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Tennis As a Passport To Cuba

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Tennis As a Passport To Cuba

I have long wanted to visit Cuba, but that became somewhat more difficult after the Trump administration tightened the restrictions on travelers from the U.S. Nevertheless, it remains possible to do so provided your travel meets one of a dozen categories, among them “support for the Cuban people.” As a journalist who covers tennis vacations–and an avid player–I generally pack a racquet in my carry-on luggage, so I was thrilled to discover that one way to support the Cuban people was to help the national tennis team by donating balls, string, racquets, unused tennis clothing–items I had lying around the apartment but that are difficult or expensive for them to obtain. Best of all we got to meet and hit with some of the very players and coaches we were helping out. My love of tennis–and tennis players–became my passport to Cuba.

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Michael Mina Gets Grilling

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Michael Mina Gets Grilling

Michael Mina just opened International Smoke restaurant in San Francisco.  Global grilling is the theme.

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Raise Your Glass

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Raise Your Glass

The hospitality industry rallied around California’s wine industry after the devastating fires.

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Eating Portland

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Eating Portland

This vibrant Northwest city has one of the most vibrant food scenes in the country.

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Raising the Bar

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Raising the Bar

This critical f&b moneymaker requires a cocktail of skills and ambience

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L’Appart: A Hidden Gem Inside a NYC Food Hall

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L’Appart:  A Hidden Gem Inside a NYC Food Hall

Chef Nicolas Abello creates an intimate dining experience inside this Michelin starred restaurant in Le District in Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan.

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Top Holiday Lights Displays and Celebrations Across America

De-stress and enjoy holiday cheer together at these amazing displays.

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Top Holiday Lights Displays and Celebrations Across America

We love the holiday season, when cheery lights, Christmas decorations, menorahs, colorfully wrapped presents and the most imaginative retail displays illuminate downtowns around the world. Our gift to you is this roundup of the top holiday displays across America so you can plan a day out or a fun weekend, away from the stress. Share your finds and photos with us, using the tag #starrylights. Cheerio!

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Russian Tea at the Heathman Hotel

Vitaly Paley celebrates his heritage

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Russian Tea at the Heathman Hotel

Instead of a traditional English tea, the Heathman Hotel in Portland offers a Russian tea. The spectacular service complete with samovars was dreamed up by chef Vitaly Paley to celebrate his heritage.

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111 Ideas for Menu Inovation

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111 Ideas for Menu Inovation

Ingredients, flavors, foods, beverages–all the best ideas from chefs and restaurants from around the country.

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Sweet Memories with Batard Pastry Chef Julie Elkind

Pastry chef's sweet memories

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Sweet Memories with Batard Pastry Chef Julie Elkind

Guide.MichelinUS.com In New York City Batard Pastry chef Julie Elkind uses dessert plates as a canvas to paint her past. The deconstructed Blueberry cobbler recalls a hilarious pie explosion with her beloved grandmother

 

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