Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Good Eats: Rice to Riches, NYC


Rice to Riches 37 Spring St./Mott & Mulberry, in Nolita, 212-274-0008. Daily 11-11; 8 oz. solo $6.75. This sleek sweet spot makes both traditional and frou frou versions of rice pudding--with good use of fruit.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Sights to See: Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin, Germany

Berlin Wall Memorial Bernauer Strasse 111/119, +49 (0)30 467 98 66 66. Apr-Oct, Tu-Sun 9:30am–7pm; Nov-Mar, Tu-Sun 9:30am–6pm. Free. This is the main memorial site for the wall, which was built in one night on August 13 in 1961. It features an open-air exhibition along the former border strip, and the grounds show the original wall construction that was actually two walls with a death strip in between.  A Visitor Center and Documentation Center provide a viewing platform and exhibition about the building of the wall.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Good Eats: Sandwichworks, Portland, Oregon

Sandwichworks 2376 NW Thurman, 503-954-1737. Wait in line to order, then grab a chair at one of the mostly communal picnic tables in the open industrial-style dining room featuring rustic wood walls, concrete floors, and big windows looking out to the sidewalk. Deli sandwiches include a meatball hero, a French dip, and Reuben sliders (one satisfies an average appetite). A hot dog, burger, and soups and salads are also options. Everything seems to be uniformly delicious, but do note that potato salad can be disappointingly undercooked.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sights to See: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Cora-Berliner Straße 1, between the tiergarten and Potsdamer Platz, +49 (0)30 2639 4336. Outside open 24 hrs. Free. This quiet spot is a memorial to the 6 million Jewish victims of WWII’s Holocaust. It consists of 2,711 rectangular grey concrete blocks representing funeral pillars (or stelae). They are in varying heights on an open plaza that takes up an entire square block. A subterranean Information Center gets more personal, with the names and images of Jews and their history during the Third Reich (1933-45). Opened in 2005.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Great Sleeps: WildSpring Guest Habitat, Port Orford, Oregon

WildSpring Guest Habitat 92978 Cemetery Loop, (866) 333-WILD (9453), (541) 332-0977. 5 cabins. A one-person party must be at least 25 yrs old; unsuitable for children under 13. No phones. Hot tub. Full buffet breakfast. $198-$306; pull-out bed +$20-$40. No pets; no smoking. How charming are directions that indicate this covey of cabins is “five miles north of Humbug Mountain”? Guests park in a woodsy lot, and check in by picking up their key from a row of rustic mailboxes in an open-air shelter. Then they can either load their bags into an easy-to-maneuver contemporary wheelbarrow or contact the office via intercom for assistance. The contemporary two-room cabins are scattered within a 5-acre private forest of 100-foot-tall second-growth Douglas Firs. Ferns dot the forest floor, and trails padded by a bed of pine needles lead to each cabin. “We’re very proud that during construction we only had to cut down two trees,” says co-owner Michelle Duarte. Cabins feature light hardwood floors, and pocket-door dividers provide privacy when someone uses the sitting room’s twin hide-a-bed. Furnishings are an interesting eclectic mix of antiques and exotic imports rescued from Hollywood Hills garage sales. A fluffy feather comforter make the generally cool coastal nights warmer. It is a short walk to the far end of the property (by the Guest Hall) to use the very special oversize slate hot tub overlooking the ocean. The Guest Hall is where everyone gathers for snacks and breakfast, and to play games, borrow DVDs and books, and enjoy the ocean view. Guests are encouraged to get reconnected with nature. Facilities include a walking labyrinth, a sculpture garden, and several trails, and a rocking chair or hammock makes the perfect place to listen to the wind blowing through the pines. Birders will find a huge bird population, and from October through May a drumming circle is conducted when at least six people express interest. Co-owner Dean Duarte informs that Port Orford is a “dark skies initiative city. Hoods are placed over street lights to direct glow down, not up, so we can see the stars.”


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Sights to See: Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Dolores Hidalgo  30 min. N of San Miguel de Allende. Mexico’s independence from Spain was fought out here in 1810. Today the town is known for its ice cream and beautiful handmade talavera pottery. Ice cream vendors have carts at the four corners of the central square, and the flavors are unusual—shrimp, tequila, mole, avocado. The town is also known for great carnitas. It is one of the premier places in Mexico to buy Talavera pottery at a fraction of the prices in the United States or even nearby San Miguel. Artists are seen at work painting in shops.

