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Tastes November Newsletter



The economy may be dour, but this gives us all the more reason to enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as eating good food, and the next big occasion to do so is a mere three weeks away! If you don’t feel like cooking for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25, gobble up turkey plus all the trimmings at one of the top restaurants near you. If you do choose to dine at home, make the holiday special with a selection from our list of Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines, and also consult our guide to great Holiday Wine Pairings.


If you feel like skipping the local holiday scene altogether, let our hotel lists be your travel guide. Perhaps you can share the slopes with Jack Nicholson in Aspen when you stay at The Little Nell, one of our Top 10 Celebrity Spotting Hotels. Or take in Hong Kong harbor views at The Upper House, on our list of Top 10 Boutique Hotels in the World. Be sure to sign up for our upcoming hotel newsletter to get the inside scoop on the ten best new hotels in the U.S. as well as the top ten hotel restaurants.

Festive dining at the Oak Room in N.Y.C. Fireworks on New Year's Eve in Reykjavik


Have you agonized over how you’re going to spend the last day of the year? With the list of Top 10 New Year's Eve Travel Destinations we've compiled, you can sing folk songs around the bonfires of Reykjavik, rave the night away on the beaches of Goa or watch fireworks in magnificent settings that include Table Mountain, Niagara Falls and the Austrian Alps. Or treat yourself to a spa escape and indulge in a signature Tides of Change Massage at The Spa at the Tides Inn, in Irvington, Virginia, which offers a gorgeous setting with its own marina.


If a staycation is in order due to budget constraints, you may want to spend your dollars on a new car. We test drove the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL, which turned out to be a sophisticated sedan at an excellent price. Got pups? Then shop with your best friend in mind and with the help of our list of Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cars.

On December 1, restaurants from across the country will serve special dishes created with seafood from the Gulf We support America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood


We were all touched by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Now's your chance to help the victims of that catastrophe. On December 1, "America's Night Out for Gulf Seafood," restaurants from across the country will serve special dishes created with crayfish and other delicacies from the area. New Orleans' passionate chefs and restaurateurs, including John Besh (Restaurant August), and Ralph Brennan (Red Fish Grill, Bacco), are part of this initiative to put Gulf seafood back into national commerce as quickly as possible. Learn more about how to get involved by reading our blog.

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