MLB Stadiums & Reviews

1. Petco Park. Amazing food and beer options, it’s a small park with a lot of really cool things in it.

Must haves: Hodad’s

2. Camden Yards. The ballpark that changed all ballparks. This one quickly jumped up the ranks for me. The stadium has so much history and amazing graphic design throughout the place. Really cool and the fans are really into it.

Must haves:

3. Fenway. Obviously very historical. I’ve done both the tour and the actual game, and I think both are actually necessary. You see quite a lot from the tour, including the media box, the other rooms are cool too. Food-wise there isn’t a whole lot in here, beer is just normal beer.

Must haves: You have to stay for the 7th inning stretch singing of “Caroline”.

4. Wrigley Field. Another historical and very small stadium. The fans here really make the experience. I sat in the left field bleachers and that is really what made it fun. The memorabilia is pretty insane throughout the park also. Get a little souvenier picture if it’s your first time.

Must haves: Walk through the entire field and see all the cool parts, especially the vines in the outfield.

5. AT&T Park. Honestly a pretty cool stadium, it feels really big, and there are a lot of different things to do throughout. unfortunately, the big slide is only for children and is manned pretty heavily. The locals say to get the crab sandwich, which I thought was kind of plain, and the Gilroy Garlic fries, which were pretty good as garlic fries usually are.

Must haves: See McCovey Cove!

6. Safeco Field. A very fun stadium and the locals really make this place fun to visit. The amount of diversity in the food selection is pretty wild here, including Din Tai Fund, Fried Chicken Sandwiches, and many things in between. They even have frozen rose and frozen sake as booze options. The main store is pretty insanely big and cool. The HOF area is also cool. The bullpen area is extremely cool because you can stand very very close to the pitchers without a blockade in front of you.

Must haves: The crickets for a snack are not terrible.

7. Busch Stadium. I’ve never seen so many people wearing a city jersey than in St. Louis, even when the games aren’t going on. It’s a cool stadium, with a big section right in front to get drinks and pre-game. I thought the Budweiser porch in the outfield was really fun to hang out at as well.

Must haves:

8. Nationals Park. I don’t remember a whole lot from this stadium but I remember it feeling pretty small and pretty normal. Not a whole lot to do here, but I had fun.

Must haves:

9. Angel Stadium. It’s a decent stadium, kind of plain throughout the interior but I do enjoy the outfield area which is made to replicate California. The food here is decent. Personally I’ve only had the carne asada fries from the fry stop which was not great, and a huge heavy hot dog from Crafty Dawgs.

Must haves: The Muscle Maker Grill had a big line.

10. Citi Field. This is a pretty new stadium, so it’s very clean and modern. There aren’t a ton of great food options, which is a big downer for me considering how great food options are in New York City. You can walk Shea bridge in the outfield which was very cool to see too. Fuku is there now I hear though!

Must haves: Go to the outfield to watch the pitchers warm up in the bullpen. You can get pretty close and there are tables to sit there as well.

11. Citizens Bank Park. This is a nice, very clean stadium, very small but with some cool features in it. In the outfield they have a big Hall Of Fame wall area, that I thought was pretty cool. It’s done in a very tasteful way. Since it’s such a small stadium, you can walk through it pretty quickly but it’s easy to have fun.

Must haves: Tony Lukes philly cheese steak!

12. Yankee Stadium. A stadium that is made to be “classic” and will be made only as great as their team is. That’s really what you end up going to see if you’re heading out to the Bronx. It’s a pretty large stadium and doesn’t have a whole lot of gimmicks in it, so if you’re more of a tradionalist, this stadium may be up your alley. Don’t sleep on Mighty Quinns BBQ!

Must haves: The steak sandwich at Loebels. One of the best I’ve ever had and would go back just for that.

13. Kauffman Stadium. Disappointingly, KC’s stadium doesn’t have a whole lot going on. Perhaps I went during a bad year (2018), or perhaps they just haven’t invested much into their stadium. The waterworks in the outfield felt lazy and the food selection was as basic as it gets. With the amount of bbq in Kansas City, they should have highly touted restaurants in there. I got an ice cream, as that was the thrillist recommended option but the scoops were huge and plain, there aren’t many different options for flavors.

