November 17, 2013
The best way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Phnom Penh is offered on Asiana, Korean, China Eastern, Malaysia, EVA and Thai. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,256, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 855 (country code for Cambodia) and the local number. WHERE TO PLAY Garden City Golf Club, Phum Prek Tavath, Khum Prek Tasek, Srok Russey Keo, Phnom Penh; http://www.gardencityclub.com . Greens fees for 18 holes: $70 weekday, $90 weekends.
November 17, 2013 |
For years our family made an annual pilgrimage to Yosemite, driving through the tiny town of Oakhurst, Calif., about 14 miles from the entrance to the national park. We didn't stop, unless it was at Raley's market or to say hello to the talking bear in front of Ditton Realty, which, with a push of button, would (and still will) recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas. " But Oakhurst, as it happens, is worth more than a passing glance as you head up Highway 41. It has, in no particular order, a world-class inn, at least one superb French restaurant, some intriguing shops and what must be the largest collection of life-size, chain saw-carved wooden bears to be found, well, anywhere.
HOME & GARDEN
November 15, 2013 |
I was done. At 57, I had three cratered marriages behind me, all with intelligent women and mutually agreed upon endings that separated them from me and me from my money and a couple of nice homes. It was like I was in the major leagues and just couldn't seem to hit the curve. And they kept throwing it. So I got out of the game. No more long-term relationships, no shared keys, no traveling toothbrushes, none of that. And the strategy worked for a while, not spectacularly, but it worked.
November 14, 2013 |
You probably aren't entitled to much flexibility from a cruise line if you cancel a trip several days before the ship sails. Unless, that is, you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer, in which case you'd think a cruise line or any business would try to show a little compassion - particularly toward a steady customer. But La Quinta resident David Warlick was told to pound sand when he recently informed Norwegian Cruise Line that he and his wife would have to miss a trip to the Bahamas because his wife had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and was undergoing emergency surgery.
November 13, 2013
Total time: 2 hours, plus chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The crust recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors. " This recipe uses a standard 9-inch pie plate. 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided Zest of 2 lemons, divided 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, divided 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 egg, separated 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup quick-cooking, small-pearl tapioca 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 cups peeled, cored and sliced pears (4 to 5 pears)
November 11, 2013 |
Question: I am a single woman, and none of my single friends has the money to take a vacation. And my married friends want to travel with their spouses. Yet everything I see is geared for two. I don't want to have a stranger as my roommate at a resort, on a cruise or on a singles trip. Do you have any suggestions so I don't have to pay the huge premium to have my own room? A. Siegel Studio City Answer: This is an age-old problem for single and older women who want to travel but don't want to get stuck with a big bill, with a whack-job roommate or with being the odd woman out. People who are paired up aren't always welcoming to solo travelers, said Mary Ann Zimmerman, who runs SWT Tours ( www.poshnosh.com )
November 10, 2013
The love affair with nail polish that ignited during the recession is still going strong. According to a March 2013 report by global market research firm NPD Group, "more than half of women age 18-plus have purchased nail products for at-home use or professional nail services in the past year" and those going to a professional are twice as likely to experiment with sturdy gel polish as they are services like nail art. In the year preceding the report,...
November 10, 2013 |
San Francisco's artisan coffee shops have become a destination for the caffeinated crowd. Young guys work like highly trained chemists behind gleaming counters, intent on concocting the perfect brew. And the baristas don't just rely on $10,000 espresso machines to do the work. These coffee shops put on a show with glowing heat lamps, bubbling beakers and beautifully artistic cappuccinos. They also serve a memorable breakfast and lunch using local, organic ingredients from places such as Acme Bread, INNA Jam and K&J Orchards.
November 10, 2013 |
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had put a king-size crimp in our international travel plans. As we discussed a European getaway, we realized that a hotel stay for my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Hannah, and me would cost us as much as our airline tickets. I had read about house exchanges, but Nancy was hesitant to let strangers into our home, despite my continuing campaign about the savings.