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Top 10 Magical, Surprising, and Revolutionary Spots in Philadelphia

For Fathom: A recent trip to the City of Brotherly Love inspired me to think about some more of the city’s newer or more unusual sights. What do you do, after all, once you’ve seen the Liberty Bell, taken a selfie by the Rocky statue, and eaten your cheesesteak? Seriously, though, Philly has fabulous murals and street art, new museums, and great neighborhoods to discover: here’s a quick look at some highlights.

Eat and Drink Your Way Around Philly’s Sizzling Food Scene

For Fathom:  For this story, I explored how millennials and immigrants — whether from New York or around the globe — are bringing fresh energy to the city and also inspiring chefs to up their games. With Philly’s restaurants scooping up awards and national press, I took a look at places both newer and longtime, offering cuisines including Israeli and Lebanese, Malaysian and West African, New American and French.

Golden Age reborn at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

A goldfinch lives at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam—a goldfinch trained to draw water from a well with a tiny bucket. Painted by Rembrandt’s pupil Carel Fabritius in 1654 (and made even more famous by the eponymous Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of 2014), the goldfinch recalls the city’s 17th-century Golden Age when goldfinches were popular companions in the private gardens of Amsterdam’s canal houses—and therein one good reason why the reproduction of Fabritius’s famous trompe-l’œil painting hangs at Goldfinch Brasserie alongside the hotel’s luxuriant tulip garden.

The Sky’s the Limit for NYC Skyscraper Restaurant SAGA

Ambitious plans are in the works for Crown Shy’s sister restaurant

Guadalajara: In the LGBTQ Spotlight

When in 2015, the governments of the Mexican state of Jalisco and its capital Guadalajara began a bid to host the Gay Games in 2022, they unwittingly set the city on a path to LGBTQ-awakening.

For Guadalajara, the three-year bid process signified a shift in focus for a government that had not previously engaged the LGBTQ tourism market…

Chefs are Reinventing the Elotes Wheel

Mexican street corn is showing up on restaurant tables far and wide

Weekends in the Windy City

Don’t limit Chicago to business only. It’s a great city for a weekend getaway.

The French Laundry: Training Ground for Top Toques

Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is one of the most influential restaurants in America. Its alumni have fanned out to open their own restaurants and raise the culinary bar throughout the country. Here six recount their experiences at the feet of the master.

California Cuisine:An Iconoclastic Beginning to Innovating the Future

California’s leading role in culinary innovation is recognized by the first ever statewide Michelin Guide.

At Peninsula Paris, crossroads of old, new

If you’ve ever wanted to rekindle romance and fall in love with Paris again, where better than the grand hotel where George Gershwin wrote the score for “An American in Paris” in 1928?

Luxury defined at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour has become synonymous with luxury, one of the world’s most fashionable addresses — and all the more remarkable for a village of less than 3,000 residents whose exquisite ocean-to-bay enclave encompasses barely 1 square mile on a barrier isle along the Atlantic.

Verdant villa elegance at Lake Como hotel

Perhaps no other locale better evokes the phrase la dolce vita than Bellagio, the fabled Italian resort town known as the pearl of Lake Como. Ever since the early years of the Roman Empire when the poet Virgil wrote about the lake and Pliny the Younger built a hilltop summer villa, visitors have celebrated the sweetness of life in this idyllic lakefront town in Lombardy.