Category Archives: travel

My London: Fernandez & Wells

I have a confession: I’m not much of a fancy food person. Good food, served simply, goes a long way in my book. That’s probably why I’m so drawn to Fernandez & Wells. Launched in 2007 by Rick Wells and Jorge Fernandez, the mini-chain of London cafés has a guiding principle of serving food suitable […]

Coffee Shop and Concept Store Designs

Lest there be any remaining doubt, let me affirm once again: I am obsessed with Japanese publishing. On my latest visit to JP Books (to collect the new issue of Cluél magazine), I spotted Coffee Shop and Concept Store Designs: From Interior To Tools (Pie Books, $25) on display behind the registers. The words “coffee” and “design” […]

My London: Produce Stands

There are many things to love about living in London, chief among which is the weather (no arguments, natives: you’re wrong), but one of the happiest surprises was the abundance of top-notch produce stands. Open year round, which to a former Chicagoan is a dream come true. Whatever the neighborhood, have a wander: more likely […]

My London: Kioskafé

Monocle magazine‘s editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé, often waxes romantic about the charms (and necessity) of a good newsstand. So it’s no surprise that, given the chance to create his own, it’s top-notch. Located a short walk from London’s Paddington Station, Kioskafé is filled with all sorts of tempting print, whether you’re heading off on a rail […]

My London: Present And Correct

One of my favorite things to do is to make lists of places to see/eat/shop in a city. And now that we’re on our third year in the UK, I have a solid list for London at the ready, whether you’re visiting for the weekend or (hopefully) longer. With months to go until high school graduation, […]