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FEATURES The Beauty of Bali Prepare to be enchanted—and perhaps transformed. 10

Paint the Town Red Dressed to the nines and ready to... 18

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You’ll be the toast of the town when you serve up these vintage cocktails at your holiday party. 28

First Course Let these impressive make-ahead nibbles prep your guests for the big feast. 34

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Must-have neutral pieces...what to wear on the weekend...clothes with color...winter’s best accessories...perfect shirt and tie pairings. 3

Room Key Enchantment beckons at the Charleston Place Hotel in the Old South’s most picturesque city, a treat for the eyes, the taste buds and the spirit. 46

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evy’s has always been committed to providing a little something extra for our customers and friends. In that tradition, we present our annual all-digital issue of LEVY’S magazine to celebrate the winter holidays. Here you’ll find fodder for your holiday parties—recipes for classic cocktails and elegant hors d’oeuvres. We take you on an armchair tour of two of the world’s great tropical island retreats, Bali and its less touristed sister, Lombok. Closer to home, we see what’s doing in another of the South’s great cities, Charleston, and its top-tier hotel, Charleston Place. You’ll also find a selection of terrific clothing and accessories for men and

women. But the following pages show just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Visit our store in Green Hills for an outstanding selection of the latest merchandise from the best designers in the world. In the spirit of the season, we thank our loyal staff for their commitment and expertise, and we thank you, our customers, for supporting our store and for “shopping local.” Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a healthy, prosperous New Year! —Ellen and David Levy

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Executive Editor

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Contributing Photographers Peyton Hoge, Daniel Springston Art Assistant meghan bashaw Editorial Assistant catherine shaw Publishing staff

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Accounting amanda albano, agnes alves, andrew mougis Published by Chairman Carroll V. Dowden President Mark Dowden Vice Presidents amy Dowden, Rita Guarna, christine hamel, shae marcus, andy Shane levy’s Magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Levy’s. Copyright © 2012 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, LEVY’S, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, LEVY’S Circulation Department, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.573.5541; email Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or

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It’s no grey day with pieces that go with everything.

Clockwise from top: three-piece charcoal flannel suit by Jack Victor; striped dress shirt by Armani; silk tie by Canali; sheer plaid pocket square by Robert Talbott; grey striped chenille sweater by Armani; diamond pattern pullover by Armani; Rover belt by Bill Lavin; slim fit denim by Armani; sterling silver chain by La Loop; sterling cuffwear by Scott Kay; Biathlon cardigan by Agave; Olympic Village pullover by Agave; Pima cotton T-shirt by PYA; Home Run heather T-shirt by Agave; socks by Pantherella; sport shirts by Sand; two-toned tie bar by Graytok; ties by Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Italo Ferretti.


)77)28-%07 Clockwise from top: Raised Animal Twinset by Armani Collezioni; flannel pants by Ted Baker; ruby and baroque pearl bracelet by Aviva Carmy; mixed pearl necklace by Aviva Carmy; long necklace of rhodium and pearl by Aviva Carmy; reversible dress by Nally & Millie; laser-cut cardigan by Linea Domani; ivory and charcoal crochet knit by Donna Degnan; tank by Judy P; crystal and sterling earrings by Carol Lipworth Designs; bison and metal “Mine” bracelet by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; pyrite ring by Carol Lipworth Designs; sterling earrings by Carol Lipworth Designs; zig-zag knit dress with belt by Donna Degnan; grey tropical mélange pencil skirt by Hugo Boss; Tibetan white dog necklace by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; batik print hanky hem sweater by Nally & Millie; print “Sensation” blouse by Robert Graham; shimmer stripe V-neck sweater by Belford; leather pearl layer bracelet with cross by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; rutilated ruby necklace by Aviva Carmy; high-rise boot cut in Smoke by Second Yoga; silver Swarovski Crystal chain by Carol Lipworth Designs; Ombre stole by Armani Collezioni; leather bracelet with vintage brooch by Sue Surdi & RM Designs.



Look casually cool with the right selections from Levy’s.

