Articles by Susan diRende

The Grand Hotel de la Minerve Review - 5 Star Rome Hotel Goddess

The Grand Hotel de la Minerve Review - 5 Star Rome Hotel Goddess The Grand Hotel de la Minerve is one of the oldest luxury hotels in Rome, the grande dame of the Centro Storico, or ancient quarter. The hotel is nestled behind the Pantheon

The St. Regis Grand Hotel - Review - Five-Star Luxury in Rome, Italy

The St. Regis Grand Hotel - Review - Five-Star Luxury in Rome, Italy The St. Regis Grand Hotel in Rome, with its lovingly restored opulence, takes you back to the glories of the golden era of grand hotels

The Westin Excelsior Rome - Review - Modern Hotel Luxury Defined

The Westin Excelsior Rome - Review - Modern Hotel Luxury Defined The Westin Excelsior Rome is one of four Excelsior hotels in Italy, jewels of stately style and classic elegance in Venice, Florence, Naples, and Rome. The Westin Excelsior Rome presides over the grand curve in the Via Veneto

The Favorite Film Pitch Contest at the 2009 American Film Market

The Favorite Film Pitch Contest at the 2009 American Film Market The 2009 American Film Market in Los Angeles added a public event this year called The Favorite Film Pitch Contest. AFM in conjunction with the People's Choice Awards will record movie pitches in the Filmmaker's Lounge

Manhattan Beach Project Longevity Summit Review

Manhattan Beach Project Longevity Summit Review The Manhattan Beach Project Longevity Summit on aging brought together the leading researchers on human aging and longevity for a discussion on the state of their research, the implications of their discoveries, and for round table discussions

Katamari Forever Review

Katamari Forever Review Katamari Forever is a trip down memory lane for Katamari lovers, both literally and figuratively. The game was conceived as an homage to the two earlier versions

Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon Review

Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon Review The 3rd annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon is basically a convention hall filled with fine, rich, artisanal chocolates in an unbelievable range of flavors and textures where you can eat as much as you want

Namco Bandai Unrolls Holiday Lineup of Games

Namco Bandai Unrolls Holiday Lineup of Games Namco Bandai Games America hosted a preview of its 2009 holiday game releases at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles to a steady stream of press eager to try them out.

Upright Cabaret Presents Jen & Jake at Vermont-Review

Upright Cabaret Presents Jen & Jake at Vermont-Review The Upright Cabaret inaugurated its new venue with a double bill featuring Jennifer Leigh Warren and Jake Simpson in a show that rocked the room and delivered that electric charge that only a live performance can spark

Akasaka Sushi Restaurant Review - Sushi Addicts' Heaven

Akasaka Sushi Restaurant Review - Sushi Addicts' Heaven Chances are you will probably never stumble upon Akasaka. I was taken there by a friend, but I had to earn it. After discussing my love for food and especially sushi with my friend David, he decided I was worthy

Dream Island Review - Moorea Cabin Escape to Paradise

Dream Island Review - Moorea Cabin Escape to Paradise Have you ever dreamed of a South Seas getaway, a Gilligan’s Island sort of escape, you know, beautiful, rustic and isolated? Dream Island in French Polynesia offers exactly this

Cafe Pesto Review - Hilo Hawaii Island Fusion Restaurant Worth the Extra Plane Ride

Cafe Pesto Review - Hilo Hawaii Island Fusion Restaurant Worth the Extra Plane Ride On my recent trip to The Big Island of Hawai'i, where everywhere I ate was just really delicious, easily the best meal I had while there, was at Cafe Pesto in downtown Hilo

Rune Factory Frontier Review - Wii RPG Fun for All

Rune Factory Frontier Review - Wii RPG Fun for All Rune Factory Frontier, the latest game for the Rune Factory series and the first for the Wii platform, is really two great games in one: a simulation farming game and a role-playing fighting game

Air Tahiti Nui Review - Fly the Best Airline from Los Angeles (LAX) to French Polynesia

Air Tahiti Nui Review - Fly the Best Airline from Los Angeles (LAX) to French Polynesia If you are flying to Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia, there is only one airline to even consider: Air Tahiti Nui

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti review - 4-Star Ultra-Modern Hotel with Traditional Tahiti Values

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti review - 4-Star Ultra-Modern Hotel with Traditional Tahiti Values The new Manava Suite Resort Tahiti is the perfect tropic cocktail for an intoxicating Polynesian vacation. The resort has ultra-modern amenities and design and yet roots all of them in a deep respect and affection for traditional Polynesian culture

