London’s Wildest Ride…

In this issue: London, Majorca, Paris, and San Francisco…

Play: London: slide effects
Who says slides are just for playgrounds? London’s Tate Modern has teamed up with artist Carsten Höller to present Test Site, a collection of giant spiraling slides that has temporarily taken up residence in the museum (the largest is over 182 feet long). Höller, whose other ventures include Frisbee House — essentially a room filled with Frisbees — is fascinated with the “spectacle” of seeing people hurtling through space. Test Site is free and up through April 15.

Drink: Manhattan’s pot of gold
From the people who brought us Cain comes GoldBar (389 Broome Street), a new club in New York’s Little Italy tricked out with gold ceilings, gold love bracelets on the tables, and gold chains separating the rooms. The gold theme carries over to the drinks menu, which boasts libations like the Bee’s Kiss (rum, honey and cream) and the Gold Rush (honey, gin and vodka or tequila). Planning a visit? Better pack some gold — drinks start at a forbidding $17.

Eat: Sweet revenge in LA
In waistline-obsessed Los Angeles, preoccupation with beauty and healthy eating are experiencing a minor setback. Angelenos who’ve grown weary of preparing for close-ups are making a beeline for Milk (7290 Beverly Blvd.; 323/939-6455), where the homemade ice cream is generating waves of superlatives. Think guava ice cream, blood-orange sorbet, chocolate-dipped bon-bons, hazelnut-chocolate madeleines, creamsicles, and milk shakes. The blue velvet cake — this is LA after all — is heavenly.

Stay: Starck chic in Majorca
The island resort of Majorca just got hotter with the opening of L’Avenida, in Sóller, on the island’s west coast. On the outside it’s a handsome, century-old mansion, but on the inside it’s all retro-chic, with cool furniture, animal-print upholstery, and amazing color schemes. Best of all are the Philippe Starck-designed bathrooms with luxurious walk-in showers. Double rooms start at 160 euros a night.

Relax: Shear sensation in Frisco
Men don’t typically get passionate about things like haircuts. They’d rather watch the game, check stock quotes, or savor a vodka martini. Guys can do these things and more at MR., a posh new men’s salon in San Francisco. Flat-screen TVs are at every barber chair, and the bar is fully staffed from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guys can choose from a variety of cleverly named membership packages.

Made to Order: Higher learning in Paris
If you’ve always wanted to cook and entertain with the best of ’em, unleash your inner Martha Stewart in Paris at the famous Ritz Paris Escoffier Culinary School. Get lessons straight from the hotel’s sauce chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and bartenders. Courses include a workshop on making cocktails (€100), pairing foods with wines (€132), and there’s a week-long breadmaking workshop or pastry course (€1,050). Courses include tips on presentation, technique, and tasting.

Puja Chugani

Photo credits: (1) Photo by Pirikara, Mickey Hates Everything; (2) Photo courtesy of GoldBar; (3) Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.