January 31, 2013
Nathan - Publicist - Portland, OR
The place I always eat: Sweet HereafterPodnah’sKen’s Artisan PizzaWhere to stay for the night:
Ace HotelThe one place I take everyone:
Sweet HereafterEnso WineryBest local product you should try:
Mississippi Records reissuesCascade Brewing’s barrel-aged sour ales The 2nd best kept secret:
That no one from Portland ever goes to Voodoo Donuts

Nathan - Publicist - Portland, OR

The place I always eat:

Sweet Hereafter
Podnah’s
Ken’s Artisan Pizza

Where to stay for the night:

Ace Hotel

The one place I take everyone:

Sweet Hereafter
Enso Winery

Best local product you should try:

Mississippi Records reissues
Cascade Brewing’s barrel-aged sour ales

The 2nd best kept secret:

That no one from Portland ever goes to Voodoo Donuts

January 24, 2013
Rebecca - Fashion Designer -  Cleveland Heights Ohio
The place I always eat:
Tommy’s on Coventry.
It’s been around since 1972, when Cleveland was really vibrant and full of hippies. The best milkshake on the planet.
Where to stay for the night:
There’s this really beautiful old weird hotel called The Alcazar, my mom used to take me there for tea when I was little. 
The one place I take everyone: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art, still one of my favorite art museums to this day.
Best local product you should try:
I have no idea, but if you want to find some cool antiques, stop by my dad’s house on Hampshire Road, he collects them. Also, the thrift stores are pretty amazing, Unique Thrift!
The 2nd best kept secret:
The Cleveland Institute of Art is still, I believe, one of the best art schools. Cleveland doesn’t always get a lot of respect these days, but at one time in the the late 70’s an early to mid 80’s it was sorta more booming with art and music. There’s some good bands that came out of Cleveland and also, there used to be this amazing street fair when I was little, called the Coventry Street Fair. Take a walk down Coventry and try to envision it. 
The photo attached is in my dad’s house.

Rebecca - Fashion Designer -  Cleveland Heights Ohio

The place I always eat:

Tommy’s on Coventry.

It’s been around since 1972, when Cleveland was really vibrant and full of hippies. The best milkshake on the planet.

Where to stay for the night:

There’s this really beautiful old weird hotel called The Alcazar, my mom used to take me there for tea when I was little. 

The one place I take everyone:

The Cleveland Museum of Art, still one of my favorite art museums to this day.

Best local product you should try:

I have no idea, but if you want to find some cool antiques, stop by my dad’s house on Hampshire Road, he collects them. Also, the thrift stores are pretty amazing, Unique Thrift!

The 2nd best kept secret:

The Cleveland Institute of Art is still, I believe, one of the best art schools. Cleveland doesn’t always get a lot of respect these days, but at one time in the the late 70’s an early to mid 80’s it was sorta more booming with art and music. There’s some good bands that came out of Cleveland and also, there used to be this amazing street fair when I was little, called the Coventry Street Fair. Take a walk down Coventry and try to envision it. 

The photo attached is in my dad’s house.

April 27, 2012
Anika  - Triple Threat minus the acting, sub the dancing for writing - Meora, NDMedora has all the potential for being a ghost town. In fact it was momentarily when the town founder, French nobleman Marquis de More, returned to France when he went bankrupt.






Teddy Roosevelt stumbled upon the town when he came out west on a mission to hunt buffalo. He loved the place, bought cattle ranches and built the it back up. The town is tiny and there are still only approximately 15 establishments…for everything. They do have an ice cream parlor named after the Marquis, and about everything else that is kick-ass named after TR.The place I always eat:Boots Bar & Grill. Yep it sounds like a bad song, but they do pretty well executing a modern spin on cowboy country. They have an open air deck, patios with killer views, live music, and blackjack. Most importantly, they cook with booze. Get an elk burger, beer battered walleye, rue bourbon burgers, and of course what is a midwesterner without a 16 oz. rib-eye?





Thank you and amen.Where to stay for the night:Rough Riders Hotel 

The original hotel was constructed in 1884 and has taken almost another century to be fully restored. The hotel speaks volumes with just its walls and floors. There have been countless glasses of whiskey spilled, many cigars smoked, cards dealt, and men shot.





Present day it has managed to hold onto that old world rugged smell and is decked out with wide, filled-out bookcases, wood armoires, and stately leather seating.The one place I take everyone:
We’re going horseback riding.

There are rattlesnakes. And buffalo bones. Oh, and live buffalo. With wild horses.








