Poutine makes a statement in NYC
Gourmands who think Canadian cuisine is an oxymoron will be quickly disabused of that notion after dining at The Inn LW12,
a new gastropub operating out of the space once occupied by Rio Mar. The menu, co-created with consulting chef Daniel Boulud, showcases North Country specialties like Guinness-braised beef, pan-fried monk fish, crispy pigs trotters, and poutine, a stick-to-your-ribs dish of fries, gravy, and cheese. 7 Ninth Avenue, at Little West 12th Street. (212) 206-0300.
Nitrogen follies in Miami
Steamy Miami Beach
has been mired in liquid-nitrogen fog since the Below Zero Nitro Bar
opened a few months back at Barton G.
The bar's cocktails are infused with LN2, which is colder than dry ice and freezes alcohol. As the smoking drinks melt, they get stronger. Among the four cocktails available, the Pink Elephant Nitro-tini, with Absolut Ruby Red, grapefruit juice and fresh grapefruit, is the most popular. Don't forget your wallet -- vaporous libations start at $21.
Mexico goes art deco
isn't called the "Manhattan of Latin America" for nothing. The city has as many boutique hotels as the Big Apple, only they're snazzier. Like the Hippodrome,
which opened in February, in the La Condesa district, adjacent to the Parque Mexico, known for its galleries, cafes, and bars. There are 16 stylish rooms in the redone Art Deco building, ranging from $230 to $970 a night. The hotel's restaurant, Hip Kitchen, is helmed by Scottsdale-based chef James Porter (Tapino Kitchen & Wine Bar).
Berlin's big art bash
April 27 in Berlin
marks the beginning of Gallery Weekend Berlin,
when 29 art galleries have simultaneous openings at 6 p.m. Festivities continue over three days and nights and feature the latest from the city's contemporary art scene as well as shows by international artists (including New York installation artist Dash Snow). Aficionados call it "the ultimate art weekend," as the city teems with curators, collectors, and connoisseurs. The best news is it's all free.
Shop like a pro in Paris
If you've ever longed for the kind of hand-holding attention a department-store personal shopper gives you, but on a whole city level, pack your bags and head for Paris.
Susan Tabak, author of Chic in Paris,
is the city's Personal Shopper.
The New York-based Francophile travels to Paris several times a year to conduct tours of the hottest shopping venues, from Prada to Didier Ludot and Paula Ka to exclusive jewelry shops like Casoar and Lydia Courteille. From $1,500 per day, per person, which covers one lunch, one dinner, and transportation. Group rates are available.
Moonlight in Vancouver
If kayaking and moonlight dining are your thing, check out Rockwater Secret Cove Resort's
two-night Moonlight Paddle
on Halfmoon Bay, about 50 miles west of Vancouver.
At sundown, guests head off in their kayaks for a remote beach, where they are wined and dined alfresco
by Rockwater's chef. The package includes luxurious accommodations in a Tenthouse Suite.
Package price is $429 (CDN) per person. Upcoming full-moon dates are May 1-2 and May 31-June 1.
---Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg