21 Ultimate Gifts: Epicure’s Odyssey

THE GIFT A vineyard-to-table trip for two—created and led by chef Charlie Palmer—that begins in California’s Sonoma wine country and ends in two New York temples of haute cuisine. A personal introduction to Palmer’s Sonoma, including a trip to the Healdsburg Farmers’ Market, a tour of the region’s top wineries, a private blending session with […]

Collectibles: Ballpark Figure

If the Major League Baseball Opus Marquee Edition had a trading card, the back would read something like this: pages: 790; size: 20 x 20 inches; weight: 75 pounds; images: 1,000+; words: 110,000+; cost: $3,000. The new tome’s supersize dimensions (and price tag) may bring to mind baseball’s steroid era, but the contents of this […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Charting an Old Course

THE GIFT An 11-day golf trip for eight through Scotland aboard Harmony II, a vintage 189-foot yacht that recently underwent a $12 million renovation.  Rounds of golf at Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns. VIP grandstand seating on the 17th hole of the Old Course at St Andrews for the 2010 British […]

Season’s Eatings

Princely Caspian Nearly a century old, the Petrossian company (800.828.9241, http://www.petrossian.com) offers gourmet goods including foie gras, truffles, wine, and cheese. But the Paris-based purveyor has its roots in caviar, and it remains a leading source for the finest osetra, sevruga, white sturgeon, and other roe varieties. The Imperial Special Reserve Stellatus (shown)—sevruga caviar cultivated […]

The Toys of Summer: Fast Food

What the 911 Cabriolet is to summer driving, the new X-Series barbecues could be to summer grilling. Porsche Design Studio—an offshoot of the German automotive company that has designed products ranging from eyewear and luggage to espresso machines and golf clubs—built this grill for speed: The sleek machine contains four infrared burners, laterally mounted at […]

Travel: Restored to the Throne

The tropical rain oscillates between drizzle and downpour as Bill Tapia takes the stage, ukulele in tow. He steps dexterously over electrical cords to reach his stool and, after readying his instrument and voice, begins to play for the 1,000 or so guests at the reopening gala of Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian resort. It is clear […]

A Trio of Dining Options

As part of a recent $1 billion renovation, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has added three new fine dining restaurants to its culinary offerings: Gotham Steak, Scarpetta, and Hakkasan. Highlights of Gotham Steak include a 500-bottle wine list housed in a two-story, glass wine cellar. Hard-to-find cuts such as a 50-day-aged New York strip are complemented by […]

Chef Pic Opens in Beau-Rivage Palace

For chef Anne-Sophie Pic, Michelin stars run in the family. Last year, she received the coveted three-star rating from Michelin’s Red Guide for her family’s restaurant, Maison Pic, in Valence, France. This makes her the only female French chef to hold that honor?and the first to receive it since 1933. Pic’s father, Jacques, and grandfather, […]

German Conquest: Dining in Deutschland

The emerging trend known as Neue Deutsche Küche—New German Cuisine—has seen German chefs begin to embrace indigenous ingredients and combine them with foreign cooking techniques, typically French or Spanish. The Berlin restaurants listed here epitomize this latest chapter in German gastronomy. Die Quadriga: Head chef Bobby Bräuer earned a Michelin star at Munich’s Königshof in […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Buy Now and Save

THE GIFT   Become the sole benefactor of a 15-year program designed to return the northern white rhinoceros to its natural habitat, potentially saving the species from extinction.   A one-week trip to South Africa to meet with a panel of conservation and rhino experts.   A helicopter tracking excursion in the Rooipoort Nature Reserve. […]

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