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The Way I Travel: Phil Winser

Phil Winser, restaurateur and co-owner of N.Y.C. hot spots the Fat Radish, the East Pole, and the Leadbelly, reveals his travel essentials—and his favorite destinations.

Sense of Adventure

My father used to organize expeditions for the Royal Geographical Society in London, taking scientists to remote places—caves in Brunei; Oman’s Wahiba Sands. I still use his Globe-Trotter suitcase. It reminds me of old-​world travel, when exploration was at the forefront of excitement.

Return to Rio

At seventeen, I spent a year in Brazil. I hadn’t been back until a recent trip to Rio to build a pop-up hotel and restaurant, Casa Fat Radish. My partner and I collaborated with local artists, designers, and musicians—there is such energy and passion in the Carioca way of life.

Next trip

I’d love to go to Havana, just to walk around and admire the architecture.

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