New openings, swanky products, cool trends -- and everything else in between.
restaurants City Eats
Last month, Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood welcomed a new tenant when Twelve Restaurant (2233 Larimer Street, 303-293- 0287, www.twelverestaurant.com) opened its doors. The aptly named unique eatery is the brainchild of chef Jeff Osaka and treats diners to a different menu each month to ensure that the organic ingredients it uses are at their peak of freshness and in season. If you pop by in the next few weeks, expect wild game and root vegetables to be the focus of the menu, as that’s what’s on tap for the flavor of winter.
Further east, in Philly, the much-buzzed-about Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (1426-28 Chestnut Street, 215-246- 0533, www.delfriscos.com) has opened in the historic Packard Building. Built in the 1920s, the building has a storied past and was even featured in M. Night Shyamalan’s film Unbreakable when its lobby -- now the steak house’s main dining room -- stood in as a train station. The 23,000-square-foot, three-level restaurant has two kitchens, a separate bar on each floor, and, as its focal point, a 34-foot wine tower capable of holding 2,484 bottles of wine. Once you finish gawking at that, you might want to notice the beauty of your surroundings, which include marble floors, ornate 40-foot-high ceilings, and several massive sweeping staircases. With all there is to see, you may forget to actually eat.
hotels Book a Night (or Three)
If you want a truly luxe hotel experience, head to the Setai San Diego (from $300; www.setaisandiego.com), which is throwing open its gigantic (9,000 pounds!) bronze doors this month. On top of having a recording studio, a private screening room, a rooftop pool and deck, and a ridiculously large amount of meeting space, the hotel also offers an around-town chauffeur service. The hotel’s urban chic decor (the building itself is all steel and glass) places an emphasis on modern art, and the massive “Finn Wave” installation that greets guests on their way into the hotel’s Suite & Tender Bar Lounge and Restaurant only reinforces the concept. We especially love the rooms, though, which are outfitted with leather furniture, Brazilian walnut floors, plasma TVs, and Jerusalem-bone limestone accents in the bathroom. Trust us when we say this: You’ll want to stay forever. (Book a Luxe Suite, which comes with a kitchen, Miele and Sub- Zero appliances, full living rooms, and balconies, and you could.)
On the opposite coast, the recently debuted Mandarin Oriental, Boston (from $525; www.mandarinoriental.com/boston) is celebrating its opening by offering the “We Fan Boston” package (from $710), which gives one free night’s stay to guests who book two or more nights in a row. Daily breakfast at the hotel’s renowned restaurant Asana, as well as admission for two to the Museum of Fine Arts is also included. Located in Boston’s illustrious Back Bay, the 14-floor, 148-room hotel boasts an impressive 16,000-square-foot spa -- the perfect place to unwind after a long day spent exploring Beantown.
shop The Liquor Store
Yes, it’s called the Liquor Store, but no, it isn’t that kind of liquor store. It’s actually J.Crew’s Tribeca Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store in New York (235 West Broadway, www.jcrew.com/liquorstore), a men’s-only store offering high-end, fashion-forward clothing from J.Crew (think limited-edition pieces, slim-cut suits, collaborations with outside designers) and rare and unique collectibles like vintage watches, first-edition books, LPs, and a wide array of art. Located in an 1825 townhouse in Tribeca, the shop occupies the former space of the extremely popular Liquor Store Bar (which was, in fact, a liquor store at one time, hence the name). In renovating the shop (Andy Spade, Kate Spade’s husband, weighed in on the design), J.Crew incorporated the original wooden bar into its decor, outfitting it with an assortment of barware, knickknacks, and vintage glasses. All of which are also for sale.
beauty A Miraculous Discovery
One of the worst feelings in the world for a woman is when she is standing in front of the TSA agents at the airport, begging them not to throw away her face cream just because it won’t fit in her already jam-packed plastic baggie of liquids, hair spray, lotions, and the like. Begging turns to negotiating: What if I come back for it in two days? Couldn’t you just put it aside? Then, horror of horrors, casual as can be, the face cream is confiscated and tossed in the trash bin (usually next to a whole lot of other face creams). This is made all the worse when the cream is something like La Mer’s Crème de la Mer, an extremely pricey (but worth every penny) moisturizer that’s the equivalent of liquid gold for the face. Luckily, the beauty company has kindly introduced the travel-friendly La Mer Miraculous Beginnings collection for its legion of followers. The set contains seven of the brand’s most coveted products, including Tonic, Eye Concentrate, and, yes, Crème de la Mer. Now, if only Kérastase would follow suit with their hair products. $325, www.lamer.com