Travel

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…

What to Wear: Scottish Highlands edition

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You’re visiting the Scottish Highlands in spring/summer — lucky you — and you’re wondering what to pack. Let me help you out here. Two words: rain gear. I just got back from Islay, a beautiful island in the Hebrides and, boy, was I glad I took my L.L. Bean rain pants. The weather wasn’t particularly…

7 Must-Haves to Fly like a Boss in Economy

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Let’s be real here. Flying business or first class is 100 percent, totally awesome and no amount of hacks can fully duplicate that feeling. Let’s be realer: Flying upfront in the airplane these days costs roughly $5 million, and that’s not an option for most of us. But even though you’re stuck in steerage, here…

Amazing Agrigento

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You know what’s not cool? Shuffling past historic stuff in a long line of tourists, the hot breath of the short-fused travelers behind you blowing down your neck as you try to figure out what the heck the crumbly bit of wall/statue/fresco in front of you is supposed to be. You know what is cool?…

Food & Drink

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…

CHOCOPALYPSE!!

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Note to self: Keep calm and carry on … a really big carry-on the next time we pop over to Merry Olde England. Why? Because this: As a result of a settlement with the Hershey’s Company, Let’s Buy British Imports, or L.B.B., agreed this week to stop importing all Cadbury’s chocolate made overseas. The company…