After owner Brad Norton had collected some 4,000 cookbooks, he opened this light-filled store to deal with the overflow.
If the luxurious grocery stores in many European cities have become tourist haunts — Fauchon and Hediard in Paris, and Fortnum & Mason in London come to mind — Peck in Milan is still frequented by discriminating Milanese.
At the end of a year of travel, time spent entertaining family and friends seems particularly precious. And there is little I enjoy more than preparing for the festivities. The following stores are mandatory stops for stocking the Harper larder and cellar.
Maine has long attracted industrious Yankee artists who have managed to couple their aesthetic impulses with mercantile practicality. On my most recent trip, I visited several artisanal enterprises, all located within a half-hour of one another along U.S. Route 1 north of Camden. This pleasant drive is an ideal diversion for those not-infrequent days when the fog rolls in.
Panama hats originally came from Ecuador, but Panama got the credit because they were shipped from its ports. The style dates to the 17th century, when the conquistadors employed the indigenous Ecuadorians to adapt their native straw hats to European styles. This production was centered on the coastal towns of Jipijapa and Montecristi, where toquilla palms grew in abundance.
One morning at Pelican Hill, a chilly marine layer with attendant fog effectively scuttled our best-laid plans to loaf by the pool all day, so we went with our fallback option, a day trip to the charming town of Laguna Beach.
Visitors traveling to Southeast Asia for a languorous beach holiday or a rain forest adventure may want consider Kuala Lumpur as an alternative stopover to Bangkok or Singapore. The last 10 years have seen tremendous changes here.
At the end of a chilly December day in Strasbourg, the city’s magnificent sandstone cathedral glows in the peach-colored light of dusk and the brisk air is perfumed by the scents of Christmas — delicious whiffs of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, plus the occasional refreshing gust of pine.