From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…Read More
Photo: Barry Whittaker
Since 2009, Analogue Life has been the destination for contemporary Japanese crafts. But despite its global customer base and strong media coverage, including Wallpaper* Magazine’s reputable Handmade issue and showcase, little has been chronicled about the couple behind the small but impressive and influential shop in Nagoya. Founders Ian Orgias and Mitsue Iwakoshi’s attentive and thoughtful discoveries have exposed many Japanese artisans to the western world. Artisans that may never have been recognized outside of Japan if it weren’t for their shop.
PDT, La Esquina, Milk & Honey…secret bars and restaurants are scattered all over the city. But let’s face it; these unmarked or “underground” places aren’t so secret anymore. In fact, anyplace that doesn’t have a name, a sign, or a phone number instantly becomes the next hot spot.
If you want a pint of beer, a shot of vodka or a glass of wine, there are hundreds of bars you could go to. But if you’re looking for a decent glass of single-malt scotch—something more refined than Jack Daniel’s—you need to search a little harder.
For the past several years the Vendley brothers have been setting up their Mexican food cart on the corner of Prince and Wooster Street in SoHo. Their specialty mix of fresh Californian / Mexican food prompted many taco and burrito deprived New Yorkers to make daily treks to the Calexico cart.
It was a long ride from Manhattan on the A train (running local, naturally) to BedStuy on a cold Saturday afternoon. Exiting at the Utica Avenue stop, in a completely foreign neighborhood, there was one task at hand – to find Stuyvesant Avenue and a certain brownstone.
It sounds like an idyllic life—cooking inventive meals in private homes, working flexible hours, spending your days shopping at the greenmarket, and getting paid to do it all.