Plus, jazz this fall and unbeatable travel deals.
What We're Up To: 
Montreal Jazz Fest
The 37th Festival International De Jazz is Montreal's answer to music. Set over the course of eleven days -June 29-July 11- this is the world's largest with over 1,000 concerts and related activities. Two-million visitors from 30 countries can hear more than 3,000 artists play at some 20 music halls and outdoor stages located throughout the city's inner core or Music Alley. Nearly two-thirds of the events are listed as free.

Montreal's annual tribute to Jazz is the world's largest venue. Now in its 37th year, a total of over 1000 concerts and special events set in nearly 20 concert halls and open sites have been arranged, with two-thirds of them listed as free-of-charge. More than two-million visitors were counted in this 11-day musical marathon located in the city's Spectacle, 760,000 square-foot space on  Rue San Catherine between  Rue Bluere and Rue San Laurent in the city's downtown area.  

This eleven-day event ran from June 29 to July 9, from 11 am to Midnight non-stop, every day without  exception. With over 3,000 artists, there was music  everywhere. The city was alive and bustling. There were over fifty pit-stops for food and drinks to accommodate  this huge crowd alongside some of the best  restaurants in Montreal which, in fact, has the  largest number of restaurants in North America after New York  City. Clean, and neat, the festival was clouted  with knowledgeable tour guides who could answer  anything you had in mind. The atmosphere, to  boot, was free, open and reliable. It was the  place to be. More than that, we found the streets  well maintained and clutter-free for the most  part. In our opinion the sight-lines in the  festival were good, and the acoustics better than  average. We also found an air of hospitality by the  locals wherever we went. This was comforting to us  as we hadn't visited the city in years. 
Ana Popovi Jazz Festival Montreal
Where to Catch Live Jazz this Fall
Gdynia Jazz By the Sea  (Poland)

Enjoy the smooth waves of Autumn with Matt Bianco, New Cool Collective & Peter White by the Baltic Sea. Sep 17 - Oct 1, 2016,  Gdynia Arena, Poland 

59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

A 3-day celebration of the best in jazz, with over 500 artists on 8 stages on 20 acres of magnificent grounds with Quincy Jones, Pat Metheny, Maceo Parker, Gregory Porter & more! September 16-18, 2016, Monterey County Fairgrounds

Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival

This is Portugal's Greatest Smooth Jazz Party with Peter White, Rick Braun, Vincent Ingala, David Benoit, Michael Manson. Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2016. The 5-Star Vila Vita Parc Hotel, Armação de Pêra, Portugal

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A Taste of Thailand
The Most Authentic Thai Cuisine in NYC
Kiin owner Supanee Kitmahawong serves up tom yam

"The Land of Smiles" is an apt name for Thailand. Truly, the people are friendly, the climate is warm, the temples are glistening, the food is spicy. Your chances of getting grins from strangers on the streets of Bangkok or Chiang Mai are very high. The chances that you'll be the one smiling are even higher.

Walking into Kiin Thai in Manhattan's Greenwich/East Village is no different. The crisp interior and friendly waitstaff are only a pleasant introduction to the real star of the show: delectable --and authentic-- Thai food. There's no mediocre pad thai here; rather, everything is served with genuine flavors and gorgeous plating.

The ham fried rice comes in a halved pineapple. Pad thai noodles are housed in a thin egg crepe  that I haven't seen since I was in Asia (in some countries, this is called " wrapped egg").  Keffir lime, lemongrass, creamy coconut milk, and fishy overtones dominate the plate in the best way possible.

The food is spicy;  Thailand spicy. Think streaks of red in a bowl of tom yam soup brimming with prawns, dried chiles in the mango mojito,  "Sai Oua" spicy pork sausage served with ginger.  It's okay, though: the mango sticky rice at the end of the meal is sure to cool down your palate. The c achaca, palm sugar, strawberry, lemongrass and lime cocktail helps, too.

In Thai, kiin means "eat." It's an apt name for a place where you'll eat and eat and not want to stop.

The Real Deal
Thailand: What Not to Miss
Learn to Cook

Taking a cooking class is a classic way to delve into Thai culture. From the time you pick fresh ingredients at the morning market to when you enjoy your creation at dinnertime, there's no better way to get a front-seat view of the Thai kitchen.
If You Must See Elephants, Do It Safely

Did you know that riding elephants actually isn't good for the animals? It's fine to hang out with elephants on your trip to Thailand, but make sure to do it at a sanctuary or rescue center where the animals are treated properly. 

Treat Yourself to a Movie, and a Meal

VIP cinemas in Bangkok include a fully reclining seats, a snack buffet, a free drink, and sometimes even a massage or a concierge. Treat yourself.

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Get Your Vitamin D

Imagine the most beautiful island beach --clear water, white sand palm trees-- and then multiply it by hundreds. Yeah, Thai beaches are well worth a visit. 

Flights for <$700 Roundtrip

Round trip flights to Thailand this fall are more affordable than ever. 
Check out these deals to Bangkok and Phuket.
Don't Miss Out on These Deals
JetBlue Launches Flights to Cuba for $99

JetBlue announced that it would begin flights from its Fort Lauderdale hub to three Cuban cities-Camagüey, Holguín, and Santa Clara-as soon as this month.  More here.

La Compagnie Offers Year of Unlimited Business Class for $35K

The boutique French airline La Compagnie  has made news before for its  affordable business class fares . Now, the all-business-class carrier is upping the ante by offering passengers the opportunity to fly unlimited for a year-for a cool $35,000, that is. More info.
Easy Listening

Whether you're on a niche cruise or a boozy shackraft, this is the Spotify playlist for you.

Oceania has slashed its fares to $3,500 or less per guest for double occupancy cabins. One upcoming  sale itinerary departs from  Rome on October 15, calling at Naples, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca,  Barcelona, and Marseille before arriving to Monte Carlo and begins from $2,399 per guest (yes, including airfare!). Considering the usual rate is $6,398 per person for the same stateroom, it's a pretty hard deal to turn down.

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