Shanghai Weekend Market

From the East Coast to East Asia, Andaz properties celebrate living local through on-property markets. Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai is now hosting weekend markets in collaboration with Amelia Heaton-Renshaw that feature local bites, designers, and more. Using all locally-made products and all-organic farms, the weekend market is the perfect stop on a Saturday stroll.  Some of the local artisans that have participated to-date include flower stylists, mosaic jewelry makers, and one of Shanghai’s first coffee specialists, Jonas Emil Coffee.

Stay tuned as the market expands with BBQ and cocktail stands, all the makings for a perfect summer evening in Shanghai. For more of the Andaz market experience check out the Andaz Wall Street summer Farmers’ Market, running every Thursday through the end of the summer.

Nautical NYC
Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider Caroline McCarthy
I’m really psyched to be an Andaz Cultural Insider because of how dedicated they are to creating dialogue between locals and newcomers, meaning that visitors to huge and diverse cities like New York will get the best recommendations whether they’re staying for a weekend or indefinitely. Everyone’s New York is different and I’m so excited to share a little bit of mine with you through the Cultural Insider program.
So — today, I’m going to offer up some tips involving boats, seafood, and other things nautical. Why? Well, even native New Yorkers sometimes forget they’re on an island (seriously!) but one of the greatest things about summer in the city is the ability to get out on the water — or at least feel like you are.
If you’re staying at the Andaz Wall Street this summer, the seasonal oyster and cocktail bar Grand Banks is more than worth a visit. Housed on a vintage schooner docked at Pier 25 right near the North Cove Marina, this is a gorgeous spot for cocktails and (sustainably farmed!) oysters while you watch the sun set. 
Get there right when it opens on weekdays — 4PM — because the after-work crowd from the Financial District starts to roll in and fill it up once 5:30 rolls around.
 If Grand Banks doesn’t fill your appetite for nautical spots in NYC, fear not. Here are a few more that you might want to check out:

 — North River Lobster Company: Also seasonal, and also new for Summer 2014, this is a “floating lobster shack” that actually leaves its midtown pier several times a day while passengers dine on lobster rolls and cocktails. (Pier 81 at West 41st St., Manhattan)
 — Frying Pan: The most famous “bar on a boat” in New York, this one (much like Grand Banks) is docked and open seasonally. Splitting a bucket of beer here with friends is a summer-in-the-city tradition, but it takes some stamina to tolerate the fratty crowd. (Pier 66 at West 26th St., Manhattan)
 — Lure Fishbar: This below-ground Soho dining spot serves up a menu of everything from sushi to lobster rolls to oysters, with a wood-paneled interior and round windows that mimic an ocean liner. Great for a nice dinner out, but if you go for lunch, you’ll be able to spy on some of New York media’s biggest power players (this is one of their favorite spots). (142 Mercer St., Manhattan)
 — Red Hook Lobster Pound: Lobster rolls have become a trendy dish all over the city, but these remain some of the best. You can get them at several locations in New York (including a food truck), but it’s worth giving yourself half a day to explore Red Hook, Brooklyn’s longtime maritime industry hub (grab beers at the Bait & Tackle Shop, a former fishermen’s social club). The best way to get there from the area around Andaz Wall Street is to take the New York Water Taxi from Pier 11 — it runs free on weekends. (284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn)
 — Grey Lady: A Nantucket-inspired restaurant on the Lower East Side, this is a great spot to go for dinner before a night out at the many bars in the area. The New England-bred owners proudly claim that it sells more beer from the Nantucket-based Cisco Brewing Company (the brewer of Whale’s Tail Pale Ale) than any other bar in the world. (77 Delancey St., Manhattan)
 — Maison Premiere: Though its vibe is more New Orleans than New England, this is the home of the best “oyster happy hour” (yes, that’s a thing) in New York…in addition to some of the best absinthe. From 4PM to 7PM on weekdays, all 20 varieties of oyster on the menu are $1 apiece — get there right at 4 because it fills up, and if you’re feeling adventurous, order one of all 20. (298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn)
 — Renting a Sailboat: If this is a big trip to New York and you’re eager to do it up, or if you’re in town to celebrate something with friends, consider renting one of the gorgeous vintage- or vintage-style sailboats that cruise around Manhattan Harbor, most of which depart from the North Cove Marina. A few years ago a friend had an amazing birthday party on the 1920s-era Shearwater, but if you don’t want to splurge on a full charter, the reproduction Schooner America 2.0 has spots available for day and night cruises, brunch trips, sushi-and-sake sails — you name it!

Nautical NYC

Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider Caroline McCarthy

I’m really psyched to be an Andaz Cultural Insider because of how dedicated they are to creating dialogue between locals and newcomers, meaning that visitors to huge and diverse cities like New York will get the best recommendations whether they’re staying for a weekend or indefinitely. Everyone’s New York is different and I’m so excited to share a little bit of mine with you through the Cultural Insider program.

