Quechua ladies of Peru

Rafting in the Rio Paquare, Costa Rica was an exhilirating, heart thumping experience

Aperitif on the beach at sunset, in Grand Cayman, is priceless

"Positano, like Capri is more of a way of life than a tourist destination.  La Marina Grande is the small main beach."

These two teenagers fighting were so amazingly close you could hear their tusks clanking

View from our Dorado Beach Hotel terrace.

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Rafting in the Rio Paquare, Costa Rica was an exhilirating, heart thumping experience

Peru

Quechua ladies of Peru

WEEKEND GETAWAY Miami Beach

Weekend getaway, close by, Miami Beach. Just pack a bathing suit and go.

Dorado Beach

View from our Dorado Beach Hotel terrace.

GALAPAGOS

I ticked off another destination on my bucket list and, in retrospect, am finding it hard to determine which vacation I loved more: the South African Safari http://singita.com/ or a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.

VINEYARDS OF ARGENTINA

" On the way to Tilcara and Humahuaca, the landscape is unreal, the color tones of the earth, and the huge mountains, are all overwhelming"

POSITANO & CAPRI

"Positano, like Capri is more of a way of life than a tourist destination.  La Marina Grande is the small main beach."

Grand Cayman Revisited

Aperitif on the beach at sunset, in Grand Cayman, is priceless

South Africa

These two teenagers fighting were so amazingly close you could hear their tusks clanking

Eating in Naples

Everyone from taxi drivers to the grocery keepers and hotel housekeepers has an opinion, and no one is shy about sharing it. Even Americans who have lived in Naples for some time are not immune.

Three Days in Paris

I love Paris and I would go there at the drop of a hat. So when I had to go to Europe recently on a business trip, I figured out a way to end it in Paris.

Buenos Aires

 Buenos Aires, Argentina is a popular tourist destination point because of generous discounts on airplane fares and a favorable exchange rate. 

Andalucia, Spain

The highlight of the trip turned out to be Restaurante Can Pineda, recommended very highly by my friend Rogelio Enriquez whose opinion on traditional Spanish cooking I respect very much.

Beach a la Mode

It's a temporary, artificial beach in central Paris stretching about two miles along the Right Bank of the Seine River from the Quai du Louvre to the Quai Henri 1V

A Week in Brittany

It's a temporary, artificial beach in central Paris stretching about two miles along the Right Bank of the Seine River from the Quai du Louvre to the Quai Henri 1V

Grand Cayman Island

The island boasts a number of diversions for kids. My grandson liked visiting the turtle farm because visitors can pick the turtles up out of the water and hold them.

La Table d’Orphée

Ruspoli's La Table d'Orphée just may do contemporary justice to the long, noble tradition of the French traiteur.

L’Auberge Côté Jardin in Conilhac-Corbie

I had an unremarkable fruit tart, but the wonderful mignardises more than made up for it

L’Hostellerie du Château de la Pomarède

 I would even venture to say the tuna tartare was probably the best I have ever had in France. The wine was a Gaillac Blanc, Domaine Rotier.  

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

For years, thinking this resort had no beach, I had passed it over, recommending to clients destinations with beaches galore: Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, or St Barths, for example. But, searching recently for a quick family getaway for myself, my daughter, her husband, and my grandchild, I decided to take another look. I am glad I did.

Truffles for Thanksgiving

Traditionally we've not paid much service to national traditions or tastes in food, especially on Thanksgiving.

Rigoletto

It's often said that the three most important things in the success of a restaurant are location, location and location. That's likely to be true, but I, and a good many like minded people I know, are willing to go pretty far out of our way for a great meal.

La Vrai Andouille

Andouillettes are smaller than Andouille, and always eaten hot. They may be nicely formed like a professional sausage or they may be rather coarse misshapen objects.

Choosing a Wine

Pim's secret to getting good value wines from fancy lists in Europe.

Dinner at le Calandre

a restaurant with three forks from Gambero Rosso and three stars from Michelin, may well have been the finest meal of our trip last month...

A Birthday Lunch for Daniel Boulud

Last spring, some of Daniel Boulud's top staff and a few of his alumni who could spare the time from their current engagements, got together to host a very special dinner for the chef.

Dinner de Chasse et de Chefs

A few nights ago, 25-30 of NY's most prominent, important and, dare I say, lucky chefs enjoyed what I hear was a spectacular game dinner replete...

Paris July 2001

A great meal at L'Astrance and other highlights of our visit.

Brittany July 1999

 A couple of excellent meals at reasonable prices capped off a trip to Brittany for a family wedding. 

Foie Gras

A defense of foie gras and an introduction to Foie Gras...A Passion, by Michael A. Ginor.

Brittany July 1997

A week of driving and eating in Brittany culminating at Olivier Roellinger's Les Maisons de Bricourt in Cancale.

Gascony September 1996

 The first part of our trip to southwestern France including dinners in the restaurants of André Daguin, just before he retired, and Michel Guérard. 

The Basque Coast

 The second part of our trip to southwestern France including the Basque Coast and a detour for a three star lunch in San Sebastian Spain. 

Bastides of Gascony

 There are about 300 bastides in Gascony and the Guyenne to the north of Gascony. These fortified towns were built in the 13th and 14th centuries for military, political and economic reasons.