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  1. To prepare his body for the stress of ascending Mexico’s Orizaba (18,700 feet) and Iztaccihuatl (17,340 feet) volcanoes in a five-day span last year, Explorers Club president Richard Wiese simply...
  2. The Michelin Guide’s publishers are notorious for refusing to specify the criteria they use for granting a restaurant their highest, three-star rating. But apparently the Michelin folks have...
  3. The way a stonecarver holds his chisel can reveal much about his skills and his training, and in the case of Walter Arnold, his grip earned him the biggest break of his stonecarving career. In 1971,...
  4. War is often acknowledged as the shaper of destinies, but seldom as the shaper of wines. Yet the ancient winemaking tradition of Champagne took a major evolutionary step in 1914, when a young cavalry...
  5. Farmer lee jones prides himself on being ahead of dining trends. He enjoys introducing chefs to novel herbs, greens, and vegetables, but on at least one occasion he failed to spot what would become...
  6. Puros AchE Puros Indios cigar company founder Rolando Reyes dictated the formula for Puros Ache, a Honduran blend with flavors as distinct as its moniker (Spanish for “pure luck,” not “pure ache”)...
  7. The latest creation from Xikar (888.266.1193, www.xikar.com ) would seem equally at home in either the Museum of Modern Art or the American Museum of Natural History. Cigar cognoscenti already...
  8. Cambria 2002 Pinot Noir Clone 23, clone 115, and clone 667 When more-inventive efforts at description fail, the wine critic often falls back on the stock conceit of labeling the wines at hand as...
  9. With Alto (212.308.1099, www.altorestaurant.com ), his new 80-seat restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, chef Scott Conant hones in on the multicultural cuisine of northern Italy, where the bordering...
  10. When in 2000 the BBC presented a retrospective of items that have become symbolic of 20th-century design, it included the Coca-Cola bottle, the VW Beetle, and the Aga stove. A hundred years from now...

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