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Q&A with Amsterdam's Hester van Eeghen

Amsterdam's Hester Van Eeghen bag

This Dutch designer has become a cult favorite thanks to her brightly colored leather bags, wallets, and shoes. Here, the plugged-in local shares her top hometown picks.

Q: Favorite restaurant?
A:
Proef (12 Gosschalklaan; 31-20/682-2656; dinner for two $120), a small, no-nonsense restaurant that’s organic and fresh, both in its menu and its urban-farmhouse-style décor. Try the beet ravioli. Book ahead.

Q: Must-visit jewelry store?
A: BLGK Goldsmiths
(28 Hartenstraat; 31-20/624-8154) carries metal jewelry that honors the natural shape of gemstones; I’m inspired by the window display alone.

Q: Top cultural spot?
A:
The Museum of Bags & Purses (573 Herengracht; 31-20/524-6452) has a collection of 4,000-plus pieces that offers a fascinating historical overview of my favorite accessory.

Q: Best mode of transportation?
A:
My husband and I bike everywhere. I love the bicycles from Vanmoof; they’re lightweight and rust-resistant, and have a built-in lock. You can rent them at Cyclelution (258 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal; 31-65/363-1973; $10 for two hours).

Photo courtesy of hveus.com

A Local’s Guide to Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

David Einsiedler, shop owner, and his dog Laban
“I own a vintage furniture store called Ply, so I’m a bit design-obsessed. Tide is a small, beautiful café lined with driftwood from the North Sea; I also go to the modern Klippkroog for regional food like Rollbraten (rolled roast).”

Nadira Nasser, costume designer
“Speicherstadt, the old warehouse district, is filled with museums now. At Miniatur Wunderland, the ‘chocolate factory’ exhibit actually produces a tiny piece of Swiss chocolate for you while you wait.”

Andrea Schneider (pictured), book cover designer
“HafenCity is the next great neighborhood, with many new buildings, including the concert hall Elbphilharmonie, scheduled to open in 2014. It’s right on the river Elbe; I like to watch the container ships coming in and out.”

Kevin Reschka, operations manager of an automotive company
“Sometimes after basketball we go to 3 Freunde for their inventive cocktails. My favorite is the Filmriss Deluxe, with vodka, vanilla liqueur, sparkling wine, passion fruit, and lime.”

Photo by Christian Kerber

On Our Radar: Savannah Music Festival

Savannah music Savannah is one of those mysterious places that I imagined coming to life in the dusty pages of antiquarian books. Other than what I saw in Clint Eastwood’s colorful depiction of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and some Civil War trivia, I didn’t know much about it. So when the opportunity arose to check out a new music festival, Savannah Stopover, I jumped at the chance to experience the Southern legend firsthand.

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Happy 250 Years to the Sandwich!

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I can’t think of a food that is as wholly satisfactory as a sandwich. I could start my day with an egg and biscuit combo, followed by a tomato and mozzarella panini for lunch, and curried chicken salad on baguette for dinner. The sandwich can be as comforting and easy as a peanut butter and jelly or as globally inspired as a báhn mì or cubano.

This year, 250 years of that delicious nosh is celebrated where it all began, in the town of Sandwich, Kent, England. Though he was not the first person to put food between bread, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich gave the snack its name. Legend goes that he was a gambler and demanded meat between two slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to get up from his games.

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Brits Abuzz Over British Airways Pop-Up

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It’s pop-up galore these days, but this one caught our eye: From Apr. 4–17, British Airways will host FlightBA2012 in Shoreditch. The event is a culmination of last year’s airline-sponsored search to find three “Great Britons,” rising stars from different creative fields. Their mentors? Celeb chef Heston Blumenthal, YBA Tracey Emin, and actor/writer/director Richard E. Grant.

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Vancouver: A (Hungry) Diner's Tour

We’re wrapping up our May food issue here at Travel + Leisure, and the delectable stories we’ve dished up (don’t read this one on an empty stomach, you just may eat the pictures) simply reaffirmed to me how vital a component dining is to a memorable travel experience. I, for one, explore a locale with both my eyes and my stomach. So, intrepid gastronaut that I am, on my first trip to Vancouver recently I saw all the sights (don’t miss the random Jimi Hendrix shrine tucked into the outskirts of Chinatown, or, if you have children, the wonderful Kids Market on Granville Island) while still squeezing in meals that ran the gamut from high-end to hole-in-the-wall, each worth writing home about. So let’s pretend you all are “home,” and here goes my paean.

