This week we’re getting you exclusives on: jogging shoes from one of the greatest places ever—1980s Finland; a handsome, handmade suede football; and a rocket-scientist-designed pocket speaker. Plus, we’re giving you the VIP treatment in NYC—replete with a hotel room, welcome champagne, a poolside cabana and bottle service.
Things to do for September 29, 2011
Tater Tots, Oktoberfest and Francis Ford Coppola
The weekend can take the heat.
In honor of their store’s first birthday, the sisters behind this Richmond shop will fill your cup with wine, feed you mac and cheese and tater tots, then raffle off wares from Gant, Raleigh and Woolrich. We like your chances.
Oktoberfesting at Schmidt’s
If you couldn’t make it to Munich this year, the Germans at Schmidt’s have your back. They’ll bring you festbier from the oldest brewery in the world (dating back to 1040) and other seasonal märzen beers, as well as beer flights, sausages and pretzels. Wear lederhosen at your own risk.
Making a movie with Francis Ford Coppola: an unsurpassable honor. Making vino with Francis: a close second. For the next few Sundays, you can go behind the scenes at his winery—picking grapes, testing samples in the lab, that kind of thing. Better yet: you can sample your handiwork.
Four-Course Homage to the Giants
So the Giants won’t be in the World Series this year... But enough about that: let’s drink. This joint’s serving up a beer-paired, ballpark-style menu—corn dogs, steak sandwiches, buttered-popcorn ice cream—as a tribute to the team. Brian Wilson’s beard would want you to have this.
Tailgating at Royal Exchange
Your new Monday Night Football destination: Royal Exchange, where you’ll find all-you-can-eat chili, hot dogs and wings, as well as 17 TVs. Because 18 would be just ridiculous.