Monthly Archive for December, 2008

A Place In The Sun

Valencia wants more than just a niche under the Spanish sun. The ancient provincial capital is shouldering its way into the front row, right up there with Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. At least it’s trying, very hard, starting with its futuristic Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences). Below left is L’Hemisferic, [...]

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Fly Them

Most frequent travelers in Europe have heard and probably booked flights on one of the low-cost airlines that have recently clogged airport departure gates. Ryanair and easyJet have high profiles, but they have over one hundred competitors, among them (at last look) such upstarts as Air Berlin, Estonian Air, Alpi Eagles, and, believe it or [...]

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One of mine is Venice, Venezia, La Serenissima.  We’ve spent five weeks there in the last two years, and here are a few restaurant suggestions: Ancora (San Polo 120, tel. 041-520-7066) is, as far as I can tell, the only restaurant directly on the Grand Canal, with no intervening structures to block the views of [...]

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Green To Rust

“Leaf peeping” is a phrase that makes me gag – repeatedly, given that it is much beloved by the multitude of New England tourism authorities and I’ve been writing about the region for twenty years. Those same flacks would have outlanders believe that the annual changing of the foliage lasts a couple of months or [...]

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We celebrated Jo’s birthday with a weekend in Manhattan at the apartment lent to us by our son Alex, the computer genius.  Dinner was at Tabla  (11 Madison Avenue, 212-889-0667), opposite Madison Square Park at 25th Street.  It’s back-to-back with Eleven Madison Park (at 25th St, 212-889-0906), which is easily among New York’s very best [...]

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This takes about an hour in the oven but requires very little prep. It’s also relatively low-cal, at under 500 calories per serving. Serves 3-4 One pound sweet Italian turkey sausage cut into two-inch pieces One pint cherry tomatoes. One medium onion, sliced in half-moons 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 1-2 extra-virgin olive oil [...]

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For Foodies Like Us

Coming to grips with current economic travails, for us, at least, tends to focus on economies in eating and drinking.  Our early efforts include resolving to eschew $300 restaurant meals and developing a taste for boxed wines. Our dining-out strategies include (1) drinking our customary cocktails at home, (2) avoiding multi-course fixed price meals, (3) confining [...]

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Frugal Martini

These are harsh times, so here’s a money-saving tip courtesy of Cook’s Illustrated. The key to a clean, crisp vodka is filtration.  Super-premium brands like Ketel One and Grey Goose are distilled several times, budget labels aren’t.  So, dump the water from your Brita water pitcher, pour in the cheapest house brand from the corner [...]

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Eating Out: The Berkshires

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is the shopping and dining center of the southern Berkshires, with boosters claiming over fifty eating places – perhaps so, if they’re counting every pizza joint and Chinese takeout.  Certainly there are enough worthy restaurants to dine out with satisfaction three times a day for a week.  The odds of restaurant survival [...]

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Bar hopping in the big city

Friends from France (we met on Easter Island a couple of years ago) alighted in New York for a few days, and a sturdy dose of Manhattan cosmopolitanism seemed in order. Bob and Leah live in a gorgeous corner of Provence, where they’ve just opened a gite, essentially a Gallic version of a bed-and-breakfast. (E-mail [...]

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