Miami’s foodie hidden gems

People come to Miami Beach and end up eating in some tourist trap restaurant on Ocean Drive. You know what they say: Go where the locals go eat. So here are the TOP 3 hidden places which are worth to try.

Let’s start with a fastly upcoming restaurant called JIMMY’Z Kitchen. Chef Jimmy Carey garnered experience from Five-Star hotels to Brasserie le Coze to actor Michael Caine’s South Beach Brasserie. Jimmy’s creative menu has a variety of salads (Southwest Chicken Salad, my favorite), pannini sandwiches (Turkey panini, the best),and special culinary creations like Ahi Tuna with avocado salad and rice is something that you have to try to believe how amazing it is.

Little Lotus: This is a fabulous little joint with great decor. Creative dishes & Japanese flavors that you simply would be able to create yourself. The sushi is not only out of this world but also amazing to look at! Thanks to their creative chef the rolls look practically designed.

Thrive: a real little gem – it’s great to find a place that loves vegan, raw and organic food this much. It’s all passionately made from scratch. The coffee is served with nut milk and agave nectar. This is vegan at its best!


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Valentine’s Day in the city of love, Paris

If you’re any bit romantic then February the 14th is a day you probably celebrate. Whether its your very  first Valentine’s Day as a couple or you have been together for decades, this holiday of love is special indeed. So if you are like me and have yet to plan that special day here are a few little gems to help inspire you and make that day a special one.

And there’s no city more romantic, than the ‘City of Light’, Paris. Paris is a million different things to a million different people. The Musée Rodin was opened in 1919 in the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds. It displays works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin’s significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum’s extensive garden.

Stretching over three hectares, the grounds also includes a rose garden, north of the Hôtel Biron, and a large ornamental garden, to the south, while a terrace and hornbeam hedge backing onto a trellis concealed a relaxation area, at the bottom of the garden.  This is the perfect place in Paris to have that romantic stroll and soak up the beauty of this amazing garden.

Our Favourite gem is the Adagio City Aparthotel Paris Tour Eiffel is located in Paris, close to Statue of Liberty Paris, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe. Nearby points of interest also include Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Be sure to get a room with a view.  Our most popular list of gems for luxury hotels in Paris is a list created by Dianne Hofmeyr. Dianne has recommended three amazing hotels in Paris that will comeplete your valenties weekend.

Recommended gems & tips to do in Paris:

Best places to smooch in Paris: In the middle of Pont Neuf, night or day (night is best).

Top 3 restaurants in Paris: Fouquet’s, exceptionally service and great french food.

Citrus Etoile Paris France: The hidden little gem in Paris and highly recommended.

Saucy shopping: something for the boys (and girls) head to Aubade Paris

Top tips in Paris : a trusted city tip from french resident Coraline Despeyroux, all museum’s are free on the first Sunday of the month.

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Discover Abu Dhabi’s hidden little gems

Abu Dhabi

Enjoy the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, spectacular beaches and sand dunes combined with distinctive Arabian hospitality – that’s what Abu Dhabi offers and plenty more.

Things to do: there’s a lot more on offer than skyscrapers & desert – 9 great things to do.
Restaurants: great international & local cuisine – here’s a list of the best restaurants.
Golf: world-class championship golf courses abound.
Shisha: don’t miss one of the region’s great traditions – great spots for shisha.
Tours & Operators: from desert safaris, to double decker buses to yellow speed boats – check out these tours & operators.

hidden little gems – South Africa

Whether you’re visiting South Africa for the first time or you’re a local looking for inspiration here are some of South Africa’s hidden little gems …handpicked by people in the know.

Cape Town
Great places to eat and things to do
Useful numbers & tours to take
Things to do in and around Cape Town
Day trips from Cape Town – eat & stay
Restaurants with a view
5 of the best Cape restaurants

Wine farms & Restaurants

Great restaurants & wine farms
Places to stay

Ribeeks Kasteel
Eat, sleep, play in the olive centre of South Africa

Garden Route
Route 62 to the Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay
Unique restaurant experiences
Things to do
Where to stay

5 breathtaking day walks

Things to do around Jo’burg
Favourite restaurants
Where to eat cake

Small luxury southern african bush camps

Designer courses on the Garden Route
‘Must Play’ courses in the Western Cape