As the rest of the world continues to power through the COVID-19 pandemic, a delightful and intoxicating respite has returned to Italy — one of the planet’s most ravaged and earliest hit countries — in the form of tiny windows scattered throughout the luscious Tuscany region. The surprise awaiting imbibers on the other end of the opening is vino, pure and simple. A staple beverage that is ubiquitous to Italy; presented, with discreet charm, in a historic display that seems to indicate that things, finally, might just be returning to normal.
As far as American cafés go, the Bourgeois Pig is in a class all its own. It sprang from humble beginnings in 1993 when a 28-year-old traveler named F. Mason Green, who after years of backpacking through Europe and visiting many of the continent’s most fabled coffeehouses, plopped down just enough money to secure his own café upon his return. And it’s been a Chicago institution ever since. But despite this popular haunt’s ubiquity to the Windy City, the Bourgeois Pig was no impulse buy.
As sanctions continue to lessen and physical distancing rules are easing across the globe, many people are eager to get back to some semblance of routine. The fact remains that a post-COVID-19 world will not look the same no matter how quickly we return. And in no aspect of social life is that harsh reality felt greater than in the hospitality industry. However, one “restaurant” in Sweden is taking a unique approach to dining—an approach that may well become the new normal.
New Orleans, Louisiana, is known for its tastes and traditions. From beignets to gumbo, old family recipes are revered and handed down from generation to generation. The “Big Easy” restaurant scene is taking one famous New Orleans food tradition, the “Réveillon Dinner,” and giving it a modern twist.
From its miles of sandy beaches to its almost-perfect weather, San Diego is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm California sun. And while the landscape is undeniably beautiful, that’s not all this West Coast paradise has to offer. It’s brimming with art, history, and great food around every corner. Here are ten must-see San Diego landmarks that showcase the beauty and personality of “America’s Finest City.”
It took just over five years from ideation to finished construction for a South Korean couple to open the Dreamy Camera Cafe, a two-story building modeled after a type of twin-lens camera called Rolleiflex. Inside the cafe, the decor echoes the couple’s love of picture-taking, featuring a vintage camera display and galleries of photography.
The “Modern Toilet Restaurant” in the über-hip Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan, is a pretty unique bathroom-themed food enterprise. This place has been designed to wow the Instagram generation with some of the most exciting and unusual bathroom twists you have ever seen. Here, the seats are real toilets, the menu is written on a toilet-seat shaped paper, and the waiting staff delivers little chocolate “poop” ice creams.
For a truly unique coffee experience in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, you should try a tiny café called C. THROUGH. It is here that barista and co-owner Lee Gang-bin turns regular coffee into works of art. This is not just another copycat latte art trend. Lee’s technique is beautiful and intricate, and his coffee tastes good too.
There’s no shortage of things to do in New York City. The “City that Never Sleeps” is a world-class destination for anyone who loves art, theater, music, fine dining, charming neighborhoods, shopping and historic sights – essentially everyone.
Hugging the corner of Goethe and Dearborn streets in Chicago’s mainly residential Gold Coast Historic District, “3 Arts Club Café” is a stunningly beautiful oasis inside an over a century old establishment.