Word of Mouth Bologna: Bars and Restaurants

From early morning caffeine infused kick-starters to hedonistic late night digestives, our guide on where to eat and drink in Italy’s best-kept epicurean secret

Lacking some of the more iconic tourist attractions of neighboring Florence to the south and Milan or Venice to the north, from the outside it might appear as though Bologna has little to offer. However, the quaint and accommodating city is a little-known pocket of real bona fide Italian charm, where the focus is geared towards perfecting the art of doing what Italy already does …

The Cleaver Quarterly

A new print magazine showcases real Chinese food in an entirely new (and global) light

If your Chinese food vocabulary consists of “General Tso’s” and “orange chicken,” then it’s time to open your eyes to see what the world’s most populous country really has to offer. Lilly Chow, Jonathan White and Iain Shaw—three friends who met six years ago in Beijing while working on a city magazine—decided to create a new print publication, The Cleaver Quarterly, to showcase “Chinese food …

Ceramica Botanica

San Antonio-based designer Susan Rodriguez handmakes ceramic wares with bold colors and patterns

While simple off-white ceramic dinnerware is our go-to for setting the table—sometimes a pop of color in the dining room is just the ticket. San Antonio native Susan Rodriguez has been working as a ceramicist for over 20 years, after graduating from Texas State University in both design and ceramics. Each piece in her line Ceramica Botanica (which was featured on the Etsy blog) is …