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Aloha 60 Getaways LUXURIOUS TROPICAL ESCAPES

22 Nose in a Book, Toes in the Sand

PERFECT BEACHES TO PAIR WITH THIS SUMMER’S TOP READS

29 The Fruits of Their Labor

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12 Travel in Style

9 •  COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION • KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW Talking Points • Style • In the Mix • My Life Nostalgia • Bucket List • Wealth • Design 35 • C  ONNOISSEUR • PRIME’S GUIDE TO DISCERNING TASTE Table Talk • Uncorked • Main Dish • Bragging Bites • Entertain

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47 • T  HE GENTLEMEN’S ROOM • FOR THE MAN WHO COMMANDS THE VERY BEST Man Cave • Driver’s Seat • Cigar Notes • High Tech • Outdoors • Style 55 • ESCAPE • GREETINGS FROM DESTINATIONS NEAR AND FAR Enlightened Explorer • Point of Interest 69 • L  IVE WELL • FEEL GOOD, LOOK GOOD, BE GOOD Health Buzz • Feel Good • Focus & Function • Look Good • Be Good

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publisher’s note Aloha is more than hello and goodbye. It represents an attitude toward life.

PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Karyn Dean

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PUBLISHER Terry Dean

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t’s been 30 years since we first visited Hawaii, so during our recent stay it wasn’t a surprise that many things have changed. However, the warm and friendly island attitude remains the same—the Aloha attitude. In our feature “Aloha Getaways” (page 60) we showcase three uniquely different ways to experience the distinctive Aloha spirit. One of the most exceptional experiences was the Termé Wailea Hydrotherapy Circuit, a series of relaxing water therapies at the Grand Wailea, Maui. Amazing! And, if you’re a beach seeker, be sure to check out “Nose in a Book, Toes in the Sand” (page 22) our annual book-beach pairing feature. Whether you’re summering somewhere beach-style or cruising for a month, packing the essentials is a must. Ladies, we pulled together our recommendations for your travel bag in “PRIME Finds” (page 72). The new L’Oréal Paris sunscreen that drops your skin temperature upon application and the StriVectin all-in-one wrinkle treatment, moisturizer and SPF were two items that caught our attention. For your resort wear, check out our must-takes in “Resort Roundup” (pages 12 and 52). We fell in love with the Laguna Watch (Tommy Bahama) and the 6 Shore Road Jumper (Everything But Water). So many choices! Quick reminder to check out “Table Talk” (page 36), “Italian Pearl” (page 40) and “Bragging Bites” (page 42) before making any Mother’s Day plans. You are sure to find several places that will make it difficult to decide. For the dads, “Pinnacle of Flavor” (page 49) and “Happy High-Tech Father’s Day” (page 50) will inspire some great ideas to make any dad happy on his special day. Aloha!

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cocktails & conversation THE PRIME LIVING GUIDE TO KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW

inside:

Tour d’Afrique

10 • TALKING POINTS WHAT’S TRENDING 12 • STYLE RESORT ROUNDUP 14 • IN THE MIX BADA BING CHERRY MARGARITA 15 • MY LIFE SKIN CARE AUTHORITY 16 • NOSTALGIA SUMMER VACATION 18 • BUCKET LIST RIDE OF YOUR LIFE 20 • WEALTH MERGE YOUR FINANCES 21 • DESIGN WELL TRAVELED, WELL COLLECTED MAY/JUNE • 2015

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Travel to the West Bay Club in Turks & Caicos if you are looking for the perfect fitness retreat. With sandy beaches as the background, where else would you rather be? Enjoy the weekend with a rigorous outdoor workout and relaxing spa treatment. You will also enjoy a healthy menu curated by chef Wolfgang von Wieser, featuring local seafood and fresh fruit. Training sessions with Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Courtney Paul incorporate visualization techniques, body sculpting moves and positive reinforcement. Highlights include a Welcome Beach Barbecue and special takeaway gifts to help guests maintain their wellness goals throughout the summer. thewestbayclub.com #TravelLight #ComeBackLighter MAY/JUNE • 2015

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6 Shore Road Jumper by Pooja Kharbanda available on everythingbutwater.com

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Melissa Obadash White Knit Dress by Melissa Odabash available on everythingbutwater.com

Tossed Treasure Statement Necklace by Tommy Bahama available on tommybahama.com

Breena Strapless Crepe Jumpsuit by Ralph Lauren Black Label available on neimanmarcus.com

Logan Crossbody by Botkier New York available on botkier.com

Lotta Green Print Coverup by Lotta Stensson available on everythingbutwater.com

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IN THE MIX

BADA BING CHERRY MARGARITA makes 4

• courtesy of Hailey DeLaRosa

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth consistency. Add a cherry for garnish.

juice of 1 lemon 2 cups fresh Bing cherries (can also use frozen)

1 cup ice

2 parts 03 Orange Liqueur

2 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar

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MY LIFE

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ALL-NATURAL SKIN CARE

authority DAHLIA KELADA

Story | ABBY WILSON

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I will never see this as a career. It’s like a tattoo; it stays with you. Itdoesn’t wash off.

hen Dahlia Kelada hosted a friend’s spa-themed bridal shower and made the body scrub out of thriftiness and a love of natural medicine, she would have never guessed that scrub would be the tinder for starting SALVE, an all-natural and organic skin care business located in Houston. The spark for the fire didn’t come until a degenerative corneal disease interrupted her promising career as a marketing consultant, taking her out of the conference room into a clinical trial treatment that rendered her blind in each eye for more than a month at a time. During that ordeal, which did improve, she took requests from friends for her Super Soft Body Scrub and expanded to a line of highquality skin care. Her products are based on years of using holistic, herbal and Ayurvedic remedies for illnesses and irritations, like tendonitis and dry skin, while also avoiding chemicals and common allergens. “There’s a story behind every product. I’m not an expert at anything. I’m just passionate about sharing what I’ve learned,” Kelada says. That passion has taken her from local farmer’s markets to an online store and even to hosting a pre-Academy Awards retreat in Los Angeles earlier this year. Despite her success, Kelada still has the zeal of a brand-new entrepreneur. “Payment for me is when people tell me that one of my products helped them through something difficult.” Buoyed by her customers, community and other female business owners in Houston, Kelada cheerfully admits she is her own biggest challenge. “I’m great at creating a brand, but I’m not analytical.” Her hopes remain high as she looks toward one day opening a SALVE spa that doubles as a manufacturing and educational site. But she says the best part of her job is that it isn’t one. “I will never see this as a career. It’s like a tattoo; it stays with you. It doesn’t wash off.”

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VACATION S

Story | BRUCE FARR

ummer vacationing was always a getaway and time with the family. Whether it was a quick or weeklong trip, having a memorable time was an understatement. Most family vacations started the same, a woody station wagon filled to capacity and the sun blaring. As you may recall, exploits from our summer vacations made for easy essay assignments the first week back in school. In every story you could count on there being games in the back seat, an oversized dog and parents discussing the next stop. In Texas where the summers are always scorching, the obligatory overnight motel stay had to be in one with a blue cement swimming pool—or else. And because you couldn’t always find a Dairy Queen when the lunch bell rang, you had to rely on a highway picnic stop and the bologna sandwiches your mom had prepared and packed in the cooler. Countless kids spent their summers filled with roller coaster rides at the Arlington Six Flags Park or diving into the icy cool creek waters at Austin’s Barton Springs. And then there always was—and will be—the tranquility of a lazy tubing expedition down

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the Frio River in Garner State Park, or building a mighty sand castle on one of the pristine beaches along the Padre Island shore. Nevertheless, fun was to be had and any activity with water was on the top of the list. Back when Davey Crockett—in the guise of the incomparable Fess Parker—was all the rage on Walt Disney’s weekly TV show, many thousands of coonskin-capped adolescents begged their parents for a summer stop at the Alamo, the scene of their hero’s last great

adventure. Venturing a little farther afield, to New Mexico, what family could resist the lure of Carlsbad Caverns, where everyone argued about whether it was stalactites that hung from the dank caves’ ceilings and stalagmites that jutted up from their floors—or vice versa? Or, heading northwest, maybe it was the massive granite splendor of Colorado’s Royal Gorge, where, as a kid, you could ponder the almost unfathomable idea that this breathtaking landmark began as nothing more than a trickle of water at ground level 3 million years ago. Summer’s upon us. And, with the price of a gallon of gas once again in the affordable range, maybe it’s time to fire up the 2015 equivalent of the old family station wagon, pack the kids and pets into the back and motor off into your own nostalgia-drenched summer vacation. Just don’t forget to write about it.

DID YOU KNOW? There is, perhaps, nothing more synonymous with past summer vacations than the American station wagon. But when did they first roll off the assembly line and into our lives? In 1923, a company called Star—which was a division of Durant Motors— was the first auto company to offer a factory-built station wagon. By 1929, the Ford Motor Company was by far the biggest seller of station wagons, most of which, incidentally, were of wooden construction and styling—thus the moniker “woodies.”


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U.S.

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KNOW YOUR

VACATION

TRIVIA! 1

In the beloved 1983 movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” where is the Griswold family traveling? A. Sea World B. Walley World C. Disney World D. Busch Gardens

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What is the most visited tourist attraction in the world? A. The Eiffel Tower B. Disneyland C. The Coliseum in Rome D. Times Square in New York

THE SONGS OF SUMMER . . .