I first started riding the cliffs of the Medora badlands when I was 6 years old and I lead the trail then, so you can trust me. We’ll pack some sandwiches and hope your horse can swim.Best local product you should try:There are plenty of gimmicky hangups in the tourist shops that you could try: salt water taffy, bison jerky, monogrammed pocket knife (hm, kinda cool). I’d keep it simple. Grab a Rye Whiskey in Teddy Roosevelt’s Tavern. Breathe in what is surely some of the freshest air you’ve been treated to lately, grab a book from the considerable stack provided, and you will understand what gave TR the drive to hunt for buffalo, err.. run for president.The 2nd best kept secret:Medora Miniature Golf 

Sure, miniature golf is never a secret anywhere. But, when you’re stuck in the midst of cowboy country, it may seem like a mitzvah.

I know this course well, and it still never gets old. It lies in the basin of a classic badland mountain, and with the astroturf shining it can make the pickiest of family members feel like she/he/they are in Palm Springs.

And if you’ve managed to hold onto your student ID card, it’s only $2 for a round of 18 holes.

Anika  - Triple Threat minus the acting, sub the dancing for writing - Meora, ND

Medora has all the potential for being a ghost town. In fact it was momentarily when the town founder, French nobleman Marquis de More, returned to France when he went bankrupt.

Teddy Roosevelt stumbled upon the town when he came out west on a mission to hunt buffalo. He loved the place, bought cattle ranches and built the it back up. The town is tiny and there are still only approximately 15 establishments…for everything. They do have an ice cream parlor named after the Marquis, and about everything else that is kick-ass named after TR.

The place I always eat:

Boots Bar & Grill.

Yep it sounds like a bad song, but they do pretty well executing a modern spin on cowboy country. They have an open air deck, patios with killer views, live music, and blackjack. Most importantly, they cook with booze. Get an elk burger, beer battered walleye, rue bourbon burgers, and of course what is a midwesterner without a 16 oz. rib-eye?

Thank you and amen.

Where to stay for the night:

Rough Riders Hotel

The original hotel was constructed in 1884 and has taken almost another century to be fully restored. The hotel speaks volumes with just its walls and floors. There have been countless glasses of whiskey spilled, many cigars smoked, cards dealt, and men shot.

Present day it has managed to hold onto that old world rugged smell and is decked out with wide, filled-out bookcases, wood armoires, and stately leather seating.

The one place I take everyone:


We’re going horseback riding.

There are rattlesnakes. And buffalo bones. Oh, and live buffalo. With wild horses.

I first started riding the cliffs of the Medora badlands when I was 6 years old and I lead the trail then, so you can trust me. We’ll pack some sandwiches and hope your horse can swim.

Best local product you should try:


There are plenty of gimmicky hangups in the tourist shops that you could try: salt water taffy, bison jerky, monogrammed pocket knife (hm, kinda cool). I’d keep it simple. Grab a Rye Whiskey in Teddy Roosevelt’s Tavern. Breathe in what is surely some of the freshest air you’ve been treated to lately, grab a book from the considerable stack provided, and you will understand what gave TR the drive to hunt for buffalo, err.. run for president.

The 2nd best kept secret:


Medora Miniature Golf

Sure, miniature golf is never a secret anywhere. But, when you’re stuck in the midst of cowboy country, it may seem like a mitzvah.

I know this course well, and it still never gets old. It lies in the basin of a classic badland mountain, and with the astroturf shining it can make the pickiest of family members feel like she/he/they are in Palm Springs.

And if you’ve managed to hold onto your student ID card, it’s only $2 for a round of 18 holes.

April 20, 2012
Dorota - Film Producer - Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
The place I always eat:The Night KitchenThe Only Café in PeterboroughThe Hippy ChippyHot Belly MamasThe Planet BakeryWhere to stay for the night: Crash on a local’s couch. Go to The Only Café, The Gordon Best Theater and introduce yourself. The one place I take everyone: The Canoe MuseumBest local product you should try: KLB Raspberry Wheat beerThe Kawartha Dairy Company ice creamThe Publican House BreweryThe 2nd (3rd and 4th) best kept secret: The trails behind Trent UniversityThe Trent Radio 92.7 CFFF FM

Dorota - Film Producer - Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

The place I always eat:

The Night Kitchen
The Only Café in Peterborough
The Hippy Chippy
Hot Belly Mamas
The Planet Bakery

Where to stay for the
 night

Crash on a local’s couch. Go to The Only Café, The Gordon Best Theater and introduce yourself. 


