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  1. Hogtown, Toronto the good, or just plain T.O.—whichever nickname described this town in the past no longer adequately characterizes the ethnically diverse, sophisticated metropolis that is now Canada...
  2. Nineteenth-century British designer Christopher Dresser worked against the grain of his more prominent Arts and Crafts contemporaries. Spurning conformance to the costly tradition of handcrafting,...
  3. Selecting a wine opener is a task that illustrates a universal dilemma: too many choices. Does one opt for a Rabbit, a screwpull, prongs, wings, or a table-mounted or pneumatic model? Does a...
  4. Sunday brunch at the Breakers hotel and resort in Palm Beach, Fla., delivers the requisite platters laden with Brobdingnagian shrimp and yards of tempting desserts. It also has caviar, sushi, and...
  5. In the cult of sybaritic excess, three vices take precedence over all others and, among the initiated, excite the most effusive debate. They are Scotch malt whisky, cigars, and the steak. In the...
  6. For nearly 170 years, farmers have climbed the steep slopes of the Ospina coffee plantation in Colombia’s volcanic highlands of Antioquia. Here, under the canopy of a tropical mountain forest, the...
  7. Charlie Trotter is obsessed with culinary aesthetics. For more than 16 years, the Chicago-based chef, his shirt buttoned close to the chin, has relentlessly executed superior dining experiences at...
  8. From Nantucket town, the commercial center of this small, contentedly inconspicuous island that sits off the coast of Massachusetts, it is a pleasant nine-mile drive to Topper’s, the Wauwinet inn’s...
  9. Tempo is a word that comes to mind when savoring a meal in the building where the Los Angeles Philharmonic resides. Timing is as crucial to fine dining as it is to music, and the beige-suited servers...
  10. A May rainstorm was turning to snow, and I had another 12 miles to hike before lunch. Pushing through the glazing mud, I consoled myself by remembering that countless thousands from the far ends of...

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