From a humble Croque Madame to a hearty Boeuf Bourguignon to the rarefied offerings of Michelin-starred temples to Haute Cuisine, Burgundy is a gourmand’s mecca.  Here are some of our favorites…you can see why.  Connoisseur’s tip:  When doing the Michelin restaurants, think lunch, not dinner.  They’re often a remarkably good value in comparison. If you […]

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There are certain must-dos in Beaune:  A glass of wine at Bistrot Bourguignon, Dinner at Ma Cuisine, The Saturday market, un café at Baltard, a tasting with Alex Gambal…and for me, a visit to Marie-Pierre Vintage.  Imagine our surprise when we popped in and discovered that a friend of ours was working there! When you […]

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I just had the most amazing week in Burgundy.  I won’t tease you with the names and nuances of every Grand Cru we savored, but here is a little photo log.  Eat your heart out.

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Did you know that Nantucket and Beaune are twinned? Jumelage means twinning. It is a movement started after WWII to bring together municipalities, in hope of fostering the opportunity to learn more about the daily lives of those in other places, develop a dialogue and possibly enter into joint projects. Fast-forward to 2005, and, thanks […]

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Fall on Nantucket…what’s a guy up to?  Here for the weekend…mostly kicking back.  A little shopping,  a little vino.  A little coffee, a little vino.  Walking the dog, a little vino.  A little reading, a little vino.  Maybe the Boarding House, maybe the Chicken Box. And what’s he wearing?  A handful of laid-back, effortlessly cool […]

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The changing of the season is upon us and with it, the ambivalence of what to wear.  September in New England can mean temperatures of 75 or 45…one must be prepared for both.  Here we present several pieces that can be enjoyed in the dog days of summer and in the cold weather that is […]

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Hawaii of the late 60s & 70s–A little bit of glamour and a lot of kitsch. The glamour bit began earlier with the eccentric heiress Doris Duke and her palace, Shangri La… Then, the late 60s brought Pan Am 747 flights, the fab hotels of Waikiki, Malia fashions and the reign of  the iconic tv […]

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As simple a garment as the ‘shift’ dress actually reflected a big shift in womens’ attitudes!  No more “foundations”, ie no more girdle.  The easy, casual shape represented a relaxation of dress standards–even among the upper class, who were early to adopt, much as the flappers did in the 1920s. These simple shapes were executed […]

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How wonderful it was to take the collective magic carpet ride that is Lulu & Co.  I am speaking both specifically about the super fun book signing we hosted featuring Lulu’s new book, FOOD to FLOWERS, at currentVintage, and what it’s like to be around the Powers girls, in general.  Wherever Lulu goes, there is […]

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“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you drink!”—Brian Loring “There are times when Brian Loring finds himself racing to make ends meet, juggling work as a software engineer with a career as an aspiring winemaker.”–Wine Spectator, 2003 That was then, when he still had […]

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