Where Taste Meets Nature

By Alison Cederbaum Walk into any palace of fine living. A beloved restaurant, bejeweled hotel lobby, friend’s penthouse. If the flowers inspire awe, chances are good that you›re gazing at one of Alix Astir›s creations. New York›s duchess of floral design, the CEO of Trellis Fine Florals is building an empire out of exquisite taste: one arrangement at a time. She…

HIP & TRENDY ISRAEL

For thousands of years the holy sites of Jerusalem have drawn millions of pilgrims and visitors from around the globe. Now, a wave of stylish restaurants, wine bars, on-trend boutiques, art galleries and lively nightlife is attracting the fashionable and fabulous to this wondrous and exotic city, adding chic new appeal to an age-old destination.

Mexico’s Medina

By Rory Winston Medina has founded yet another Mecca – admittedly, an irrelevant pun given that Julian Medina is a Mexican chef while the new Mecca being referred to is a third restaurant in a growing New York based franchise known as Toloache. Still, there is something religious about Medina’s following – especially if one…

Resident Alien

By George Wayne The only succor getting GW through this most harsh and daunting of early New York City winters I have ever experienced in my more than 24 years here as the Resident Alien — my only succor has been fine food. And so this month I have decided to devote all my thoughts…

Palette to Palate

By Rory Winston Think Chelsea;’ it’s more than likely you’ve already started imagining yourself strolling down a gallery-riddled boulevard with colorful personalities splashed on for good measure. If, however, you’re trying to grasp the history that went into making this area what it is today then there are certainly more revealing and impressionistic journeys to…

From Michelin to Michelin

By Rory Winston Roadside clam shacks crossed with culinary aspiration? You’ve seen the likes of the former in films celebrating the 50’s by the coast: Gas stations with Coca Cola signs dangling precariously in the wind, Ice cubes advertised in handwritten cutouts off some seaside interstate, a badly drawn lobster with the words Open till…