Clockwise from top: denim solid sport shirt by Robert Talbott; cotton print T-shirt by Desigual; reversible belt by Sand; Skinny Hi denim in mustard by Second Yoga; Chica denim in picante by Agave; Chica denim in green by Agave; Tortuga handbag by Desigual; Dayne soft Giza cotton pants in blue by Hiltl; multicheck sport shirt by Robert Talbott;




Color, color everywhere... in versatile separates that make it easy to ace “casual.” Clockwise from top: quarter-zip pullover in mirage by Southern Tide; Lakeview windowpane sport shirt by Southern Tide, gingham Tennessee sport shirt by Olde School Brand; navy needlepoint belt by Southern Tide; cotton pant in Bark by Southern Tide; reversible Tennessee shorts and reversible belt by Olde School Brand; navy croakie and orange koozie by Volunteer Traditions; State logo T-shirt by Southern Point; Tennessee 3-star hat by Volunteer Traditions; seersucker Tennessee shorts by Olde School Brand; navy koozie by Volunteer Traditions; purple and blue tattersall sport shirt by Southern Point; light blue Tennessee tie by Volunteer Traditions.



The best accessories finish a look perfectly.

Left to right, vertical columns: assorted metal chains by Carol Lipworth Designs; ball and chain necklace in gold by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; black necklace with baroque pearls by Aviva Carmy; black necklace with gold links by Aviva Carmy; custom handsets by Elizabeth Travis, Sparkle Handsets; leather necklace with assorted pendants by Aviva Carmy; pillowed parquet cufflinks by Robert Talbott; onyx silver cufflinks by Robert Talbott; assorted sterling silver and black sapphire rings by Scott Kay; vintage copper buckle necklace by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; vintage gold bracelet by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; fine earrings by Aviva Carmy; silver and black Tiffany bag by Lisa Berck; copper liquid metal purse by Whiting & Davis; sterling dog tag necklace by Scott Kay; black leather with vintage buckle bracelet by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; reversible belts by Sand; silver tube bracelet by Gillian Julius; silver nugget bracelet by Gillian Julius; heavy black bracelet by Aviva Carmy; fine bracelet by Aviva Carmy; heart and ball necklace by Gillian Julius; grey beaded bracelet by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; leather sapphire bracelet by Scott Kay; beaded ladder bracelet by Sue Surdi & RM Designs; black onyx bracelet by Sue Surdi & RM Designs.



4)6*)'8 4%-6-2+7 Keep your shirt (and tie and pocket square) on with these combos that all work with white.

Left to right, top to bottom: JZ Richards paisley pocket square, vivid plaid tie by Robert Talbott; rich plaid pocket square and tie in brown hues by Robert Talbott; sheer plaid pocket square by Robert Talbott, purple paisley tie by Dion; Etro pocket square, Eton tie; Edward Armah pocket circle, R Hanauer Breast Cancer Awareness tie; Dion tipped pocket square, Ermenegildo Zegna silk tie; Etro pocket square, David Donahue striped tie; Etro pocket square, Armani deep berry tie. *Assorted white dress shirts by Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Gitman Brothers, David Donahue.


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omen in sarongs walk by with baskets on their heads. You hear the chattering of monkeys, and there’s the almondy fragrance of frangipani blossoms strewn about from a recent ceremony. Ahead you see a pagoda-like temple, and in the distance a volcanic

A carved stone sculpture on the faรงade of an ancient temple and a magnificent sunset over the Indian Ocean make up the visual feast that is Bali.

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peak, its outline etched against a sunset blushingly pink. The sensory richness makes you recall with epiphanic clarity why you’re here: The South Pacific has island paradises aplenty, but there’s only one Bali. This 2,175-square-mile island, dazzling enough simply as a scenic destination, is esteemed beyond the sum of its sights and sounds and smells. Travelers from anthropologist Margaret Mead in the 1930s to bestselling Eat, Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert in the 21st century have come here to soothe, refresh and inform the spirit. They’ve been drawn by a landscape dotted with Hindu temples, each with a story, and a native culture in which ordinary things have special meanings. Indeed, there are carefully observed rituals whose frequencies range from five times daily to once in a thousand years. It’s not unusual to hear expatriate



business owners grouse (but with a smile) that they must hire help in extra numbers because these workers so frequently take time off to perform or attend ceremonies. Bali boasts silky-sand beaches, majestic mountains and lush forests. It’s one of the 17,500 islands that make up Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country. But Bali itself is 93 percent Hindu. As Gilbert’s book explains, Hindu royalty escaped nearby Java during a 16th-century Islamic uprising, but could bring along “only their royal families, their craftsmen and their priests,” which may be “why the Balinese people have such pride and brilliance.” A U.S. encyclopedia published in 1881—a time when most Asian peoples were viewed with condescension in the West—calls the Balinese “a superior race.” Surrounded by coral

reefs, rice-growing Bali benefits agriculturally from the lush soil provided by its six volcanoes. (Alas, the tallest, 10,308-foot Mount Agung, killed more than 1,000 people when it erupted in 1963.) It’s a vegetative wonderland, with banyan, tamarind, clove and acacia trees and lovely flowers of hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, frangipani and orchid. Tourism in Bali has recovered from a slump it suffered after terrorist bombings in 2002 and 2005, and in some ways it’s an easy place to navigate, with many locals at least semi-conversant in English. Tempera-

