July 2009 Archives

What’s Cooking in the Catskills?

Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

I am just back from my glorious sojourn in England, but since this jet setter doesn’t like to put down roots for too long, I zipped up to New York’s Catskills Mountains for a weekend of bosky bliss. I have an 1840s-era schoolhouse tucked away in a vest pocket-sized town high in the hills, and, when not gardening wildly, I love nothing more than getting out and exploring.

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Bye-bye, London

Monday, July 27, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

Dear readers, my trip across the pond has drawn to an end, and I am headed back to our fair shores refreshed, renewed and reinvigorated. I lived in England as a child, so my frequent jaunts to Britannia return me to my jeunesse dorée and work wonders for the system when New York’s daily grind gets me down.

As I review my notes from the past ten days, here are some further highlights from a terrific trip:

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Floral Fantasia

Monday, July 20, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

As my devoted blog-o-philes know, nothing gets me more hot and bothered than a good garden. Better yet, a good garden show where they exhibit all sorts of new plants and whip up vignettes with blooms scattered hither and yon.

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Chatsworth Charm

Friday, July 17, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

I have long been semi-obsessed with Chatsworth, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire located smack in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peaks District. Why, you might ask?

I think my obsession is two-fold:

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Anglo Mania

Monday, July 13, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

Oh, how I adore London . . .

The past few days have been super spiffy: From a gorgeous picnic on the grass in the confines of Queen Mary’s gated garden within Regent’s Park (It’s amazing what you can purchase for ten pounds at Marks & Spencer’s food hall—why don’t American department stores offer glorious crab salad and Sauvignon Blanc in mid-size bottles for picnics?) to an amazing dinner at the very luxe Ritz hotel (the last time I dined here I sat just across from Maggie Thatcher, and I nearly fell into her lap on my way back from the loo).

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Market Watch

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

On my frequent visits across the pond (that’s London, folks), I like to pack it in and try out—and see—as much as possible. Hence, I usually stay in a neighborhood that I haven’t explored, or at least one I haven’t visited in a while. This go-around, I decided to check out East London, a neighborhood that I spent quite a bit of time in seven years ago.

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When in London . . .

Monday, July 06, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

Dearest readers:

I am off to London for ten glorious days, so get ready for some inside dirt on my most favorite city. From a visit to the Sunday morning Columbia Road Flower Market to the Baroque exhibit at the Victoria & Albert to an evening under the stars at Regent Park whilst watching The Importance of Being Earnest al fresco, my Brit-wit dance card is full, full, full. And you will be able to get in on the action.

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Meet Me in Minneapolis

Friday, July 03, 2009 by Jason Oliver Nixon.

Every month I spend a few days in Minneapolis working with the team at Delta Sky magazine, and my short-break sojourns in Minnesota have allowed me to explore this amazing city. I am a longtime New Yorker, so for me to confess my love for a Midwestern fly-over city might be thought of as sacrilege. Well, forget what Anna Wintour of Vogue might say about “small houses,” I think that Minneapolis sort of rocks.

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About Jason Oliver Nixon

Jason Oliver Nixon

Global Lifestyle Editor Jason Oliver Nixon is always on the prowl for the latest and greatest finds, whether it’s ferreting out the grooviest new restaurant in Paris or unearthing a home design store in Dubai. "I am attracted by color and energy, passion and verve," says Nixon. "Who wants to be beige and boring?" The former Editor in Chief of Gotham, Hamptons, and Los Angeles Confidential magazines, Nixon makes frequent appearances on television as a style authority. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Nixon escapes to London whenever possible, where he can be found happily ensconced at Fortnum & Mason perusing new-fangled jams.

To contact Jason Oliver Nixon with your comments, questions, and blog suggestions, e-mail him at jetset.delta@gmail.com. Or, post your comment on his blog!