A Costa Rican Craft
The traditional oxcart, or carreta, ties back to the rich history of Costa Rica. From the mid-nineteenth century, oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans from Costa Rica’s central valley over the mountains to Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast, a journey requiring ten to fifteen days.
La Carreta was declared an Oral Masterpiece and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by The UNESCO. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica is proud to show this magnificent piece of art in two of the restaurants.

A Costa Rican Craft

The traditional oxcart, or carreta, ties back to the rich history of Costa Rica. From the mid-nineteenth century, oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans from Costa Rica’s central valley over the mountains to Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast, a journey requiring ten to fifteen days.

La Carreta was declared an Oral Masterpiece and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by The UNESCO. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica is proud to show this magnificent piece of art in two of the restaurants.

London: Room with a View
Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider Superfuture
The concept of Andaz has an innate connection with the creative industry, and this is very much evident in each of the properties across the planet. Not surprisingly, the hospitality chain nurtures this relationship, and it’s at London’s Andaz Liverpool Street where this summer the Room with a View art program has been launched. For this cool program the five-star luxury boutique hotel has teamed up with four distinctly diverse British artists: Chris Price, Patrick Vale, ilovedust and Patrick Morgan, who will each hand paint four of the hotel’s luxurious large king rooms to depict their interpretation of East London’s past, present or future.

Details of Chris Price’s Pearly Room
Illustrator + author Chris Price kicked off the program, creating The Pearly Room in collab with his wife Delisia Howard. On Monday, October 6, the second room by Patrick Vale was revealed, while those of the remaining artists will be inaugurated next January and April, respectively. Mind you, each of the painted guest rooms will be completely different in style and feel in reflection of the artist’s own individuality and will be available for guests to experience contemporary street art. The Room with a View program runs through July of next year with rooms available for booking until that time. Location: Andaz Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool Street [city].


Some of the grand public spaces at Andaz Liverpool Street

London: Room with a View

Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider Superfuture

The concept of Andaz has an innate connection with the creative industry, and this is very much evident in each of the properties across the planet. Not surprisingly, the hospitality chain nurtures this relationship, and it’s at London’s Andaz Liverpool Street where this summer the Room with a View art program has been launched. For this cool program the five-star luxury boutique hotel has teamed up with four distinctly diverse British artists: Chris Price, Patrick Vale, ilovedust and Patrick Morgan, who will each hand paint four of the hotel’s luxurious large king rooms to depict their interpretation of East London’s past, present or future.

Details of Chris Price’s Pearly Room

Illustrator + author Chris Price kicked off the program, creating The Pearly Room in collab with his wife Delisia Howard. On Monday, October 6, the second room by Patrick Vale was revealed, while those of the remaining artists will be inaugurated next January and April, respectively. Mind you, each of the painted guest rooms will be completely different in style and feel in reflection of the artist’s own individuality and will be available for guests to experience contemporary street art. The Room with a View program runs through July of next year with rooms available for booking until that time. Location: Andaz Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool Street [city].

Some of the grand public spaces at Andaz Liverpool Street

Ultra de la Rue
Amsterdam travelers: Get your creative genius flowing at Ultra de la Rue, a unique creative space and art gallery. Focused on creating community and fostering innovation, it’s the perfect spot to kick back, enjoy a cup of coffee, and explore your inner artist.

Ultra de la Rue

Amsterdam travelers: Get your creative genius flowing at Ultra de la Rue, a unique creative space and art gallery. Focused on creating community and fostering innovation, it’s the perfect spot to kick back, enjoy a cup of coffee, and explore your inner artist.

Decisions, Decisions
Vacation decisions at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort: picking a lounge chair in the sun or in the shade?

Decisions, Decisions

Vacation decisions at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort: picking a lounge chair in the sun or in the shade?

Exploring (and Photographing) WeHo’s Cocktail Scene
Guest post by travel photographer/blogger Jen Pollack Bianco of My Life’s a Trip

Los Angeles is a great city for creative types, but it’s not just about movies and music in the City of Angels. The Andaz West Hollywood is perfectly situated to explore L.A.’s exciting and delicious cocktail scene. 
I work as a travel photographer, and taking pictures of cocktails is part of the job description. Here are some tips for where find, drink, and photograph West Hollywood’s best craft libations.
Photo Tip: Only take pictures when you have good light 
Try shooting food and drinks during brunch or lunch, when natural light is abundant and colors pop. Test out your shooting skills during brunch at The Church Key. The modern American restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike during dinner, but only brunch comes with $17 bottomless mimosas and crazy delicious monkey bread.

