Palate

Made in Italy.

From La Marzocco’s headquarters in Scarperia, just outside of Florence, the Italian king of espresso machinery is still an artisanal operation.

A solid foundation.

Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley is well worth a visit, both for its acclaimed unfiltered wines, and for the splendour of its English gardens and mountain caves. Its founders, Peter and Dr. Su Hua Newton, opened the winery in 1977.

Green tea mecca.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: For the Japanese, the drinking of green tea, in the proper way, is a Zen experience. Fukujuen Kyoto Flagship Store, a six-storey emporium in Kyoto, Japan, is dedicated to green tea in its many forms.

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.