Rascal Flatts’ “Summer Nights” is a relatively recent summer anthem to add to a vacation playlist, but can you match these more classic summer vacation pop tunes with the artists who made them famous?

state has the 3Which longest ocean coastline? A. California B. Florida C. Louisiana D. Alaska Which beach has the 4being distinction of consistently listed among the top 10

beaches in the world by travel experts? A. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii B. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida C. Hilton Head, South Carolina

percentage of people 5whenWhat take their pets with them they travel on vacation? A. 55 percent B. 28 percent C. 18 percent D. 39 percent

A. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” B. “The Boys of Summer” C. “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” D. “Under the Boardwalk”

ANSWERS Trivia Answers: 1.B; 2.D; 3.D.; 4.B; 5.C Songs Answers: Sly & the Family Stone - A., Bryan Adams - F., Seals & Crofts - E., Jan & Dean - G., The Drifters - D., Nat King Cole - C., Don Henley - B., The Beach Boys - H.

SUMMER

_____ Sly & the Family Stone _____ Bryan Adams _____ Seals & Crofts _____ Jan & Dean

E. “Summer Breeze”

_____ The Drifters

F. “Summer of ‘69”

_____ Nat King Cole

G. “Surf City”

_____ Don Henley

H. “Surfin’ Safari”

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THE RIDE

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Story | HALEY SHAPLEY

here’s perhaps no better way to immerse yourself in a landscape than from atop a bicycle. Tick these experiences off your bucket list, one revolution of the pedal at a time.

Some bucket-list bike rides are about pushing yourself to the limits of your physical endurance. Biking the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is more about gentle hills, relaxed paces and—you guessed it— drinking delicious wine. The trail runs from Hawke’s Bay on the North Island to Marlborough on the South Island. You can bike the entire way if you’re ambitious, but if you’d just like a day of pedaling through a pastoral setting, Martinborough’s wineries are close together, making for a leisurely jaunt among rolling green pastures dotted with sheep. Rent a bike from Green Jersey Cycle Tours, and then map a path. Choose from two-dozen wineries, which here are typically small, family-owned spots. Ata Rangi is worth a visit both for a sip of pinot noir and for the history—owner Clive Paton believed in the wine-producing potential of the area before anyone else did, a bet that’s paid off. Poppies Martinborough makes a lovely stop for a snack, with the personable husband-and-wife duo of Shayne and Poppy Hammond pouring their blends (Shayne manages the vines, Poppy makes the wines). Toast with a glass of pinot gris or sauvignon blanc over a platter of local produce. greenjersey.co.nz

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MODIFY THE RIDE For a longer, guided tour in the area, Green Jersey offers a variety of trips around the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. Ride alongside the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, through tunnels on an old railway line, and within the shadow of the Rimutaka Range.

DESTINATION WAIRARAPA

CRUISE THE CLASSIC NEW ZEALAND WINE TRAIL


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CYCLE FROM CAIRO TO CAPETOWN

TOUR D’AFRIQUE | KATHLEEN STORY

Truly get the flavor of an entire continent with Tour d’Afrique’s signature ride, starting in Egypt and ending in South Africa. Over four months, you’ll ride 7,500 miles through 10 countries. Along the way, take in the famous pyramids at Luxor, the soaring landscapes of Sudan, the lava rock road of Nairobi, the famous safari opportunities of Tanzania, the hardwood carvers of Malawi, the elephant-filled Botswana, and the tall sand dunes of Namibia before finishing in Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain. A chef will come along, providing freshly made meals in camp every day. You’ll also get a tour jersey, a medal and a bike donated to a nongovernmental organization in your name. The first group to make this trek in 2003 established the world record for fastest human-powered crossing of Africa. Tour d’Afrique will test you physically—94 days of riding with just 27 days of rest has a way of doing that—as well as mentally and emotionally, ultimately providing a cultural and athletic experience you’ll tell stories about for the rest of your days. tourdafrique.com

MODIFY THE RIDE Don’t have time to make the entire trek? You can join the group for one or more sections of the full journey. “Malawi Gin,” from Mbeya to Lilongwe, is the shortest section of the tour and is all paved.

PEDAL PAST MACHU PICCHU

For an 11-day itinerary, it’d be tough to find a ride that had quite the mix of history and nature that Sacred Rides’ Cusco to the Amazon does. The mountain bike adventure starts in the vibrant city of Cusco, where you’ll head uphill to the Inca site of Saqsayhuaman for panoramic views of the city below. Next stop: Sacred Valley, filled with important Inca agricultural sites and salt mines. Visiting Machu Picchu is optional in theory, but in reality, it’s a must-do—no matter how many times you’ve seen it in photographs, nothing compares to experiencing this UNESCO World Heritage Site in person. From there, you’ll head to the jungle. Through a mix of biking and hiking, you’ll descend deeper into the Amazon, uncovering its many delights. Go in search of Peru’s national bird, the Andean cock-ofthe-rock, known for its brilliant orange feathers and fan-shaped crest. And, try to spot a tapir, which looks something like a cross between a pig, a hippopotamus and an anteater. Along the way, you’ll stop at Manú National Park, notable for having some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Peru’s largest national park, it includes 15,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of birds, 20,000-plus species of flora, 1,307 species of butterflies, just to name a few impressive stats. sacredrides.com

MODIFY THE RIDE Add on a day trip to Caral, said to be the oldest civilization in the Americas. It was thriving around the same time Egypt’s pyramids were being constructed.

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WEALTH

Merge Your Finances To Love, Honor and

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BELINDA PHELPS, PRIVATE CLIENT ADVISOR, U.S. TRUST HOUSTON

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rom the day you get engaged to the moment you say “I do” there’s so much to discuss and plan. In addition to the wedding venue, the caterer and the honeymoon, there’s one more thing you’ll need to talk about. Money. How have each of you managed it in the past? How do you plan on managing it together? And what are your plans for it in the future? Budgeting, banking, prenuptial agreements and estate planning are not romantic topics. However, getting things out in the open now could improve your chances of having a strong, honest and successful relationship. Let’s discuss a few topics couples need to discuss before tying the knot.

THE PRESENT: MINGLING MIND-SETS AND MONEY

A marriage is a union of two people. This means the possibility of two different mind-sets; two different spending habits; and two different levels of wealth. But managing finances together successfully requires consideration of each other’s views and compromise. Once you understand each other’s approach to money management, you can begin determining how you plan on managing your money together. What will your day-to-day budget look like? How will you handle cash flow? Whose health coverage will you choose? What changes need

to be made to your retirement plans and life insurance policies? Marriage affects many areas of your financial situation, so make sure you consider all the issues.

THE PERKS OF PRENUPS

One of the most important questions to answer is whether you need a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement is a contract executed by prospective spouses that defines the rights, duties, and obligations of the parties during marriage and in the event of separation, annulment, divorce or death. Although the topic may seem awkward to bring up at this exciting time, it can provide a way to address philosophical differences and set expectations. A prenuptial agreement can help spouses manage financial responsibilities, protect the finances of the spouse with substantial wealth, safeguard family-owned interests or an individually owned business and limit liability from a spouse’s debt obligations.

THE FUTURE: HOW TO LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Furthermore, what is often seen as an adversarial situation can and should be seen as a “team” meeting. A prenup can be a marriage plan instead of a divorce plan, focusing on the couple rather than the individual (with lawyers, likewise,

working together). It can be a thoughtful collaboration between people who care about the future. And that discussion goes best if both parties feel educated and empowered, rather than forced or threatened. Seeing the prenup process as a positive collaboration is a new idea that’s not always shared by everyone—yet.

BANK ACCOUNTS: JOINT? SEPARATE? OR BOTH?

A key consideration for married couples when approaching money management is whether to have joint or individual bank accounts. In the past, it was customary to have a single joint checking account, with each spouse using it as needed. But times have changed. Today, both spouses may work or have significant additional income, so it’s common for spouses to keep separate accounts, as well as to have a joint checking account for household expenses and possibly a joint savings account for major purchases or travel. Each person deposits income, such as salary or earnings, into his or her separate checking and/or savings account and then contributes an agreed-upon portion into their joint account. It’s a solution that allows each spouse to share in the responsibilities and still retain some independence.

WHAT’S MINE-IS-MINE AND WHAT’S YOURS-IS-YOURS – EXCEPT WHEN IT’S OURS

The way you hold title to property has legal implications, whether you’re talking about real estate, bank accounts, investments or personal property. One common form of ownership is separate property, where you take title to something in your own name only. You can also title accounts and other property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, which means when one of you dies, the account or other property will pass automatically to the survivor. Lastly, there’s community property in Texas, which is a form of ownership that refers to certain property acquired after marriage. You might think you know everything there is to know about your significant other. That is, until you consider finances. If you take the time to get everything out on the table now, you’ll have a clearer picture of your financial future together.

1 “Money Matters when You Tie the Know”, U.S. Trust, 30 January 2015. This content represents thoughts of the author and does not necessarily represent the position of Bank of America or U.S. Trust. Always consult with your independent attorney, tax advisor, investment manager and insurance agent for final recommendations and before changing or implementing any financial, tax or estate planning strategy. U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management operates through Bank of America, N.A. and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. © 2015 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Well Traveled,

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Well Collected C

ollecting mementos is a wonderful way to be reminded of great travel experiences. However, don’t get suckered into the typical souvenirs of figurines and snow globes, as there are many better choices that can easily integrate into your design style. Think local when hunting for travel treasures by visiting art galleries and town markets to see what local items can be unearthed. Sweet grass baskets in Charleston, Murano glass and table linens in Italy, beer steins in Germany and funky vintage lamps in Austin can easily be incorporated into your decor. Get creative when determining how best to display your travel treasures. For instance, sea glass could be placed in a hand-blown glass bowl, allowing guests to see and touch them. This provides the perfect conversation piece and an opportunity to share travel memories without boring guests with the traditional photo journal. Sand from exotic beaches can be decanted for a summer tablescape or grouped into a unique design in a picture frame. Your home should be a collection of memories with souvenirs on display for all to enjoy. Seeing them on a regular basis is like being greeted by old friends.

