First it was the screw top. Then the aluminum can. And now? The cardboard box. Is there nothing sacred about the containers that hold fine wine anymore?
In our travels, we always seek out a great local bookstore wherever we go. When in Seattle, we always find time for a stop at the charming, intelligent Elliot Bay Book Co. It’s one of our absolute favorites, and we think it’s one of the best bookstores in the world.
One of the hottest restaurants in Seattle for a while now has been JuneBaby, in the Ravenna neighborhood. We’d been reading about it for years, and on a recent trip to the city we decided to pay a visit. Because we ourselves are June babies, we felt somewhat obligated to see what all the fuss was about. And there’s been a lot of fuss: earlier this year, chef Edouardo Jordan took home not one, but two James Beard Awards, widely considered the highest honors in the restaurant industry. He was crowned Best Chef: Northwest and JuneBaby earned the award for Best New Restaurant in the country, making Jordan the first African-American ever to win that national category.
Every year there are restaurant openings that receive so much advanced hype, one wonders how the chef and team can live up to it (remember Lincoln, anyone?). This year’s most talked about New York City opening has to be Missy Robbins’ new pasta-centric restaurant, Misi, which opened its doors in Williamsburg last week. Team Dandelion Chandelier made the pilgrimage, first for “Friends and Family,” and then again during the first week, and we can report that in this case, you can believe the hype. If you love pasta – and who doesn’t? – this is your Emerald City.
The Best Bookstores in the World is an occasional series here at Dandelion Chandelier. As we roam the world, we love to check out the interesting bookstores in town. When we really love them, we’ll share them with you. First up? A centuries old shop in the heart of Piccadilly in London. Not every bookstore gets the endorsement of the Queen. But not every bookstore is the original Hatchards.