Berlin’s Hotel Zoo is Simply Wunderbar

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that defining symbol of the Cold War that physically and ideologically separated the German city for...

An American in Paris, Part 2: Beef, Bicycles, and Blomet

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) After consuming a variety of crepes, fromage, and escargot throughout Paris, my culinary adventure finally brought me to the arches of the Marché Saint-Germain, where I...

My Weekend in Vegas with Jennifer Lopez

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) Photo By Denise Truscello "Us," the energetic dance track from global superstar and (current Las Vegas resident) Jennifer Lopez, came out earlier this year and has been...

FIRST LOOK: ‘Hell Fest’ Promises a Horrific Ride

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) Amy Forsyth in HELL FEST (CBS Films and Lionsgate) A slasher film about someone stalking teens at a horror-themed amusement park? Book us a ticket! Director Gregory...

Girlfriends’ Guide to Getting Away: Royalton Bavaro

by Stefanie Novik The winter of 2018 was one for the record books (can you say, “snow in April”?!). So what better way to melt a little – and mellow a lot – than a warm weekend getaway in the...

Review: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) PHOTO: Jim Judkis, Focus Features Ever since the trailer for director Morgan Neville's Won't You Be My Neighbor? dropped earlier this spring, fans of the beloved kids'...

Weekend Getaway: The Cove Opens in Long Beach

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) L.A. tends to get all the attention when it comes to Southern California destinations. That's why Long Beach, the coastal city 30 miles south of the City of Angels, is...