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  1. When the Vietnamese woman on his right raises the pot by $400, David Sklansky folds his cards quietly and leans toward his student. “All of the players at this table are probably in the top 1,000 in...
  2. Husband-and-wife team Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have sizzled for 17 years in the kitchen at Terra, their James Beard award–winning restaurant in California’s Napa Valley. Now the chefs, who met in...
  3. Most of the time, says interior designer Michael Booth, a co-owner of design firm Babey Moulton Jue & Booth, he enjoys the crisp staccato sound of footsteps that echoes across the lobby of the...
  4. Although he has been a Friend of Laphroaig for more than 10 years, Harry Williams of Wolverhampton, England, made his first journey to the Islay-based distillery only last summer. With him, he...
  5. Flanked by her bosses at a table set for lunch, Celia Masyczek swirls her glass of 2002 D.R. Stephens Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Don and Trish Stephens observe as their winemaker raises the glass to...
  6. In his own way, Michael Mascha is trying to turn water into wine. On his web site, www.finewaters.com , Mascha, a 47-year-old anthropologist from Los Angeles, discusses the hundreds of waters bottled...
  7. David LeFevre did not make a big splash as the new executive chef at downtown Los Angeles’ Water Grill (213.891.0900). Instead, Charlie Trotter’s former executive sous chef eased into the role so he...
  8. Peter Hewitt has journeyed great lengths for a cup, but the founder of Tea Forte (800. 721.1149, www.teaforte.com ) need only travel next door to harvest leaves for his line of teas. Before launching...
  9. As the tools of toiling writers, the pen and bottle have enjoyed a long, and oftentimes fruitful, relationship. Perhaps in acknowledgment of this collaborative effort, penmaker Montblanc (800.995...
  10. The new champagne trunk from the house of Krug (212.251.8436, www.krug.com ) promises to be the toast of itinerant imbibers. Each of the 30 limited edition, calfskin-wrapped, 3-by-2-by-1-foot walnut...

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