Articles by Marilyn Anderson

Kathleen Turner in Red Hot Patriot: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins Review – at the Geffen Playhouse

Kathleen Turner in Red Hot Patriot: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins Review – at the Geffen Playhouse The new production of RED HOT PATRIOT: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins has been extended at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles until February 19, 2012. This 75 minute show is an opportunity to spend an evening enjoying two incredible women

TaiwanTourism Bureau Hosts a Party – ‘Tis the Season and the Year to Visit Taiwan

TaiwanTourism Bureau Hosts a Party – ‘Tis the Season and the Year to Visit Taiwan The Taiwan Tourism Bureau hosted its annual holiday banquet on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at the Los Angeles Hilton Hotel, Universal City, California

New York City Explorer Pass Review – An Excellent Way to Explore New York

New York City Explorer Pass Review – An Excellent Way to Explore New York On our recent trip to NYC, we knew we wanted to go to a bunch of attractions; we just weren’t sure which ones – or which day. So how can you go to the really cool spots – and save money, too? We got a New York City Explorer Pass

Marcony Ristorante New York Review – Marco + NY = Exciting Italian Cooking

Marcony Ristorante New York Review – Marco + NY = Exciting Italian Cooking You never know what gems can be found around the corner on any block in Manhattan. On a warm fall night walking from the subway, we turned onto Lexington Avenue and found Marcony Ristorante

Next Fall at the Geffen Playhouse Review

Next Fall at the Geffen Playhouse Review Geoffrey Nauffts’ 2010 Tony-Nominated drama Next Fall is currently enjoying its West Coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. The story revolves around a young gay man who has been critically injured in a car crash

Bar Italia Review – Great Italian Food on Madison Ave

Bar Italia Review – Great Italian Food on Madison Ave When walking down Madison Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets, you can’t miss Bar Italia. The restaurant is sparkling white from floor to ceiling, with bright red accents. Passersby are sure to be drawn in by the diners enjoying themselves inside

Orsay Brasserie & Bar New York Review – Just like Paris, Only Different – Everyone Speaks English

Orsay Brasserie & Bar New York Review – Just like Paris, Only Different – Everyone Speaks English On a rainy autumn day we entered Orsay Brasserie to a warm "Bonjour" from one of the owners. In true French tradition, the proprietor was at the front door welcoming his friends and guests to his restaurant to ensure their comfort and pleasure

Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, New York Review – Delightful Fresh Flavors from Turkey

Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, New York Review – Delightful Fresh Flavors from Turkey Pera is to be savored for its architectural qualities, comfortable ambiance and excellent food. Pera stands out in the restaurant competition in NYC by offering a new taste along with a traditional menu, plus the allure of “Boundless BBQ,”

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre NYC Review

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre NYC Review As the house lights dim, a huge mirrored ball descends from the ceiling and starts spinning, spilling light everywhere in the theatre. Disco music accompanies the glimmering effects, and the energy and excitement of this roaring musical takes off

2nd Annual Endless Summer Primetime Emmy Suite at Gonpachi of Beverly Hills Review

2nd Annual Endless Summer Primetime Emmy Suite at Gonpachi of Beverly Hills Review The sun and stars glittered at the 2nd Annual ‘Endless Summer Primetime Emmy Suite - a fun, food and gift-filled event held at the renowned Gonpachi of Beverly Hills on Tuesday, September 13th

The Napa Valley Wine Train Review – ALL ABOARD for Napa’s Gourmet Food and Fun Railroad

The Napa Valley Wine Train Review – ALL ABOARD for Napa’s Gourmet Food and Fun Railroad ALL ABOARD the express line for an exceptional dining experience where there is a new view served with every delicious course

Sonoma’s Best Review – Nothing But the Best for Sonoma

Sonoma’s Best Review – Nothing But the Best for Sonoma Slightly past downtown Sonoma is a little gem of place with a witty name, Sonoma’s Best. The owners aren’t bragging, they are telling us they have provisioned it with the best products Sonoma County offers

Relais du Soleil Review – Sonoma County’s Gracious Guest Ranch

Relais du Soleil Review – Sonoma County’s Gracious Guest Ranch Located in Glen Ellen, up a rural road about ½ mile from Highway 12, Relais du Soleil lies hidden over an old wooden bridge adorned with rams' heads. There are two sculptures that alert you that something interesting is nearby, but there is no sign

LANDMARK VINEYARDS REVIEW – Glorious Guesthouse amidst the Grapes

LANDMARK VINEYARDS REVIEW – Glorious Guesthouse amidst the Grapes Landmark Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that offers visitors the opportunity to stay in their lovely Guest Suite or their charming one-bedroom Cottage. It’s a entirely different experience from staying at a traditional hotel

The Meritage Resort and Spa Review – Distinguished South Napa Luxury

The Meritage Resort and Spa Review – Distinguished South Napa Luxury The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California is a little like the wine they produce and sell. You don’t know how good it is until you try it

The Cypress Inn Review – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California’s People and Pet-Friendly Destination

The Cypress Inn Review – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California’s People and Pet-Friendly Destination If you travel with a dog, you know how complicated (and expensive) it can be to find decent quarters for you and your best friend. At the Cypress Inn, it’s simple

Superior Donuts Review – High Calorie, No Guilt Laughs at the Geffen Playhouse

Superior Donuts Review – High Calorie, No Guilt Laughs at the Geffen Playhouse Superior Donuts is an evening of theater that is extremely entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. The playwright, Tracy Letts, is well known for his Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning drama, August: Osage County

Gonpachi Beverly Hills Restaurant Review – A Sake, Sushi and Schmoozin’ Soiree!

