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I am not one for resolutions or a dry January.Really, do we need any more torment at this time of the year? Far better to get planning for fun times. Start the list with a booking for Newcastle Restaurant Week - bagging some great deals at swish and funky eating places at bargain prices sounds like a 'start as you mean to go on' way to get the year into gear.
Book a holiday, get a jet-set job. Combine the two - that's what our new columnist Dan Robinson does - he straddles the Atlantic running a business in the Big Apple and the marginally less glamorous surroundings of Hartlepool, making it all happen on a diet of air miles and caffeine. He joins us to give an insight in what that kind of 'dream' lifestyle is really like; a bit blurry it seems!
Also new to our pages is James Close - he is the region's lauded Michelin-starred chef from Raby Hunt restaurant near Darlington.
Something of a gourmet globe-trotter he cooks, travels and eats on rotation to get constant inspiration for his menus. He takes little daughter Harriett with him on occasion too - so she will be sharing her own opinions too - Bib Gourmand you might say. Eight months old and she's already ticked a two-star box.
I am always thrilled to bits when people say they love their Luxe arriving so they can sit back and enjoy a relaxing, insightful read. That's really what we're about - and we resolve to keep you smiling in 2014.
Happy New Year.