Take a break from shopping on Robertson Boulevard at Tortilla Republic, which serves the best margaritas in town. They also have a great selection of gluten-free menu items. I adore their Spicy Pomegranate Margarita, garnished with fresh jalapeño. 

Photo Tip: Focus on the details 
It’s all about the salt and jalapeño that makes this image mouth watering.
Hit Happy Hour early, when the light is still good and always take pictures before you take a sip. 

Photo Tip: Photograph first, then drink
Craft cocktails earn high marks for presentation, and they look best before you’ve taking a single sip. The RH Bar at Andaz West Hollywood has fabulous $5 sangria and delicious pork sliders for $7.

Jump into a cab or Uber-it to Laurel Hardware for dinner and drinks. Located in a chic space that used to house a neighborhood hardware store, it’s my pick for the best cocktail menu in town. Solo diners love eating at the bar or one of the communal dining tables. There’s also a gorgeous patio if you’d prefer a more romantic setting.
Photo Tip: Focus is overrated. Embrace the blur!
Laurel Hardware is all about flair bartendering and the blur in this image help gives the viewer a sense of being there.

Perhaps the most important tip— don’t spend your whole night shooting pictures. As soon as you get an image you like, put your camera down, clink glasses and savor the moment. Cheers!

Exploring (and Photographing) WeHo’s Cocktail Scene

Guest post by travel photographer/blogger Jen Pollack Bianco of My Life’s a Trip

Los Angeles is a great city for creative types, but it’s not just about movies and music in the City of Angels. The Andaz West Hollywood is perfectly situated to explore L.A.’s exciting and delicious cocktail scene. 

I work as a travel photographer, and taking pictures of cocktails is part of the job description. Here are some tips for where find, drink, and photograph West Hollywood’s best craft libations.

Photo Tip: Only take pictures when you have good light 

Try shooting food and drinks during brunch or lunch, when natural light is abundant and colors pop. Test out your shooting skills during brunch at The Church Key. The modern American restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike during dinner, but only brunch comes with $17 bottomless mimosas and crazy delicious monkey bread.

Take a break from shopping on Robertson Boulevard at Tortilla Republic, which serves the best margaritas in town. They also have a great selection of gluten-free menu items. I adore their Spicy Pomegranate Margarita, garnished with fresh jalapeño. 

Photo Tip: Focus on the details 

It’s all about the salt and jalapeño that makes this image mouth watering.

Hit Happy Hour early, when the light is still good and always take pictures before you take a sip. 

Photo Tip: Photograph first, then drink

Craft cocktails earn high marks for presentation, and they look best before you’ve taking a single sip. The RH Bar at Andaz West Hollywood has fabulous $5 sangria and delicious pork sliders for $7.

Jump into a cab or Uber-it to Laurel Hardware for dinner and drinks. Located in a chic space that used to house a neighborhood hardware store, it’s my pick for the best cocktail menu in town. Solo diners love eating at the bar or one of the communal dining tables. There’s also a gorgeous patio if you’d prefer a more romantic setting.

Photo Tip: Focus is overrated. Embrace the blur!

Laurel Hardware is all about flair bartendering and the blur in this image help gives the viewer a sense of being there.

Perhaps the most important tip— don’t spend your whole night shooting pictures. As soon as you get an image you like, put your camera down, clink glasses and savor the moment. Cheers!

NYC Sightseeing
romainlaurent:

One Loop Portrait a Week - #37
Vincent Cyr, host of the new show Astronauts Wanted finds the energy of NYC hopping

NYC Sightseeing

romainlaurent:

One Loop Portrait a Week - #37

Vincent Cyr, host of the new show Astronauts Wanted finds the energy of NYC hopping

Got Garnishes?
At Andaz Liverpool Street London's Eastway Restaurant, we welcome the healthy, the hipster, and the “hangry” for a blend of hearty offerings and an interactive DIY Bloody Mary station. Our tip? Don't pass up the bacon.

Got Garnishes?

At Andaz Liverpool Street London's Eastway Restaurant, we welcome the healthy, the hipster, and the “hangry” for a blend of hearty offerings and an interactive DIY Bloody Mary station. Our tip? Don't pass up the bacon.

