Over the past year, I've listed out many of my favorites from travel, entertainment, dining and the world of gadgetry. Here's my look back at 2010 favorites:
Hotel: The Campton Place in San Francisco is consistently a terrific place to stay in the city by the Bay. The hotel is small-ish, has a terrific restaurant, attentive staff, and rooms which are well-appointed.
Television: In a close call, Mad Men gets the nod over other stellar shows Friday Night Lights, 24, Boardwalk Empire, Glee, Rubicon and The Good Wife.
Gadget: Surprise, surprise, my gadget of the year is the iPad, a device which has changed my media consumption habits. Honorable mention: HTC EVO 4G, only from Sprint.
Restaurant: Peter Luger's, Brooklyn, NY. Zagat's "best steakhouse in America" did not disappoint when I visited there earlier this month.
Book: Unbroken, the book I just completed, written by Laura Hillenbrand, was the best book I read this year--it once again reinforces the amazing resolve of those who were involved in World War II.
Campaign: Could it be anything but the Old Spice campaign, "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like?"
Commercial: I don't know if this work has affected Kia sales, but I laugh every time I see one of the Kia Soul commercials featuring the hamsters.
App: Rdio takes the prize followed by Flipboard, Zinio and Howcast.