Must haves:

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Washington DC Quicknotes

Worth it:

Food:
Old Ebbit Grill: Old school, classy feeling restaurant with better than average food. The prices are semi-high.

Jaleo: Very good latin-fusion dishes, highly priced but great tapas.

Good Stuff: Fast food joint with amazing shakes! I had the toasted marshmellow shake and it was really great, though very sweet.

Founding Farmers: Remains one of the all-time best reataurants I’ve ever been to. Chicken pot pie, the cornbread, the chicken and waffles, just all amazing.

Ben’s Chili Bowl: This is mostly on here for hype and historical reasons. Is it really that worth it for a half-smoke chili dog? Debatable.

Ted’s Bulletin: If you love chicken fried steak like I do, this is a great place. It’s a big slab of meat and tasty gravy.

The National Mall: The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial are both very worth it and can you get some great photos.

Museums: All the smithsonians are worth it because they’re all free. I especially liked the air & space museum, the national gallery and the indian american museum. The Newseum is not free but I would highly recommend that.

Stores: Maketto is a great cafe and streetwear clothing shop, very cool and simplistic.

Must See: A short drive away is Arlington National, it’s a must see, especially since JFK is buried there.

MEH stuff:
The white house, Ford Theater, The Spy Museum, Congress building
Farmers, Fishers, Bakers: It’s an all you can eat buffet, which has good stuff for $30 but when vacationing, it’s not the best idea to get full from a buffet.
Granville Moores: Just another brunch spot, my roast beef & hash was decent, but I’ve had better.
Convivial: Another typical brunch place. A bit classy, I remember the sticky toffee pudding was good but that’s about it.
District Donut & Coffee: Not only is it kind of out of the way for a donut, but it’s a donut. I didn’t understand the hype on this. Sorry.

Taipei, Taiwan Notes from Liana

to do within TAIPEI
– Shilin Night Market
– Huashan 1914 Creative Park
– Beitou Hot Springs
– KARAOKE at Partyworld
– Xiangshan Hike (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Xiangshan+Hiking+Trail/@25.0348364,121.555452,14.81z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x3442abb286dcae25:0x326b083d1fba31ba!8m2!3d25.0273909!4d121.5708286)
– Maokong Gondolas to tea farms
– Treasure Hill (an old housing facility turned artist village, wander and see) (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Treasure+Hill/@25.0033327,121.5238256,14.55z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x3442a96e2986161d:0x1292997b402b34ad!8m2!3d25.0107709!4d121.5322101)
– Ximen neighborhood (the bopper/movie theatre area, sort of the Shibuya of Taipei)
– Zhongshan neighborhood (cute boutiques and shops, wander and see)
– Dadaocheng neighborhood (cool old fishing and shipping port, kind of gentrified now)

to eat within TAIPEI
– Yongkang Beef Noodle Soup (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Yongkang+Beef+Noodles/@25.0328694,121.5281212,18z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x3442a982f7561781:0x1d0cff4ca69a3838!8m2!3d25.032912!4d121.528107)
– 瞞著爹台北八德丼飯店 (chirashi bowls) (https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E7%9E%9E%E8%91%97%E7%88%B9%E5%8F%B0%E5%8C%97%E5%85%AB%E5%BE%B7%E4%B8%BC%E9%A3%AF%E5%BA%97/@25.0474224,121.5427315,16.86z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x3442abfd700a70ff:0x66353fb1b041e11b!2sAddiction+Aquatic+Development!8m2!3d25.0667038!4d121.5370139!3m4!1s0x0:0xe78bc4183273fefd!8m2!3d25.0464763!4d121.5453959)
– Mala Hot Pot 馬辣頂級麻辣鴛鴦火鍋, there are multiple locations
– original Din Tai Fung (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Din+Tai+Fung+Xinyi+Restaurant/@25.033483,121.5279233,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3442a9821392326d:0x93faef9e2359365c!8m2!3d25.033483!4d121.530112)
– addiction aquatic development (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Addiction+Aquatic+Development/@25.0667038,121.5348252,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3442abfd700a70ff:0x66353fb1b041e11b!8m2!3d25.0667038!4d121.5370139)
– 林東芳牛肉麵 Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodle Soup, google maps says its permanently closed but i pray to god thats wrong cuz this shit is dank – 24hrs, supreme late night spot (https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E6%9E%97%E6%9D%B1%E8%8A%B3%E7%89%9B%E8%82%89%E9%BA%B5+Lin+Dong+Fang+beef+noodles/@25.0468259,121.5391517,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3442abd940425ff9:0xccad8cb26e7cfafb!8m2!3d25.0468259!4d121.5413404)
– anything at the Shilin Night Market but specifically

