Freddy Sherman

Freddy Sherman

One of the top 100 contributors to Yahoo Voices, seasoned world traveler, photographer and luxury travel blogger.

Freddy is also known as Luxury Fred with his blog, luxuryfred.com and has traveled throughout the world. A UCLA graduate, Freddy is also a true food and wine connoisseur, traveling the world to sample the finest and most interesting dishes and vintages and writing about his discoveries. http://www.twitter.com/luxuryfred - Twitter / @luxuryfred - Instagram
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  • Luxury Shopping - Four Great LA Shoe Stores
    With some of the best luxury shopping in the world, Los Angeles has some great places to buy shoes. Here are four of the city's finest shoe boutiques.
  • The Science of Jet Lag and How to Beat It
    Jet lag is considered a medical condition, yet the cause is quite clear: long distance international travel crossing multiple time zones.
  • Beats Bistro: LA Seoul Will Deliver Great Korean Food and Music
    As someone who loves good food and good music, it's not often I can find them in the same place. I love to explore new restaurants and discover up and coming chefs, just like I enjoy discovering new music or finding artists who fly under the radar.
  • Five Key Tips for Online Dating Success
    I'm relatively new to the world of online dating. After hearing a lot of positive stories from friends, I put myself on both OKCupid and Tinder. Here are my five key tips to online dating success.
  • Renaissance Long Beach - Hotel Review
    Long Beach has no lack of corporate, generic hotels. The question is, how does a property stand-out, or more so, rise above the competition. As the Renaissance does, it's by focusing on the guest experience, and personalizing and localizing the stay.
  • Three Cool 2014 Music Cruises - Florida Georgia Line, Mad Decent Boat Party, Kiss Kruise
    Music cruises take a group of like-minded fans and put them on a ship together with their favorite bands. Like a floating music festival, good music cruises feature multiple bands performing in different venues, with all the fun and amenities of a cruise.
  • LA's Best Luxury Hotel Restaurants - Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
    When you combine two of the biggest names in the world of Los Angeles luxury hospitality, Wolfgang Puck and the Hotel Bel-Air, magical things happen. Magical and delicious things.
  • Surfing Hawaii? Save Money, Stay and Surf in Waikiki
    The Hawaiian Islands are filled with fabulous surf breaks and, surprisingly, some great surfing can be found directly off the tourist-filled shores of Waikiki.
  • La Jolla Luxury Vacation Rental Review - the Sea Ridge House
    With deluxe rooms in Southern California's five-star resort hotels approaching $1,000 per night, I've been looking into luxury vacation home rentals, where you get a complete home for that same nightly budget.
  • Meatballs Bring Liquor Controversy to DTLA
    The area of downtown Los Angeles, known as DTLA, has had an explosion of eating and drinking establishments with new bars and restaurants opening constantly on every block.
  • True Romance Fest Offers a Film Event Where the Movie Was Made
    The upcoming True Romance Fest will celebrate the iconic '90s gangster film "True Romance" at the Safari Inn in Burbank, where many of the film's scenes were actually filmed.
  • Technology Allows This Travel Writer to Be More Mobile & More Creative
    As a travel writer and photographer, technology has helped me greatly in the past ten years. The main way it has changed my life is by making it totally portable, both in terms of equipment and in terms of location.
  • Three Great DTLA Wine Bars
    Downtown Los Angeles, or DTLA as it's known, has become enormously popular as a foodie destination in the past five years. Here are three great wine bars in DTLA.
  • Five Small Business Tax Deductions Likely to Cause an Audit
    I've been audited by the IRS once, and since I had all my records and receipts, I found the process not too painful. Here are some small business tax deductions that are likely to cause an audit.
  • My 3 Hour Amtrak Ride from San Diego to LA Took 11 Hours
    My worst travel disaster happened fortunately not during a cruise, but on the way home from one. The train ride from San Diego normally takes three hours but mine took eleven.
  • Flight Review: Delta's Economy Comfort from LAX to SFO
    It continues to amaze me how many ways airlines can figure out to divide up an airplane cabin. It also amazes me how many names they can find for what are essentially First, Business and Economy class sections. I flew Delta's new Economy Comfort service.
  • Hitting with the New VR_S Covert 2.0 Driver from Nike Golf
    Wow. That's all I can say after hitting and playing with the new VR_S Covert 2.0 driver from Nike Golf. While many new drivers are filled with technology, the Covert 2.0 uses technology to make my shots go farther and that's all I really care about.
  • Great Food Gifts From International Destinations
    I've found gourmet, packaged food is a great gift. It's fun to get some kind of gourmet food that is typical to a region or country. I always get multiples of things I buy so I can also enjoy them once I return home. Here are three great food gifts.
