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June 12, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
It’s just after dawn on what promises to be a sunny South African summer day and I’m fueling up our 4x4 rental at a petrol station near the east-coast city of Durban. The attendant hands me a frosty bottle of Stoney ginger beer—so spicy that it makes my nose tingle—and asks where we’re heading.
June 5, 2016
Super yacht
It’s a famous island in the Atlantic Ocean that’s the perfect outdoor summer playground—secluded yet accessible. Its 21 square miles boast more golf courses per mile than anywhere else in the world. This enchanting destination has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, exciting equestrian matches, and a prestigious yacht race from Newport, Rhode Island.
May 22, 2016
BJT 5th Annual Book of Lists.
Welcome to BJT’s fifth annual Book of Lists, a treasure trove of useful, funny, entertaining, and occasionally amazing information and trivia.  See the Photo Gallery below for a glimpse at some of the people, places, and items featured in this year’s Book of Lists.
May 22, 2016
EvoLux founder Ray Leavitt says he wants to make it easier for you to book a helicopter seat. He has created computerized platforms that let you either reserve the entire helicopter or open up a helicopter you’ve booked to friends or the general public to cut your costs. Leavitt claims to have 200 helicopters enrolled in the system in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami. His goal is to get enough helicopters and passengers in the sky to bring down the cost for both.
May 13, 2016
Roca Moo. PHOTO: OLGA PLANAS
Housed in the artsy Hotel Omm in the middle of Barcelona, the popular Roca Moo is a modern, stylish one-star Michelin restaurant that exudes a chic yet playful atmosphere. It is run by the three Roca brothers, who also operate El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which was voted No. 1 on the prestigious S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list in 2013 and again last year.
May 8, 2016
Burgundy barge truffle hunt
If dining well means knowing that the food you eat is fresh from local farms, woods, or waters, then dining better still means experiencing nature’s bounty firsthand—picking the ripe crops, discovering the wild ones, even diving to the ocean floor in pursuit of dinner. No wonder food travel is such a hot ticket and food lovers are flocking to a wide range of hotel- and resort-sponsored, uniquely personal culinary experiences.
May 6, 2016
The Napa Valley, California home of Chateau Montelena Winery, whose 1973 Chardonney bested its French counterparts. Photo: Tony DeSantis
The clink of glasses was heard around the world on May 24, 1976, when California wines outranked respected French ones at the Paris Wine Tasting, often called the “Judgment of Paris.” The occasion fostered a rise in popularity of California wines and increased respect for their quality.
May 1, 2016
Union League Golf Club hole 17
One of Philadelphia’s crown jewels is sporting a new gem. Actually, an old one, since what used to be Torresdale-Frankford Country Club dates to a 1921 design by Donald Ross. Today it’s part of the Union League, the prestigious downtown club founded in 1862 whose South Broad Street home offers a classic example of Second Empire architecture.
May 1, 2016
Fakanal Etterem
At Fakanal Etterem (the name means “wooden spoon”) in Budapest’s bustling, historic Vasacsarnok Central Market, you can dine on delicious versions of such Hungarian specialties as savory gulyas (goulash), paprikas chicken, and nokedli (gnocchi). You can also go upstairs for a basic cooking course and learn how to prepare these dishes yourself.

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“I guess an airplane is pretty decadent, right? But if anyone has a problem with that, tell them to go f--k themselves, because I will live in that trailer [I own] in Alabama before I give up that f--kin’ airplane. That airplane is, hands down, the greatest luxury a human being could have. There’s nothing that f--king beats it. F--k a yacht. ”

-musician Kid Rock, when asked to name his most decadent purchase