COLLECTIONS TO START SEA GLASS, SHELLS or SAND from exotic beach visits CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS made by local artisans CORKS from memorable bottles of wine CUFFLINKS or EARRINGS indicative of your travel locale PAINTINGS by local artists POTTERY or GLASS DISHES that you create while traveling or by local artisans

LINDSEY HEROD Lindsey Herod heads up a Houston outpost of Palm Beachand New York based- Kemble Interiors, Inc. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture and Pratt Institute with a master’s in interior design.

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nose in a book, toes in the sand When you’re heading to the beach this summer, consider some of these lesser-known beaches we’ve uncovered—each with its own unique personality and accompanying luxury accommodation. And for those who believe that every beach pairs well with a good book, you’re in luck. We’ve included our recommendations for the perfect beach-book pairing.

What’s your beachgoer style? The Beachcomber Gifts from the sea are your thrill—you enjoy walks along the shoreline and allow yourself to get lost in the hunt just long enough to escape the rest of the world.

The Beach Bum

The Beach Enthusiast

You’re a seeker of all things relaxing and Zen-like—grab your shades and a beverage and you’re set for the day.

The beach is about action for you. Catch a wave, start a game in the sand, scour the ocean floor with your snorkel gear—no need to leave ‘til your mission is accomplished.

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METROPOLITAN, MIAMI BEACH

A 73-room boutique luxury hotel located in Miami Beach’s historic district, overlooking one of America’s most iconic beaches. Gorgeous views of the Atlantic can be enjoyed on the property’s own private beach or by the rooftop hydrotherapy pool. The hotel emits an “anti-party” vibe so those looking for a retreat from the thumping bass and buzz of Miami would find perfect solace here. Whether lounging by one of the hotel’s two pools, on the outdoor terrace or on the beach, readers have options of where to dive into a book. comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach

A Paris Affair

by Tatiana de Rosnay

FOR THE BEACH BUM

FICTION

ST. MARTIN’S PRESS | COMO HOTELS AND RESORTS

An enjoyable “undressing” of intimate delights, where laughter mingles with compassion and the heartbeats of illicit desire is felt.

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FOR THE BEACHCOMBER

PARROT CAY, COMO HOTELS AND RESORTS | GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

TURKS & CAICOS

Bon Appétempt: A Coming of Age Story by Amelia Morris NON-FICTION

Full of hilarious observations about food, family, unemployment, romance and the extremes of modern Los Angeles, and featuring recipes as basic as toasted Cheerios and as advanced as gâteau de crêpes, BON APPÉTEMPT is sure to resonate with anyone who has tried and failed, and been all the better for it.

Set on its own private island this resort boasts gorgeous colors, a mile-long beach, and plenty of incredibly relaxing reading spots. Parrot Cay also features two restaurants both with outdoor spaces, a plantation growing bananas, plantains, pineapples and coconuts, tiki huts throughout the grounds and a large selection of watersports activities. For those seeking their own secluded accommodations complete with a private plunge pool and beach, the beach houses and villas are the perfect choice. comohotels.com/parrotcay

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THE ROYAL SUITES TURQUESA, PUNTA CANA

This luxury resort provides an all-inclusive, five-star getaway with intimate accommodations and personalized service. Travelers looking to relax on the beach with a cold drink can bask in the VIP beach area outfitted with Bali-style beach beds and bespoke beach waiter service. Active beach-goers can enjoy daily scheduled programs like beach Olympics, sand castle competitions, snorkeling and windsurfing. The exclusivity continues throughout the resort complex with private restaurants, bars and a separate pool only for guests of The Royal Suites. palladiumhotelgroup.com

A Storied Life of A.J. Fikry FOR THE BEACH ENTHUSIAST

by Gabrielle Zevin FICTION

ALGONQUIN BOOKS | PALLADIUM HOTEL GROUP

When life takes a turn for the worse, a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, though large in weight— an unexpected arrival that gives Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. An unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances.

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FOR THE BEACH BUM

GOLDENEYE HOTEL AND RESORT,

JAMAICA

GOLDENEYE HOTEL & RESORT

Finding Jessica by Parker Riggs FICTION

The story of a gorgeous, red-haired, ex-CIA agent who takes on an internationally acclaimed artist as her new client. She faces adventure that is sure to keep you intrigued and guessing.

The resort overlooks the Caribbean Sea in the quiet village of Oracabessa Bay on Jamaica’s north coast. Built by the novelist Ian Fleming as his Jamaican retreat, GoldenEye is where Fleming wrote all 14 James Bond novels. Today, it is an award-winning Island Outpost hotel owned by Chris Blackwell, the Jamaica-raised founder of Island Records. Home to breathtaking private beaches, 52 stunning acres, secret coves, tropical forests, a singular lagoon. The private beach is perfect for those who want to get lost in a book. goldeneye.com

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The Mark of Texas Pride Want to find the pick of the season? Look for the GO TEXAN mark on fresh-from-the-field fruits, vegetables, nuts and more grown right here in Texas. Whether you are shopping at a farmers market, pick-your-own farm or local grocery store, the GO TEXAN mark will help you identify Texas products. You’ll also be supporting local farmers, which supports the Lone Star economy. To locate a GO TEXAN retailer or farmers market near you, visit gotexan.org or download the free GO TEXAN mobile app.

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hen you think of jobs in which you have to be ready around the clock for emergencies, produce grower probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But when the slightest bit of precipitation falls from the sky onto Mike Clevenger’s laser-leveled South Florida fields, he goes running. “Whether it be a 1-inch rain or an 8-inch rain, we literally have to be in the field and manually crank 18-inch pumps,” he says. “It’s the most on-call job that you will ever have in your life.” While Clevenger grows more than 40 items at Farmer Mike’s U Pick in Bonita Springs, Florida— including tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet onions, snapdragons and

oranges—he’s particularly known for his strawberries. The weather makes growing the sweet fruit a challenging proposition, as it’s difficult to keep the strawberries firm with the hot temperatures. Still, it’s worth it to Clevenger— despite the on-call nature of the job. “It gets in your blood and it’s all I’ve ever done,” he says. “It’s fun to see the little kids come out of the field with strawberry juice all over them.” When searching for strawberries, you’d think a vibrant-colored fruit would be easy to spot, but that isn’t always the case. “They hide very well under the bushes, so move the bushes to look for them,” Clevenger recommends. “The redder, the better.”

WHOLE WHEAT STRAWBERRY OAT BARS Recipe from californiastrawberries.com

1 1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup chopped raw cashews (or other nuts)

1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

5 cups sliced strawberries

1/3 cup sugar

6 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoon cornstarch

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

INGREDIENTS

1/2 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 egg 3 tablespoon canola oil

instructions Heat oven to 375 F. Grease 9x13 baking dish. Place oats, flour, cinnamon and salt in bowl of food processor; pulse until finely ground. Add butter and pulse until mixture forms large

crumbs. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and canola oil; add to butter mixture and blend. Transfer 3/4 cup of the mixture to a bowl and stir in the nuts; set aside. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, corn starch and lemon juice. Spread strawberry mixture evenly on top of crust. Sprinkle reserved nut mixture over top.  Bake 40 minutes. Cool; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into 24 pieces.

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DATES w CALIFORNIA DATE CHEESECAKE Recipe from datesaregreat.com

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 graham crackers, crushed 2 tablespoons butter, melted 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese 1 cup diced California dates 3/4 cup milk 4 eggs 1 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

instructions Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan with non-

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stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix graham crackers crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of spring form pan. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust. Add dates to the mixture, making sure dates are spread evenly across cheesecake. Bake in preheated oven for one hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for five to six hours to prevent cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.

hen Lee Anderson Sr. came back from World War I to find the bank had foreclosed on his citrus farm, he decided it was time to begin anew. So in 1919, he moved to California’s Coachella Valley to start growing dates. “This was before there was air conditioning in the 120-degree summers,” says great-grandson Charles Anderson, now the fourth generation to carry on the Fresh Dates by Anderson tradition. Date growing involves careful maintenance of the trees, with the busy season during harvest, from mid-August through October. The farm— which invites the public out to pick—mainly focuses on Barhi, Medjool, Zahidi and Deglet Noor varieties, although they have several others in smaller quantities. While dates have been a staple food in the Middle East for years, they’re still a niche fruit here in the U.S. “I wish people were more exposed to dates,” Anderson says. “They have quite a lot of health benefits. There’s more potassium in a date than a banana.” If you’re new to dates, you may want to try Anderson’s favorite, the Barhi, which you can eat before it’s ripened. “They’re juicy and crunchy like an apple,” Anderson says. But you do have to time it right— they’re only on the market for a maximum of two months a year.


