| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:00 PM
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Inside the Cagaloglu Hamami, my masseuse, a short, paunchy woman of about 50, sings as she exfoliates me from head to toe with a rough mitt. The sweet melody contrasts with the gruff scrub job.
Every few minutes, she douses me...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
On a trip to Istanbul last fall, we followed a Perrin's People recommendation and used Karen Fedorko Sefer at Sea Song Tours. It would not have been the same trip had we not used this excellent service. Nigar, our guide, was experienced, knowledgeable and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
You seldom have to wait long for the next online innovation. Here are three recent developments that can make your travel a bit easier or more rewarding.
Online Turkish Visa. It's not even June yet, but Turkish Airlines initiated what may become the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Ali carefully wrings water from the spinach, twisting the strips slowly, holding tightly and bobbing his hands to shake the final beads of water before moving them to the Dutch oven. He turns the heat down and pulls a bucket of couscous from a cabinet. He...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:16 AM
The 30th annual Miami Book Fair International — which brought cultural cachet to South Florida long before the Art Baselers came to town in their skinny jeans and funny glasses (funny jeans and skinny glasses?) — opens its arms in that way...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:10 AM
This Halloween marks the 20th anniversary of the death of actor River Phoenix, who succumbed to an accidental drug overdose outside a West Hollywood nightclub in 1993 at the age of 23. On Tuesday, two days before the anniversary, the actor's unreleased...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Sometimes the smallest notion can create magic.
The 1973 animated special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving " was based on a "very simple idea," said the show's producer Lee Mendelson. Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the beloved "Peanuts" comic strip,...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 4:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- Iran and six world powers appeared to close in on a preliminary agreement in Geneva on Thursday that would begin to limit Tehran’s nuclear development after a decade of frustrating negotiations, according to diplomats.
| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:41 AM
WASHINGTON – Forget what you think you know about the presidential turkey pardoning. When President Obama steps into the Rose Garden on Wednesday afternoon with the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey, he won’t be following the likes of...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:34 AM
For those who missed it, Fox News host Megyn Kelly hosted a segment on her show on Wednesday discussing a Slate article in which the author suggested that Santa Claus be depicted as a penguin -- a more inclusive figure than a pink-skinned white guy. Kelly...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:30 PM
New Years Day at my house is a place of cozy friends and family -- and chili and cornbread. After late night partying the night before, friends stop by in the afternoon and early evening for a casual bowl of chili and cornbread. Through the years, this...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:46 PM
World leaders Wednesday denounced the violence unleashed by Egyptian security forces to disperse Islamist protesters in Cairo. But Muslim Brotherhood allies of the demonstrators applauded their defiance as important in the quest for Muslim power...