Amsterdam Recommended

…them about what makes Amsterdam special. Tijdmakers & Eau d’Amsterdam Business partners Saskia Hoogendoorn and Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands are the creative force behind the design agency Tijdmakers (Time makers). They are kind of a local think tank that explores creative ways to influence the public’s experience of the environment through art and installation. We arranged to meet at de Koffie… Read more >

Finding Japan in Seattle

…flavor of the old variety store by utilizing its vintage fixtures, including 1930s glass cases unearthed from the Higo storeroom. Uncovered treasures include classic tin toys, an electric train set, and antique cash registers, which are displayed in the refurbished space. A museum wall display, and the “Meet Me at Higo” installation, created by the Wing Luke Museum, are also… Read more >

Farm to Mesa

…sustainability, healthy eating and green living practices in the town of Gilbert and the surrounding areas. In addition to providing fresh local produce, the Gilbert Farmers Market educates the public about local food by providing them an opportunity to personally meet with farmers and other local vendors to learn where their food comes from and how it’s grown and produced…. Read more >

Norton and Sons

…its patrons. And as the world modernized, placing a variety of new functional requirements and constraints on clothing, Norton and Sons has been legendary in coming up with sartorial innovations to meet the evolving needs of its customers. So it is no surprise that George Herbert in the 1920s would have sought out Norton and Sons to manufacture his “high… Read more >

Eat a City: Santa Cruz

…Following in the footsteps of Don Caspar, the Spanish explorer who, in 1769, came upon the area now known as the City of Santa Cruz, we set out to discover the modern beach-side town long known for its liberal leanings, stellar universities, organic agriculture, and social activism. Of the few locals we had the opportunity to meet on our… Read more >

The Scheer Economy

…fact, being a maker of things has become a desirable career path. Many young people are leaving corporate jobs or taking apprenticeships after college and becoming carpenters, bakers, goldsmiths, restorers, et cetera, to meet the growing demand for hand-crafted goods. On the other hand, we are lucky that a few old-world businesses withstood the barrage of mechanization long enough for… Read more >

Eat London

…walk a few blocks into the London neighborhood of Marylebone. Arriving at the restaurant Carousel we meet the young cousins of the Templeton family who are well on their way to establishing themselves as food innovators on the London food scene. Olli, Anna, Will, and Ed tell me they caught the family business bug early following the example of their… Read more >

Corine’s Menagerie

…what better place than Paris to track down great and inspiring artists. Today I am heading to the 15th Arrondissement to meet artist Corine Perier at her studio and home. I came across Corine’s work online and loved seeing her regular updates. So I contacted her and arranged a studio visit. She suggested we meet at a small corner cafe… Read more >

Taking the Train Back in Time

…to experience first hand what it would like to go along for the ride in an Agatha Christie novel? Early in the morning we made our way to Victoria Station, platform No.10 to meet our train. After checking in you are directed to one of eleven coaches, each identified with a sign showing its original name; Audrey, Cygnus, Gwen, Ibis,… Read more >

Eat Amsterdam

…creative to live and hang out. We have come here to meet Aubrey Kriel, a French transplant who arrived in Amsterdam by way of Australia and New Zealand after a career in marketing. After giving up her desk job she enrolled at the Ecole de Boulangerie in Paris and apprenticed at several Patisseries in Paris and Amsterdam. Having opened the… Read more >

Tracing the Secret Tyburn River

…London”. I contacted Andrew to see if we could meet and talk about his perspective on this old, old city, and to help me track down one of London’s lost waterways, the Tyburn River. Andrew is part of an informal group of history buffs and walking aficionados that meet regularly to explore the city. An Oxford-educated historian, Andrew lives in… Read more >

Dennis Severs’ House

…at 18 Folgate Street to meet the Jervises, our host David Milne had already woken up the house in preparation for our visit. A fire was crackling in the kitchen, candles lit, and even though it was a sunny day outside the house was blanketed in a kind of twilight haze. Shutters were partially opened for the light, but not… Read more >

From Sky to Shining Sea

…a word to describe this scene. Upon arriving at Chora Sfakion there is one last bit of chaos when all the ferry passengers climb a few steps to meet the waiting busses. In the confusion it seems like this can not possibly work out … but it does. Details Here are a few tips to make your Samaria Gorge experience… Read more >

Eat Vienna

…4 Zur Herknerin Next we venture into the 4th district to meet Stefanie Herkner, one of the most vivacious and lively chefs I have come across. Full of life, love and enthusiasm, Stefanie abandoned a career in art management and a stint living in London to take over a former plumbing store and pursue her culinary dream. The sign from… Read more >

Dr. Sands on Robert & James Adam

…As I prepared to head over to the meet Dr. Frances Sands at the Soane Museum to see their collection of James and Robert Adam documents, an armed robbery was in progress somewhere nearby. With police in pursuit, the getaway car sped past Soane Museum on the north side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Trying to dispose of evidence, the… Read more >

Amber Butchart’s Fashionable Old London

…It was a true London inspiration. To dig a bit deeper into London’s relationship with fashion we arranged to meet Amber Butchart, a born-and-raised Londoner, and herself fabulously fashionable. Amber is a rising star on BBC’s presenter roster, a fashion historian, and a wealth of knowledge on textiles and all things related to the art of fashion. She currently shares… Read more >