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arms are often passed down through families, but neither Glenn nor Judy LaCross was born into the business. After finding land in Cedar, Michigan that just happened to have cherry trees on it, Glenn began taking care of the orchard and ended up liking it—so much so that they now boast 800 acres. In the Traverse City area, known as the Cherry Capital of the World, cherries are big business—but there’s no guarantee that the growing season will go as planned. “We never know how the weather’s going to play out,” Judy LaCross says. “If we get a late spring when there’s frost, we can lose the entire crop. If it’s too cold, bees won’t pollinate the blossoms. There

are all those factors.” Most years, though, they grow plenty of cherries in many different varieties, mostly tart, which can be candied, dried, made into concentrate or transformed into maraschino cherries. “We kind of do it all,” LaCross says. “We process the cherries in almost every imaginable way.” While word has gotten out that cherries are delicious, LaCross wishes more people knew how healthy they really are. “They’ve been studied by Michigan State University and found to have antioxidants and antiinflammatory properties,” she says. “If I cross-country ski and have stiff joints, cherry juice will alleviate that discomfort. We personally drink cherry juice every single day.”

RIPE FOR THE PICKING Even if you don’t grow produce yourself, you can pretend for the day—enjoy the end product by visiting these u-pick farms in Texas. Crops are at the mercy of Mother Nature, so always check ahead to make sure the farms are open and have the fruit or vegetable you’re hoping to find.

blessington farms {wallis}

In May/June, blueberries, strawberries and thornless blackberries are available for picking. Other activities include fishing and a Farm Funland area with giant slides, a sand mountain, steer roping and more. blessingtonfarms.com

froberg’s farm {alvin}

Pick your own strawberries through May. This time of year, you can also purchase okra, hot/sweet peppers, cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, eggplant, peas, tomatoes and watermelons. frobergsfarm.com

E&B orchards {hempstead} Nectarines, peaches and blackberries are generally available beginning in mid-May. Don’t miss the homemade peach and blackberry ice cream. eandborchards.com

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MESCALZONE PACKS A PUNCH {HOUSTON}

After opening his first West Houston location last year, former Italian Olympic boxer Andrea Mangi recently debuted Mascalzone Ristorante Italiano inside the loop. Anchored by an impressive high-tech Italian pizza oven, this casual outpost sports a clean look with exposed brick walls paved in retro celebrity photos and fun trattoria-style furnishings. Chef-trained Mangi is turning out authentic pizzas like the aubergine layered with parma ham and anchovies, and massive mascalzones, his namesake dish that is half super-thin pizza and half hefty calzone. Mangi’s vast menu of family recipes includes garlic-perfumed homemade pastas like squid ink fettuccini and strozzapreti with broccoli and Italian sausage. ilmascalzone.com

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BRENNAN’S DOES UP MOTHER’S DAY {HOUSTON}

Brennan’s of Houston has long been a haven for upscale southern dining with grace, and this Mother’s Day, it will shine bright for her special occasion. Start with the turtle soup, wild Texas shrimp remoulade or the bodacious barbecue crawfish “shortcake” with St. Arnold’s beer aioli. Mainstays on the menu include the Eggs Brennan: one classic eggs Benedict and one Sardou-style with an artichoke bottom. Crawfish lovers dig the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Omelet stuffed with Louisiana crawfish and Andouille over potato hash with smoked tomato sauce. And you know she wants and deserves the gorgeous Froberg’s Farms Strawberry Shortcake. brennanshouston.com

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Craving Indian, Mexican or is it barbecue? The fledgling Flavour mobile app might help you locate the perfect eatery in the right neighborhood. It has already launched in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston, its first Texas directory. Austin is up next. Flavour CEO Emily Keeton, a born and bred Houstonian who now lives in New York, tells us the app features nearly 400 restaurants that can be sorted by neighborhood, cuisine or other notable features. Power up and chow down! getflavour.com

Peter Mondavi, Jr. was recently in Texas introducing the newest vintage of Charles Krug wines owned by the Peter Mondavi family. Did you know that Charles Krug was the first winery founded in the Napa Valley, circa 1861? Just in time for that special meal that begs for a fine wine—hello Father’s Day. Look for 2011 Family Reserve Generations, an elegant Bordeaux style cabernet sauvignon with a touch of petit verdot, malbec and merlot, brimming with spice and cocoa aromas (find it at Spec’s and fine restaurants). Also impressive and true to its California varietal is the 2013 St. Helena sauvignon blanc, heady yet refreshing with mineral notes, honeysuckle and melon-meets-lime flavors. charleskrug.com

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MAGGIE LOUISE SWEETENS UP SIXTH STREET {AUSTIN}

Austinite Maggie Callahan recently opened a storefront for her online artisan chocolate company named Maggie Louise Confections, which will eventually house a tasting room and working kitchen. Not only does the elegant store resemble an upscale boutique or a fine jewelry store, each confection or finely crafted gem begins with a concept, from visiting the beauty counter (check out the colorful lipstick chocolates) to hosting a garden party or enjoying a café au lait in Paris. You can shop for her products online or swing by the pretty emporium. This is not just a box of chocolates, but an experience! maggielouiseconfections.com

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CHARLES KRUG HITS HOUSTON {TEXAS}

MASCALZONE | MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS | FLAVOUR | BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON | CHARLES KRUG WINERY

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{DALLAS} Five-star chef Randall Warder, who was chef de cuisine at The Mansion on Turtle Creek during the Dean Fearing days, recently introduced Clark Food & Wine Co. to Greenville Avenue. The space is open and breezy with lofty industrial style ceilings, brightly painted walls and a white marble-topped bar. Slightly European but with an American core, the menu is simple yet sophisticated featuring house-smoked meat and seafood entrees. Think “Jars” of smoked pork rillettes and crostini, small plates of roasted beets with pepitas and Texas goat cheese or Wild Gulf shrimp from the New Texas Smokehouse. Sides of stone-ground cheddar jalapeño grits, warm spinach chorizo and garlic or shaved Brussels sprouts with crispy shallots will keep you coming back to try more. Sip on a wine from the well-compiled list while you wait for a brick oven flatbread pizza to-go. BTC with smoked bacon, white cheddar, tomatillo salsa with avocado and jalapeño, anyone? clarkfoodandwine.com

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FILAMENT TO BLOSSOM THIS SPRING {DALLAS}

Award winning chef Matt McCallister, who started his accomplished career with FT33 in the Design District of Dallas, is readying Filament located in restaurant row of Deep Ellum. This casual spot will feature simple Southern-inspired cuisine with a menu of the chef ’s favorite Texas foods but still will showcase the chef-driven, artful style he is known for. Expect an intimate space with reclaimed woods and possibly graffiti art, in addition to a pleasant, pint-sized patio for the upcoming great summer weather. The seasonal changing menu will include spicy dishes like pork sausage with fire roasted peppers, pickled onions and yogurt—in other words, gussied-up comfort food that is delicious and pretty to look at. filamentdallas.com

THE CANADIAN BEEF CULINARY SERIES BY KARISMA Surrounded by the turquoise waters and lush palm trees of the Riviera Maya, the weeklong Culinary Series is hosted at the award-winning El Dorado Royale, a spa resort by Karisma, near Cancun. “We are providing participants exclusive access to top chefs, such as chef Jonathan Gushue and chef Todd Perrin, while offering the best cuts of Canadian beef paired with top-quality California wines from our partners at Jackson Family Wines,” Jeroen Hanlo, vice president of food & beverage for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, says. Events include a Kick-off Beach BBQ, Beef Sampling & Wine Pairing, Cutting Demo & Cooking Class, and Tricks of the Trade & Tasting, all showcasing the chefs’ favorite beef cuts with expert pairings from notable sommeliers and winemakers. Canada’s most esteemed chefs will dish on everything from butchery techniques to slow cook methods and favorite recipes, including flavors and influences from Mexico. karismahotels.com

ROBIN BARR SUSSMAN BIO Robin Barr Sussman is a Houston-based freelance writer who specializes in food, wine and travel. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, My Table, and Private Clubs magazine.

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created by friends, for friends At Amici we focus on quality, not quantity. Because we insist on keeping our production small, we can carefully control the process of creating our wine, crafting what we like to consider a small work of art in each bottle.

What started as a few friends crushing some grapes for fun is now an award-winning premium wine known around the country, but one thing will never change: Amici is a wine created by friends, for friends. Come join our circle of "amici"!


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ndrew Jones got his start in the wine business while he was still in college, not merely drinking wine or picking up spending money as a “cellar rat” but by driving the back roads of California’s central coast selling vines for the state’s largest wholesale nursery. He was so good at his job—a day job he still holds, by the way—that whenever he noted grapes he felt were “underutilized,” the growers asked if he wanted the grapes to make wine. Seldom has the name of a winery—in this case, Field Recordings—sounded less like it came from a marketing department and more like it came from daily reality. Like the “field recordings” of decades past, when sociologists and others reeled off hours of taping furniture being made or cows being milked, Jones is gathering an idiosyncratic record of the grapes grown within a drive of his Paso Robles winery. And, he’s quick to add, of the men and women who grow them. “These wines are the story of those people and this dirt, captured in a bottle,” Jones says of his Field Recordings and his second label Wonderwall during a market visit to Texas. “For me, it’s about making wines that are representative of the vineyards. I always think wines are made in the vineyard, and it’s my job not to screw it up. I get a good chuckle whenever a winemaker thinks of himself as an artist. I think that’s a little bogus.” Of course Jones would think that, having

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come onto the scene not via tasting rooms, wine dinners and wine auctions but by pickup trucks, dusty roads and, invariably, faded overalls. His allegiance is to the farmers, first and foremost, more than to the doctors, lawyers, hedge-funders and software creators who have transformed the industry with their money in recent years. Since 2007, he has made a name for Field Recordings via solid wines—exciting wines even—that speak of his own heart and that of the central coast, from Paso Robles and the larger San Luis Obispo County in the north down through the Edna Valley to Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara. In his travels to markets around the country, Jones continues to stress that, while zinfandel may be the region’s “heritage grape,” the large area incorporates so many microclimates that virtually all the popular grapes are grown here. These include the cabernet sauvignon and merlot associated with Bordeaux, the pinot noir and chardonnay famous in Burgundy and the syrah and viognier showcased in the Rhone Valley, not to mention nebbiolo and sangiovese from Italy and both tempranillo and albarino from Spain. “There’s so much diversity here,” says Jones, leading a visitor through a tasting of Field Recordings and Wonderwall that proves his point dramatically. “The central coast can sometimes be clumped together as ‘that stuff that’s south of Napa.’ I like showing the amazing diversity we have.”

