The Shades of Green II

The term “Vinho Verde” not only refers to the particular style of refreshing and often slightly petillant whites produced in northwestern Portugal, but it also indicates the wine region, indeed

‘American Sniper’ is quintessential Eastwood

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best

FOOD: SOPHISTICATED THAI

Traditional cooking methods reminiscent of the techniques passed down from generation to generation are steep in Saffron’s culinary presentation. Saffron sets itself above the rest as a premium restaurant offering

SPA | CHILL LIKE CLEOPLATRA

I personally find the weather during winter to be unbearable. First of all, humidity is low and the skin can loose its moisture quickly. Fortunately, the Banyan Tree Spa at

Not Merry Xmas in India | Fundamentalists for an Hindu-only nation

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Don’t bet on this oddly lifeless ‘Gambler’ remake

If you’re not a genius, don’t bother,” the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in “The Gambler” blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you’re not gonna

Tess Gerritsen’s ‘Die Again’ is rock solid

Tess Gerritsen delivers another outstanding thriller in her continuing series featuring Boston police Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The murder of a big game hunter spurs the

Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ delivers grown-up complexity

Maybe we knew — even in 2010 — when Nicki Minaj released her debut set, that beneath the fluorescent wigs and zany accents, there resided a real-life grown-up. On some

News of the World | Religion in India bubbles over into politics

Powerful Hindu nationalist leaders — some with close ties to Modi's government — say they intend to ensure India becomes a completely Hindu nation. But Modi himself? He has remained silent

The Pastoral Symphony

Sandwiched between Wachau to its southwest and Kamptal to its northeast, Kremstal (literally: Krems Valley) is one of the top wine regions of Austria, producing some of the finest Grüner

SUBTLETIES OF A GOLDEN ERA

“What dishes did Deng Xiaopeng like the most from you?” I ask. “He was not particularly picky and liked simple dishes. Very easy to deal with,” he explains, as if talking

MDT/AP Top 10 albums | Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ reigns

2. "2014 Forest Hills Drive," J. Cole: J. Cole: Another honest man: J. Cole. The insanely talented rapper captures so much on his third album, tackling various topics from losing

The New York Times top 5 fiction books

By Anthony Doerr, Scribner With brisk chapters and sumptuous language, Doerr’s second novel follows two characters whose paths will intersect in the waning days of World War II: an orphaned engineering

MDT/AP top 10 films | Playing with time, again and again

Also just as good: “Two Days, One Night,” ‘’The Babadook,” ‘’Selma,” ‘’Ernest & Celestine,” ‘’Locke,” ‘’Citizenfour,” ‘’Stranger By the Lake,” ‘’Dear White People,” ‘’Timbuktu,” ‘’The Trip to Italy” and “Neighbors.”

Revealing | 2014 Or the Year of the Flesh

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‘The Interview’ deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth

D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ plays to message of rising up

The phrase “long-awaited album” gets tossed around quite a bit — slapped on sets delayed by a couple years, or a few measly months, even. But “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo’s follow-up

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh

Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top? On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New

The Hope Against Hope

Detractors of Bordeaux wine often point to the fact that many bordelais estates have in the last decades become quasi-investment instruments, that vineyards have become akin to real estate in

MARVELOUS INTERPRETATION

Bringing a new Portuguese dining concept to Macau, the hotel opened a restaurant named Fado, offering authentic cuisine and numerous bottles of exceptional Portuguese wine to discerning diners. Upon entering

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