Pursuits

  Story & photos by John Grossmann   I’m bunkered.  Badly bunkered. My nine-iron to the 579-yard par 5 cleared the water hazard and hit the green–but alas didn’t hold and came to rest precisely where I did not want to end up:  past the putting surface in one of

  By Laura Stack   1. Use a Thumb Drive (just in case …) It’s tiny, inexpensive, and in a pinch, just might save your career. These little gadgets can go right on your keychain, or for the truly paranoid, around your neck for safekeeping. You can use it as

  By Catherine Streeter There’s a lot to be said for visiting Los Angeles in the winter.  For those of us living in such seasonally unpleasant places as Toronto or New York, it’s an escape to sunshine.  You won’t exactly find yourself sporting a bikini in January, but it’s a

By Nan Lyons In the interest of full disclosure I must admit that I am simply besotted by the culinary achievements of Lidia Bastianich, the north star of the ever growing Bastianich empire. The word ICON has been used to describe everyone from Donald Duck to Donald Trump but in

  By Laura Stack I fly over 100,000 miles a year on United Airlines. It’s a job hazard as a professional speaker. Parts of it I hate, and some things I actually enjoy, such as working uninterrupted on a plane.. However, with a little practice, you can learn how to

Reviewed by Richard West “Ah! To wander over Paris!” wrote Honore de Balzac. “What an adorable and delectable existence is that! Flanerie is a form of science, it is the gastronomy of the eye.”  If true (and it is), Paris is the world’s great eyegasm banquet , not only for

  By Laura Stack In some situations, trying to be economical can shoot a hole in your productivity. For example: why waste time driving to the airport and back when you can pay someone else to drive you, while you work on the way? Once you factor in the aggravation

  By Tom Passavant They say that armies travel on their stomachs. So for the legions of tourists who descend on Rome every day, I have one word of advice for withstanding the rigors of sightseeing: biscotti. The Eternal City abounds with options for quick and delicious snacks, from standup

by Tom Passavant It’s spring in Rome, with thunderstorms giving way now to sunny skies. Even the marble statues in the piazzas look refreshed and ready for the onslaught of summer tourists. One of the first things that struck my wife and me when we arrived last week after a

By Everett Potter The next time you pull over to refuel, be grateful you don’t live in Istanbul. While there may be bargains within the city’s Grand Bazaar, haggling won’t get you anywhere at the local gas station—where Turkish drivers must now pay $9.63 per gallon. Turkey’s not the only