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U.S. Virgin Islands
Ask a Local: U.S. Virgin Islands - Transcript
Then there's the beaches. Magens Bay is my favorite. You know what it's actually everybody's favorite because it's a mile long. And while you're in St. Thomas, make sure you stop by Room with a View. It's one of my favorite restaurants and it really does have the best view. You make sure you tell them to have you out on the balconies so that you can see the harbor. It's one of my favorite places. That's where I usually take girls that I really like.
And then you can take the ferry over to St. John. They have a lot of bars and restaurants right in that area. It's called Cruz Bay. You can walk around and do a lot right in a small area. And that's exactly where you're gonna find my second favorite restaurant, Rhumb Lines. This is an Asian fusion restaurant that you access by going through a Mini-Mart. It may not seem like it, but once you get through you're gonna find an amazing bar and an amazing restaurant. We also have dollar taxis. Basically they go in a loop around the island and when you're ready to get off you just get off and pay a dollar. St. John is mostly National Park and that means that they have a lot of wilderness. There is a lot of stuff to see.
And one of my favorite beaches in St. John is Trunk Bay. When you're on the way to Trunk Bay make sure you stop at the overlook so you can take the best picture of your life. Once we get to Trunk Bay, it's a long beach. And there's a rock formation right off the beach. It has the best snorkeling, make sure you check that out too. Down here we have great music. You're gonna hear some stuff that's gonna make you want to dance. We have Calypso, Reggaeton, Reggae, You are gonna love it! While you're here you can take a gondola ride. Basically it's like a ski lift up to the top of the island, at a place called Paradise Point. From there you can see the entire island.
St. Croix is a very special place. Historically we have had seven flags flying over the Virgin Islands. And the name of St. Croix literally means Holy Cross and we are a crossroads culture. I think it's more the spiritual center of the Virgin Islands and to me the real treasure of St. Croix is in people, we are just sweet people. We're very welcoming, we're very warm, it's a beautiful people. One of the places that you have to see if you come to St. Croix is the Whim Great House Museum. It was a working plantation. It was our stories, our antiquities, it is a very unique place. Our food is influenced from Europe, Africa and the other Caribbean Islands. And it is beautiful, tasty, delicious. And I think it represents just a dynamic nature of our culture. This is a pate, fried love. Rosa makes the best pates on the island but local tip, she is open weekdays from around 1:30 to 2:00 o'clock or whatever she feels like. Then there's the Chicken Shack, where the famous folks and dignitaries go to enjoy some great rotisserie chicken.
Then there is Punchy's. I'm Punchy. You have to go at 2:00 a.m. People will wake up, get out their bed to have his conch soup because it is that good. And of course we are an island so there are also fun things to do in the water. Rainbow Beach is a great spot to go where you can do a lot of water activities, paddle boarding. There's even a levitation thing. Where it takes you out of the water, just some great fun. And then there is Sandy Point, another must see. A beautifully protected beach where the giant leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs.
And walk down the street, people will talk to you. They'll say good morning, good afternoon, good night, not hello. Everyone talks here, everyone is pleasant. And you can always find out on our island what's happening through what is known as the CIA. The Croixian Intelligence Agency, they know everything. So you can meet the locals and hear what's going on just by walking around and chatting. It's what we do, come along with us.
Ask a Local: Texas - Transcript
Check out this place called Corkscrew Barbecue. It's in a quaint neighborhood called Old Town Spring, and it looks like it's been frozen in time. The food is delicious. Another thing we're really, really known for is our Tex-Mex, which is like cowboy food with a little bit of a Mexican influence. You've get to check out El Real, which is the best Tex-Mex in town. While you're there, be sure you get the cheese enchilada. Then there's Tony's, which is an upscale, local favorite. The food is incredible. Where else are you get eat in front of a Rauschenberg? It's really interesting to see how different cultures come together. For example, folks from New Orleans brought over their love of crawfish. We really didn't have much crawfish in Houston before that, and now it's even making its way into some Asian dishes.
We actually have the largest Chinatown outside of California, and it's a lot of fun. Just walk around and try any dish from any culture in Asia. And the art. Houston is full of art. You can find art anywhere, in our museums, in our parks, on murals, in people's yards. I mean, it's everywhere. My favorite place to see art is a little bit off the beaten path, but you can get there, like everywhere, on METRORail. It's the Rothko Chapel. Houston is just a really neat place to visit, and it's really exciting to see how people from all over the world have come together to inspire each other, right in the heart of cowboy country. Y'all come see us.
Ask a Local: Colorado - Transcript
That's one of the places that I recommend the most, it's awesome. Everyone does have their own distinct beer culture, but Denver is definitely on the forefront, mostly inspired by everywhere else in the world. So, you get kind of a world tour of beer right here in Denver. Denver has one of the greatest art scenes that you can find in the country for sure. They have First Friday art walks, the Santa Fe Art District, and Rhino. Rhino. Art, culture, beer. Murals. So there's a really cool place in Rhino called The Source, and it's a big warehouse that they've converted into individual stalls, and there's restaurants in there, there's a brewery, florists, meat market, it's just kind of a collaborative effort under one roof. It's really cool.
The food scene here in Denver is fantastic. This is a great place to start, but you can go all the way to the farther end of the spectrum and get completely vegetarian, vegan. City O' City, it's one of my favorites. There's that other ... El Taco De Mexico, it's a little hole in the wall but it is so authentic and so delicious, it's my favorite place. You definitely have to try a breakfast burrito covered in green chili, it is to die for. And we have an eatuary. Ooh yes, Linger. It's actually in an old mortuary. You go right outside and there's Little Man Ice Cream for dessert. You definitely want to check out Colfax, it's literally the longest street in the United States. It has everything that you could want. Colfax is crazy, I love it. It's pure Denver.
This is one of the greatest places in the world to find music, and whatever your flavor is you can find it here, every single genre. Old jazz clubs from back in the day. Cool club venues like the Fillmore. The Fillmore and the Ogden, Bluebird, and The Gothic. Ooh the Gothic. Then of course the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, which is where everyone wants to go, whether you're a band or a fan. And there's sports. Well you've got our pro sports teams. Yeah. You've got skiing, you've got snowboarding that's really close. You can actually rent kayaks and kayak in the Platte River called Confluence Park in the middle of the city, it's fantastic. We're very friendly here in Denver, so if you just grab a beer and strike up a conversation with anybody, as long as you have a good story to tell you are bound to find a good conversation with a Denverite.
Ask a Local: Puerto Rico - Transcript
Old San Juan is probably the first stop you'll make when you get to Puerto Rico. It's got this gorgeous architecture, and it's this colorful place where all of our different cultures meet. And you've got so many places to eat. You can dance. You can listen to some lively music. It's really fun. In the old city, we have the Spanish fortress, El Morro. You really have to check it out. You have kite flyers outside of it. After you see El Morro, go to La Factoria. It's one of the top bars in the world, and it brought cocktail culture back to the island. Check out the Lavender Mule when you go there, it's super-refreshing. And then you should head to the beaches.
If you want to see a more hip, artsy part, you should go to Ocean Park in Santurce. Ocean Park is a really chill place to hang out. You can do some yoga. You can dip your toes in the warm sand and the water. You can just lay there on the beach, or you can play around, too. We have some great vegetarian food options, and if you're lucky, a local can take you to the Farmer's Market where they can teach you a local recipe. Santurce is a very hip, vibrant, artistic place with murals from local artists. And the coffee's really great there, too. You should definitely check out Café Con Ce for the creamiest coffee ever. And then you should walk around and look at the art. Go to Lote 23. It's so much fun.
There's a bunch of food stands and people really go there to socialize, so it's a great place to meet locals. And if you want to get out of the city and do something a little more adventurous, definitely head to the rainforest. It's only an hour away from San Juan, so you can have lunch and be zip lining the next hour. If you go to the center of the island, it's mountainous. It's filled with hills and our lush rainforest. If you want to try something new and different, definitely come during a new moon and check out one of our bioluminescent bays. We have three out of the five in the entire world.
After a long day of exploring, you should head over to La Placita. All of the locals go there to party in the streets because they close it to car traffic. And all of the bars are right next to each other, and each one is very different, so there's something for everyone. And you should definitely check out Santaela if you want something more upscale. But if not, if you want something more traditional and local, order the mofongo. Highly recommend it. You can also check out Asere, which means, Hey You, for really great Cuban food. And if you're there, definitely get a rum drink. I suggest the mojito. You'll never get a better one. Then, you should head out into the street, grab a partner and dance the night away to some live salsa.
Ask a Local: Wisconsin - Transcript
We have a couple of special Wisconsin only cocktails that you should try. A brandy old fashioned is a unique cocktail. I love brandy old fashioneds so much that it actually inspired my roller derby persona, Brandy Ol' Smashioned. See what I did there, so yes. My love for that cocktail goes real deep. I really feel like Milwaukee's crown jewel is the fact that we're the home to Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Not only do Wisconsinites love to drive their Harleys, we love to come to Milwaukee to celebrate them even more at the Harley Davidson Museum. Every weekend we have a different festival going on to celebrate all of the cultures and the diversity that we have here in Milwaukee. You name it, we've got it, and it's all happening down on the beautiful lakefront of Lake Michigan. I think it's the place in Milwaukee to both see and be seen. Madison, Wisconsin is a great city. The hub of everything is happening right here downtown on State Street.
One of the oldest theaters in Madison is the Orpheum. That's seen some of the world's best singer-songwriters come through. We also have the Overture Center, which is brand new, absolutely gorgeous. It's massive, and that has Broadway shows and musicals coming through. Wisconsin is America's dairy land, so of course we have a bunch of good dairy here. I recommend you head to Babcock Ice Cream. Blue Moon is my favorite flavor there, Mickies's Dairy Bar for things like milkshakes and of course, of course, you have to try cheese curds. You can get the fresh, squeaky ones at the farmer's markets and head over to the Old Fashioned for the fried variety as well. Madisonians love being in nature, so we often bring our art outdoors. We have concerts on the square, the capital square up there. We have opera in the park. We have jazz in the park. There's people dancing, and singing, and playing music.
If you have time, you have to check out American Players Theater, which is my absolute favorite thing. I usually start the night off with a picnic, a bottle of wine. Then you head up the hill to this beautiful outdoor amphitheater, and you watch a fantastic play. You can hear the owls hooting while you're watching. At the end of the night, you walk back down the hill with little twinkling lights to guide your way. It's absolutely magical. Wisconsin, in general, is a really beautiful place. It sits between two great lakes.
Then here in Door County we're surrounded by water on three sides. Our peninsula has 300 miles of shoreline. On the Western Coast, we've got tall bluffs. On the Eastern Coast, we've got some sandy beaches. Some are huge and very popular. Others will feel like you have the beach just to yourself. All of our lighthouses offer really majestic views, especially the ones that you can tour. The view from some of the catwalks that you can see up in the lantern rooms, absolutely breathtaking. How could we not talk about hiking? We've got some amazing hiking opportunities up here from smooth, flat terrain, to scaling a bluff.
The Eagle Trail is one of my personal favorites. It's in Peninsula State Park. It's just a gorgeous trail. You've got to give it a try. If you're visiting Door County, you have to get out to one of our orchards and pick something, tart cherries, apples, and also some of our grapes to experience the bounty of the county. Tart cherries in Door County, very popular, all sorts of great products, cherry wine, cherry pie, cherry desserts, and also, one of my favorites, the cherry pit spit competition. Lots of fun, and it gets people an opportunity to get rid of some of that hot air.
The Door County Fish Bowl is a meal that uses locally caught white fish, potatoes and onions, traditionally. It's cooked outdoors over a roaring wood fire, and the finish is one of my favorite parts. It's a huge boil over. They'll throw kerosene on the fire underneath the pot. It causes a huge ball of flames to shoot up in the air, boils all the soot and stuff off the top of the pot, so when they pull the food out, you've got a nice clean meal. It's really a neat local, traditional meal, and it's a tasty one to boot.
Ask a Local: Missouri - Transcript
If you ask about barbecue, you're going to get a different opinion from probably about each person in Kansas City. One of the things about Kansas City barbecue, is we take it very seriously. Arthur Bryant's, Q39, Gates Bar-B-Q, which I highly recommend. There's a lot more energy here in Kansas City because our downtown has developed so much more. Our crossroads is most important here in downtown. Great music venues, tons of wonderful restaurants, tons of art galleries, boutique shops, YJ's Snack bar is a very unique place run by a local artist, a very big supporter of musicians.
Columbia is a college town. The energy here is out of this world. It's vibrant. You have children, parents, grandparents, everybody is out trying to have a good time. It's a very creative space. So, we're in downtown Columbia, trying to have a good time, there's an endless amount of possibilities. Like this place, The Broadway Diner. That's just my favorite. But there's also coffee shops, book stores, Butch's Billiards and if you're with me, I'm taking you to open mic night because slam poetry has always been my thing. So when you're in town, it's automatic that I'm going to that you to Shakespeare's Pizza. Personally, I get the Masterpiece. Over a pound of meat, half a pound of cheese. You know what? I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
If you're into music, especially vinyl, I would recommend Hitt Records. They have a huge selection. You can find just about everything. And when you do come to Columbia, it's always great to travel outside but I will warn you, it gets rural, fast. There's acres upon acres of land, farms upon farms. And my favorite farm has packs of alpacas. Another great place to visit is the quaint little German town called Washington on the banks of the Missouri River. It has over 400 buildings on the state registry. It's also home of the corn cob pipe.
What I love to do in Missouri is come out and enjoy nature. The Meramec area is really lovely. It's green and the hills just sort of roll gently along. You have to go to Meramec Caverns. It's this beautiful network of caves and they say that is where the outlaw Jesse James had his hideout. And I've heard that they've never found his treasure, so you never know, maybe while you're in the caverns, you'll find Jesse James' treasure. Take a canoe or kayak on the Meramac River. You'll want to start early in the morning. Pull it down into the water, it goes splash. We'll go camping with a bunch of people, everyone will be there and with all the little kids running around, sitting around the camp fire and sing songs. When it starts getting dark, you'll hear all the bugs are singing their evening song. And look up and there's just stars everywhere. It's just like a billion stars.
Ask a Local: Mississippi - Transcript
There's midtown where a lot of our local artists and artisans live and work. There's my favorite store Off Beat. He sells comics, and he provides really a venue for visual artists and performing artists. Then there's Lucky Town, our brewery that is selfie heaven. They have all the beers that they brew there. Then you can check out downtown. It used to be really quiet but since the King Edward Hotel, which is our historic hotel, got renovated everybody just hangs out there. Just lively. Then there's Fondren, my favorite place in Jackson. Fondren's where art, food, culture kind of meet. Then head over to Babalu. They have great tacos and burgers. Then there's Barrelhouse, which is really modern and edgy and very sleek. Then we have a bakery all in one corner of the neighborhood. Then after five, all the vendors and businesses in Fondren come out. It's like a huge street festival. It's also when our musicians get out on the front porch of the coffeehouse and perform. Like a ball of electricity, that's how you'll feel when you go there.
What I really like about our Mississippi Gulf Coast is you have 26 miles of beach that's dotted by a bunch of small towns that each have their unique flair. As a nature photographer, this place is a dream. You would love to shoot here. One of the things that I love the most about our coast is our sunrises. They're unmatched. My favorite spot is Pass Christian's harbor. You have the shrimp boats and a beautiful sunrise. The other things are the wildlife. When I have people come from out of town, the first place I want to take them is our Seafood Museum. It's a beautiful structure that really shows who our Gulf Coast is. Ocean Springs is a must for local art. The town is dotted with little shops that have just a variety of pottery and paintings and just a lot of stuff that explains our coast through art. You have to go to one of our festivals. There's a festival for just about every interest that you would have and if you like the outdoors, you need to see one of our 12 amazing golf courses. We also have a 26 mile boardwalk that you can bike or run and of course we have the Gulf of Mexico, so if you love water sports, it's here. If you're the wild at heart, you can go on an alligator tour. When you visit, you have to get our seafood, from shrimp and grits to the best grilled oysters. You have to have one romantic meal when you're here.
Chimney's by far, absolutely amazing. You have to order the crab cakes, shrimp au gratin and some mating seagulls. For lunch, you must go to the Fillin' Station and yes, it's a reclaimed gas station. You want to come during crawfish season. If you've never eaten a crawfish, you pinch the tail and suck the head. Our restaurants have a lot of Creole influence because of our proximity to New Orleans. In Fishbone Alley, you will have a little jazz, a little blues, grab a drink, you can walk around. We have the beaches. We have the golf courses, but if you really want to know our coast, come here, visit our people, eat at our restaurants and go to our shops. You will see something you haven't seen anywhere in the country.
Ask a Local: Minnesota - Transcript
The people here are very unique. A lot of them were immigrants that came to the area and did the mining right around the turn of the century. There're small communities all over the place, and they have little festivals. It gives the area a really Scandinavian feel. Some of the music in the area is a little different. Polka's really a lot of fun. You have this kinda upbeat music, kinda boom, boom, boom. Some of the must-try foods in this area are sauerkraut, polishes and then porchetta. You can only find porchetta here, it's nowhere else in the entire world. While you're here, you really gotta try a pasty. It's kinda like a meat pie. And what they would do, is they'd actually take these things and they'd cook them. They'd put them in the miner's boots, and he would carry them to work in that pair of boots. They're not served in boots anymore. So you don't have to worry about that.
You can get pastys at Betty's Pies. And while you're there, you really should try out that milkshake that's made out of an entire pie. They take it and they blend it up and put it in this milkshake. It's amazing. Minneapolis is a very creative place. We've got a lot of differents arts districts. Uptown art district, where the Minneapolis Institute of Art is, the Walker Arts Center is there, which is where the sculpture garden is. Towards northeast, there's a lot of little smaller galleries that have more local artists and musicians and all sorts of murals. We've got a lot of microbreweries around northeast. There's Pryes Brewery, which is one of the only places in America that you can actually go feather bowling. You should definitely check it out. There's also a ton of really interesting small businesses here in Minneapolis that I guarantee you won't find anywhere else. There's Memory Lanes, which is a bowling alley that actually has concerts right above the lane. There's galactic pizza that you have to order. Have them deliver it to you, because they deliver in superhero costumes. And then of course, there's Betty Dangers, where they have a rotating patio and all sorts of things to see. There's a ton of food and drink around Minneapolis. The Bachelor Farmer, it's this really cool restaurant that sources everything locally, but they like to create more modern dishes with old Scandinavian influences. There's actually this really cool little speakeasy bar called Volsteads Emporium. You actually have to go through an alleyway and find the light to get to the speakeasy.
Walking down Duluth, you're gonna see a lot of friendly faces. There's always something going on. Live music, performing arts, we have a lot of special dinners with restaurants and farmer collaborations. We love seeing new people and welcoming 'em to our city and showing off how awesome it is to be here. We love to collaborate in Duluth. My favorite one right now is Duluth Coffee Company and Bent Paddle Brewing collaborated with local ingredients, and they made a cold press beer, and it is really good. The reason we have so many distilleries and breweries in town is because we're on the western point of Lake Superior, which is the biggest and best of all the Great Lakes. So we have the best freshwater, and that makes the best beer and spirits. The lake's good for basically anything you wanna do. Anything you can do on land, we try to do on water.
A quirky Minnesota thing is our hot dish. My favorite version of a hot dish is actually totchos from the food truck The Rambler. It's nachos and tater tots mixed together to make this really delicious, cheesy dish. It's amazing, you should try it. We like to get outdoors in the winter at Duluth winter village. It's a weekend full of beer and bonfires, barnyard animals and shopping locally. We love live music in Duluth. You'll hear everything from folk to rock. Bob Dylan was born here, after all. There are a lot of cool venues in town. Red Herring has a show every night. The Clyde and then Bayfront is an outdoor music festival that's right on the water. If you could only pick one spot, my personal favorite is Sir Ben's, they have a piano, so there's always somebody willing to play a song with you or for you. Jam sessions usually break out before then. And it's definitely the most chill place in town to listen to music and have a beer.
Ask a Local: Michigan - Transcript
Furniture City is basically becoming Beer City. I have actually heard that there's more than 60 breweries here. There's Founders, there's Harmony, Elk Brewing and Grand Rapids Brewing. There's also New Holland Brewing. You can visit them on what they call the Ale Trail. There's also an excellent restaurant scene here, there are a lot of foodies who are interested in having really good meals with their beers. So Michigan, I'll be honest with you it's cold ,like it's a really cold. But that's why we have excellent beer, because it keeps us warm. And then in the summertime we have the beaches. Which is then why we have excellent beer, because it keeps us cold.
The difference between Detroit and Michigan, is that we're like the pretty cool cousin. We are the Motor City, but we're also this place that is always inventing something new. We are the comeback kids and we have so much to show. The glory of driving around Detroit, is that you see the old merged with the new. Detroit has such a spirit of experimentation. Our art projects reflect our life. Chef's started coming here for the same reason. So we have all this great experimental food. So first you have Takoi, Thai Street food, spicy, tasty, delicious. Lady of the House, you have to get the Parisian ham. It's the best ham I've ever had. The best ham I've ever had, okay? And I don't even like ham. But we also have our traditional Detroit standbys. So you have to go to Lafayette Coney Island. Vicki's Barb B Q, where you're gonna get your down-home barbecue. Try the barbecue shrimp.
Of course the Motor City is also the Music City. We invented Motown and Techno. You have to listen to music while you're here. Ravens lounge, live music, usually the Blues. Motor City Wine usually has a Jazz band inside and the DJ outside. Old Miami. Old Miami is another staple. You're always gonna see the locals there. They're always gonna have great techno. You're always gonna want to dance. These aren't the kind of places where there's coat-check and you wear your heels, you're there to boogie. If you're a real big fan of techno you have to go to Detroit Electronic Music Festival also known as Movement. Three days of dancing, around Memorial Day weekend. One of my favorite things about Detroit, is that in an hour drive maybe two I can be in the middle of nowhere. I can be next to water, I can be next to woods. There's all these places to explore and it's very outdoorsy. So we're located along the lake shore of Lake Michigan on the Leelanau Peninsula. Michigan is known for its four seasons. In the springtime we have mushroom hunting.
Also the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is a great place to visit. It was voted the most beautiful place in America. Summertime people are here camping. For those more adventurous, you can take a ferry from Leland to North Manitou Island where you can remote camp. During the summer, the various tribal communities host Pow Wows. Which are social and cultural gatherings. There's also artists with crafts and you can try the local native foods. In October when the leaves are changing the color tour is a big event people come from all over. To come and see the colors change and against the water, it's really a beautiful sight. In the wintertime we have a lot of great things you can do. In fact we are known for a cross-country ski race called The Vasa and where people come from all over the world to participate. So here on the Leelanau peninsula there's famous state road called m22. It's really a great time and a beautiful drive.
Taking in everything you see, whether it is the lake a hiking trail or visiting the shops or restaurants . The Village Cheese Shanty, otherwise known as the Cheese shop in a fish town is a great place to get sandwiches, but you need to get there early because the pretzel bread goes quick. This part of Michigan is becoming known for the vineyards and the micro breweries. You have got to stop in and have a glass of local wine. You know when you talk to someone that isn't from here and then they just say to you "do you know how lucky you are?." At some point you kind of take a look at it and go "yeah we really are!." It's a really beautiful place.
Ask a Local: Illinois - Transcript
Places that you can actually do some rock climbing would include Jackson Falls and Giant City. Giant City is a state park, and it has a number of really unique rock formations. The rock separated from the bluff, so it makes all these avenues or streets where you've got rock formations on both sides. Cashe River is really a slow moving river where you really just have a lot of Cyprus, swampy areas and you just kind of glide through it. It's like being back in almost prehistoric times. So, if you're visiting and you suddenly get hungry or feel like a snack, there's a couple of opportunities there for you to have championship BBQ. Try 17th Street Bar and grill, the BBQ there, whether it's the ribs or the pulled pork or brisket, is all sweetened with apples from nearby orchards, just absolutely excellent. Head down to Jacob, Illinois where the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill is located, and it's called Bottoms Up because it serves copious amounts of beer, as well as large amounts of fried chicken. You gotta go there too.
If you've never been to be Springfield, Illinois, we're right in the middle of the state, but at one time the Route 66 route went right by the Cozy Dog place we're sitting at right now. Springfield is known as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln here. You've got to hit the Abraham Lincoln home, you definitely got to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, that's the place where the Lincoln story comes full circle. We have quite a number of festivals that take place during the summer, but probably one of our biggest and most well attended events is our Route 66 Mother Road Car Show. It is one of the biggest car shows in America. The real famous thing about it is the Friday night car cruise, and that's when the near 2,000 cars line up, and they literally cruise right up 6th Street. The crowd will start yelling at the cars going by, "Light em' up, light em' up!" Every once in a while, they'll light 'em up alright, and I'll tell you, that is something to see.
So, after you've been around to the sites all day, no doubt you need a bit of a break and really the best place to go is gonna be our micro brewery here, called Obed and Isaac's, and they've got the beer garden with yard games and a bocce ball court. Another popular stop is the Maid-Rite sandwich shop, and they actually have the very first drive thru window in America, and you can pull up there and get yourself a loose steam burger. And the other thing you need to try while you're here in Springfield, you can get one at pretty much any restaurant in town, and that is the horse shoe, it was invented here in the early 1930s. It's a piece of Texas toast, you chose a protein like a chicken breast or a hamburger patty, and then the whole plate is covered in a plate full of french fries and then it is lovingly soaked in cheese sauce. If you've got a good cheese sauce, you've got yourself a good horse shoe. I kinda wanna go get one now.
Chicago's a huge city. Each neighborhood you go into, you will have a completely different experience. It's really easy to get around pretty much everywhere in Chicago. There are a ton of places around here. You can check out our local performing artists, we have everything from burlesque over at Kiss Kiss Cabaret, slam poetry we have over at the Green Mill Lounge, live music pretty much on every corner. The one thing I recommend is dancing. Head to one of our clubs like Subterranean, check out all the hiphop, house, we get some footwork music in there. So, footwork is the super fast moving of your feet. We made our own music to it. One place you should checkout: Fine Arts Building. It is a wanderer's dream, it's ten floors of just artist studios, dance studios, visual artists, beautiful old school elevator throws you all the way up to the 10th floor, and you just kind of wander and wind yourself back down ad you stop at whatever interests you.
Then obviously, you have to get some food and drinks while you're here starting with Portillo's, hotdogs, pick up a Maxwell Street polish with a chocolate cake shake on the side. Also, Cheesies is one of our grilled cheese bars, probably one of the more intense grilled cheeses you'll have in your life. Our arts community is very tight knit and we get our inspiration from each other, we like to work with each other and we like to show it to anyone who's willing to watch.
Ask a Local: Florida - Transcript
A dish I would recommend to you that you'd try is the fish, the curry chicken and plantains. After we eat, I want to take you to Wynwood. Wynwood is an open area gallery. There is murals. Got some of the best restaurants. Artists from all over the world come here. If there's one museum you have to check out here, Frost Science. There's tons of cool stuff there. There's a feathered dinosaur. There's a interactive dance floor for children. And, the Design District is right down the road. There's a big bike community, so you really don't need a car to explore the neighborhoods. You can't go to Miami without going to the beach. South Beach is amazing for people watching. Get some skates and just cruise down the boardwalk. I prefer to go to the nude beaches. I'm not trying to have any tan lines. For your art fix, you can check out the graffiti art or contemporary art. There's visual arts, and this is an amazing record scene.
Right now, my favorites are Spark Records and Lucky records located in 8100 Lucky and ... Oh. 1-800 Lucky's. It has several Asian Fusion restaurants. A bar. There's DJ booths. There's a bodega. There's a ice cream shop located there and I highly recommend the unicorn float. And, you're in the nightlife capital. There's a million dance halls you can go to from North Miami, down. You got salsa, hip hop, small vinyl sets. If you want to meet locals, head to the clubs and bars. On a mellow day, people just usually go to the local markets down on South Beach. You can walk around. You can do some shopping. Grab a bite to eat, and meet some new friends.
There's no place like this. It's been happening down in Key West since the 1600s. Bringing in imports and pirates, and it's a very rich history. It's spring break here all year round. People come here to party, relax and just enjoy themselves in general. You get to meet people from all over the world. It's really fun seeing people and getting to know them and where they're from. Key West is a tiny island, but there is always something exciting going on. To explore Key West, the main things right of the bat, are going to be Duval Street and Mallory Square. That's where you catch the fantastic sunset and that's where you find all of our guests here on the island. Mallory Square is not just for sunset, you're going to find a wild assortment of vendors selling fresh coconuts, selling mixed drinks like palm fritters. They're going to a museum. Taking a walking history tour or a trolley tour is your best bet to really dive into our culture down here.
Our main street here in town is Duval Street. That's where everything goes on. We've got more bars than anywhere else in the world per capita and more bartenders than anywhere else right here. There are a million ways to get out on the water in Key West. But, what I love to do when people come to visit me in Key West is take them on a kayak tour through the Mangroves because it's like another world out there. It's like an incredible experience. We're an island, so that means 360 beaches. We have the longest barrier reef in the whole world right here off of Key West. Third largest but number one longest. But, to me diving into Key West culture absolutely means eating some great food. As far as Caribbean goes, Blue Heaven is a must. They're known for their nationally awarded key lime pie with big meringue. In terms of Cuban, hands down, El Sibonet. Pretty much any restaurant in Key West, you can get fresh seafood, caught right here in our shores. Sunset anywhere in Key West is going to be stunning, but my recommendation is to see it out on the water. Preferably on the Old Schooner where you can bring your own refreshments and you get to fire a cannon at another ship! If you're lucky, during sunset you'll get to see something that we call the flash. The moment the sun goes down, there's a splash of green across the sky, and that's the signal that the true Key West party is just about to get started.
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