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Mark Twain Saloon: Icon from the Old West

Preserving Times Past

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While we’re on the subject of Mark Twain, whose final resting place we visited last week, we also wanted to talk about how popular he was, well, everywhere. A real American legend, his time in the West cannot be understated. He spent a considerable amount of that time in Nevada, so it’s no surprise his image still lives on there to this day.

Enter the Mark Twain Casino & Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. We discovered this place after our visit to the Republic of Molossia. Virginia City is an “Old West” town. Despite being a modern place where people live and go about their lives, it does an excellent job of preserving its heritage and historical image, complete with old-style boardwalks. The Twain Saloon is rich in historical relics, too; it’s a great place to settle down after a long day, have a drink, and enjoy the sunset. Coming into town late? That’s OK–it’s open 24 hours.

The Saloon does a great job of blending historical pieces and details–like an antique cash register and chandeliers–with modern amenities. The Old West of Americana lives on here!

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Mark Twain Saloon & Casino
More Virginia City Saloons

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That Greek Place in Seattle

There’s Greek Food at Pike Place Market. Go West, Young Ones.

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We know, we know…Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a mainstream tourist attraction that everyone knows about. But we’re focusing on what’s right across the street from the famous flying fish at the Farmers Markets: Mr. D’s Greek Delicacies.

Greek food might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering eating options in Seattle, but trust us: this place is fantastic. Maybe it’s our East Coaster fondness of no sit-down, made to order street food that had us entranced, but it reminded us of home. This gyro sure tasted like the real thing. But should you desire to avoid the Market, complete with the famous gum wall, you’ll be missing out on some fantastic cuisine. And come one, it’s a staple of Seattle, you can’t not go! So treat yourself and enjoy the show. Flying fish below, for your entertainment.

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Mr. D’s Greek Delicacies–Yelp
Pike Place Market

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Madrid’s San Miguel Market Just Works for Everyone

Fish Heads, Anyone?

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Looking for something fresh? How about just a sample? Tapas? Atmosphere? Mercado San Miguel in Madrid has just that! 

We don’t really know what drew us to Madrid’s Market of San Miguel. As far as offbeat attractions go, it’s not like it’s hard to find, since it’s in the center of the city, near Plaza Mayor. But the chic iron and glass structure—recently renovated since our first visit to Spain in 2008—called out to us.

Maybe it was the oversized saw tooth fish on ice that was smiling at us (see above), or the casual European atmosphere at the height of the Spanish summer, but San Miguel is a good stop for something different and relaxing, especially if you came a long way like we did. We didn’t eat anything.

We didn’t buy anything. We just explored. Sometimes that all you need to do to experience a place. It just works. And for all you hardcore foodies out there, this might just be your version of heaven. Enjoy!

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The Market of San Miguel
Visit Madrid

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A Brewery, Dim Sum, Library, and Flower Shop All Rolled Into One

Open Spaces

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Our recent trip to Raleigh showed us just how much that city is growing—one of the fastest in the country, in fact. It’s not hard to see why: beautiful weather and cultured people, low cost of living, and a penchant for all things unique and creative. Also, awesome craft beer!

In search of some local cuisine and a good brew (but not necessarily in that order), we found Brewery Bhavana. The food: amazing! The people: awesome! The atmosphere: perfect! The beer: the best!

Breweries are popping up all over Raleigh as people continue to move there. But Bhavana’s creativity and harmonious all-in-one open space restaurant-shop concept made us instantly realize how unique this place really is.

Add to all that the other curiosities about Brewery Bhavana, and you’ve got a place we’ve never seen before and probably isn’t replicated anywhere else in the country. The skylight over the flower shop gave the open space concept at Bhavana a very nice touch. And during your stay, you can peep through their book selection.

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Brewery Bhavana Website


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Homemade Ice Cream, Including the Cone

All From Scratch

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We were given a tip about Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream by one of our readers before we visited Seattle a couple summers ago. What makes this place so unique is that, aside from selling delicious ice cream, they make the cones themselves…right in front of you! Those waffle irons you see above are hard at work so that you get a treat and a show. You simply can’t beat homemade ice cream. And for the on-the-go traveler, there’s a number of Molly Moon locations in town, so you can pick one that’s closest to you. Enjoy!

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Molly Moon Locations
Official Website


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