The one place I take everyone


The Canoe Museum

Best local product you should try: 

KLB Raspberry Wheat beer
The Kawartha Dairy Company ice cream
The Publican House Brewery

The 2nd (3rd and 4th) best kept secret: 

The trails behind Trent University
The Trent Radio 92.7 CFFF FM

April 20, 2012
Been Travelling

We’ve been on the road checking out some of the spots suggested by our readers. We are back and and would love more submissions now that summer is upon us.

April 5, 2012
Dodge - Blogger (MyOldKentuckyBlog.com), Live concert producer/promoter (MOKB Presents), SIRIUS XM radio show host, Director of Content for an interactive agency (Raidious), head of a tiny, independent record label, A/V session producer (Laundromatinee.com), co-owner of Do317.com - Indianapolis, IN The place I always eat: 

Black Market Recess The Libertine 
Harry & IzzysSt. Elmos Where to stay for the night: 
JW Marriott Downtown
The ConradThe one place I take everyone: 

The Libertine / The Ball & Biscuit / Radio Radio / The Vogue / The Brass Ring / Indianapolis Museum Of ArtBest local product you should try: 
Fountain Square BreweryThe 2nd best kept secret: 
Everything in Fountain Square (southeast of downtown / area of town)
The Indiana State Fair 
Do317.com

Dodge - Blogger (MyOldKentuckyBlog.com), Live concert producer/promoter (MOKB Presents), SIRIUS XM radio show host, Director of Content for an interactive agency (Raidious), head of a tiny, independent record label, A/V session producer (Laundromatinee.com), co-owner of Do317.com - Indianapolis, IN

The place I always
eat:

Harry & Izzys
St. Elmos


Where to stay for the night:

The Conrad

The one place I take everyone
:
The Libertine / The Ball & Biscuit / Radio Radio / The Vogue / The Brass Ring / Indianapolis Museum Of Art

Best local product you should try

Fountain Square Brewery

The 2nd best kept secret: 

Everything in Fountain Square (southeast of downtown / area of town)
Do317.com

April 5, 2012
Rob - Founder, TBT Ventures - Ypsilanti, MichiganThe place I always eat: Depending on time of day, The Bomber or Sidetrack Grill welcomes me home. The atmosphere of the Bomber is tied to the B-24 fighter planes that were produced down the road at the nearby plant during the Second World War. Sidetrack – which probably has the best burgers in town — is located right in the heart of a historic section of Ypsi called Depot Town, which constantly hosts amazing antique car shows and festivals in the summertime.Where to stay for the night:
The Marriott in Ypsilanti is quite lovely if you have money to spend. Those on a more conservative budget could stay at Déjà vu until the gentlemen’s establishment closes for the morning, and then take a bench across the street at the Ypsilanti Bus Depot until the Bomber or Beezy’s opens.The one place I take everyone: Woodruff’s. A bar named after the founder of one of the first permanent settlements, which became Ypsilanti. Without question the best selection of alcohol in town, amazing décor with vintage signs everywhere one looks, live music really diverse in scope, and killer menu of unique milkshakes (baklava one gets the thumbs up) and late night food. When I die, I should request the afterlife resemble Woodruff’s in every last detail. Should Woodruff’s yet to open its doors, I take folks to the Water Tower, which holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s most phallic building.Best local product you should try:
Lots to mention, but you can head on over to the Michigan General Store on Cross St. and figure out for oneself not only the best products Ypsi has to offer, but the state as a whole.The 2nd best kept secret: Beezy’s. But that won’t stay a secret for much longer to the rest of the world. I have a feeling that hyperactive bro (Guy Dude? Guy Fiero?)  in bowling shirts with the frosted blond hair and goatee from Food Network will be wobbling in the door taping a segment on just how good their menu is.

Rob - Founder, TBT Ventures - Ypsilanti, Michigan

The place I always eat:

Depending on time of day, The Bomber or Sidetrack Grill welcomes me home. The atmosphere of the Bomber is tied to the B-24 fighter planes that were produced down the road at the nearby plant during the Second World War. Sidetrack – which probably has the best burgers in town — is located right in the heart of a historic section of Ypsi called Depot Town, which constantly hosts amazing antique car shows and festivals in the summertime.

Where to stay for the night:


The Marriott in Ypsilanti is quite lovely if you have money to spend. Those on a more conservative budget could stay at Déjà vu until the gentlemen’s establishment closes for
the morning, and then take a bench across the street at the Ypsilanti Bus Depot until the Bomber or Beezy’s opens.

The one place I take everyone:

Woodruff’s. A bar named after the founder of one of the first permanent settlements, which became Ypsilanti. Without question the best selection of alcohol in town,
amazing décor with vintage signs everywhere one looks, live music really diverse in scope, and killer menu of unique milkshakes (baklava one gets the thumbs up) and late night food. When I die, I should request the afterlife resemble Woodruff’s in every last detail. Should Woodruff’s yet to open its doors, I take folks to the Water Tower, which holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s most phallic building.

