North America

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 →

Graze

Bloody Mary with Cheese at Graze

Upscale Comfort Food in a Stylish Setting


Madison, Wisconsin boasts such a wide variety of excellent restaurants that it can be difficult to choose where to eat. However, we do have a few standout standbys, and Graze Restaurant tops the list.

Graze, housed in a spacious glass building on the Capitol Square, is the comfier, less-rarified and heartier sister restaurant to the award-winning L’Etoile, which is located next door.… Continue Reading →

Safe House

Spy Memorabilia at Safe House, Milwaukee

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY: TOP SECRET LAIR IN MKE

Are you a secret agent on the run? Or maybe just hungry? Come in from the cold and grab some R&R at Milwaukee’s only spy-themed bar & restaurant.

At Safe House, the fun begins by finding the place. We’ll give you a clue…International Exports Ltd.… Continue Reading →

Sardine

Bloody Mary at Sardine

Stylish (and Delicious) Bistro on Lake Mendota

Consider Sardine Marigold Kitchen’s stylish older sister who spent a year at the Sorbonne, then dropped out to go to Le Cordon Bleu instead. She cooks up elegant, robust fare that could delight the pickiest Parisian in a lovingly converted warehouse on a lake.… Continue Reading →

Marigold Kitchen

French Toast and Maple Syrup

Delectable Brunch off the Capitol Square


The line at Madison’s Marigold Kitchen can be daunting, but faint heart never ate french toast. (I think that’s the saying, anyways) And if you stay the course, you will be pleasantly rewarded with a mind-blowingly great brunch. Also, through some sort of organizational magic, the line moves briskly, and by the time you’ve ordered and picked up your coffee, your table will be ready, despite the throngs of slightly hungover Madisonians.… Continue Reading →

New Belgium Brewing

Pull your own pints at New Belgium Brewery

Magically Delicious Craft Beer


I still remember my first sip of Fat Tire. I was at work, (relax I worked at a liquor store wine market) and the beer buyer who was in charge of my beerducation had me try it. A burst of sunlight broke through the clouds, an angelic choir sang, yadda yadda, it was magical.… Continue Reading →

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell Brewing Co.

Innovative Craft Beer in Fort Collins

While Odell may not have the nationwide name recognition of Fort Collins’ behemoth craft brewery, New Belgium, it is certainly no slouch when it comes to making beer. Founded in 1989 by Doug & Wynne Odell and his sister Corkie, Odell brewery is world-renowned for the depth and breadth of its range of beers.… Continue Reading →