Opposite: A Buddhist temple appears to sprout effortlessly from the tranquil water. This page: Embrace the peaceful surroundings in one of the elegant rooms at the Oberoi Bali while dreaming of an award-wining meal at the resort’s own Kura Kura; the long-tailed macaque monkey enjoys sacred status and can be found in a sanctuary in Ubud.

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tures stay in the soothing range of 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit pretty much year-round, and you can see great variety with just a few minutes’ travel by car, by bicycle or even on foot. If you’d rather not explore alone, ICS Travel Group creates personalized itineraries that offer a glimpse of local life plus important sites. They’ll help find the best vantage point for viewing everything from art to sunsets. You’ll likely touch down at the southern end of this land of enchantment at Ngurah Rai International Airport (Cathay Pacific Airline has five flights daily from the U.S.), named for a hero of Indonesia’s war for independence from the Netherlands. There’s a statue of him on the 20-minute ride north to one of the island’s most appealing hostelries, the Oberoi Bali, near Bali’s provincial capital city, Denpasar. (Bali the province includes its namesake island plus a few small ones.) Let the Oberoi’s



secluded cluster of luxury thatched-roof villas with private pools be your base as you explore. On your “things to do” list, don’t omit a luxurious dollop of nothing—lolling on lovely beaches that shimmer with smooth white sand (on the southern coast) or mica-flecked grey-black volcanic sand (in the north, east and west). Try the crescent-shaped Kuta Beach just south of the hotel if you’d like to watch surfers, or mingle with the locals and perhaps buy cheap beer from vendors. Or beautiful Geger Beach, on the southern peninsula known as Nusa Dua, if you crave calmer waters or if you’re a female brave enough to go topless. It costs all of 20,000 rupiah to rent a deck chair— that’s about two bucks. If a party mood strikes, head for the hot nightlife of Kuta, which abounds in bars, cafes and restaurants (try Un’s, the Dog and Dragon or Bubba Gump Shrimp). But don’t miss the

daytime attractions that make Bali special—the wood carvings, paintings and stone statues on view around the south central town of Ubud, for instance. That’s where you can buy souvenirs, or hang with long-tailed macaque monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Bali is justly famous for its numerous Hindu temples, or pura, many of which feature a distinctive, pagoda-like pattern of tiered roofs. The largest, the Mother Temple of Besakih, is actually a complex of 22 temples perched on parallel ridges. (In the ’63 eruption the flowing lava missed it by just a few yards—a “miraculous” sign, in some locals’ minds, that the gods wished to teach a lesson without threatening their faith.) Then there’s Tanah Lot, famous for its stunning sunsets. Sea snakes are said to reside at the base of the island to ward off evil spirits. Another must-see—near Sanur, just southeast of Denpasar—is the Pura Blanjong,

Opposite: Culture abounds everywhere but especially in the traditional costume of a Balinese dancer; a peek at Lombok’s white sand beaches from the Oberoi Lombok where oceanside huts actually sit in the water. This page: A scuba diver communes with a school of Black Jack at the USTA Liberty’s wreck site.

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This page: The rice terraces artfully carved into the mountains testify to the Balinese rice farmers’ love of the land. Opposite: Pinks, blues and purples swirl together to create this picturesque poolside view.



which bears an inscription attributed to a 10thcentury Javanese king. (Sanur is Bali’s oldest beachside resort town, and it offers peaceful respite from the hurly-burly of Kuta.) As your Bali home, the Oberoi itself offers a lot to tweet home about. Located on spacious Seminyak Beach, it’s built to honor privacy, serenity and quality. The romantically inclined may renew their marriage vows in a special Hindu service. No wedding plans? Visit the open-air massage pavillions overlooking a pool teeming with golden carp, water lilies and tropical plants for a couple’s treatment. Here you’ll learn firsthand the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana: True peace means finding harmony with God, man and nature. As for amenities, there’s a daily afternoon tea service, daily fruit baskets, yoga sessions and a six-times-daily shuttle service to the nearby village of Legian. The hotel’s Amphitheatre stages Balinese

