Issue 7: Eat, Play, Love Porter Style

Eat

The Berliner, Washington, D.C. | theberlinerdc.com

Leave the lederhosen at home, folks. This industrial-chic space on the waterfront has us waving auf wiedersehen to kitschy traditional Biergartens. Quaff from 24 tap lines of local and international brews while munching on house-made sausages and pretzels.

Photo cred: Travis Vaughn Photography

Play

Montréal Digital Spring/Printemps numérique | printempsnumerique.ca
March 21–June 21

The city’s biggest festival of all things digi-tech delivers a heady mix of visual and sound performances, interactive and immersive spaces, vernissages — and general coolness.

Love

Jones Gallery, Saint John | jonesgallery.ca

After years in a tiny studio-cum-gallery, dynamic sibling duo Sarah and Caleb Jones have moved to a stunning renovated building in Uptown Saint John. Their mandate: to showcase work by some of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting artists and put New Brunswick on the contemporary art map.

Sister City, Newark | sistercitynyc.com

Billed as an experiment in essentialism, Atelier Ace’s new Manhattan hotel offers 200 intimate guest rooms, drawing design inspiration from “the functional perfection of Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, rock-cut cliff dwellings of prehistory and John Cage’s composition 4ʹ33ʹʹ.” On the ground floor, chef Joe Ogrondek’s Floret café shines with a seasonal, vegetable-forward menu.

Photo cred: Brian W. Ferry

East Coast Beard Bros., Halifax | eastcoastbeardbros.com

When Ryan MacDougall couldn’t tame his chin hairs with convention-al serums, he and girlfriend Danielle Grasley did what any enterprising young couple would do: They dreamt up the finest beard oil this side of the Atlantic. But don’t take our word for it. Their all-natural product line, made in Halifax, has garnered a cult following and more than 42,000 Insta-fans to date.

Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America at the Chicago History Museum | chicagohistory.org

After the Depression, Chicago led the charge in the emergence of powerful, efficient and optimistic 20th-century design. The nearly 300 objects, photographs and printed materials in this exhibit showcase the best of the best, from Sunbeam toasters to Radio Flyer wagons.