Monthly Archives: August 2010

Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

Lined with idiosyncratic stores with neon signs, Austin’s South Congress Avenue is a wide street with stunning views to the downtown area and the Capitol (bigger than Washington DC’s apparently) in the distance. It has an endearingly kitsch and kooky Tex-Mex thing going on that’s...
The Pantry at Rusty Irons – a Museum to Local Produce

The Pantry at Rusty Irons – a Museum to Local Produce

Some holiday rental owners leave us teabags and milk, but at Rusty Irons’ property in Austin, Texas, we not only opened the fridge to find an array of goodies to get us started, the house also comes with a pantry that is a museum to...
Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #1

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #1

Holiday rentals don’t suit everyone – people who want to arrive at an airport and see their names on a hotel card, those can’t do without a mini-bar, people who depend upon the hotel concierge. That’s what we thought until a week before we arrived...
A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

At the end of two weeks of eating in New York City we still felt like we’d missed something. We’d had the gamut of food experiences, at all quality and price levels, from gastro-pubs to gastronomic fine-diners, hot dogs to hamburgers, from ‘ethnic’ to American,...
Dining in New York City

Dining in New York City

On the long flight to New York City from Tokyo, I drifted through an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations while lying comfortably horizontal in Cathay Pacific’s brilliant business class ‘coffin’. Lamenting his middle age (the former whippet-thin, ex-junkie chef Bourdain has put on a...
New York City, but Not for Tourists

New York City, but Not for Tourists

We may have decided not to use guidebooks as part of our local travel experiment, but we’re certainly not discarding the map, which, as far as we’re concerned, is often all you ever need to explore a city. We bought this cool little ‘Not For...
10 Tips to Enjoying the East Village Community Gardens

10 Tips to Enjoying the East Village Community Gardens

The East Village’s community gardens are a great place to meet locals and experience a side of New York generally not covered in the guidebooks. Here’s how to get the most out of the experience: 1. Do some background reading and preparation: see our story...