- Kelly O'Mara at RE:FIND10 mths ago
Chicagoans take their pizza very seriously. Friendships have been lost and family members disowned in fights over which is better, Gino’s East or Giordano’s? Deep dish or stuffed? While many places profess to have Chicago-style pizza, it takes more than a deep dish to make the real thing. Local cuisine has also branched out in recent years, with some of the best pizza coming in a variety of styles — even thin crust!
Vito and Nick’s 8433 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago
- Melissa Burdick Harmon at RE:FIND10 mths ago
For many movie lovers, Hollywood is a state of mind, a magical “somewhere” that creates the stories that define our collective lives.
Yet Hollywood is much more than that. It is bustling movie studios. It is big business with bottom lines to be met. It is a clutter of memorabilia from more than a century of film making. It is museums created to preserve past celluloid glory. It is footprints of the famous made immortal in the sidewalk cement. It is cheesy maps to follow where the stars may or may not actually live.
It is bawdy and gaudy, and tons of fun to visit. It is, quite simply, the imagination capital of the United States.
(See also: Los Angeles Lifestyle with Hayden Slater)
- Bekah Wright at RE:FIND10 mths ago
Overhearing water cooler talk in Los Angeles, ears prick up at phrases like “running Santa Monica Stairs,” “hiking Runyon Canyon,” “…got this booty with RPM’s Karyn Technique” and “This physique? It’s one of Dove’s Bodies.” What’s the gossip about? The hottest new workouts in a town known for creating hard bodies and keeping them red-carpet ready.
Running away and joining the circus isn’t just a pipe dream in Los Angeles, it’s a workout. When she founded Hollywood’s Cirque School, Cirque du Soleil veteran Aloysia Gavre was adamant that “anybody with any body” should be able to live out their trapeze dreams. On the schedule: circus arts such as Contortion, Aerial Fitness, Trapeze Tricks, Hand-Balancing and Cyr-Wheel.
Beyond letting you tap into fantasies of mimicking Pink at the Grammys by twisting ceiling-high in silk fabric, what are the benefits of Cirque classes? Along with a dose of Pilates, students get chiseled bodies, increased strength, flexibility and the exhilaration of soaring above the Big Top.
Iobella body sculpting
- David Prior at RE:FIND10 mths ago
It should not come as a surprise that food in Austin is unique; the city has a way of taking trends and giving them an Austin twang. Over the past decade there have been several notable national movements in food, and a couple of those have been adopted by the Texan capital. I am thinking of course about the "farm to table" trend and also the proliferation of food trucks. However, what has happened in Austin is not an exact appropriation of California's local, seasonal restaurant style or Portland's food cart culture. Instead it has developed its own distinct style.
Of course if I was coming to Austin, I was going to find good Texan barbecue and we definitely did (Franklin's as an example). But beyond that, the intrigue was with places that were using high-quality ingredients managing to elevate barbecue to another level. A kind of high-low style that I think is pretty unique. Barbecue made with sustainably raised animals, seasonal variations on classic dishes and an increased connection with local farms have given food in Austin an edge. Two other major factors contribute to the way people eat as well: its population and the weather.
- Christy Karras at RE:FIND11 mths ago
Music is everywhere in Austin, so it’s not as if you have to look hard to find good tunes. Even the airport welcomes you to town with roving musicians.
This creates an enviable problem when it comes to selecting the best places to go for good music. On one hand, it’s hard to go wrong. On the other, you don’t want to miss out on something great.
The best-known venues are the biggest, such as Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. But there are a number of smaller ones, too, that locals frequent to hear up-and-coming bands or big-name acts taking a break from tours.
Because people here know their musicians, the best bands will sell out, especially during one of the city’s many festivals. While your romantic notions of stepping into a dive bar and hearing a great up-and-coming act could come true, it’s always a good idea to order tickets ahead of time or arrive early to buy at the door.
Here is a sample of Austin’s best music venues:
I turned 30 when we were filming in DC and it is safe to say that I never thought I would have passed that milestone in the city. This leg of RE:find was full of surprises. Had I written a list of all the things I thought I might be doing in DC, it would bear very little resemblance to what I actually did, even taking into account the spirit of the show. I thought I had DC covered -- I would interview a politico (I didn't), visit a well-known restaurateur (no) and then see some of the lesser known but great institutions (no again). Instead, I found myself playing ping pong, dancing go-go and eating an impromptu birthday cake.
- Jenny Adams at RE:FIND11 mths ago
Our nation’s capital has never felt shy in extending a hand to international flavor. It’s a city teeming with ethnic cuisines, from authentic Ethiopian restaurants to German beer halls to tiny enclaves with piled-high plates of Korean fried chicken.
In this installment of Re:Find, we highlighted six local spots to feast – whether you prefer to build your own sandwich in the sunshine or you need to rest your weary feet with a warming bowl of Japanese ramen. Stop by a converted gas station bay for an unforgettable sandwich, or, if you’ve had one of those travel days where you want to set fire to something, DC’s got you covered there too. Hit up the city’s Tiki bar with a serious love for blazing cocktails. Dining or drinking each of these spots is a way to experience true DC – a city with good food and good nature in abundance.
I met the guys from Sweetgreen a few years back when I first came to DC -- their chain of salad bars was already a success, but not like today. This week they opened the 17th Sweetgreen and announced plans to open in NYC. It is a remarkable achievement for a group of seniors at Georgetown who started out simply wanting to create a place where they would like to eat themselves.
DC has never been known as a food town. Yes, there are a string of chef Jose Andres' restaurants, but for something a little more accessible and everyday it has always lacked options. But to me what is inspiring about Jon, Nick and Nate is not so much the salad bar concept or really that they decided to start it in DC (where there was clearly a market); it is that they have created a business around their lifestyle. They wanted good, healthy, locally sourced food, so they opened their own place. They love music, so then they started the Sweetlife festival, now one of the country's best attended by both artists and fans. It is that reason why I wanted to talk to them for RE:find and hear their tips on their adopted city.
Eric Hilton might own many bars and restaurants in the capitol, but he is better known as one half of Thievery Corporation, DC's biggest music act. When I was doing my research I had heard that a whole side of DC revolved around its radical underground music scene. I was interested to talk to him, someone who is political and internationally known but grounded very much in his hometown music scene, about the city from that perspective.
Why did he live here? Typically it has been unusual for creative types to stay in DC, a town dominated with politicos, fly-in fly-out workers and the temporary expat community. To me it was a town of baggy-suit-wearing, hard-drinking, stressed-out political types with nothing really sexy or fun going. When I put that to Eric he laughed and jokingly agreed but then he quickly corrected himself to say that the music scene has been bubbling for decades in DC.
Relaxing in the courtyard of the Freehand Miami was a surprising experience for me. I try never to be prejudiced about a place I am visiting, but I have to say that I had a very set notion of what hotels and bars would be like in Miami and the Freehand shifted that for me. It's neither a mega resort nor a club with weekend revelers spilling their drinks (and out of their dresses!). It is old-school Miami -- a chic, relaxed vision of what the city was. It is the whole look and feel, the rambling tropical plants, the cool deco building, the cute people lounging around on salvaged furniture and most crucial, the fruity-yet-potent drinks.