So — today, I’m going to offer up some tips involving boats, seafood, and other things nautical. Why? Well, even native New Yorkers sometimes forget they’re on an island (seriously!) but one of the greatest things about summer in the city is the ability to get out on the water — or at least feel like you are.

If you’re staying at the Andaz Wall Street this summer, the seasonal oyster and cocktail bar Grand Banks is more than worth a visit. Housed on a vintage schooner docked at Pier 25 right near the North Cove Marina, this is a gorgeous spot for cocktails and (sustainably farmed!) oysters while you watch the sun set. 

Get there right when it opens on weekdays — 4PM — because the after-work crowd from the Financial District starts to roll in and fill it up once 5:30 rolls around.

 If Grand Banks doesn’t fill your appetite for nautical spots in NYC, fear not. Here are a few more that you might want to check out:

North River Lobster Company: Also seasonal, and also new for Summer 2014, this is a “floating lobster shack” that actually leaves its midtown pier several times a day while passengers dine on lobster rolls and cocktails. (Pier 81 at West 41st St., Manhattan)

Frying Pan: The most famous “bar on a boat” in New York, this one (much like Grand Banks) is docked and open seasonally. Splitting a bucket of beer here with friends is a summer-in-the-city tradition, but it takes some stamina to tolerate the fratty crowd. (Pier 66 at West 26th St., Manhattan)

Lure Fishbar: This below-ground Soho dining spot serves up a menu of everything from sushi to lobster rolls to oysters, with a wood-paneled interior and round windows that mimic an ocean liner. Great for a nice dinner out, but if you go for lunch, you’ll be able to spy on some of New York media’s biggest power players (this is one of their favorite spots). (142 Mercer St., Manhattan)

Red Hook Lobster Pound: Lobster rolls have become a trendy dish all over the city, but these remain some of the best. You can get them at several locations in New York (including a food truck), but it’s worth giving yourself half a day to explore Red Hook, Brooklyn’s longtime maritime industry hub (grab beers at the Bait & Tackle Shop, a former fishermen’s social club). The best way to get there from the area around Andaz Wall Street is to take the New York Water Taxi from Pier 11 — it runs free on weekends. (284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn)

Grey Lady: A Nantucket-inspired restaurant on the Lower East Side, this is a great spot to go for dinner before a night out at the many bars in the area. The New England-bred owners proudly claim that it sells more beer from the Nantucket-based Cisco Brewing Company (the brewer of Whale’s Tail Pale Ale) than any other bar in the world. (77 Delancey St., Manhattan)

Maison Premiere: Though its vibe is more New Orleans than New England, this is the home of the best “oyster happy hour” (yes, that’s a thing) in New York…in addition to some of the best absinthe. From 4PM to 7PM on weekdays, all 20 varieties of oyster on the menu are $1 apiece — get there right at 4 because it fills up, and if you’re feeling adventurous, order one of all 20. (298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn)

 — Renting a Sailboat: If this is a big trip to New York and you’re eager to do it up, or if you’re in town to celebrate something with friends, consider renting one of the gorgeous vintage- or vintage-style sailboats that cruise around Manhattan Harbor, most of which depart from the North Cove Marina. A few years ago a friend had an amazing birthday party on the 1920s-era Shearwater, but if you don’t want to splurge on a full charter, the reproduction Schooner America 2.0 has spots available for day and night cruises, brunch trips, sushi-and-sake sails — you name it!

Make Your Own Cocktail
What’s your favorite bar book? At Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, we’re always researching to learn new flavors. Visit the bar and strengthen your own mixology skills while sipping on a Rum Flip.
Rum Flip
Rum
Vanilla Syrup
Porter Syrup
Double Cream
Egg Yolk
Ginger
Lemon

Make Your Own Cocktail

What’s your favorite bar book? At Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, we’re always researching to learn new flavors. Visit the bar and strengthen your own mixology skills while sipping on a Rum Flip.

Rum Flip

Rum

Vanilla Syrup

Porter Syrup

Double Cream

Egg Yolk

Ginger

Lemon

Brick Lane Beats
The home of British rock still shows its roots in more ways than one on London’s Brick Lane. We love seeing daily reminders of the lane’s legendary past (can you guess which well-known music videos were filmed here?).
One of our favorite spots to catch a live show in the city? The Nightjar, a venue dripping with vintage glamour.

Brick Lane Beats

The home of British rock still shows its roots in more ways than one on London’s Brick Lane. We love seeing daily reminders of the lane’s legendary past (can you guess which well-known music videos were filmed here?).

One of our favorite spots to catch a live show in the city? The Nightjar, a venue dripping with vintage glamour.

whereiseefashion:

Starstyling holographic Tshirt | Quantum Field X3 exhibition by Hiro Yamagata
More matches here

whereiseefashion:

Starstyling holographic Tshirt | Quantum Field X3 exhibition by Hiro Yamagata

More matches here

What’s your Vineyard Match?
In Napa Valley, the hills are alive with the smell of fresh grapes. If Cabs are your favorite, take a tour of Chappellet for an incredible view of Pritchard Hill and a walk through the organic vineyards. 
For a more offbeat adventure, we recommend the Cliff Lede Vineyards. Make an appointment and receive a unique tasting experience in the Backstage Reserve Tasting Room, where artist Stanley Mouse is on display until late November.

