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The chef and founder of NYC culinary salon City Grit shares destinations, meals, and experiences around the U.S. that have shaped some of her most lasting travel memories.
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When the sun sets on the Manhattan neighborhood of Nolita, chef Sarah Simmons goes to work. Several nights each week, she and her team transform a daytime retail space into a chic dining room, from which they operate City Grit, a culinary salon...
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223 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
This is not your mama’s coffee shop—though your mama would still love the wide selection of Counter Culture coffees and botanical teas. Other things to love include everything on the menu (I couldn’t get enough of the sausage gravy and Ashe County...
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Union Square, New York, NY 10003, USA
Every Wednesday and Saturday, a farmers market sets up in Union Square in New York City. On the west side of the square, by 16th Street, is an orchard stand which makes the best apple cider donuts in the entire world. Breezy Hill Orchard is always...
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370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Without question, the Late Night Ramen at Ken Oringer’s Uni Sashimi Bar is my favorite last stop after a big night out. The noodle bowls rival any I had when I lived in Japan and pair perfectly with a tall Sapporo followed by one of Monica Glass’s...
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662 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
This is what I hope heaven is like— beautifully lit, full of perfectly organized books, with handcrafted alcoholic punches on tap. I suggest you try them all—and then give Kate Bolton and Alex Smith a high-five to congratulate them on...
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310 W Willie Nelson Blvd Suite 1A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Not only is this a fantastic live-music venue that somehow manages to combine the vastness of a large stadium with the intimacy of a smaller stage—it also happens to be around the corner from one of my all-time favorite restaurants, La Condesa. It...
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Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Located on the Upper West Side, at 79th Street and Central Park West, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's largest museums. It has 45 different halls, occupies more than 2 million square feet, and has some 33 million...
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108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
These sister shops are an accessory-fiend and gift-giver’s dream! It was hard for me to keep from scooping up all the gorgeous handbags, hats, and jewelry at Verde—or loading up on Marcie Blaine’s amazing creations from the back-of-shop chocolate...
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If you want to get in touch with nature, spend an afternoon in Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Spread over 189 acres, the sprawling park boasts a running track, bocce and tennis courts, a swimming pool,...
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SW 9th St, Beaverton, OR 97005, USA
You could spend a week eating just from food carts in Portland—and you’ll still eat really well. The pod at SW 9th and Alder has the largest concentration of food carts in the country, and the variety is just amazing. Some of my favorites are Nong...