Review

At the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, a beautiful presentation of raki, the local anise liquor, to which water is added.

Four Seasons Hotel Perfection—Hotel Oddity #47

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What has the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul not thought of? I’ve already written about its coffee delivered with wake-up call, a practice worthy…

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Venetian glass beads

Venetian glass beads, blown live in Venice studio

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Serendipitous finds are one of the joys of travel. In Venice, the rule is wander, get lost, and head away from the unbearably crowded…

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Kajsas fish soup

Kajsas fish soup, Stockholm

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Kajsas fish soup I dream of Kajsas’ fish soup! Since I started visiting Kajsas Fiskbistron (fish bistro) in the 90s, I always order only…

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Pickpocket proof clothes: Clever Travel Companion's black tank; safest place to carry money

Pickpocket proof clothes

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Though I’m not much for “pickpocket proof clothes,” I have road-tested and come to appreciate a few items. I’ve been wearing Clever Travel Companion’s…

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The Impersonator, by Ann Mann

The Impersonator: Double Duplicity, Innocence, Intrigue

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Film options for The Impersonator, by Ann Mann, are sure to be promptly snapped up. I’ve seen the film in my mind, so richly…

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Sfogliatelle inside

Sfogliatelle!

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If this doesn’t make you drool, well, try the lower photo. Sfogliatelli must be the most exquisite pastry ever invented. Found only in Naples,…

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In a Mumbai slum: Dharavi from Mahim Junction overpass

Dharavi—inside the giant Mumbai slum

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You saw Slumdog Millionaire, right? It was filmed in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest, densest slums. Bob and I spent half a day…

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Clever Travel Companions men's pickpocket-proof underwear; The travel industry's dirty little secret

The Clever Travel Companion — pickpocket-proof underwear

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Soft, cozy, and cute—The Clever Travel Companion makes some very nice underclothing. All pieces include pickpocket-proof pockets, but these are nice to wear even…

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Stashitware – pickpocket proof underwear

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I have to laugh at the great sense of humor shown by the creators of Stashitware, men’s and women’s pickpocket proof underwear. Start with…

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Mamak Malaysian restaurant, Sydney

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Mamak is worth standing in line for. Bob and I waited 50 minutes for what is actually rather ordinary Malaysian food. But you can’t…

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Ghost in the Wires

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I thought Kevin Mitnick was a friend of mine—but that was before I read his forthcoming book, Ghost in the Wires. Kevin’s the consummate…

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Kaiseki: Steamed icefish on raw sea urchin

Japanese kaiseki dinner

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You are lucky indeed if you ever get the opportunity to experience a kaiseki meal, especially one in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn….

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Delicious do-it-yourself panipuri at the upscale restaurant Soam, in Mumbai.

Eating in Mumbai

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Eating Mumbai Bhel puri just might be my favorite Indian food. A snack commonly prepared and served on the street, you can find it…

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Chortle reviews Just For Laughs

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The UK comedy guide Chortle.co.uk reviewed the Just For Laughs Craig Ferguson Gala. The most interesting part of the review: The next act, Bob…

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duck in a can

Duck in a can

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Montreal—Read anything about this city’s vibrant dining scene and you’ll be pointed to Au Pied de Cochon. You’ll also be warned: dining here entails…

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Pacific O

Maui and Majuro

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Pacific O Chef McDonald had a farm, EIEIO. We had a gorgeous dinner in Lahaina last week, outdoors, on the beach, hibiscus blossoms in…

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