Lanee Lee

Glamping with Lions in the Serengeti

by Lanee Lee on November 28, 2012

When I imagined going on safari in Africa and staying in tents in the Serengeti, I was ready to rough it in exchange for the luxury of seeing elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and rhinos up close and personal. Little did I know, AndBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas in Kenya had something else in mind. After […]


Toronto: Crazy Culinary Adventures

by Lanee Lee on July 20, 2012

What do a suckling pig and a hockey stick have to do with one another? On a recent urban adventure tour of Toronto, Canada, I discovered they are intimately and literally intertwined.  Chef Scott Savoie of Culinary Adventures Company specializes in offering tours featuring the bizarre and beautiful aspects of Toronto’s burgeoning food scene, and […]


Diamonds may be Marilyn Monroe’s best friend, but shoes are most girls’ BFF. It certainly was true of the footwear fanatic Mrs. Sonja Bata who founded the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada. Her passion is well-founded as she fell in love and married Thomas J. Bata who made the The Bata Shoe Organization, founded […]


Houston: We Have An Art Scene

by Lanee Lee on June 22, 2012

Let’s play a word association game. I say Houston, you think. . . oil, NASA or maybe the Astrodome. A contemporary art scene on par with New York City or London probably did not come to mind.  On a recent visit to H-Town to cover the internationally renowned FotoFest, the level of art available everyday […]


The only thing a mainstream spa and a Korean spa have in common are lockers and towels, the rest is vastly different in approach, amenities, and culture. Los Angeles, due to a bustling Koreatown in the Mid-Wilshire area, has dozens of Korean spas to choose from, most open 24 hours. I actually prefer a Korean […]


Top 5 Los Angeles Hikes

by Lanee Lee on June 4, 2012

Hiking may not be the first thing on your list of things to do in Los Angeles, but it should be. With the diversity of terrain, wildflowers, trees and vistas combined with nearly perfect weather year round, Los Angeles is a hiker’s haven with hundreds of trails to discover throughout the county.  From celebrity-trodden to […]


Best Locally-Owned Los Angeles Boutiques

by Lanee Lee on May 16, 2012

I’d rather go to hell than to a mall. This equates to countless hours scouring both the glamorous and gritty streets of Los Angeles to find local shops for everything from groceries to garter belts to galoshes. I try to follow the mindset of Be Local, Buy Local whenever possible, even if that means facing […]


Best Burgers in Los Angeles

by Lanee Lee on May 14, 2012

Best Burgers Los Angeles

Burgers in Los Angeles are as pizza is in New York: a birthright. Although the American burger was invented in the Midwest, Los Angeles (specifically Pasadena) is the birthplace of the cheeseburger, created in the 1920’s. Since then, burgers have been as much of a Southern California icon as the palm tree.  Some of the […]


Israel: Adventure Travel in the Holy Land

by Lanee Lee on May 7, 2012

Israel has rugged adventures for the serious outdoor lover? Oh yes. While most visitors journey to Israel for religious reasons – it is a spiritual destination for not one but three major religions – yet on my trip, I experienced an equally, but altogether different, sacred Israel. Between Israel’s diverse terrain and spiritual significance, it […]


Borrego Springs: Can You Keep A Secret?

by Lanee Lee on May 1, 2012

What to hear a hot, nitty-gritty secret? I’ll only tell you if you promise not to tell a soul. I want this to remain between you and I to preserve it’s sanctity. Three hours southeast of Los Angeles, California’s Secret Desert is one of my favorite hidden retreats of badlands, sci-fi land art and surreal […]