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london lights upIan Schrager has taken his cutting-edge brand of hotel across the pond to London, transforming a once-somber 1960's office building into St Martins Lane, a spectacle of color and light. A yellow "carpet" is projected onto the floor...
James Kelly James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, N. Mex. hot spot The Tate Restaurant (in London's old Tate). It has completely old-fashioned service, excellent food, and you always see great artists—I recently spotted Ellsworth Kelly there. worst ...
Think participating in a TV audience is just for fans?Not always. When Jenny Jones was preparing for her show’s launch in 1991, she dropped by a taping of The Phil Donahue Show. “I thought I could learn something from the inventor of the genre him...
See our slideshow of The Hottest Hotel Rooftop Bars. Take an outdoor rooftop pavilion, add a sleek, see-and-be-seen bar, a sparkling pool, and stellar views for miles, and you’ve got the makings of one perfectly fabulous night. Nothing quite say...
If you're a savvy business traveler who doesn't like to spend Saturday nights away from home in order to get a low, advance-purchase airfare, then you probably already know about back-to-back ticketing. But you may not know it's now verboten by mo...
Many long-distance trains provide a brochure to enhance sightseeing, and some trains even have a guide on board to narrate trips through particularly scenic territory. But long-distance passengers will get the most out of train travel by researchi...
high style, few francs A new Paris hotel, the Libertel Quartier Latin, takes its decorative cues from its location at the crossroads of the city's intellectual life: in the Fifth Arrondissement near the Sorbonne. Designed as a study in bookishness...
London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated with United Designers' Keith Hobbs and Linzi Coppick—who styled the interiors of Dublin's Claren...
Don't worry about saving room for dessert: it's chocolate soup to nuts at specialty cafés across the country. In Berkeley, the Scharffen Berger factory's Café Cacao (914 Heinz Ave.; 510/843-6000; www.cafecacao.biz) serves up chocolate pasta and fu...
One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions, elephants, and camels would not escape and attack. Today it's the wilderness that seems unde...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
Several months ago, the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, introduced a "techno-butler" to help guests get their E-mail, configure their laptops, and access the Internet. The idea seems to have caught on. The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (which, despite its nam...
My parents came from Chicago, and my brothers and I were brought up to believe that practically anything worth having, certainly everything worth eating, existed only in the magic land that lay between the forest preserves and Lake Shore Drive, be...
Going my way Kevin McCollum, New York-based theater producer (shows include Rent and De La Guarda's Villa Villa); president and CEO of Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bonus points: I always stay in nice hotels -- Ritz-Carlton or the F...
Are Eastern-inspired cordials the new frontier in cocktails—or a flash in the pan?Some new arrivals are making us wonder. Ty Ku is a sake-based liqueur that contains yuzu, plum, pomegranate, and ginseng; sip it over ice at Simon Kitchen & Bar (...