Best local product you should try:

Lots to mention, but you can head on over to the Michigan General Store on Cross St. and figure out for oneself not only the best products Ypsi has to offer, but the
state as a whole.

The 2nd best kept secret:

Beezy’s. But that won’t stay a secret for much longer to the rest of the world. I have a feeling that hyperactive bro (Guy Dude? Guy Fiero?)  in bowling shirts with the frosted blond hair and goatee from Food Network will be wobbling in the door taping a segment on just how good their menu is.

April 3, 2012
Daryl - Graphic Designer - San Diego, CAThe place I always eat: Nico’s Mexican FoodWhere to stay for the night: Hilton San Diego BayfrontThe one place I take everyone: La Jolla Cove tidepoolsBest local product you should try: hometown beerThe 2nd best kept secret: Gotta go to The Hole on Sundays! CHURCH! 

Daryl - Graphic Designer - San Diego, CA

The place I always eat:

Nico’s Mexican Food

Where to stay for the night:

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The one place I take everyone:

La Jolla Cove tidepools

Best local product you should try:

hometown beer

The 2nd best kept secret:

Gotta go to The Hole on Sundays! CHURCH! 

April 2, 2012
Liz - Writer and Editor - Chicago, ILThe place I always eat: Taco Veloz. It’s a bit gnarly-looking in there, but it’s the best real Mexican I’ve found.Where to stay for the night: If you can, stay with a friend or a friend of a friend. Chicago is very much about the people, and getting a room for the night in a hotel just isn’t the same.The one place I take everyone: The city is more or less split in two, North side and South side. There is a place on each side I never miss on trips back home: the Hideout and Maria’s.Best local product you should try: The art! Chicago has so much amazing art—especially music and photography… and graphic design, screenprinting, independent publication, even some local fashion that’s gone actual runway (look up Creatures of the Wind, who’ve stuck it out for YEARS in a city that has no garment district and is not hospitable to high-end ready-to-wear)…actually everything there is fantastic. Reasons why Chicago is so great for art: 1. The constant influx of kids who’ve escaped from their prisons of Middle-America normalcy who’re hungry for the opportunity to get weird in a big city (and believe me, they do). 2.  Unlimited resource. There is tons of room, everyday living expenses are reasonable, and people are constantly dreaming and scheming and opening new live/work/play spaces… there is access to materials, to land, to water. There is encouragement from the city to live modestly and sustainably, which, for anyone with imagination and curiosity, activates potential.  3. It’s not wrecked by outside influence. Chicago, ultimately, could care less about celebrity or trend—people are out there on their own trip. And the ingrained sense of blue-collar modesty (which can sometimes be a bit self-defeatist, or even outright hostile to ambitious types, to be honest) means there are no art stars, and it all stays pretty much local. Lots and lots of hidden secrets.4. The insane weather gives plenty of time for people to hole up, develop a vision, and get stir crazy enough to create something that serves as its own reference point. The 2nd best kept secret: Chicago has the best summers in the country. Residents wait so, so long for nice weather—and it’s fleeting—that they absolutely make the most of it. Towards the end of August, watch out—everyone’s blowing off the last bit of “yay! we have hot weather” steam, and it gets wilder and more debaucherous in some circles than you could ever, ever imagine.

Liz - Writer and Editor - Chicago, IL

The place I always eat:

Taco Veloz. It’s a bit gnarly-looking in there, but it’s the best real Mexican I’ve found.


Where to stay for the night:

If you can, stay with a friend or a friend of a friend. Chicago is very much about the people, and getting a room for the night in a hotel just isn’t the same.


The one place I take everyone:

The city is more or less split in two, North side and South side. There is a place on each side I never miss on trips back home: the Hideout and Maria’s.


Best local product you should try:

The art! Chicago has so much amazing art—especially music and photography… and graphic design, screenprinting, independent publication, even some local fashion that’s gone actual runway (look up Creatures of the Wind, who’ve stuck it out for YEARS in a city that has no garment district and is not hospitable to high-end ready-to-wear)…actually everything there is fantastic. Reasons why Chicago is so great for art:


1. The constant influx of kids who’ve escaped from their prisons of Middle-America normalcy who’re hungry for the opportunity to get weird in a big city (and believe me, they do).

2.  Unlimited resource. There is tons of room, everyday living expenses are reasonable, and people are constantly dreaming and scheming and opening new live/work/play spaces… there is access to materials, to land, to water. There is encouragement from the city to live modestly and sustainably, which, for anyone with imagination and curiosity, activates potential. 

