It took me some time to vote for the Travvies, mainly because I carefully inspected all the finalists and also the nominees, because methodically as I sometimes am, I wanted to know whether I missed something. The reading took me to some lists of travel writers and also to the 2007 Bloggies and found there Waiter Rant.
The writer remains anonymous because:
There are many books about waiting tables penned by frustrated authors and wannabe loser actors, so why should I add my tiny voice to the fray? Because all of these treatments are milquestoast pussywhipped stories written so as not to offend anyone. I read these books and I get a sneaking suspicion that the author is afraid he/she will be found out and lose their job. Inhibited bullshit. F*ck that.
I will remain anonymous so I can tell people what this job and working in the great American “service economy” is really like! All I will say is I am a waiter in a high end restaurant in the NYC area. The stories are true but some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent ( and my self form litigious customers!).
An excellently written Blog I do agree with the Bloggies.
Also nice to see that my Chocolate and Zucchini find is nominated for 2007.
Upgrade: Travel Better is a blog that mainly describes techniques about how to get a better flying deal by obtaining an upgrade.
On February 2 the author had launched in 2007 Travvies: Best Travel Blog Awards the nomination for the best travel blogs awards in several categories.
Under the nominees were several blogs you will find in my right column, including a shameless bit of self promotion by yours truly.
Today the Finalists were published:
FINALISTS: BEST TRAVEL BLOG:
Gridskipper is the well known decadent guide to the best in worldwide urban travel. Hotels, restaurants, clubs, flights, and sights all get their due, but we also pay lascivious attention to sex, entertainment, events, and insider advice on where to find the hottest local debauchery. On or off the grid, Gridskipper spotlights the upscale and the underbelly of global city culture.
One of my resources for quite some time. Although I dislike their arrogance and platitudes sometimes, I give them my vote after considering the next nominated:
- Brave New Traveler.
Weâ€™re dedicated to publishing high quality content on the nature of travel in the 21st century – everything from useful on line travel tools, entertaining and inspiring travel websites, to exploring the philosophy of travel and the blessing (or curse) of globalization.
Who Should Read Brave New Traveler?
Are you someone who loves to wake up in the morning and wonder where theyâ€™ll be in the afternoon? Do you enjoy meeting interesting characters from around the world, and learning about their diverse cultures? Do you love travel and want to keep up on the latest on line tools to make your traveling easier, and your travel writing.
- Girl Solo in Arabia
Carolyn McIntyre will travel from the Moroccan City of Tangiers through 46 countries as she attempts to recreate an epic journey made 700 years ago by the famed Islamic scholar and traveler Ibn Battuta. Arabist, Middle East political analyst and award-winning expedition creator to Asia, Carolyn has almost three decades of living, working and traveling in the Middle East. A real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ meets ‘Holly Golightly’, her own wanderlust has taken her to all parts of the globe but her specialty lies in her extensive knowledge of and unique insight into, the Arab and Islamic worlds.
It is very pity Carolyn is not nominated for the best single-author category. Would it have been I would have given her my vote.
- National Geographic Inside Traveler By Jessie Johnston and Emily King. Difficult to navigate!
NewYorkology is a guide to New York City updated daily with the latest openings, closings and reviews to help you plan your trip and know what to do if you’re already here.
It is a rich source for anything connected with NYC. Consequently it gets my vote in the destination category.
FINALISTS: BEST DESTINATION BLOG:
FINALISTS: BEST INFORMATIVE/PRACTICAL TRAVEL BLOG:
FINALISTS: BEST GROUP-WRITTEN TRAVEL BLOG:
FINALISTS: BEST SINGLE-AUTHOR TRAVEL BLOG:
- Killing Batteries. Leif Pettersenâ€™s battery-powered rise to the zenith of travel writing rapture… I love it! I vote it! (sorry Carolyn).
- AdventureGirl. The travel stories of a Flight Attendant who started in November 2004
- The Cranky Flier. See above.
- Flight Level 390. A blog of an Airline Pilot which gives the reader an insider view with photo’s added.
- Travel Sweeps. About Travel Sweepstakes. Not my cup of tea.
FINALISTS: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY ON A TRAVEL BLOG:
Also the members of the Jury were introduced.
Time to Vote which is possible until March 1, 2007.
Note: From time to time, after checking the nominees, I’ll add my findings to this post and order them according to my own preference.
The association of Dutch Heritage hotels by the name of Erfgoed Hotels Benelux (erfgoed = Dutch for heritage) has changed its name into Historic Hotels of the Benelux. Its nice new brochure has already the new lay out. When everything goes all right, its old lay out of its website here above will change into the new lay out here below this week:
Historic Hotels of the Benelux is a member of Historic Hotels of Europe.
Historic Hotels of Europe is a partner of Historic Hotels of America
Dutch have a name to lose in Design.
I’ll start the series Dutch Design with FG Stijl. The F comes from Finegan and the G from Glintmeijer.
Colin Finnegan (1968), a British native with a British degree in interior design, lives and works in Amsterdam for over 16 years and formed a partnership with Gerard Glintmeijer in 1995.
Gerard Glintmeijer (1968), a Dutch native, started his career in the field of the hospitality. He studied at a Dutch hotel school, textile and management and finished his study as a concept designer and interior stylist.
FG Stijl Architecture and Interior design â€“ Amsterdam is located on one of Amsterdamâ€™s islands where Design related companies are cosily clustering together.
A selection of their past Projects:
- Restaurant Parkheuvel ** [2 Michelin stars], Rotterdam April 1997: Furnishing and re-styling of the complete interior.
- Restaurant Callaâ€™s *, [1 Michelin star], The Hague, September 1998: Concept development and furnishing for a new restaurant. International surrounding, in which meeting people and dining are the main issue. Modern new-chique.
- Restaurant Rosarium, Amsterdam, August 1999: Concept development and interior design for a new restaurant with wine-bar, conference rooms and other facilities. Total 1400 m2.
- SIMPLY BREAD, the natural food company, which first opened in Maastricht in September 2000 and will open stores in The Hague and in Rotterdam soon: Concept development and interior design for Pilot store.
- Restaurant Aux Moulins, Kinderdijk (yes very near to the UN heritage site of the 19 windmills, a must see in The Netherlands), August 2000: Furnishing and re-styling of the complete interior.
- Beachclub De Kust, Bloemendaal â€“ Zandvoort May 2001: Furnishing and re-styling of the complete beachclub and restaurant.
- Hotel Greenpark , Leidschendam (a suburb of The Hagues), April – August 2001: Concept development and interior design of the ground floor bar|brasserie|restaurant| entrance|reception|lounge|terrace.
- Unilever, Rotterdam, April 2002: Concept development and interior design of the boardroom and the entrance hall of this Dutch food and perfume multinational.
- Parkheuvel *** [3 Michelin stars], Rotterdam Januari 2003: Design, furnishing and re-styling of the complete interior, incl. new kitchen and toilets.
- Heineken Head office, Amsterdam, December 2003: Material- and color advice for its restaurant.
- Panisse, a pastry shop, inspired by Restaurant Callaâ€™s, The Hague, December 2003. Architecture and interior design.
Note: The Restaurant Parkheuvel has changed ownership and has now only one Michelin star for 2006/2007.
As mentioned earlier, Four Seasons is under bid from Bill Gates and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, the principal behind Kingdom Hotels.
After obtaining favorable recommendations from a special Committee of independent Directors, the Board of Directors of Four Seasons has approved the take over and anticipates completion in the second quarter of 2007 subject approval by the shareholders. More in a press release of Four Seasons.