Friday, May 28, 2010

Travel Videos: Where in Heaven is Mozart?

This family is documenting their little Mozart's trip around the world. The trip started when she was 5 and continues open-ended. She started playing the violin at 23 months!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sights to See: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


This gargantuan mall offers shopping, dining, and entertainment galore. It is home to 472 international brands and more than 60 unique outlets. Entertainment includes the amazing Ski Dubai, a Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, a 500-seat community theatre and arts centre, and 75 restaurants. A five-star Kempinski hotel adjoins.

The indoor ski resort known as Ski Dubai offers an astonishing snow setting where people can ski, snowboard, and toboggan. It has a 25-story black-rated ski run.

Mall of the Emirates In the heart of New Dubai; http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.skidxb.com/.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sights to See: Bastakiya, Dubai

This restored historic neighborhood of meandering lanes, traditional Gulf houses, and ornate wind towers (old time air conditioners) that are characteristic of early Dubai also has a a few restaurants, shops, museums, and art galleries.

Bastakiya http://www.dubaitourism.ae . Daily 9-8. Free.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Good Eats: Caffe Reggio, NYC

1902 cappuccino machine at Caffe Reggio in NYC
1902 cappuccino machine at Caffe Reggio in NYC

Caffe Reggio  119 MacDougal St./W. 3rd St., 212-475-9557.  Daily 8am-3am; $.  Cash only.  Opened in 1927, this is America’s first cafe.  And the very first American cappuccino was made here—the magnificent 1902 machine full of spiggots and spouts is on display.  Nowadays you can get the usual coffee house drinks as well as a personal favorite—an Italian frappe monte-rosa (cherry iced frappe) made better yet with an additional shot of chocolate--and also salads, sandwiches, shakes, and sweets.  More favorite drinks include a lavender latte, a minty mocha iced or hot, and lavender or rose lemonade.  More than 80 works of art adorn the cafe, including an 18th-century Francesco the Younger titled “The Celebration of El Cid,” and right across the street is a three-story brownstone where Louisa May Alcott--the author of “Little Women,” once lived.   Many scenes in the vintage 1950s bohemian movie starring Shelly Winters, Next Stop, Greenwich Village, were filmed here. 

exterior of Caffe Reggio in NYC
exterior of Caffe Reggio in NYC

interior of Caffe Reggio in NYC
interior of Caffe Reggio in NYC

iced minty mocha at Caffe Reggio in NYC
iced minty mocha at Caffe Reggio in NYC

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updated 7-13-17

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good Eats: Alleva Dairy, NYC



Here since 1892, this is the oldest Italian cheese store in the U.S. Try the ricotta, and the delicious salt-free mozzarella that is made fresh daily. The deli section makes sandwiches to order as well as golf ball-size rice balls stuffed with peas and bits of meat that are perfect for a walk-away treat.
Alleva Dairy 188 Grand St./Mulberry St., Little Italy, 800-4-ALLEVA, 212-226-7990. M-Sat 9-6, Sun 9-3.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sights to See: Yelapa, Mexico


In this tiny seaside village donkeys cart things. It has no cars, and electricity didn’t arrive until 2001. But perhaps the town’s biggest claim to fame is pie, sold by a lady who strolls the beach balancing the pie plate on her head, stopping to serve out big wedges of banana and coconut cream to those who simply cannot resist. After disembarking the water taxi into the sea's warm water, plop in a plastic lounge chair right at the water’s edge and settle in for a few hours of watching the amazing show unfold in front of you—-a local man with a gigantic iguana selling photo ops; parasailing; small children selling trays filled with tiny gourd animals with bobbing heads; delivery boats pulling in to replenish beer supplies; and, of course, the pie lady’s arrival. Horseback riding is available.
Yelapa 45 min. from Puerto Vallarta by boat. $11/one-way by water taxi.

Hole up here in romantically rustic thatched-roof huts. Hilary Swank and Peter Coyote are among the celebs that vacation here.
Hotel Lagunita http://www.hotel-lagunita.com/; $80.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Good Eats: Scott's Pizza Tours, NYC


Pizza enthusiast Scott Wiener says, “I don’t even like to call it a tour—it’s more a support group for pizzaholics.” He travels with a messenger bag stuffed like a Chicago deepdish with books and dog-earred brochures that he pulls out for illustration. His informative tour takes you behind the scenes of New York pizza, with plenty of history—he’ll tell you more than you ever knew you didn’t know about pizza--and massive and messy slices aplenty to taste, too. The three-hour walking tour includes a sampling at New York's oldest pizzeria, as well as at several more super popular spots, while the four-and-a-half-hour weekend bus tour takes the group to other boroughs, too.

Scott's Pizza Tours 244 Fifth Ave, S-260, 908-337-7702. Walking tour $33, bus tour $55.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Things To Do: Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai, Thailand


I was surprised by the docile tigers that allowed people to lay their heads on their butts for pictures (it’s claimed this is the only place in the world where you can get in the enclosures with the tigers and do this). A fish pedicure is available in the lobby. Surprisingly, the restaurant buffet here is exceptional.
Tiger Kingdom 51/1 moo 7 rimtai, Mae-rim, 053-860704; http://www.tigerkingdom.com/ . Daily 9-6.

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