to do outside of TAIPEI
– Jiufen neighborhood (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jiufen+Old+Street/@25.1079331,121.8431828,16.96z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x5f15825aa6a4a7d2!8m2!3d25.1098704!4d121.8451823)
– Jiufen Teahouse (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jiufen+Teahouse/@25.1079331,121.8431828,16.96z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x345d453d5dee06ad:0xb933c4cc81a9c5d0!8m2!3d25.1081921!4d121.8435368)
– Shifen Old Street to paint lanterns, light them and pollute the environment (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shifen+Old+Street/@25.0458616,121.7762969,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xf6dec4403a7273be!8m2!3d25.0426684!4d121.776676) can also check out Shifen Waterfall
– Indigo Dye in Sanxia! (super cheap and legit) (https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E8%97%8D%E6%9F%93%E5%B1%95%E7%A4%BA%E4%B8%AD%E5%BF%83/@24.9330343,121.3690153,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x34681bf1d0669b87:0xf03dccab4d84aa8e!8m2!3d24.9344709!4d121.3692317)
– throw some stuff on the wheel in Yingge (also super cheap and legit) (https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E6%96%B0%E6%97%BA%E9%9B%86%E7%93%B7+The+Shu’s+Pottery/@24.9508498,121.3473715,16.29z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x25f77409d0cacd0f!8m2!3d24.9509346!4d121.3478069)

cute cafes & restaurants in Taipei
– Dee (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dee+%E5%A5%BD%E5%BE%97%E6%B3%B0%E5%9C%8B%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E9%A4%90%E9%85%92/@25.0339641,121.5281186,14.47z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x0:0xb5bd3a233e1d4c22!8m2!3d25.0434837!4d121.5494674)
– AGCT apartment (https://www.google.com/maps/place/AGCT+apartment/@25.0277744,121.5251998,14.47z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x0:0x950d136235ada19a!8m2!3d25.0213294!4d121.5332562)
– Wistaria Tea House (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wistaria+Tea+House/@25.0252422,121.5313789,15.47z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x0:0x493bbf0b143e0d44!8m2!3d25.0245959!4d121.5344203)
– Pica pica (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pica+Pica+Caf%C3%A9/@25.0215037,121.531715,18.91z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x3442a988d65f0633:0x11b4143c1b91dfff!8m2!3d25.0209381!4d121.5317488)
– Good Design Institute (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Good+Design+Institute+(%E5%A5%BD%E6%B0%8F%E5%93%81%E7%89%8C%E7%A0%94%E7%A9%B6%E5%AE%A4)/@25.0215037,121.531715,18.91z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x3442a988c50d20e5:0x13b6b13253db3af9!8m2!3d25.021347!4d121.5320599)
– 游壽司 (sushi!) (https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E6%B8%B8%E5%A3%BD%E5%8F%B8(%E9%BA%97%E6%B0%B4%E5%BA%97)/@25.0313687,121.5281712,17.99z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3442ac72bce20a99:0x3f6a35cedd0ac2e0!2sTaipei,+Taiwan!3b1!8m2!3d25.0329694!4d121.5654177!3m4!1s0x0:0x59f8448e862eb138!8m2!3d25.0309811!4d121.5290947)

Newport, RI Quicknotes

Perfect for a weekend getaway. Weather can be a bummer if you go during the wrong time of the year but it’s a very nice place regardless.

Potential Great Stops if Driving up from NY:

White Manna | Hackensack NJ – one of my favorite burger places out there right now. They have ‘sliders’ but they’re really great. Double Cheeseburger for like $3. Reminds me a bit of Shake Shack but better.

Walters Hot dogs | New York – Since 1913. This place is a gem. I don’t like mustard but the mustard here is actually very good, not too tart. Also, the potato puffs were strange, I don’t think I’d get those again.

