by Jonathan Spira

If there’s one thing the topic of Brexit has done, it has been in uniting the British people, not that there is a consensus by any means.
The British people are united in that practically everyone has a strong opinion about Brexit, be it in favor of staying in the European Union or exiting. Strong may, however, be an understatement. Practically everyone has an opinion on, for example, Prime …

Lobby Bar – February 15: Lady Chablis, King of the Road, and ‘I’ll Take Salvador Dali Airplanes for $250, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
Can’t take the heat.  American Airlines is effectively moving 700 flight attendants from Phoenix to Dallas/Fort Worth.  Rumors at the company say the reason is that too many of the company’s airliners were melting in the hot desert sun, but that’s only a rumor.  In a cost saving measure, American booked flights for the attendants on Southwest Airlines and said …

Restaurant Review: 10 Corso Como Brings a Whimsical Corner of Italy to New York City

by Jonathan Spira

In Milan, 10 Corso Como– not coincidentally at Corso Como 10 – is a Mecca for locals and visitors alike. Indeed, it’s a virtual playground with an eclectic high-end shop that opens seamlessly into a café, a restaurant, a photo gallery, and a bookstore.
The whimsical emporium (there’s really no better word for it) opened in 1991 in the Porto Nuova district of Milan by Carla Sozzani and has since then …

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler

If the blizzard-like conditions in many parts of the country over the past few weeks didn’t convince you that winter is upon us, perhaps the fact that it snowed in Hawaii might have changed your mind.
The advent of winter in many countries signals drivers to switch from summer to winter tires, an all but forgotten practice in the United States. This is, in part, because so many vehicles come standard …

Review: Taking the ‘T’ Downtown from Boston Logan Airport

by Paul Riegler

While many cities offer dedicated train service to and from airports – the Heathrow Express in London and the Leonardo Express in Rome come to mind – it’s nonetheless possible to take the train to and from the airport in a straightforward manner in other cities as well.
One such city is Boston, where the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority offers several such options.
Indeed, one possibility is actually free: the Silver Line, …

Lobby Bar – February 8: To Hell with Brexiters, Shiny Object Syndrome, and ‘I’ll Take Mockingbirds for $100, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: You Can’t Beat the Feeling
The Shining. Following the news of the planned demolition of the Grand Hyatt New York, Donald Trump’s first project in Manhattan, news leaked about the planned renovation of the White House exterior, to make up for the loss of the Hyatt.  Just as he told the architects working on the 1980 renovation “I want shiny,” with respect to the original granite exterior, the White House …

Brexit Update: EU Leader Says There’s a ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Brexiters without a Plan

by Anna Breuer

European Council President Donald Tusk said there would be “a special place in hell” for politicians who promoted Brexit without any plan as to how it would be delivered.
The comment serves to indicate just how strained Brexit negotiations had become.
In a tweet, Tusk said: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry …

Hotel Review: Dos Casas Hotel & Spa, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

by Henry Feintuch

The remote city of San Miguel de Allende, 170 miles (274 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, was founded in 1542 by San Miguel El Grande, a San Franciscan monk. The city was a focal point of the Mexican war for independence from Spain. It was renamed after Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement. Today, the region is home to more than 72,000 residents including a large U.S. and …