Word of Mouth: Istanbul

Five recommendations to kick off your Turkish sojourn

Though the Istanbul Design Biennial has come and gone, left in the wake is a metropolis refreshed by its burgeoning design community. The city of contrast may be known for traditionalism, but a growing international community is changing all of that, building a progressive urban culture alongside Byzantine ruins. Below you’ll find a handful of suggestions to begin your exploration of the continent-spanning megacity. Münferit …

Word of Mouth: Toronto Soul Food

Five local spots to taste the American South in the Great White North

by Ryan B. Patrick Befitting Toronto’s large size and multicultural makeup, the types of cuisine one might find in the energetic northern metropolis are as diverse as they are flavorful. As counterintuitive as it may seem, the city is home to an impressive range of soul food options—as far as it is from the American South. Here, five picks from a local to satisfy the …

Word of Mouth: Medellín

Soak up the vibrant energy of Sergio Fajardo's Colombian city

When mathematics professor Sergio Fajardo made a commitment to effect change in Antioquia, Colombia, he ran for office, became the mayor of Medellín and, eventually, the governor of Antioquia. In the 13 years since he took office, signs of transformation can be found in every part of the region. The campaign “Antioquia Las Mas Educada” has inspired the building of new libraries and greater access …