Celebrity Travel Spotlight: Dream Alive

Los Angeles-based rock band Dream Alive – Nik Phoeniks, Ramon Ryder, Karan Parikh, Martin Fredriksson and Stanley Love – is set to release their debut album Before The Dawn July 29.
The record features tracks melding sounds ranging from psychedelic to cinematic, bridging the musicality between the band’s classic rock roots in Journey and Pink Floyd and their modern rock influences of Muse and Coldplay.  Their album release party is July 29 at 9 p.m. in Hollywood. Anyone attending will receive a free copy of the album.
Dream Alive album artHere are some of Nick, Ramon and Karan’s favorite places in the country…

My favorite place to visit in the U.S. would have to be… New York City. I’ve been there many times, and it TRULY lives up to the adage, ‘the city that never sleeps!’ The whole city has a vibe and aura that’s electric, especially at night, and is the only place one can walk back from a nightclub at 6am and get a slice of authentic NY pizza.  You can’t really beat that! says Nik Phoeniks. I’ll never forget going to music stores there at 1am (on one particular occasion it was the Virgin Megastore which is sadly not there anymore), and seeing it literally FULL of kids and their parents as well as people in their 20’s buying stuff and browsing the aisles. That’s my kinda joint.I always try to do it all and end up exhausted by day two. But if I have to choose, I love walking through Central Park with a good coffee, ice skating by the Rockefeller Center or seeing a musical, topping off the night at a cool bar with friends.  NYC is one of the only places I know where you can do all of that in one day! exclaims Nik. When I get there it’s usually the “do it all at least once” kind of motto for me.

One place I would highly recommend to visit would have to be… Seattle. Especially the Experience Music Project Museum, which is a must-see for musicians and music lovers.  It has a collection of rare memorabilia, handwritten lyrics and vintage instruments of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and so many other legends set beautifully on display. Plus, they do make some great coffee, says Karan Parikh.

Temecula, California…is a pleasant surprise…even though it was tucked away almost in the middle of nowhere by the mountains.  it is quite nice and relaxing, shares Ramon. There are many vineyards you can go to to try out their wine, and they even have party buses that take you to different wineries and breweries in the area. The Valley View Casino nearby also has all you can eat lobster.  Yes you read right: ALL YOU CAN EAT LOBSTER. Yum!

One of my favorite restaurants in the U.S. is…surprisingly in Des Moines, Iowa. One of my good friends took me to Sam & Gabe’s Italian Bistro. It’s a quaint Italian restaurant with one of the best chefs I’ve ever come across, and a meat marinade that’s to die for, says Karan. The Penne Ala Sophia (named after the chef/owner’s daughter) is my personal favorite.

— It’s gotta be the spinach pizza at Symposium in Davis, California.  My mouth waters just thinking about that place. I haven’t found feta on pizza that good since I last ate there, and that was probably 5 years ago! exclaims Nik.

A great town people may not know is…Cassadaga, Florida, says Ramon. Now, I wouldn’t really call this a great town.  I would call it more of a spiritual town. Cassadaga is a very small town of spiritualists and psychics that settled together and made a community. It is located not too far from Orlando and it is worth the trip if you are interested in getting a psychic reading. It feels like spirits are looking at you everywhere you go (but not in a bad way, haha).

The best truck stop in the U.S…would have to be the Iowa 80 Truck Stop, because it literally has everything including a movie theater and a dentist. So if you eat too much candy and popcorn at the theater, help is close by! says Karan.