Sunday, July 30, 2017

How the events of 9/11 changed the world and this travel writer

Scenes from the world-changing horrific incident  are etched in my mind forever
Patti Pietschmann

From the initial sight of two planes crashing into Lower Manhattan's Twin Towers to the view of people leaping out of windows and the final collapse of the buildings, 9/11 will never leave my thoughts or memory.

We were there.  My husband and I were in New York on September 11, 2001, but it feels like it was yesterday. We flew in from Los Angeles two days before the catastrophic event which, like so many of us, is now emblazoned in my memory forever--every  terrible, gut wrenching detail.  Our only consolation today is that Osama Bin Laden is dead! God forgive me, but I prayed for that to happen.
We were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in a suite on the 43rd floor with a clear view of the Twin Towers from a picture window.  

We arrived the night of September 9th.  The next day, September 10 was an absolutely perfect Manhattan day. Warm, but not muggy, and everyone seemed to be going about business as usual.
My husband and I were there on assignments for a couple of magazines. The day before the worst disaster to hit the US happened, couldn't have been more perfect. We met friends and editors for lunch, cocktails, dinner, walked all over the city.  I enjoyed a fabulous session in a New York spa for a piece I was working on.

We had a wonderful dinner at the Four Seasons with friends and went to bed around midnight.  For me it turned into a fitful sleep.  I felt anxious.  I dreamed of carnage and buildings falling down and told my husband about the nightmare when we woke up about two hours before the first plane hit the tower.

I actually witnessed the second plane hitting the building and couldn’t believe my eyes. I blinked and thought, “This can’t be happening.”  The aircraft looked so tiny from our window, like a toy plane someone was flying.”
The events that ensued were so horrific that I began therapy when we returned to Los Angeles several days later.  We  watched people diving out of windows, we smelled the burning flesh.  We  saw the anguish, the fear, the shock.  It was the wickedest day of everybody's life.

The only good was the calm that overcame the city. People sat in sidewalk cafes speaking quietly. You could walk the streets with no worries. Even muggers, thieves and bottom crawlers felt the pain.
I could write a book, but suffice it say, the New Yorkers really pulled through and came to each other's aid. We sat with a man at the Four Seasons bar who had lost all his entire staff, but one that day. His company was based in the World Trade Center.  He was spending the day meeting clients at the hotel. His only surviving employee escaped because while he was having breakfast in the Windows of the World with his work mates, he decided his shirt need ironing and left to take it the cleaners. While he was gone, the tower was hit. Amen.

Our bar mate was so distraught, he cried on my shoulder as  I held this  complete stranger's hand and we cried and cried along with him.   My eyes still tear up when I think about the innocent people who left for work that morning never to return; and the fire fighters and volunteers who died trying to save others.  The fruitlessness of it all.

We couldn't fly home. Lucky for us I have a cousin  with a summer home in the Hamptons who put us up  until planes were operating again.  It was good to be with loved ones (he's my favorite cousin) and of course my husband (my best friend) was there, and we ate and drank and went to bars and mingled with all the other people who were drinking trying to forget what just happened.
But of course we never will.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic.
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain.
As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”
No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, Newfoundland.
He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request. Click here to read the rest, you will cry.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Breaking news: Delta launches new boarding procedure at Atlanta Hartsfied-Jackson airport

Heads up of flyers this is quite a project

Patti Pietschmann

http://delta.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d37c3b7b351cd7461db44ec3b&id=3c50ebabe2&e=06af6712da

Wow, Delta is one busy airline.  The company has been making changes and improvements to its in flight experiences at  rocket rate.  Now the airline is trying out new boarding procedures at  Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport.

