Eatery Row is an occasional series written by our Food Editor Nicole Douillet assessing the best restaurants for a romantic night out, an important business lunch, cocktails with friends, or a luxurious holiday meal. She’ll let you know if a hot place actually lives up to the hype, and whether a classic is still maintaining its high standards. Because an essential element of luxury is knowing that you’re in really good hands.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many locations – you know its a big deal in Ireland and America, but it’s also celebrated in Japan, Singapore and Russia, among other far-flung locales. So wherever you are in the world, you’re likely to find someone willing to shout Erin Go Bragh! with you. To mark the occasion, here’s our list of great books and plays written by authors of Irish heritage, plus some noteworthy poets whose collected works we should all make a habit of re-reading from time to time.
The French-speaking island of St. Barth’s – or to be precise, Saint Barthélemy – has long been a glamorous year-end playground and the destination of choice for the owners of mega-yachts, the fashion industry elite, entertainers, athletes and their entourages. The Leeward Islands tropical paradise is the stuff of dreams. But the fall 2017 hurricane season was brutal, with a string of named storms wreaking havoc on many parts of the Caribbean, including this lovely island. What’s the situation there now? We have the latest update.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and spring is due to arrive next month. So here at Dandelion Chandelier, we’re thinking flowers. When we travel the globe, one of the things we love the most is the incredible floral displays that we see at 5-star hotels and chic restaurants the world over. For example, at the iconic Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair in London, when you enter you’re greeted not only by friendly and attentive staff, but also by breathtakingly beautiful floral centerpieces. Larger-than-life arrangements such as these are a significant contribution to the luxuriousness of a grand hotel or a tony fine dining establishment. So if you’re looking to purchase an Instagram-worthy bouquet like the ones created by McQueens at Claridge’s, we’ve got you covered. Our intrepid researchers have sussed out some of the most exquisite florists and floral artists in New York, Paris, London and Hong Kong. These visionaries are relied upon by luxury hotels, glamorous fashion houses and celebrities alike. From award winning designs to impeccable service, here is where you can find the most …
Want a tip that’s sure to impress your beloved on Valentine’s Day? Cancel the dinner reservation at that ultra-luxurious, buzzed-about restaurant that you worked so hard to secure. It’s not going to deliver what you hope in terms of true luxury, and there are better and more meaningful things to do! So say all of the sophisticated restaurant insiders that we’ve spoken to about this pressing matter. If you have a reservation, we suggest you cancel it. And if you don’t have one, don’t stress over it: there are many more luxurious things to do on Valentine’s Day – you can save that lovely dinner at a magical restaurant for some other day.