This year, we saw a lot of the royal baby, puppy-related lists and Miley Cyrus. All interesting, to be sure, but the cultural equivalent of junk food — enjoyable but unsatisfying. Empty calories.

If culture is the measure of a society, we want substantive culture — the whole grains, fruits and vegetables of life. Over the past year, we sowed the seeds of quality, and now we pick the ten best crops of the harvest. Enjoy the best of booze, food, travel (some of it occupying a legal grey area), architecture, cigars, coffee and more. All you want — we grew them just for you.