Stories written by Judith Ritter
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Food  

Regionality Rules in Maui’s Farm-to-Table Food Scene

Hawaii, the 50th state, might have been a latecomer to the union but it was at the head of the line when it came to launching the farm-to-table movement that has blanketed the North American food scene over the past decade. Although it sounds like an obvious birthplace for plant-to-plate style cuisine, Hawaii, for all […]

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dali hale, kauai
Homes  

A Heavenly Hideaway on Secret Beach, Kauai

It’s true that the house Dahlia Haas bought and completely renovated on Kauai’s Secret Beach is breathtaking, but a house is just a house until it grows its personality, claims its character. Dali Hale is overflowing with personality, not in small part because of its effervescent owner, culinary wizard, Dahlia Haas. When she and her […]

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Homes  

The Great Escape: Villa Manzu, an Ultra-Luxe Hideaway on Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula

With direct flights from some major US cities, Costa Rica’s nature-centric gated 400,000-acre luxury enclave, Papagayo Peninsula, is increasingly within easy reach for North Americans. Deep within the protected forested sanctuary on the sea is yet another peninsula. There, at the tip of the verdant outcropping, perched over the Pacific, is the very secluded Villa Manzu. […]

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Travel  

Rebuilding a Masterpiece in Beverly Hills

There are many stories about determined and entrepreneurial young people leaving their home countries to take on the challenges of starting a new life and launching a business in the U.S. Young Rudy Malka, originally from Marseille, France is one of the risk takers who has followed that exact path. The owner of Masterpiece villa, […]

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Koi House in Palm Springs, California
Homes  

Mid-Century Modern Meets the 21st Century at Koi House Palm Springs

When Mark Fichandler and partner Paul Travis finally decided to buy a house in Palm Springs after spending a number of vacations there, it definitely wasn’t the dated home with the boxy lines and the low ceilings that sold them on the deal. It was, however, everything else! “The historic neighborhood, the little dead-end street, […]