No less than eight Michelin stars sparkle above Baiersbronn tucked away in SouthWest Germany's Black Forest National Park. Three world-class starry-eyed Michelin chefs cook up a storm at this outpost of just 15,000 inhabitants just one hour from Stuttgart.
Each chef lords it over kitchens that produce epicurean treasures inside three hotels -- Hotel Traube Tonbach, Hotel Sackmann and the Hotel Bareiss -- that grandmothers founded during bad times in the Black Forest, and lucky for us, these women left a legacy of hospitality and fine food.
During the Austro-Hungarian Empire, trendsetter Archduke Charles Stephen of the Hapsburg family made this his winter residence. Naturally, other royals followed.
Some arrived to cure respiratory ailments as the pure air is legendary; others because it was de rigueur. But they all left a precious legacy: spectacular hotels and villas.
Q. Tell me why and how your novels so female-centric?
Lamb: I grew up in a household of women, they ran the show, they kept it all together. I credit my ability to write in female voices, as well as male, with having grown up with older sisters in a neighborhood largely populated by girls. And yes, I’ll Take You There features feminists from Lois and winning the vote for women, to the 70s when Felix’s ex-wife is an activist and finally, the third Aliza, a Gen-Y blogger and writer for New York magazine. Plus, my work is also informed by my work as a writing coach at York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic.
From 57th Street to Madison Square Garden lunch in New York City is a fool’s paradise. Lunch time is the perfect time to check out some of the city’s finest restaurants because they feature prix-fixe deals that cost 30% less than dinners. Shift gears from your workday and plan for a repast at the seductively elegant Le Bernardin, take a trip to a soulful sanctuary named Hangawi in Little Korea on 32nd St., or stroll to a Paris bistro at Benoit.
Once described as the community that gave “cool” an address, Harlem is home to cultural and now culinary legends. Passions run high in Harlem as do stylish surroundings, warm welcomes, earthy and innovative menus – attributes that could apply to all the members of this list. Its locals have deep roots and pride in this once-edgy neighborhood that is now one of the most attractive places to live and dine.
The race is on to preserve town halls, fire engine company buildings, sidewalk clocks, terra cotta factories, police stations and a host of historically significant places that are a testament to New York City’s biography. Today more than 35,000 buildings throughout New York City are protected landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks or part of 139 historic districts in all five boroughs.
Zenon got “discovered” almost as soon as it opened its doors in 1988 or 27 years ago. Stelios Papageorgiou, his wife Dora and their three daughters Angela, Constantina and Elena work together to bring the warmth and hospitality they have come to be known for. If you check out Zenon’s twitter feed you’ll find the faces of two new additions to the family: Stella and Theodora.