Welcome to the Czech Republic, “The Land of Stories.” At least that’s the line from the tourism board – the truth of this former Soviet Bloc region is much more nuanced. Take for example Pilsen, the official home of Pilsner, that light Czech-style golden pale lager that is so well known. This rich and vibrant city boasts an evocative history full of kings, tyrants and a constantly transforming government and people; some buildings are still peppered with bullet holes from World War II, while others hold their centuries-old charm with a boundless grace.
Santiago Achaval knows personality when he tastes it – especially when those same characteristics are repeated year after year in bottles of his Argentine Achaval-Ferrer wine. A good wine has a “sense of place,” or terroir, meaning astute tasters can often determine a wine’s growing region (and sometimes even year) just by the taste. Grapes offer the uncanny ability to take on the characteristics of their geology, geography and climate, and express those same characteristics year after year when tasted. It’s part of what makes winemaking such a personal experience for growers like Achaval.
What do you get when world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa and two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro get together? A modern luxury hotel, of course.
April 2013 marked the beginning of Matsuhisa’s hotel venture, when his first lodging opened as a hotel within a hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But the duo’s collaboration didn’t start there, as De Niro previously co-funded and provided creative direction for Nobu restaurants worldwide. He’s also responsible for luring the Japan-born Los Angeles chef to New York.
When people think German wine, they think Riesling. But the sun-soaked hillsides of central Germany produce an astonishing variety of grapes that are carefully turned into flavorful wines. And while German staples like Riesling (the easiest to find in American stores) are plentiful, we discovered several lesser-known, quality wines with a fresh, fruity acidity that could very well become hits on the other side of the Atlantic, too.
Nothing can put an early damper on a vacation quite like realizing your electronics just aren’t going to fit into international electrical outlets, no matter how hard you try to jam them in. (We advise against this method; fate has been cruel to you, yes, but spare your gadgets.) Instead, turn to Satechi, which has unveiled its new Smart Travel Router & Adapter just for situations like this.Continue reading “Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review” »