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Librairie Ulysse

Travel Book Store on the Île Saint-Louis

Walking down the rue Saint-Louis en Île, it’s hard to tell what the Librairie Ulysse holds at first glance. The windows are a little dim, and tourists and school children are milling about, eating ice cream from Berthillon; it doesn’t even really look open…as a matter of fact, the odds are that it isn’t open.… 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 →

La Cave à Bulles

Beer at Cave a Bulles

French, Belgian & American Craft Beer Store in Paris


La Cave à Bulles is both literally and figuratively the epicenter for craft beer in Paris. Literally, because it’s located in the 3rd arrondissement in the center of Paris, and figuratively because its owner, Simon Thillou, is changing the face of craft beer in France.… Continue Reading →

Belgian Chocolate

Belgian Chocolate

Part Three: Chocolately Goodness

Belgian chocolate is world-renowned, and with good reason. Sweet, rich and creamy, it is made by hand from top-quality ingredients. Many of Brussels top chocolatiers can be found in the area surrounding the Grote Markt. It is probably a good idea to sample the fare at as many as you can before you decide on which store you are going to empty your bank account at.… Continue Reading →

Poptasi Pastry – Dangerously Delicious Macarons

Poptasi Macarons

Do you want to know a secret?

I LOVE macarons. Okay, that’s not much of a secret. Everybody with tastebuds and a heart loves macarons. Those little buggers are tasty! And, gluten free – which totally blew my mind, because I just automatically assume that everything gluten free is kind of…bland.… Continue Reading →

Albert Cuypmarket

Artichokes at Albert Cuypmarket

The Largest Outdoor Market in the Netherlands


In 1905, in an attempt to organize the chaos of street vendors that had flooded to the streets of the city’s newest neighborhood, the Amsterdam city government created an open air market along Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp. At first, the market was just open on Saturday, but in 1912, the hours expanded to the current six days a week.… Continue Reading →

Portland Food Carts

Food Carts in Portland

Don’t Miss The Cartopia and 5th Street Pods


Portland and its food carts exist in a perfect symbiotic relationship. The food carts need Portland to survive, and it seems like Portland needs the food carts to, well probably not survive, but certainly thrive.

There are collections of food carts, called pods, scattered throughout the city.… Continue Reading →

Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

From fish-throwers to the original Starbucks

Mention Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the first thing people think of is the fishmongers tossing salmon, cod and halibut through the air. But did you know the Pike Place Market isn’t just one building, but a historic district featuring 250 businesses, 100 farmers and 500 residents?… Continue Reading →

Cargo Imports

Lanterns at Cargo, Portland

 A Magical Mystery Import Store

Stepping into Cargo in Portland’s Pearl District is like entering Alibaba’s cave. Filled to the rafters with lacquered furniture, silk lanterns, beads, party favors and everything in-between, this shopping mecca is a must-see for the decorating maximalist.


Everything in the store is unique and hand-picked by the owner, who possesses an idiosyncratic mind obsessed by beauty and color.… Continue Reading →

Powell’s City of Books

Powell's City of Books, Portland

An Entire City Block Filled With New & Used Books

Amazon & your Kindle may be convenient, but there’s just no substitute for the pleasure that browsing in a great bookstore can bring, and Powell’s is definitely a great bookstore. With over a million books in stock, the depth and breadth of the selection is breathtaking.… Continue Reading →