Serene Elegance and Olfactory Splendor at Mexico City’s Casa Polanco

A minimalist environment elevated by a unique collaboration with local perfumer, Xinú

Overlooking CDMX‘s Parque Lincoln, Casa Polanco (opened during the summer of 2022) celebrates the architectural history and contemporary art scene of the sprawling metropolis. The luxurious 19-room boutique hotel offers an elegant, minimalist environment with a peaceful palette of natural colors accented with fresh plants and green marble. Built in the 1940s, the historic neoclassical villa has been artfully restored and expanded (led by architect …

Word of Mouth: Tel Aviv Drinking and Dining

Markets, cocktails, coffee shops, fancy restaurants and more in a city that's influenced by cuisines from all over the world

From the historic alleyways of Jaffa leading north all the way up toward Herzliya, Tel Aviv pulses with energy. The sights and aromas in the shuks and cafes reveal influences of cuisines from throughout the region and around the world. (In this global melting pot, even the most popular breakfast dish in the country, shakshuka, has its roots in Tunisia.) Thanks to gifted chefs, bakers, …

Visiting Valerie Confections’ New Glendale Headquarters

Founder Valerie Gordon explains the ins and outs of her 18-year-old company and its latest evolution

Over the past 18 years, Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections has baked countless desserts, obsessed over chocolate-dipped toffees, crafted jams from local produce, written a baking book and perfected the art of petit fours. Gordon makes beautifully designed sweet treats that look like art, smell intoxicating and taste delicious. In addition to her hours spent in the kitchen, Gordon collaborates with Commune Design, grilling desserts …