Private Dining Experiences That Elevate Your Meal

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or making memories with family and friends, sharing a meal is a powerful way to connect. Elevate the experience with a surprising setting: Take in a dramatic sunset with a lantern-lit family dinner on the beach in Athens, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two in a 15th-century palazzo – once the home of Leonardo da Vinci – boasting up-close views of the Duomo in Florence. Here, we share some of the Four Seasons dining experiences that will make your meal one to remember. A private oasis in Athens Discover a chic seaside paradise at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens: Soak up the warm sun and blue waters as you stroll on golden

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10 Best Regional Fast Food Restaurants Across the U.S.

In a country as large and diverse as the U.S., it should be no surprise that every region has a local favorite or two. Coming out of the pandemic, one travel trend we see is that y’all are staying close to home, and sometimes doing a deep dive into local dining. And that’s often the best way to experience the culture. Now we’re not promising these are the most gourmet (or healthy) of choices, but we can promise a high “yum” quotient, as well as sentimental value since many of these chains bring back memories of childhood. Take your kids! In-N-Out Burger We figured it best to just dive in with this 100% cult favorite that originally hails from California.

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A Guide to All Three-Michelin-Star Restaurants in the UK

There is a grand total of 166 Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, but out of all of them, only seven have achieved the ultimate accolade of three Michelin stars.   Though the UK still has a bit of a way to go to catch up with Michelin’s favorite nations of France and Japan (30 and 22 three-Michelin-starred restaurants respectively), Britain has been steadily building its gastronomic reputation on the international stage, shedding British cuisine’s historically ‘bland’ stereotype. Though it must be said, French cuisine does feature heavily within some of the eateries on the list.  Despite a wealth of one-Michelin-starred establishments dotted outside London and the surrounding counties (and half a dozen two-starred eateries as well),  all seven three-Michelin-star restaurants in

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The Best Restaurants in the World

Each year, Elite Traveler turns to its trusted readers to crown what are, in their collective opinion, the best restaurants in the world. For many years, the top spots were dominated by three restaurants: Alinea, Azurmendi and Eleven Madison Park. But in 2019 a new name leapt from ninth position to occupy the top spot — despite the fact that it first opened 66 years ago, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville continues to amaze its guests. However, for the first time in modern history, last year presented a challenge that impacted every single restaurant in the world, with global lockdowns forcing shutters to close and doors to lock. Restaurants responded to the new normal by offering all-new at-home menus, which

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Cool Ice Bars in Scandinavia

With quirky ice sculptures, furniture made from ice, freezing drinks and ethereal icy blue colours, an ice bar has got to be the coolest place on earth to have a drink. Pic: Magic Ice Scandinavia is naturally home to a whole load of these ice bars, made from giant blocks of ice, where you can drink out of a glass carved from ice, sit on ice benches, and even dance on snow-covered dancefloors. Ice bars tend to be kept (artificially) at a temperature of about -5°C or below, so you’ll need warm clothes, though many places also provide capes and gloves to keep you cosy. So whether you fancy an upmarket city hotel bar filled with elaborate ice sculptures and

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Fashion and Shopping in Cambridge, England

Most famous for its prestigious university (and the accompanying rivalry with Oxford), Cambridge is a city break that deserves to be on your UK hit list. Set on the River Cam in eastern England, under two hours from London, the historic city is compact but exudes character from every corner: College gateways lead to quiet courtyards and dreamy pastures, while lofty spires peek out above spectacular buildings designed by architects like Sir Christopher Wren and James Gibbs. Old and new happily co-exist in Cambridge, so a collection of classic pieces that transcend time is the best attire for exploring and shopping the collegiate city. Elegant eateries Oysters from Trinity Cambridge / ©David Thorpe Photography One of the best-located places to

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Underwater Wine Ageing In Europe

The notion of ageing wine underwater gained traction when in 2010, a cache of Veuve Clicquot Champagne dating from 1825-30 was found in a wrecked schooner off Finland’s Åland archipelago, underwater for nearly two centuries, successfully auctioning off for serious money. Experts accessed the wine to be of excellent quality, remarkably fresh, sweet in style, bright golden colour and honeyed, toasty and earthy aromatics. With the distinct possibility of charging a higher premium for an existing luxury product while offering a superior taste for a beverage that has not seen innovation in process for centuries, it was natural for winemakers to experiment with ageing and maturing wine underwater. Since 2010, many winemakers in France, Spain, Croatia and even Argentina have

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