Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


September 2003
Vol XIV, No. 9

We celebrate the end of Summer with steamed Maine lobster, grilled char, bouillabaisse and succulent oysters. Enjoy the bounty of the sea in the best restaurants in the country.

Seafood & Wine:
Reconsidering the Oyster
The Once & Future Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc Favorites
Chilled Sakés
Seafood & Wine Pairing
White Varietals

Grazing has become a hot dining trend. From small plates and bites in Los Angeles to sashimi in New York, our savvy restaurant critics have compiled the following new lists:

The days are getting shorter and soon it'll be time to break out the Burberry scarves. No better time to eye our ever sunny online Hawaii guide and our current feature, Pedaling in Paradise: Up close and personal with Hawaii's natural side.

If you were to capture Boston in a picture, you'd likely include the Boston Harbor Hotel's landmark 80-foot arch and pavilion. What a grand gateway to a stupendous luxury hotel.

Our popular hotel search page now includes a searchable database of Wine Country hotels. More than 100 of the area's best establishments are included in this section, so you're certain to find the perfect place to stay for your next visit.

Atlanta is a modern, skyscraper defined city with a spread of suburbs reaching to cities as far as 50 miles from its center. Rent a car and use our 72-Hour Vacation itinerary to discover all this city has to offer from restaurants to city sights to nearby attractions.

Browse all 72-Hour Vacations.

This month's events are highlighted by Wine South in Atlanta September 27-28. Experience Southern hospitality at its best! The fourth annual Wine South will celebrate wine, food, art and music and feature top chefs from Atlanta, Birmingham and Charlotte restaurants serving their specialties and giving demonstrations. Check out all events for food and wine lovers.

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Botanist or chef? In the case of Diane Forley, the distinction is one delicious fine line. The acclaimed chef/owner of Manhattan's popular Verbena doesn't do her field studies in the field, but the kitchen. Read Lisa Messinger's review of The Anatomy of a Dish, or browse all of her reviews in The Cookbook Corner.

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