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Borough by borough, day after day, seeking the little details that make NYC great.

Frutti Di Mare by Chef Thomas Cook

Frutti Di Mare a fresh seafood specialty dish created by Executive Chef Thomas Cook at Trattoria Il Mulino Nashville.  This upscale version uses Abruzzese-inspired Italian cuisine that infuses the flavors of Music City and featuring only the finest ingredients paired with inventive new twists.

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Dog-friendly Spots in Atlanta

The pleasure of having your dog for company is special. We humans appreciate, and enjoy the times when we can call on our pet for a warm amity. Not many of us can identify with having this sort of companionship, but a dog for a pet is the best playmate and stress reliever anyone could ever have. Many of us can identify with the confined feeling of staying cooped up in the same space for too long. Well, your dog can feel along these lines too. With the stress of keeping squirrels off the yard, and finding an immaculate pee spot, sometimes your dog wants a new outdoor scene with fresh grass, and some new butts to sniff. For those who enjoy long walks with their furry friend, casual shopping sprees, and frisbee throwing matches in a dog-friendly environment, here are some popular sites to take your dog for nonstop “man and best friend” fun.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Classic steak Diane is served with a sauce of sautéed and cooked-down onions, garlic, whiskey, stock, cream, and crushed green peppercorns. Unlike black peppercorns, the green ones have a bright fruitiness to them. I love the same sauce on pork. I brine the tenderloin first to keep it juicy and then grill it whole. The grilling only takes about 10 minutes, and while the meat’s resting, you make the sauce.

Pkhali: Georgian Vegetarian Spinach Dip

The diverse cultural influences reflected in food and restaurants across the city are astounding.  Taking weekend trips to deeper parts of Brooklyn and Queens pays dividends to the traveler willing to sit on the N train for an extra 20 minutes.  Included below is an example of one of the great dishes available when you are in the city.

Saint Anthony’s Chapel: The Life’s Work of Father Suitbert Godfrey Mollinger

So many of us think we know Pittsburgh?  We know its historical reputation as the steelmaking mecca that helped build America, and all of us know Pittsburgh as the city of champions with our great sports teams.  Yet, the city has treasures that are lost to the average citizen.  There are secreted places known around the world and yet few Pittsburghers have ever heard of them.

The Nashville Farmers’ Market

The Nashville Farmers’ Market is a melting pot of shops, restaurants, and merchants that offer local and international food and crafts. Open every day of the year, NFM is perfect for taking a quick lunch break or spending the afternoon touring the historic area. One of the many Rent-A-Bike stations throughout the city is outside the market, and a great option for those that want to expand their exploration of Nashville.

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin’s Studio

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin doesn’t usually let other people into her studio. It’s her workspace, her secret hideout, a virtual reproduction of her college studio apartment. But I’m lucky, because Liz is my friend, so when I ask if I can profile her, she just says “Yes, ma’am!” and invites me right over to her Braddock Avenue studio “for visuals” even though I know that she’ll only look at the pictures I take of her through her fingers.

Yes, that’s right, my friend the self-portraitist hates being photographed.