Picnic Fifty shades of delicious

Smack bang in the center of the ever-progressive El Born neighborhood, Picnic is an all-star foodie experience that people just can’t stop talking about. Where Brooklyn chic meets mom-and-pop cafe, it’s a charismatic little joint that’s always jam-packed and ready to deliver kick-ass grub. The owners, Tara, from San Diego and her husband, Jamie, the head chef from Santiago, combine forces to create an out-of-this-world dining experience. Tara charms la sala with warmth and grace while Jamie produces a season-tuned brunch and dinner menu that has both savory and sweet flavors, always leaving your stomach begging for more.

Some of the most treasured brunch dishes are the pancakes served with fresh figs, strawberries, maple syrup and a peanut butter glaze; their classic eggs benedict; or even the crab BLT with a chilled chipotle Bloody Mary, to start the morning off right. For dinner, you can savor a slow-roasted lamb or the braised oxtail with a spiked strawberry lemonade. The highlight of Picnic is undeniably the food but the restaurant’s style, delivery and attentiveness is the icing on their prized homemade dessert cakes.

Swiss Institute Sticking it to stereotypes featured

If you came here looking for multi-purpose pocket knives and smooth alpine chocolates then you came to the wrong place. This Swiss Institute is all about art, and always has been—ever since their humble beginnings in a two bed Swiss townhouse on West 67th Street in 1986.

After a lengthy spell in a loft space in Soho from the mid 90s through until 2011, they finally managed to upgrade to some street-level digs worthy of the art work that they’ve been consistently displaying.

With the change in surrounds also came a change in MO. Whereas formerly the institute was all about showcasing Swiss art and artists to a primarily Swiss audience, they’ve now become committed to looking beyond the perma-neutral state’s borders; morphing themselves into an innovative international venue that provides a forum for artistic dialogue between Switzerland, the rest of Europe and the US.

Unsurprising, then, that they’ve adopted an all-embracing approach to different mediums as well—from the paintings, illustrations and street art of Nicolas Party to the sculpture and installation work of Amy O’ Neill.

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