3. It’s not wrecked by outside influence. Chicago, ultimately, could care less about celebrity or trend—people are out there on their own trip. And the ingrained sense of blue-collar modesty (which can sometimes be a bit self-defeatist, or even outright hostile to ambitious types, to be honest) means there are no art stars, and it all stays pretty much local. Lots and lots of hidden secrets.

4. The insane weather gives plenty of time for people to hole up, develop a vision, and get stir crazy enough to create something that serves as its own reference point.


The 2nd best kept secret:

Chicago has the best summers in the country. Residents wait so, so long for nice weather—and it’s fleeting—that they absolutely make the most of it. Towards the end of August, watch out—everyone’s blowing off the last bit of “yay! we have hot weather” steam, and it gets wilder and more debaucherous in some circles than you could ever, ever imagine.

March 30, 2012
Luiza - musician - photographer - São Paulo, SP - BrazilThe place I always eat:I will always go to what we call “padaria” and that means bakery. But in São Paulo they can mean a crappy bar at some corner or the fanciest place ever. I love to go to Padaria Barcelona (Rua Armando Penteado, 33 - Praça Vilaboim). It’s really close to the college I went to and everyday I would have that moment to order one of their pastries, the filled croissants or anything really. I miss savory pastries, they don’t make them a lot outside of Brazil. Also pizza is really amazing in São Paulo. I will always go to Bráz for it (Rua Sergipe, 406) and ask for the “Braz” pizza. São Paulo is basically a place to eat, I could name at least 20 more things.Where to stay for the night:Hmmm. Good question. If you have cash and you want to be lavish and luxurious, just stay at the Emiliano, or the Fasano.  Otherwise there’s always Kayak.com to help. Try to stay in the Jardins area because it’s close enough to downtown and to the nicer parts of town and you won’t need a car to do things.The one place I take everyone: It’s very touristic but I like to go to Terraço Itália (Avenida Ipiranga, 344). The top of the highest building in downtown São Paulo. It’s kind of corny and old school and you have to pay to get in, it’s like an old man’s restaurant and bar but the view pays off. I think downtown is the most interesting part of São Paulo, it’s so crazy and has many different areas. Another cool place is the Ibirapuera Park. It has amazing architecture and landscaping, very brazilian.Best local product you should try:So many, food for sure, natural fruit juices that are everywhere, swimwear, beauty stuff like manicure or pedicure or facial etc, it’s all cheap and good. Coffee, meat, flip flops.The 2nd best kept secret: What is the 1st? hahaha. In Brazil, you will always do better with a cool local, if you find the right people you will have the time of your life but São Paulo is not love at first sight, it’s pretty intense. I think the people are the true secret.

Luiza - musician - photographer - São Paulo, SP - Brazil

The place I always eat:

I will always go to what we call “padaria” and that means bakery. But in São Paulo they can mean a crappy bar at some corner or the fanciest place ever. I love to go to Padaria Barcelona (Rua Armando Penteado, 33 - Praça Vilaboim). It’s really close to the college I went to and everyday I would have that moment to order one of their pastries, the filled croissants or anything really. I miss savory pastries, they don’t make them a lot outside of Brazil. Also pizza is really amazing in São Paulo. I will always go to Bráz for it (Rua Sergipe, 406) and ask for the “Braz” pizza. São Paulo is basically a place to eat, I could name at least 20 more things.

Where to stay for the night:

Hmmm. Good question. If you have cash and you want to be lavish and luxurious, just stay at the Emiliano, or the Fasano.

Otherwise there’s always Kayak.com to help. Try to stay in the Jardins area because it’s close enough to downtown and to the nicer parts of town and you won’t need a car to do things.

The one place I take everyone:

It’s very touristic but I like to go to Terraço Itália (Avenida Ipiranga, 344). The top of the highest building in downtown São Paulo. It’s kind of corny and old school and you have to pay to get in, it’s like an old man’s restaurant and bar but the view pays off. I think downtown is the most interesting part of São Paulo, it’s so crazy and has many different areas. Another cool place is the Ibirapuera Park. It has amazing architecture and landscaping, very brazilian.

Best local product you should try:

So many, food for sure, natural fruit juices that are everywhere, swimwear, beauty stuff like manicure or pedicure or facial etc, it’s all cheap and good. Coffee, meat, flip flops.

The 2nd best kept secret:

What is the 1st? hahaha. In Brazil, you will always do better with a cool local, if you find the right people you will have the time of your life but São Paulo is not love at first sight, it’s pretty intense. I think the people are the true secret.

