Category Archives: travel

Favorite Things: Travel Guides

I am addicted to travel guides. The ones with beautiful photography inspire you; those that are painstakingly researched give you the confidence to explore like a local. Whether you’re hoping to inspire or inform, they also make great last-minute gifts. If you’re looking for some great resources for travel in England or France, may I suggest […]

Holiday Gift Guide, Part Two: For Me

A confession (which will no doubt be validated by family and friends): I am hard to shop for. I tend to obsessively research items, at which point I either decide I definitely need it — and then go out and buy it for myself — or declare myself over it. Even something straightforward, like perusing my […]

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 […]