  • My Personal Tasting Dinner at Hakkasan Las Vegas
    One of my most decadent, most culinarily epic dining experiences was at the uber-trendy Hakkasan Las Vegas, inside the beautiful MGM Grand. The exclusivity and exotic interior will stun you, but it's the food that will blow you away.
  • Playing with a StaSof Golf Glove from FootJoy - My Review
    FootJoy's StaSoft golf gloves have been PGA tour tested and are used by many players. I've started using a StaSoft glove and have really been impressed with the results.
  • Traveling with Sony's HDR-PJ650V Handycam - My Review
    As a travel writer, photographer and videographer, I rely on my equipment to deliver professional results every time. For the past few months, I've been using the new Sony HDR-PJ650V as my main camera as I go on different assignments and adventures.
  • Should Chris Brown Be in Jail? A Fan's Opinion
    Troubled rap artist Chris Brown is facing up to four years behind bars after being ejected from his court-ordered rehab program. Reports are Brown was kicked out for violating the rules of the rehab facility and he was taken to jail last week.
  • My Visit to the TaylorMade Performance Labs
    Now, TaylorMade has brought the club fitting process offered to their professional tour players to the public. In my personal search for the best clubs for my own game, I visited the TaylorMade Performance Labs.
  • Great London Day Trips: Bristol, England
    Bristol is a city in the Southwest of England. The city that brought us Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack is also home to a lot of history and makes a great day trip from London.
  • Golfing in Union Square
    I've visited San Francisco many times and and the last thing I ever thought I would do in Union Square was drive some golf balls. Thanks to TaylorMade Golf, I had to chance to do exactly that using their new SpeedBlade irons.
  • My 5 Essential Istanbul Travel Tips
    I just returned from my second visit to Istanbul and thanks to a lot of local friends, I've learned some key tips to make the most out of any visit to the exotic city.
  • Philadelphia Weekend Art Getaway for the Solo Traveler
    I grew up in Philadelphia and always find something new each time I return. The city is a great destination for solo travelers because it just offers so much to see and do. With such a range of activities, the city is a great place to meet new people.
  • Visiting the Princes' Islands - a Great Istanbul Day Trip
    While the city provides an almost endless list of things to see and do, there are some great day trip destinations around the city visitors should also consider. The Princes' Islands are a group of nine islands just off Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara.
  • Golf Travel: Attending the PLAYERS Championship
    With the anticipated return of 2013 winner Tiger Woods, THE PLAYERS Championship is sure to offer some great golf.
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel - My Review
    As a long-time Los Angeles resident I've had the opportunity to visit The Beverly Hills Hotel many times but never for an overnight stay. Finally, I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend at the iconic hotel on a father-son weekend getaway.
  • Why St. Augustine is a Great Vacation Destination
    I just spent a fun week in St. Augustine, Florida and found it combines all the necessary elements for a great vacation destination: warm weather, great restaurants and luxurious hotels.
  • Sir Winston's Aboard the Queen Mary - Fine Dining in Long Beach
    I finally made my way down to Long Beach and spent some time aboard The Queen Mary. During my weekend getaway on The Queen Mary, one discovery that really stood out and surprised me was my meal at Sir Winston's, the ships's fine dining restaurant.
  • Golf Travel - How to Play the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass
    Not many PGA tournament-level golf courses are open to the public, but the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass welcomes both golfers and visitors all the time (except during tournaments).
  • Top 5 Luxury Romantic Beach Destinations Around the World
    There is no better place for a romantic beach getaway than a luxury resort. For a serious romantic getaway, a luxury beach resort, ideally with my own private villa and pool, can help to create lifelong memories.
  • Yet Another Fun Night Out in Hong Kong
    For travelers visiting Hong Kong, here are some great places to enjoy amazing food and drinks with Hong Kong residents, not other tourists.
  • Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus: Hotel Review
    The Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus property has 170 rooms and 25 suites, spread out over several buildings. The hotel's main building is a former Ottoman palace built in the 19th century.
  • A Return Visit to the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong
    Any hotel can get it right once. It's a consistency of a high level of service and guest satisfaction that is the mark of a truly great luxury property. After a wonderful visit to the Island Shangri-La in last year, I returned again with high expectations
  • A Fun Night Out in Istanbul
    Istanbul is a beautiful and ancient city, filled with monuments and tourist sites. It's also a cosmopolitan, sophisticated international capital, with a restaurant and nightlife scene that can compete with any city in the world.
  • Intel Ultrabook Review - Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1
    Once I tried the Intel Ultrabook, I knew I had to have one. Combining the functionality of a notebook computer with full keyboard with a HD tablet for entertainment, is a great thing.
