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August 2002

Feeling Lucky? Las Vegas Hotels!

Hey, big spender! Las Vegas hotels are now online at, so get ready to pack your bags and head for the neon lights! Known as Disneyland for adults, Vegas is home to some of the largest and most luxe hotels in the world - finding a great place to stay is no gamble at all. Search for accommodations by name, area, rating, category or feature with our easy-to-use search tool. Roll the dice!

Lately you may have noticed saké—the rice wine of the East—served well chilled, rather than warmed. New, fine sakés seem to be dryer and lighter, and they go well with not only Japanese-style foods, but also seafood and white meats of all types, according to Randal Caparoso. Kampai!

Hotel Tugu Bali is set in the city of Canggu in Bali but tucked away amid green paddy fields. If the extensive collection of rare antiques and Indonesian art doesn't impress you, the full roster of guest activities may be the selling point. Not to be missed is the Waroeng Jamoe Spa, featuring aromatherapy massage, royal Javanese princess treatments and Balinese massage. Let's go!

For many travel enthusiasts, summertime represents a golden opportunity for escape. Whether your plans are to see the farthest reaches of the globe or just cross the state line, costs can add up. This summer hotels are giving travelers a break with hot deals...the perfect excuse to hop in the car, train or plane and see the sights. Take me there!

The French Laundry, Bouchon, Dry Creek Kitchen...some of the finest food in the country can be found in the idyll just this side of San Francisco, known simply as "Wine Country". Set amidst scenic rolling hills of world-class vineyards, restaurants here treat dining as a calm religion, and food and wine as treasures from the earth.
Take me there!

The occasional failure of cruise lines and airlines can leave travelers without any monetary compensation for the trip that never happened. One way travelers can prevent financial loss is by purchasing travel insurance prior to their vacation, ensuring a relaxing journey to the destination of their choice. A number of websites exist to provide just such insurance to cautious travelers; click here for our listing of some of the best.

Summer's winding to a close, and what better way to make the most of the lingering golden rays of August sunshine than by participating in some of this month's end-of-the-summer food and wine events! Check our calendar and take your pick of wine festivals, culinary feasts and more! Let's go!

Try This Recipe: Comfort Me With Apples

As with her first, best-selling book Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Ruth Reichl writes movingly in her latest book about her love affairs, marriages, struggle to get pregnant and, of course, food. Check out Lisa Messinger's review, along with recipes for "Big" Chocolate Cake and Warm Salad. Get cooking!

The Best of Las Vegas captures all the excitement of this booming, ever-changing city. Our guidebook gives you the scoop on the top chefs, internationally renowned hoteliers, upscale retailers, Broadway-style shows and family attractions. As always, you can count on Gayot for the most comprehensive restaurant and hotel reviews of any guidebook. Discover all the city has to offer. Buy it now!

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