AFTER YEARS OF TRYING to score a reservation at Mexico’s most acclaimed restaurant, Pujol, in Mexico City’s vibrant Polanco neighborhood, I finally find myself part of the in crowd at the restaurant’s best table. Nibbling on rich mole, I contemplate that who you know matters. In my case, I snagged my table at Chef Enrique Olvera’s mecca of contemporary Mexican gastronomy thanks to Fluenz Spanish Immersion, an upscale language program which not only teaches you Spanish in customized, one-week tutorials but also offers exclusive VIP benefits in the evenings — from a night at Pujol to after-hours tours at a variety of museums, from lectures to pub crawls.
Whether you’ve come to Mexico’s historic capital city to study Spanish or not, stepping out at night promises to improve your communication skills. As one of the world’s most social cities, renowned for groundbreaking bartenders and inimitable bars, CDMX redefines “classroom” in the best way. Note to imbibers: You may need more than one night to visit them all.
Bosforo Mezcaleria, in the historic district, may well be the world’s most admired artisanal mezcal bar. For aficionados who want to go to the equivalent of a mezcal library (albeit one where talking is allowed), this dive-y but quiet spot serves abundant small-batch renditions made from the agave plant.
Iconic Xaman in the Zona Rosa exudes a members-only, speakeasy feel. Inside, it pays homage to Mexico’s mystical traditions, from herbal healing to shamanic rituals. Libations deeply delve into the locale. Try Xtabentun, an anise seed and fermented honey liqueur from the Yucatán, served in a shot glass.
The city’s LGBTQ+ scene, known for popular pop-up parties in unexpected places, encompasses abundant brick-and-mortar clubs as well. Concentrated in Zona Rosa, the action stretches to the verges of La Condesa and Roma, too. For dance lovers, Marrakech Salón, with its retro whimsy, musical variety (Katy Perry to Maria Callas) and bare-chested servers keeps things fun.
World-famous for its craft cocktails, Roma-sited Licorería Limantour references heyday Mexico City with its Art Deco- infused vibe. History meets modernity, local products, and global flair all come into play. Your biggest problem will be deciding what to sip. Grapefruit juice-based Mr. Pink beats the heat, while Margarita al Pastor takes umami to new levels.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Hertz put together an exciting offering for travelers in France. The new Voyage à la Française experience gives travelers a taste of luxury while exploring some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. The experience includes five different routes, one for each sense. The first of the five is available now and focuses on smell, with special focus paid to France’s lavender fields and Côte d’Azur.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Alaska Airlines oversees many sustainability efforts as part of its goal to reduce in-flight waste per passenger by 70 percent by 2020. It recently added a new initiative to its efforts, christened #FillBeforeYouFly. The initiative urges passengers to bring a refillable water bottle on their flight and fill it before boarding. Plastic bottles are among the top most common items polluting the ocean, expected to contain one metric ton of plastic for every three metric tons of fish by 2025.