leisure 05.6.11

Wish You Were Here
the skint


Planning a trip to Mexico? Xalapa isn't usually the first place that comes to mind. It's unlikely that it comes to mind at all. Located in the highlands of Veracruz, Xalapa probably isn't what you picture of Mexico: lots of green, lots of rain and mist (the average temperature is 64 degrees), an arts community, and a coffee culture. It's more Seattle than Cabo. more…

Haworth Parsonage
When the Brontë sisters were holed up in their proverbial garrett (Papa Brontë's parsonage), scratching away at stories that would change the face of English literature, Haworth was a foul dot on the map with bad water and rampant TB. (None of the Brontë siblings lived past their thirties.) more…

Museum Ritter
There are lots of museums devoted to… let's say, unexpected, subjects—you know, shoes, Jello, torture. But there may not be a museum with as abstract a subject as the Ritter, which celebrates all things square (and other geometric shapes when they're in an expansive mood). But there's more to it than just a love of squares. There's chocolate, too. more…

Coon Dog Cemetery
When a good hunting dog dies in Alabama, it's a serious matter. In September 1937, Key Underwood of Colbert Country lost his 15-year-old coon dog Troop—not just a hound, but a partner in hunt and in life. Underwood felt he had to do something to honor his memory. more…


Confiserie Sprüngli
This 1859 shop and cafe in Zürich's Paradeplatz is a destination for chocoholics everywhere, so it's rarely anything but packed. But with all the hubbub, there's one very special offering here that you might miss. more…

South Africa
Mzoli's Meat
How this raucous social hub came to be is a testament to entrepreneurship. When Mzoli Ngcawuzele went into business in Gugulethu township, about 10 miles southeast of Cape Town's center, it was just a butcher shop. Pretty soon, braai stalls started popping up around it. more…

F12 is Danyel Couet's flagship restaurant and it's become nearly as much of an institution in Stockholm as the Royal Academy of Arts, where it is located. Swedish government offices are nearby, so this is a haven for those types, but also for you if you're feeling flush. more…

New Orleans
Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's
Right now, in a white-frame building in the Bywater, by the Mississippi River levee, they're making what the guys in the kitchen call "pork candy." Sure, they're also making seafood-stuffed mirliton (chayote), eggs Florentine with fried oysters (lush with hollandaise), crabby eggs (crab cakes and poached eggs benedict), the hard-to-find calas (Creole sweet rice fritters), and duck hash. more…


Hotel La Kasbah
Kairouan, about two-and-a-half hours by car from Tunis, is filled with character: It's the fourth holiest site in Islam, deriving its status from a spring said to have waters flowing directly from Mecca. The town offers plenty of opportunities for strolling, shopping (head to the ancient medina for rugs) and soaking up history, but isn't such a hotspot that you'd be missing out if you decided, once or twice, not to venture outside the walls of your hotel. more…

Nova Scotia
Second Paradise
Anything with 'paradise' in its name sounds like a tiki or tacky come-on. Keep an open mind, though, as we travel to Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, dropping our bags at Second Paradise Retreat. Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. more…

Hotel de la Plage
No vampires. No car chases. No one getting inside each other's dreams. Also, no plot, no dialogue. Yet Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot's Holiday still packs more joy, gentle humor, and time travel goodness than most movies we can name. The film takes place in the early 1950s, in the tiny village of St Marc sur Mer, in and around the Hotel de la Plage. more…

Hotel Grotta Palazzese
When people tell you they've found the most beautiful, most romantic hotel on the water in Italy, it's hard to suppress an eye roll. No kidding, you think. Ocean + Italy = how can you go wrong? But the Grotta Palazzese—in the tiny town of Polignano a Mare in Bari, just north of the heel of the boot—might very well be just that. more…

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri+sat 12 + 1pm: performance artist liz magic laser performs flight, a sequence of live chase scenes from classic motion pictures (the shining, 28 days later, more). duffy square (b'way bet 46th + 47th st.), free.

fri 9pm: $20 is a lot, but at 'night of a thousand stevies' that's just $0.02 per stevie nicks. highline ballroom. $20 adv, $25 dos.

sat 10am-6pm: the hester street fair returns for it's second season with 60+ food and good vendors old and new. free admission.

sat 1pm-? (race time 6pm): embrace your southern gentlemen or belle during the 137th annual kentucky derby at the bell house. $6 makers mark mint juleps, square dancing, music from party like it's 1999's steve reynolds, prizes for best dressed (and best hat!) and live band karaoke. free.

sun 11am-5pm (every second sunday thru october): the gourmet food truck bazaar returns to the hell's kitchen flea market. trucks include kimchi tacos, rickshaw dumplings, schnitzel + things, more.

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