Here's what's happening at  T1, T2 and T3 gates:
  • Handheld nomad devices  are being employed that allow gate agents to make seat changes, check bag status and other stuff supposedly  to give agents more time to easily engage with customers rather than standing behind a traditional millwork.
  • Mobile agent pods-- modern, mobile podiums with a smaller footprint--are being used to open up space at the gate for more efficient boarding and additional customer seating.
  • Boarding pillars – branded pillars that create four parallel lanes – not only enhance organization at the gate but also provide customers with a clear path, improving traffic flow. 
  • E-Gates enable passengers to seamlessly and efficiently self-board by scanning their smart phone or boarding pass.
Later this year, phase two of testing will focus on increased agent mobility, the customer’s digital experience at the gate and how to integrate biometric boarding based on testing under way at Reagan Washington International Airport. 
“Vital to this pilot project is employee feedback,” said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s Director – Airport Customer Experience. “By sharing your insights, ideas and recommendations with us, we’ll be able to incorporate them to further improve the gate area and boarding process in Atlanta and beyond.”
Over the past year, Delta has replaced ID checks throughout the travel ribbon with fingerprint scanningbiometric-based self-service bag dropRFID baggage handling, real-time bag tracking via the Fly Delta mobile app, more efficient and high-tech automated screening lanes and a groundbreaking app that helps Delta pilots avoid turbulence for a more comfortable flight.
If you are lying out of  Atlanta, be sure to come check out T1, T2 and T3 gates. 


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mount Airy launches mobile device accessible social casino

The Pocono Mountains resort now available on mobile devices
Story and photos by Patti Pietschmann 



I have a lot of history with Mount Airy, an iconic Pocono Mountains resort.  The property is close to a family home.  My dad became friends with owners and scored us  pool privileges during the summer.  The place has evolved over the years--like us--into a major player with a bustling casino, restaurants and bells and whistles. My most recent visit was two years ago.

Now called  Mount Airy Casino Resort--Pennsylvania's first AAA Four-Diamond casino resort-- is bringing its casino into your home with the official launch of a social casino, Play Mount Airy
 Players who visit the site will instantly recognize a virtual rendition of the property's lobby and main casino. In addition, the site offers popular games from Greentube and other leading providers.
The social casino – available on PC, tablet or mobile device – provides multiple in-game and external marketing channels that enhance the player experience through live operations.  The Mount Airy social casino is the third social platform for a major casino created by Kenny Huang and his team at BlueBat Games, a subsidiary of Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions
"Our goal was to build a social platform that delivered part of the Mount Airy Casino Resort experience into players' homes and hands," said John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager of the resort. "We are proud to offer this platform to our regional players as well as casino enthusiasts throughout the country." 
"Social Casinos are the gateway to attracting new players to visit a casino property and the means by which casinos can entice previous players to return," said Gabriel Cianchetto, president of Market Development, Greentube North America. "With our assistance, Mount Airy Casino Resort is aptly positioned to deploy the latest marketing technologies and game content."  
According to SuperData research, 82% of social casino gamers have visited a land-based casino within the past year and 60% have visited within the past six months. PC players have been found to play an average of 69 minutes per session while tablet and mobile players spend 57 minutes per session. Each year, millions of players prepare for their next visit to a brick-and-mortar casino by visiting a social casino online.
About Mount Airy Casino Resort
Mount Airy Casino Resort is equipped with1,800 slot machines and 80 table games. against the backdrop of Pennsylvania's picturesque Dining options include the recently opened 
Guy Fieri's Mt. Pocono Kitchen (which I hope hs impoved since my last recent there two years ago),  and Bistecca by Il Mulino. 
If you can leave the gambling behind, you can get some fresh air  on the award- winning, lakefront 18-hole golf course or , work out, or get pampered at the 16,000-square foot spa,swim in the indoor/outdoor pool and enjoy the entertainment complex – aptly called Get Wet; an outdoor summer stage that hosts summer concert series. There is also  Gypsies Nightclub and bar.
 Mount Airy is located in Mount Pocono, Pa., less than 90 minutes from Philadelphia, New York City and northern New Jersey. For reservations, call 1-877-682-4791 or visit www.mountairycasino.com.

