In addition to our main blog at cluedintravelbooks.com, we offer city-specific blogs as well! Be sure to check these out, especially if there’s a city our books cover that you will be visiting soon (or are already at!) We say this because those other pages have very current, additional info beyond our ebooks that you will want to know about. The clickable menu (at the top and bottom of our blog site) list all seven cities.
The January 2018 updates to each city blog have now been completed. These cover Pancake Day in London, costumed balls in Venice, a lesson on the pasta shapes found in Rome, Valentine’s Day happenings in Miami Beach, Valentine’s Day romance in Paris, the Chinese New Year’s parade and festival in New York, and the immense annual pillow fight in San Francisco.
Announcement: Changes at the Delano affecting Clued in Miami
In an effort to stay cutting edge (and maintain its status as one of the top hotels in South Beach,) the Delano Hotel has undergone some renovations and upgrades, making it even better. This means however that two of our recommendations, Bianca Restaurant and their FDR lounge are no longer there. Instead they have been transformed (beautifully!) into a new restaurant called Leynia, and a lounge called the Doheny Room.
Evidently, travel writer’s job is never done. It never fails; as soon as we finish the annual updates to our travel books, something gets changed in the world. (It seems this world never stops changing– especially in the Big Apple!) But busy bees that we are here at Clued In Travel Books, we are on it. Even so, we must admit that it can be disheartening. Examples? Okay…
When arriving with friends the other night at New Topaz Thai (which is one of our feasting recommendations in Clued In New York) our hearts sank when we saw that the restaurant had installed a new yellow awning over their doorway, with A CHANGE IN THEIR NAME! Granted, it wasn’t a huge change but accuracy in our books is so important to us that it was difficult to bear. What restaurant changes its name? Sheesh. After our sublime meal -with some of the tastiest curry we’ve ever had anywhere- we rushed home to update the raw manuscript and to email Jason, our ebook formatter to make the change from New Topaz Thai to Topaz Thai Authentic. This change will be reflected in Clued In New York books purchased after January 31st, 2018. In addition, Topaz has now rented the space next door and is serving different dishes there under the name Topaz Noodle Bar. It looks adorable and will be reviewed at our New York-specific blog page soon.
Our next frustration came when casually reading a recent article about New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art (our #1 sight recommendation in Clued In New York.) It stated that after forty-plus years of allowing visitors to “pay what they want” for admission, they would soon be charging a mandatory fixed amount of $25 (except for folks with proof of local residency in NY.) WHAT?! Our hearts sank again. Nevermind that the Met Museum was one of our top sight because it was a donation-based entry; nevermind that we committed about two and a half pages on the reasons why they were donation-based, and why visitors should not feel bad paying less than the suggested amount. Did the Met Museum even think to speak with us first before making such a huge, historic change in their admission policy? Clearly not. Anyway, the one good thing is that visitors paying the full price will have a ticket that is good for entry for three days in a row.
And so once again we have to bother dear Jason and ask for a revision. It never ends! But we are happy to have our blog site where, at the very least, we can announce any changes to info in our travel books quickly and efficiently, especially between our major annual updates. If you own one of our books and are going on a trip soon, don’t forget to check the city-specific page – clickable on the top menu bar of cluedintravebooks.com – so that you will be perfectly clued in on your trip!
Safe and happy travels! ~Dean and Andie
A slight name change for Topaz Thai but the delicious cuisine is the same