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Leon’s Oyster Shop

Leon’s Oyster Shop

Charleston, United States

To us, Charleston is a bridge over River Ashley, a storm in the Southeast, a dusty cloth shop, and a sage-green Victorian façade. And also a Saturday night at the corner between King and First where young people from the neighbourhood drink beer together at the pub while a team of thirty-year-olds prepares and serves perfect bowls of Raw/Grilled Oysters, Fried Chicken, Shrimp Roll and Cole Slaw in an old garage renamed Leon’s.

The Jane Hotel

The Jane Hotel

New York, Usa

It is impossible, as soon as you get in front of the stairs of this picturesque hotel by the Hudson River, not to recall to memory the latest fantastic film by Wes Anderson. Above all, it happens thanks to the concierges’ look, but also thanks to the enduring peculiar and timeless atmosphere that Jane Hotel maintains since its early days. Do not choose a single room with shared bathroom if you do not have a strong adaptability; do it instead if you have a weakness for unconventional accommodations and/or for the tiny compartments of yesteryear trains.

Trempeskill Country Store

Trempeskill Country Store

Catskills, Usa

Once upon a time, Candy and Edchin – a teacher and an engineer respectively – lived in Long Island. They arrived in Andes, NY, by chance, and became fond of the town. Therefore, when they found out that the Gas Station business was for sale, they decided that this would be a nice place to live. We, too, arrived in Andes by chance and, thanks to them, became immediately fond of the town, of their love story and of their peculiar gas station/diner/shop. Get here hungry and rely on Candy. She will disappear into the kitchen and come back with a giant version of your toasted sandwich. You will wolf it down sitting at the one informal table of the shop, among the shelves of vintage toys and preserves.

Wisefish Poké

Wisefish Poké

New York, USA

If you happen to be in New York and you, too, are delighted by, and vaguely dependent on, the fresh spiced taste of poke, have at least one meal at Wisefish. A laid-back diner based on a deep friendship, on an equally deep love for this Hawaiian dish, and on the wish to share it with us.

The Wild Son

The Wild Son

New York, USA

​When a journey makes us sedentary, we like to experiment kind of a minor routine. Every morning in Manhattan, we reach the High Line and run northward along glossy terraces’ profiles, multicoloured building sites and trails of lively traffic. We go back to Jane and out again, with wet hair and a grumbling stomach, towards our table at The Wild Son. The first one on the left, the brightest one. We order either a bowl of Greek yogurt, granola, flaxseeds, pollen and coconut, or buckwheat pancakes with wildflower honey and curcuma butter, a generous portion even when you share it. Actually, its delicious recipes, creative atmosphere and accurate aesthetics make The Wild Son one of the addresses we would be proud to be real regulars of, if only it were in our hometown.

Arcade Bakery

Arcade Bakery

New York, USA

Today at breakfast you disappear behind the glass door of a lobby in Church Street, order a soft Danish pastry with raisins and an Americano, then slowly enjoy them while watching the coming and going in the building’s corridor. You will not feel like you are exaggerating when you define this odd bakery in Tribeca a bizarre and ingenious work.

Dimes

Dimes

New York, USA

‘I love this: New York was his town, and it always would be’ – Isaac in Manhattan, by W. Allen. It is a November midday, the Arctic-Canadian wind has not slipped through the glossy Midtown walls yet, and a reliable sun lets us hope for a mild and rose sunset. Walking fast on Canal Street toward Lower East Side, my coat in my hand, I feel lucky and seriously happy. The rendezvous is at 1 p.m. at Dimes. Today Vittoria, with her blue eyes, her usual lively-child smile, and a look that is pop, rock, and cultivated at the same time, appears to me like the faithful summary of the city. Our lunch takes place among pastel shades and indie music. We have two fantastic bowls of quinoa, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts, and tahini, and two generous juices of the day. A loop of colour continuity, from the tables to season fruits.

Dimes Deli

Dimes Deli

New York, USA

The younger brother of the beloved Dimes, Dimes Deli is everything we need in a precocious jetlagged morning. A friendly and smiling coeval taking our order of Americano, a well-leavened slice of plumcake, and a bench to sit on and enjoy them both while leafing through the best local indie publications. Weekdays 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Diner Nyc

Diner Nyc

New York, USA

​Being unorthodox vegetarians allows us to peacefully yield to the bliss of a pork fillet, with autumn vegetables as a side dish, in the enchanting Diner ​of Andrew Tarlow, the famous Brooklyn colonizer through projects like Wythe Hotel’s Reynard and Diner Journal, the last having gained pride of place in our food library since long. We exit the original prefabricated building replete, contented and completely unregretful. Est. 1999.

FOREST FLAIR

FOREST FLAIR

Alaska, USA

You are in Girwood, a village surrounded by woods. During the winter months, this is a well-known skiing destination very popular with Anchorage young crowd. The wooden houses are empty, the trees are skinny, a deer wanders in the unfenced garden of a chalet and the ski lift is closed. It’s summer and no one seems to be around in this cool August evening outside the city, that in Alaska means in the woods…

Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude

Los Angeles, USA

Whoever makes of a fancy, healthy, organic vegetarian diet a lifestyle, a passion or a study, should not miss sitting on one of Café Gratitude’s benches. You can find it on Larchmont Boulevard and on Rose Avenue in Venice. There is no need for suggestions about the menu, since any choice will stir up your authentic gratitude.

Rustic Goat

Rustic Goat

Alaska, USA

At the crossing with a big Boulevard with an American name there’s a modern glass and wood building. At the bar they serve fragrant beers. In Alaska the wooden oven seems to have replaced the gas cooker. From this oven they take out genuine, skilful and seasonally inspired food. The Cauliflower Flat Bread is an oven-baked cauliflower cracker filled with ricotta cheese, rocket, red and yellow beetroot, mushrooms and roasted onions. You sit at long wooden tables accessorized with white linen napkins. When the waitress describes to us her favourite dessert is like listening to a modern folk song that talks about summer, a tent in the woods, a bonfire, roasted marshmallows on sticks and hot chocolate bowls to dip them into. In the parking, a light blue vintage van and sport bikes await a crowd with a passion for uncomplicated American fare.

Norms

Norms

Los Angeles, USA

Sooner or later, you too will discover (or enjoy again) Los Angeles. Among the many wonders of this city, we suggest having a meal at Norms chain’s first diner. Design and architecture of the Fifties with many original elements, a neon sign that stands out against the sky of La Cienega Boulevard, pastel glasses, an old-style menu, and the genuine Americans who people it will take you on a journey to a lost America. Since 1949, open 24/7.

Superba Food + Bread

Superba Food + Bread

Los Angeles, USA

You would not imagine such a diner to be in a parking on Lincoln Avenue (Venice Beach). Airy, fresh, graphical. Avant-garde. Forest green and off-white metal, white marble, bright wood. A minimalist design coloured by folkish details (Navajo blankets, fresh wild flowers, denim seats). Contemporary Californian cuisine. Not far from here, on Rose Avenue, you will find the first Superba Snack Bar, open for dinner and for the weekend brunch.

Cecconi’s

Cecconi’s

Los Angeles, USA

We are not fond of ‘glam’ restaurants, and never will be. Cecconi’s falls exactly within the category, therefore it is the exception that proves the rule. Lively, fresh, sophisticated, it puts a great care in its design as well as in the dishes. I give you my word as an Italian foodie with a demanding palate.

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