My room


Enjoyed a super massage from Bidget
 Greentube Info
Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions is a leading developer and provider of iGaming solutions for the Internet, mobile devices and iTV, specializing in the development of 3D downloadable games, casino, poker, bingo and games of skill. Founded in 1998, Greentube is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Novomatic Group, one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Millennial madness meets the friendly skies or Air France

Much coveted generation to get own airline

Reported by Patti Pietschmann

It was bound to happen. In this millennial-consumer-crazed era, Air France is creating an airline just for the beloved demographic. It will be called Joon and start operating medium-haul flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in the fall, followed by long-haul flights in summer 2018.
Aimed at the young, digitally-addicted  working class ages 18 to 35 year-old (which were once defined as Yuppies), the  new brand has been entirely designed to meet their requirements and aspirations, with an authentic and connected offering that stands out in the world of air transport.
Don't get Air France wrong, Joon will not be a low-cost carrier but rather operate much like the mother airline. Air France's press release states, "Joon is a lifestyle brand and a state of mind. Short, punchy and international, the name Joon is designed to address a worldwide audience." 

"We started with our target customer segment, the millennials, to create this new brand that means something to them. Our brief was simple: to find a name to illustrate a positive state of mind. This generation has inspired us a lot: epicurean and connected, they are opportunistic in a positive sense of the word as they know how to enjoy every moment and are in search of quality experiences that they want to share with others. Joon is a brand that carries these values", said Caroline Fontaine", VP Brand at Air France. "With Joon, we have created a young and connected brand that will give the Group a new impetus. Designed for our millennial customers, it will offer more than just a flight and a fare, it will offer a global travel experience. We’ll provide a further update in September, with more details on the brand's content, products, services, destinations and range of fares!" said Dominique Wood, EVP Brand and Communications at Air France. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summertime and the dining is delicious at Chef Mavro on Oahu

From grand gourmet to tasting menus and vegan
By Patti Pietschmann, unabashed Chef Mavro fan
   Strawberry Shortcake by Jose Calpito

(special order and on our catering menu)


So one of my favorite chefs, George Mavro owner/chief 'cook' of his eponymous Oahu restarant, sends out seasonal emails. His summer edition talks about the popularity of both his tasting menu and grand gourmet offering, " Wow. It's been a crazy month and a half but mahalo for making our small plate menu so successful! Also, to my surprise, since we started a few weeks ago with the option of our small plates menu OR our grand degustation menu, there are also many of you who choose the grand degustation menu. I know that from the opening you come to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and  other special occasion. But I also listened when you say you'd like to come more often for casual bites. This is why we split the dining room in two so we can accommodate all your occasions."

Foodie Fotos from Chef Mavro's menus










Savour a 9 course menu and premium wine pairings:
 After the amuse bouche, the menu starts with Bigeye ahi, caviar (premium grade), covered with one ton of Siberian osetra, sake emultion & taro wafer
Sake, Wakatake Daiginjo “Onikoroshi.”
 Poached Peterson farm egg, poutargue (sun dried mullet roe from Provence) Yukon mousseline, San Danielle prosciutto
Viognier, K Vintners Art Den Hoed, Yakima Valley. (Photo Credit of Peterson Egg, Melissa Chang)
  Seared foie gras, crusted with black sesame seeds, rhubarb coulisand  lychee
  Tokaji, Royal tokaji, 5 puttonyos, Aszu.  

Keahole lobster, tamarind broth, vermicelly, pork belly, green papaya (my  version of pho)
Meursault 1er cru, Comtesse de Cherisey, La Genelotte Monopole.

 Small plates à la carte, (you can order as many or as few courses you desire with wine pairings or choose your own.)
 Bigeye ahi poke, ogo, chives, Aleppo pepper, taro chips
Seasonal salad, (no average seasonal salad…) heart of palm, pa’I’ai, jackfruit, sauce verte!  
 Burgundy beef, chuck short ribs (simmered in Burgundy wine for hours), carrot, mushroom, pearl onion
Onaga baked in a salt crust (my latest creation, just kidding, back on the menu for awhile) tomato-ogo sauce vierge (extra virgin like the olive oil)

Vegan Zen!

