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Inside Hoshinoya Tokyo, past Hinoki Kogei’s woven bamboo shoe lockers, through the futuristic zen reception area- awash in the glow of backlit washi paper-after you’ve accepted your green tea and settled into your room- a minimalist melange of tatami matting, shoji sliding doors, sleek bentwood chairs and high concept glass bathroom walls that can be darkened for privacy, it’s easy to forget that you are smack in the middle of Tokyo. In contrast to the...

Whenever I'm traveling, I pick up beautiful things for my kitchen, a tray and quirky bottle opener from a flea market in Paris, a salt cellar from Morocco, oils from Budapest, spices from Provence. I am always cooking. So, having the spoils of my travels displayed throughout the kitchen reminds me of my many adventures.  Each time I reach for the garlic housed in a Cafe Flore ramekin, I remember the heaven of a gooey...