At 32, Chef Jesse Schenker has already made a splash in New York's culinary scene. His restaurants Recette and one-year-old The Gander enjoy a fleet of regulars who come for his uniquely zesty sendups of comfort foods such as brisket "tots" and lentil risotto with snap peas.
So when Schenker headed to St. Barthélemy in the French West Indies—better known to Americans as St. Barths—he brought the open-mindedness of an eager Manhattan chef, letting the local flavors gradually sway his sensibilities. After nearly two weeks on a tropical diet, he was inspired to rethink elements of his menus and deliver tastes of the Caribbean to his own island...
New York and New Orleans are forever tied for all-time coolest American cities. Between their incomparable eateries, rich histories, and wild reputations, both are cultural capitals with bounties of things to do, see, and of course, drink.
So it makes perfect sense that New Yorkers love taking advantage of good airfares and direct flights down to the Crescent City. And whether it's your first or one of many visits, the key is always to find places a bit off the beaten path to get that real NOLA feel. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the city is stronger than ever—here's a rundown of can't-miss destinations that have stood the test of time, along with a few that have opened since.
by Kelsy Chauvin
It’s no joke that one of the biggest comedy towns in the country has a population of just 30,000. But Jamestown, New York isn’t your ordinary rust-belt city—it’s a whole lot funnier. Along with a slew of other fun factoids, Jamestown is the birthplace of Lucille Ball, the first lady of television and the woman who redefined comedy for the ages.
by Kelsy Chauvin
In the scenic and delicious corner of California's Sonoma County, it's all about the wine. Cruise along winding roads in any direction and soon you'll encounter some of the state's most prominent vineyards, each waiting to welcome you to their tasting rooms. But for travelers interested in sampling a little more, not all wineries are equal. Here are a few with more on the menu than sipping alone...