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A’Foraging We Will Go!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

My love affair with the Ritz-Carlton hotels continues.

How are they courting me now?

Ooh! We’re Going Foraging!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

I have always been interested in searching the great outdoors for dinner.

Alack and alas, I don’t even camp. But I certainly love the idea of it.

Hey! I have an idea!

The Art of The Craft Part Deux

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

Doesn’t Part Deux sound so much swankier than just plain ole’ two? I think so, too!

Join me for more luxurious fun!

Still Feeling Grande!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Snakes, alligators, turtles, herons, otters – what could they have to do with The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando?

Curious? Come on in.

My Lake Crush

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

It is no secret that I am totally enamored of The Ritz-Carlton. And I promise, it is not the extravagant crystal chandeliers, the winding staircases or even the best spas in the world. It is the people of the Ritz that bowl me over every time.

Eric and I stayed one night recently at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation. This property is special to us because it was our first Ritz-Carlton. Just one year ago we were welcomed with open arms as I entered to write a story about this fabulous luxe lodge on sparkling Lake Oconee.

What’s new since last year?

Care to join me for dinner?

Feeling Bubbly

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Last week was a whirlwind of Ritz-Carlton pampering. It was divine. But I missed you!

I have a plethora of treats to share with you this week.

What’s New?

Super Luxe Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday we talked about running away to Palm Beach for Thanksgiving. Today, let me tell you what my special buddy Chef Matt Murphy and our dear friend Char Thian have planned for you in New Orleans.

1. Champagne – check
2. Live music – check
3. Luscious Brunch & Delectable Dinner – check
4. Petting Zoo – wait, what?

Yup, a petting zoo. Beat that. All at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

The gorgeous lobby. Say hi to Concierge Rudy for me!

Your children will be thrilled. You can sip bubbly and they can pet a goat in the glamorous courtyard. Afterwards, savor gourmet specialties handcrafted by Chef Matt, Chef Bradley and Chef Johnny. Save room, because Chef Thomas is creating some amazing delicious desserts that you just cannot refuse. These guys are the best at what they do. When you are finished with your meal, take a walk down to the river to work off some of those calories, because at dinner you can return for more!

Chef Matt and me, during his Atlanta visit.

At 6 p.m., let M Bistro treat you to a five course meal executed in perfect style by Chef Matt. You won’t even have to leave to work off that extra piece of pie. Jeremy Davenport is in the house for your dancing and listening pleasure. If you book soon enough, you might be able to snag one of the plush cheater’s booths for you and your loved ones. I am not kidding when I say that my meal this past summer in the hands of Chef Matt was one of the very best of my life. He and his staff are incredible and you will be wowed, without a doubt. Pinky swear.

Done dining and dancing? Just stroll out to the lobby, push the elevator button and retire to your oh-so-comfy room for the night.

Mmmmm, just thinking of the meals at M Bistro makes me want to jump in the car and drive the 6 hours it takes from Atlanta, just to eat their cooking.

Go. Don’t hesitate. Make your reservations now.

(504) 670-2828 or

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Harry Connick Jr. – Recipe for Love

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Part I

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

In August, bestie John and I traveled to Amelia Island to celebrate his birthday at The Ritz-Carlton. Today is part one of that story.

Tomorrow, I will regale you with tales from the Chef’s Tasting menu. Oh.My.Goodness y’all. It was amazing.

But for now, whetting your appetites with Part I of our story.

I know you are dying to hear the details! Come on in!

It’s Almost Halloween – Cocktail Time!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Our friend Lindsay, from Midori, sent me this spooktacular recipe for a fun cocktail that not only tastes terrific, but is perfect for your gatherings on October 31st.

Come on inside for happy hour with me!

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Part I

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

You’ve read the article in Design Is Magazine. Now get all the behind-the-scenes skinny.

Driving the 3.5 hours from South Montgomery was a snap with Sirius radio in our rental car. Arriving in the Crescent City to 97F heat, we entered The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans to kind hellos and cool air.

Come on in for all the details!