It was a delicacy among the Romans, and later the Jews, a substitute for the pig that helped their Christian neighbors survive the Middle Ages. To French food writer Charles Gerard, foie gras--the swollen liver of a deliberately overfed goose or duck--was "the supreme fruit of gastronomy." Seared and doused with a port-wine reduction, or baked with truffles into a terrine, it is the key to the restaurant industry's holy grail: the $20 appetizer.
Land Rover describes its new LR3 as "architectural." It's also fun, with a tailgate that closes like a clamshell. Inside, the cabin is so vertically spacious, even those over six feet will have room to spare, and its signature stadium-style second row allows back-seat passengers two extra inches of headroom.
One of the best perks of reviewing cars is that, occasionally, I get to hang with the folks who design and build them. So it was recently, on a trip through the hilly roads of Sonoma, Calif., that I tested the redesigned A6 seated next to its designer, Achim Badstubner, who had flown in from Germany.
Sunglasses aren't just for the beach. They're also needed on the ski slopes--because of high-altitude exposure to ultraviolet light. This winter, see if these new offerings are easy on your eyes (pictured, from top).Ray-Ban Junior RJ9019 ($63; www.rayban.com) Eye doctors warn you to protect your kids' eyes from the cumulative effect of UV rays.
Palm Springs has been L.A.'s swingin' playground since the Rat Pack made it their weekend home in the 1950s. But there's a new reason to visit now: Smoke Tree Ranch (smoketreeranch.net), a private desert enclave for wealthy southern California vacationers, including the late Walt Disney, recently opened its guest cottages to the public.