“If we want to change wine culture, we need to show customers how to have wine with soup or a ham sandwich,” said Scott Osborn, owner of Fox Run Vineyards, overlooking Seneca Lake. It was an unusual claim, but perhaps not a surprising one, considering the winery’s well-stocked cafe located adjacent to its handsome lakeside […]

Saipua Red Hook

Between entertaining out-of-towners and amassing a collection of white elephant castoffs, you’ll be needing an eleventh-hour escape. And Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood provides exactly that, a few hours of relief from the crush of New Year’s crowds and demands. Before bundling up for the trip, try to eschew any ill reputes regarding this port of call […]

Anyone who’s ever waited 12 months for a peppermint mocha knows our yen for some beverages are not only season specific, they are time-sensitive too. We look forward to light cocktails in spring, citrus notes in summer, and the aromas of cider to ease into autumn. On Saturday, we discovered a new wintertime favorite, mulled […]

Saltie Scuttlebutt Sandwich

Saltie co-owner Caroline Fidanza wrapped a coat around her and spanned the café from counter to door in four quick steps. She was sneaking out to catch a glimpse of a neighbor’s recent discovery: newborn feral kittens. “We’ll rotate taking looks,” she assured her friend and co-owner, Elizabeth Schula, who was cutting a wide sheet […]

WaterFire in Waterplace Park (Photo courtesy of Providence Tourism Council)

When we consider what we know of Providence, many think of Ivy League and design schools, WaterFire, and a quaint New England city a stone’s throw from Boston. But a recent weekend in Rhode Island’s capital revealed more than tidy streets and a trio of rivers, inspiring a double take on a fiercely creative town […]

Panda at National Zoo

It’s tough to choose when you’re spoiled for choice, which may explain why Washingtonians would rather list their favorites than pick just one. With an itinerary thick with recommendations, we bolted to the capital city to eat, sleep, and discover its myriad distractions for ourselves. We wandered from Pennsylvania to Connecticut Avenue and memorial to […]

Manhattan chef King Phojanakong has opened Umi Nom in Clinton Hill as the sequel to Kuma Inn, his wildly popular, pint-sized Asian tapas destination in the Lower East Side. Drawing on the the chef’s Thai and Filipino heritage, the Brooklyn follow-up features a fresh set of small plates along with noodle and fried rice dishes […]

Peaches restaurant

Few fruits embody summer like a juice-laden peach on a sweltering city day. And so it was the pursuit of cobbler that led me to Peaches in the small pocket of gentrifying Bedford-Stuyvesant, or Stuy Heights as locals call it. But if refined comfort fare like crab cake over spicy peach salsa isn’t enough to […]

“It’s like grandma’s house. On pontoons,” my friend Jason said, sinking into a wicker chair at Green Turtle, a floating bed and breakfast in Boston Harbor. Last weekend, I visited my old college town to find there’s plenty to do beyond scrambling after fly balls at Fenway and succumbing to sales on Newbury Street. With […]