Our Lady of Sorrows church is a carved from rose-colored quarry stone and a gorgeous example of churrigueresque architecture.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sights to See: The Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico

-->San Juan de los Lagos  In the state of Jalisco, 2 hours/76 km NE of Guadalajara. Founded in the 1600s, this city is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in Mexico. The Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos is the second most visited religious site in Mexico, only after the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. For more than 3 centuries, millions of pilgrims have visited the Virgin here. The story begins in 1542, when a Spanish priest brought a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception to the village. In 1623, the sick daughter of a local Indians recovered after her parents prayed for her. Following this miracle, the statue began to be visited by pilgrims who walk on their knees to the Virgin’s altar. I found the alcove to the right of the altar especially interesting--it is where pilgrims place letters and objects that thank the Virgin for their personal miracles.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Sights to See: Jardin de la Union/Union Garden, Guanajuato, Mexico

Jardin de la Union/Union Garden  This spectacular square and garden dates back to the colonial times, when it was the center of street markets and traditional festivities were held here. It is lined with a neatly trimmed canopy of Indian laurel that is so dense it looks as if it is just one tree. Cafes, restaurants, and shops surround the garden, and mariachi bands entertain.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Good Eats: Ferrara, NYC


Ferrara 195 Grand St./Mulberry St., 212-226-6150. It is fitting that this spot is on Grand Street, because it has that shiny grand appearance of a fancy coffee shop and is especially bright, sparkling, and cheery in the evening. You can select your pastry and sit down to munch it with coffee, or just do a walk-away. Choose from an array of Italian pastries, including baby Sicilian cannoli (Italian grandmas once shaped these pastries around broom sticks when they made them at home) in a variety of flavors and deliciously chewy soft pignoli cookies smothered in pine nuts.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Good Eats: Socorrat Paella Bar, NYC



Socorrat Paella Bar 284 Mulberry St, (btw. Houston & Prince St), in Nolita, 212-219-0101. D daily, Sat-SunBr; $$$. Reservations advised. The specialty here is the namesake socorrat—the delicious crusty rice that forms on the bottom of a paella pan (disappointingly, the veggie version lacks this crust). Tapas are tasty—try the garlic shrimp and patatas bravas—and the sangria goes down easily.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Great Sleeps: Monte Coxala, San Juan Cosala, Mexico

Monte Coxala  Rafael Osuna 300, 5 km. W of Ajijic along Carratera Chapala, 387-76-101-11. 11 rooms. In addition to enjoying a panoramic lake view, this magnificent hilltop resort features a prehispanic theme, thermal waters, and a pyramid spa with a steaming mud purification treatment and a sweat lodge.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Good Eats: KaDeWe, Berlin, Germany

KaDeWe Tauentzienstrasse 21-24, +49 (0) 30 2121-0. M-Thur 10-8, F 10-9, Sat 9:30-8. Said to be continental Europe's largest department store, this gigantic emporium holds an exceptional food hall on The Gourmet Floor (6th floor ) that is well worth a visit. Sausage, cold cuts, wines, cheeses, breads, and chocolates galore are displayed, and you can sit down at mini-counters for everything from North Sea shrimp sandwiches to bouillabaisse soup. Head to the top floor (7th floor) to Restaurant Wintergarten cafeteria for a head-swirling selection of salads, entrees, and desserts. Here you simply put on your plate as much as you want, then it is weighed, and you are charged by the ounce.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Great Sleeps: Hecker’s Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Hecker’s Hotel Berlin Grolmanstrasse 35, West Berlin, 030/88900. 4 stars. 69 rooms. Restaurant; bar (roof dining in summer). 140€-280€ ($224-$448) double. Breakfast additional, and worth having at least one day just for the sprinkling of caviar that sometimes appears on the deviled eggs, but many inexpensive bakery cafes are nearby. Parking €12-18. This small, quiet boutique hotel is close to public transportation and easy to get to when traveling by train. A bus stops just across the street for a ride to the airport (E2.3); a taxi to Tegel Airport is about E15, or Scoenfield Airport about E35. Located just off busy Kurfürstendamm, where the big department stores are and where most sightseeing buses stop, it is hotel is in a great area for shopping and dining. and also just a few pleasant blocks away from the charming shops and cafes at Savignyplatz and its S-Bahn station. The original rooms are smaller than the newer ones, but decor is contemporary and bathrooms up to date throughout. Our stylish, very quiet Bauhaus Suite had two narrow balconies, black-and-white-striped curtains and bedcover, light-wood floors, a walk-in closet with sliding barn-style glass doors, and two TVs—one in the white marble bathroom, complete with a remote to use while relaxing in the long, deep tub. A small but top-notch breakfast buffet is available each morning, but unfortunately it isn't included with all bookings.

Hecker’s Hotel is a member of Great Hotels of the World Premium Collection. Double rooms start at £116. For more information or to book please visit http://www.ghotw.com/heckers-hotel or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Good Eats: Eataly, NYC

updated July 20, 2015

Eataly 200 Fifth Ave./23rd St., Flatiron District, 212-229-2560. This gargantuan palace of Italian gourmet food pleasures--celebrity chef Mario Batali is behind it—is broken up into many bite-size pieces according to specialty. A stand-up snack bar is an option along with seated fish, pizza, and pasta counters. Fresh panini, focaccia, pizza, pasta, pastries, and gelato are made on site daily and are available to take away.

wine counter at Eataly in NYC 
coffee bar at Eataly in NYC
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restaurant in Eataly in NYC
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pasta case in Eataly in NYC

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