March 29, 2012
Pavla - oline marketing manager / ‘stache media - Sunnyvale, CA photo: Libby’s fruit cocktail can water tower - one of the first landmarks you see when you exit off the 101 freeway to Sunnyvale.  It’s the water tower from Libby’s cannery - where legend has it the fruit cocktail was invented. The water tower was one of the only things spared from old town Sunnyvale before the dotcoms and corporate park development took over this part of Silicon Valley.The place I always eat:In-N-Out - not exactly quintessentially local, but a must-do of the suburban west coast!Where to stay for the night: Anywhere on El Camino Real for the best strip malls and Indian food. The one place I take everyone: Apple headquarters and the purportedly haunted local Toys R Us. Best local product you should try: Olsen’s CherriesThe 2nd best kept secret: If you go to the Sunnyvale community center during the summer, there’s a great apricot stand with fresh fruit from one of the last local orchards.

Pavla - oline marketing manager / ‘stache media - Sunnyvale, CA

photo: Libby’s fruit cocktail can water tower - one of the first landmarks you see when you exit off the 101 freeway to Sunnyvale.  It’s the water tower from Libby’s cannery - where legend has it the fruit cocktail was invented. The water tower was one of the only things spared from old town Sunnyvale before the dotcoms and corporate park development took over this part of Silicon Valley.

The place I always eat:

In-N-Out - not exactly quintessentially local, but a must-do of the suburban west coast!

Where to stay for the night:

Anywhere on El Camino Real for the best strip malls and Indian food.

The one place I take everyone:

Apple headquarters and the purportedly haunted local Toys R Us.

Best local product you should try:

Olsen’s Cherries


The 2nd best kept secret:

If you go to the Sunnyvale community center during the summer, there’s a great apricot stand with fresh fruit from one of the last local orchards.

March 28, 2012
Simon - Music Manager - London, UKThe place I always eat: testi, stoke newington high st. incredible turkish bbq - meat, salt and fire the only 3 ingredients you need. they do incredible toasted pitta bread dipped in the meat juices and fried onions in pomegranite juice which are “to die for.”Where to stay for the night:the dukes hotel. mayfair, the rooms are lovely and the bar serves the best martinis in the world - fact. the queen mother drank there and flemming wrote the bond films there. real old london.The one place I take everyone: broadway market - great streetfood and good breakfast at the cat and mutton. i always seems to come home with 3 or 4 different types of olive oil cus im a massive wanker. if there weathers nice you can walk through london fields and look at all the other wankers.Best local product you should try: laura coxeters amazing raw chocolate creations.The 2nd best kept secret:the woodfired pizza at shoreditch house, they’re consistently amazing even if they did stop the goats cheese and spinach one.

Simon - Music Manager - London, UK

The place I always eat:

testi, stoke newington high st. incredible turkish bbq - meat, salt and fire the only 3 ingredients you need. they do incredible toasted pitta bread dipped in the meat juices and fried onions in pomegranite juice which are “to die for.”

Where to stay for the night:

the dukes hotel. mayfair, the rooms are lovely and the bar serves the best martinis in the world - fact. the queen mother drank there and flemming wrote the bond films there. real old london.

The one place I take everyone:

broadway market - great streetfood and good breakfast at the cat and mutton. i always seems to come home with 3 or 4 different types of olive oil cus im a massive wanker. if there weathers nice you can walk through london fields and look at all the other wankers.

Best local product you should try:

laura coxeters amazing raw chocolate creations.

The 2nd best kept secret:

the woodfired pizza at shoreditch house, they’re consistently amazing even if they did stop the goats cheese and spinach one.

March 27, 2012
Luis - Musician - Viseu, PortugalThe place I always eat: My mom’s, best food in the country really. Besides that, I would have to say O Fumeiro, Penalva do Castelo. Amazing cheese, wine and smoked meats from the region. Except a great meal.Where to stay for the night:Pousada de Viseu is a renovated historical building. When I was a little kid it was the city hospital - don’t let this scare you off, they did a great job and you get the bonus of running into the ghosts of some mental patients in the psychiatric ward.The one place I take everyone: BOQUINHAS is a must see. This place is like 3 square meters, and the owners have this “I HATE YOU, EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING” attitude which is taken to such extremes that you have no choice but to love it. Their Sangria recipe is legendary. Try both the white and red wine one, but have it to go.Best local product you should try:See answer 1). Wine, cheese and smoked meats. Plus, any pastry shop will have hundreds (really) of different pastries to try. Most with custard.The 2nd best kept secret:Regarding the aforementioned pastries, there are a couple of bakeries that start work really early. So if you’re coming home from a club (not so many good ones..), you should stop at Panificadora do Viso. They usually have warm Viriatos and Lancheiras ready for you from 1:30, 2:00 on weekends.

