R BlockInnovations in Grazing

It’s not the British Invasion of yesteryear. This time, it’s culinary in nature. In New York City, two new “food halls” have opened: Eataly, Mario Batali’s much-ballyhooed emporium next to Madison Square Park, and Todd English Food Hall, a collection of restaurants in the basement of the Plaza Hotel. Read more »


R BlockSeasons Greetings From Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, S.C. is the perfect blending of an intimate historical masterpiece with the luxuries and activities of a metropolitan city. I always enjoy talking to someone who has just visited this impeccable city for the first time; the southern charm, mysterious history, beautiful people and world-class dining and events never fail to blow them away. Read more »

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R BlockWinter Imbibing

Speakeasies. They are, by definition, a little anachronistic. Although Prohibition ended long ago, drinking in secretive elegance will never really go out of style. Read more »

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R BlockThe Road to Middle Earth

In 2012, director Peter Jackson returned to Middle Earth for a new trilogy based on the works of beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien. An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in The Hobbit series, received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, with many quibbling over Jackson’s decision to release the film in a controversial high frame rate format. Nevertheless, it helped spark a renewed interest in the real-life locations. Read more »


R BlockNYC [Raw] Bar Hopping

In the book The Big Oyster, Mark Kurlansky writes “before the 20th century, when people thought of New York, they thought of oysters.”  Though that sentiment along with New York’s oyster population has diminished over the past two centuries with the city’s drastic growth, oysters are currently making a strong comeback in Mahattan via the Oyster Restoration Research Project. Read more »