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September 2001


  • News & Notes: A Victory for Cheese Choice - Raw-Milk Cheese

  • News & Notes: Bookmark | Taking the Cake

  • Rating Zagat

    They're the nation's best-selling restaurant guides. but can you trust them? To uncover the truth, a restaurant critic crossed the country on an eight-city eating tour—and found much that was hard to swallow.
  • Ismail Merchant's Trinidad

    Who makes the best kingfish bus-up-shut in the Caribbean? Ismail Merchant knows. As location shooting on his upcoming movie wraps, the filmmaker leads a tour of Trinidad's wild, multicultural food scene.
  • A Sweet Spot Shows Its Savory Side

    Who'd buy rice-noodle salad at a bakery? We would. That's because the savory dishes at Manhattan's City Bakery are as delicious as the pastries.
  • Art of the Party

    At his San Francisco gallery and design store, Dan Friedlander spotlights cutting-edge work. But in his restaurant and at his parties, he features California's own brand of comfort food.
  • World's Best Wine Bargains

    Most maps plot out national borders and other geographic details, but the maps on these pages go one step further: They'll help you find the best wines under $15, spotlighting the regions that offer great buys and naming the most trustworthy producers in each.
  • Your Own Private Gascony

    Renowned for Armagnac and foie gras, this corner of southwestern France has a new claim to fame: Castelnau, a thirteenth-century village that has been transformed into a private retreat with 16 cottages for rent, each with its own kitchen garden.
  • Tastemakers: Alessandra Carelli, Porcelain Painter

  • The New European Hotels

    The boutique-hotel-with-restaurant trend moves forward in Europe, but there's no herd mentality at these 10 quirky new places.
  • Tomato Lust

    When the late summer fruit is at its sweetest, tomato lovers can go to extremes that only other tomato lovers understand.
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