Five things to do in NYC

1) Explore the East Village / Bowery etc.

– have a look at the Cooper Union – interesting architecture
– stop at The Bowery for fireside drinks
– and Death & Co for speakeasy cocktails
– and Backroom is on my list for when I’m next in town – and there are plenty more. A bit further south near Wall Street there’s Dead Rabbit which is also fun – and should have $1 oysters at happy hour.

2) Hang with the Hipsters

Coffee, oysters etc. in and around the ACE hotel 20W 29th St
– have cocktails in the lounge
– oysters at The John Dory
– and Stumptown Coffee is also nearby

3) Browse some great bookshops

Bluestockings is at the activist end of the scale –
Housing Works –
McNally Jackson –

4) Grand Central Station grandeur

– For the architecture… and arguably the food, although, just hopping to Copenhagen might be easier in some ways… but as you’re going to NYC anyway.

5) Jazz

Smalls on 183 West 10th Street is wonderful.

P.S. And don’t forget the Staten Island Ferry!
P.P.S. Some additional espresso stops here if you need.

Suspended espresso in Christchurch

There’s much good coffee to be had in New Zealand. I only made a brief stop in Christchurch so the lists of places that ‘got away’ is longer than the list of those visited. Always nice to have something stored up for next time.

And on that note – whilst it is in a different sense stored up – this was also the first place I’ve come across that actively advertises the opportunity to ‘suspend an espresso’: A mouse called bean – incidentally, excellent espresso.


Baltimore’s arguable best…



Argosy – warm, welcoming – and a double shot you’ll remember
7 N Calvert St
Baltimore MD 21202

Artifact – worth the ride out of town…
1500 Union Ave
Baltimore MD 21211


Thames Street Oyster House – extensive oyster selection, divine lobster roll…
1728 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231

Craft ales

The Brewer’s Art
1106 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 2120

Max’s Taphouse – noisy place, extensive selection
737 S Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

A short list of worthwhile spots in Denver

Excellent espresso


Huckleberry – two roasts on choice – excellent service with either
4301 Pecos St
Denver CO 80211

Novo – more top-notch espresso and service 
1600 Glenarm Place
Denver CO 80202

Crema Coffeehouse – if you don’t mind the queue
2862 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205 

Carefully crafted ales

Station 26 – ‘for you for all ‘ – in a nice old fire station 
7045 E 38th Ave
Denver CO 80207

3719 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205

Wynkoop – lively place, good selection
1634 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202

The Terminal Bar
Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Strett
Denver CO 80202 

Three places on San Francisco’s Divisadero

La Urbana – most excellent Mexican
661 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

Nopa – culinary Californication
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

The Mill – a Four Barrel location
736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

The one that got away:

4505 Burgers & BBQ
705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

Four places in Prague worth a visit


EMA espresso bar – top tier espresso
Na Florenci 1420/3
110 00 Praha 1

ART&FOOD – live music and lovely atmosphere
Had Plaská 617/4
150 00 Praha 5

Hemingway Bar – nice little speakeasy
Karoliny Světlé 26
110 00 Praha 1

…but you might of course have come for the beer – can’t blame you. The Czech have a lot to answer for on that front. Here’s a brewery tap:

U Medvídků
Na Perštýně 345/7
110 01 Praha 1

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Three unexpected espresso stops in Frankfurt


Kaffeerösterei Stern Wissmüller – roasting since ‘48 – and a nice backyard to sit and enjoy in
Leipziger Str. 39
60487 Frankfurt am Main

Augenblick Kaffee & Co – excellent espresso – and fried egg sandwiches
Mainzer Landstraße 65
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Klein und Main – nice spot to watch the world go by 
Moselstraße 10
60329 Frankfurt

…and a few further culinary stops:

Café Hauptwache – if you are going to have a Frankfurter then why not here
An der Hauptwache 15
60313 Frankfurt am Main

moriki – good spot to sit on the terrace – and have some miso
Taunusanlage 12
60325 Frankfurt am Main

da Cimino – a decent wood-fired pizza at a fair price (cash only)
Adalbertstraße 29
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Five fab culinary spots in Florence


Signorvino – ravioli with a view… and try the Brunello flight
Via de Bardi, 46R
50125 Firenze

La Divina Enoteca – well assorted spot for the oenophile near the old market
Via Panicale, 19/R
50123 Firenze

Lo Sverso – local craft brews and biodynamic wine – near La Divina…
Via Panicale 7-9
50123 Firenze

Icche c’e c’e – a traditional back-street trattoria
Via dei Magalotti
50122 Firenze

Sandwichic – small local deli in an old tailor’s shop – have one of their charcuterie boards, a glass of house red for next to nothing – and grab a stool outside and take it all in
Via S. Gallo, 3
50129 Firenze

…and the ones that got away this time:

accà ristopizzaperitivo – closed for the holidays (alas)
Via Pisana, 120R
50124 Firenze

Le Volpi e l’Uva – for one more bicchiere…
Piazza dei Rossi
50125 Firenze

+ more of the many interesting places on Piazza Santo Spirito – a squareful of less touristy – and seemingly worthwhile establishments. Also, an Eataly, whichever city it is in, is generally worth a brief visit. The Firenze one is here.

…and last but not least, here’s a wortwhile culinary app for you:

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