Eat, Play, Love Porter Style



Claudia Restaurant, Chicago |

Because of chefs like Trevor Teich, Bon Appétit declared Chicago 2017’s Restaurant City of the Year. He’s the talent behind Claudia, a pop-up featuring a modern blend of French and Japanese (think foie gras wrapped in raw bluefin tuna). With just one or two events held each month, you’ll be lucky to nab a ticket.


Bar Kismet, Halifax |

Nova Scotia and seafood have a connection as old as time, which is why we love Annie Brace-LaVoie and Jenner Cormier’s entry into the city’s dining scene. Bar Kismet serves up apps like squash blossoms stuffed with Arctic char, and mains like whole grilled branzino with dandelion greens, proving that flipping the script on traditional seafood is anything but fishy.


NishDish Marketeria, Toronto |

Toronto’s first Anishinawbe restaurant, NishDish serves up time-honoured fare like tender venison stew and fluffy johnnycakes with berries. For Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette, “good food is medicine that nourishes the spirit.” After sampling his dishes, we’re inclined to agree.


Low & Slow Smoked Fusion BBQ, Sault Ste. Marie |

What do you get when Canucks bring authentic southern American barbecue to their decidedly non-southern town? The answer is Low & Slow, Chad Stewart and Blake and Jen Richards’ joint in the Sault. Serving down-south classics with a Canadian twist (think burnt ends poutine and sweet mac and cheese with sausage), this gang is turning up the heat.

Broadway Roulette, New York



Broadway Roulette, New York |

Once, no trip to New York was complete without a Broadway show, but now tickets have grown scarce. If you’re a gambler, though, Broadway Roulette’s your game. You pick the day, they pick the show— yes, even the hot ones— and for US$49–$59 you’re on your Great White Way.


Richie Knucklez Arcade Games, Flemington, NJ |

If you long for a time when Space Invaders was the latest craze and apple was just a fruit, step into this time warp. An hour from Newark airport, you’ll find dozens of refurbished classic arcade games— no quarters required.

Richie Knucklez Arcade Games, Flemington, NJ


NASCAR Racing Experience, Myrtle Beach |

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. At Myrtle Beach Speedway, NASCAR aficionados can take a lap or three under the guidance of racing pros and satisfy their need for speed.

Nascar Racing Experience



Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton |

Lord Beaverbrook, the Baron of Fleet Street, was a millionaire by 30 and knighted at 32. He couldn’t have been easy to impress. But we’re betting that the recent overhaul of his namesake gallery would make him right proud. The new Beaverbrook boasts a gorgeously revitalized and expanded space, featuring a courtyard and an interior pavilion spread over three levels, with 14,000 square feet of exhibition space, an artist-in-residence studio, a learning centre and a café.


1769 Distillery, Montréal |

Andrew Mikus and Maureen David of 1769 know all about aging gracefully. They swapped their careers in film and TV when Mikus turned 50 and got into the spirits game. They released the first small-batch, barrel-aged gin in Québec, and are set to launch the province’s first small-batch, barrel-aged whisky early next year. Try their bourbon, barrel–aged maple syrup.


Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Art,

Detroit |

The Motor City has churned out fist-pumping rock and killer soul for decades. Now, its politically-minded artists are getting their due in Sonic Rebellion, a major exhibition exploring music, politics and protest during the summer of 1967. Expect a powerful mix of Motown, the MC5 and the White Stripes, seasoned with art by the likes of Mike Kelley, Glenn Ligon and Vivian Caccuri. (Ends January 7, 2018)


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