With Franco roots that give the predominantly French-speaking region its flair, Quebec has food and drink at the epicenter of its soul. Considered North America’s dining capital, Quebec’s regional specialties range from wild boar to caribou and much more, with maple-sugar shacks making appearances in such desserts as tarte au sucre (maple sugar pie). New on the dining scene: Le Savini (, with its chic, trendy wine bar.

Rooftop Beehives
Urban beehives are popping up like toast all across the globe. Everyone from individual home owners to resorts is raising honeybees, some right amid the urban hubbub of traffic and skyscrapers. Fortnum & Mason, smack-dab in the heart of London, has its own rooftop beehives — granted, these stand 6 feet high and are made of solid oak with gold and copper flourishes — hosting thousands of Carnarola bees hailing from the Italian Alps, who help in the production of the company’s very own branded honey.

SAMAR by Stephan Pyles
Chef Stephan Pyles has hit the culinary jackpot again with Samar by Stephan Pyles, an exotic dining den in downtown Dallas with Spanish, Eastern Mediterranean, and Indian influences. Pyles pulls it all together impeccably, giving patrons a global taste of his many travels and talents. A hookah attendant stands ready to assist with some after-dinner relaxation.

Taj Boston
Taj Boston’s Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet ($66 for adults), set from April to October in the glassed-in aerie with stunning views of the Public Garden and cityscape, delivers all things festive. Themed displays include chilled seafood, artisanal cheeses, and a carving station with roasted rib eye with Bearnaise sauce — not to mention pastry chef Susan Lagalle’s artistic dessert fantasy buffet.

Cool poolside cocktails and delectable, light fare await you at Hotel ZaZa’s Urban Oasis, one of the hottest nightlife scenes in Dallas. The elegant outdoor space is punctuated with oversize mirrors, and yes, that’s a hip DJ spinning tunes from the roof. For a dreamy dinner, head inside to Dragonfly restaurant.

Velvet Room
At San Francisco’s iconic Clift, the new Velvet Room — which is adorned with lush velvet curtains, mahogany and leather banquettes, and handblown Murano glass lamps — diners gather around a spectacular illuminated cross-shaped communal dining table made entirely of a hand-etched Venetian mirror. The menu, overseen by executive chef Ewart Wardhaugh, highlights seasonal specialties including the potted Santa Barbara rock shrimp with fromage blanc, truffle butter, and grilled flatbread.

A glass of whiskey is a must when you’re curled up by the peaty fire at the luxurious Lodge at Doonbeg. The Lodge is just a tumbler’s toss from one of the world’s top seaside golf courses and the magical landscape of the Burren National Park, which is peppered with wildflowers and stone walls. Not sure which whiskey to try? The hotel’s Whiskey Tastings ($60 per person) enable you to sample the region’s best, from Redbreast to Midleton Rare.

Left: Yountville, Right: Xochitl
Located in Headhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s burgeoning foodie neighborhoods (thanks to the new Stephen Star Pizzeria Stella and the modern Israeli hit Zahav), this Mexican eatery serves the freshest guacamole in town. Sit at the bar and sip a potent ancho-chile-and-passion-fruit margarita before heading downstairs for delicious beer-braised pork cheeks with walnut mole.

The site of Napa’s first planted vines, today Yountville — with six Michelin stars (thanks to Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry — pictured — and Ad Hoc) — is a mecca for anyone who enjoys the finer things in life. Featuring more than 24 wineries and producers, the new Somerston tasting room, and a soon-to-open gourmet grocery offering the ranch’s wines and food products, Yountville allows visitors to stay within the town’s narrow borders and never run out of things to taste.

Set on the first floor of the EPIC Hotel and Residences in downtown Miami (the brand’s first U.S. location), Zuma, the new hot spot for modern Japanese cuisine, is founded on the concept of izakaya (informal Japanese dining) and features everything from rhubarb-and-lemongrass sake martinis to mouthwatering toro. One of the only restaurants in downtown Miami/Biscayne Bay with boat accessibility, it allows guests to jet up to a private dock.