Hawaiian dining is typically a multi-ethnic affair. If, however, you’ve got a yen for authentic Hawaiian cuisine, head to Helena’s, on Oahu. The James Beard Foundation lauded it with a Regional Classics Award back in 2000, an honor that has made the small family-run restaurant a prized address among local foodies. The menu hasn’t changed much in 60 years. Expect Kahlua pig, lomi lomi salmon, poi, and haupia (coconut custard), all served up for about $10 per person. Tuesday-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1240 North School Street. 808/845-8044.
Stay: Style and economy in Barcelona
Cheap and chic don’t often go together, but they do at the Park Hotel in Barcelona’s Born neighborhood. The hotel was built in the 1950s, following a modernist credo. An early ’90s renovation brought the rooms up to date while preserving the structure’s overall cool aesthetic. The prices aren’t bad either: rooms start around €100 per night and include a buffet breakfast with fresh orange juice, hams, and hot chocolate. Come sunset, the dining room turns into Restaurant Abac, helmed by star chef Xavier Pellicer.
Drink: Cocktail revolution in Vegas
Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, now at the Las Vegas Mirage, is a Beatles-themed extravaganza called Love. A fitting accessory to the show is the new Beatles Revolution Lounge, a psychedelic canteen inspired by the Fab Four and created by Cirque du Soleil. Drinks at the Abbey Road Bar include the “Strawberry Fields” (Stoli “strasberi” vodka, strawberry purée, fresh mint, $13) and the “English Breakfast” (Plymouth gin, orange marmalade, fresh lemon, $13).
See: Castle by candlelight near Paris
There are lots of châteaux in France, but you can only visit them during the day. Not so at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, 30 minutes from Paris. The château is offering candlelight evening visits during the spring and summer months. Two thousand candles will illuminate house and gardens while classical music plays in the background — how perfectly 18th century! Saturdays from May 5 to October 6 and Fridays in July and August from 8 p.m. to midnight. Click here for more information.
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Shop: Arts & letters in San Francisco
Sometimes it’s nice to take a breather from our hi-tech world and indulge in something as basic as, say, paper. Kozo Arts in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood has a selection of photo albums and other products made with Japanese Chiyogami papers (woodblock prints on paper in the style of the Edo period). For a unique special-occasion gift (think wedding or anniversary), have an album custom made for under $100. You can also order invitations and stationery with beautifully calligraphied text.