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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” A fitting quote by Virginia Woolf for our food and wine issue. While on the subject, I’d like to add “travel well” to the mix. Sometimes it takes a great deal of discipline and planning to eat well on the road, especially when traveling for a jam-packed, meeting-filled work trip. But seeking out some local restaurant gems when away from home can mean a wonderful experience and great memories.

Not surprisingly, you can depend on this issue of Celebrated Living to give you tons of tips, trends, and possibilities that will elevate your next trip from standard to spectacular when it comes to food and drink. Think of it as gastronomic travel at its finest.

We take you to Asia (even more so with American Airlines’ new service to Beijing) with a feature story by Michael Kaplan that explores the foodie cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Beijing.

Closer to home, you’ll find beer festivals galore and get a look at some undiscovered wineries in Colorado.

Senior editor Lori Stacy was in Aspen recently for the Food & Wine Classic, where an amazing array of chefs, vintners, and connoisseurs congregated en masse. Like a kid in a candy store, she sampled classic — and cutting-edge — food and wine. She sat down with Corey Beck (director of winemaking for Francis Ford Coppola Winery), shared a bottle of their 2006 CASK cabernet, and learned about their new family-friendly restaurant in Healdsburg, California. “It has an outdoor pavilion and pool, and parents are encouraged to enjoy food and wine while the kids play on the grounds — a brilliant concept,” Lori reports. She says the most provocative seminar she attended was “Fat is Phat,” presented by Lexus and Blackberry Farm. “The speakers touted the virtues of eating animal fat both for health and, in moderation, to stay slim. Then we sampled potato chips fried in duck fat and pork fat wrapped around breadsticks. Good stuff!” I’ll take her word for it. Check out the back page for Lori’s profile on celebrity chef Mario Batali, fresh from Aspen as well.

You might have noticed a handsome Spaniard on our cover. Javier Bardem co-stars with Julia Roberts in this fall’s Eat Pray Love. I’ve read the book and can’t wait to see the movie, which was filmed in Italy, India, and Indonesia — all touched on in the story.

So here’s hoping you will devour this issue and use it as inspiration to dine well, travel well, and live well.

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Celebrated Living