Misozuke tofu (My favorite) by Executive Chef Jeremy Shigekane
Veggies - not your average side order! 
 Desserts from our Top Pastry Chef Jose Calpito
   Waialua chocolate, Greek yogurt, lilikoi, Hawaiian chili, basil
  Big Island Citrus, includes caimans, pistachio, grapefruit, fennel

  Halo Halo, coconut, azuki, tapioca, ube, hibiscus
 Island mango, Szechuan peppercorn, laurel, lime

 Du Vin


 







Chef Mavro | 808-944-4714 | chef@chefmavro.com | www.chefmavro.com



 










  

Big news: Delta begins futuristic finger print boarding passes at DCA

Just touch and go at Reagan Washington Airport
Reported by Patti Pietschmann



Delta began biometric boarding passes in May at the DCA Delta Sky Club. And now the futuristic  process is available to  eligible Delta SkyMiles Members who are enrolled in CLEAR. The final phase of Delta’s DCA biometric boarding pass test, coming this summer, will allow Members to also use their fingerprints to check a bag.
http://delta.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d37c3b7b351cd7461db44ec3b&id=3cd653d487&e=06af6712da“The truly exciting piece of what Delta is doing, is how scalable this experience is in part due to our partnership with CLEAR,” said Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President & COO. “Once we complete testing, customers throughout our domestic network could start seeing this capability in a matter of months – not years. Delta really is delivering the future now.”
Delta is partnering with CLEAR to power the back end of its pioneering biometric boarding pass experience. The DCA pilot is testing how Delta and CLEAR’s systems work together while laying the foundation for Delta to deliver a more convenient customer experience broadly in the future. Being part of the initial tests means that eligible customers will be able to traverse DCA as they do today and simply use their fingerprint instead of pulling out their boarding pass. Participating in the test is optional.
“Customer and employee feedback has been extremely encouraging throughout our Delta Sky Club test and we expect that enthusiasm to continue with the boarding experience,” West continued. “It’s a win-win program. Biometric verification has a higher level of accuracy than paper boarding passes and gives agents more time to assist customers with seat changes and other skilled tasks instead of having to scan individual tickets – and customers have less to keep track of as they travel through the airport.”
Over the past year, Delta has incorporated technologies such as biometric-based self-service bag drop, RFID baggage handling, real-time bag tracking via the Fly Delta mobile app, more efficient and high tech automated screening lanes and a groundbreaking app that helps Delta pilots avoid turbulence for a more comfortable flight. Delta’s partnership with CLEAR already gives exclusive rates to U.S.-based SkyMiles Members for a faster way through security lines at more than 20 airports nationwide, including DCA.
How it works
During the pilot, Delta customers with a SkyMiles number and who are also enrolled in CLEAR are eligible for the biometric boarding pass experience. CLEAR will capture and use both biometric and SkyMiles information to identify customers at bag drop, Delta Sky Club entry and boarding.
Today: Eligible Members can now use their fingerprints to enter Delta Sky Club and board the aircraft at DCA. The biometric boarding pass experience remains optional.
Coming Soon: Delta plans to extend passenger biometrics as ID and boarding pass to Delta’s DCA ticket counter work stations for bag drops.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exciting entertainment lights of the sky in Los Angeles with a trio of must see productions

Mark your calendars for summer fun


August 23 - September 10
Silent SkyA celestial romance and true story of discovery that  explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives. 
Details:
• Written by Lauren Gunderson
• Directed by Todd Nielsen
• Starring Jennifer Cannon, Jennifer Parsons, Leslie Stevens, Eric Wentz, Erin Anne Williams
• Produced by caryn desai [sic]
• Presented by International City Theatre

Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Aug. 23 only (preview)
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 24 (preview), 31; Sept. 7
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 25 (Opening Night); Sept. 1, 8
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 26; Sept. 2, 9
Sundays at 2 p.m.: Aug. 27; Sept. 3, 10

WHERE: INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 East Seaside Way; 562-436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

TICKETS:
• Opening Night (Aug. 25): $55 (includes post-show reception with the actors)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $49
• Thursdays and Friday (except Aug. 25): $47
• Previews: $35
 


August 19 to Oct. 8
Arsenic and Old Lace — A revival of Joseph Kesserling’s infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun!

