In this issue: Oahu, Paris, Los Angeles, and South Beach…
Eat: Molto Mozza
What do you get when you cross the king of salumi and Italian cucina (Mario Batali) and the queen of bread and baked goodness (Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery fame)? The hottest new (and some early critics say best) pizza joint west of the Rockies. Pizzeria Mozza, in Los Angeles, is a west coast riff on Batali’s Otto, and his first venue outside New York City. Mozza’s part one of a collaboration between Batali, Silverton, and Joe Bastianich. It’s hard to tell what’s generating the most heat: the star chefs, the pizza oven, or the celebrities in the dining room. The sequel, Osteria Mozza, is due to open this spring.
Drink: San Francisco’s sake sanctuary
As America’s taste grows for all things Japanese, so does its thirst for sake. San Francisco’s True Sake is the country’s biggest and best sake store, offering a shogun’s trove of more than 190 sakes. According to owner and sake sommelier Beau Timkin, it’s the largest selection in any store outside of Japan. Located in San Francisco’s charming Hayes Valley neighborhood, it’s a great place to sample myriad styles of rice wine.
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Shop: Parisian yachting style
If you’re near the Champs-Elysées in Paris, pop into the Louis Vuitton flagship store for a look at Wind and Sails: La Légende de L’America’s Cup et de la Louis Vuitton Cup. The latest exhibit in the Espace Louis Vuitton, a gallery on the seventh floor, combines sound and photographic images, capturing the relationship between man and the sea. When you’re done pondering the waves, contemplate some new couture on your way out. Through April 17.
Play: Oahu’s wintertime ocean oasis
While surfers flock to Oahu’s north shore for pounding winter waves, swimmers and snorkelers head to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on the calmer south shore. Colorful tropical fish of every size and shape inhabit the bay’s shallow-water reefs, created by a volcanic crater. Rent gear at the park or stop into Snorkel Bob’s nearby for a large selection of underwater equipment rented by the day or week. Hanauma Bay is open every day except Tuesday. Located 10 miles east of Waikiki off the main coastal road, Kalaniana’ole Highway, Route 72.
Stay: Ultimate South Beach luxury
Formerly Gianni Versace’s private residence, Casa Casuarina is the most exclusive private club in South Beach. Casa Casuarina used to welcome only celebrities and by-invitation-only elite. But now guests of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel also are invited to the party. The hotel’s new $150 Ultimate Beach Experience gives Mandarin Oriental guests access to Casa’s pool, restaurants, and its private beach on South Beach, where butlers serve everything from custom-programmed iPods to chilled towels. Take the shuttle service from the hotel, or up the ante by riding over on a luxury yacht for $100 extra. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive.