In this issue: Seattle, Oahu, London, and Los Angeles…
Eat: A gelato master lands in L.A.
Frozen treats in Los Angeles are usually zero-calories, but not at the Gelato Bar in Studio City. Made fresh daily, flavors range from traditional chocolate chip to original combinations like the Veneziana, with ribbons of bittersweet chocolate and candied orange. Sorbetto, savory and sweet snacks, espresso, and roasted coffees round out the menu. Everything about the place is authentically Italian, from the bar to the gelato case to the Venetian gelato master turning out the fine flavors. 4342 1/2 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City.
Drink: Pike Place Market turns 100
Pike Place Market in Seattle has been a favorite shopping stop for tourists and locals for exactly 100 years. To toast the 2007 centennial, Northwest Cellars released a limited-edition wine, Rachel Red ($16.95), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The wine is named after Rachel, the 750-pound prize-winning hog immortalized in a piggy-bank sculpture at the main arcade.
Stay: Small is beautiful in New York
For budget travelers who like economy and style, the new Pod Hotel in New York City is a chic bargain. Rooms in this Midtown hotel are designed to be modern (iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs) and minimal (think sailboats and airplanes). Prices start at $89 for a twin room with bunk beds and max out at $229 for a town house room.
See: Fashion forward in London
You may think the National Portrait Gallery in London is just for dusty oil paintings of ancient Britons, but there’s a fair amount of work here that is also hip and sexy, like the current exhibit Face of Fashion, a stunning collection of 130 photos from five of the world’s top fashion photographers: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, and Mario Sorrenti. The show is up through May 28.
Shop: Bikini blitz in Oahu
Finding the right beach in Oahu is a cinch, but finding the perfect swimsuit can be mission impossible. Not so on Oahu. North Shore Swimwear, one of the last custom swimsuit shops on the island, specializes in bikinis. There are dozens of top and bottom styles to choose from for every shape and size, from a modest tank top to itsy-bitsy string bikinis. Fabrics come in a rainbow of solid colors and prints. Suits take five to seven days to make, so go at the start of your trip, or pay for a rush order. Prices start at $34 per piece.