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Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart

Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart

A Toast to Wine and Food in Southern Germany

by John and Sandra Nowlan

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.

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One Travel Router to Rule Them All






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” »

The exterior of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The exterior of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico

by Jill Becker


Much has changed at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since it debuted in 1922. Lucky for us, though, since its 2013 multi-million-dollar renovation, much has also stayed the same here on the Plaza.
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House of Dow's 2011 Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC Red Blend

House of Dow’s 2011 Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC Red Blend

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by Sophie Gayot


A decadent weekend brunch is never out of season. With newly appointed hotel executive chef Cyrille Pannier at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Sunday feast has become bigger and better, with some ten different stations to choose from. Pannier has also joined forces with Mette Williams, the chef de cuisine of the hotel’s on-site restaurant Culina Modern Italian, to add a few of Williams’ dishes to the already expansive brunch menu.
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Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

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How Garlic Flew on the Wings of War


A watercolor of the famed harbor by artist Liz Sydenham

Artist Liz Sydenham captures scenes of the life on the Isle. Here, a yacht in the harbor of Yarmouth.



by André Gayot


Garlic is not usually associated with England. However, the small Isle of Wight, a sentinel of Great Britain off its southeastern coast in the English Channel, produces a surprising amount of the fragrant bulbs. One would think the Romans introduced garlic to their former 1st century colony, but it was not them. In fact, it was much much later and due to an unbelievable combination of circumstances.

Continue reading “The Woodstock of Europe: Isle of Wight Attracts Thousands of Sail Boats, Musicians & Garlic Lovers” »

A&K's fully lie-flat seats allow passengers to travel in comfort

A&K’s fully lie-flat seats allow passengers to travel in comfort

Starting in the Fall of 2014, Abercrombie & Kent Private Jet Journeys will be the first luxury private jet line to offer fully lie-flat seats.

Offering personalized trips for small groups, Abercrombie & Kent has been a leader in luxury travel since 1962. Whether it’s an Arctic cruise, a tour through the vineyards of France or an excursion across the vibrant Indian subcontinent, Abercrombie & Kent will design an elaborate adventure customized for any group.

Continue reading “Abercrombie & Kent Offers Luxury at Altitude with First of its Kind Lie-Flat Seats” »

Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper

Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper

Genre: Action, Drama
Directed by:
Scott Waugh
Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi
Released by:
DreamWorks Studios

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Based on the popular video game series of the same name, “Need for Speed” was created with the intention of making the ultimate car chase movie. Directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman, the film follows the story of Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), an exotic sports car mechanic seeking to avenge the death of his friend the only way he knows how — through a high-stakes street race.
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An Evening at the Beach

on August 04th, 2014
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Evening on the Beach

The fourth annual “Evening on the Beach” presented by Audi


by Sophie Gayot


Despite Los Angeles’ proximity to the ocean, it’s practically impossible to dine at the beach, toes in the sand, with a meal prepared by an on-site chef. It may be even more difficult to enter the Jonathan Club, one of the city’s oldest social clubs, which operates a seaside bungalow just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. For years, the exclusive space has allowed members to enjoy the surf, sand and on-site amenities, but for one night in August, the doors will be open to all.

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