Gonpachi Beverly Hills Restaurant Review – A Sake, Sushi and Schmoozin’ Soiree! Tuesday, April 27th was a special night for a friendly and fabulous feast at the hip and happening Gonpachi. Hollywood celebs, politicos and other guests were invited to a unique tasting celebration

Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro Review – In the heart of Santa Barbara to Win your Heart… and Palate!

Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro Review – In the heart of Santa Barbara to Win your Heart… and Palate! The lunch menu at the Wine Bistro is, in a word, tantalizing. With such a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, flatbreads, Paninis, and entrees, it’s difficult to make a choice

THE ESCORT Review - An Explicit Play for Discriminating People

THE ESCORT Review - An Explicit Play for Discriminating People Jane Anderson’s new play at the Geffen Playhouse will have people talking. Sex is the topic with plenty of graphic sex talk throughout the play. Forget sexual innuendo; this is down and dirty sex itself

Elements Restaurant Review – A Staple on the Periodic Table of Fine Dining is Cool as Titanium, Smooth as Mercury and Shines Brighter than Gold

Elements Restaurant Review – A Staple on the Periodic Table of Fine Dining is Cool as Titanium, Smooth as Mercury and Shines Brighter than Gold Elements is one of those places that simply feels good the moment you step inside. It’s intangible, you just like it. At least that’s how it seemed to us the night we had dinner there

Minus 5° Ice Lounge Las Vegas Review - Freezing Cold Fun at the Hottest Spot in Town

Minus 5° Ice Lounge Las Vegas Review - Freezing Cold Fun at the Hottest Spot in Town For our first stop of the evening, we donned heavy fur coats, ear-flap hats, mittens and boots. No, we weren’t in slushy New York, sub-zero Canada, or the northern wilds of Palinland. We were in the heart of sizzling Las Vegas

Chez Roux Review – Culinary Excellence in Central Texas at La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa

Chez Roux Review – Culinary Excellence in Central Texas at La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa Not a required ingredient for a great meal, but if you want to create a world-class restaurant, then Master Chef Albert Roux’s name on the door ensures the highest status

Straits Restaurant CityCentre Houston, TX - Review Singaporean Cuisine: Zesty Asian Specialties

Straits Restaurant CityCentre Houston, TX - Review Singaporean Cuisine: Zesty Asian Specialties Straits Restaurants are flourishing in locales around the world. Recently opened in Houston's uber-hip CityCentre complex, the new Straits was crowded, noisy, and happening - all great things when their tasty dishes are added to the mix

Sushi Raku Review – In Houston The Name Says Sushi, but the Menu Says "Wow!"

Sushi Raku Review – In Houston The Name Says Sushi, but the Menu Says "Wow!" What has 30 tons of decorative red rope, $70,000 worth of ornamental wood, local artisan wall paintings, and exquisite Japanese food? No, it’s not the Art Museum. It’s the seductive and sleek new restaurant: Sushi Raku

RDG + Bar Annie Review - Houston, TX, A Trio of Places Rates Culinary Aces!

RDG + Bar Annie Review - Houston, TX,  A Trio of Places Rates Culinary Aces! A Triple Crown of Cuisine – that’s what you find when you visit RDG + Bar Annie. Yes, three different possibilities for dining and drinking in one location – each with its own superb style, sophisticated food, and trendy folks

The Grove Restaurant + Bar + View Review - Houston, TX Discovery Green's Visitors Groove on The Grove

The Grove Restaurant + Bar + View Review - Houston, TX   Discovery Green's Visitors Groove on The Grove The Grove is located in Discovery Green, a 12-acre urban park that has become a popular destination with Houstonians and visitors since opening in April, 2008

Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks Review – Finest Fresh Fish in Galveston, Texas

Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks Review – Finest Fresh Fish in Galveston, Texas The wind was blowing hard and cold off the Gulf, but inside Willie G’s it was as hot as oysters on a half shell, swimming in Galveston Spicy Sauce

Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court – Review – A Fresh Take on Tradition in The Plaza Hotel in New York

Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court – Review – A Fresh Take on Tradition in The Plaza Hotel in New York If you think Afternoon Tea is for silver-haired ladies wearing white gloves and carrying Gideon bibles, think again. High Tea, an almost century-old tradition, is one of the best "it's-so-old-it's-new" foodie experiences at the Palm Court

Hotel Elysee Review – European B & B Feel with Five Star Luxury Hotel Amenities

Hotel Elysee Review – European B & B Feel with Five Star Luxury Hotel Amenities Classic and timeless, the two adjectives that best describe Hotel Elysee don’t really do it justice. Built in the 1920’s and having all the accoutrements of that era in its look and feel, this hotel boasts much more

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