About: Ryan

Ryan Smolar is a "silly guy." He thrives on curious adventures, eccentric novelties and Buddha-sized belly laughs. He divvies his days between a dozen creative pursuits from community-building to entrepreneurial website development, cooking, drawing, comedy and checking things off of lists. Read More...

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Best Places to Eat in the East Village

TheĀ  East Village might’ve been a puke-filled ashtray in the 80’s, but now, the smoke has cleared to reveal a superdense and dynamic array of eateries, thrift shops and experiences along 1st and 2nd Avenue, St. Mark’s and the crosspatch of grid all-in-between. Start at St. Mark’s Place St. Mark’s...

Best Restaurants of the Lower East Side

The entire Lower East Side (LES) neighborhood is a living museum of NYC’s 19th and 20th century immigrant past. However, trendy boutiques and condo buildings are fast-replacing the neighborhoods’ shlubby-but-lovable mixed-use character and have secured the LES a rank on the Endangered Historic places list. Some would argue that the...

How To Travel the World

You know that well-meaning relative who’s constantly sharing “interesting” articles in the newspaper? “In fact,” your relative proclaims, “I brought the article for you!” Upon which you are handed a carefully folded square of newsprint that you struggle to unfold into a delicate shred of paper the shape of Florida....

Whidbey Island Vacation Rental

You know that scene in the original Jurassic Park movie when the velociraptors attack the humans using a complex hunting strategy? One raptor stares at you from straight ahead, while another one appears flank left. You acknowledge their genius with a gentlemanly “Clever girl,” and then they eat you. Well,...

Sucher & Sons: The Best Star Wars Store This Side of Tatooine

If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan, you must—we repeat must—plan a pilgrimage to the epicenter of the Star Wars universe, Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop. Search your feelings, you know it to be true! We discovered it while blazing through Aberdeen, Washington on the way to the rainforestsĀ ...

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