New York? Check. San Francisco? Definitely. New Orleans, Los Angeles and Portland? Why not? But Charleston? It might not have been on your destination-dining radar before (except maybe for barbecue), but the American South is heating up. The names to drop: Husk, in Charleston, is top of the tree, while The Catbird Seat has heads turning in Nashville.
All hail the rise and rise of the lightweight sneaker, the best thing to happen to those of us for whom eating (and thus also training) is a key part of the journey. The raft of new low-profile and flexible "barefoot" shoes from all the big brands - running specialist Brooks releases its new slightly more supportive Pure Project range next month - means your trainers no longer take up the lion's share of valuable suitcase weight. We've suddenly got room to move. Praise be.
Hang on to your espresso or you may find you're drinking an entirely different kind of shot. Brisbane's bar mania sees everything from cafés (Jamie's Espresso Bar, Fortitude Valley; Foxy Bean, Woolloongabba) to dégustation-only restaurants morphing into watering holes where you can quench a thirst with anything from a locally brewed craft beer to a rum-focused cocktail. Like it small, intimate and not a little quirky? For starters, check out The End at West End and, in Fortitude Valley, Black Bear Lodge, Our Place and Kerbside. At Milton, drop into the craft-beer-toting The Scratch or swish back the beaded curtain at The Junk Bar, Ashgrove, where you can help yourself to the vinyl.