A few months ago, Luis Ramos made my day…my birthday to be exact. As a surprise, the Northern California mixologist was contacted by a mutual friend to help make my day one to remember. As former bar manager at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco, and the casually inventive Oakland restaurant Duchess, Luis took us […]

    Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressure, a different psychic weight: the bright lights and shuttered shops, the housing projects and luxury hotels, the fire escapes and city parks. ― Teju Cole   We were lucky to have the […]

  One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. -Thomas Wolfe It was Thomas Wolfe, wearer of slightly rumpled, early twentieth century suiting, author of Of Time and the River, born of southern pedigree and DEAD BEFORE HIS TIME (an empathetic saying, but maybe just […]

George Plimpton, literary critic, writer, first editor of the Paris Review, “method” sports journalist, actor, raconteur and wearer of all things preppy, performed one of his most famous pranks, the Sid Finch/Sports Illustrated April Fool’s joke in the 80s, around the time I was beginning prep school and proudly sporting what had become a force in prep fashion: button-down […]

  When most people think of Phuket, Thailand, they immediately think of the beach. Whether it’s the sandy shores of Patong, the wide spaces of Karon, the clear waters of Kata or the relative privacy of Bang Tao, Phuket is home to some of Thailand’s, and it could be argued the world’s, best beaches. But […]