Palate

French fundamentals.

Three-quarters of Parisian bistros are said to be run by Aveyronnais from south-central France, descendants of those who, forced by dwindling employment, moved north in the 1870s to seek their fortunes.

The British quotient.

Nestled in London’s Knightsbridge district, the Berkeley has been a landmark fixture since the turn of the century. The context of the hotel’s location, mere steps from Hyde Park, makes staying here a classic British experience.

Keep your fork—there’s pie.

Pie is the quintessential comfort food, imbued with memory and nostalgia. Almost everyone has a pie story to tell, whether it’s how Grandma’s house smelled as she set about her baking on a summer afternoon or the jokes that flew around the dinner table as dessert was dished out after a Thanksgiving feast.

A good mix.

On the quiet end of East 6th Street in Austin, Texas sits Easy Tiger: a bake shop, eatery, and beer garden. The multi-purpose establishment, cloaked in wild ivy and overlooking quaint Waller Creek, invites in those curious about its seemingly contradictory offerings and encourages them to relax, stay awhile.

Popping up.

Small fleeting establishments from enterprising individuals have been popping up for years: a temporary shop of artisan goods, a one-time dinner in the back of a gallery. So it is no surprise, as with most things that catch fire, that larger, recognized brands have begun to host their own editions too.

Rías Baixas and its albariño.

It’s a cliché that the wines and food from a particular region go well together. So the high-acid reds of northern Italy complement the many tomato-based dishes common there, while pinot noir from Bourgogne pairs nicely with coq au vin. Yet the principle doesn’t always work. Marlborough sauvignon blanc with New Zealand lamb? English sparkling wine with roast beef? But if you need a poster region for this wine and food matching principle, it might well be Rías Baixas.

The spirit of friendship.

You were never meant to have this tequila made by George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber. Friends for decades, the two purchased property together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and built two houses, decked out for when they need to escape—and drink tequila.

A toast to good fortune.

The Chinese New Year is steeped in 4,713 years of traditions that welcome fresh beginnings: it is customary to wear new clothes, give red envelopes to the younger generation, and sweep the home from top to bottom, all to invite good luck for the year to come.

Red label, red carpet.

Piper-Heidsieck is no stranger to awards. The company continues its winning tradition with the launch of a new three-year partnership on Sunday, February 22, christening it the exclusive champagne of the Academy Awards.