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A Local's Guide to Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Nadia Lim, chef
“Britomart, the area around the city’s transportation hub, is an easy place to meet up, with lots of restaurants, galleries, even beanbag chairs by the water! I do my socializing at Smith (20 Customs St. E.; 64-9/309-5529), a Victorian-style lounge.”

Slideshow: Photo Tour of New Zealand

Ryan Henderson, graphic designer
“I love that I can browse the new Comme des Garçons collection at Wunderkammer (76A Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/360-4090), then grab a curry laksa down the street at the International Food Court (106 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/361-5398).”

Tam West, stylist (pictured)
“My favorite bar is the Golden Dawn (134 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/376-9929), in an old corner store. You enter an unmarked door and find yourself in a courtyard with a bonfire and Hallertau on tap.”

Jonny Calder, sales manager
“There are heaps of hidden gems in the Ponsonby neighborhood, so it’s worth asking a local where to get, say, a cup of coffee. I’m drinking one from the brew bar at Coffee Supreme (42 Douglas St.; 64-9/360-5040), where I work.”

Photo by Kieran Scott

Video Exclusive: GloboMaestro Goes to Il Buco Alimentari

Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: New Yorkers—and Travel + Leisure staff—are abuzz over Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. While getting a reservation may be tough in the wake of its recent three-star rating by the New York Times, we recommend putting this new Nolita restaurant fast earning a reputation for its earthy, if-I-can’t-be-in-Italy-this-is-the-next-best-thing on your must-try list. Specialties include housemade salumi and lusty dishes such as spaghetti alla bottarga; fresh ricotta with roasted beets, white grapefruit and pistachios; and slow-roasted short rib panini with gorgonzola and onion agrodolce. T+L’s own Kate Appleton had this to say about her lunch there last week: "I went in a group, so we sampled widely, and the decadent small plates just kept coming. Even seemingly simple, familiar stuff like the ricotta wowed me, and then there was the rabbit—my new favorite fried food."

Thanks to our video partner GloboMaestro, Carry On readers can have a vicarious taste of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. Join Laura Cooper Brown from The Bowery Hotel as she introduces us to Downtown New York’s hottest table.

Video courtesy of GloboMaestro

Madison Square Garden Goes Gourmet

Madison Square Garden food

Madison Square Garden has scored big with new offerings from top New York restaurateurs. Here’s a taste.

Simply Chicken
Who:
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
What to Order:
The organic chicken sandwich, kicked up a notch with spicy mayo that includes sambal oelek, an Asian chili sauce.

Sausage Boss
Who:
Andrew Carmellini
What to Order:
Cheddar cheese bratwurst, made with Hoegaarden-braised sausage and Weinkraut cooked in Riesling—all on a buttered potato bun.

Daily Burger
Who:
Drew Nieporent
What to Order:
It’s a tough choice between the classic burger and the one topped with bacon-onion jam. All patties are a blend of Angus chuck, short rib, and brisket.

Lobster Shrimp Roll by Aquagrill
Who:
Seafood guru Jeremy Marshall
What to Order:
What else but Maine lobster and wild Pacific Ocean shrimp on toasted New England bread?

Related Slideshow: Best Baseball Stadium Food

Illustration by Holly Wales

3 Great Bars in Mumbai

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Mumbai
presents an almost implausible contrast, between skeletal dogs in the streets and people living on top of each other in slums, to flaunting its new face of modern luxury and creative ambition.  You will absolutely need breaks and time to relax and reflect on the disparity. I raised my glass to the dizzying hub of India in three chic bars, all in vastly different neighborhoods:

Aurus: In Juhu, a wealthy beachfront neighborhood in South Mumbai, is Bollywood central! At Aurus, situated right on the beach (pictured, top), you're almost guaranteed to spot a star that lives nearby.  An outdoor drink at Aurus might even help break the humidity of a Mumbai night. Nichani Kutir, Ground Floor, Juhu Tara Road; 011-91-22-6710-6666.

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