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Extraordinary photos taken from Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian salt flats.

Skies On Flight. Video & Gif By David Hanjani

Skies On Flight. Video & Gif By David Hanjani

CLASSIC PAINTINGS HIT THE STREET

Thanks to incredible work by artist Halley Docherty, the world’s most iconic paintings are popping up in the same real-world landscapes they depicted. Part of a series for The Guardian, Docherty takes Google Street View maps and melds them with paintings by the masters.

Our favorite shows Nighthawks by Edward Hopper overlaid into NYC’s Mulry Square. Though the location depicted in Hopper’s painting is still hotly-debated, Docherty makes a compelling case for West Village streetscape.
(Photo: Halley Docherty/Guardian)

CLASSIC PAINTINGS HIT THE STREET

Thanks to incredible work by artist Halley Docherty, the world’s most iconic paintings are popping up in the same real-world landscapes they depicted. Part of a series for The Guardian, Docherty takes Google Street View maps and melds them with paintings by the masters.

Our favorite shows Nighthawks by Edward Hopper overlaid into NYC’s Mulry Square. Though the location depicted in Hopper’s painting is still hotly-debated, Docherty makes a compelling case for West Village streetscape.

(Photo: Halley Docherty/Guardian)

FINDING HARMONY IN DESIGN

When you next visit us at The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City, stop by the city’s extraordinary Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. A marvel of modern architecture, this brilliant building was recently selected by CNN as one of the world’s 15 most beautiful concert halls.

And if you’re wondering how architect Moshe Safdie managed to achieve the building’s incredible shimmering effect, it could have a little something to do with the 40,000 square feet of glass on display. No big deal, really.

(Photo: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts)

FINDING HARMONY IN DESIGN

When you next visit us at The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City, stop by the city’s extraordinary Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. A marvel of modern architecture, this brilliant building was recently selected by CNN as one of the world’s 15 most beautiful concert halls.

And if you’re wondering how architect Moshe Safdie managed to achieve the building’s incredible shimmering effect, it could have a little something to do with the 40,000 square feet of glass on display. No big deal, really.

(Photo: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts)

Exactly Like Nothing Else

Frank Gehry, The Panama Biomuseo.

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Gehry’s first project in Latin America, the Panama Biomuseo, is located at the entrance of the Panama Canal and flaunts the flora and fauna of the area.

30 MILLION REASONS TO REOPEN
After a $30 million renovation, we’re so excited to officially reopen the iconic Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Originally built in 1889, our first Canadian hotel has withstood fires, World Wars, royal visits, and extensive renovations.
The most recent additions – indoor pool and water slide, outdoor hot tubs, balcony suites, and outdoor pavilion – give you even more reasons to revisit our remarkable Tudor-style retreat this summer. Or anytime.

30 MILLION REASONS TO REOPEN

After a $30 million renovation, we’re so excited to officially reopen the iconic Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Originally built in 1889, our first Canadian hotel has withstood fires, World Wars, royal visits, and extensive renovations.

The most recent additions – indoor pool and water slide, outdoor hot tubs, balcony suites, and outdoor pavilion – give you even more reasons to revisit our remarkable Tudor-style retreat this summer. Or anytime.

TASTY IN TAMPA
At our culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, you’ll love the inventive cooking of Executive Chef Chad Johnson. An alumnus of legendary Bern’s Steakhouse, he’s intent on bringing dishes to our Élevage restaurant that will be the “best you’ve ever had”. We spoke to Chad about his remarkable goal.
Which dish on your menu best represents The Epicurean?
The Epicurean Salad. Most places you go, the house salad is a bunch of bland lettuce, unexciting veggies, and thick gloppy dressing. Our house salad is literally grown in-house. All our herbs and lettuces are grown on a vertical living wall in the restaurant lobby.
How do local ingredients and flavors influence your cooking?
We work with numerous local farms. Whatever is freshest, we figure out the best way to incorporate it into the menu. When eggplant is in season, we offer eggplant gratine. When tomatoes are nice, we’ll serve them sliced with ricotta cheese.

We’ve heard you talk about “elevating” iconic dishes. What’s an example?

Sour Dough Pancakes. Our variation starts with batter made from sourdough starter, which naturally leavens the pancake. Also, ours are topped with brie and caramelized honey-whipped butter. The brie adds a salty note, while honey jolts the palate with slight bitterness.

TASTY IN TAMPA

At our culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, you’ll love the inventive cooking of Executive Chef Chad Johnson. An alumnus of legendary Bern’s Steakhouse, he’s intent on bringing dishes to our Élevage restaurant that will be the “best you’ve ever had”. We spoke to Chad about his remarkable goal.

Which dish on your menu best represents The Epicurean?

The Epicurean Salad. Most places you go, the house salad is a bunch of bland lettuce, unexciting veggies, and thick gloppy dressing. Our house salad is literally grown in-house. All our herbs and lettuces are grown on a vertical living wall in the restaurant lobby.

How do local ingredients and flavors influence your cooking?

We work with numerous local farms. Whatever is freshest, we figure out the best way to incorporate it into the menu. When eggplant is in season, we offer eggplant gratine. When tomatoes are nice, we’ll serve them sliced with ricotta cheese.

We’ve heard you talk about “elevating” iconic dishes. What’s an example?

Sour Dough Pancakes. Our variation starts with batter made from sourdough starter, which naturally leavens the pancake. Also, ours are topped with brie and caramelized honey-whipped butter. The brie adds a salty note, while honey jolts the palate with slight bitterness.

CAT CAFE COMING TO SF
In news that will excite our most famous feline friend Matilda, America’s first “cat cafe” is preparing to open in San Francisco. Dubbed “KitTea” – we couldn’t make this up – the cafe will be a place for patrons to mingle with feline staff over tea and snacks.[[MORE]] 
Based on a concept from Japan (where else?), owners Courtney Hatt and David Braginsky are hoping to make this a sanctuary for all kitties. In fact, there’s even grand plans to give cafe patrons the opportunity to adopt their favorite “server”.
KitTea is coming to SF this summer, so keep a cat’s eye out when you next stay with us at Hotel Adagio in Union Square. Our concierge will be sure to give you PURRfect directions. OK, we’re done here.
Photo: Chantelle/Flickr

CAT CAFE COMING TO SF

In news that will excite our most famous feline friend Matilda, America’s first “cat cafe” is preparing to open in San Francisco. Dubbed “KitTea” – we couldn’t make this up – the cafe will be a place for patrons to mingle with feline staff over tea and snacks.

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