1 cup black pepper 1 cup sea salt 1 cup garlic powder 3-4 pounds tri-tip 1 cup orange juice 1 cup olive oil 1 cup Worcestershire sauce

INSTRUCTIONS Making the Rub

In a bowl mix the black pepper, sea salt and garlic powder. In a large zip-close bag place the tri-tip then add the orange juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and half of the salt, pepper and garlic mix. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, turning the bag over after 15 minutes. At 30 minutes, pull the meat from the bag and pat dry.

Cooking

While the meat marinates, start up the grill. It is best to use red oak if available, but charcoal grilling is fine. Grill 10-15 minutes per side depending on the meat and fire. Remove from the grill at 135 F and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Slice thin and top with your favorite fresh salsa.

JOHN DeMERS John DeMers is the author of 52 published books and host of the Delicious Mischief radio show heard weekly in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. He divides his time between Houston and Marfa.

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hhh, the Amalfi coast. The sunny land of lemonpaved hillsides, wild herbs and roses perfuming the air and a deep blue ocean full of seafood. Now you don’t have to travel to Europe for it.

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“I import fish, seafood, cheese and wine from my home town, Salerno, Italy, and the neighboring villages for a true taste of the Amalfi Coast,” says chef-owner of Amalfi Ristorante Giancarlo Ferrara and former longtime executive chef of Arcodoro Houston. But his culinary career started way before that. As a very young man, he trained at Centro Formazione Professionale Alberghiero in Salerno and the Scuola Arte Culinaria Etoile before working in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Owned by Ferrara and his wife Lisa, Amalfi is in Briargrove, an upscale neighborhood that quickly embraced the handsome yet unpretentious restaurant with navy and white linen dressed tables, a roomy bar, private wine room and a charming Italian tile-trimmed wood burning oven responsible for the thin, elegant pizzas. The crudo or the mozzarella and salumi bar is a lovely way to begin your meal. Deep purple Hawaiian tuna is spanking fresh served with oyster cream sauce and crispy cauliflower. You’ll want seconds. Wooden cheese boards are gorgeous with a display of Italian cheeses including some from Ferrara’s family’s cheese company in Italy, plus anchovies from Italy, crostini, olives or the works. Delicious local honey from Bellaire is a sweet touch on the dessert cheese plate. Clearly, Ferrara is passionate about cooking and he curates quality ingredients for his meticulous works of art. Beautiful salads are sparingly anointed with house-made vinaigrette so you can taste each fresh ingredient. The pretty profumata bursts in your mouth with balanced contrasts of peppery arugula, juicy orange segments, and crisp endive leaves stuffed with garlic-herb goat cheese. Even though salad can be a challenge with wine due to

astringency-clash, wine manager Andres Blanco pairs each dish precisely from the all-Italian wine list. A dry rosé from Salerno was a heavenly match with this salad. It was so refreshing, I imagined myself sitting seaside at an alfresco café in the Mediterranean. From marinated Texas lamb chops to a delicate roasted Gulf red snapper in lemon expect to be indecisive when choosing from the seasonally changing entrees. A highlight is the Berkshire pork tenderloin, dramatically stacked with a variety of morsels to discover. Think mouth-melting pork glazed with a slightly sweet herb sauce, earthy porcini mushrooms, and quick-fried yellow and red cherry tomatoes—the Italians also love to fry whole sage leaves for a flavor-bang garnish. Homemade pastas shine. Try the hand-sculpted agnolotti: tender puffed pillows filled with smoked mozzarella served with a smooth and tangy tomato reduction sauce. Shavings of Parmesan adorn the top, the perfect kiss of cheese without going overboard. And black risotto simmered with squid ink sauce and punctuated with fire engine red prawns—shipped fresh from the Italian coast—would be hard to find elsewhere in Houston. For the finale, the Raspberry Tartlet, served with mango gelato, lime macaroon, vanilla custard and raspberry purée, is almost too pretty to eat. Ditto the lemony Baba al Limoncello, a rich small cake soaked in limoncello liqueur and filled with zabaglione cream, dusted with lemon zest, and served with fresh strawberry-mint relish. Belissimo! amalfi ristorante italiano & bar 6100 westheimer, ste. 140 houston (713) 532-2201 amalfihouston.com


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Tagliere di salumi

Filetto di Maialino in Crosta di Erbe Agnolotti Con Provola Affumicata

Filetto di Dentice al Limone

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Risotto al Nero di Seppia e Gambero Rosso

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ggs Benedict was invented by Lemuel Benedict a New York stockbroker who wandered into the Waldorf Hotel looking for a breakfast to cure his hangover. Or, does chef Charles Ranhofer of Delmonico’s get the credit circa 1860? The origin of the elegant brunch favorite is uncertain, but the sunny, rich combination of English muffins, poached eggs, ham and hollandaise is a classic that just keeps improving. Get your knife and fork ready for the breakfast of champions!

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Inventive Texas chefs have taken the traditional eggs Benedict to new levels. Some restaurants have a whole section of their menus dedicated to different Benedicts to choose from. Others, like Del Frisco’s Grille, just serve one masterpiece to rival all others. The Grille Benedict starts with perfectly crumbly 2-inch thick scallion cheddar biscuits made from scratch. These are downright addicting. A mountain of smoky French ham is piled on top. The ham is crowned with two extra large poached eggs that magically resemble boiled eggs, and rich, expertly prepared chipotle hollandaise, which kicks with chile spice. Sommelier Taylor Mundy recommends a dry sparkling brut rosé with this dish, and she is spot on. The perfect brunch. Note: There is also a Crabcake Benedict on the brunch menu for you seafood lovers.

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MEATLESS MARVEL

At sleek Second Bar + Kitchen in Austin, you can choose from three different Benedicts on the Sunday brunch menu including a rib-sticking Texas Benedict with pulled pork shoulder and poached eggs over jalapeño corn biscuits with chorizo gravy. But executive chef David Bull hasn’t left out the vegetarians. In fact, there is everything you can dream up on one version, sans the pig. On the SBK Benedict, he starts with hash brown potato cakes, which are savory and crisp. He tops them with layers of fresh sliced tomato and gingerly cooked (healthful!) kale. Poached eggs make the next layer and then the Benedicts are covered in a snowy mound of Brie cheese Mornay sauce. It’s so rich, cheesy and delicious; you’ll never miss the meat.

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Weekend brunch is big at the Boiler House in San Antonio, especially in the springtime when guests flock to the wine garden patio. This is where to go in the Pearl Brewery complex when you want a hearty brunch. The Cowboy Up Grilled Cheese Benny is the signature and it’s the whole hog: a triple-decker sandwich with Brie, bacon, poached eggs and house-candied jalapeño pork sausage. However, we prefer the simpler but equally terrific Bacon Benedict. This is the perfect size for one person—who wants to share, anyway? It starts with grilled levain, dense sourdough-type bread that has an alluring smoky flavor from the grill. The bread is generously paved with thick, smoked Nueske’s bacon, poached eggs and classic hollandaise, and served with roasted new potatoes. Here, bacon makes everything better!

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Some wickedly clever special effects. BMW has literally amped up the excitement by piping in a soundtrack of a highly tuned engine and quick, racing-style gear shifts. We’ll bet they’ll fool your passenger. And please note that singular. The i8 is technically a 2+2 but we classify the rear “seats” as auxiliary storage—the trunk under the fastback glass is just a tad over 5 cubic feet. Louis Vuitton, however, offers a luxe solution in four pieces tailored to the millimeter for the BMW i8. You’ll be able to use that fine luggage while you’re waiting for your i8 as orders are taking 18 to 24 months to fill. Turns out that BMW’s i8 is not just an incredible statement on where responsible and satisfying motoring is headed—it’s a powerful lesson in supply and demand. JEFF YIP Jeff Yip’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Houston Chronicle and the New York Times, as well as consumer and trade magazines. He’s a second-generation car guy who still has the 1969 Chevy his dad loved.

