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Marc Vogel has carved out a nice life for himself. The native San Franciscan is a private chef, but he’s not chained to the kitchen of, say, a movie star or a land baron who demands truffles and eggs at 4 in the morning.
He’s a traveling toque blanche who cooks by invitation only for royalty, presidents of foreign countries, corporate chieftains and owner chefs at marquee restaurants worldwide. Continue Reading Globe-trotting chef offers smart recipes for travel

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Elliot Saks is a first-generation New Yorker, second-generation merchant prince in the luggage trade, purveyor of travel bags to A-list movie and TV stars — but he’d give up his fame and fortune in the baggage business in a heartbeat for a Mets uniform and a spot in the lineup as a starting pitcher.
“I tried out for the Mets three times and at 49 years old, I’m still trying,” he said. Continue Reading Luggage lord finds high quality and deep discounts

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Aficionados have long debated the birthplace of the martini, but Micelotta insists it was “officially born in 1910 at the Knickerbocker Club in New York …” Continue Reading Coming to a bar tab far, far away: the $32 martini

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The last place you expect to find classic regional Italian cuisine is at an airport — particularly in a restaurant celebrating the 15th century artist Leonardo da Vinci, who gave the world the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.”
But entrepreneurial chef Stefano Colaiacomo has taken a carefully considered culinary flier and has opened Stefano’s da Vinci Ristorante (www.stefanosdavinci.com) at Daugherty’s Sky Harbor, an executive jet complex that is a minute away from Long Beach (Calif.) Airport, which looks like a film set from the 1930s. Continue Reading Artistry of da Vinci takes flight at airport restaurant

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Historic Manhattan bar pours it on, but smoothly

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If you’re strolling New York and thirsty for a friendly face, duck into the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue and 76th Street and ask mixologist Tommy Rowles to whip you up a Bemelmans Barter.
More than just a smooth blend of cognac, curacao, pineapple juice, bitters and nutmeg, it is history in a glass. The drink celebrates the cheekiness of artist Ludwig Bemelman, who way back in 1947 told the hotel’s owner he would paint a massive, whimsical mural of Central Park on the walls of the Carlyle Bar in exchange for gratis accommodations for his family for a year and a half. Continue Reading Historic Manhattan bar pours it on, but smoothly

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In its infancy 200 years ago, San Francisco’s finest restaurants were found in canvas tents on the waterfront. Smelly and windowless, tents also housed saloons, gambling dens and bordellos; they could be raised in a few hours by rawboned men sledgehammering steel spikes.
Prospectors working the mines in Colma, where John Sutter is credited with discovering California gold in 1848, and seamen marooned on three-master sailing ships anchored in San Francisco Bay flooded into these waterfront dives looking for food, firewater and other pleasures of the flesh. Continue Reading San Francisco's tastiest off the tours' beaten path

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One of the more gentlemanly disputes in the world of commerce centers on what company holds the distinction of being the oldest, continuously operated maker of luxury luggage.
For businesspeople willing to pay the price for a pedigreed traveling companion, the debate is a curiosity. Continue Reading Who’s the father of luxury bags: Vuitton or Goyard?

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