  • My Top 5 Essential Travel Gadgets
    As a travel writer, photographer and videographer I depend on tools like my cameras and notebook computer to help me communicate with my readers and viewers.
  • Top 5 Restaurants in Hong Kong for a Great Sunday Brunch
    The American-style Sunday champagne brunch, lavishly served with a dizzying array of amazing culinary selections has become quite popular in Hong Kong and I think the city offers some of the best available anywhere in the world.
  • Surfer Beach Hotel - My San Diego Hotel Review
    I've said it before, I have one key requirement for a beachfront hotel: I have to be able to hear the surf from my room. Well, maybe two requirements as I also need to see the surf from my room.
  • Luxury Travel to Asia - Why Cathay Pacific Does it so Well
    I've had the opportunity to fly to Asia with Cathay Pacific five time times, going back to my first trip with them in 2004. The thing I love most is the consistency. I know I'm gonna get attentive service, flights that leave on time and some great food.
  • LA's Best Luxury Hotel Restaurants - Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel
    I've said it before, I love eating in luxury hotel restaurants. I find the level of service and attention to guest satisfaction far exceeds most stand-alone dining spots. The Polo Lounge is a landmark, housed inside the amazing Beverly Hills Hotel.
  • My Visit to the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul
    The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, known locally as the Ayasofya Museum, is truly one of the most incredible buildings in the world. I visited the Hagia Sophia during my recent trip to Turkey and spent the afternoon exploring this amazing space.
  • Great L.A. Weekend Getaways: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
    I have one main requirement for a truly wonderful oceanfront hotel experience. That requirement is to be able to hear the sound of the ocean from my room. A recent stay at the amazing Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel delivered just that.
  • Does Blue Butcher Have the Best Meat in Hong Kong?
    Blue Butcher is a newer spot in Hong Kong's Central area, right in the heart of the area's nightlife district.
  • What is the Best Motorcycle Helmet for Women?
    As a motorcycle rider, other than my bike, the one piece of gear I am most focused on is my helmet. Since I value my head and the contents therein so much, it's one area where I always seek the best possible option.
  • My Training Session with Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez
    FitStar: Tony Gonzalez is a iOS video fitness app that offers training tips, guidance and motivation from someone who knows about fitness, Atlanta Falcons star TE Tony Gonzalez
  • I Saw an Elephant Parade in Dana Point
    The Elephant Parade, a fundraising endeavor for Asian elephants, brought 30 life-sized, baby elephants to street corners, piers, bluffs and other locations in and around Dana Point during September and October of 2013. I visited the elephants.
  • Powerocks Magicstick - USB Backup Battery Review
    As anyone with an iPhone or Android smartphone knows, mobile phone technology has seemingly far-outpaced mobile phone battery technology.
  • Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
    The Blue Mosque, so-called because of the blue color of many of the tiles used to decorate its interior, is truly one of the world's great buildings. Here's my guide to getting the most out of a visit.
  • Visiting the Mosaic Museum in Istanbul
    While wandering around the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, I discovered a small musuem that ended up being one of the most fascinating places I visited during my entire trip.
  • Lunch at Gold by Harlan Goldstein in Hong Kong
    When you have the opportunity to experience a meal with Harlan Goldstein, one of the icons of the Hong Kong restaurant scene at his signature restaurnat, Gold by Harlan Goldstein, you let him do the driving.
  • Using SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro Memory Cards
    I never gave a lot of thought to the brand or type of memory cards I was using. After trying SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro cards in several of my devices, I've really be blown away by the increase in speed
  • Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet: Hotel Review
    The Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet, now one of the city's most desired desintations for overnight accommodations, was formerly its most dreaded. The hotel was created in 1994 out of what was formerly the Sultanahmet Prison.
  • Kowloon Shangri-La - Hong Kong Hotel Review
    While the Island Shangri-La and the Kowloon Shangri-La both share the chain's unsurpassed level of luxury and service, the hotels are quite different. I spent a few days in each hotel, here are my impressions of the Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong.
  • Aqua at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
    The Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus was created from a 19th century Ottoman palace, fronting the Bosphorus sea. The waterfront setting is ideal for a luxury hotel and the property is home to Aqua, a Mediterranean restaurant.
  • Flying Turkish Airlines Again: My Return to Istanbul
    I've just returned from my second trip to Turkey and my second experience flying Turkish Airlines.
  • Does Clean Diesel Exist? My Experience with Audi TDI
    As a forty-something guy, my memories of diesel cars are mainly loud, smelly Mercedes sedans like the iconic 300 D. Cars that had bulletproof reliability and comfort, but weren't always the most invigorating to drive.
