Ask T+L: Thanksgiving Hotels, Art in Sydney, Affordable Road Trips
Published: June 2009
<b>Can you recommend some top U.S. city hotels that serve an exceptional Thanksgiving dinner?</b>
—T.M., DALLAS, TEX.
Convenient to New York City's Thanksgiving parade route, chef Alain Allegretti dishes up
roasted scallops with celeriac in rémoulade followed by organic turkey stuffed with
country bread and foie gras at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (50 Central
Park S.; 212/308-9100; dinner for two $210). Save room for the pumpkin pie with gingerbread
ice cream. Chicago's Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place; 312/787-2200; dinner for
two $170) fills ravioli with butternut squash and pairs cold poached salmon with a pineapple
relish. Desserts include baked alaska. Fresh oysters and prawns begin the feast at Seattle's
Fairmont Olympic Hotel (411 University St.; 206/621-1700; dinner for two $190).
Choose between turkey with dressing or prime rib with truffled mashed potatoes. Reservations
are recommended— these restaurants can fill up well in advance.
Where can I find the best modern and contemporary art in Sydney?
—B.F., ST. PAUL, MINN.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (140 George St., The Rocks; www.mca.com.au) is a natural place to start, with its excellent collection of modern Australian (including
Aboriginal) pieces. Catch the Erwin Wurm exhibition opening at the end of this month: visitors
follow instructions, strike poses, and become living sculptures. Don't miss the dynamic art
scene in the eastern suburbs, especially in Woollahra. Works by native sons Sidney Nolan,
Brett Whiteley, Roy de Maistre, and others are on view at Eva Breuer Art Dealer (83
Moncur St., Woollahra; www.evabreuerartdealer.com.au).
The Robin Gibson Gallery (278 Liverpool St., Darlinghurst; www.robingibson.net) houses modern sculpture and prints, all in a three- story Georgian sandstone building. Check
out the Paddington neighborhood: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (816 Soudan Lane; www.roslynoxley9.com.au) showcases a wide range of media: performance, video, installation art, and photography.
Given the record high price of gasoline, is there anything I can do to save money
on a road trip?
—J.K., NORTHRIDGE, CALIF.
You will no doubt spend more at the pump this holiday season. However, there are a few things
you can do to increase the efficiency of your ride. If you are traveling a long distance,
consider renting a hybrid—for example, the Toyota Prius or the newest Ford Escape. These
models, which use a combination of gas and electric power, get phenomenal mileage: up to 60
miles per gallon. Also, solo drivers are allowed to travel in carpool lanes in some states
(California and Virginia), letting you bypass heavier traffic. And no matter what kind of
car you choose, it's a good idea to empty the trunk of unnecessary objects, says Jenny Mack,
a spokesperson for the American Automobile Association. She also suggests checking your tires
regularly for air: underinflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency.
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