Details
• Written by Joseph Kesselring
• Directed by Elina de Santos
• Starring Alan Abelew, Michael Antosy, Ron Bottitta, Jacque Lynn Colton, Sheelagh Cullen, Darius De La Cruz, Alex Elliott-Funk, Mat Hayes, Gera Hermann, Liesel Kopp, Yusef Lambert, J.B. Waterman
 Produced by Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Ron Sossi Artistic Director

Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Sept.13 ONLY
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 ONLY
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 25; Sept. 1, 8, 15*, 22, 29; Oct. 6
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 19 (opening night); Aug. 26; Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7
Sundays at 2 p.m.: Aug. 27; Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8  (no 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 20)
Sunday at 5 p.m.: Aug. 20 ONLY
*The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles; 
• (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com

TICKET PRICES:
(reserved seating)

• Adults: $25-$34
• Children (ages 8-12): $10
• Performances on Fri., Aug. 25; Wed., Sept. 13; and Thurs., Oct. 5: $10

August 20 
Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights  Free readings of two new plays:  Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin (on Sunday, Aug. 20) and The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner (on Sunday, Aug. 27) explore how choices compelled by extraordinary circumstances can lead us into unknown territory. Admission is free.
Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. --Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin — After a decade of living in her childhood home caring for her disabled mother, a reclusive animator is forced to look at the fractured pieces of her youth – and the risks of moving forward in life – in the aftermath of a tragic accident.

Sunday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.--The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner — It’s 1972 and a young Peace Corps volunteer in Iran finds himself caught up in a cultural whirlwind of danger and forbidden passion. But upon returning to America, he becomes lost between two very different worlds.

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura freeway). (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com/seedlings. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Parking costs $5 in lot but is free on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

So get out this summer (and fall) and support your local theater.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hotel news: Allan C. Federer names managing director of Maui's Grand Wailea

This just in...
By Patti Pietschmann


One of the world's most respected hotel industry veterans, Allan C. Federer was just appointed managing director of the iconic, 40-acre Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. He takes over the position on July 24, when he  will oversee the operations of the upscale  Maui property. 

Canada-bornFederer(photo courtesy Grand Wailea) has held leadership positions at luxury properties throughout the world for more than three decades, most recently as general manager at Fairmont Raffles Hotels’ Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda where he guided the hotel through a three-year, $150 million renovation.  Prior to that, Federer was general manager for hotels operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in such locations as Moscow, Dubai, Ireland, Singapore, Istanbul, Montreal and the United States. 

 Federer started his career with Fairmont Hotels and moved on to York Hannover Hotels, Kanata Hotels Ltd, Gencom Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Ramada International Hotels & Resorts and other Canada-based hotel operators. Jerry Gibson, area vice president, Hilton Hawaii said, “We are delighted to welcome Allan to our team here in Hawaii. He has done an exemplary job leading numerous upscale hotels and resorts; we look forward to his taking the helm at Grand Wailea.”

We had dinner a the Grand Wailea last month in its wildly popular humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant. Before sitting down, to what always proves a memorable meal, we strolled around the newly refreshed resort and, as  always marveled at its beauty.


An architectural/high design-concept wonder,  the hotel sits on 40 acres fronting Wailea Beach. It boasts one of the best spas in the islands as well as several dining and drinking venues,  a fully equipped camp for children and a teen lounge to rope swings and a jungle-style river pool.

  Grand Wailea offers housing in 776 rooms and suites and an enclave of 120 luxury villas Ho`olei at Grand Wailea ranging from 3,200 to 4,000 sq. ft., located nearby with access to Grand Wailea amenities. For reservations and information, call 1-800-888-6100 or visit www.grandwailea.com



Monday, July 17, 2017

Don Ho to be immortalized at Honolulu International Market Place (Don Ho video)

Beloved late legend to get bronze statue
Patti Pietschmann




Aloha! If you're are going to be near Waikiki this August 13 be sure to head over to the International Market Place for the celebration of the life of island icon Don Ho.  

