At Apropos, a new eatery at Pearson International Airport's Terminal 1 (gates F61 and F62), passengers in transit put in their orders via table-side iPads. The high-tech menu is highlighted by signature cocktails with names like Smooth Landing (vodka, sake, grape juice) and Off The Tarmac (bourbon, iced tea, ginger ale, lemon), and sandwiches are made with fresh artisanal ingredients that are more satisfying than an in-flight meal. It's a collaboration between Manhattan-based branding agency Icrave and OTG, a food and beverage operator that plans to add 10 chef-driven restaurants to YYZ by early 2014. torontopearson.com
Hoi An, Vietnam
Learn how to speak Vietnamese and make traditional lanterns at Anantara Hoi An Resort. Anantara's second property in Vietnam also offers guests cooking and painting lessons, and organizes day trips to the Citadel of Hue, My Son Sanctuary and the nearby beaches at Cua Dai and An Bang. After a few days of cultural immersion, check in at the spa for the Journey to Far East, a treatment that includes a foot bath infused with Vietnamese herbs and a rub-down, which combines seven different massage techniques. hoi-an.anantara.com
An upcoming exhibit at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills features the celebrity photographs of Dutch-born, New York-based couple Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The collection captures their edgy, artistic interpretations of run-of-the-mill portraits and includes striking images of Clint Eastwood, Vanessa Redgrave and Tilda Swinton, above. Highlights include the various dramatically costumed poses of Lady Gaga and a comical Bill Murray with daisies sprouting from his beard. The exhibit runs from July 12 to Aug. 23. gagosian.com
On July 12, gourmands can pair barrel samples from three of Prince Edward County's best wineries with dishes made by half a dozen top chefs. Six Barrels for Six Chefs brings together the not-yet-bottled vintages of Huff Estates Winery, Norman Hardie Wines and Closson Chase Vineyards, with tasty morsels made by Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich, Bryan Steele of Stratford's lauded Old Prune, and Ryan Crawford, who once worked with Michael Stadtlander and Thomas Keller. For tickets, call 866-484-4667, or visit six4six.ca.