Travel

Where to Go in Paris When It’s Hot

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Cole Porter loved Paris when it sizzled. You may not feel the same way after you’ve spent a day pounding pavements in August. Although the weather in Paris is generally cool and even damp there can be scorchers with 100-degree temps and a big heaping helping of humidity.. This is when you discover that the…

What to wear in Paris, Summer edition

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The setting: Paris in summer. The challenge: Staying comfortable without descending into a hell of rumpled athletic wear that serves mainly to underscore how deeply un-athletic one, in fact, is. The answer: Pretty much Eileen Fisher. Yes, yes, I know. You think it’s an old lady brand specializing in muumuus and wrinkly linen shirts. You…

Using T-Mobile in Europe

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After two rather trying years of dealing with AT&T’s clunky website and extremely expensive out-of-country rates, I happily switched to T-Mobile when my contract ended this April. I now pay $50 a month for up to 1GB of data, with 4G where available. And that’s it. You can use it outside the U.S. wherever T-Mobile…

Day out in Glasgow

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“You’ve been to Edinburgh? Or, we’re much nicer than them,” declared the driver who met me at the Glasgow airport. “Mmm,” I said politely, although to be honest I had my reservations about that. Eighteenth-century novelist Daniel Defoe* called Glasgow the “cleanest and beautifullest, and best built city in Britain, London excepted.” But today the…

High dudgeon! Flats a no-Cannes-do for film fest?

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There’s some buzz today about the Cannes Film Festival requiring women to wear high heels on the red carpet. Apparently some ladies have been turned away or only grudgingly allowed in after getting some flat flak. The actress Emily Blunt has come out swinging in favor of comfort shoes and there have been numerous calls…

Food & Drink

Searching High and Low for Merlot

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Shafer Vineyards is looking for a few good bottles. Specifically, the winery is offering $250 each for two 1983 Shafer Merlot bottles that can be verified as having been cellared properly, ideally by the original purchaser. This is a little bit like Newcastle putting out a call for coal, but the fact is the winery…

A visit to Laphroaig

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As you know, Dear Reader, I’m not much for bucket lists. But if I had such a thing, visiting Islay, home to more than a half-dozen active distilleries and cradle of smoky, briny, in-your-face, peated scotches, would be on it. I first heard of Islay (EYE-la) in 2002, while writing about wave energy projects of…

Strip and Sip

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The Beringer winery has a new strip-and-sip program to sell wine. Sadly, it’s not quite as exciting as it sounds. The strip in question is a flavor strip that will be available on grocery aisles. The strips are individually wrapped and on mounted small shelf displays. You take a pack, open it, remove the flavor…

Arsenic and old alcohol

Did You Purchase or Consume California Wine That May Have Contained Arsenic? You May Have A Claim. Call Us Now! https://t.co/AMNgySyWIH — Wites & Kapetan (@SFLAttorneys) March 20, 2015 Read the shocking stories about the shocking levels of (alleged) arsenic in cheap wine? See the above little missive on Twitter asking you to be part…

Supreme Winelover

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I knew I liked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when I found out that her nickname is “Notorious RBG.” But her latest revelation — specifically, the reason she was taking a wee snooze during the recent State of the Union address — has me in full fan-girl mode. “The audience for the most part…