In Dublin, A Cocktail Boom Takes Hold (New York Times), Florence Revisited (AAA magazines), The Last Straw: How the Travel Industry is Phasing out Plastic (AFAR magazine)

A few favorites from late 2018 and 2019:

In The Home of Guinness, a Cocktail Boom Takes Hold (New York Times) Dublin has long been a beer and whiskey town. For generations pubs poured the same pints of stout and familiar bottles of whiskey, but in recent years a shift has shaken the local drinking scene. A new type of bar — focused on craft cocktails and often showcasing the mixing potential of Irish spirits — is steadily gaining popularity. Locals are now frequently choosing cocktails over pints of Guinness.

Florence Revisited (AAA magazines: Westways, Tidewater Traveler, Texas Journeys) Some travelers avoid returning to a place they’ve visited for fear of spoiling their memories of it, but I wanted to find out whether a return trip might reveal unsung potential. Since I’d seen the major sights, would I now connect more with Florentine people? With the confidence of age and a different stage in life, would I observe from the sidelines less and interact more?

The Last Straw: How the Travel Industry is Phasing Out Plastic (AFAR magazine) Businesses across the travel industry agree: It’s time to rethink plastic. Hotels, cruise lines, airlines, bars, and entire cities are joining the movement to reduce plastic consumption, targeting straws, water bottles, cutlery, single-use bags, and even those mini shampoo bottles we all love to take home.

Tastes Like the Desert (Palm Springs Life) Where the American cook, television personality, and cookbook author once lived and entertained, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation now regularly invites chefs to visit, cook, collaborate, and share ideas through dinner parties that are open to the public. On a Saturday night in December, five chefs from around Greater Palm Springs took charge of this legendary Manhattan kitchen.