Word of Mouth: Shanghai

Tea shops in Tianzifang, bars in Xintiandi, and so much more in the exciting city

Possibly the most populous city in the world (recently estimated at 25 million) and growing at an extraordinary rate of 700,000 to 800,000 people a year, Shanghai—the “City on the Sea”—surprises. There are so many dualities: old and new, city and coast, order and chaos, global yet decidedly Chinese. These juxtapositions play out on the streets—bicycles powered by feet zipping in between hybrid electric vehicles, …

Upstate to Aska: Fredrik Berselius on Foraging Fresh Ingredients

We speak with the chef about approaching wild ingredients through a Scandinavian lens

For Swedish-born chef Fredrik Berselius, a two or three hour drive north of NYC offers a landscape that’s similar to that of his homeland. Whether it be sorrel, bronze fennel and yarrow (which grow at North Brooklyn Farms) or birch bark, garlic mustard, pineapple weed and watercress (which sprout in the Catskills), there are a lot of the same produce and plants too. In fact, …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in the Catalan city by the beach

A city on the beach, Barcelona is a buzzing metropolis, surf town, creative hub and everything between. From El Raval to Gràcia to the gothic quarter and beyond, each neighborhood offers something special. Beyond visiting icons like Gaudí’s Park Güell (we recommend buying tickets ahead of time and going at dusk) and La Sagrada Familia, there’s a lot going on in this vibrant city. From tapas …