dance performances every Thursday and Saturday, and the Kayu Bar serves light meals as well as drinks. The Frangipani Café offers alfresco breakfast and seafood meals under the palms, and the Kura Kura, set around a lotus pond, is the Oberoi Bali’s foray into fine dining—it was voted the finest eatery in Indonesia by the readers of Indonesia Tattler. (All of the hotel’s restaurants prepare curries and stir-fries using rice bran oil, said to reduce cholesterol and to be rich antioxidants.) Happily, there’s another lovely Oberoi on Lombok, the next-door island just a puddlejumping 25-mile flight away—and here both scenery and serenity may beckon you for a leisurely side trip. Lombok is known as “the quieter Bali,” and it mimics much of Bali’s charm without its teeming tourist population. Lombok’s newly upgraded international airport debuted only in October 2011, with connections to Singapore and several Indo-

nesian cities, so the travelers will be coming. In South Lombok they’ll enjoy some of the world’s finest surfing as well as wonderful scuba diving and snorkeling, and they’ll glimpse a volcano that outdoes the betterknown island’s peaks in both height and recent liveliness: 12,224-foot Mount Rinjani, which erupted three times on May 22, 2010. Lombok is a bit smaller than Bali, with about 3 million strong, and it’s been called “a whole different kettle of fish” from its neighbor. For one thing, it’s mostly Muslim, not Hindu—mosques broadcast a morning call to worship starting at 4:30 a.m. Villages tend to specialize in preparing their own particular foods—tofu here, salted shark there and dried shrimp paste down the road. Whether your destination is Bali or Lombok or both, get ready for intriguing surprises. This could be the trip of a lifetime, and when you return you may never be quite the same. holiday 2012


Carol stuns in this wool coat, silk dress and black leather belt, all by Armani Collezioni. Her ring is by Carol Lipworth.





Carol wears a chevron jacket by Donna Degnan, pairing it with a black scoop neck T-shirt by Tees by Tina and black Ponte leggings. Necklace and hoop earrings by Carol Lipworth.

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Carol pairs this leather jacket by Jakett New York with a Robert Graham top, Agave jeans and belt by Leather Island. Gerad wears a silk and cashmere sportcoat with leather elbow patches by Ermenegildo Zegna, Levy’s russet sweater in Merino wool and a sport shirt by Robert Talbott. Cotton pants by Zanella and silk pocket square by Etro. Carol stays neutral in a grey wool coat, red silk blouse and grey pants, all by Armani Collezioni. Pearl drop earrings by Carol Lipworth.





Recipes printed with permission from Vintage Cocktails (Assouline)


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chilled martini glass, or serve over ice in an old

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fashioned glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

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1MRMFIIJFYVKIV[MXLGLMPINEQ This mini ERHQEVMREXIHFIIXTM^^IXXIW classic is a favorite when made with this zingy and colorful combination of chile jam and fresh beets.

-2+6)(-)287 1lb ground beef ž cup fresh breadcrumbs 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tbsp finely chopped onion 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 large egg salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 beet, peeled and finely grated 1 tsp red wine vinegar

 To make pizzette bases place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center of the flour. Pour water and oil into the well. Sprinkle yeast over the liquid and leave for 5 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to draw the flour into the middle and mix to form a sticky dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes until a smooth, shiny and elastic dough is formed. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise for 1 ½ hours. Deflate the dough by pressing down with your hand. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to about ½-inch thick. Using 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Bake 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.

1 tbsp olive or sunflower oil

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thyme leaves to garnish

sauce, mustard, egg and seasoning together well.

For pizzette bases:

 Divide into 25 balls and, using damp hands, shape into

2 cups bread flour

mini burgers. Chill until ready to cook

1 tsp salt / cup warm water


1 tsp olive oil

 Mix the grated beet with vinegar, and season with salt.

1 tsp quick rising dried yeast

 Preheat a frying pan with the oil. Sear the mini burgers,

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uncrowded, in a pan for 1½ minutes on each side, slightly flattening with a spatula as you turn them.

14 oz tomatoes 2 red chiles or jalapeĂąo chiles

 To make the jam, pulse all ingredients in a food processor

2 thumbs peeled fresh ginger

until chunky.

2 tbsp fish sauce 3 peeled garlic cloves

 To serve, place ½ tsp of chile jam on each pizzette base, add a mini burger and top with a small mound of the marinated beet. Garnish with thyme to serve. Makes 25.


