Hola from Puerto Vallarta!

I love polo dresses!

I feel like I'm in a completely different dimension of existence. Just yesterday I was clicking around uptown in heels, pulling my black leather jacket closed against the chill, and today I landed in the beautiful resort town of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. I'll be staying at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit through the weekend for both business and pleasure. It's a fine line, really--I'm here on a press trip, experiencing the resort so that I can write a travelogue for Phoenix International (formerly Vivid Magazine), a Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine based in L.A.

It was a long ways from New York City, but has, so far, been well worth it. I came here solo and having a 1,000-square foot suite to myself feels like the ultimate luxury! I couldn't help but roll around on the king sized bed and waltz around the gigantic bathroom. And I can't wait to log in beach time. I'll still do my best to update this blog regularly. In the meantime, you can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English

 

HE PLAZA FOOD HALL BY TODD ENGLISH

Fifth Avenue at Central Park South on the concourse leve
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"You're gonna Instragram yourself stupid," said Georgina, as we rode the escalator down to The Plaza Food Hall, where she was treating me to a belated birthday lunch. This gourmet wonderland on the concourse level of the storied Plaza Hotel reminds me so much of a condensed version of the grand food halls I've visited in London and Tokyo. (Think: Very fancy cafeteria.)

We were lead to our seats and given a big menu containing all of the offerings from the different stations: sushi bar, grill, seafood, pasta, dumplings, etc. The variety is great for when you're not sure what you're in the mood for. You could theoretically have sushi and sliders, if you wanted! We tried the adorable mini lamb gyros from the grill and a hearty plate of bucatini. 

There's also a cheese and charcuterie section, along with little jars of jams and pickles, cookies, teas and other products for purchase. And you need not sit down for a meal if you don't have the time, as there are also ready-made sandwiches, salads, and sushi rolls to grab on the go. 

On our way out, we gazed at the white marble display case of Lady M confections. All of the cakes were sliced so cleanly and precisely, revealing their artfully layered interiors. It was Instagram-worthy. Mmm. Next time. There will be a next time.