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Review: Rockaway Beach Surf Club, New York

Every self-respecting beach has its surf club and Rockaway Beach is no different. 

 Surfing’s thirsty (and hungry) work. All that paddling, the waves, the rips, the bails, the dumps. It will leave you exhausted, but glad to be alive. And especially glad to know there’s a place that serves fresh, authentic tacos, $5 beers and frozen margaritas. The Rockaway Beach...

Union Square Green Markets, New York

In a megalopolis as large as Manhattan, you’d think accessing fresh food from local Green Markets would be nigh on impossible, but Union Square is the place to go. Thankfully there’s no shortage of farm fresh and farm-to-table options. From the Westside Markets to Whole Foods, there’s genuine, GMO-free deliciousness to be found if you know the right place to look...

Buderim Ginger Factory

As a ginger, Buderim Ginger Factory is Jess’s spiritual home. It’s home to some great-tasting food and offers a chance to chill in its quiet rainforest grounds. Heading north towards the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane, you will pass through Buderim, a small, sleepy, hinterland town. Just off the highway, in a semi-industrial area is the Buderim Ginger Factory.  ...

Cats of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is a city with character and more than its fair share of cats roaming the streets. In this world, there are cat people and there are dog people. If you’re a dog person who doesn’t like cats, Old San Juan could be your idea of a personal hell. If you’re a cat person, there’s no shortage. Old San Juan has a cat epidemic. Gingers, black cats, tortoise...

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition, Coney Island

World class competitive decadence is a major draw to Coney Island on the 4th of July for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition. Americans are known for their love of a fair fight and their love of carbs. These come together perfectly once a year. Nathan’s is one of the original creators of the hot dog (there’s some conjecture between junk food historians)...

Review: Shutter and Brew, Brisbane

Looking more like a spot you’d find in the hipster epicenter of Williamsburg than a quaint café in a leafy suburb of Wavell Heights, Shutter and Brew serves up its sweet early morning eats 7 days a week. Good breakfast options in Brisbane used to be restricted to a meat pie and iced coffee from a convenience store or a McMuffin from McDonalds. Thankfully there has...

Riding the CityCat, Brisbane

Brisbane is a beautiful river city and one of the best ways to see it for cheap is to ride one of its CityCat catamarans. The CityCat ferry service is an iconic part of the city, transporting tens of thousands to work every day. They run upstream and down, servicing as far down as Hamilton (close to the Brisbane Airport) and as far up as the University of Queensland...

Doomben Markets

Every city has its marketplace and Doomben Markets is the epicenter for Brisbane’s artisan foods, crafts and farm-fresh produce. There’s definitely been a global shift back to honest-to-goodness, organic, farm-to-table shopping. We’ve seen it in New York, Prague, Barbados, Philly, Finland and Sweden. Prior to leaving our home in Brisbane, this movement was just...

Friedsam Carousel, Central Park, NY

The Friedsam Carousel stands as a living piece of history in Central Park’s southern end. For a couple of dollars, you’ll be transported back to the final years of the 19th Century as you ride a fine stallion accompanied by an original music box. Step right up! There’s a strange, stately majesty that collides with a spirit of childlike glee when one first sets eyes...

Cafe Regatta, Helsinki, Finland

The Cafe Regatta provides a welcome place to chill when walking the Helsinki’s shores en route to the Sibelius monument. It’s ten at night and in photography terms, it’s golden or magic hour. The sun has stubbornly positioned itself to emit the perfect light for photos and it’s not planning on going anywhere. Half of Helsinki is lazing in the park lands and most have...