Cheap Eats 2015: Breakfast and Brunch
Former Woodsman Tavern pastry chef Nancye Benson's Overlook cafe, open since November, is the pure distillate of our city in so many good ways that it feels OK that service is also Portland-style—which is to say, unhurried. The space is bright, airy ...
March 18, 2015
Take a seat: the latest in furniture design for bars
When choosing the right furniture for a bar or pub, the key is to balance the needs of efficiency and aesthetics. “The two don't naturally go together, yet one without the other can spell disaster,” says Sally Huband, director of hospitality furniture ...
March 31, 2015
Voilà! 12 chic bistros we love
With a dark-stained floor, a big gorgeous clock and antique wood beams reclaimed from an old church in Pennsylvania — plus a bar made from its former pews — you'd never guess from the interior that this French bistro is in a strip mall on Route 59 ...
March 7, 2015
Bars and clubs
BSP Lounge: 323 Wall St., Kingston. 481-5158. bsplounge.com. Brothers Barbecue: Open mic, 2402 Route 32, Vails Gate. Christopher's Bistro: 69 Brookside Ave., Chester. 610-5400. christophersbistro.net. Clearview Vineyard: 35 Clearview Lane, Warwick....
March 6, 2015
Livonia man to umpire at Super Bowl
He runs the scoreboard clock for Livonia boys varsity basketball games. Last week in a hallway at the concession stand, Schuster glimpsed two young boys whispering and looking at him. "They were staring, so I knew they recognized me," Schuster said....
January 27, 2015
Nightlife Agenda: A new local gin, a bluegrass festival preview and Jay-Z's ...
There's a new member of the Green Hat gin family: New Columbia Distillers is set to release its first Navy strength gin, a potent gin that clocks in at around 114 proof (57% ABV) instead of Green Hat's usual strength of around 82 proof (41% ABV). "It's ...
February 18, 2015
Birmingham's Mad Hatter an imaginative mix of styles
A glance around the room, with its array of glittery chandeliers, curving banquettes, swaths of red velvet and outsized pocket watch style clocks set at random times is enough to tell you there's a story behind it, if the name didn't already. Bistro ...
February 18, 2015
Published (under a pseudonym) in American Way, 2014. Focus, Fred, focus. It’s Saturday morning and the sun has just breached the rugged peaks that give shape to Hong Kong Island. Fred is ushering me through my first trip to Asia. Back home, my wife, who’s yet to experience the Far East, is playing man-to-man with our toddler, on the condition that I bring back a thorough field report. That’s why Fred and I are here — at a brand-new artisan food festival. “Let Hong Kong wash over me,” I thought as we rode the tram this morning. They call it the Ding Ding because there’s a little foot pedal that ding-dings when you give it a kick before your stop. No one ever ding-dings. I needed the artisan food festival to come through. I needed the food fest to set Fred and me straight. So here I am, sitting next to a family from Kentucky — a Portland beer in one hand and an Italian wine in the other — and I’m starting to doubt my capacity to find Hong Kong in Hong Kong. “Focus, Fred, focus,” I think, but he’s already going back for a refill.
The Water of Leith Bistro. Ana and Mickael Mesle work together as the ideal culinary dream team: Ana, with a long career as a restaurant manager, including Skippers, with her husband Mickael, formerly Chef at La P’tite Folie and Daniels have created the ideal professional... In 2009 they opened the Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, a very successful business for five years enticing regular diners and rave reviews. “ Ana provides the warmest greeting front of house while classically trained Breton chef Mickael whips up French dishes – the Croque monsieur is justifiably legendary – and a dazzling array of cakes and desserts”. But as they say, when one door closes another opens and the Mesle family has now sailed just a few miles along the Water of Leith to take over the former Luigi’s Trattoria at Canonmills. 1 Howard Place is located right beside the Bridge just along from the landmark Canonmills Clock. The Bistro is open for Breakfast and Lunch, serving an extensive menu of French-Scottish dishes, as well as coffee, home-baked cakes and pastries. As I live in Stockbridge and my friend Fiona near the Botanics, the Bistro was the ideal equidistant place to meet for a leisurely lunch last week.
Somehow we were behind the bar counter taking over from the bar boys. We treated this place like our home. Not like some stiff-neck snobbish place with too many etiquettes and don'ts.