fellow travelers: A Cup of Jo.

fellow travelers is our chance to shine a spotlight on greatness from the internet’s travel community. It is not our list of poputchiks. Just some wanderers who we consider outstanding.

From Austin to Amsterdam, ACoJ has got you covered. all images via

If you’re a longtime reader of the sweet lifestyle-y musings of A Cup of Jo, you might’ve noticed a trend toward travel tips as of late. She’s covering anything and everything — from travelling with your young one to simply packing your bag, to a helpful secret when you might be feeling a little jetlagged. She’s even got a guide to her home base, NYC. You’ll find her advice is always simple and straightforward and maybe secretly inspirational. Don’t you want to hit the road already? Just look at that bike…

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Weekend warrior: Museums on Us.

MassMOCA in western Mass. has a Sol LeWitt retrospective. image via

If you are a Bank of America customer, there are so, so many things to make you question that relationship… but this is not one of them! Museums on Us allows BoA cardholders free admission to more than 150 museums and institutions around the country on select weekends (like this one). Just show your BoA card at the ticket desk and you’re off to explore… So what are you doing this weekend?

The Roman gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. image via

The lights at LACMA. image via

This Was New York: NYC Municipal Archives.

Manhattan Bridge, sans bridge. all images via

We’re a little late to the NYC Municipal Archives online access party, but let’s take a moment to highlight this everchanging city. The Atlantic has a good roundup of the variety of subjects held by the Archives (in case you are stuck waiting for their traffic to slow a little) — a peek at pastoral Queens, city nightscapes circa 1930, Weegee-style crime scene photos, and your run-of-the-mill street scenes. These and so so many more to geek out over at the Archives’ online hub. Because sometimes travel should involve some time travel, too.

LaGuardia getting all Office Space on some slot machines aboard a police boat in 1934.

Harlem, 1932.

Find any good ones? Post them below!

RoadReads: “Alice in Jungleland”

Alice in central Africa, age six. image via

This was not a garden variety safari. The destination was the Congo, and the journey was difficult, although not for Alice, who was carried most of the way by porters. Later she wrote that “If I dropped something I was quite accustomed to clap my hands and have six large, naked cannibals spring to attention and pick it up for me.”

And that was only the beginning. Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr./Raccoona lived a LIFE. Alex Carnevale tells you all about it for the always-great This Recording. (Read it in full here.)

there are nightswhen I want to be in San Francisco and New York and Rio and Madrid at the same time, and it seems unjust that I can’t. If I had my way I’d be in love all the time all over the world with a rifle in one hand and a typewriter in the other and a bellyful of good whiskey. This limited existence is a shitty deal.”

-Hunter S. Thompson 

bellyNY: Village edition

bellyNY is a choose-your-own-adventure food tour through the nabes of NYC.
Caffeine at Cafe Henri

Cafe Henri, a bistro that doesn't try to fool you: this is NY, not Paris

Ifit’s bone cold and you look like Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining: Waddle down to Matilda [647 E. 11th St] and beg for their La Cucaracha veggie plate. Yep it says “served chilled” but you will know those three skulls are in no way chill once you scoop the melted remains of your face off the floor. Then you’ll be thawed out and ready for the rest of their Mediterranean/Mexican menu. After, sneak over to Hi-Fi [169 Avenue A] and soothe your tongue with tasty pours and their mega-mp3 jukebox. If you’re still alive/hungry at 3am, toddle into Veselka [144 2nd Ave] because nothing cozies you up better than a plate of pierogi and a beer (other than the comfort of knowing you can procure them 24/7).
Ifyour companion is a vegetarian obsessed with the protein presentation on Top Chef: Is there a better place to be meat-averse yet foodie-fixated than E. Vill? Plan far in advance and book one of the few tables at tiny Dirt Candy [430 E. 9th St] — everything on the menu is fair game for the vegetarian, from the chicken & waffles-inspired cauliflower entree to the carrot-based take on pork buns. (Oh and don’t even consider skipping the jalapeno hush puppies. You’re welcome.) Or maybe your companion wants more of an atmosphere and less of a fried-manipulated-scrumptiousity, so lead them to the haven of holistic goodness that is Quartino Bottega Organica [11 Bleecker St], where you can grab a simple, delicious organic meal in a cozy and refreshingly quiet setting. And what better way to up the presentation than the elaborate cocktails at Dutch/Danish VanDaag [103 2nd Ave] — take a couple of smoke-filled infused gin concoctions or a pitcher of their summery signature Radler drink. Just stay away from the Viking Blod because it is just wrong.
Ifit’s your last day in town and you’re low on fundsCafe Henri [27 Bedford St] looks like a regular cheap-chic bistro breakfast, but wait till your omelette comes out. You will be regretting wasting calories on those room service scrambles. Have a farewell mimosa at Sullivan Bistro [169 Sullivan St] and maybe have a second, since they only run you $5. Before you hail your last cab, stop at Baohaus [238 E. 14th St] for a last bite, Taiwanese bao to go. They’re rice buns, fluffy clouds ferrying food to your mouth. Get two. (Okay, three.)
Where do you fill your belly in the East Village?