About Mike & Jess Jones

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Mike is a bon vivant, writer, teacher and all around amazing guy. Jess is an equally charming user experience designer who works for UW-Madison. They love to travel, eat well and drink fine whisky. Follow their adventures here and on twitter @jonesy9872

Posts by Mike & Jess Jones

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyner Weisse

25 years of inventive brewing goodness in the heart of Brooklyn

Did you know that Pre-Prohibition New York once accounted for 10% of the beer production in the country? From its earliest days, New York’s Dutch and German immigrants brewed beer in the city and it took the passage of the 18th amendment to disrupt this long standing tradition. … Continue Reading →

Shake Shack

Your new favorite burger

Shake Shack feels like a miracle. In Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ongoing war on fat and sugar, the restaurant chain keeps growing and growing with its simple and greasy menu of burgers, fries and shakes. In a city known for its gourmand tastes and where you’re just as likely to find a hamburger joint which “deconstructs” burgers and reconfigures them into freeze-dried dollops on a sushi roll, the idea of a simple burger originating from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park taking the east coast by storm seems unlikely.… Continue Reading →

Alice’s Tea Cup (Chapter II)

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A Little Bit of Wonderland in New York City

New York is built on hyperbole. It’s the “City that Never Sleeps”, the “Capital of the World”, the “Empire City”, etc. Visiting such a city feels daunting because it can easily be overwhelming the minute you enter its atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a quiet breakfast hideaway from ceaseless noise of the city, look no further than Alice’s Tea Cup, a set of beautiful and quaint teashops in three Manhattan locations.… Continue Reading →

Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz's Deli

There are many notable delicatessens in New York City, but there’s only one Katz’s.

You know that scene in When Harry Met Sally? It starts with another verbal back-and-forth between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and climaxes with…well, you know.

That takes place at Katz’s. And unlike the possibility of someone looking like Billy Crystal ever being able to get someone who looks like late 80s-era Meg Ryan, the setting is still true-to-life over a quarter century later.… Continue Reading →

Eataly

Italy under one roof


Eataly sounds like the Manhattan Project of Italian food. UniEuro’s Oscar Farinetti, PBS’s Lidia Bastianich and celebrity chef Mario Batali unite forces to create an all-Italian community of stores, restaurants and bars under (and on top of) one roof. Eataly offers everything you could possibly need—Have a dinner party?… Continue Reading →

New York Public Library

New York Public Library Exterior

Much More Than Books

This century-old landmark is a hub of intellectual development that helped people develop the Polaroid camera, the Xerox photocopier, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Reader’s Digest magazine…oh, who are we kidding, it’s awesome because they filmed Ghostbusters in one of the main reading rooms!

But once you’ve finished occupying the same hallowed ground that once supported Bill Murray, you’ll realize that this library’s greatness is beyond its treasury of written words.… Continue Reading →