Openings and events from around the world.
Chicago - Gourmet fare goes wheat-free at Senza, a recently opened bistro that keeps gluten off the menu. By day, you can expect a coffee-shop vibe featuring counter service and tasty renditions of such breakfast and lunch classics as beignets, English muffins, bagels and butternut squash soup. For dinner, you can expect table service and fancier dishes such as gnocchi with duck egg and ricotta, tagliatelle with truffles and grilled bread, and foie gras with quince-rosemary sorbet. If you have the appetite, opt for the nine-course wheat-free tasting menu. senzachicago.com
Uvita, Marino Ballena, Costa Rica - Opening next month, Kurà Design Villas is destined to become a hideaway for honeymooners who rank privacy and simplicity above the trappings of a flashy five-star resort. The views alone are worth the journey to the remote six-villa eco-boutique perched high in the tropical forests of Ballena Marina National Park, on the south Pacific coast. The Costa Rican owners, a husband and wife team, designed the property to leave a minimal footprint with solar panels and a rainwater collection system. Locally sourced ingredients are featured on the restaurant menu and local guides take guests on nature hikes and whale-watching excursions. While free WiFi and loaner iPads are offered to guests who want to stay connected, televisions are verboten. kuracostarica.com
BED AND BENTLEY
New York - In the Bentley Suite, the newest one-of-a-kind guest room at the St Regis New York, you'll find the same bespoke finishes that are used to make Bentley Motors' signature cars. From $9,500 (U.S.) a night, rooms overlook Fifth Avenue and Central Park. The 1,722-square-foot crash pad is outfitted in furniture carved from classic Bentley woods, shiny wheel-rim-like si lver mirrors, and fancy rugs and wall coverings that were stitched from the car maker's custom line of leather. The slick dining room is a modern-day man cave and boasts a collection of Breitling clocks and automotive artwork . Guests can indulge in butler service, an in-suite champagne bar and complimentary rides in the hotel's own Bentley 2013 Mulsanne. starwoodhotels.com/stregis/newyork
Los Angeles - "Make sausage not war." That's the mantra, and colourful mural, you'll find inside the newly opened Seoul Sausage Co., offering a tubular take on Korean barbecue. Specialties at the West Los Angeles canteen include spicy pork served with apple-cabbage coleslaw and kalbi beef with kimchi relish and garlic aioli. For something a bit more unusual, try the fried rice balls that are stuffed with cheese, Japanese pickle-infused mayonnaise and curry. If you're keen to replicate the culinary experience at home, pick up uncooked marinated meats and sausages to go. seoulsausage.com