Tuesday, November 30, 2010

singapore: waku ghin

On Singapore’s southern shore, past the Fullerton and the Raffles hotels, a massive new casino and shopping complex, the Marina Bay Sands, has been erected. Normally, I am shy of both casino and/or shopping complexes, but in Asia, or at least in Singapore, the mall seems to be king. This Marina Bay Sands is stunning, a modern feat of architecture, so high, so shiny and so new, it doesn’t look real. It looks like a computer generated image, a holograph that you can walk into, where you can buy a pair of Jimmy Choos and have an extraordinary dinner... 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

milan: giacomo bistrot

A cozy, yet undeniably swank restaurant, Giacomo Bistrot is the younger, slightly hipper cousin of the famed Da Giacomo restaurant, one of Milan's fine dining institutions.  Here, there are soaring ceilings,walls lined with leather-bound books and soft lights that illuminate the faces of the pretty people decked out in Milan's latest fashions, dripping in jewels in the way only Italians can make look good. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

bali: the oberoi

In a magical, secluded location (yet a quick taxi to the bars and restaurants of Seminyak) The Oberoi, Bali is a green idyll, draped in flowers- jasmine blossoms covering the paths, hibiscus on the pillows, a host of other gently fragant blooms on every bush...

Monday, November 15, 2010

capri, italy: la parisienne

Purveyors of the classic Capri pant, favorite of Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn, La Parisienne now stocks a jumble of other items.  The store feels a bit disorganized, but ask and you’ll receive enthusiastic help.  Of course, like most shopping on the island, it’s over-priced, but where else in the world should you buy Capri pants?  They look great with my handmade sandals and they really are the most flattering pants, perfect for cool Capri nights.  Here are mine, in classic navy...

Friday, November 12, 2010

amsterdam: vinkeles at the dylan hotel

Recently two of our favorite foodie friends visited us in Amsterdam.  It was the perfect occasion to try out a few of the city’s best dining establishments.  The Michelin-starred Vinkeles in The Dylan hotel did not disappoint... 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

capri, italy: calzoleria vincenzo faiello

image: Francesco Lagnese
Signore Faiella works away in the window of this sandal shop, tucked away on the less-travelled Via Le Botteghe.  In 20 minutes he whipped up a pair gold leather flats for me at a very reasonable price... 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

capri, italy: j.k. place

The J.K. Place Capri exemplifies what a small hotel should be. The stylish d├ęcor earned a recent profile in Lonny magazine, but what those gorgeous pictures can’t convey is the luscious scent of ocean breeze, native lemons and Mediteraneo from Carthusia wafting through the lobby...

warsaw: u fukiera

On a chilly day wandering around Warsaw's Old Town, I decided to treat myself to a meal at U Fukiera, one of the city's most famed destinations for authentic Polish food. Not surprisingly given the location, it doesn't get a lot of lunch traffic, so this was my dining companion...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ravello, italy: profumi della costiera

Tucked in off of a less-travelled footpath in Ravello, Profumi della Costiera is a limoncello factory producing the sun-colored Italian liquor using only the best organic Amalfi lemons, sweetened on the vine by the ocean breezes.  This stuff is seriously tasty- not too sweet and not to tart.  We finished every meal with an ice cold glass.  A few shots from the factory and store after the jump...

singapore: aoba hokkaido ramen

In Singapore I spent a long afternoon lost in the Ion luxury shopping mall (or rather "multi-sensory experiential shopping and lifestyle mall") on Orchard Road. Confused and hungry in the 660,000 sq meter maze of Chanel, Prada, Shiseido, I somehow made my way to the foodcourt and was happily rewarded. There were vendors selling all kinds of dumplings, noodles, pastries, sweets, etc...


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