The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Last Tuesday, 6/5, I was one of the lucky guests invited to this amazing #dayofdiscovery global event held at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. This was its 7th annual Global Day of Discovery at Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc. This year, four hotels were chosen: Bali, Paris, New York City, and Toledo.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Being a Michigander, I’m only about 1.5 hours away from Toledo, Ohio. Yet, I only know very little about Toledo. In fact, I’m familiar with just three aspects of the city: Toledo Zoo, Toledo Mud Hens baseball team, and Tony Packo’s hot dogs. I’m glad I had the chance to visit for #dayofdiscovery because the event opened my eyes to Toledo, making me realize I’m falling in love with its special charm.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

“This year’s Global Day of Discovery is a celebration that creates spontaneous moments where locals and travelers come together to learn and share cultural traditions in unexpected ways,” said George Fleck, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing & Management, Renaissance Hotels.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Sure enough, I was so pleasantly surprised by the very unexpected way of how Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel interpreted this. Before I dive into my experience there, I want to give a quick tour of the newly opened hotel. Watch this short FB Live to see more details…

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Below are a few cute decorations I noticed in my room at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

Found those in my room:

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

This part of the ceiling is in the lobby.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Here’s cool art I discovered in the elevator hallway.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

All those modern and industrial styles perfectly matched the hotel’s “Business Unusual” idea. 😉 Anyway, I was shocked to learn that this event is opened to locals, for free! The photo below was just one of the many local vendors.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Kids can take cool photos on this tough guy. Of course, I have to give it a test too! 😉

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Watching a live performance and petting dogs!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Food and drinks.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

I ended up with both of my hands full. 😉

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Below are two more FB Live videos to see more details.

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Now put a note on your calendar about this annual event. Next year, you can find a Renaissance Hotel near you, and enjoy a cool evening with locals, for free! Now it’s time to share the wonderful combination of Toledo’s local arts and Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel’s amazing food. **Drum roll, please…** At an exciting dinner, homage was given to the city’s history as the glass capital of the world. The hotel’s executive chef, Aaron Lawson, utilized 2,000-degree molten glass and various glass blowing techniques to serve up a feast on the rooftop bar (Heights Patio).

The glass menu and unique centerpiece, both made by this amazing artist Adam and his team at Gathered Glassblowing Studio.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Below is the artist Adam Goldberg.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Goldberg and a team of artists created this piece before dinner.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

This was a 12-course Chef’s Table dinner, with more than six different drinks. If you’re a foodie like me, you’ll be drooling after you read this menu. 😉

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

I’ve been very blessed to travel to many countries, trying many great foods, including a few Michelin restaurants. But some dishes below, I have to say, are even better than one found at my favorite Michelin restaurant in Paris. Below are just a few of the dishes.

Cooked scallop on glass!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

A finished dish with a new drink.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

A glass bowl cooking local tomatoes. The weight of the tomatoes was helping to shape the glass bowl. The coolest concept ever!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

The finished dish, of course with a different drink.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Cooking king crab on freshly made glass sticks.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Finished dish.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Okay, here’s the best beef ever!!! By the way, below is this genius executive chef, Aaron Lawson, preparing to cook that amazing beef.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Charcoal or gas?! Too old! 2,000-degree molten glass is the new way to BBQ!!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

I was totally in my little heaven when I tasted this steak. It seriously made me feel like LIFE IS SO GOOD!!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

You can watch these two FB Live videos for more details about this event.

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Attending #dayofdiscovery event at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. #seeandbeseen #renhotels

Posted by Grace Liang on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I asked Aaron to show his fun side of him in this photo, and here you go! LOL!

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

It was a perfect night with amazing people, food, art, and music. It made me want to come back to Toledo and Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel more! They got me as a loyal fan now! 😉 Below is Mr. DJ and me.

The Global Day of Discovery Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Photo credit: Grace Liang

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G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

I have heard of G-Star for a few years and I know many celebrities are their loyal fans. I was very excited to hear they are coming to Detroit this July!

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

If you are unfamiliar with this young luxury denim brand, below is some info for you.

“This Amsterdam-based denim brand was born in 1989. G-Star RAW has become synonymous with intricately tailored jeans and streetwear for both men and women – the result is urban-inspired, go-anywhere clothing to suit any style. Initially focusing on raw denim, unwashed and untreated to shape this industry and push it to a more eco-friendly direction.”

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

G-Star Raw had one of the quickest rises in the history of denim and the brand continues to this day to push the boundaries of contemporary fashion. It is the second top selling denim brand of all time and has earned a loyal worldwide following.

Raw, untreated denim is now what G Star RAW is best known for. Producing jeans and other denim products in their most natural form, unwashed and ready to be individually sculpted to each wearer. The most recent milestone for G Star RAW was forming a partnership with Pharrell Williams in February 2016. The musician and record producer is now co-owner of the famous denim logo.

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

It is through Pharrell Williams that the brand has launched one of their most exciting campaigns to date. Raw for the Oceans focuses on taking recycled plastic from the ocean, and using it to create new items of clothing. This draws on one of the brands key focuses: sustainability. With sustainability, they aim to give back to the environment everything that they take out.”

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

This July, this cool brand will open its new store in Detroit! What exciting news! I have loved all my jeans from them simply because they are like shape wear for my body. Lol! As you may have already noticed, I can wear them while doing any activity. I just ran on the track last night wearing them. I have also done yoga and even tried doing the splits! I guess I need more practice for the splits though.

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

The best part about my jeans is their specially curved high back rise waistband which prevents any gapping. This ensures a flawless, second skin fit. It has been carefully designed to hug your hips and waist to embrace your figure and fit like a glove. Don’t change your body, change your jeans.

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

My jacket and bag are both from G-Star too.

G-Star RAW To Open New Store In Downtown Detroit In July

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@trentaendsley

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace
http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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