Jonathon Prince ☰.0

My UGLY Life : U Gotta Love Yourself : Travel • Culture • Lifestyle

May The 4th Be With You! #Mood

  May The 4th Be With You! #Mood

Advertisements

California KING x Magnum Mattress

Shout Out to the custom made ‘California KING Magnum Mattress’ for one day being partly responsible for baby #2, 3 & 4!

2015/02/img_4501-1.png

#LuxeInLove: Grand Amore Hotel

Regularly topping the “favorite city” list of even the most well-traveled of travelers , Florence, Italy’s newest boutique hotel,  the Grand Amore Hotel and Spa exudes love in every sense of the word.

Located in the heart of the city just steps from Il Duomo, the 11-room hotel is all about personalization and creative experiences, from the pre-check in questionnaire that asks guests everything from their favorite flowers to their nightcap of choice and even how firm or soft they like their mattresses.

A ideal blend of history and modern, sexy fun, the hotel offers an experience and setting perfect for a romantic escape, from the spa’s “built for two” hammam to its extensive oyster selection in the signature restaurant, the Curore (which translates to heart) Cafe and Bistro.

Sounds like the perfect spot for a romantic weekend, right?

_DSC8217

_DSC8168a2-small

Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey’s

My UGLY Life: Cast & Plow The great thing about living in Los Angeles is every neighborhood has a different personality.  Tonight, I was in a coastal mood and decided to dine at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey’s new signature restaurant Cast & Plow.  Cast & Plow offers community made, locally sustainable food.  Since living in Los Angeles I’ve adopted the philosophy of supporting local farmers and their farm to table dinning intrigued me.

new_RCMARIN_00158

I’m no stranger to the Ritz Carlton, Marina del Rey and upon walking into the lobby I was blow away by the renovations.  The new contemporary design with hues of yellow, white and warm grey continues into the bar and restaurant.

new_RCMARIN_00157

The two-tier patio plays theater to the marina’s boat filled panoramic views.  The patio wall is lined with seating booths accented with a glass enclosed tabletop fire pit creating a warm candle light glow.  The artisan style cooking by the award winning Chef Umit Kaygusuz has created a robust menu.

ritz patio

At the start, the crab toast with spicy yogurt, country bread, sesame and lemon quickly got my attention, convincing me this would be a great night.  Later dishes are more exciting, the Santa Barbara spot prawn accompanied with cilantro-chile vinaigrette is filled with subtle shading and sheer sensationalism.

crab

Then came the exquisite combination of bacon mac & cheese, it has a wonderful softness, sensuality and homeyness of traditional southern cooking and adds to that vividness that comes from well sourced products allowed to express their superiority.

Cast & Plow

The entrée halibut layered between butternut puree and brown butter vinaigrette, topped with walnut chutney and flanked by crispy ricotta.

fudge cake

The arrival of the remarkable brown sugar cake, the single scoop of salted caramel ice creams sits on top of the cake dressed with California raisins, toffee sauce and Macallen 12 years is a sweet and savory flavor.  Hotel restaurants usual create a mass production taste and it isn’t that way here.  Cast & Plow lived up to my presumptuous expectations and as son as I left all I could think about is when I would come back.  Dinning here was visually stimulating and an appetizing experience that I didn’t want to end.

Photo credit: Ritz Carlton

Cast & Plow

4375 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, California 90292

(310) 574-4333

2015

IMG_3337.JPGYou now have 365 more days in 2015 to recreate your life exactly how you see fit!

What are you going to do with yours?

#NewYear #2015 #GoalDigger #BIG #Ha #SickaThanYaAverage #yolo #WorldsGreates

So a monk walks into a monastery…

An aspiring monk wanted to find a guru. So he went to a monastery and his preceptor told him, “You can stay here but we have one very important rule — all students must observe the vow of silence for 12 years. You will only be allowed to speak after 12 years’ time.”

So 12 long years came and went and on the day the student could talk, he carefully chose his sentence and said: “The bed is too hard.”

12 more years later after hard, silent meditation he spoke again. And this time he said: “The food is not good.”

Twelve more years of hard work went by and finally he got to speak again. Here are his words after 36 years of practice: “I quit.”

To which his guru quickly replied, “Good, all you have been doing anyway is complaining.”

Now lucky for you, the benefits of meditation (lower stress, better health, more creativity, less inner critic, better sleep) don’t take 36 years to reap. Nor do they require a hard bed, a vow of silence or bad food.

You just need a quiet place to sit and relax for 10 minutes twice a day.

And best of all, you’ll feel the changes almost immediately.

That’s significant.

Meditation helps you quiet negative thoughts, end procrastination, and ready yourself for what lies ahead so you can be your strongest, most creative self.

I tried it for 21 days and I feel great!

The more difficult it is to meditate, the more you need it, they say.

And now it’s the most comfortable five to 10 minutes of my day. I love it.

Jonathon Prince

20140525-074051.jpg

AMSTERDAM!!!

Those of us…

Some people do not have to search – they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them – seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know – unless it be to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

20140524-135852.jpg

London Vibes (snippets)

“Be careful not to eat with people who will brag about feeding you”.

“Be careful not to eat with people who will brag about feeding you”. People have a tendency to want to take credit for all that you are. Yea sure allot of people come into your life and play a part of your development, but not at the expense of giving them power over you, choose your meal wisely.

20140423-003936.jpg

Luxurious Calistoga Ranch Resort in Napa Valley, California

Nestled in Napa Valley, a secluded, privileged natural landscape in California, Calistoga Ranch inspires peacefulness and relaxation. Dedicated to promoting “responsible luxury”, the resort integrates elements of nature in the opulent lodges in order to offer an unforgettable sensory experience to visitors worldwide.

When booking a room at the Calistoga Ranch, one has to decide between the Hillside Deluxe Lodges set among the treetops, the one bedroom villas or the Estate Lodge, a luxurious residence situated on the banks of the serene Lake Lommel. Each of the accommodation units have a warm and inviting interior design, natural textiles and original artwork. Moreover, all interiors feature cozy fireplaces, private patios and amazing forest views.

20140415-101908.jpg

IMG_1769.JPG

20140411-005153.jpg

…Just Do It!

…Just Do It!

20140216-225947.jpg

20140226-082201.jpg

The Griddle Experience:: Sunset Location :: FAMOUS FRENCH TOAST

The Griddle :: Sunset
20140216-222618.jpg
20140216-220221.jpg
20140216-220416.jpg
My Team and I all split the Nutella French Toast, Pancakes and a bunch of scrambled eggs on the side. The french toast was rich and decadent, and it was the perfect portion for the two of us. I would recommend sharing food here since the portions are gigantic. It also makes it easier to order side dishes like eggs or turkey bacon (which I’ve heard is particularly amazing here) since it’s sometimes hard to eat these rich pancakes and french toast on their own.

Be prepared to wait in line, especially during the weekends. But the lines are very organized, and it seemed to move quickly. The Griddle is definitely worth the wait!

In short, my synopsis of The Griddle off SUNSET is amazing! The food never lets me down- they give large portions and the flavors are always like a party in your mouth! They are always busy but have great service and turn tables fairly quickly so you aren’t waiting extremely long – the wait is always worth it though; I guarantee they won’t disappoint!

20140216-222219.jpg

20140212-115953.jpg

Zoe S.

Zoe S.

20121028-170908.jpg