Luis - Musician - Viseu, Portugal

The place I always eat:

My mom’s, best food in the country really. Besides that, I would have to say O Fumeiro, Penalva do Castelo. Amazing cheese, wine and smoked meats from the region. Except a great meal.

Where to stay for the night:

Pousada de Viseu is a renovated historical building. When I was a little kid it was the city hospital - don’t let this scare you off, they did a great job and you get the bonus of running into the ghosts of some mental patients in the psychiatric ward.

The one place I take everyone:

BOQUINHAS is a must see. This place is like 3 square meters, and the owners have this “I HATE YOU, EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING” attitude which is taken to such extremes that you have no choice but to love it. Their Sangria recipe is legendary. Try both the white and red wine one, but have it to go.

Best local product you should try:

See answer 1). Wine, cheese and smoked meats. Plus, any pastry shop will have hundreds (really) of different pastries to try. Most with custard.

The 2nd best kept secret:

Regarding the aforementioned pastries, there are a couple of bakeries that start work really early. So if you’re coming home from a club (not so many good ones..), you should stop at Panificadora do Viso. They usually have warm Viriatos and Lancheiras ready for you from 1:30, 2:00 on weekends.

March 26, 2012
Anika - Triple Threat minus the acting, sub the dancing for writing - Bismarck, NDThe Place I always eat:The Little Cottage Cafe.

If German pioneers started a diner, this would be that diner.

They serve up traditional German and Scandinavian food along with other comfort classics. Get the soup du jour, which 6 out of 7 times is Knoephla. It is a creamy soup loaded with potatoes, onion and carrots mixed in with fresh dough dumplings. Try the sour cream raisin pie.

True to North Dakota tradition and expectation, every entree comes with a serving of bread.

Tip your waitress well so you can come back the next day for breakfast without the regulars giving you the staredown.





Don’t worry, it will come with toast.Where to stay for the night:When my parents want the evening to themselves, I usually go and kick it at the Fairfield Inn & Suites South.





Amenities include a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwich and an indoor pool and spa. (Because you probably won’t be visiting during the 30 days that it’s appropriate to be outside in a less than long sleeves).The one place I take everyone:The Heritage Center.

An interactive museum that tells the story of the state. Upon entering, flip a light switch to summon the call of the canadian geese “flying above”.





Other museum treasures include: an enormous mastodon skeleton, tee-pees to cosy into, and the infamous box where you can experience a whiff of buffalo dung if you choose to be so adventurous.Best local product you should try:Fleischkuechle (translation: Flesh Pie)

It is a German-Russian traditional dish, which is much better tasting, than the name is appealing.

It’s a seasoned hamburger patty, which is then covered with a soft, tangy, slightly sweet dough and deep fried.




Yum.The 2nd best kept secret:The Lewis and Clark Riverboat 

Taking a boat ride down the Missouri River in a double decker olde-timey cruise ship akin to the trail that the explorers Lewis and Clark followed….is awesome.

Get married, have class reunions, or do a more personal tour.

Always include the sunset and a full bar.

Anika - Triple Threat minus the acting, sub the dancing for writing - Bismarck, ND

The Place I always eat:

The Little Cottage Cafe.

If German pioneers started a diner, this would be that diner.

They serve up traditional German and Scandinavian food along with other comfort classics. Get the soup du jour, which 6 out of 7 times is Knoephla. It is a creamy soup loaded with potatoes, onion and carrots mixed in with fresh dough dumplings. Try the sour cream raisin pie.

True to North Dakota tradition and expectation, every entree comes with a serving of bread.

Tip your waitress well so you can come back the next day for breakfast without the regulars giving you the staredown.

Don’t worry, it will come with toast.

Where to stay for the night:

When my parents want the evening to themselves, I usually go and kick it at the Fairfield Inn & Suites South.

Amenities include a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwich and an indoor pool and spa. (Because you probably won’t be visiting during the 30 days that it’s appropriate to be outside in a less than long sleeves).

The one place I take everyone:

The Heritage Center.

An interactive museum that tells the story of the state. Upon entering, flip a light switch to summon the call of the canadian geese “flying above”.

Other museum treasures include: an enormous mastodon skeleton, tee-pees to cosy into, and the infamous box where you can experience a whiff of buffalo dung if you choose to be so adventurous.

Best local product you should try
:

Fleischkuechle (translation: Flesh Pie)

It is a German-Russian traditional dish, which is much better tasting, than the name is appealing.