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so sexy, BMW could have planted a lawn mower engine under its gorgeous carbon fiber reinforced plastic body and few would care. Actually that’s not too much of a stretch. A 1.5-liter twinturbocharged 3-banger sends up a 20-something clicking away to 228 horsepower to the rear alk about a prime wheels. The front wheels are driven opportunity. When BMW with his iPhone. “What is it? It’s by a 129-horse electric motor. let us wring out its striking beautiful!” he gushed. We were more than happy to enlighten him Measured against the current crop new i8 in sunny Southern on the highlights—the i8 packs of 600-plus horsepower rides, those California we were all in. After 357 horsepower, is an absolute stats may not raise your heart rate, all, what could be more perfect hoot to drive and still manages but all you have to do to get your than experiencing BMW’s bold to pull down a slick 31 mpg even motor racing is fall into the driver’s halo car in the City of Angels? when driven with abandon. sport seat, pull the featherweight Now, count yourself lucky if The feature that always floors door down and stab the start you’ve spotted even one of these the curious, though, is the i8’s button. Let the grins begin. eye-catching plug-in hybrids dramatic “wings”—the beautiful Weighing in at 3,285 pounds in the wild. With each U.S. and more total torque (420 lb-ft) dealership only able to get, at best, swing-up doors. Keep in mind one or two i8s a month, sightings that the i8 is already one of those and horsepower (357) than a V8 are scarce. Test drives? Dream on. cars that you fall in love—lust?— Chevrolet Silverado, the i8 is a blast to drive. An eDrive button So the thousand-watt question: with at first sight. BMW has of late taken heat about controversial lets you select five modes ranging how does the sexiest Bimmer styling and look-alike designs, but from all electric—total range since the M1 supercar drive? At the i8 is proof that the automaker solely on battery power is about speed or parked, the i8 attracts knows how to put emotion, not 21 miles—to our favorite: sport. a village. We’ve never received just technology, center stage. And In addition to regenerating more so many inquiries or thumbswhile we don’t have the privilege electricity, sport lets you enjoy the ups. Just one example: After of knowing the back-story on the i8’s sharp reflexes without being catching dinner and a movie in i8’s genesis, in the end, it matters beat up, thanks to quicker shifts, beautiful downtown Burbank, we returned to the dark, deserted not at all. The futuristic i8’s long, power management and tighter flowing lines are so organic and steering. The icing on the cake? parking structure to discover


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he Macanudo brand has been around since 1968, when General Cigar Company purchased it and brought it to the U.S. At the time, Havana cigars and cigars made with Cuban tobacco were a thing of the past, and it was becoming apparent that the Cuban embargo wasn’t being lifted anytime soon. Cigar companies needed to fill the void. Macanudo was being produced in Jamaica, and continued to be made there until 2000, when production moved to the Dominican Republic. The Macanudo Estate Reserve commemorates the 45th anniversary of what has become the largest selling brand in the United States. The cigar was produced in very limited quantities, just 3,000 boxes per size. Unlike other Macanudo cigars, the Estate Reserve uses Dominican tobacco for the binder and filler, which is aged eight to 10 years, and a proprietary wrapper leaf grown by a private grower in the Connecticut River Valley. The presentation of these cigars is very classy. Each cigar comes packaged in individual coffin boxes, sealed in gold foil, and then packed in mahogany boxes. I selected the Estate Reserve No. III, a Robusto, from 2013 to try. It’s beautiful—the golden wrapper leaf is without flaw, and it’s difficult to even see the seams. The burn and draw are perfect, offering just the right draw resistance,

Macanudo Estate Reserve No. III Size: 5” x 50 Ring Gauge and burning arrow straight. This is a mild cigar, typical of the Macanudo line, but the flavors are very pronounced. It is nutty and bright, with a very clean aftertaste. This 5 inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto is a slow-burning cigar, too; it lasted well over 90 minutes, where I generally finish a cigar this size in an hour. The Macanudo line has always represented quality, and this cigar is the pinnacle of that quality in flavor, appearance and construction.

CRAIG VANDERSLICE Craig Vanderslice has been smoking cigars for nearly 20 years, and for the last five years has written about them on his website cigarcraig.com.

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t’s pretty cool being a father, especially as you get older—not because I’m getting older, but because my kids are getting older. And that means they can afford to buy me a Father’s Day gift. I didn’t mind the crayon-inspired ties or “World’s Greatest Dad”emblazoned mugs and golf balls back in the day. But after decades of diaper changing and school schlepping, don’t we dads deserve a few things we really want? Here are a few items that you may want to drop some hints for.

FUN IN THE KITCHEN Cooking is a great hobby and with the advent of some useful kitchen gadgets it can also be fun. The All-Clad Immersion Blender ($100) makes whipping up things super-fast. Plus it’s easier to stow than a large blender. I have pureed big batches of soup and made thick milkshakes with its powerful motor. Another favorite of mine is the Lagostina Axia line of cookware which has Tri-ply technology—an aluminum core sandwiched between layers of 18/10 and magnetic stainless steel. This makes for even heat distribution when using an oven, and cooking with induction, gas or a hot plate. $400 (13-piece set)

CONTROL THE POSSIBILITIES Dads love their gadgets at home but controlling them generally requires an individual remote control. It’s time to consolidate these into one easy-to-use device. Introduce your father to the MX3000 from URC which is actually a tablet that can be customized with color graphics. It has virtually unlimited memory capacity for all the devices around your home with up to 255 macro commands that can be programmed. The IR—line-of-sight— blaster works up to 50 feet away and has the capability of radio frequency to control products in other parts of the house. $999

SAY CHEESE! I appreciate the convenience of always having a camera with me thanks to the built-in variety on my smartphone. Now, it’s time to get a real camera now that I’m taking family trips and am turning photography into a hobby. My choice for a DLSR is the new Canon EOS 5DS and it is a whopper. This is the company’s highest resolution camera by far with more than 50 megapixel and a maximum output of 8688 x 5792 pixels. It has full HD 30p movie capability and a time lapse movie function, which takes still photographs at set intervals and combines them into a full HD movie file. Yes, it is bulkier than your trusty camera phone but the 5DS is the granddaddy of cameras on the market now—very fitting for a Dad’s Day gift. $3,700

MICHAEL GARFIELD Known as “The High-Tech Texan®” to audiences nationwide, Michael hosts technology and issueoriented talk radio shows six days a week on The 9-5-0. See what he’s up to at HighTechTexan.com.

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omewhere at the bottom of a generations-old water hole called Jacob’s Well, near Wimberley, lies the watch my parents gave me for graduating from high school. Boring story. Friends have shared more titillating memories of allnight parties at Texas swimming holes, where it wasn’t timepieces they lost. It’s that enormous potential for summertime “fun”—defined as you like—that leads us to Texas’ laziest rivers and most secluded natural pools this time of year. There’s a tiny, twisted strand of DNA in us all, encoded by the experiences of great-greatgreat grandparents and their great grandparents that draws us ceaselessly toward clean, clear water. In their day, these scenically stunning creeks and ponds at

the ends of dusty trials meant survival. Now, they’re nature’s water parks. Whether we wade into them gingerly, toes at a time, or leap from an overhang and let the chilly water embrace us at once, the result of immersion in these Lone Star oases is the same: rejuvenation and exhilaration— with a dash of pucker. Before you load up the minivan and drag the family off to any Texas swimming hole, make sure it’s a G- or PG-rated venue. Most of these spots are fairly tame and kid-safe during daylight hours, but dusk and darkness sometimes expose more than the moon and the stars. If you’re not sure which are which, ask a local college student. They know. On the plus side for family fun, alcohol is prohibited on most Texas

rivers. That’s not to say people don’t “pre-lube” before arrival, but their condition likely won’t worsen as the sun climbs higher. Swimming skills play into selection of a place to swim away a summer day. Experienced water enthusiasts can go anywhere. If you’re bringing young children or are aquatically challenged, you might opt for a place where cool water moves gently, if at all, over a flat-rock river bed. Be especially careful around moving water, but don’t fear it. To call yourself a Texan, you must have been tubing at least once. If you haven’t yet met the qualification and are getting on in years, hurry up. You’ll almost surely survive, and if you’re lucky, leave with some quality stories. No matter what happens, absolutely positively do not let go of that inner tube. My story from Jacob’s Well isn’t exciting. Not yet anyway. Maybe someday I’ll go back and look for that watch. At least that’s something I could get back.

While some of the state’s swimming holes offer nearresort-class amenities, even real restrooms at the fancier spots, the more remote ponds and stretches of prime rivers do not. If you want it, whatever it is, you’ll have to bring it. On the short list should be sunscreen and sunglasses, food and beverages to get you through a half day, towels and dry clothes. Additionally, if there’s a strong back in the group, it’s not a bad idea to lug a blanket—to stake out your “parking spot” near the water—first-aid kit, and maybe aloe-packed lotion for when you realize you forgot to reapply sunscreen.

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Here is a list for some of Texas’ best places to get wet this summer and never smell chlorine. yestotexas.com texasoutside.com/ texasswimmingholes/ texasswimmingholes.html kammok.com/blogs/ theroolife/14926221-14-texaswatering-holes-you-have-toget-in

DOUG PIKE Doug Pike has traveled the world to satisfy his passion for the outdoors. During his career, he has won 100-plus state and national awards for writing, broadcast and photography.

