The Cotswolds is your Downton Abbey dreams come to life. The picturesque villages with pretty cottages and beautiful estates look like the backdrops to the popular BBC series. Not surprisingly, it’s a popular secondary residence for any British celebrity you could possibly think of–Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, etc. With lots of money to throw around, there are a number of posh restaurants in the area where you can eat fancy pub food in glamorous country dining halls. Normally high-end dining and young children don’t mix, but at The Wild Rabbit, a beautiful British inn owned by woman–a noblewoman, of course–named Lady Carole Bamford, “well-behaved children of any age” are welcome, and they even offered a children’s menu at the restaurant. I was beyond excited by the idea that I could bring my babies to a nice tasting meal at a Michelin caliber restaurant, because how often is that even possible or allowed? I immediately booked The Wild Rabbit lunch tasting for the 5 of us.Read More
We decided to travel to London with our two very young children (5 months and 22 months), and I was determined not to water down our itinerary with bad, family-oriented chain restaurants and trips to the playground. I wanted to do the things that I as an adult would want to do, with some slight modifications. Luckily, London was perfect for this. The city in general is extremely baby friendly, and youngsters are welcome at the major cultural attractions. And I was most impressed by and grateful for the baby friendly attitudes at restaurants. We went to real restaurants that were Michelin caliber, not some Rainforest Cafe or a Zizzi, and they all had highchairs and greeted our little ones with a smile. It was a refreshing change from the attitudes in New York restaurants, where the staff will usually greet babies with either panic or judgmental side-eye, because they would rather not have them there at all. I already loved London to begin with, and now it holds an even more special place in my heart because it was so nice to the babies! If you plan on taking your little ones on a weekend getaway to London, you can reference the following itinerary for some ideas. You can be sure it will include cultural activities and real meals that both adults and children will enjoy.Read More
Airlines really have a way of putting you in your place when it comes to checking into your flight. Group 1 is never group 1 – the true group 1 is reserved for elite customers who have flown enough and paid enough money to the airline to earn the privilege of bypassing the normal queue. And if you’re in a group lower than that, you’re not even a real person, are you?
It used to be the case that getting access to the airport lounge could make you feel somewhat special. But even lounges come in tiers. United, for instance, operates two: a sad lounge for the masses, crammed with people eating pretzels and hummus, and a much nicer Polaris lounge reserved for those first class jet setters with status. It’s always a sad, humbling moment when you accidentally walk into the Polaris lounge, only to be turned away and redirected to the other one. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of the group that’s allowed into the United Polaris Lounge in Newark Airport, you’ll probably notice that it offers sit-down meal service, free of charge. Because self-service, buffet style dining is for the masses, the 1% have someone else serve them.Read More
Summer life in the city seems to revolve around rooftops. The lines to gain entry into one are annoyingly long, and the fake hype that the doorman tries to drum up about the rooftop being at capacity is especially irritating. Luckily the secret’s not out yet about the rooftop at Sister City, a new hotel that opened recently in LES. It’s similar to other Millennial branded hospitality concepts like the Hoxton or the Public, where the emphasis is more on living your best life outside of the room, which is small, clean and functional, but not much more, and to spend your time on-site at the hotel’s attractive, communal spaces.
Eating well in Paris isn’t hard to do, but there are many ways to do it. You could go big and do something fancy at Alain Ducasse or nosh your way through croissants, cheese and tasty snacks. This guide to Paris is for those who like something more casual, the people who are fans of going to a bar with some atmosphere that also happens to make very good food, where you don’t have to dress up, and you can be in and out in less than 2 hours. Paris has perfected this style of eating, and so, with one exception, here’s a list of some places that do this very well.