Grace Farms | Connecticut – Really cool farmspace in CT. Loved the architecture and community feel to it. Nicely designed and there is even an open basketball gym there!

Lobster Landing | Connecticut – Talk about hole in the wall. This place is basically a tent next to the ocean. Small portion for the amount you pay. $17 for my lobster roll but it was really simple and fresh, slightly citrus on a glorified hot dog bun, charred on the tops. Enjoyed it while sitting along the water.

Gilette State Castle | Connecticut – Cool stuff if you’re into history. It’s basically just an old stone castle with a big view of the water below. Great stop but slightly out of the way (probably a 30 minute detour). Near this is also a historic fairy which has been taking people around since the turn of the century. Thought that was cool to see too.

NEWPORT:

Mansions: The Breakers. Of course, it’s a beautiful big mansion right along the water but is it worth the $25 to see it? In my opinion, no. I walked through it in about 15 minutes and although there were some areas of beauty that I found inspiration from, it was mostly just a bunch of big rooms. The other mansions, I imagine were very similar so I decided to not see any others.

Cliff Walk: I thought this was a great concept but I got a bit bored towards the end. Also, after the Marble House, there really isn’t a whole lot more to see. I think it would save a lot of time to just walk from the Breakers to the Marble House and back. It’s a beautiful walk but I was definitely turned off by the municipal gates everywhere. At least it’s free.

Mission: Really tasty burger, I enjoyed the herbs in there instead of the usual lettuce, and the sauce inside was really great too. The fries were also really good. Thick cut steak fries made perfectly.

Anthony’s Seafood in Middletown: The soup here is really amazing and priced so well. I had a bowl of the Portuguese Fish Soup and a juice for $6. Amazing!

Champlins: I went here just to grab a snack so I can’t say if the lobster rolls, etc are good. I got the clear clam chowder (which is apparently rhode island style), and I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I usually enjoy New England clam chow. However! The clam fried balls are really good. I would dip them into the broth and it was amazing. 1/2 dozen for $6 is pretty good because these are big too (they’re basically clam hush puppies).

Thames Street: Cute street with a lot of stuff, Would have liked to spend a bit more time here but the weather was not very good.

International Tennis HOF: So with Bank of America, they offer free museum admission to certain places in the USA. This is one of them. Awesome, otherwise it would be $25, and that would not have been worth it. It is a cool museum though, especially if you’re into tennis (I am minimally a fan). Cool relics, very historic. Would have loved to see the “court tennis” courts but they were closed. Still a cool experience.

 

Extra: Providence is home to one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had (And I live in NY). This is about 40-45 minutes driving from Newport. The wait here is ridiculous but you can maybe cut your wait time slightly by trying to snag a bar seat (2 bars, 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs). Note, there is also a parking lot specifically for Al Forno. So I only was able to have the margherita pizza but I would love to go back and try other things. The dirty steak looked delicious, the apple tart looked amazing but it takes 45 minutes for them to make. The pizza though. was amazing.

San Francisco Notes

Via Kim M

Anthony’s Cookies | Mission
“Paul and Colin keep raving about this place. Maybe we should go here.” –Kimberly Mar
Samovar |  Mission
“I went on date here once. It was awkward, but the tea was good.” –Kimberly Mar

Neighbor Bakehouse | Potrero Hill
“I like carbs, haven’t tried these ones yet.” –Kimberly Mar

Reveille Coffee | Castro
“Haven’t been here yet, looks super hip.” –Kimberly Mar

Coffee Bar | Mission
“Wow this place looks hip.”– Kimberly Mar

Thorough Bread & Pastry | Mission
“Someone told me they like this place.” –Kimberly Mar

Brunch
Stable Café | Mission
“I think this place is next to Everlane.” –Kimberly Mar
Mymy | Nob Hill
“I haven’t been here but my friends like it.” –Kimberly Mar

Marlowe | Soma
“If we feel like being fancy.” –Kimberly Mar

Lunch
Straw | Hayes Valley
“Looks like fun, and they have a donut burger. I heard it’s got Disneyland vibes.” –Kimberly Mar

Tacolicious | Mission
“Tasty. Really good cheese dip.” –Kimberly Mar

Souvla | Mission
“They put delicious meat and fries in your salad. FRIES. Also they have some froyo that people rave about, I haven’t tried it yet but maybe we can share.” – Kimberly Mar

