Time Out Market New York


Attention anyone going to DUMBO there is a brand new food market with vendors curated by TIME OUT NY and it is chock full of choices. I am talking David Burke with his clothesline bacon, Clinton Street Bakery with the famous pancakes, elevated Mexican from iconic Ivy Stark, burgers from Pat LaFreida and more.

This multi level food market also has a couple bars, a performance space and nice terrace with fantastic views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges as well as Manhattan itself. With ours from 8am to 11pm (Midnight on the weekend) you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and everything else in between and not repeat a meal.


Things I Learned In Charleston, South Carolina

Angel Oak tree

Angel Oak tree

  • Winners write the history books

  • Macaroni and cheese is a vegetable

  • the difference between cemeteries and graveyards. Graveyards are associated with an adjacent church, they are part of the churchyard

  • Palmetto trees can protect you and your house from cannonballs

  • They do outdoor music festivals really well

  • There are a lot of North American firsts in Charleston:

    • First golf course and club

    • First Museum

    • First successful submarine attack

    • Dock Street theatre is the first permanent playhouse

    • First lending library

    • The oldest municipal college

    • The location of first opera performed in the New World

    • The first tea plantation is the New World

    • First fireproof building

    • First female publisher and patent holder

  • You can put pretty much put anything in grits and they come in colors other than white

  • The air is better because of the Low Country marsh grass

  • Bars close at 2AM

  • I loved visiting this city - the phenomenal food, drinks, culture and people. You should visit it too…

back alleyways…

back alleyways…

Lera Lynn at The High Water Festival

Lera Lynn at The High Water Festival

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The High Water Festival

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The High Water Festival

Les Clefs d'Or USA conference in New Orleans


What an amazing time we had here in an friendly and warm (in more ways than one) city.  The host hotel, the newly branded Le Meridien was absolutely amazing with their hospitatlity, rooms, food and pool.  I highly reccommend it if you are ever staying in the Crescent City.  

We had great meetings, includiinng an election with a new Board of Directors: 

  • Rober Mark - President
  • Shujaat Khan - Past President & Zone Director of thee Americas
  • Nathn Goff - VP Media & Public Relations
  • Danny Alford - Treasurer
  • Leigh Anne Dolecki - Director of Membbership
  • Charisse Fazzari - Director of Concierge Relations
  • Kathleen Fitzgerald - Secretary
  • Harald Mootz - Direcctor of Development
  • Robert Watson - Congress Liaison
Chalmette Battlefield

Chalmette Battlefield

There was fantastic openining night reception at Harrah's Casino New Orleans, an educational Riverboat Cruise on the mighty Mississippi and visit to Chalmette Battlefield, and an inspiring gala at the National World War II Museum with entertainment by the Victory Belles.  It was my first congress and hopefully not my last.  We have a lot of great ideas and direction from great speakers to  take back to our hotels with us and make our guest experience even better.  

Victory Belles

Victory Belles

Keoniinthecity goes to ... Boston


Boston - a beautiful city with so much American history and culture.  I loved the small neighborhoods and the fact that the city retains so many of its historical buildings rather than tear them down to build new ones.  Boston has a little bit of everything there; from a Little Italy to Chinatown, sports crazed fans to super intellectuals at Harvard and MIT, and historical relics to inspired architecture.  Being able to step back into time via "Old Ironsides" and walking up Bunker Hill.  Eating classics like New England Clam Chowder, Boston Creme Pie and the wealth of oysters available locally.    Walking the Quad at Harvard.  These are a few of the fun and interesting things that I got to do during a quick visit.  


Sam Adams brewery offers a great tour of one of their breweries.  Our guide was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable.  You also get to sample beer, can keep tasting glasses and get one of their perfect pints for the cost of a pint of beer. 

Paul Revere's tombstone

Ornate old churches as well as multiple graveyards containing famous patriots lend character and mystique to "Beantown"  

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Boston is home to the USS Constitution,  better known as "Old Ironsides" due to the cannonballs that bouced off of it's hull.  There is also Bunker Hill where the tide of the Revolutionary War turned.  While it was a loss for the Colonists, the toll taken on the British army proved too much in the end.

Bunker Hill Memorial

And a little bit of the new...

Proof that our forefathers had a sense of humor; John Hancock's gravestone

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge   

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge