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

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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

Chicago Quick Notes

One of the best cities in America/World.

Pizza: Piece Pizza was really good, though not your typical deep dish. Great ingredients and collab with Girl & the Goat. Home made beer too. Gino’s East: Really good and comparable to Giordanos (still my favorite). too much to eat for one person though. Lou Malnati’s was another great pizza spot. I made the mistake of going to the to-go place though so I’ll need to retry.

Italian Sandos: Al’s – Great sandwich although it’s a chain. Not my favorite but still enjoyed it. Johnnie’s Beef – man for $5 that is an amazing sandwich. Definitely the best (though it’s about an hour bus ride out of the city).

Kuma’s Corner: Death metal burger spot. Burgers were big and good but don’t think it’s necessary to go here more than once.

Crisp: Korean chicken sandwich spot. I thought it was pretty good so it was worth the trek to go here.

Au Chavel: Must go early if you plan to get a spot to sit for food. I had the bologna sandwich which was enormous and delish. Famous for it’s burgers so will have to go back for that or just get it in NY.

Sweet Mandy B’s: This place was alright. Don’t really remember a whole lot about it but don’t think I’d go back.

Mindy’s Hot Coco: The iced hot coco was pretty great. Love going through that area and finding spots like this. Would love to try the brunch here one day.

Chicago Skydeck: pricey for what you actually get here. Great views yes, but there are better things to see good views from.

The Bean: Obviously the biggest tourist thing you can do in Chi. Heavy crowds but right next to the Art Institute of Chicago museum which is great. Also close to the sports club which includes a great view.

Goose Island Brewpubs: If you’re a beer drinker, it’s fun to go. Worth stopping in and getting a real Goose Island as ownership was kept when selling the company.

Local Option Beer: Really enjoyed this spot. Great beer selection with knowledgeable staff.

Lawrence’s Shrimp on Canal: Headed all the way out to chinatown to get some shrimp, they were big and good but pretty normal to me. We also tried the frog legs which were not my cup of tea.

Wildberry: I love this breakfast place, though there are huge lines. French toast and all were amazing.

Do-Rite Donuts: Just normal donuts.

RSVP Gallery: High priced goods, they have cool things but nothing I’d really buy. Hype shit. See also: St. Alfreds for better priced goods.

Humboldt Park: This park is honestly whatever. Kind of bland and kind of a weird guy was there that creeped me out a bit but otherwise it’s a normal park with a lake.

Wrigley Field: Tradition at it’s finest. Really loved it, maybe just as much as Fenway.

Chicago Bulls stadium (United Center). Fun experience, super glad I was able to go and experience that.

 

Taipei Quicknotes

Loved Taipei, thanks to a friend who showed me around.

There were many food places I experienced but did not get to write down (beef soup, breakfast burrito type thing place, etc).

Xilin Street Market: Of course the night markets here are amazing, there is so much to do and see and eat.

Chiang Kai Shek & Sun-yat Sun memorials: Both equally huge and amazing. Both not overly crowded also.

Elephant Mountain hike: nice short hike with a great view of 101 at the top. Totally worth it no matter who you’re with.

Din Tai Fung: Had to go to the original and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed it although it was pretty standard.

Overall just a really cool place and I would love to go back.

Athens Quicknotes

Athens was jaded by food poisoning but I was still able to enjoy it. Kind of plain feeling though, normal suburbish/city type of thing.

Keramikos Cemetary: I remember walking around here one day and seeing a lot of cool things. A lot of beautiful and old things.

Agora: Pretty normal touristy thing to do.

Pandrossou Street Market: typical street market, don’t think it was really worth seeing, didn’t buy anything

Central Market: Samesies with the other street market. There are a lot of them and they are all great but didn’t buy anything. Was looking for a greek olympics basketball jersey but never found one.

Constitution Square: Passed through here during the bus tour. Was just a normal square to me.

Acropolis: Of course this is beautiful and you should see it but there are tons of tourists and they were doing some work on the buildings so yeah. The museum was less impressive than I’d hoped, though it was tainted by the stomach sickness.

Theater of Dionysus: Super legit. Loved this. Beautiful Views and really incredible to see.

Temple of Zeus: I really enjoyed seeing this, so massive and just flat right in the middle of the city. Really cool and not so many tourists. Though it was hot as balls.

Food wise: Gyros were good and cheap, everything else was alright.

Istanbul Quicknotes

Istanbul was pretty cool, very cultural. Very crowded and warm but a beautiful place.

Hagia Sophia: One of the most famous things to do in Turkey and well worth it. Beautiful architecture and artifacts

Topkapi Place: Part of the main touristy things to do. Definitely worth a look.

Suleymaniye Mosque: all the mosques here are beautiful and worth seeing

Basilica Cistern: Definitely a cool thing to do while there. Game of Thrones esque. Would love to go here again

Grand Bazaar: Pretty much what I expected. Lots of goodies, though there wasn’t much there that actually caught my attention to buy

Galata Bridge: Lots of food and tourists here, leading to Galata tower.