Serpentine | Potrero Hill
“Really good hearty kale salads, they also have fries which meh… Really good drinks though!” –Kimberly Mar

Barzotto | Mission
“Haven’t been here yet, looks rustic! Their pasta looks really good.”  –Kimberly Mar

Dinner
Delarosa | Soma
“Their small bites are sooooo good. We need to go here.” –Kimberly Mar

San Tung | Sunset
“There’s a wait but I hear it’s worth it.” –Kimberly Mar

Beretta | Mission
“I LIKE PIZZA.” – Kimberly Mar

Starbelly | Mission
“I took Remo here. I have been here three times in the past 2 months. I like their spaghetti. A lot.” – Kimberly Mar

Little Sheep Hot Pot | Union Square
“If it rains?”–Kimberly Mar

Instagram
Mr. Holmes | Mission
“People who like take photos of neon signs will love this place! I haven’t been here yet, so we can go. I am curious if whatever it is they sell here is good.” – Kimberly Mar

Tartine Manufactory/Heath Ceramics | Mission/Potrero Hill
“It’s like Kinfolk in real life! There is lots of bread, bearded men, and pregnant women here. I haven’t eaten anything amazing here but its pretty inside.” –Kimberly Mar
Home | Sunset
“I haven’t been here yet but I guess they put sprinkles in their drinks.” –Kimberly Mar

Drinks
The Interval at Long Now | Marina
“Haven’t been here yet but I saw from the outside and it looked cool.” –Kimberly Mar

Muka | Hayes Valley
“Casual place in Hayes Valley to get a drink. Good place to talk and eat cheese. The vibe is older hipster so it’s fun. Lots of cheese and meat.” – Kimberly Mar

Pacific Cocktail Heaven | Union Square
“I don’t remember bookmarking this, but I guess I want to go here.” –Kimberly Mar

Shops
Voyager Shop
“I once bought a boob pin for my cousin here. It’s really cool.” –Kimberly Mar

Needles & Pens
“It’s what our house would look like if it was filled with useless cute things.” –Kimberly Mar

 

List via Julia:

Hot Sauce & Panko

Garden Creamery

Saigon Sandwiches

The Chairman

Shabu Club

Hog Island Oyster Co

Montreal Notes

Notes from Nick D.
OLIVE & GOURMANDO is a must, also get a coffee at TOMMY a couple blocks up.

All the Old Port stuff you’re going to is awesome.
Banquise is the must for poutine.
Boustan is a classic (not fancy but delicious) Lebanese sandwich place. If you’re around McGill area in the evening PULLMAN is an awesome/chill place for wine and cheese or snacks.
Nice Restaurants:
 
classics:
 
(the resto we mentioned that Matt and Nicolle have been to)
Same owners as above but seafood
Au Pied de Cochon (traditional Quebec fair – heavy): really good, had the foie gras poutine, the pied de cochon was good but really heavy.
Buvette Chez Simone (great charcuterie and wines): http://buvettechezsimone.com/
Pullman’s (great wine bar): http://pullman-mtl.com/en/
Liverpool House
Breakfast at Le Cartet was pretty good, eggs were amazing, the other food was pretty balanced and light.
newer/hipper:
montreal plaza: https://montrealplaza.com/
Other food:
Schwartz’s Deli – A Montréal institution, famous for it’s artery clogging smoked meat sandwiches. I still think Kats’z is the best but this one was good as well. The turkey sandwich was normal and the steak tasted like a family bbq. Good!
Fairmont Bagel – bagels are so much thinner and lighter than NY. Enjoyed it, very simple and super cheap.
Patati Patata
Old port area – great for strolls and scenery
Stores:
cahier d’exercise – women’s clothing
a table – table ware
ssence – women’s clothing
Coffee:
olive and gourmando – bakery/coffee/lunch place
The Atwater market (actually a market) fun to poke around and go into some of the specialty spice stores/gourmand stores and great maple syrup!
Museums/Galeries:
Museum of Fine Arts:  https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/
Contemporary Art Museum: http://www.macm.org/en/
Galerie LeRoyer – two locations, the old port:  http://www.galerieleroyer.com/
old port location: 60 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 1Y8