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  1. Cigar makers regularly create new frontmarks to gain attention, but in the process they sometimes discard excellent blends. Fortunately, Oliva Cigar did not make this mistake when it came time to...
  2. Following his 2005 U.S. debut in Las Vegas, French chef Joël Robuchon has introduced his L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to New York at the Four Seasons hotel ( www.fourseasons.com/newyork ). True to the...
  3. In celebration of America’s 1976 bicentennial, wine merchant Steven Spurrier matched a group of California wines against the finest châteaux of Bordeaux and the great domaines of Burgundy in a blind...
  4. At this year’s Taste of Vail ( www.tasteofvail.com ), a wine and culinary festival set amid the Colorado Rockies, the flavor will be more international than in previous years. Wineries from Australia...
  5. When the subject of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) comes up, most of us think of paintings of oversize cartoons—such as Drowning Girl (1963), with its young woman exclaiming, “I don’t care!...
  6. Its Owner Edward Horswell is the director of London’s Sladmore Gallery, which specializes in sculptures from the late 19th and 20th centuries and has handled many of the animal depictions that...
  7. The Biblioctopus Catalog can be as entertaining a read as some of the rare and antiquarian books that the Beverly Hills, Calif., shop sells. An entry for a $3,300 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s...
  8. Before Monique Lafia and Chris Arvin redesigned this Beverly Hills, Calif., billiard room, it was not exactly functional. "There was no room to shoot pool, and it would have been a less-than-ideal...
  9. Philip Johnson intended his glass house—a 10-foot-tall, 32-foot-wide, 56-foot-long box with four transparent sides and no interior walls that was completed in 1949—to be “a viewing platform” that...
  10. Finding the rooms for “ The Ultimate Home Tour ” is relatively easy, says Samantha Brooks , the feature’s author and chief compiler. The real challenge is securing the owners’ permission to present...

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