A Bird Alights in LA’s
Century City

…for my appointment with Brandon, but I’m eager to meet him and experience his unique take on California cuisine with an Asian tinge. Century City Restaurants: Hinoki & the Bird The name is intriguing. Is it a fable or does it allude to more structural elements of the place or cuisine? Taken literally, a “Hinoki” is a tall, slow-growing tree,… Read more >

A Lazy Cruise Down the Shifting Irrawaddy

meet up with the Strand Irrawaddy River Cruise team for our departure. The Irrawaddy is described as Myanmar’s lifeline. The river starts its journey at the top of the snow-capped Himalayas then flows through roughly 960 miles, passing through the center of Myanmar, finally throwing itself into the Andaman Sea. Hundreds, if not thousands, of temples, stupas, and nats line… Read more >

Relive the History of Myanmar’s Colonial Capital at the Strand

…grow and how to grow it, to meet the restaurant’s needs throughout the year. His efforts have paid off–the menu at The Strand Hotel is excellent. Next morning, on the recommendation of several locals, we try “Mohinga”. Many consider it the national dish of Myanmar. The main ingredients are chickpea flour, crushed rice, garlic, onions, lemongrass, banana tree stem, fish… Read more >

Battle Armor at the Graz Zeughaus

…levels to meet the challenge of an approaching foe. So convincing is the feeling that it would come as no surprise to turn a corner and find yourself caught up in preparations for war, donning your suit of battle armor. Each floor is meticulously organized by rank from low to high. The bottom floors contain less refined and more sparse… Read more >

Day Light, Blue Nights

…recent visit a new place caught my eye. It looked promising and I made note of it for next time, the Trevose Harbour House. On arrival Owners Angela and Olivier were at the door to meet us. Crossing the threshold we immediately felt at home. It was a rainy afternoon and the little lobby containing a cozy living room, small… Read more >

Conquering Chania

…his great products, he invited us to come by his restaurant, Tamam, to meet his partner. Tamam is quite well known for its authentic regional cuisine. And like his shop, at Tamam, Konstantinos’ mission is to support local producers. Located one street behind the harbor but still in the hub of the old town, Tamam has been in operation since… Read more >

Foraging for Food

meet chef and expert at seaside foraging, Jonathan Williams. When I contacted Jonathan about foraging for food with him, I had no idea what to expect. I arrived at the beach early in the morning at low tide according to Jonathan’s instructions. The beach and surrounding area is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. If you are a fan… Read more >

Huddled Masses

…team tour guides, or “educators,” as they are called, that bring immigrant stories to life. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually ask an early immigrant what it was like? Well, if you are lucky you might meet one in the Tenement Museum. On most weekends Victoria Confino, a 19th century teenage immigrant from Greece, can be found inhabiting… Read more >

Morning Surf—Afternoon Tea

…For lunch I met up with Australian Chef Michael Smith, owner of Porthminster Beach Cafe. I had read about him and have his cook book, so I was eager to meet him. The restaurant is on the second floor of a white Art Deco building lovingly restored to house the restaurant. I’m told that in summer the place is buzzing…. Read more >

Schloss Bernstein

…friends. Andrea refers to herself as restorer, gardener, cook, antique dealer, and, most importantly, the current custodian of the place. Erasmus returned home from Vienna after completing a degree in physics to help with the family business, and will eventually take over responsibility for the place. Unfortunately, we did not get to meet Andrea’s husband Alexander, who in true Almasy… Read more >

Farm to Table at De Kas

…to meet some of the team members at De Kas, and on our first morning in Amsterdam we set out to Frankendaal Park in the East of Amsterdam to have a look. Gerd Jan started out at Vermeer, a well-known restaurant in Amsterdam, eventually winning them a Michelin star. While Gerd Jan excelled in his approach to cuisine, the stressful… Read more >

Hugo’s of Portland, Maine

…When I drove up to Maine during a winter blizzard back in January, it was a far cry from today’s balmy weather in London, where I sit tapping out my recollections of my visit to Hugo’s Portland Maine. At the conclusion of a harrowing drive, I arranged to meet with partners Andrew Taylor, Mike Wiley and Arlin Smith, who… Read more >

for Smart Summer Travel

…If traveling is not in the cards for you this summer, at least you can have your own exotic tour from the comfort of your back garden with Dr. Green’s book. To meet Dr. Green in the flesh, add one of his walking tours to your to-do list on your next London visit. Shop > 7 Circle Bag Baggu, the… Read more >

Hotel Sorrento

…Italian countryside, is worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel. For guests and neighborhood visitors alike it’s a great place to hang out, meet friends, or take in one of Sorrento’s events, which range from Jazz Combos to up-and-coming young singers. The events are free, so what are you waiting for! Drawing on Sorrento’s more… Read more >

Palm Springs

…door is a lovely place to meet with friends and enjoy one of Mr. Lyons signature cocktails. 4 Bootlegger Tiki Coinciding with Palm Spring’s midcentury period of major growth was the 1959 addition of America’s 50th state, Hawaii. With this exotic addition to the other 49, came a national fascination with all things Polynesian. One of the more famous… Read more >

Artist Residence

…don’t get between an Englishman and his pint. I guess the Americans were not as committed to their refreshments, allowing Prohibition to continue for 13 years. While roaming the AR’s gallery-like corridors we meet owner Charlie and barkeep Max Curzon-Price, designer of the bar’s interesting mix of cocktails. Chatting with Charlie and her all-under-30 crew, you are taken in with… Read more >