REBECCA FINKEL

Spend some time in Algarve, a gem of southern Portugal

During the Age of Discovery, a small but mighty Portugal sent out ships to explore Africa, Asia and what was then called the New World (that’s us!). Now it’s time for us to return the favor.Although burdened by the recent economic problems, Portugal hasn’t wavered as a destination for savvy...

Monday, March 17, 2014, 11:39 PM

Grit and glamour in Atlantic City's Borgata

Jill Scott and Slash performed at The Borgata's 10th anniversary celebration on July 1.Credit: Borgata Hotel Casino & SpaThe Borgata is one of Atlantic City’s new classics. The hotel and casino brands itself as “The Show that Never Ends,” a nod to the 24-hour nature of casino life. But it...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4:38 PM

Das Foodie: Experience Berlin’s culinary renaissance

In a city where communism became kitsch and bunkers are converted to galleries, it’s fitting that Berliner cuisine would be full of throwbacks to old-world foodcraft. The epicenter may be Markthalle IX (Eisenbahnstraße 42/43), a large indoor market in the street art mecca of Kreuzberg. Built in...

Monday, March 11, 2013, 5:41 PM

Funny ‘cause it’s true: NYC’s literati roasts Gary Shteyngart

Making fun of Gary Shteyngart is like shooting pickled herring in a barrel. But tonight New York literati will head to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to roast the self-described "furry 39-year-old immigrant man" and author of three wildly comic novels about the expat experience.Funny as these novels...

Monday, November 19, 2012, 9:43 PM

A weekend in Mexico City

Mexico City is like a map of the human brain: a simmering, complex, ever-changing storehouse of history, art, fashion and food. At 574 square miles (New York is only 467) and 20 million people, you could spend weeks just getting acquainted, but with cheaper fares now available, it’s possible to...

Monday, November 12, 2012, 6:08 PM

3 dishes to warm up to this autumn

Comfort food No. 1: Brasilina’s Beef StroganoffThis classic, creamy beef stroganoff from Russia, whether served by your grandmother or your lunch lady, has always comforted us. But you may be surprised to know that it’s a staple in many Brazilian kitchens as well. In Hell’s Kitchen, the romantic,...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:55 PM

Rediscovering the Azores

You can be forgiven for never having heard of the Azores. On the travel shelves of most bookstores, titles will skip straight from Australia to the Bahamas. But this tiny archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic is overdue to become a destination for travelers seeking unspoiled subtropical terrain...

Monday, November 5, 2012, 9:55 PM

Tricks to keep treats from hurting kids’ teeth

Halloween: It's the spookiest time of the year. But what's really scary is the damage that those mini candy bars can do to your little monster's teeth. Dr. Jennifer Jablow, dubbed "The Smilemaker" by Men's Health magazine, tells Metro that Halloween is a time for parents to be on high alert, both...

Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:46 PM

Get out of your wine rut

Victoria Levin's wine list at relaxed Upper West Side winebar The Tangled Vine reads like a yearbook of old, cherished friends: from a "joyous" and "funky" gavi to a lambrusco "from a tiny vineyard run by the kindest people."A self-taught oenophile, Levin lives to take her patrons on what she calls...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:56 PM

Richard Gere found the heart within all the darkness in 'Arbitrage'

In "Arbitrage," written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki, Richard Gere plays a cheating (in every possible way) hedge fund manager who spins a massive web of deception in order to protect his assets. You hate this guy already, right?But, Gere, a Buddhist, challenged himself to make us see the man...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 11:08 PM

Hot Chef: Phil Conlon gets high on the hog

Chef Phil Conlon has worked in restaurants since age 14, but never planned on working in the kitchen until attending a cooking class in college and, as he puts it, "playing with knives all day.""I was like, 'This is the best thing ever! That's it.' And from then on I was back of the house," Conlon...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:23 PM

Hot Chef: Takashi Inoue's got the guts … and the balls

New York is a city of immigrants who have historically made do with inexpensive cuts of meat that rarely saw the candlelight of upscale restaurants. But even if you didn't grow up with tongue, liver or kidneys on your dinner plate, you're seeing it now, with the nose-to-tail trend in dining. Still...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8:34 PM

Hot Chef: LaPlaca serves modern Italian at the Mondrian

Crudo is raw fish, usually served with no more enhancement than salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Sashimi by way of Sicily, if you will. At Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, the elegant, glass-ceilinged restaurant at the Mondrian Soho, newly appointed executive chef Victor LaPlaca is plating creative...

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 1:11 AM

Summer’s last licks: three grownup ice cream sammies

The fun of the Chipwich was not so much the existence of a sandwich made of ice cream and cookies, but the actual eating of it. You can't just bite into an ice cream sandwich -- unless you have exceptional teeth -- and it had a 15-minute lifespan, so it had to be eaten quickly. It was a sticky,...

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 12:50 AM

Jonathan Tropper's city of lost manchildren

At the center of “One Last Thing Before I Go,” the sixth novel from Jonathan Tropper, is a group of underemployed divorcees who spend their days in a poolside purgatory at The Versailles, a motel in upstate New York, doing little more than ogling girls from the local college.And somehow, the...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 2:26 AM

Demystifying canning for urban cooks

It happens about this time every year. Confronted with a bounty of fresh fruit, we think, “This is the year I make my own jam.” But we never do. Whether it’s fear of contamination or lack of kitchen space, something always stops us short of, ahem, sealing the deal.To help quell our fears, we turned...

Friday, August 24, 2012, 1:45 AM

Laena McCarthy teaches us to make jam

It happens about this time every year. Confronted with a bounty of fresh fruit we think, "This is the year I make my own jam." But we never do. Whether it's fear of contamination or lack of kitchen space, something always stops us short of, ahem, sealing the deal.To help quell our fears, we turned...

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 9:07 PM

In Amy Sohn’s ‘Motherland,’ even Park Slope parents aren’t having sex

New York may have fewer degrees of separation per capita than any city in the world. It's not so farfetched that you might share a co-op shift with a movie star, or that your best friend's wife's lover's pot dealer would be dating your boss. Even though the interconnected characters motif has...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 10:27 PM

Harvest on the Hudson

Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa in Milton, New York, offers an almost total immersion in the farm-to-table experience, with less plow-pushing and more glass-raising -- let's call it farm-to-spa. The Inn is located on 75 acres overlooking the Hudson that encapsulate an organic garden, an aviary, hiking...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 9:09 PM

Fitness and diet: Foiling the freshman 15

Ah, the freshman 15 ... some of us are still carrying it (and then some) to our 10th reunion. Why do so many students gain extra weight during their first year of college? "College is the time to let loose and enjoy your newfound freedom," says Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN of www.nutritiouslife.com...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 12:12 AM