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 Scrub the clams under running water. Discard any that are broken or not tightly closed.

 Place the clams in a pan with 2 tbsp water and cover with lid. Steam over medium heat until open, about 6 minutes. Shake pan occasionally to ensure even cooking. Remove clams with a slotted spoon. Discard any that are shut. Cool.

 Preheat broiler. Open the clams with your fingers. Discard top shells. Loosen clams from bottom shells and place on a heatproof serving dish evenly scattered with salt. Divide the flavored butter over the clams in their shells.

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 Preheat oven to 300˚F. Brush the bread with melted butter and use a 2-inch cookie cutter to stamp out 4 rounds per bread slice. Place the croutes on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, 20-25 minutes. Cool.

 To bake the quail eggs, generously butter a mini muffin tin and crack eggs into each hole. Bake in oven 4 minutes. Using a teaspoon, carefully scoop the eggs out of pans onto a tray or plate to cool.

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20 – 4-inch rosemary branches

 For the rosemary skewers, pull the leaves off the

For the marinade:

rosemary stalks, leaving just a few leaves at one end. Reserve leaves. Sharpen the other end to a point with a sharp pairing knife.

¼ cup olive oil grated zest and juice of ½ lemon 1 garlic clove, sliced 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 For the marinade, coarsely chop the reserved rosemary leaves. Combine rosemary, oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, and salt and pepper in a nonmetallic bowl. Add monkfish and toss to coat each piece well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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on paper towels.

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10 pitted black olives, halved

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20 – 2-inch wooden skewers

coat each cube well.

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2 large egg yolks 1 tsp creamy Dijon mustard

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1 tbsp red wine vinegar

and 1 feta cube onto each skewer.

½ tsp salt and a pinch of freshly ground pepper 1 tsp sugar 1 Ÿ cups sunflower or canola oil 1 tbsp lemon zest 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 crushed garlic cloves

 For aioli, set a deep bowl on a cloth to prevent it from slipping as you whisk. Whisk the egg yolks, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper, and sugar together in a bowl until think and creamy, 1 minute. Place the oil in a liquid measuring cup. Whisk in the oil into the egg mixture a drop at a time until the mixture thickens. Add the remaining oil in a thin, steady stream, whisking constantly until thick and glossy. Whisk in 1 tbsp lemon zest, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 crushed cloves of garlic. Served with skewers chilled or at room temperature. Makes 20.


*MPSXEVXPIXW[MXL Melting %WMERFIIJWEPEH mouthfuls of beef are tossed in a delicious combination of Asian flavors.

-2+6)(-)287 8 oz beef filet steak, 1-inch thick 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp fish sauce ¼ tsp sugar 1 cup cilantro leaves 1 cup mint leaves, plus extra to garnish ¼ red bell pepper, finely diced 1 tomato, seeded and diced 1 tsp sesame seeds 1 tsp grated lime zest 1 sliced red chile to garnish For filo tartlets: 4 sheets of filo pastry 2 tbsp melted butter

 For filo tartlet, preheat oven to 350˚F. Lay one sheet of filo pastry down on a cool surface or large cutting board and cover unused pastry with a clean tea towel. Brush the pastry evenly with melted butter. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the buttered pastry sheet into even-sized squares, 2in x 2in. Carefully pick up one layer of the squares at a time and place on top of each other, using 4 squares at different angles to create a spiky look. Push the pastry stack into a mini-muffin tin, ensuring the bottom of the filo tartlet is as flat as possible. Repeat until all the filo pastry has been used up and then bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

 Sear the steak in a hot pan on both sides, 6 minutes total. Cool and cut into 20 slices.

 Toss the steak slices with the soy, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, fresh herbs, pepper, tomato, sesame seeds, and zest. Divide steak slices among the filo tartlets. Garnish with red chile and mint leaves. Makes 20.