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Opening in May, the lavish Reverie Saigon introduces a bold new brand of luxury and contemporary design to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city. The 224-room hotel occupies a 39-story tower and features sweeping views of the metropolis. Visitors also enjoy European- and Indochina-inspired fine dining, a top-shelf bar and a luxurious spa. thereveriesaigon.com >> FOR THE JET-SETTER

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An icon of craftsmanship, Danner Boots stand out for their rugged, utilitarian beauty. The company’s line of hiking boots, which range from heavyduty backcountry boots to lifestyle models fit for a stroll on city streets, follow a legacy of handcrafted, U.S.-made quality that extends back to 1932. When a pair of Danner boots finally breathes its >> FOR THE CULTURAL EXPLORER last breath, however, some bootowners have been known to send them back to Danner’s recrafting Cuba has been called a time capsule, a once-forbidden land of faded, shop in Portland, Oregon for yet singular, loveliness. Now, as trade restrictions between the U.S. repair rather than retirement—the and Cuba are being lifted after more than 50 years, a window has sole might be replaced, but the soul opened into this vibrant culture. of the much-loved boot remains. LATOUR specializes in expertly planned tours to Latin America In the 2014 film “WILD,” that are led by professional bilingual Cuban guides. The nine-day, based on Cheryl Strayed’s people-to-people exchange programs allow travelers to comply with best-selling book about her U.S. travel restrictions and experience the culture in a personal and transformative 1,100-mile hike meaningful way. One of the programs “Hello Cuba” provides a wide along the Pacific Crest Trail, range of historical and cultural experiences, from one-on-one meetings actress Reese Witherspoon is with artists and musicians to a visit to Finca Vigía, the winter home of outfitted in Danner’s Mountain Ernest Hemingway. latour.com Light Cascade boot. danner.com

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Where would you go if you could own homes in dozens of countries around the world? Rocksure, a travel-based real estate equity fund, makes the question more than just idle speculation. Investors co-own a portfolio of fully staffed luxury villas or apartments—like a recently added vacation home in Vienna, located in a former palace that was recently added —which they can access for three weeks during the year. Once the life of the fund is over, Rocksure sells the properties, and profits are divided among investors. No time and little expense is required to manage the properties, which gives an owner all the benefits of enjoying a second home without the challenges of maintaining it. Daily maid service and access to personal chefs and a local concierge are included. rocksure.com


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At Banyan Tree Seychelles, sand and sun are just the start to an exquisite escape. The 37-villa resort, built on grounds that once belonged to friends Peter Sellers and George Harrison, presents a tropical paradise bursting with to do’s. The Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean known worldwide as a hotspot for sport fishing, and Banyan Tree’s location on Intendance Bay offers a particularly abundant catch. Fishing trips, cooking classes, custom, open-air spa treatments or a date night under the stars can easily be arranged. Cultural experiences, shopping, swimming, snorkeling and, of course, fine dining are other enjoyable ways to while away the hours in paradise. Want to return home with a true tale of the exotic? Attend the once-a-week “Creole night” to sample the bat curry, a local delicacy made from fruit bats marinated in vinegar, curry powder, garlic, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. banyantree.com >> FOR THE DESIGN LOVER

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La Réserve Paris: Hotel and Spa, which opened in January 2015, offers a new vision of discreet luxury in France’s stylish capital. Housed in a Haussmanian mansion in the 8th arrondissement, the 40-room hotel embodies the warmth and refinement of a 19th century private apartment. Here, just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées, you can hear the heart of Paris beat. With amenities like a private lounge, bar, courtyard and library reserved exclusively for guests, as well as an on-site spa and restaurant, the hotel has a club-style spirit. La Réserve Paris also offers 10 furnished apartments for longer stays, located at Place du Trocadéro. lareserve-paris.com

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Expo Milano 2015, the next world’s fair, will be held in Milan from May 1 to October 31 with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Serving both as a celebration of international cuisine and a platform for the exchange of ideas and solutions for a sustainable future, the global event will be the largest ever held about food and nutrition and is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors. expo2015.org In honor of the exhibition, five-star Carlton Hotel Baglioni in Milan is partnering with the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and the Italian nonprofit Slow Food to launch “The Redefinition of the Italian Breakfast,” which focuses on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients to create a uniquely delicious experience for hotel guests. baglionihotels.com KATHRYN HUNTER Kathryn Hunter is an Austin-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

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et’s make a summer memory that lasts long after the bikinis, board shorts and cabana boys have been packed away for another year. Grab your GoPro, camping gear and bikes, hitch up the Airstream and head about 90 minutes west of San Antonio, where just 7 miles from nearby Concan lies one of the largest, most popular natural attractions in Texas. Beautiful and big, Garner State Park is a sprawling, 17,000-plus acre tract that’s part sun-dappled oasis, part austere rolling hills necklaced by the Frio River, where even the most tech-obsessed, pluggedin folks can shed their frenetic electronic lifestyle and let the lazy Texas Hill Country lifestyle work its magic.

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State Park has more than 300 campsites and 17 cabins to choose from. The rustic cabins located in the older park section have charming cedar paneling and each comes equipped with heat and air conditioning, bathroom, kitchen and two full beds. The best feature may well be the storm windows, which wrap around the bedroom and when opened allow a cool breeze off the river to lull one into the best night’s sleep you’ll have all summer.

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This iconic, 400-foot-high limestone bluff stands silent guard over the park and offers some of the best hiking around, with breathtaking views of the Frio River and surrounding hill country. But if something less strenuous seems appealing, try floating the river on your canoe, kayak or inner tube, where people-watching is de rigueur, and makeshift rope swings test the foolhardy nature of Texans

large and small. Mini golf, biking trails, fishing, geocaching and paddle boats are just some of the activities one can enjoy in a typical summer afternoon.

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And if on a summer’s night you come down with a bad case of dance fever or just want to sit and enjoy classic Texas country music as young two-steppers glide by, pitching woo while the jukebox plays, head over to the Pavilion dance floor. The nightly party begins at dusk, with ice cream and trinkets available at the gift shop to win your sweetheart’s favor. Not a dancer? Then consider the nocturnal activities of Texas’ state flying mammal, the Mexican free-tailed bat, and join a Frio Bat Flight tour, offered every summer evening at GSP, where folks can witness the nightly dance of bat colonies swooping en masse into the twilit sky to eat several tons of insects. tpwd.texas.gov/ state-parks/garner

EAT MORE PIE— AT FRIO FARM Nanette Watson believes in quality ingredients and “food made the old-fashioned way with patience, care and authenticity by Texans for Texans” (read: handchurned butter, farm eggs, homemade extracts and delicious fillings). Located in Concan, Texas, just outside Garner State Park, it makes a great side-trip during your camping trip. friofarm.com RIDE THAT PONY— LOVE Want to horseback ride through majestic hill country vistas? Mosey over to Elm Creek Stables, also in Concan, for 90-minute guided horse rides. Mind the chickens, goats and other friendly critters posing for their next selfie moment, and you’re in for a great afternoon. 830-232-5365

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BEACH A complimentary shuttle ferries guests to nearby Hamoa Beach, a peaceful, picture-perfect crescent of white sand. Travaasa also offers throw net fishing, bamboo pole fishing and an outrigger canoe adventure on Hana Bay.

SPA The award-winning Spa at Travaasa Hana focuses on natural elements and techniques, providing a wide range of massages, healing rituals and beauty treatments. The Hana Organic Cocomint Signature Body Treatment and Massage incorporates locally grown cacao. In addition to nine treatment rooms, the indoor/outdoor spa includes a lava rock whirlpool, private garden, steam room, cold plunge pool and relaxation room.

DINING Ranging from classic Hawaiian dishes to innovative fusion cuisine, the menu at restaurant Ka’uiki highlights Hana-grown, ocean-totable ingredients. To bring some of the island flavor home with you, take advantage of the resort’s in-depth learning experiences on regional dishes and mixology.

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rand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, boasts a treasure trove of amenities and attractions. Fronting the famous Wailea Beach, the resort encompasses 40 acres, with 780 guest rooms and 52 suites. Throughout the grounds, public areas feature a prized and varied collection of more than 80 works of art, valued at roughly $30 million. The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, a series of nine connected pools complete with whitewater rapids, slides, rope swings and the world’s first water elevator, is a favorite stop for families. Three 18-hole championship golf courses and an 11-court tennis complex are located nearby, and Wailea also has a specially designed pool for scuba training. Grand Wailea’s wealth of entertainment, retail and dining options ensures that a guest’s every need can be satisfied without leaving the property. grandwailea.com

BEACH Rated one of the top beaches in the world, Wailea Beach is a dazzling playground of golden sand and gentle waves. Guided tours or equipment for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, Boogie boarding and snorkeling are available.

SPA The largest spa in Hawaii, the aptly named Spa Grande comprises 50,000 square feet and offers more than 100 beauty and body treatments. Before your appointment, experience the complimentary Termé Wailea Hydrotherapy Circuit, a series of relaxing water therapies that includes a Roman tub, saunas, cascading waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo and five exquisite Hawaiian sea salt baths.

At restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, enjoy exotic and upscale dining above a saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish, selecting your own lobster from the waters below. Bistro Molokoni is a casual spot for lighter fare, and the Grand Dining Room serves a daily breakfast buffet and special Sunday brunch. Visit the swimup Grotto Bar to sip a cocktail beneath a waterfall, and for an unforgettable sunset or starlit dinner, arrange for a private cabana on Wailea Beach.

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eaning “house befitting heaven,” Halekulani is a trademark of Hawaiian elegance. The well-known luxury hotel is located in Waikiki on the beach, offering unobstructed views of Diamond Head and the Pacific. Halekulani celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and previous hotels on the site, which bore the same name, were welcoming guests as early as 1907. Though surrounded by urban bustle, Halekulani remains a place of serenity and quiet sophistication. Rooms are furnished almost entirely in shades of white—­­the better to showcase the brilliance of the scenery—and most accommodation options boast ocean views. The heated, 82-foot freshwater pool is an icon—the bottom displays a splendid orchid mosaic comprised of 1.2 million South African tiles. halekulani.com

BEACH The beach fronting Halekulani is small and intimate, and hotel guests can take advantage of a daily surf demo or morning stretching class on the sand. The fabled Waikiki Beach is also just a stone’s throw away.

