Though I left Columbia and New York to work in restaurants in elsewhere, I've ended up right back near my old Columbia stomping grounds. Here are my old faves and some new loves for bagels, coffee, brunch, and some great comfort food.
THE TOWN WITH NO ROADS Giethoorn in Holland is a beautiful and quiet little village unique in that you will not find a single road in the entire town. Rather, it is connected by waterways and paths and some biking trails. Visitors are always welcomed and encouraged to rent an electric and noiseless "Whisper Boat" to explore this little piece of heaven on earth. Plus, without car pollution and soooo many trees, what ever pollution does come their way, the trees purify the air.