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Montreal- an unexpected foodie city !

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Loved all the places we ate our way though !
Friday night – Foxy. Super grill food , just deliciousness !

Saturday brunch at Olive + gourmando. We waited for 30 mins – it was so worth the wait !! Owned by the same people that own Foxy. I had a summer salad with pumpkin seeds , quinoa , cauliflower , chicken.
DH had eggs. We both had spritz. Yummy.

Dinner was at Le Mousso. An 11 course tasting menu ! Heavenly. We did the wine pairing to go along with it. Every dish was creative , well done , superbly thought out.

Sunday brunch , our last meal was at Lawrence. Loved the food , scene , vibe and the chilled out neighborhood. I ate the eggplant on a flatbread with egg. So ,so good.

I need to come back to try all the other restaurants this city has to offer. Till next time Montreal- you were fun to visit !
#canada #foodlovers #foodiecity #greatvacation

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Hotel Guanahani Check in, hello Toiny for site inspection: day 3

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So, we had breakfast at Isle de France ( it was continental not American ). We then relaxed on the beach and then packed up and headed to our next destination .
The hotel Guanahani (http://www.leguanahani.com/ ) was opened in 1986 and since it sits on the reserve the waters are very calm and ideal for snorkeling and wind surfing.
We are staying the serenity suite room #1. It’s a 2 bedroom suite with a private pool and a view of the ocean. It has2 bathrooms , a steam room , 2 showers , a jacuzzi , kitchenette and it’s split level. Heavenly. So perfect for friends or families traveling together.
I don’t know why more people don’t travel here till time of year. Weather is better than in the winter months and the prices are 50% off. We will return here as its just spectacular.

Pics of the Serenity Prestige suite, # 1.

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The spa here is managed by Clarins. Rooms have been renovated since 2011 and still ongoing.

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THE ADMIRAL PRESTIGE SUITE- 3 bedroom with wrap around terrace

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I saw the Marigold suite. Same as ocean front rooms on cove side. This is 2 bedroom.

Ocean bedroom suite with pool. 6 like this. Pending renovation.

3 bedroom villas ( admiral being my favorite ) Along with the serenity room where we were staying.
Some rooms are renovated , some are not.

Beach front 1 bedroom
Ocean prestige suites

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Hotel Toiny (http://www.letoiny.com/États-Unis) site inspection was this evening. It is a 15 villa property. All have private pools. The rooms are French Colonial in feel. The restaurant Le Gaiiac features innovative French cuisine with a Creole influence. Its the first Relais Chateaux property in the Caribbean to receive a Grand Chef Distinction. This property is for someone who is seeking a quiet place to relax, here is no direct beach access, there is a short drive to the nearest beach, but its not as soft and powdery as the other beaches on the island. It a great surfing spot though.

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Pistachio financiers, chocolate macaroon and a citrus bite

The restaurant manger, has just arrived from NYC/ CT. He used to be the manger at Alain Ducasse, Essex house, in NYC. The hotel has planned a $1 mill renovation of the restaurant . ( It could do with an update). The chef is a Michelin star chef.

The food was the best that we have eaten on the island. I HIGHLY recommend it!! A MUST go to , for anyone visiting St. Barth.

Amelia Island, FL, Ritz Carton

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We decided to go somewhere close for the holidays in December. We were 6 adults and 2 kids ( 19 months). Everyone had been talking about the Ritz Calton at Amelia Island, so we decided to check it out, especially since all their properties are kid friendly.

It was a painless 2 hour flight, plus a 30 minute drive to the island. I would recommend getting a car, as it makes it easier to go downtown , which yes, had the typical touristy stores, but also some great independent shops- like the coffee shop, the book store, the ice cream shop.

We had rooms with the Club access,  ocean views, etc. The club room is a perk, which just ends up paying for itself. They have several food presentations throughout the day, along with wine and champagne. A must, at any of the RZ hotels.

There was tons of things for kids to do, they had age specific meeting rooms converted into kids play rooms ( in addition to the Ritz calton kids club room, they have a beautiful cockatoo Amelia !)

We ate at ‘SALT’ their fine dining restaurant. While pricy, it was super fantastic. In short- a must go to place- especially in March or October.

Ritz Calton Cayman Islands

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We just returned from the Ritz Carlton in Cayman Islands. It is THE hotel to be at, in the Cayman Islands. Amazing staff, great food, fanstastic pool a gorgeous beach! If you are in the mood for baubles, then Tiffany’s on the 5th floor can surely help you. The property is 144 acres, features residences with kitchens, balconies, a golf course designed by Greg Norman, “Blue” restaurant by Eric Rupert, whats not to like!

Loving the arrangement in the center table

with kitchen and some with 2 balconies- heaven

View from our ocean-front room.

Ocean front room view

Oh- did I mention a kids club program too?

My son had a gala time on the beach!

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Happy kids= Happy parents !