Food and Wine


By: David Appell The fact that Key West is one of the world’s most-recognized vacation destinations begs the question – what is all the fuss about? It’s hardly about the beaches (which pale in comparison to others in South Florida). Rather, it’s the local sense of sun-drenched hedonism that tourists... Read More

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By: Gretchen Kelly (with David Farley) One of the first things you notice at the Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest is the scores of Gucci- and Prada-clad Italians in the European Union national arrivals line. This is a sight few could have dreamed up before Christmas Day 1989, when Romanians... Read More

By: Elissa Richard There are few more thrilling cities to visit than New York, with its dynamic, inimitable mix of world cultures, of skyscrapers and small towns. Pulsating with an almost tangible energy, visitors regularly find themselves invigorated and, on occasion, even a bit overwhelmed, by the exciting, brash, and... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Just 30 years ago, Napa Valley wines got no respect. But 1976 was, as they say, a vintage year: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay bested some of France’s legendary names in a prestigious blind tasting that shocked the wine world. Since then, this sublimely scenic destination has... Read More

iStock InternationalBeer lovers can find the perfect pint at these 10 hop-centric locales

Munich’s famed frothy festival, Oktoberfest, may get all of the glory, but the world is full of destinations where the natives know – and love – their beer, and where you can sample some local brew all year long. We sipped our way around the world and came up... Read More

By: Meghan Aftosmis If you know anything about Amsterdam, you know it’s progressive. But spend a day walking the 17th-century European capital that Rembrandt called home and you’ll know that life is good here – and tolerance is the key to that happiness. Locals, made up of at least 170... Read More

By: David Appell The most architecturally handsome capital in Latin America (and possibly the hemisphere) Buenos Aires is a brash, exciting, 10-million-person jumble of contradictions, its 50-some neighborhoods sprawling over nearly 80 square miles where Argentina’s extensive pampas (grasslands) meet the Río de la Plata where it opens into the... Read More

By: Elissa Richard Ahhhhhh, que la vie est belle à Paris. You’re sure to be uttering words much like these (ahhhh, isn’t life beautiful in Paris) after visiting this fabled European city that has inspired and mesmerized starry-eyed lovers, writers, artists, dreamers, and schemers for centuries. Inherently designed for romance... Read More

By: Darren Frei Chicago stands a strong chance of being everyone’s kind of town. With world-class museums and performing arts venues, legendary jazz and blues clubs, more than 7000 restaurants serving everything from haute cuisine to hot dogs, and 29 magnificent miles of lakefront, the “City of Big Shoulders” offers... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Little did the British passengers of the Sea Venture, shipwrecked en route to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609, imagine that the series of rocky reef-encircled Atlantic islets they washed up on would, nearly four centuries later, be synonymous with posh retreats and serenity. Resembling a vast botanical garden... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Mark Twain (when he was still known as Samuel Clemens) rhapsodized about Lake Tahoe, describing it as, “a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the seas . . . As it lay there with the shadows of the... Read More

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iStock InternationalSet out in search of a culinary paradise in these 10 best cities for food

Mamma mia! Choosing just 10 of the world’s best cities for food was no picnic. In the process, we let our taste buds wander the globe in search of sustenance. Our definitive list finds cities chosen for their unique dishes – if you hanker for snake, head to Hanoi... Read More

By: David Appell Founded in 1911, up through the 1950s, this formerly somewhat snoozy South Florida backwater by the sea was a favorite of boaters because of its many canals and Intracoastal Waterway location and as a gateway to the Caribbean. But otherwise Fort Lauderdale remained pretty much your regular... Read More

By: David Appell Sprawling, sometimes sexy, unruly, and occasionally outrageous, Greater Miami has become an urban mix unlike any other in America: one part sun-splashed resort playground; one part glamorama party capital; and one part (the biggest, in fact) bustling, Hispanic-flavored sprawl – parts of which feel more like Latin... Read More

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By: Jordan Simon Ironic that a tiny, rocky Caribbean island ill-suited to agriculture and populated only by poor Norman and Breton fishermen should wind up luring Rockefellers and rock stars, real and reel royalty. But St. Barthélemy, affectionately known as St. Barts (or Barths – both are correct) with its... Read More