In this issue:

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In Destinations: Siberia may be notorious for hard labor in harsh winters, but traversing Russia by train is a pleasant fascinating trip.  The passing landscape may be swampy and mosquito infested in summer or bleak and frozen in winter, but viewed from on board, the scenery is dotted with villages. By Sharon King Hoge                             Read More...

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In the Oeno File: The Gonzalez Byass family has been producing high quality sherry in Jerez for over 180 years. In the US it is best known for its award-winning, ultra-dry aperitif, Tio Pepe, made from Palomino grapes, but the company also makes a wide range of classic still wines. By Manos Angelakis     Read More...

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Also in Restaurants: When asked by friends to suggest a restaurant in New York City, I often recommend the oddly named Brasserie 8. You can find it by focusing on a huge red number 9  dominating  much of the sidewalk of the building, with the restaurant on one side. By Morton Hochstein         Read More...

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In Restaurants: And now for something completely different: Gourmet dining 150 feet in the air! The air was balmy, the moon was full and the stars were twinkling their amusement that 22 people were celebrating a gourmet meal on an open grid platform over the five-star, adults only,  luxury resort Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta.  By B. Angelakis        Read More...

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In Gastronomy: For Northern Italy, risotto is comfort food. It is usually a primo piatto, a first course served on its own. The rice is cooked in a combination of meat, fish or vegetable broth and wine to a silky consistency. Many of the simpler risottos contain just butter, wine and onion. By Manos Angelakis         Read More..

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In the Spas section: On my recent brief visit to Puerto Vallarta, a luxury playground on the West coast of Mexico, I was treated to a spa visit at the five-star Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, one of the three Velas Hotel properties in  Puerto Vallarta and a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’. By B. Angelakis  Read More...

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