and feeling very full.

My favorite restaurant in this area is on the Bistrot Vivienne, with it’s Art Deco interior and excellent menu of all the typically French dishes from grilled Espadon (fish) to a filet de boeuf bearnaise, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The prices are in line with a good restaurant, but not extravagant. Lunch here is business casual, but come for dinner, dress up and spend a few hours eating, drinking, and being merrily French.

Three choices for the second arrondissement in Paris. What would I choose? I would choose to stay long enough to eat at all three:)

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