  • My Hong Kong Spa Experience at Flawless
    Travel can be stressful and when I visit new places I like to find ways to relax and relieve some of that tension. Spending some time in a local day spa is a great way to take a break from schedules, travel delays, museum visits and crowds.
  • Spend a Weekend Getaway Auto Racing at Virgina International Raceway
    Any racing-related travel always attracts my interest, especially experiences that get me behind the wheel of a fast car. The Virginia International Raceway features a trackside resort with a range of racing action and activities accessible to guests.
  • 5 Essential Hong Kong Travel Tips
    I just returned from a week in Hong Kong, my third visit, and I've learned some travel tips that make visiting this fascinating city less of a hassle. Here are five key Hong Kong travel tips.
  • My Lunch at Restaurant Petrus in Hong Kong
    As a foodie city, the restaurant scene in Hong Kong is constantly evolving and changing. While new trends come and go, Restaurant Petrus has been providing guests a gourmet French dining experience since 1991.
  • My Ender's Game Premiere Experience
    The red carpet premiere of a Hollywood movie is a fun experience and a big party. It's a combination of press event, public spectacle and cast party.
  • 2014 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo - My Review
    The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is an iconic motorcycle inspired by the hardtail choppers of the past. The 2014 Fat Boy Lo represents a very cool (and dark) evolution of the model.
  • A Day Trip to the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument
    One of the country's newer national parks, the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument pays tribute to the Latino leader whose struggle for the rights of immigrant farm workers led to labor laws that now protect agricultural workers across the United States.
  • Golfing In and Around Tokyo
    Tokyo is a fascinating city and has a long golf history. Many classic courses were designed and built here in the early part of the 20th century, and the sport has continued to gain popularity through the years.
  • Shopping in Hong Kong's Street Markets
    Even with all the development and luxury amenities available in Hong Kong, I love how the city retains a link with its past and with its current Chinese culture. One of the fun examples of this is the plethora of street markets in the city.
  • Hong Kong Salsa Dancing Guide
    I may not be the world's best salsa dancer, but I find that when traveling, if I seek out a salsa club or experience, I always have a great time and meet cool new people.
  • Journey Gym - My Review
    As someone who travels frequently, I constantly seek out new ways to stay in shape while on the road. Many hotels I visit may have a gym, but they're not always open 24 hours a day and rarely provide any personal training or instruction.
  • NFL Back to Football Run Series Lets Fans Run on the Field at NFL Stadiums
    I love pro sports promotions and opportunities that get fans on the field, There is nothing like the feeling of walking on that grass (or turf) at a MLB ballpark or NFL stadium.
  • 5 Essential Vacation Luxury Home Rental Tips
    With luxury hotel rates in some U.S. cities pushing north of $500 per night for even the most basic rooms, the idea of renting a luxury home or condo makes for an attractive alternative.
  • The Banqueting House: One of London's Hidden Art Gems
    The Banqueting House is a very special place in London where art lovers can view the world's only ceiling painted by Rubens, still in place.
  • Visiting Puno, Peru and Lake Titicaca
    I visited the city for two days as part of a group tour of Peru. Puno and the greater Peruvian Altiplano (high plains) area is a naturally and culturally beautiful area of the country sometimes missed by Inca-focused tourists.
  • Light Nightclub Turns on Vegas with Cirque Du Soleil
    It takes more than a big budget to make a great nightclub. The space needs to be right, the music needs to be right and most importantly, the management needs to know how to take care of guests.
  • Summer Palace at the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong - a Review
    For traditional Chinese cuisine, in a beautiful setting, I like the two-Michelin-starred Summer Palace, the opulent Chinese restaurant inside the equally opulent Island Shangri-La Hong Kong hotel.
  • Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas - My Review
    While in Las Vegas recently, I had a chance to see the MIchael Jackson ONE show by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay. The show is a brilliant blending of the King of Pop's iconic songs with the acrobatics and stunning presentation I expect of Cirque.
  • Michael Jackson ONE - My Favorite Vegas Cirque Du Soleil Show
    While in Vegas recently, I had a chance to see the MIchael Jackson ONE show by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay. The show is a brilliant blending of the King of Pop's iconic songs with the acrobatics and stunning presentation I expect of Cirque du Soleil.
  • Sony Ultra HD 4K LED TVs - My Review
    The 4K in Sony 4K stands for resolution of over 4,000 lines, just about four times the resolution of the 1080 lines of current HD displays. That means there are more than 8 million pixels in the images on the screen.
