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How a Bermuda Restaurant Is Using Its Menu to Support Local Reefs

According to research (and underscored, probably, by your Instagram feed), Americans are seeing the world in record numbers. And while spending money on travel and experiences instead of buying physical things has been shown to promote happiness, the impact it has on the environment is undeniable. As we start taking a harder look at our collective travel habits, hotel brands have begun examining their own practices, with some making both small and sweeping changes that have the potential to be impactful on a larger scale. Relais & Châteaux, the Paris-based association of luxury hotels and restaurants, is making strides globally, with environmentally focused initiatives that touch its more than 500 properties around the world. But the brand also encourages individual properties to take ...

Beyond the Rum Swizzle: Where to Find Bermuda’s Best Cocktails

Days after Hurricane Humberto swept through Bermuda in September, locals were still cleaning up the damage. Besides downing branches, the 120-mile-an-hour winds emptied trees of their fruit all over the island. As a result, cab drivers were handing out bananas to passengers; a deluge of avocados became guacamole at restaurants; and at one bar, Stefan Gitschner was slicing sour oranges to turn into oleo saccharum, an ingredient that would eventually go into his craft cocktails. Gitschner opened the Birdcage in June, along with two business partners (his sister and brother-in-law, Selange and Matthew Strong). The indoor/outdoor cocktail bar overlooking Hamilton Harbor is perched at the top of what was once a container building owned by Sweden’s Team Artemis—the structure a remnant from 2017,...

How to Make the Most of a Weekend in Bermuda

It usually happens about two hours into the ride—when you’re sitting on the Hampton Jitney, accompanied by what feels like the rest of Manhattan, stuck in a swell of traffic as you inch closer to the coast. That distinct feeling hits: There has to be an easier way to do a weekend at the beach. With a little more planning and a passport, there is. A British island territory with miles of soft sand beaches and clear blue water, Bermuda offers a mix of adventure (scuba diving around vibrant reefs and famous shipwrecks) and relaxation (rum cocktails and the aforementioned beaches). With direct flights that take under two hours from East Coast cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, you can get there faster than it takes to get to Montauk (or the Cape, or the Jersey Shore) on a summer F...

5 Beer Makers to Watch From 2019’s Great American Beer Festival

It’s getting harder and harder to stand out in the beer world. With big brewers getting bigger and the number of craft brewers now topping 7,500 (and another 2,000 to 3,000 in the planning stages), it’s no longer enough to make good beer or win a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). You’ve got to have a heaping dose of luck on your side to capture the loyalties of the beer world. Once earned, though, those loyalties can launch a business into the stratosphere. Local and regional brewers can find their products in demand throughout the country. And their new releases become events. So who’s on the verge of becoming the next big thing in beer? There’s a certain amount of guesswork with that, of course. Beer lovers can be finicky, and tastes change. But here are a handful of...

Motherhood: Real Deal Tips On Keeping It Together

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A Champagne Concierge on Her Job and Your Next Trip to France

A great hotel concierge will book a driver, make a dinner reservation, and print out your boarding passes. But what if those recommendations and services went beyond where to eat and what to do? What if the concierge could tell you what type of Champagne you’ll like best? Meet Champagne concierge Lisa Legrand at the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa in Hautvillers, France. She will direct you to the best of Champagne, including bookings at major producers like Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, and Champagne Taittinger, as well as exclusive private houses that are closed to the public. But her duties go far beyond confirming your appointment. She’ll help you determine what type of sparkling wine you will like, give you tips on deciphering among vintages, grant you access to ancient cellars, and t...

Chef Curtis Stone’s L.A. Restaurant Rotates Its Menu One Wine Region at a Time

At Los Angeles fine-dining restaurant Maude, owner-chef Curtis Stone serves transformative iterations of one ingredient or theme. “When I opened Maude in 2014, the idea was to capture a moment in time with monthly tasting menu experiences that were inspired by a single hyper-seasonal ingredient,” Stone recalls embarking each month on a new conquest—from pistachio, to tomato, to passion fruit. Constantly evolving and never repeating an ingredient (aside from truffles typically presented during winter), Stone sought to define Maude’s next course. “It became very clear to me that this same process could be applied to wine regions, allowing us the ability to dig deep into a specific locale to showcase the dishes, products, and wine that inform a place’s culinary heritage,” the Australian nativ...

Live Like Famed Novelist Sir Walter Scott’s in this 19th Century Mansion

In the Scottish Borders region, famed novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott built Abbotsford, a baronial estate where his life, hobbies, and historic memorabilia are on display. Scott found tranquility and inspiration at the countryside abode, set among lush woodlands and the River Tweed. Today, daily visitors wander the gardens or go nose to spine with his extensive library of books and antiques, which occupy the house in such vast quantity Scott affectionately dubbed it his “conundrum castle” or “flibbertigibbet of a house.” At night, travelers can stay at the adjacent Hope Scott Wing, where 19th-century life at Abbotsford can be truly emulated. Abbotsford The prolific writer is described by Britannica as “the master of a rich, ornate, seemingly effortless literary style t...

The Weird and Complicated Past Behind Maraschino Cherries

Some 30 miles west of crooning gondoliers navigating the canals of Venice, vast orchards blossom in neat lines each spring, the bittersweet floral scent of cherries as thick as the morning clouds overhead. Here grows the prized sour Marasca cherry, the original Maraschino, unadulterated by dyes and saturated with a flavor as deep as its merlot hue, a fruit that legendary spirits brand Luxardo has perfected to the point that it’s earned naming rights to the specific Marasca variety it produces. Even if you don’t know it by name, there’s a good chance you’ve ingested Luxardo’s specific strain of Marasca in some form. The distillery recently released a sour cherry gin to the U.S. market, and the Maraschino liqueur—the flagship product, easily recognizable in a green bottle wrapped in hand-pla...

Can This Ancient Greek Spirit Known for Its Healing Powers Catch on in the U.S.?

As I admire the scene at Dante, a highly regarded New York City cocktail bar known for its Italian amaros and negroni cocktail menu, Effie Panagopoulos’s description of the Greek liqueur mastiha is what gains the attention of two travelers. The eavesdroppers let Panagopoulos know they’ve traveled from Kuwait to conduct a little research. They’re thinking of opening a bar back home, and Panagopoulos’s passionate description of how mastiha can transform palettes has the duo intrigued. Though revered in Greece and popular with Greek Americans, Panagopoulos and her brand, KLEOS Mastiha, are on a mission to educate consumers why mastiha is made for the modern palette. It’s not all Greek to me Though the islands of Santorini and Mykonos may be familiar to Americans who’ve sampled mastiha, it’s C...

How Boise’s Warm Welcome to Immigrants Elevated Its Food Scene

The more remote a city is, the less diversity you might expect in its restaurants. But Dave Bieter, the mayor of Boise, posits the opposite—that being so far from any other major population centers has helped Boise nurture its burgeoning culinary scene. “You can’t travel an hour and be in a bigger city,” he points out. “That’s a dynamic that’s been helpful in arts, business, and food: People have to be more self-reliant and creative.” A spin around the city’s main farmers’ markets on a Saturday morning gives a hint of the flavors—there are tamales and pozole from a Mexican stand, Tibetan momos, and a stand selling goat stew with rice and stuffed egg sambusa pastries. The city of 220,000 welcomes hundreds of refugees each year, and immigrants constitute more than 6% of the Ada County popula...

The Perfect Pillow To Support Your Lower Back

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