TSC BAD-ASS GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY
Guest Post by Cultural Insider Lauryn Evarts
Perhaps you guys remember my promise to do a TSC guide to New York City a couple of months ago? Well, either way—ta-da— here it is. Why now? Uh, honestly I’m currently battling the insane desire to go BACK. I miss NYC. The city is just so posh, timeless, & classic…with so much character. Pretty much I’m a Gemini & lemme tell ya, us Geminis love stimulation. New York is freaking stimulating man. Like Bob Dylan said: 
“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”
So true, so interesting, so different, so into it. Anywho- let’s get down to TSC sparkly, colorful NYC itinerary:

Picking a hotel in NY can be about as overwhelming as picking an Essie nail polish color. There are so many options!! We stayed at: 
Andaz 5th Avenue: our experience with Andaz 5th Ave was fab. When we arrived we were greeted with cutie little bowls of berries & flutes of chilled champagne ( the perfect combo right?! ). Our view was insane. The hotel room looked straight at The New York Public Library AKA where Batman was filmed (!!!). One of my favorite parts was the hotel’s charming coffee shop ( best iced tea ever! ) & the craft cocktail underground bar. Basically, this is a rad hotel with a lot of energy…so I’d definitely recommend this spot to anyone who likes to have a good time!
Ok so before I dive into the cocktail/restaurant/places to go stuff, let me talk about Michael & his itineraries. Hmmm. How do I broach this little subjecty-subject? Let’s just say the guy LOVES his itineraries. Personally, I’m totally not Mr. Itinerary. My life is so planned/organized at home so when I travel, I like to be a gypsy, wanderlust, moon child explorer without plans.
But……every trip is the same story: Michael types out a three page (minimum ) to ten page ( yes, ten…maximum ) schedule. Like I said, he LOVVVVESSS his damn itinerary. So as much as I would love to take credit for the following, I can’t. It’s all Michael’s research found on the pages of his beloved itinerary ( I feel like I should make a super nostalgic itinerary scrapbook for our kids- kidding, but kind of not really).
Ok so here we go:

Cocktails! Woo-hoo! NYC has a realllllll insane cocktail scene. You have to try:
ACME NYC: amazing wine//amazing food! Trust me.
Death + Company: amazing craft cocktails with some of the best bartenders in the US.
Milk & Honey: so much fun! A must-try. They’re also located in London.
Perla: in my favorite area of NYC: Greenwich Village. Try the cinnamon-infused bourbon & thank me later.
Please Don’t Tell: SERIOUSLY go!! It’s the BEST. This place looks like a typical NYC hot dog shop but don’t be fooled! You go into the little joint, pick up the telephone in the little phone booth & hit the buzzer once. After a couple minutes someone will come into the phone booth & escort you into a little tiny speak-easy. It’s so underground & so cute. My personal favorite bar in NYC. Plus East Village is fun. Remember to make reservations before you go.
The Dead Rabbit: super rad spot for cocktails. Some of the best bartenders & it’s won tons of cocktail spirited awards.
The Standard Grill: insane ambience // fun to people watch // make resos way in advance because it’s hard to get in. Side: their oysters are delish!!
The Smile for cocktails & brunch: the cocktail above is from The Smile & it’s a gin/mint/cucumber/soda concoction.

Some rad areas?
East Village ( super fun to walk around )
Greenwich Village
Lower East Side
Soho
Upper East Side

ABC Kitchen: this place is Skinny Confidential-esque. I recommend every salad on the menu paired with their chilled rosé…so good. Definitely one of my favorites.
Blue Bottle Coffee: seriously the best coffee on the planet.
Jack’s Wife Freda: AMAZING brunch!
La Bodega Negra: such a fun crowd!! There were women dancing on our table as we ate tacos & drank bomb-ass margaritas. They put on this rad show & have the most amazing dessert ( see more here ).
Per Se: this was the best meal I’ve ever had…seriously indescribable. The service, ambiance, food…A plus. Thomas Keller is the chef & he just kills it in every way possible.
Red Farm: the.best.food.ever.
Rubirosa: PIZZA!!!
The Butcher’s Daughter: their salads are die. They also have the most delicious juices.
The Spotted Pig: for brunch…their bar snacks are just heaven & the crepes are life-changing.
(SIDE NOTE: yes, I’m sure you’re wondering: I gained 5 pounds after this trip).

Central Park (I know, touristy!!)
Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Market: this is such a cool marketplace!! I found the most amazing finds. You’ll find everything from fresh fruits to handmade, vintage pins to beautiful coffee table books.
Juice Press: for everything healthy. I’m especially into their shots.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Shopping…duhhhh!!
The Book of Mormon: such a funny Broadway show by the creators of South Park!! I loved it!