  • Daylight Beach Club - My Favorite Las Vegas Pool Party
    When you take some of the world's hottest DJs, an amazing sound and light system and put them in a purpose-built 50,000 square foot space run by Las Vegas' hottest nightclub company, it's a slam dunk of fun.
  • My Daily Itinerary - Mekong River Cruise Through Cambodia & Vietnam - Part 2
    Here is Part Two of my day-by-day account of the amazing things we saw and experienced while cruising through the Southeast Asian countryside on the Vietnam, Cambodia & The Riches of the Mekong tour.
  • Running Little Errands Helps Me Discover Local Culture when Traveling
    Although I love to visit monuments and museums, historic sites and other tourist attractions, some of the most fun travel experiences I have are just running small errands.
  • My Daily Itinerary - Mekong River Cruise Through Cambodia & Vietnam - Part 1
    Last winter, I had the opportunity to take an amazing river cruise adventure through Cambodia and Vietnam. I spent seven incredible days aboard AmaWaterways' luxurious AmaLotus on a small group adventure with about forty other travelers.
  • Winter Fun in Montreal
    Winter is actually Montreal's slow season for travel, but I think it's a great time to visit this cosmopolitan Canadian city. I just returned from my very first visit and had a truly wonderful winter travel experience.
  • PRESS at Four Seasons Las Vegas - a Delicious Oasis
    Order whatever drink you like, try all the wonderful small plates, but do not leave PRESS at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas without trying the salted mini pretzels.
  • Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp - My Best Summer Camp Experience Ever
    When I describe my experience at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with Yes, even I find it hard to believe. I spent four days in Vegas, jamming with some of rock's greatest players, met and played with the members of Yes, then performed live at the MGM Grand.
  • Best Maui Luxury Getaway: Royal Lahaina Resort's Royal Beach House
    The Royal Lahaina Resort offers a wonderful option that combines the luxury, privacy and sheer joy of a beachfront home, with the full level of service and amenities of a fine hotel.
  • MGM Grand Las Vegas - Hotel Review
    I've been coming to Las Vegas for a long time and to me, the MGM Grand has always represented the best in what I expect from a big resort. The property has just undergone an extensive renovation and the results are clearly evident.
  • My Very Brief Jury Service in Los Angeles
    Because it was Friday, July 5th, the day after the Independence Day holiday, there were no trials and we were dismissed at noon, with credit for a full day served.
  • I Agree Mr. President, Let's Get More Bang for Our Buck from Government
    As a small business owner in the entertainment industry, I rely on a healthy economy as entertainment is one of the first things people eliminate when things get tough.
  • Fix Restaurant and Bar - Las Vegas Restaurant Review
    Fix Restaurant and Bar is a stylish spot inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Fix is part of the The Light Group, the company that owns and runs some of the city's hottest spots.
  • Marrakech, Morocco: An Exotic Shopping Adventure
    One of my favorite places to visit and always filled with adventures, Marrakech, Morocco is truly one of the best places in the world to shop. I like the range of shopping that can be found here, as wide as the range of available products.
  • Our Most Remote National Park: American Memorial Park on Saipan
    The American Memorial Park on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands is the most remote national park, in terms of distance from the U.S. mainland. Almost 4,000 miles farther than Hawaii, the park is first a memorial, honoring 5,204 WWII soldiers.
  • Attending the Eye on Glam Beauty Lounge Before the BET Awards
    One of the reasons I like living in Los Angeles are the frequent awards shows our city hosts. Beyond the ceremonies themselves, award shows have expanded into entire festival-like weekends, with a series of parties and events surrounding the show itself.
  • A Local's LAX Travel Tips
    Whether you're flying into or out of Los Angeles International Airport, or even picking someone up, here's some of my local knowledge about how do it efficiently.
  • 10 Common Medicine Cabinet Items I Never Travel Without
    By always carrying some basic essentials with me, I'm prepared and don't need to find a local store or pay exorbitant prices in the hotel. Here are the top ten basic medical essentials I never travel without.
  • Hong Kong: A Great Golf Destination
    Combine some great golf experiences with some of the world's most luxurious hotels, best shopping, and finest restaurants, and that's why Hong Kong is a perfect destination for a luxury golf vacation.
  • A Visit to Grand Park in DTLA
    Downtown Los Angeles, aka DTLA is undergoing a renaissance. I've lived here for five years and the changes have been amazing. One of the things we lack is green space and parks and a new park has just opened up.
  • My Academy Awards Story - Titanic Meets King Kong
    Living in Hollywood certainly has its benefits. On my birthday in 1997, March 23, I was lucky enough to attend the 70th Annual Academy Awards ceremony and sit in the 11th row.
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