In this issue: Madrid, Miami, Stockholm, Florence, and New York…
Mixologist Albert Trummer and chef David Bouley have teamed up again, this time at David Bouley Evolution, at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami’s South Beach. Trummer built his rep for high-powered tipples at Town and Kittichai restaurants in New York. In Miami he focuses on market-fresh fruit and Cuban-inspired libations, like the $13 Key Lime Coconut Grove (coconut juice, Leblon Cacacha, cane syrup and key-lime juice). If that doesn’t impress your date, try the $45 Marie Antoinette (1985 Cristal Rose, Grand Marnier Centenario, Delamain Cognac, and secret elixirs).
Stay: Madrid’s art trifecta
The Hotel Ritz Madrid gives art lovers three good reasons to travel to Madrid this spring. The “Cultural Experience in Madrid” package bundles admission to the Prado Museum, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art all in one. The latter features a terrific show, The Mirror & the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso, through May 20. Top it off with a complimentary three-course dinner in the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Goya. Prices from £800.
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See: Stockholm’s primary colors
We know public art is supposed to bring joy to the downtrodden masses, but what’s so joyous about wing nuts lying sideways on lawns, or hulking slabs of steel covered in bird guano? At least with Colour by Numbers, a public art project in Stockholm, you don’t have to wonder why you’re looking. The artists have rigged a ten-story tower so that the red, green, and blue lights in the tower windows can be rearranged by anyone armed with a cellphone and the number +46 (0)70 5757 807.
Eat: Class act in Florence
For those who would rather bring home recipes than a Prada bag from their next trip to Italy, the Villa San Michele Hotel outside Florence offers several classes for novices and experienced cooks alike. The 2007 program starts April 10 with the two-day “Children’s Cookery School,” followed by “Aristocratic Cuisine and the Art of Entertaining” and “A Symphony of Pasta.” Courses are reserved for guests staying at Villa San Michele. Packages start at £1,159, including room, some meals, and all classroom materials.
Made-to-Order: Hi-tech nap in New York
Remember the good old days when relaxation meant a vodka martini and a Seconal? Not anymore. Dump the dolls and the drink before heading to hi-tech Yelo, an exclusive New York City refloxology and nap spa. The midtown spa has a $125 package offering 90 minutes of reflexology for feet, hands and ears in its hi-tech YeloCab chamber. Short on time? Take a 20-minute Yelo nap for $12, or try the 30-minute Express Yourself reflexology session for $65.
Shop: Charleston snack takes the cake
New York may have its cheesecake and Boston its cream pie, but when it comes to coconut layer cake, Charleston is the place. The Peninsula Grill’s Ultimate Coconut Cake is based on a recipe from executive chef Robert Carter’s grandmother. The cake is comprised of a pound cake center topped with butter cream icing and toasted coconut. Its seven layers weigh in at nearly 12 pounds — no telling how many of those will end up on your hips. The cost? $100.00, plus shipping.
—Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg