THE BLACK HOOF – TORONTO CANADA
The Black Hoof (known by locals as simply "The Hoof") was opened in 2008 by Jenn Agg, who bemoaned the city's lack of a welcoming spot where meat cured in-house could be served alongside cocktails. Her search for a charcutier/garde manger led her to Grant van Gameron, who became the executive chef and co-owner.
At candle-lit wooden tables, fans of savory meats can delight in elegantly-presented tongue on brioche—served end-to-end—smoked sweetbreads or the raw horse sammy—an equine tribute to steak tartar. Bone marrow comes as a side dish and, combined with Agg's special touch with a cocktail shaker (her Manhattan is one of the best I've tasted), she can almost wrangle in the most rigid of vegans.
"Since we opened every casual and fine dining restaurant now has charcuterie in some form, but not house-made." says Agg. The Black Hoof's success has allowed Agg to open up a brunch spot, The Hoof Cafe, just across the street."
"Red and yellow watermelons, ripe strawberries, squash blossoms, heads of romaine and Bibb lettuces and fresh chickpeas are among the crops being lowered, using a pulley system, from the rooftop garden on a building in Greenwich Village. These will supply the kitchen of Bell Book & Candle, a restaurant opening in a month or so on the building’s ground floor.
John Mooney, above, the chef, and his partner, Mick O’Sullivan, are growing more than 70 varieties of herbs, vegetables and fruits using a hydroponic automatic watering system of vertically planted structures, like little towers studded with openings for the plants.
The pulley system is an alternative to hauling produce down six flights of stairs (there’s no elevator). The partners are sharing their harvest with neighborhood restaurants, but once they open, Mr. O’Sullivan estimates they will grow about 60 percent of their own restaurant’s produce."
URBAN STATION – BUENOS AIRES
cool and inspiring office, and even those who are, can become stuck in an uncreative rut, or disturbed by loud coworkers, boring music, smells of someone’s lunch, outside noise. And those who work at home have all of the distractions — and attractions — of home to lure mind and body away from productive work. No wonder coffee shops around the world look more like offices than many offices. People sitting at their computers, talking on their phones, conducting business with coffee and muffins nearby. Yet anyone who’s done the coffee-shop-as-office thing knows that it is not without problems either. Too many people, loud conversation, screaming kids, familiar faces, bad wifi, no plugs, uncomfortable chairs, line-ups for coffee, managers wanting you to leave.
Luckily, creative people have started to think up solutions to meet the very clear need of cool working spaces for mobile workers. Urban Station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has taken the best of both office and coffee shop and wrapped it all up in a funky urban space.
Urban Station is appropriately located at Malabia and El Salvador Streets in Buenos Aires’s hip Palermo Soho where fashion, design and art mix with the densest concentration of bars and restaurants in the city. You sit at one of the wide tables, pay by the hour and benefit from the calm atmosphere and comforts of an office with plugs and locks for your computer and super-fast wifi. The coffee shop part comes in the form of unlimited coffee, tea, mineral water, fruit, croissants and cookies, all part of the fee.
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