My miscellaneous tips?
Walk, walk, walk. Breath in the city & enjoy the energy. It truly is contagious.
Try out random pizza places…you won’t be sorry. Their pizza is NO joke. My God.
Be careful of the cab drivers…they drive like Cruella de Vil on crack.
Prepare yourself to wait in line…everywhere!!
“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” - Angela Carter
Ok & obviously I’m not a total expert so any other NYC suggestions are welcome! Next time we go I’m dying to go to Brooklyn.
Did I mention I love New York City?
Chat soon. – L

TSC BAD-ASS GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY

Guest Post by Cultural Insider Lauryn Evarts

Perhaps you guys remember my promise to do a TSC guide to New York City a couple of months ago? Well, either way—ta-da— here it is. Why now? Uh, honestly I’m currently battling the insane desire to go BACK. I miss NYC. The city is just so posh, timeless, & classic…with so much character. Pretty much I’m a Gemini & lemme tell ya, us Geminis love stimulation. New York is freaking stimulating man. Like Bob Dylan said: 

“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”

So true, so interesting, so different, so into it. Anywho- let’s get down to TSC sparkly, colorful NYC itinerary:

Picking a hotel in NY can be about as overwhelming as picking an Essie nail polish color. There are so many options!! We stayed at: 

Andaz 5th Avenue: our experience with Andaz 5th Ave was fab. When we arrived we were greeted with cutie little bowls of berries & flutes of chilled champagne ( the perfect combo right?! ). Our view was insane. The hotel room looked straight at The New York Public Library AKA where Batman was filmed (!!!). One of my favorite parts was the hotel’s charming coffee shop ( best iced tea ever! ) & the craft cocktail underground bar. Basically, this is a rad hotel with a lot of energy…so I’d definitely recommend this spot to anyone who likes to have a good time!

Ok so before I dive into the cocktail/restaurant/places to go stuff, let me talk about Michael & his itineraries. Hmmm. How do I broach this little subjecty-subject? Let’s just say the guy LOVES his itineraries. Personally, I’m totally not Mr. Itinerary. My life is so planned/organized at home so when I travel, I like to be a gypsy, wanderlust, moon child explorer without plans.

But……every trip is the same story: Michael types out a three page (minimum ) to ten page ( yes, ten…maximum ) schedule. Like I said, he LOVVVVESSS his damn itinerary. So as much as I would love to take credit for the following, I can’t. It’s all Michael’s research found on the pages of his beloved itinerary ( I feel like I should make a super nostalgic itinerary scrapbook for our kids- kidding, but kind of not really).

Ok so here we go:

Cocktails! Woo-hoo! NYC has a realllllll insane cocktail scene. You have to try:

ACME NYC: amazing wine//amazing food! Trust me.

Death + Company: amazing craft cocktails with some of the best bartenders in the US.

Milk & Honey: so much fun! A must-try. They’re also located in London.

Perla: in my favorite area of NYC: Greenwich Village. Try the cinnamon-infused bourbon & thank me later.

Please Don’t Tell: SERIOUSLY go!! It’s the BEST. This place looks like a typical NYC hot dog shop but don’t be fooled! You go into the little joint, pick up the telephone in the little phone booth & hit the buzzer once. After a couple minutes someone will come into the phone booth & escort you into a little tiny speak-easy. It’s so underground & so cute. My personal favorite bar in NYC. Plus East Village is fun. Remember to make reservations before you go.

The Dead Rabbit: super rad spot for cocktails. Some of the best bartenders & it’s won tons of cocktail spirited awards.

The Standard Grill: insane ambience // fun to people watch // make resos way in advance because it’s hard to get in. Side: their oysters are delish!!

The Smile for cocktails & brunch: the cocktail above is from The Smile & it’s a gin/mint/cucumber/soda concoction.

Some rad areas?

East Village ( super fun to walk around )

Greenwich Village

Lower East Side

Soho

Upper East Side

ABC Kitchen: this place is Skinny Confidential-esque. I recommend every salad on the menu paired with their chilled rosé…so good. Definitely one of my favorites.

Blue Bottle Coffee: seriously the best coffee on the planet.

Jack’s Wife Freda: AMAZING brunch!

La Bodega Negra: such a fun crowd!! There were women dancing on our table as we ate tacos & drank bomb-ass margaritas. They put on this rad show & have the most amazing dessert ( see more here ).

