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Find good fast food at LoKal in Miami, Fla.


Miami - Burgers and craft beer are on the menu at LoKal, pictured at right, a down-to-earth burger joint that is the antithesis of the city's high-end maki and martini bars. Beef burgers at the Coconut Grove-based diner are made from locally raised grass-fed cattle (the meat is ground by hand, in-house) and come with unusual accompaniments like guava jelly, a fried egg or a glazed doughnut. Vegetarians can nibble on salads or a meat-free burger made from oat bran, brown rice, beets and prunes. And if you're out to impress a date, order Burger and Bubbles, a $300 (U.S.) combo that includes two burgers and a bottle of the best Champagne in the house.


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Vancouver - The Rosewood Georgia Hotel's list of luxurious amenities now includes scent service. The Fragrance Concierge comes to the rescue of guests who've forgotten to pack their favourite perfume or cologne by appearing at the door carrying a tray laden with such iconic scents as Chanel No. 5, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio and Terre d'Herm├Ęs. You won't be able to keep the bottles, but you can request as many spritzes as you'd like, day or night.


London - Bookworms and shop-aholics find common ground at Selfridges' new in-store "library." With more than 15,000 books by publishing giants Penguin, Thames and Hudson, Faber and Taschen, this modern-day reading room features everything from fairy tales and photo-rich coffee table books to listening posts for audio books. Kobos and iPads are also available. Go for back-to-basics courses on Latin and Greek philosophy or a grammar tutorial by Etonian and Oxford graduate Nevile Gwynne. While you can stay and read all day, you won't be able to borrow a book. This literary project closes on March 1.


New York - Start connecting the dots of Damien Hirst's signature works at the Gagosian Galleries on Madison Avenue, West 24th and West 21st streets. The three Manhattan exhibition spaces are part of a simultaneous worldwide showing of more than 300 paintings in the famed Spot Paintings series, left, the first showing of a complete collection that took Hirst 25 years to produce. If you make it to the Gagosian Galleries in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong too, you'll get a signed Hirst spot print as a reward. The New York exhibitions run until Feb. 18.

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