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Places to Eat: London's Dans Le Noir Awakens the Senses

Written by Brittany Kleinman: The world is an exploration of sensations, but not everyone has the ability to experience the full picture. Ask yourself if sight, the dominant sense, suddenly disappeared would that awaken an unbelievable world of touch, taste and smells? Plagued by curiosity, over 100,000 people have turned to a London restaurant for a truly eye opening culinary event. Dans le Noir? is a unique human and sensory experience of a dinner in the pitch dark. Centered around three main concepts, sense, truth and empathy, Dans le Noir? allows you to completely re-evaluate the notion of taste. Click Read More for additional information.

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Places to Eat: Newcastle's DB Social for Food & Atmosphere

By Guest Writer Tom Kirkby: In a world where the corporate food chain is king, it’s a refreshing change to eat at an independent establishment – especially one that prides itself on atmosphere, aesthetics, and food quality. DB Social in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, is one of these places. Established in July 2007 by Greg Stephenson, its aim is to provide the city with a non-corporate place to eat, drink and hang out.

Recently Greg expanded DB by incorporating his love of house music with the newly installed bar. On select nights you can find DB running their own select deep-house nights. So far they’ve been very successful and attracted great crowds as standalone nights for entertainment, or as warm-up sets for his friends that DJ at other clubs in the city. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Market Culture: Tokyo's 7am Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

Written by Brittany Kleinman: Fresh, frozen and living, Tsukiji fish market pushes around 4,500 lbs of seafood a day. At 3:00am while you’re out clubbing, 400 different types of seafood from tiny sardines to 600 lb tuna arrive by ship, truck and plane from all over the world. Once unloaded, most seafood strains through the “inner market” (jonai shijo) stopping among the 900 wholesale stalls but the prized tuna are sent to auction.

Blanketed in thick layers of white ice, human-sized tunas are inspected, valued and prepared for auction. Hordes of buyers and auctioneers gather around 5:30am to begin the bidding. At the auction houses there are usually designated spots for ‘non-fisherman’ to grab a glimpse, so make sure to get there before 6:30am when activity declines. Click Read More for additional information and photos of Tsukiji fish market.

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Market Culture: Santa Monica's Wednesday Market

Written by Brittany Kleinman: By Brittany Kleinman: Twenty years in the making, the Wednesday Market in Santa Monica, California is widely recognized as the leading Grower-Only Certified Farmers Market in the state. An estimated nine thousand shoppers come every Wednesday to explore the agricultural treasure chest.

As a California native I have grown up going to the Santa Monica Market and so I decided to go back and speak with a few of the farmers that give this market its true flavor. Walking down the main stretch, I passed award winning goat cheese, fresh artisan breads, organic oranges, and even walnut grilled corn but it was the yellow tent of Holy Guaca-Moly that caught my eye. As I approached, a plump serving of guacamole was handed to me on a bit sized tortilla chip. My taste buds quickly realized why this guacamole has been voted #1 in California for over 8 years. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Market Culture: Kuznechny Market, St. Petersburg

By Brittany Kleinman: With piles of thick white cream cheese, buckets of fresh honey and spicy pickled cucumbers, Kuznechny Market in St. Petersburg, Russia is a site not to miss. Before I visited Russia, I was told that St. Petersburg was the ‘Venice of the north,’ hailed for its haunting magnificence. Yet I only accurately came to know this truth through the faces and interactions I experienced within the markets I visited.

Some of my favorite encounters at Kuznechny Market lie on the surrounding narrow sidewalks, before you even step inside the main building. Elder men and women who seem to have history stored in every wrinkle, line the street with small blankets selling raw potatoes, fresh flowers or mounds of cranberries. As you venture inside the covered arched building, your nose fills with the scent of parsley and your ears overflow with the chatter of Russian small talk… Click Read More for additional information and photos!

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Market Culture: Union Square Greenmarket NYC

By Brittany Kleinman: Last fall I took a trip to the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City to learn more about one of America’s most successful Farmer’s Market program – organized by The Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC). They’re dedicated to improving New York City’s environment and have been doing it for over thirty years. CENYC uses markets as a way to enrich the community and provide greener, safer, and stronger neighborhoods. As a result, Greenmarket has become the largest farmers market program in the United States. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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READING TERMINAL

Travel Correspondent, Anthony Smyrski presents the second installation from our wejetset video series. In this episode Anthony takes you through Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market – a must see destination in Center City. Watch as this video demonstrates the atmosphere and energy of the legendary market place.

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