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A Conscientious Food Tour in Portland, Maine

Posted on by Noah Lederman in I Ate What? | 2 Comments

On my last day in Portland, Maine, I recognized that I had a problem. The city, which Bon Appetit magazine selected as the Restaurant City of the Year, had an overwhelming number of exceptional eateries. Even if I would select an establishment from Portland’s top ten best eateries—should such an objective list exist—it would still be a lose-lose, for picking one meant leaving two hundred other gourmet restaurants unvisited. The hardships of first-world living.


Where Stars are Born

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When considering what makes a restaurant great, it comes down to more than quality food. But at the best restaurants, there is often a narrative threaded through the courses, and certain intangibilities that stay with a person even after the meal is done. Two of the best Michelin star restaurants in Scotland, in a country that has only thirteen establishments with this distinction, have that story and stay power. And while the chefs are culinary raconteurs, that latent magic is produced by …


Train Travel with Babies and Toddlers and Their Stuff: A Happy Disaster

Posted on by Noah Lederman in Baby Voyage | 2 Comments

There’s always a sort of poetry in train travel presented in novels and memoirs, documentary films and dark comedies. I had been looking forward to my train journeys through the United Kingdom: to watch the hills flow like waves; to watch the castles rise from mediaeval rubble; to count sheep as the vibrations of the locomotive lulled me to sleep. But with kids there was no sinking into the rhythm of the hills; no enjoying castles; endless kilometers of uncounted …


Will a Year of Culture Dig Out Hull?

Posted on by Noah Lederman in Europe, Somewhere | 4 Comments

When a city falls into economic despair how does it rise again? And what can make it a destination for travel and culture?   In 2017, Hull will host Britain’s UK City of Culture. When Liverpool hosted Europe’s City of Culture in 2008, it was a success and Britain decided it needed to keep running a spin-off to the continent’s yearlong event. Four years ago, the first UK City of Culture was held in Derry, the divisive city in Northern …


The Best Restaurants in Connecticut for History and Food

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Connecticut is quickly becoming a foodie haven. In one of my last articles on Connecticut, I mapped out a full-day food tour that New Yorkers could take through the western part of the state. But the article neglected most New Englanders. To make up for that oversight and to apologize for calling a good portion of them Massholes, here are a few more of the best restaurants in the state. But these are the best restaurants in Connecticut for history …


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