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Québécois designers Byron and Dexter Peart have achieved cult fashion status—thanks to a suave line of utilitarian travel accessories called Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, hit collaborations with J. Crew and New York’s NoMad hotel, and three smartly curated lifestyle boutiques across Canada. Here, the twin brothers share their favorite hometown haunts.
In a city famous for both its outdoorsiness and its booming craft beer scene, it seems only natural that the two combine. Denver’s recently-renovated Hotel Teatro has done just that, with its new Brewery-by-Bike tour.
Enough with epic sit-down dinners. T+L food critic Anya von Bremzen is on the move—snacking along with all of Europe.
The chef has prepared a degustation menu!
Why does this phrase incite me to bolt out into the street? I have nothing against degustations, or chefs—yet the prospect of four hours trapped at the same table frankly withers my appetite. À la carte is often no better: what if my entrée proves a $38 dud? What if I over-order, leaving no room for dessert? What if…? What if…? I want to break free.
Between trips to England, Israel, and his hometown in Belgium, Marc Stroobandt trained the staff of New York City's new Belgian Beer Café in proper serving techniques. Marc, a Master Beer Sommelier and Certified Beer Server within the Cicerone Certification Program with an honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff from the Confederation of Belgian Brewers, sat down with T+L's Laura Itzkowitz to share some expert travel tips for beer enthusiasts.
Portland International Airport is now in the pop-up food-truck game, with the launch of mobile versions of Pok Pok (from Michelin-starred chef Andy Ricker) and Koi Fusion—both local spots with cult followings. It’s all part of a new program that gives small businesses a chance to test their success at the airport by letting them set up for six months at a time.
Where to get your fix in the Big Easy, whether your tastes run toward the classic or the trendy.
Classic: Head to the frescoed Grill Room (300 Gravier St.; $$), at the recently revamped Windsor Court Hotel, for andouille-andcrayfish omelettes and some of the city’s best beignets.
Trendy: In the emerging Bywater neighborhood, Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St.; $) is a down-home place to indulge. Signature dishes: candied praline bacon and bananas Foster–stuffed French toast.
It was a luxe, upscale estate in the Rhône Valley that started it all: a passion for exceptional service, cuisine, and hospitality that came to define Relais & Châteaux. Now, the association is celebrating 60 years of being at the top of the game with a year of over-the-top events, festivals, and gourmet feasts.
This year’s overall America's Favorite Cities winner has a bit of everything: great food, an exciting bar scene, and endless curb appeal.
1. Because the city is a legitimate culinary capital.
Queue up for a table at North, a modern Asian hot spot by James Mark, a David Chang protégé, or book at Birch, an ambitious chef’s counter with a focus on local ingredients (whelks; quahogs; foraged herbs).
I first came to Lyons in 2011 to watch the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition. Held every two years, the Bocuse is an extraordinary spectacle—a kind of gastronomic Super Bowl. It takes place in a cavernous auditorium on the eastern edge of the city amid a frenzy of flag-waving, drum-beating spectators. In front of them, 24 chefs, competing for their nations, strive to produce two courses of impeccable food for a panel of judges that includes some of the greatest culinary figures in the world.
What to do after discovering the provenance of your favorite foods and wines? Track down the origin of what’s in your mug. For that, travelers are flocking to Colombia’s so-called coffee triangle. “The fincas of Pereira and Armenia are like the estancias of Mendoza, Argentina, ten years ago,” says Emmanuel Burgio of luxury outfitter Blue Parallel. His itineraries include the Cocora Valley, home to half a dozen heirloom cultivars—and the world’s tallest palm trees. “It’s full of natural spectacles and hospitable locals,” he says. Guests with bespoke operator Big Five—an early champion of the region—sleep at Sazagua, the area’s first high-end hotel; they can harvest, roast, and taste the local crop at the venerable Hacienda Venecia. Once they’ve got their caffeine buzz, visitors go on horseback rides through the countryside, trips to the tropical fruit market in Filandia, and hikes in the nearby cloud forest.
Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.
Photo courtesy of Blue Parallel
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