COJE Management Group raised the bar when it comes to cuisine and cocktails. The Boston-based group, founded by Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta, offers guests the ultimate dining experience with old-world hospitality and an array of cuisines for every guest to enjoy. With culinary director Tom Berry incorporating the cuisines he encountered during his travels to South America, Cuba, Japan, Southeast Asia and France, each restaurant has distinguished itself as a must for anyone visiting Boston and each is designed exclusively in-house using inspiration from different regions and countries around the world.
The restaurant group’s success wasn’t a smooth ride to the top, however. When the pandemic hit, the restaurant industry suffered greatly, and COJE was no exception. To combat long-lasting effects from the pandemic, COJE provided severance packages for each employee that stayed in effect until they could come back to work.
At the height of the pandemic, when lockdown was in effect, COJE agreed to make each employee whole for as long as the group had money to do so. The group was able to provide up to 75 percent of the employee’s average salary until the restaurants reopened. COJE not only paid to keep everyone’s healthcare in place but also fought to make the restauranteur’s voice heard at the State House thanks to Jamison’s efforts.
As businesses resume once more, COJE continues to nurture a supportive environment for its workers and maintain its high standards for its restaurants. Its most recently opened restaurant, Coquette, is a modern-day coastal French brasserie drawing elements from Southwest France and Northern Spain for its dishes. The cuisine also incorporates parts of French Polynesia, Algeria and Tahiti to highlight Boston’s local seafood. The restaurant serves more than 350 European and North American wines.
Guests wanting a taste of Havana cuisine can visit Mariel, a Cuban restaurant, located in the basement of the historic Atlantic National Bank building, boasting its own rum collection with rare bottles adorning the cocktail bar. Mariel offers guest a wide range of delicious dishes like authentic Cuban pizza and steak churrasco and an assortment of Havana-inspired cocktails.
Yvonne’s embraces a modern reinterpretation of the supper club, emphasizing social dining through its Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and European flavors. The restaurant features shared dishes for guests to have a memorable experience as well as its collection of rare wines and fun cocktails. Unique to Yvonne’s is its Library Bar, which consists of more than 2,000 multihued books surrounding couch seating to create an elegant and classy atmosphere reminiscent of early 20th-century glamour and culture.
Lovers of Peruvian, Japanese and Chinese dishes must venture to RUKA to try some of the bold flavors of Nikkei and Chifa cuisines. Nikkei and Chifa cuisines comprise a blend of Peruvian, Japanese and Chinese flavors and ingredients and continues to be popular cuisines today within parts of Peru. These cuisines grew in popularity following immigrant populations from China and Japan, and RUKA highlights the union of these cuisines in its food and drink menu. Social plates include sushi, ceviche and wok-fried rice while the cocktail menu showcases and implements Peruvian Pisco and Japanese Whiskey into many of its concoctions.
For diners looking for a restaurant that combines elements of a restaurant, bar and nightlife, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Baris the perfect destination. With Mexican-inspired cuisine and elevated cocktails, guests can have an energetic night while enjoying street food-style snacks, tacos or feasts with larger groups. The restaurant’s design described as “a Mexican outlaw meets Mexican royalty,” the eatery features house favorite margaritas by the glass or pitcher, sangrias and mojitos.
What happens when three of the six French nationals residing in San Antonio get together? If they happen to be from a long line of proud French gourmands from three different regions of the country, they take what they know and make it something proudly Texan, while still adhering to their separate and collective culinary roots. That’s exactly what happened as a result of those three — Executive Chef Laurent Réa of Strasbourg, Philippe Placé of Chartres, and Jérôme Sérot of Lyon — meeting 20 years ago.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
Often referred to as the “Annexe of Buckingham Palace,” Claridge’s celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with delicious specialty cocktails and the unveiling of Claridge’s archive for the first time ever. The Queen often visited the property over the years, from hosting a private family dinner to celebrating her ruby wedding anniversary with her late husband.
With Global Wellness Day approaching on June 12, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows celebrates with a week-long series of programs focused on wellbeing. Running June 5–11, the program will include new wellness experiences, spa treatments, classes and specials centered around promoting physical and mental health.
There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*
Windstar Cruises canceled its scheduled cruises in Asia for the fall of 2022 as uncertainty remains in regards to ports reopening in the region. The cancellation affects seven scheduled Windstar Cruises itineraries on Star Breeze. Other itineraries affected include a crossing of the Pacific from Alaska to Japan, two Grand Japan sailings; Island Hopping through Japan; Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines and Indonesia; Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef; and Edge of the Outback.
As a mom, you’re not allowed to pick favorites. With a growing baby in my belly and a toddler guiding my daily routines, my own favorites often take a back seat as I make the daily choice to swap healthy foods for junk food cravings and toddler tunes for windows-down, volume-up jams. But when I heard my favorite spa was relaunching its facial program, I felt zero guilt — of the mom variety or otherwise — about taking a morning off and booking myself a nice, long, rejuvenating facial at The Spa at Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center.
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Half-timbered houses cluster around old churches with needle- thin spires. Grassy paths lead into thick pine forests. Jagged, sheer-sided mountains frame peaceful Alpine meadows. Welcome to the Dolomites — 18 peaks rising to more than 10,000 feet in the northern Italian Alps — designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.