Celebrate Thanksgiving at a Top Restaurant

by Sophie Gayot

For those dining out on America’s harvest holiday, we’ve put together a selection of the best restaurants near you. Simply visit GAYOT.com’s main Thanksgiving page and select your city.

If you happen to be in the San Diego area during this time and want a luxurious Thanksgiving, head to Addison at The Grand Del Mar hotel.

Given Addison’s distinction as one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US since 2010, you can be sure that chef William Bradley has prepared an award-winning dinner. The six-course menu, priced at $180 per person (or $290 with wine pairings), will of course include turkey. The salt-roasted bird will be served with butternut squash, brioche and Brussels sprouts — and you can add white truffle for $65.

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Cognac One Tasting at Corkbuzz Wine Studio

The bar at Corkbuzz Wine Studio
The bar at Corkbuzz Wine Studio

by Michelle Kwan

The recent Cognac One Champagne and Wine Portfolio Tasting held at Corkbuzz Wine Studio showcased some of the best vintages from both internationally recognized and lesser known but equally noteworthy vineyards alike. Venerable houses like Bollinger-owned Champagne maker Ayala, the only French Champagne producer with Latin provenance and one of the founding members of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques de Champagne, presented a delightful Brut Majeur in which hints of citrus prevailed consisting of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. They also presented a Rosé Majeur consisting of 51% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier.

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High-Rolling Dining Experience

by Sophie Gayot

While there are many restaurants in Las Vegas, some offer dramatic views that can make your dining experience even more exciting. Top of the World at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is one of them. Perched on the 108th floor of a tower from which you can jump (don’t worry, the SkyJump is safe, as guests are tethered) on a 180-degree revolving platform, the view is just breathtaking.

Even better, Top of World is not what we call a “tourist trap” as the food is quite good. The chef, Claude Gaty, is French and has traveled around the world. He has brought back flavors from all over that he combines well in his dishes, such as his roasted pork belly with chimichurri. To discover more, watch my exclusive video interview with Gaty and hotel executive chef Rick Giffen.

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How I Do A.C. – My Atlantic City Experience

A view of Atlantic City from the water
A view of Atlantic City from the water

by Cara Trump

Everything I know about Atlantic City I learned from TV and movies — “Boardwalk Empire,” “Atlantic City,” “Rounders.” In short: mobsters and gambling. But as I learned on a recent pre-Sandy trip to the “Vegas of the East Coast,” there is much more on offer than just slot machines, card games and a history of unsavory characters. Atlantic City is quickly becoming a destination for luxury accommodations, fine dining, shopping and entertainment.

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Ski for Free at Canyons Resort with Waldorf Astoria Park City – Travel Special

Park City, Utah ski lifts (courtesy of Canyons Resort, by Justin Olsen)
Park City, Utah ski lifts (courtesy of Canyons Resort, by Justin Olsen)

There are often advantages to booking hotel rooms early: cheaper rates and choicer rooms are two. For the holidays, Waldorf Astoria Park City is offering yet another — book two nights at this posh snowy mountain retreat and you’ll get two free lift tickets to Canyons Resort. Which is why you’d probably want to go this time of year anyway, right? That’s what we thought.

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