OK so the micro-brew thing is super old news. Portland guys have been doing that since way before I even had a beer. Coffee roasters (also Portland lol) are an esteemed profession all over the place now. In New York there are now Beer Nerds like there are Wine Geeks. Read More
Sports + Leisure
While I sit here blogging with a wicked case of the Monday’s I
day nightdream about my sweet shred sesh I had just yesterday at Mt. Hood Meadows. When I lived in Colorado I would go snowboarding four times a week, basically any day I didn’t have school. Welp, I graduated from college and moved far away from any Mountain to enter the real world and find a j.o.b.
But it’s a good thing I moved to Portland a couple years ago, where the real world is almost non-existent. No one has real jobs, or hours, most people sling pizza for a living and it’s all good because your rent is only 400 bucks a month.
But even if you have a “adult” job, which I do, being a weekend warrior is still totally an option for you as there is a beautiful mountain a little over an hour away. I decided this year to buy a Spring Pass and wax up the ol’ board. It had been years since I’d been in the snow and while it’s not quite like riding a bike, it is still quite enjoyable. What’s so great about the Spring Pass though? The price is right: at $149 it pays for itself in two trips! I highly suggest it for anyone that has the itch to ride, but doesn’t have the dough that people with non-Portland jobs might make, so go get it!
Snacking in Brooklyn as I have witnessed it is heavily regulated by the Korean health food markets that stock items less processed than the typical bodegas. It is actually the surest sign of gentrification once a Millenium market or something of that nature opens its doors. Read More
NY Mag’s controversial “What Was the Hipster?” article suggested that the locavore trend was the last vestige of “hipsterdom” as hipsters have lost all of their secret handshakes or whatever. Eating organic local lamb necks is kind of the new “being a vegetarian,” and more and more young adults leaving college and deciding to drop out of law school have chosen organic farming or baking bread is the thing they need to do to feel sane instead of a corporate structured 9-5. Read More
Who would have thought that Buenos Aires would have anything in common with Montreal? Not me. After travelling around Brazil for a month and being thoroughly convinced that South American cities have their own distinctive flavour so different than the ones I know, I was pleasantly surprised when, in Buenos Aires, despite the fact that everybody speaks in Spanish, somehow the city had a very friendly familiar feel to it, just like home. Read More
Miami has long been a place where the lines between eating and drinking establishment were pretty clear-cut. While “resto-lounges” have regularly popped up on trendy and expensive South Beach, nobody really eats at them past a certain hour. Otherwise, with few exceptions, you usually go to a bar/club/drinking establishment after you’ve eaten a restaurant meal at a different place.
In another post on this topic on this site, I talked about the over-saturation of the food truck scene in Miami. It’s true that these massive round-ups featuring dozens of parked trucks are falling in popularity. But the more creative trucks themselves are still welcome in other contexts, particularly those of DIY concerts, outdoor festivals, independent art/crafts events, and so on. At every, say, local outdoor festival, it’s now a given that at least a few food trucks, or other kinds of independent food vendors, will be on hand to provide refreshments.
Spring, a time when a young man’s thoughts turn to many things.
Serving up gluten free granola, Trailhead Coffee, and sandwiches of the day on house-made bread, Bushel & Peck is a needed addition to the King neighborhood. Located between Failing and Shaver on NE Martin Luther King the quaint cafe is has more than just sandwiches to offer it has charm. Read More
Yet another trend to which Miami is arriving relatively late, but which is currently kicking into high gear here, is the juice cleanse. Yes, again, what has been popular in New York and L.A. for years first arrived here, unsurprisingly, through chains from those cities. The popular Blueprint cleanse was among the first to show up here via a downtown Miami outpost of the Exhale Spa.
It seems that everyone is obsessed with Berghain and Panorama Bar these days. It used to be just techno fans, now it feels like everyone interested in independent music is fetishizing the 3 level Berlin techno club that goes for 3 days without stopping and doesn’t allow photography or video. Read More
I can’t think of an app that’s been better for conspicuous food consumption than Instagram. Other cities have robust participation in specialized sites and apps like Foodspotting, but in Miami, Instagram reigns as the number-one source for food porn.