Enchantment beckons at this hostelry in the Old South’s most picturesque city, a treat for the eyes, the taste buds and the spirit.



harm. Cheer. Calories. A holiday trip to historic Charleston, the pedestrian-friendly city nestled between two rivers on South Carolina’s coast, promises this trifecta, especially if you’ve picked a sure winner already by booking a room at the Charleston Place Hotel. This is one seductive city, one where the past is everywhere present. In 1790 Charleston was the infant nation’s fourth largest city—it’s the one that defied time and stayed fairly small. Today horse-drawn carriages still loll along past pristine, pastel-painted antebellum mansions trimmed with lacy ironwork. That Charleston’s architecture—Colonial, Federal, Georgian, Italianate, Victorian— has survived the depredations of wars, hurricanes, fire and the earthquake of 1886 is a testament to the tough-as-nails heart within this proper belle of a town that oozes Southern hospitality. Do pull yourself away from the Charleston Place to

see the rest of the city—though we’re not saying that’s easy. The eight-story landmark hotel smack in the city’s historic district looks like a modern French chateau. It has 440 spacious, beautifully appointed rooms (we’re talking lots of blues and yellows with Chippendale-style furnishings) and those facing south offer panoramic views of the City Market. All rooms receive twice-daily housekeeping service. And service here is something the hotel has won awards for, so expect to feel like a lord or lady of the manor. Indulge in a treatment in the amazing full-service spa, swim in the indoor horizonedge pool or sip a mint julep or a Southern mule, possibly alongside Jerry Seinfeld or Natalie Portman. Charleston is made for walking, and winter is not blustery here—daytime temperatures usually hover in the 60-degree range, so you can enjoy all the sights in comfort. Start your Sunday constitutional at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, where bronze bells ring at 9:40 sharp. Then meander through the residential streets—and into a daydream of what life was like before the War Between the States began right here in the harbor almost 152 years ago. There’s plenty to make you feel cozy. You can see one of the country’s best light shows—some 500,000 sparklers—along a three-mile tour in James Island Country Park (a train ride around the lake is offered too) or stand beneath a 60-foot-tall tree in Marion Square, where lampposts are festooned in ribbons and wreaths. As befits a city that prides itself on gracious living, Charleston has an intense relationship with food. Gourmands abound, and you’ll overhear their broad, aristocratic vowels as they debate everything from the proper consistency of creamy grits to where to get the best fried chicken. Know that you will be engaging in acts of gluttony, feasting on the likes of chicken stew, pork hash, hush puppies, banana pudding and pecan pie. In a city of star chefs, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Place’s Charleston Grill serves up highbrow takes on Lowcountry fare. She mixes classics and nouvelle cooking, unifying them with intense flavors and producing such standouts as seared flounder and shrimp with butter grits, sherry-country ham gravy and tomatobasil salad. Or you can give yourself over to the chef and sommelier and enjoy the six-course tasting menu, where you’ll savor every last morsel. Save room for the Grits Soufflé Pudding or the White Russian, a white chocolate panna cotta. Then settle in for a nightcap while you listen to live jazz, performed every night of the week. By the end of your trip you’ll be well sated in mind and body and only too happy to comply with the refrain “Y’all come back now.” Hear, hear!

Opposite, pulling up to the main entrance of the Charleston Place, the grand dame of the city; balmy temperatures make it possible to dine alfresco. This page, clockwise from left, a suite’s cityscape view; spacious rooms epitomize gracious living; the beat goes on with live jazz nightly at the Charleston Grill, where Lowcountry fare reaches new heights; travel by horse-drawn carriage past historic homes; the hotel’s awardwinning spa features an indoor pool; lobster is just one choice in this food lovers’ paradise.



Black tie. The words are reserved for some of life’s most meaningful times—weddings, fundraisers, red-carpet events. And with good reason: Most people, men especially, look good in dark colors. And it’s not just black that is making its mark; rich blues are making a strong return in the formal scene. The secret, of course, begins with a great tuxedo, like the unconventional pairing shown here from Levy’s. The jacket is from Red Carpet by Sand, featuring notched satin lapels that contrast with the blue-hued, brushed cotton floral body. The pant is a classic tuxedo stripe from Jack Victor, proving that formal looks need not be matched head-to-toe. And then there’s something more—a perfect finish that comes from proper fitting and custom alterations by the experienced

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Levy’s is your go-to store when things get formal.

tailors at Levy’s. Women, for their part, don’t have to wear a dress to every formal event. As shown, a stunning sequin jacket by Armani Collezioni will dazzle at any red carpet event. (Trust us, no one is looking at her pants.) Our proposal: Let Levy’s dress you for your next formal affair, and it will surely be one to remember!

On him, Sand Star Pointing Jacket, Jack Victor formal trousers, Eton formal shirt, Carrot & Gibbs grosgrain bow tie, sterling cuffwear by Scott Kay. On her, Armani Collezioni silk sequin jacket and black pants. Vintage necklace and earrings by Sue Surdi & RM Designs.

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