DC Eats


It’s wonderful when several of your senses can be excited at once, the more the better. Oya in DC seems to have covered sight, smell, taste and three out of five ain’t bad.


Oya restaurant and lounge is at home in the capitol city where politicians, celebrities and global dignitaries slip in and out of unassuming store fronts behind which are amazing menageries of design, culture and cuisine. Sitting quietly on 9th street, Oya is a hot spot that plays host to everyone from Maxwell to Alec Baldwin to secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. The sensual décor is contemporary yet opulent with bright white furnishings and flashes of gold and silver metallics throughout.


Oya is known for its decadent sushi menu and its expansive wine list. Sommelier, Andrew Stover is recognized as a leading wine expert and makes wine an integral part of the complete dining experience.


If one wasn’t enough, the owners of Oya followed up with Sax, an equally spectacular dining experience although wholly different. You might miss the heavy gilded door if it weren’t for the well-dressed guard standing out front. Once inside, Sax is a feast for the eyes. Soft settees in red and gold embroidery line the walls of the huge open dining room. However, the piece de resistance is the two-story stage enclosed in glass where dancers emerge on the hour performing contemporary burlesque style shows to the guests intrigue and delight.



A Twenty-Something Tour of the Town [Atlanta]

[Atlanta, GA]

I often find myself fantasizing of the perfect weekend; ditching apartment life for how I (theoretically) would love to live. Sleeping in a luxurious hotel, dining at the finest of restaurants and checking off my to-do lists along the way. I guess this is what happens when you work in an art gallery and surround yourself with inspiration on a day-to-day basis. Realistically I can only afford one of these “luxurious” events a month through Scoutmob or another deal of the week … but this is my fantasy, right?

Enjoy a brief preview of the pit stops on my tour of Atlanta!

Hotel:  The Mansion on Peachtree

Dinner and Drinks (take your pick): Ecco, Rathbuns, Bacchanalia, Sotto Sotto,
Rosebud, Tomo, Antica Posta

Lunch:  Nuevo Loredo

Though Mexican is not “luxurious” it’s at the center of my heart and soul and any week would be incomplete without queso and a marg!

Brunch :  West Egg

Bar:  Ormsby’s

Music venue:  Variety Playhouse, The Loft, The Earl

Park: Winn Park in Ansley Park

Chocolatier:  Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.

Coffee house:  Dancing Goats

Spa:  29 at the mansion
or  Ana Placeres’s Sojourn Day Spa – the preferred skin care specialist for Bill Lowe

Shopping: Bungalow , Bella Cucina, Dora Rae

Nail Spa:  SugarCoat

Yoga Studio: Atlanta Hot Yoga

And the list goes on… trust me!