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Wine Avec Design
Wine Avec Design

Informal friendliness meets cool architecture in Chicago

At most of the world's wine bars there's a direct correlation between the quality of the decor, the quality of the wine and the snootiness of the clientele. At Chicago's Avec Restaurant & Wine Bar high design and highly delicious wine have been refreshingly paired with a friendly, ...

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The World’s Best Sunglasses
The World’s Best Sunglasses

Why Maui Jim sunglasses are worth it

We are surprised how often we meet people heading off on a nice, reasonably expensive holiday with cheap sunglasses. Their logic goes something like this: I'm afraid of something happening to my sunglasses, and I might loose them, and since all sunglasses are basically the same I'll just ...

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The Fabulously Crazy
Crazy Bear Hotel
The Fabulously Crazy <br />Crazy Bear Hotel

Between Oxford and London, between trashy and luxurious

Sometimes it's a fine line separating gaudy from opulent, and trashy from romantic. Straddling those lines is the Crazy Bear Hotel in Old Beaconsfield, England Conservative Beaconsfield might be the last place in Britain you'd expect to find the decidedly unconservative Crazy Bear. Indeed, from the outside this hotel ...

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Ice Bars In Warm Places
Ice Bars In Warm Places

Jackets (or bear skins) required

At almost any bar in the world you can get a drink with ice. At a few you can get a drink in ice. While sitting on seats made of ice. At a table made of ice. Surrounded by walls made of ice. The concept of the ice bar ...

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Spotting a Selection of August Travel Bargains
Spotting a Selection of August Travel Bargains

Airfare, hotel rooms, cruise tickets and all-inclusive vacations at a discount

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of posts Spot Cool Stuff is launching on cool travel deals. Awesome airfare discounts, spectacular cruise sales, reduced resort rates, guidebook bargains, high-value all-inclusive vacations—we keep an eye out for current deals on them all, aggregating the best into a ...

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The Hidden Kitchen of Paris
The Hidden Kitchen of Paris

Behind the scenes of a secret restaurant in the French capital

If there is one dinner to plan in advance on your trip to Paris, make it Hidden Kitchen. Located in the swanky Parisian flat of two talented American chefs, this secret restaurant is where food-loving strangers come to meet and eat. Over the last few years there’s been ...

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