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Queen of Pop (Decor): Babbi Karuizawa

Queen of Pop (Decor): Babbi Karuizawa

Jun 27, 2011

The other day we went on a weekend trip to Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It’s a summer resort destination known not only for its cool climate but also for a large (by Japanese standards) outlet mall. We had tea at Babbi Karuizawa; Babbi is the Italian confectionery brand whose shops’ bright red-and-white decor stand out in department stores...

We Will Rock You: The Rock Bar Bali

We Will Rock You: The Rock Bar Bali

Jun 18, 2011

This is not about sunset at one of Bali’s most iconic bars, the Rock Bar at the luxury AYANA Hotel and Resort. So much has been written about watching the sun set on this unique outdoor cocktail lounge that it makes one want to write about something else: the Rock Bar at night. Decidedly much less busy late at night than early evening, the Rock Bar is an...

Spectacular Casual Dining: Kisik Seafood Grill & Bar

Spectacular Casual Dining: Kisik Seafood Grill & Bar

Jun 2, 2011

During our stay at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali, we were thinking of where to have dinner one day and picked up some tips from available hotel literature. My husband loves seafood so the Kisik Seafood Grill and Bar was an immediate candidate. The hotel’s in-house magazine glowingly described the restaurant as follows: “It is really the stuff dreams...

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