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December 2003
Vol XIV, No. 12

Celebrate the Season with a Sparkle!

• EDITORIAL: The Holiday Fantasy
• RESTAURANTS: Dining Out on New Year's Eve
• WINE: Prestige Cuvées
• TRAVEL: Sensational Sydney
• HOTELS: The Rittenhouse Hotel
LIFESTYLE: Luxe Cars, Fab Shopping
and Top Spas

It's All American Food
• EVENTS: December Sparkles

People need to dream a little, add some sparkle and indulgence. A fine glass of Champagne, the decadence of a truffle melting in your mouth... It's time to put ills aside and share happy moments with family and loved ones. We want to share with you our years of experience in the domain of food, wine and travel and help you create a grand finale to the year 2003.

No party plans for New Year's Eve? Let one of these restaurants pamper you this year.

Also, don't miss the latest restaurant news and the ever popular "Best of" lists. Have in-laws visiting? Find spots in categories for Most Romantic, Best French, Best Wine List, Top 10 Food Rating and more.


These precious bottles are nothing less than the best from the Champagne region of France. They symbolize the ultimate in luxury, something reserved for kings, czars, British secret service agents and captains of industry: the happy few. As much as this is true you, too, can partake.

The Cult of Champagne: A Guide to Deluxe Champagne

Top 10 Prestige Cuvées and other Grand Marques Prestige offerings available in the U.S.

Sydney has grown into one of the world's most vibrant cities, and certainly one of the globe's great destinations, thanks to its stunning natural scenery, subtropical climate, sheltered coves and sandy beaches. Enjoy three glorious days in Sydney.

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If you've tried the foie gras terrine at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, home of the James Beard award-winning chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, need we say more? You haven't? Well, the next time you stay in Philadelphia, enjoy the charm of this elegant property with its fine restaurant, elegant suites (the most spacious in the city), wonderful spa and air of indulgent European experience.

Luxe Cars: We test-drove the Audi A8L: A Big Techno Sports Sedan.

Fab Shopping: Find deals on gifts, travel reservations and more for gourmets, gourmands, jetsetters and bon vivants.

Top Spas: We have added 15 great spas to our ever-growing list of Top Spas in the U.S and Worldwide.

What exactly is American food these days? Is it spaghetti and meatballs or Southern fried chicken? Maybe it's empanadas, Baltimore crab fluffs and chicken satay with peanut sauce. How about bibimbap? David Rosengarten's answer is yes to all of the above and a lot more.

Among the December highlights for foodies are the Holiday Wine Trail in the pretty town of Fredericksburg, TX and The Ultimate Dinner, a series of special dinners hosted by participating restaurants across the nation, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Click here for all events.

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