It’s a seasoned hamburger patty, which is then covered with a soft, tangy, slightly sweet dough and deep fried.

Yum.

The 2nd best kept secret
:

The Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Taking a boat ride down the Missouri River in a double decker olde-timey cruise ship akin to the trail that the explorers Lewis and Clark followed….is awesome.

Get married, have class reunions, or do a more personal tour.

Always include the sunset and a full bar.

March 22, 2012
Perrine “La Fraicheur” - DJ / Leonizer Records promo agent / Bike builder / Crafty things maker - Montreal, QCThe place I always eat:La Carreta on St Zotique corner Drolet. my favorite salvadorian place when i’m broke. great pupusas. the place doesn’t look like anything, but just sit down and order 2 pupusas, al chicharon and al queso. with a fresh tamarin juice. served the traditional way with spicy tomato sauce and curtido, a marinated cabbage salad. you’ll have your belly filled and your soul warmed up for 4$Where to stay for the night:no clue. my friend’s i guess?The one place I take everyone:Marche St Michel or Montreal’s indoor flea market. only open on weekends, but a good place to walk around even (especially) if you’re not there to buy anything (all-over-town-spring to fall-garage sale are obviously cheaper). lots of tiny stands, most with a particular theme, from old baseball memorabilia to fisherman’s gear, old electronics to music instruments, vintage furniture to grandpa watches. most of them hide some old erotica deep within the junk piles.Best local product you should try:obviously poutine and smoked meat. most will argue that the best smoked meat is to be found at Schwartz’s and it’s true it’s the city’s most famous place for it. but if you don’t feel like waiting in line for decades between two loud italian tourists, then you should go to Lester’s on Bernard West corner Durocher. the place will serve you (most of the time without a smile but that’s not what you’re here for) a great smoked meat with poutine the old fashion way, no fanciness, no trying hard, just plain traditional junk food in a basic diner right in the middle of the hasidic neighborhood. and they have a kick ass homemade ice tea.The 2nd best kept secret:Le Barbare, St Denis corner Villeneuve. this is my favorite burger place, all continents combined. the walls of this place sport the ugliest “art” in town but the burgers are to die for. the bread is moist and wholewheat, the burger patty is thick and juicy, the bacon is crispy, the veggies actually taste like something and don’t look like it’s just decoration, the fries are the perfect size to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with a bit or paprika on top. served with salad with an actual good homemade vinaigrette. you can go blindly go for any, there all good, but my favorite is the “From’Creme Bacon”. a bacon creme cheese burger. 

Perrine “La Fraicheur” - DJ / Leonizer Records promo agent / Bike builder / Crafty things maker - Montreal, QC

The place I always eat:

La Carreta on St Zotique corner Drolet. my favorite salvadorian place when i’m broke. great pupusas. the place doesn’t look like anything, but just sit down and order 2 pupusas, al chicharon and al queso. with a fresh tamarin juice. served the traditional way with spicy tomato sauce and curtido, a marinated cabbage salad. you’ll have your belly filled and your soul warmed up for 4$

Where to stay for the night:

no clue. my friend’s i guess?

The one place I take everyone:

Marche St Michel or Montreal’s indoor flea market. only open on weekends, but a good place to walk around even (especially) if you’re not there to buy anything (all-over-town-spring to fall-garage sale are obviously cheaper). lots of tiny stands, most with a particular theme, from old baseball memorabilia to fisherman’s gear, old electronics to music instruments, vintage furniture to grandpa watches. most of them hide some old erotica deep within the junk piles.

Best local product you should try:

obviously poutine and smoked meat. most will argue that the best smoked meat is to be found at Schwartz’s and it’s true it’s the city’s most famous place for it. but if you don’t feel like waiting in line for decades between two loud italian tourists, then you should go to Lester’s on Bernard West corner Durocher. the place will serve you (most of the time without a smile but that’s not what you’re here for) a great smoked meat with poutine the old fashion way, no fanciness, no trying hard, just plain traditional junk food in a basic diner right in the middle of the hasidic neighborhood. and they have a kick ass homemade ice tea.

The 2nd best kept secret:

Le Barbare, St Denis corner Villeneuve. this is my favorite burger place, all continents combined. the walls of this place sport the ugliest “art” in town but the burgers are to die for. the bread is moist and wholewheat, the burger patty is thick and juicy, the bacon is crispy, the veggies actually taste like something and don’t look like it’s just decoration, the fries are the perfect size to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with a bit or paprika on top. served with salad with an actual good homemade vinaigrette. you can go blindly go for any, there all good, but my favorite is the “From’Creme Bacon”. a bacon creme cheese burger. 

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