Per Se: this was the best meal I’ve ever had…seriously indescribable. The service, ambiance, food…A plus. Thomas Keller is the chef & he just kills it in every way possible.

Red Farm: the.best.food.ever.

Rubirosa: PIZZA!!!

The Butcher’s Daughter: their salads are die. They also have the most delicious juices.

The Spotted Pig: for brunch…their bar snacks are just heaven & the crepes are life-changing.

(SIDE NOTE: yes, I’m sure you’re wondering: I gained 5 pounds after this trip).

Central Park (I know, touristy!!)

Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Market: this is such a cool marketplace!! I found the most amazing finds. You’ll find everything from fresh fruits to handmade, vintage pins to beautiful coffee table books.

Juice Press: for everything healthy. I’m especially into their shots.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shopping…duhhhh!!

The Book of Mormon: such a funny Broadway show by the creators of South Park!! I loved it!

My miscellaneous tips?

Walk, walk, walk. Breath in the city & enjoy the energy. It truly is contagious.

Try out random pizza places…you won’t be sorry. Their pizza is NO joke. My God.

Be careful of the cab drivers…they drive like Cruella de Vil on crack.

Prepare yourself to wait in line…everywhere!!

“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” - Angela Carter

Ok & obviously I’m not a total expert so any other NYC suggestions are welcome! Next time we go I’m dying to go to Brooklyn.

Did I mention I love New York City?

Chat soon. – L

So Cali
It doesn’t get much more “LA” than browsing vinyl records at the Beat Swap Meet in the city’s Chinatown. What’s on your vacation playlist?

So Cali

It doesn’t get much more “LA” than browsing vinyl records at the Beat Swap Meet in the city’s Chinatown. What’s on your vacation playlist?

(Source: maudit)

Art at Andaz: Local Artists Shine in WeHo
Guest post by Cultural Insider DJ Lindsay Luv
Stepping into the Andaz in West Hollywood is a verifiable explosion of the senses: the eclectic rustic-vintage meets urban-cool meets modern-chic interior design assembly provides the perfect backdrop to the eye-catching art dripping from every open space. And with their fingers on the pulse of all things Los Angeles, you can bet that the art finds its roots locally: the revolving showcase of Art @ Andaz WeHo features local artists whom the properties own art consultant, Merry Norris, curates and rotates biannually.

As an Andaz Salon Cultural Insider, I am always cool-hunting, and upon walking off the hot streets of the Sunset Strip and through the grand doors of the hotel my eyes were immediately drawn to the opposite wall which was splashed with a massive vintage photograph of the Strip screened directly on the wall. Upon further inquisition I learned this photo was taken by notable photog Robert Landau from his series of ‘RocknRoll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”. The feeling of looking back through time in the very same location so rich with art and music made things feel so very full circle. Check out the #AndazSalon video to learn more!
So many great artists are featured through various art mediums at the Andaz in West Hollywood and the best way to experience them is to go spend some time in their gallery of a hotel! Except unlike most art galleries you can go about your business of eating, sleeping, drinking and swimming all while enjoying the incredible art LA has to offer.

Art at Andaz: Local Artists Shine in WeHo

Guest post by Cultural Insider DJ Lindsay Luv

Stepping into the Andaz in West Hollywood is a verifiable explosion of the senses: the eclectic rustic-vintage meets urban-cool meets modern-chic interior design assembly provides the perfect backdrop to the eye-catching art dripping from every open space. And with their fingers on the pulse of all things Los Angeles, you can bet that the art finds its roots locally: the revolving showcase of Art @ Andaz WeHo features local artists whom the properties own art consultant, Merry Norris, curates and rotates biannually.

As an Andaz Salon Cultural Insider, I am always cool-hunting, and upon walking off the hot streets of the Sunset Strip and through the grand doors of the hotel my eyes were immediately drawn to the opposite wall which was splashed with a massive vintage photograph of the Strip screened directly on the wall. Upon further inquisition I learned this photo was taken by notable photog Robert Landau from his series of ‘RocknRoll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”. The feeling of looking back through time in the very same location so rich with art and music made things feel so very full circle. Check out the #AndazSalon video to learn more!

So many great artists are featured through various art mediums at the Andaz in West Hollywood and the best way to experience them is to go spend some time in their gallery of a hotel! Except unlike most art galleries you can go about your business of eating, sleeping, drinking and swimming all while enjoying the incredible art LA has to offer.