November 30, 2011

Good Eats: Big Island Candies, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii



Big Island Candies 585 Hinano St., a few blocks from the airport, Hilo, (800) 935-5510, (808) 935-8890. Daily 8:30–5. You can watch workers through big windows here as they make yummy chocolates and cookies. The macadamia nut shortbread cookies dipped in milk or white chocolate are simply THE BEST. And don’t miss your chance to taste chocolate-covered cuttlefish, called “ika.” Though it is tempting to pronounce that “ick-ah,” this delicacy actually tastes quite good.


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November 28, 2011

Great Sleeps: Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco, Peru


Hotel Monasterio Calle Palacio 136, 1 blk. from Plaza de Armas, 800-223-6800, +51 84 60 4000. Converted from a Spanish monastery built in 1592, this magnificent hotel features weathered stone arches sheltering the halls and original religious paintings decorating the walls. At hotel check-in we were offered coca tea, which eased our discomfort from the altitude. In the morning we feasted at the buffet in the cheery golden breakfast room of the El Tupay Restaurant, drinking electric-colored fruit juices and sampling tasty local Kiwicha biscuits and Andean cheese; Inca dinners are held here on Saturday.


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November 25, 2011

Favorite snack foods in the U.S.



Zagat lists some favorite snack foods in the U.S. Let's open that list up to the world. What is one of your favorites?


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November 21, 2011

Good Eats: Hasenecke/Currywurst, Berlin, Germany


Currywurst is one of Berlin’s most famous and beloved dishes. It is said to have been “invented” in the late 1940s and became popular with construction workers rebuilding the city.

Hasenecke  Savignyplatz, 0173/233 9997. This cheery little currywurst cart is near this S-Bahn station. Here the wurst is cut in pieces, sprinkled with curry powder, and topped with a sauce. Fries are available either with ketchup or mayo. It is the favored fast food of Berliners and makes a great meal to take back to your hotel.


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November 19, 2011

Sights to See: Jewish Museum Berlin/Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Jewish Museum Berlin/Jüdisches Museum Berlin  Europe's largest Jewish museum is housed in a stunning zinc-plated building nicknamed "the silver lightning bolt." Interior spaces are intended to disorient visitors, and the empty Holocaust Void in the center represents the world’s great loss from that event. Still, the museum can at times feel cozy. Exhibits center on Judaism and Jewish life, the Holocaust, and the post-World War II rebuilding of Jewish life in Germany.


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November 17, 2011

Sights to See: Mount Everest , Nepal


This Mount Everest Panorama saves a lot of money and a very long, difficult trek to the top of the world's highest mountain!


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November 16, 2011

Sights to See: MUSEUM ISLAND/Museumsinsel, Berlin, Germany


MUSEUM ISLAND/Museumsinsel
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999, this museum enclave is bordered by the River Spree and Kupfergraben. It consists of five state museums with world-class collections ranging from classical antiquities to 20th-century paintings and sculpture.

Bode-Museum Monbijoubrucke  030-266 3666.  Long closed for restoration, this grand museum is now open with enlarged exhibits, better lighting, and more viewer-friendly exhibitions. The interior itself is as interesting as the collections, with two spectacular dome rooms, marble floors, high ceilings, colorful walls, and large windows providing lovely views to outside. Sub-collections include the Museum of Byzantine Art (displays of early Christian sarcophagi, Coptic and Byzantine sculpture, icons, and even gravestones dating from the 3rd through the 18th century), the Sculpture Collection (exhibits magnificent pieces from ancient churches and monasteries, including a 1490 sandstone pulpit support by Anton Pilgram carved in the shape of a medieval craftsman. The Numismatic Collection/Coin Collection is exceptional.


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November 14, 2011

Things to Do: Strand Book Store , NYC


Strand Book Store 828 Broadway/12th St., near Union Square, 212-473-1452. Founded in 1927 by the Bass family, which still owns it, this beloved old-timer is now run by the third generation. This New York legend offers "18 miles of books," including used books for a buck, new best sellers, rare books and collectibles in every price range, and an entire floor of art books. The rare books collection is the largest in town and includes signed editions. You never know what you might find on the shelves. It's as much a scene as it is a bookstore; last time I visited I witnessed a woman of a certain age pushing a baby stroller holding three yappy dogs. The lLogo t-shirts and bags make great souvenirs.

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November 11, 2011

Good Eats: Le Pain Quotidien, Brentwood, California


Le Pain Quotidien  11702 Barrington Court/off Sunset, (310) 476-0969.  $$.

Le Pain Quotidien in Brentwood, California

Breakfast choices at this cog in the global chain of bakery cafes include scrumptious fresh French pastries, an assortment of omelettes, and more.


coffee at Le Pain Quotidien in Brentwood, California

My favorite is the Petit Dejeuner that includes a basket of breads and a croissant, plus coffee French-style in a bowl and orange juice; I always also add on a boiled egg.  Lunch brings on imaginative Belgian open-faced sandwiches, soups, and salads.  Le Pain is known for their delicious desserts and housemade breads as well as their line of condiments (spicy harissa sauce) and jams (I love the dark Montmorency cherry and the apricot), and all can be packed up to carry home.  A central communal table is popular with solo diners.  This branch might provide good star-spotting opportunities.  I say “might” because I am pretty sure, but am not positive, that I spotted Johnny Depp and Samuel L. Jackson here.


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November 9, 2011

Good Eats: Blue Plate, Santa Monica, California


Blue Plate 1415 Montana Ave., (310) 260-8877. B-L-D daily; $. At this bright and cheery spot you’ll find big windows, table-and-chair seating, and a simple menu. Breakfast is frittatas, scrambles, pancakes, and smoothies, and at lunch you can choose from healthy sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and soups. And after, there’s great shopping along Montana.


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November 7, 2011

Sights to See: World Owl Centre, Ravenglass, England


The World Owl Centre at Muncaster Castle has one of the world’s finest collections of these creatures. More than 40 species are on view.


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November 4, 2011

Good Eats: Mick's Cafe, Pacific Palisades, California--CLOSED


Mick’s Cafe  CLOSED  859 Swarthmore Ave., (310) 454-0090. B-L-D + afternoon tea daily; $-$$. This cute, narrow, cottagey space is a series of small outdoor patio areas. Breakfast includes pastries, panini, and omelettes. Lunch is sandwiches (both the fried egg and the BLT are very good), soups, and salads--including a delicious house salad made with nuts and Feta. In the evening, candles light the tables, small lights twinkle, and blankets and heat lamps are available, and the menu includes “around the world pizzas” and a variety of entrees.


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November 2, 2011

Good Eats: Pongsri Thai Restaurant , NYC


Pongsri Thai Restaurant 106 Bayard St./Baxter St., 212-349-3132. Opened 25 years ago in 1972, this is the oldest family-run and -operated Thai restaurant in NYC. Easy intro dishes include Pad See Ew (a noodle-vegetable dish) and Pra Ram (chicken and broccoli mixed with a curry-coconut-peanut sauce), but plenty more exotic options are available.

Columbus Park is across the street on former swamp land (you can see it out the window).  It is in the Five Points neighborhood depicted in the movie “Gangs of New York.”  Once ridden with disease, this 5-year-old square of green is the venue now for tai chi, Chinese opera, chess, fortune-telling, and quick repairs of watches and shoes.  On nice days, men bring out their caged birds and hang them in trees—just like they do in China.  


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