What’s your Vineyard Match?

In Napa Valley, the hills are alive with the smell of fresh grapes. If Cabs are your favorite, take a tour of Chappellet for an incredible view of Pritchard Hill and a walk through the organic vineyards. 

For a more offbeat adventure, we recommend the Cliff Lede Vineyards. Make an appointment and receive a unique tasting experience in the Backstage Reserve Tasting Room, where artist Stanley Mouse is on display until late November.

Adult Treehouse
At Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, relax in your own personal treehouse (with plush robes and a massive tub).  
Insider tip: Set an alarm for an early morning soak and hear the monkeys run across the roof as you relax.

Adult Treehouse

At Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, relax in your own personal treehouse (with plush robes and a massive tub).  

Insider tip: Set an alarm for an early morning soak and hear the monkeys run across the roof as you relax.

Andaz Makes a Splash
Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider DJ Lindsay Luv
Stepping into Andaz the first thing that envelops you is the luxurious embrace of sophisticated style, modern amenities, and a kaleidoscope of local culture. And as both a DJ, Sound Designer and their new cultural insider, I felt right at home within the West Hollywood location where music and the Sunset Strip’s rich history of music culture was at the forefront of all things Andaz. As we begin this exploration of the Andaz properties this summer, I take you first to the very top for a dip…

As I begin my journey in my new role as a cultural insider for Andaz and the experiential blog Andaz Salon, I take you first to the hub of all thing’s summer: the pool! There is a lot to learn inside the welcoming doors of the property, from local farm to table foods, fitness programs, VIP concerts, featured artists and more, but with the summer sun hotter than ever I had to start outside and work my way in.

The rooftop pool at the Andaz has a sweeping 360 view from the Hollywood Hills to the legendary Sunset Strip and beyond. As the highest rooftop pool in the city, my day felt like an oasis far from it all yet comfortably right in the thick of it! While the pool is known for some rockin summer weekend pool parties, my weekday jaunt was zen with the perfect cold Moscow Mule in hand, chilled shrimp cocktail and whipped hummus munchies and the soft sounds of the curated chill out tunes along the deck. The Andaz WeHo pool is a perfect respite from the crazy city while conveniently located within it and an easy place for the pampered guests (and myself) to pop up and take a dip and a breath of fresh air.
Sounds inspired by Andaz West Hollywood

Andaz Makes a Splash

Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider DJ Lindsay Luv

Stepping into Andaz the first thing that envelops you is the luxurious embrace of sophisticated style, modern amenities, and a kaleidoscope of local culture. And as both a DJ, Sound Designer and their new cultural insider, I felt right at home within the West Hollywood location where music and the Sunset Strip’s rich history of music culture was at the forefront of all things Andaz. As we begin this exploration of the Andaz properties this summer, I take you first to the very top for a dip…

As I begin my journey in my new role as a cultural insider for Andaz and the experiential blog Andaz Salon, I take you first to the hub of all thing’s summer: the pool! There is a lot to learn inside the welcoming doors of the property, from local farm to table foods, fitness programs, VIP concerts, featured artists and more, but with the summer sun hotter than ever I had to start outside and work my way in.

The rooftop pool at the Andaz has a sweeping 360 view from the Hollywood Hills to the legendary Sunset Strip and beyond. As the highest rooftop pool in the city, my day felt like an oasis far from it all yet comfortably right in the thick of it! While the pool is known for some rockin summer weekend pool parties, my weekday jaunt was zen with the perfect cold Moscow Mule in hand, chilled shrimp cocktail and whipped hummus munchies and the soft sounds of the curated chill out tunes along the deck. The Andaz WeHo pool is a perfect respite from the crazy city while conveniently located within it and an easy place for the pampered guests (and myself) to pop up and take a dip and a breath of fresh air.

A Dog’s Life
Pamper your pooches & let them make the streets of London their catwalk (or should we say dogwalk?). 
Afterwards, take a trip to London dog outfitters Mungo & Maud, where no designer label is too good for your pup. 

A Dog’s Life

Pamper your pooches & let them make the streets of London their catwalk (or should we say dogwalk?). 

Afterwards, take a trip to London dog outfitters Mungo & Maud, where no designer label is too good for your pup. 

Name that Beach
Which Andaz location offers hundreds of miles of natural coastline and is home to blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, roosterfish, wahoo and amberjack?
These Pacific waters reach temperatures of 85 degrees, and adventure-seekers can take a dive down below to spot hammerheads, giant manta rays, and whale sharks.

Name that Beach

Which Andaz location offers hundreds of miles of natural coastline and is home to blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, roosterfish, wahoo and amberjack?

These Pacific waters reach temperatures of 85 degrees, and adventure-seekers can take a dive down below to spot hammerheads, giant manta rays, and whale sharks.