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In a town in the French Alps called Val d’Isere in 1992, a grand race course was designed for the world class skiers that would compete in that winter’s Olympic Games. Excitement was on the rise, but there was one problem. A section of the mountain was already inhabited by a beloved and ancient French resident: the Ancolie flower. Designs for the course called for razing that section of mountain and the destruction of the lovely little wildflowers' habitat: Cue an uprising from the townsfolk and a debate on the importance of culture versus nature. Over thirty years later and an ocean away, I sat with Chloe Vichot, owner of Ancolie, a little cafe named for the flower and representative of the struggle to preserve the environment.

Chloe, who is originally from Paris, lived in New York for twelve years, working in finance until she felt compelled to do something she felt truly passionate about. As many others have done, she left Wall Street and made her dream a reality by opening Ancolie.

Today, in 2017, she encourages her customers to be careful with the food they eat. She offer discounts if diners bring their own coffee cups, and she uses glass jars to serve her food, rather than disposable items. Almost everything at Ancolie is recycled, demonstrating Chloe’s deep commitment to environmental responsibility. Her coffee is seasonally sourced and most of the ingredients that go into the delicious salads and soups on the menu are bought from the Union Square Greenmarket. Anything that is not local is still sustainably sourced. Anything left over is composted or reused. “My goal is to show people that it is not too complicated to just be careful,” said Chloe.

As I sat munching on a handful of the incredible apple crisps, Chloe explained to me that the peels are leftovers from her apple compote. Rather than throw the peels out, the staff cuts them up and sprinkles cinnamon and olive oil on them, and then they cook slowly until they turn crisp. The result is simple and simply delicious. Someone also comes twice a week to take what is not reused to a garden for compost. “The best way to avoid waste,” Chloe told me, “is just to not create it.”

Ancolie has quickly become known for their use of jars to serve food. It is true that mason jars are trendy at the moment, but Chloe’s fascination with them goes beyond the fashion of the day. Eating with glass, she told me, is uncomplicated and soothing. “The experience is amazing,” she said. “I like to drink coffee out of a real cup. You don’t feel like you have to rush.”

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Marlton Hotel, Espresso Bar & Margaux Restaurant

Built in 1900 as a single room occupancy hotel, Marlton Hotel housed many artists who were in search of work in New York City. In 1987, The New School converted the hotel into a dormitory, but it recently opened its doors again returning to its roots as a high-end hotel. In the modern, yet classically elegant lobby is the Marlton Espresso Bar. This hip space serves up Ferndell Coffee (the only New York spot brewing it), considered the oldest known coffee brand in America, dating to 1862. The Espresso Bar also brews a signature raw almond cappuccino crafted from raw almond milk that they make in-house. In addition to coffee, they offer MarieBelle hot chocolate, a New York artisanal chocolatier, and Bellocq Tea, also a New York-based company featuring handcrafted blends. It is not only the hotel guests who are enjoying the new neighborhood addition – multiple rooms and large, sprawling furniture make this place enticing to locals and travelers alike. We visited again and there is no question that word spread rapidly about this establishment on 8th Street. From the small coffee bar set up on the far right, to the lounge area and tables set up in the back where the new Margaux Restaurant spreads itself... there were people scattered everywhere, engaged in conversation and sharing drinks, coffee, or a meal. The Marlton Hotel and all that it encompasses is definitely a place to check out. We headed even further back into the quieter section of the restaurant where we dined with friends and enjoyed brightly colored, crisp vegetables, including watermelon radishes and a mint tahini for dipping. The appetizers that we ordered to share were both inventive and delicious. Grilled artichokes were served upside down, dipped in whipped burrata with pomegranates and mint, and an assortment of quinoa tabouli, kale harissa, smashed sweet potato, avocado hummus and beets were all part of the The Farmers Board that came on a wooden board with buckwheat crackers for dipping. The fresh kale salad with lemon, chilies and pumpkin seeds was exactly what I craved, wanting to keep my meal simple and light. Others tried the mushroom risotto, a hamburger, and the scallops. Each entree was well-received and then we shared one dessert that was certainly rich enough for the four of us: the chocolate budino with chocolate crumble, olive oil, and sea salt was beyond decadent.

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Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor

What a find... down a flight of stairs from street level on 8th Street, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor is the "antithesis of a sports bar. " Artisan and craft beer are brought together in a friendly environment that certainly had us feeling like we were right at home. The Parlor is also named for the Arts and Crafts movement, “a cultural revolt against the ideals of industrialization. ”When we visited, we spoke to Robert, one of the two owners, with whom we thoroughly enjoyed chatting. Robert is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on dining out and traveling with special diets (he co-authored the series Let’s Eat Out! ), and he also has a background in acting and producing on Broadway. He told us that the other owner, Don, has an impressive resume working with the FBI and counterterrorism efforts both in New York and around the world - which left us wondering what brought this dynamic duo together as friends and eventually co-owners. Robert informed us it was a love of American Craft Beer and the visual and performing arts... and that they actually met enjoying a pint of beer in Manhattan. Just as intriguing as its owners, the interior of Arts and Crafts is beautifully designed; the sophisticated wallpaper is custom made by Bradbury and Bradbury, and the soft green and beige pattern was Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite, supposedly. The constantly changing art is displayed along the wall opposite the bar, and an exposed brick wall and fireplace give the parlor a true “extension of your living room” feel. Described by Robert, as the “Bugatti of beer systems, ” the twenty plus beers the Parlor keeps on tap rotate monthly and are kept by this state of the art system at a refreshing 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Robert also astounded us with how small the carbon footprint of the Parlor is — he told us they are very conscious of keeping things compostable and earth-friendly. In addition to their rotating display of art from both established and up-and-coming artists, the Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor also hosts a monthly lecture series on the subjects of art as well as culinary topics. We could not get enough of how interesting this place is — both the concept of art and beer coming together and the two fascinating minds behind it.