Bouchon Bakery and Cafe

Bouchon Bakery Cafe

10 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9366

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Situated just opposite Central Park, in the Time Warner Centre at Columbus Circle, it’s the perfect post-cycle-in-the-park-treat. Or why not head there for some shopping too. (Time Warner is full of the usual suspects.) Famous for their display of macarons that often sell out before lunch time—this isn’t just a destination for tourists either; there’s a loyal contingent of New Yorkers that visit to get their coffee and macaron hit. At the cafe you’ll find heartier french fare priced between $20 and $30 dollars, that you won’t find anywhere else in New York. For a cheap and memorable meal, this is the ticket!

At the Cafe try the Croque Madam

At the Bakery, try a Salted Caramel Macaron


Lone Pine Hotel, Penang

97 Batu Ferringhi
Batu Ferringhi, Penang 11100

Lovingly restored to it’s former glory, the Lone Pine is tucked away on the Penang Coastline. For the traveller that’s looking for a modern hotel with the trappings of a luxury hotel, then there’s no decision to make—this is the hotel for you. Perfectly located on the same street as the night bazaar, you don’t need to go very far to nab yourself some holiday momentos. The most stunning part of the hotel is the surrounds—the mix of the ocean and forest are the perfect holiday backdrop, not to mention the sparkling pool with poolside teepees. Make sure you enjoy a fresh coconut poolside—I did!

Enjoy a coconut poolside!




Pavilion Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

168 Jalan Bukit Bintang Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-2118 8833

You can’t help but squeal with delight as soon as you step inside, what is meant to be one of Malaysia’s premier shopping centres. With more than 450 retail outlets, over 7 levels, under one roof, the options are endless. From food to fashion, you’d need at least a day just to make your way through all of the stores. Housing a mix of high street stores to high end boutiques, there’s a great range of shopping to choose from. It really is the ultimate shoppers haven.

Make sure you take your credit cards!

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Eastern & Oriental Hotel
10, Lebuh Farquhar
10200 Penang

As soon as you step through the doors, it’s as though you’ve stepped back in time. A colonial style hotel in Penang, and over a century old, the ‘E&O’ is the embodiment of luxury. Steeped in history, the sea-front hotel is conveniently located to nearby shops, restaurants and bars. Not that it falls short in that department—there are a few options to choose from in the hotel! Choices include The 1885, a fine dining restaurant then there’s Sarkies Corner that offers more buffet-style cuisine. There’s also round-the-clock butler service should you need anything else. If you’re looking for historic luxurious hotel to relax at, then you won’t be disappointed.





Tropical Spice Garden
Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2,
Jalan Teluk Bahang,
11100 Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone: 604 – 881 1797

It’s an amazing scenic drive down Batu Feringgi Road and it doesn’t disappoint when you arrive at your destination. The Tropical Spice Garden is hidden green oasis. Set out over 8 acres of jungle this is a real opportunity to learn all about the tropical flora and fauna (and their medicinal uses) as you roam the garden. Best with a tour guide so you get a chance to smell, try and even eat some of the varieties. Stay for a three hour cooking class with the charming Chef Sagu who will teach you how to make traditional Indian food with a Malaysian twist. If you’re a real foodie, this may just be one of the highlights of your trip.

Make sure you choose the option with a tour guide!