1. Ichiban Japanese Restaurant
Shanté Smalls: Excellent sushi. The Super Crunchy Roll and the Age Dashi Tofu are superb!
2. Trader Joe's
Shanté Smalls: It's totally empty in the morning.
3. Terminal 5
Shanté Smalls: Stop at the Muji store
4. Blessed Cafe
Shanté Smalls: Live reggae on Saturday nights.
5. The Preserve Dog Park
Shanté Smalls: No one comes before 9am on weekends, plan accordingly. It's lovely to have the park for your dogs only for a bit.
6. Long Meadow
Shanté Smalls: come around 8am with your dog for fun with the pooches.
7. Shambhala Center
Shanté Smalls: Free personal meditation instruction, Tuesday night dharma talks, learn to meditate, classes. All by donation.
8. Umami Burger
Shanté Smalls: Have the truffle burger medium rare and the onion rings. Divine
9. The Bronfman Center of NYU
Shanté Smalls: Beautiful room on the second floor. Need ID to enter building.
10. Hilton Garden Inn
Shanté Smalls: The fine print for suite: it unlocks when you're the mayor.
11. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Shanté Smalls: Find one of the rocking chairs in which to enjoy a seat.
Shanté Smalls: Expect a 15-20 wait during brunch, but it's TOTALLY worth it.
13. Amsterdam Billiards & Bar
Shanté Smalls: They are sort of douchebags.
14. Shambhala Center
Shanté Smalls: Sunday and Wednesdays have a learn to meditate class. Noon-1 Sundays and 6-7 wednesdays
15. Taqueria El Patron Mexican Grill
Shanté Smalls: The tacos are yummy. The pricing is reasonable. The staff is polite.
16. Montréal Int'l Airport Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau (YUL)
Shanté Smalls: Free wifi, VERY comfy p/leather chairs, efficient border patrol (though Mexicans, Canadians, and Americans should be able to travel in N America borderlessly). Chill vibe.
17. Hilton Garden Inn
Shanté Smalls: Free upgrade is looked. Probably when they aren't full like this weekend.
18. The General Greene
Shanté Smalls: come with friends to share plates. Must try: candied bacon!
19. Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Shanté Smalls: Very efficient security lines, free wifi, free charge kiosks, decent food selections, semi-not-too-uncomfortable seats
Shanté Smalls: Food is off the chain! Sunday brunch tip: come after 12 to not have to wait 30-40 minutes.
21. B Cup Cafe
Shanté Smalls: Well...the chai is good. But $8 for a chai latte and vegan cookie? Ugh. Not the old East Bill, for sure. Skater-boy baristas as redic and the terrible 90s alt-rock needs to go.
22. MangoSeed Restaurant
Shanté Smalls: The fish tacos are SUPERB! Great staff!
Shanté Smalls: Sweet little hippie spot with plenty of work tables, great music on their radio, and daily specials. Senior citizens get 10% every day!
24. Primrose Cafe
Shanté Smalls: Sweet vibe, good coffee, garden AND front outdoor seating, lovely staff.
25. US Post Office
Shanté Smalls: Much better than the horrid Empire Blvd post office.
Shanté Smalls: Great little place!
Shanté Smalls: Fish tacos are EXCELLENT! They also give you the range of their six salsas. Try them all.
28. Mike's Tech Shop
Shanté Smalls: They are the best. One of the only tech shops I know that employe women. Also, they are dog-friendly. Yay!
29. Metro North - South Norwalk Train Station
Shanté Smalls: If you're at the train station, there's no news to go to the surrounding neighborhood. Unless you'll walk hom
30. NYU Clinical Cancer Center
Shanté Smalls: Arrive early, especially Mondays & Tuesdays. Really great staff all around.
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