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December 2002

Restaurant News

The James Beard Foundation, in conjunction with Louis XIII de Rémy Martin, is holding its fifth annual "Ultimate Dinner" series through the month of December. Participating restaurants all throughout the country design luxurious menus that culminate with a glass of Rémy Martin's Louis XIII... Find out more about this event in our Restaurant News section, which fills you in on what's going on in the culinary scenes of major U.S. cities, as well as in Paris, France.

Some dub it "the pearl of the Pacific", Mazatlán that is. If the appellation is a tad emphatic, the winter sun is so generous and the December weather so balmy that for sure this climatic location is a gem with an average temperature of 75 degrees, 60 in the "cold " months and 82 in summer... Read more.

Once and for all, what is the difference between a gimlet and a rickey? These and all of your other questions are answered in The Craft of the Cocktail, Dale DeGroff's bible of mixer knowledge. Check out this and other gift ideas for wine-lovers on our wine site,

La Playa Hotel in the coastal town of Carmel is a wonderful headquarters from which to explore Point Lobos and the grandeur of the Big Sur coastline.

If you're planning a trip to the Golden State, don't miss our comprehensive California Travel Guide.

Wine expert Randal Caparoso has compiled a list of wines that come closest to recalling the greatest bottles of the world all priced between $20 and $30.

The seventh edition of The Best of New York offers candid and opinionated reviews of the many shops, restaurants, hotels, clubs and sights in the Big Apple. Visitors and locals use the guide as a shortcut to the good life in this city that truly never sleeps: hot new spots in the Meat-Packing District, luxurious Uptown hotels and spas, elegant new restaurants by award-winning chefs, classic shops and more. Most importantly: see which restaurants and hotels won top ratings in this edition.

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