Moorea Pearl Resort Review - Deluxe Tahiti Hotel Value with Overwater Bungalows

Moorea Pearl Resort Review - Deluxe Tahiti Hotel Value with Overwater Bungalows The Moorea Pearl Resort is more than a beautiful place to stay. What you get at the Moorea Pearl is an feel of easy and friendly graciousness, what the French call "sympa"

Air Tahiti Nui Short Break Review - Vacation Packages to Tahiti Under $900

Air Tahiti Nui Short Break Review - Vacation Packages to Tahiti Under $900 Tahiti. Just say the word and most people get a faraway glaze as they imagine paradise. Well, if you are one of those who dream of a South Pacific idyll, you can live your dream for under $900 thanks to Air Tahiti Nui

Tomb Raider Underworld Review - A beautiful world

Tomb Raider Underworld Review - A beautiful world Tomb Raider: Underworld from Eidos Interactive is a huge game, graphically beautiful and full of challenging puzzles just like you would expect from a Tomb Raider game.

Antimatter iPhone Game Review - Stranded in Space

Antimatter iPhone Game Review - Stranded in Space I am a casual game player. My standard: Did I have fun? Did my heart race as I tried (mostly in vain) to fulfill the mission? Would I play this game over and over again to the chagrin of my friends and family?

Zenses Game Review - Nintendo DS Puzzle Games Aimed at Women

Zenses Game Review - Nintendo DS Puzzle Games Aimed at Women The new Zenses games are a refreshing change in the design of casual video games. Instead of juvenile or aggressive sounds and images, the Zenses game packs offer soothing music and lovely graphics that make playing as an adult more pleasant

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata Recipe - Rustic Italian Cooking by Feel

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata Recipe - Rustic Italian Cooking by Feel In my family, the frittata was a favorite breakfast or brunch dish made with yummy leftover dishes. So the first rule of cooking one is to make a side dish, like sautéed zucchini and tomatoes

Soul Trapper iPhone Game Review

Soul Trapper iPhone Game Review Catching ghosts who refuse to leave this plane is difficult, often dangerous work. Kane Price, 27, ruggedly handsome (I imagine) uber hip and ironic is the man for the job with his "soul trap "

Call of Duty 5 World at War PS3 Game Review

Call of Duty 5 World at War PS3 Game Review Call of Duty 5: World at War is the 5th game in the venerated series of "real war" shooters. Treyarch decided to take a step back in time, back to W.W.II and doing so, abandoned the momentum of the previous COD release

Brain Quest Game Review - On Nintendo DS for Ages 8-10

Brain Quest Game Review - On Nintendo DS for Ages 8-10 Brain Quest on the Nintendo DS for grades 3 & 4 is designed for elementary school kids age 8 - 10 to make learning more game than chore. In Brain Quest, EA Games has applied what video game makers have learned to do better than most educators

Brain Quest - Game Review - Nintendo DS for Ages 10-12

Brain Quest - Game Review - Nintendo DS for Ages 10-12 Brain Quest Grades 5 & 6 on the Nintendo DS may be designed for elementary school kids age 10-12, but even if you have a PhD, you’ll find yourself stumped on some of the questions

Korg DS-10 for Nintendo DS Review - A Synthesizer in Your Pocket

Korg DS-10 for Nintendo DS Review - A Synthesizer in Your Pocket Korg has released an honest-to-god functioning synth for the Nintendo DS that straddles the divide between game and pro app, though by doing so suffers from the typical sort of limitations found in other pro-sumer electronics

Boogie Superstar Game Review for the Wii - Every Girl a Star

Boogie Superstar Game Review for the Wii - Every Girl a Star Boogie SuperStar is a boxfull of dancing and singing fun. Aimed at girls, the characters, the choice of songs and the structure of the game elements all make for a teen performance game that is both fun and a good workout

Boom Blox Game Review for the Wii - Fun for the Whole Family

Boom Blox Game Review for the Wii - Fun for the Whole Family Boom Blox is all Wii. You throw, drag, shoot and explode blocks by moving your arm in moves that are reproduced on screen. This not a game where you learn button combinations. Here you learn to aim well, throw hard, keep steady, and be fast

The Milan International Film Festival Presents Its New Format at AFM 2008

The Milan International Film Festival Presents Its New Format at AFM 2008 The main business of the American Film Market is movie sales. But the Market is also a place where the players and press who cover them converge. The Milan International Film Festival is one such organization

Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe Game Review - Kombat at Its Best

Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe Game Review - Kombat at Its Best Mortal Kombat returns with a vengeance in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Mortal Kombat has always been the leader when it comes to the fight game genre and this new installation is no exception

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