From Modernity to Mysticism: In Search of Shangri-La

The utopia of Shangri-La, a highland idyll perched among the peaks of Tibet, originated in James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. In an attempt to capitalize on a booming domestic tourism industry, Chinese authorities changed the name of Zhongdian to Shangri-La in 2001 because of the resemblances it bore to Hilton’s wonderland. However, much of…

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Japanese Roots with NYC Flavor: Maiko Kyogoku and Emily Yuen’s Culinary Home of Bessou

Tucked away on a discreet street in Lower Manhattan lies a contemporary, cozy refuge with culinary comforts simply awaiting discovery. Beso in Japanese translates to “home away from home” or “holiday village” and it is this concept that lies at the heart of Bessou; the sleek NoHo fusion restaurant specializing in fresh takes on Japanese…

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A Guide To The Best of Berlin’s Vintage Shopping

The locals describe Berlin as ‘poor but sexy’, which isn’t entirely an incorrect description. From the urban, punk-ish graffitied streets of Friedrichshain in Berlin’s East to the rapidly gentrifying, hipster neighborhood of Neukölln, Berlin is vibrant, young and full of surprises. With the city’s tumultuous and troubled past, the historical sites left behind leave much…

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A Colorful Retreat: 72 Hours in the Hudson Valley

The Catskills and Hudson Valley have long been the go-to summer destinations for New Yorkers seeking refuge from the heat. It is no surprise given the region’s natural beauty, rustic-meets-modern hospitality and plethora of locally-sourced fine dining options. Small towns rich with American history teem with contemporary creativity as many New Yorkers have relocated upstate…

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