The event will focus on a  dedication ceremony and the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind statue  of  Don Ho who was born Sunday, Aug. 13, 1930 and died Aug. 14, 2007. The bronze sculpture, created by Honolulu artist Kim Duffett, commemorates Ho’s tremendous contributions to Hawaiian music and history.

Ho launched his career when he was invited to perform at Duke Kahanamoku’s, a popular nightclub at International Market Place in the 1960’s. Ho became one of Waikiki’s most recognizable icons with globally recognized songs, “Tiny Bubbles” and “I’ll Remember You.”

Festivities will begin at  Banyan Court on Level 1 at 1:30 p.m. The Ho family, Duffett and members of Hawaii’s music industry will be in attendance. Following the statue unveiling, special performances by Don Ho’s family members and friends will take place in Queen’s Court beginning at 4 p.m. 

 This event is part of a month-long celebration of International Market Place’s one year anniversary.

Ceremony Schedule:
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.     Don Ho Statue Unveiling
                                Banyan Court, Level 1
4 – 8 p.m.                Don Ho Kanikapila and Tribute Show
                                Queen’s Court, Level 1

4-6 p.m.
Kanikapila (jam session) honoring Don Ho featuring fellow Don Ho entertainers and friends: Melveen Leed, Marlene Sai, Nina Kealiiwahamana, Kimo Kahoano, Karen Keawehawaii and more

7-8 p.m.
Don Ho Tribute Show featuring Henry Kapono and Friends
8:15 – 8:45 p.m.    “O Na Lani Sunset Stories” Storytelling and Hula Show
                                Queen’s Court, Level 1


  International Market Place ,2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI  

 Images courtesy  International Market Place.
For more information, visit ShopInternationalMarketPlace.com, Instagram: @intlmktplace and in Japanese @intlmktplacejp; Facebook: facebook.com/IntlMktPlace and in Japanese at facebook.com/IntlMktPlaceJP.

About International Market Place
Located in the heart of Waikiki, International Market Place is an eclectic  shopping, dining and entertainment for all budgets that includes the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawaii. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Operating hours for restaurants and department store vary. There are plenty of parking spaces and  valet parking. For more information, visit shopinternationalmarketplace.com and in Japanese ja.shopinternationalmarketplace.com.


Join the brunch bunch at Topanga Canyon's Eureka!

Yummy dishes paired with adult beverages make this mid-morning meal a real treat

Patti Pietschmann


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 Chilaquiles, Bread Pudding French Toast, Avocado Toast, Steak N’ Eggs, Classic Breakfast.)
While we haven't been to Topanga Canyon in a long time, this yummy sounding new weekend brunch at Eureka! could be just the ticket to get us there. I love the music history rich,  rustic, hippie-throwback area which once housed an eclectic group of  pot-smoking musicians. 

So why not take a trip in history and make a weekend outing in Topanga Cayon with a brunch stop at Eureka!  The new weekend brunch menu offers twists on American classics on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with $5 Bloody

Mary's and Mimosas.

Now for your moment of bunch time Zen
Pudding French Toast with a blueberry compote and a whiskey créme anglaise; Chilaquiles with ranchero tortilla chips, two eggs, feta, and sour cream, purple onions, avocado, and pico de gallo.

Fried Chicken and Sweet Corn Bread, topped with whipped salted butter, jalapeño-infused maple glaze, and bacon.

Avocado Toast topped with a hardboiled egg, diced tomatoes, watermelon radish, and chimichurri.

6 Pack Breakfast Burrito with eggs, ground turkey, black beans, pepper trio, avocado, and served alongside charred tomato salsa.
Classic Breakfast served with two eggs, house potatoes, baguette, and a choice of bacon or sausage.


Adult brunch beverages
Weekend Thyme (gin, aquavit, carrot, ginger, thyme, and lemon), Do You Even Juice Bro (tequila, tomatillo, tomato, cucumber, and horseradish), a $5 Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Eureka! 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Before you go watch this video of a scenic drive around Topanga Canyon....