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Pan-Asian cuisine often seems like just another tired Californian trend, like California rolls, sun-dried tomato and wheatgrass wraps and avocado as a pizza topping -- the food is adequate, but leaves your tastebuds yearning for more. Enter Loong...
Hanging on a wall in the office of New York police lieutenant George Pagan is a still from Casablanca captioned "Round up the usual suspects." But when it comes to crimes against tourists, "Round up the usual victims" might be more appropriate. C...
It was 1978. I was fresh out of college, 21 years old, sitting at a table with five women just like me. We all had Dorothy Hamill haircuts and shiny lipstick. We all had smiles frozen on our faces. The interviewer, who hadn't stopped smiling eithe...
space for rentYou've probably passed them in airports and wondered about those Laptop Lanes, business centers popping up like Starbucks. It started when ad executive Mark McNeely told his friend Bruce Merrell that he'd seen a businessman crawling ...
q. I keep hearing that Colombia is gorgeous and that the old city of Cartagena is stunning. But is the country safe?--M.S., Carlsbad, Calif.a. You're right, Cartagena does have incredible 19th-century architecture, great restaurants, and a livel...
Rule No. 5, Alcatraz Prison Rules and Regulations, 1934: "You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege." Welcome to the Rock, the most notorious federal prison in America's history. Throu...
"It sounds like you have little kayaking experience," Sea Trek's program director told me on the phone. "That's good. The less you know, the better." This guy was on the ball: he knew how to turn a lack of skill into an asset. Friends of mine had...
My five pit bulls are seasoned travelers. Every weekend, they log 400 miles to and from their country retreat, in a Volvo station wagon fully loaded with essentials: safety restraints, blankets for shock and liquid absorption, a dog thermos, a fir...
the redder the better in miami Having practically invented fusion at New York's China Grill, restaurant czar Jeffrey Chodorow just keeps on fusing—this time marrying Moscow to Miami Beach. At Red Square, revolutionary Russian posters hang on distr...
intoxicating retreat Les Sources de Caudalie takes its cue from the hills of Bordeaux. The 29-room hotel, which opened in July, is a spirited homage to France's finest harvest, with grapevines adorning the lobby and "vinotherapy" treatments in the...
let's call them "map guides" There's a new breed of city map that combines basic street layouts with information typically found in books-- restaurant prices, museum hours, and nightlife options. Some are more successful than others, but it all co...
Hemmed in by freeways and bay waters, San Francisco's new $1 billion international terminal, opening this month, had nowhere to go but up. Architect Craig Hartman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed the airy six-story structure with a double-can...
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...
Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane, and regain your literary bearings on arrival by visiting a great bookstore. But where to go?Here,...
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...