Will Pratt always knew he wanted to open a coffee shop. While learning his craft at Blue Bottle Coffee, he met someone who shared his dream – his future wife, Kathleen, who managed one of the San Francisco locations and later led the company’s New York expansion. By the year’s end, Will and Kathleen decided to make their dream a reality when relocating to Portland, Maine to open Tandem Coffee Roasters.
Whether it’s after a hard night partying or before a hard day of work, brunch makes everything better. And while there’s a lot of great places in Atlanta for brunch, no place does it better than West Egg Café, which doles out brunch love all day long. Don’t believe me? Just ask the Sunday morning brunch crowd who often wait 2 hours for a table (ok, 45 minutes, but it feels much longer!).
When you step into The Optimist, it’s hard to believe that Atlanta is a landlocked town. You’re instantly transported to a beachy spot with ﬁsh house-friendly fare like corn milk hushpuppies and fresh oysters on ice. But look closely (or rather taste it), and you’ll ﬁnd that the quintessential southern attitude is so ingeniously melded into the ﬂavors, that it’s no wonder that Esquire declared the place as the “Best Restaurant of the Year”.
Set in the heart of the ‘Carolina Lowcountry’ between Charleston and Savannah, it’s hard to imagine a more quintessential southern retreat than that of Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, South Carolina. With over 20,000 acres of low country land and 32 miles of riverfront, set out with a mindset towards environmental conservation, the planned community seems to stand as an island in its own right – cut off from the hustle and bustle of it’s big city neighbors by a buffer of marshes, forests and rivers.
It’s a sure thing, Arizona. You’re sure to wake up to morning doves cooling in the yard, sure to adding some color those cheeks, and you can be sure that spending a long dinner on the back patio will be about friends and good food—never once wondering where your jacket is. We started our first night in Phoenix with our toes in the pool, wine in hand and lit up palm trees in sight. In our travel to Arizona, there is a common thread through it all, your feet get on that soil and you can’t help but slow down. With typical plans to do and see a lot, Arizona has a magical way of just throwing your schedules out the window and your feet into the pool.
Being in New York when not traveling, we found it completely refreshing to have had a large part of our staff in one room. In this gathering, we celebrated the born day of one and a marker in our history. Serving dishes within fair lines of seasonal American brasserie, the taste of The Smith’s offerings met the compliments of our candle-lit table. Thankfully, the atmosphere was matching.
As the air adopts a telltale autumnal feel, a familiar refrain is that of F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” This famous phrase is true to an extent, but for most of us work, school, and life continue in familiar routines. Thus a need that remains constant for people like our friend Sarah Kim—a freelance editor and urban cyclist—is that of an affordable, reliable backpack. We met up with Sarah on a fine fall afternoon for a leisurely bike ride around the city, stopping at regular haunts for coffee and relaxing chitchat.