Category Archive for 'Restaurants & Bars'

Paris: Not Just Lunch

She calls herself “Ms. Lunch”. She’s a chef. She’s an artist. And she combines those vocations in often Dada-esque ways, as photos on her website (www.lunchintheloft.com) attest. For us, her intimate interaction with foodstuffs was significantly less important than her way with a skillet. Ms. Lunch, you see, invites guests, eight at a time, to [...]

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This city can’t be exhausted. Ever. Change whips down every street every swift moment. But here are a few random nibbles to take of The Apple (or not, in the case of one restaurant) before summer ends: *The Gagosian Galleries brand represents heavy hitters in the international art scene, with venues in London, Rome, Athens, [...]

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Save a couple of hours for the people at Ô Chateau. They are purveyors of wine-slanted events – three-course dinners, champagne cruises, day trips to wine country, grand cru and paired chocolate tastings, many of them taking place in cellars that once stored thousands of bottles held in the name of Louis XIV. (Not the blueblood [...]

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New Yorkers are different from other Americans. Millions of them don’t own cars and never learn how to drive, depending instead on public transportation and their feet. Don’t ask them about local hotels – they don’t use them, except for bar mitzvahs and weddings.  They sleep in their homes. (They call their apartments their “houses”.) [...]

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Venetian Notebook

The Taverna San Trovaso is always full early, but the crowd starts to thin out by 9:00, when we are seated inside. It’s not a large room,  with an arched brick ceiling and closely spaced tables. An old man sits alone in the middle of the room. He waves away the busboy who comes to [...]

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Eating All the world’s great cuisines – Italian, French, Chinese – and, arguably, Mexican and Spanish, have contributed to the international food revolution of recent decades. Describing the results has involved such tortuously conceived rubrics as “Fusion”, “Pan-Asian”, “Global”, and “Molecular”. But even the most iconoclastic of super-duper chefs concede, albeit reluctantly, that their bedrock [...]

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I hate transfers. That is, the time spent getting from one place to another. Packing. Taxis. Traffic anxiety. Airport. Security. Gate changes. Delayed flights. Airplane seats designed by little people for little people. Circling airports. Passport control. Taxi to hotel. Sullen desk clerks. Room not ready. Unpacking. Jet lag. What’s to like? I’m not a control freak [...]

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It takes a load of entrepreneurial audacity, not to mention gobs of guts and baskets of money, to open a restaurant at the nadir of the worst economic recession in 70 years. Eating places of every category are withering and dying. Chefs are cutting staffs, reducing hours and days, trimming menus, exploring which ingredients might [...]

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There are good reasons why more and more retirees are skipping age-restricted ersatz villages in favor of college towns, the same reasons families and young professionals are making that choice. They have ready access to libraries and art galleries, audit classes and sit in on lectures, attend concerts and theatrical productions, root for the college [...]

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This is the Queen City of the Mediterranean. It is a European capital of design. Developers and the goverment continue to rejuvenate formerly distressed neighborhoods. Abandoned buildings from the Middle ages forward are continuously transformed, an unstopping parade of new museums, cultural centers, colleges, residences. Its acclaimed chefs and restaurants set the gastronomic bar ever higher, sending their international [...]

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