French accent on Mexico's Market
Mexico says hola to master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, above, whose latest culinary venture, Market, opened this month at the luxurious One & Only Resort Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo. Market, which replaces a more formal restaurant run by Chicago-based chef Charlie Trotter, retains the same ultra-stylish and imaginative fare as other Vongerichten eateries, including the Jean-Georges in New York City. There's a Gallic touch, stemming from the chef's Alsatian French upbringing, crossed with accents from the Far East. At Market, he adds Mexican twists to the menu: corn ravioli, marinated cherry tomatoes and basil fondue appetizer and roasted veal chop with chipotle glaze. Suviche, a Vongerichten raw fish bar, and 13 new beachfront casitas, also just opened. Info: 011-52-624-146-7000, www.oneandonlyresorts.com.
-- Susan Spano
Ski season lifts off
Storms that brought rain to Southern California last weekend dropped snow in the Eastern Sierra. Mammoth Mountain ski resort opened Monday -- 10 days earlier than scheduled -- with just one run and one chairlift, but was expected to open "top-to-bottom" by now. Early-season lift tickets cost $52 for adults, $39 for teens and $26 for children and seniors. Boreal opened Thursday with more than a foot of snow and discounted lift ticket prices of $30 for adults and $15 for children 5 to 12. Info: Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, (800) MAMMOTH (626-6684), www.mammothmountain.com; Boreal Mountain Resort, (530) 426-3666, www.borealski.com.