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  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach ( www.ritzcarlton.com ) once was a fairly formal place, with dark wood walls, overlarge seating, and gold rope on the lobby chandeliers. But a $60 million makeover has...
  2. Chef Michael Lomonaco named his new Manhattan steak house Porter House New York ( www.porterhousenewyork.com ) after the cut of steak first served in the same city. Many historians believe that...
  3. Spirits are likely to run high in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the fifth annual Tales of the Cocktail ( www.talesofthecocktail.com ), a festival that will take place from July 18 through...
  4. The jewelry and watch house Van Cleef & Arpels ( www.vancleef-arpels.com ) has given its flagship boutique in Paris a lavish makeover. The shop, located below the firm’s jewelry atelier at 22...
  5. Its Owner Bruce Gimelson, a 64-year-old art and antiques dealer in Garrison, N.Y., once bought and sold a letter in which John Hancock, writing on July 6, 1776, proclaimed, “We are finally free from...
  6. Senior Editor Michael Schulze knows what you’re missing when you fly into Cibolo Creek Ranch; he made the four-hour drive from Midland International Airport, the less convenient means of reaching...
  7. Brazil’s national spirit, the sugarcane-derived cachaça, is the third-most-imbibed distillate in the world (behind vodka and soju). Until recently, however, less than 1 percent of the total...
  8. A duck rescued Joseph Hautman from a fate of teaching physics to college students. “When I won, I had no artistic career,” Hautman, a 50-year-old Minnesotan, says in reference to his victory in the...
  9. Dean Fearing has left the Mansion, and he is preparing to open his own place. Fearing’s Restaurant, housed in the new Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is scheduled to debut with the hotel at the end of July...
  10. Much of what we believe about the American flag and its history is not true, or so claims Jeff Bridgman, an antiques dealer in the rural Pennsylvania town of Dillsburg, near Gettysburg, who...

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