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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 the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

Found these 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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Home Away from Home, Four Seasons Hotel in Houston

When I think about Luxury hotels, Four Seasons are always the first ones that come to my mind. A few months ago, I had the chance to stay at the fantastic Four Seasons Hotel in Houston for two nights.

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

This Four Seasons hotel is the luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of downtown Houston. Not only does it feature a relaxing spa and fitness center complete with pools, it’s an amazing location for any social gathering, and includes fine dining options such as authentic Italian cuisine, small plates and the finest wines. It is tucked away in the thriving business district. The Four Seasons Houston Hotel features 404 well-appointed guest rooms and suites that reflect the urban elegance and laidback Southern charm of the city. Its location in bustling downtown is in close proximity to tons of trendy cafes and artsy coffeehouses making it a prime home away from home destination.

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

The Four Seasons brand represents excellence when it comes to service throughout your stay. I have been to so many newer luxury hotels. I loved their brand new facilities and cool modern technology, but I always feel like there is something missing. For me, the materials are important for a luxury hotel, but the most important part is the service. It is the people who work there really loving their jobs and caring about the guests. When I am traveling, I love to feel like I am being treated as a queen! 😉 That is one of the pleasures of traveling, right? I definitely felt this when I was staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston.

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

My room was very spacious and my bed was super comfy. I have a sleep number bed at home which I love very much, but the bed at the Four Seasons is even better than my own bed! I also love the Nespresso coffee machine in my room very much too! It makes very yummy espresso. Ok, now let’s talk about the wonderful staff there. It didn’t matter where I was in the hotel, the staff always gave me a big bright smile, greeted me and asked me if I needed any help. The staff at the front dest were totally outstanding. They remembered my name and always gave me very practical suggestions for food, shopping and entertainment choices. The part I really appreciated was they weren’t pushy with guests about eating at their own restaurants, they listened to your needs and found the best choice nearby. They even made reservations at a few restaurants and bought a radio ticket for me.

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

They definitely have me as a loyal fan. I would love to go back to this hotel again and stay even longer. 🙂

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

Home Away From Home, Four Seasons Hotel In Houston

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@sexytoalluring

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