Jules Basement

Drawing designers and creatives alike, a new intimate bar illuminates Mexico City

by Carissa Wodehouse Though Mexico City is known for its size, a growing local creative class and influx of world travelers are carving out first-rate gathering spots in its nooks and crannies. Jules Basement, a speakeasy tucked under an unassuming taco restaurant in the high-end Polanco neighborhood, feels like an appropriate place for these conversations. Mexican designers, artists, and foodies are turning traditional creations, such …

Word of Mouth: Portland

Five local picks for food and drinks in the New England fishing hub

True to its name, Portland, Maine is first and foremost a bustling port. Inseparable from Portland’s character, the harbor is both a blessing and a curse. A kind of tourist attraction in and of itself, the harbor brings literally boatloads of cruise passengers into the city, flooding the all-too-popular souvenir stores that dot the main drag. At the same time, the harbor brings in some …

Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler

Creative digs in a city where East meets West

Over the past decade Istanbul has made aggressive headway in the contemporary culture arena. With the opening of the Istanbul Modern and innovative galleries like Arter and Galerist, the city offers a rich spectrum of art and exploration. A new generation of filmmakers, fashion designers, musicians and artists are proudly claiming the city home, and now, the newly opened Le Méridien hotel in the chic …