SPA The award-winning Spa Halekulani features treatments ranging from Polynesian bodywork to Asian-inspired facial therapies and hair and nail-care options. Facilities include seven relaxation suites, steam showers, therapy beds and an outdoor recreation area, as well as lavish spa suites for couples. A highlight for 2015 is the new, once-a-month Living-Well Lecture Series from resident lifestyle coach Kamala Skipper, which is complimentary to guests.

DINING All of Halekulani’s restaurants offer stunning views of the sea. For a romantic evening, reserve a table at La Mer, which specializes in French-style cuisine infused with fresh tropical ingredients. At Orchids, renowned for its Sunday brunch, enjoy a casually elegant, al fresco dining experience. The ever-popular bar and restaurant House Without a Key is the place to go for a relaxed atmosphere and nightly Hawaiian music under the property’s century-old Kiawe tree.

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A HEAD FOR CAULIFLOWER

You might have noticed cauliflower is cropping up as a replacement in carb-laden foods such as pizza, pasta and mashed potatoes. What’s the health lowdown on cauliflower? The cruciferous vegetable packs a punch of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive qualities. Cauliflower’s cancer-fighting ability is especially noteworthy since it contains the phytochemical sulforaphane, which can stimulate enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they damage cells. Nutritionally speaking, cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese. And there are only 3 calories in 1 raw floret (0.5 oz).

A NEW CASE FOR RED

Red wine has been both contested and applauded for its anti-aging benefits such as improving longevity and cardiovascular health. A new study raises a glass to red wine once again. Researchers from the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute suggest that a compound found in red wine, resveratrol, stimulates a stress response gene that activates a number of genes that protect the body. Previous resveratrol studies touting its health benefits have been criticized for using unrealistically high doses of the compound to achieve a positive effect; however, in the Scripps’ study researchers found a moderate consumption of red wine would give a person enough resveratrol, to “evoke a protective effect.”

IT’S MAY: HIGH-FIVE FOR REVERSING THE GET MOVING SIGNS OF AGING FOR NATIONAL If you’ve worried about having work done to your face, it looks like you’re in good hands. A Northwestern Medicine study performed PHYSICAL by board-certified dermatologists in the United States analyzed more than 20,000 cosmetic procedures FITNESS including fillers, neurotoxins, and laser and energy device treatments AND SPORTS to reduce the visible signs of aging. While many MONTH people are concerned about bruising, redness or swelling, the study found that these treatments, when performed by board-certified dermatologists in the United States, are safe and have no risk of serious side effects.

50+: WHAT’S YOUR SEXUAL FREQUENCY?

While the perception is that sexual interest and desire declines as we age, statistics suggest there’s more going on in the boomer bedroom than expected. A recent AARP study found that among couples 50 years old or older, 31 percent have sex several times a week, 28 percent have sex a couple of times a month and 8 percent have sex once a month. And perhaps the most telling, regardless of frequency, is that most boomers (71 percent) say sex is still important to their lives.

The United States Department of Health & Human Services physical activity guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 2½ hours of moderately to vigorously intense physical activity each week. A good time to start moving is in May for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Even if you’re not the workout regime type, it’s easy to make physical fitness part of your life. Here are 10 tips to get active: 1. Play games with your kids. 2. Do household chores. 3. Work in your garden. 4. Take the stairs, not the elevator.

5. Bike to work or to run errands. 6. Work on a home repair project. 7. Play in a swimming pool. 8. Take your dog for a walk. 9. Walk with a friend at lunch. 10. Dance.

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motion sickness in outer space,” says Locke. “But out of all the Nothing ruins a vacation faster available medicines, promethazine than the misery of motion sickness. can make you the sleepiest. All motion sickness medicines have But following a few travel tips and side effects and the more effective packing the proper medication can they are, the more side effects make for a more enjoyable trip. they have, and that’s the tradeoff.” Promethazine is available option is riding in the front lthough the exact cause only by prescription. passenger seat, keeping your eyes of motion sickness For mild motion sickness, on the road and resisting the urge prescription scopolamine patches is unknown, many to read. Avoid spicy, greasy foods, can be applied behind the ear experts believe it occurs when or if you’re on a short trip, skip the brain receives conflicting four hours before departure and food altogether. sensory messages. For example, last up to three days. Unlike One of the best ways to your inner ear senses motion on promethazine, they do not cause treat motion sickness is with a bumpy plane ride, but your drowsiness, but Locke warns medication. Dr. James Locke, eyes tell you you’re not moving. that they can cause confusion, lead physician for the NASA Symptoms can range from mild agitation and cognitive changes upset stomach and cold sweats to Flight Medicine Clinic in with extended use, especially in Houston, has conducted extensive the elderly. dizziness and vomiting. research on motion sickness drugs When making your travel Another option is anti-anxiety using NASA’s reduced gravity arrangements, book your trip on medications such as Valium larger airplanes and boats, which aircraft, appropriately nicknamed and Xanax, which may reduce offer a more stable and smoother the “vomit comet.” your motion sickness symptoms “Promethazine (Phenergan) is while making you feel relaxed ride. If you are traveling by car, the most powerful anti-motion being the driver cuts your risk and sleepy. Effective over-thesickness medication available significantly because you can counter antihistamines include easily anticipate changes in speed to the general public and the diphenhydramine (Benadryl), most effective in preventing and direction. The second-best dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)

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Time was, you’d hop in the bathtub with your rubber ducky and wash your face lickety-split with a good ol’fashioned, nubby, 99-cent washrag and feel freshly scrubbed all day; heck, if your grandmother got involved, you might even lose a freckle or two in the process.

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and appreciate your partner like this can make your partner when you meet for dinner. feel devalued or question your Take time to play. Vacations are intention for the trip. Work together to understand stressful at times, and moodiness can set in. Plan to have time to each other’s weaknesses as well goof off. Tell jokes, make fun, be as strengths. If your partner each other’s cheerleader. Remind is great with a map and sense yourself how grateful you are to of direction then don’t try to ccording to marriage research, more clearly why you choose experience this vacation together. invade their territory—even travel has the power to to travel through life with your Build a memory. It goes if you think you know where deepen your relationship and also travel companion at your side. without saying no matter how you’re going. When couples help you fall in love all over again Talk about the trip. What are good or bad a vacation is, if you use each other’s strengths they with your partner. However, travel your expectations as a couple, complement one another. When take the journey together you usually mimics the communication and discuss any hidden agenda. will have numerous moments they use a vacation to try and that already exists between partners Couples take trips for different of hilarious and interesting teach or lecture a partner who in their day-to-day life. So, if you’re reasons and plan destinations memories. Everyone takes their is weak in a particular area they one of those couples who loves to for all sorts of reasons. One of partner for granted to a certain end up fighting and feeling less argue or insists on being right, it’s the main complaints I hear from extent, but during times of crisis wise to prepare in advance. The key couples who didn’t enjoy their trip connected than ever before. the memories of a vacation help Enjoy and schedule alone to experiencing a closer connection was a hidden agenda not discussed sustain you. time. Most couples aren’t instead of war of the roses is in by one of the partners. If you are Your marriage is your story and together 24 hours a day in their wanting your trip to bring you planning on meeting up with an no matter how that story reads, daily life, which is part of the closer together rather than further old friend(s) or family you should apart and being willing to change discuss it with your partner before reason you have to plan for small taking a vacation together adds many fun-filled, novel experiences parts of yourself in order to please you go. Sometimes “surprises” end mental escapes or time alone. that the two of you will reflect You may have interests your your partner. up being vacation breakers. on for years after. Your marriage partner doesn’t. Engaging in Remembering and practicing Be sure to check with your your alone time helps you refuel deserves a vacation. some key lessons has helped my destination to make sure your husband and me travel the world plans are still their plans. If you’re together. It’s also enriched the planning a special anniversary couples I work with. Embrace the or birthday trip make sure the MARY JO RAPINI Mary Jo Rapini is a Houston-based psychotherapist specializing in sex and unexpected events and minimize hotel doesn’t move you from your relationships. In addition to being a speaker, author and TV personality, the frustrating parts of your booked deluxe room to a standard she shares her expert advice Tuesday mornings on Mix 96.5 and Friday journey and you’ll understand mornings on Fox 26 Houston. For information, visit maryjorapini.com. double bedroom. A mistake

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Attendees gathered at the River Oaks Country Club donning elaborate and eye-catching hats to honor several incredible women for significant contributions to their families and the Houston community. Raising over $130,000 for programs of Easter Seals Greater Houston, the event was a huge success and featured a reception and informal fashion show by Neiman Marcus Galleria. Photographer | PRISCILLA DICKSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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A golden dragon greeted guests as they arrived from all corners of the globe for a lavish evening led by an influential contingent of cochairs—Anne and Albert Chao and Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron. This year’s Tiger Ball celebrated 35 years of Asia Society in Houston and honored long-time chairman Charles Foster and his wife, Lily Chen Foster. The gala garnered almost $1.3 million to support Asia Society programs, educational activities and exhibitions—all furthering the mission of bringing East and West together. Photographer | JENNY ANTILL

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