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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: All the Bells and Whistles

THE GIFT   A model railroad with four iconic American trains from the golden age of railroading.   A re-creation of landmarks, major cities, and stations on the trains’ routes from New York to Los Angeles.   At least 32 train cars and at least 30 automated features constructed in quarter-inch scale (1 quarter inch […]

Dining: Carne Cum Laude

Serious practitioners of the art may cite endless rules for successful barbecuing, but Steven Raichlen grills by just three: “Keep it hot, keep it clean, and keep it lubricated.” On a particularly warm summer day, he stands before some 50 barbecue enthusiasts on an outdoor patio at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. He […]

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