My favorite entertainment spot in Brooklyn, Pete's Candy Store, holds a special place in my heart as the site of my first date with my boyfriend. Pete's serves tasty drinks and bar food, but is best known for its weekly events, like a reading series, stand-up comedy, and even a spelling bee. Grab a pint and make a night of it. You'll be glad you came.
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From the Amazon rain forest to the Andes mountains to the one-of-a-kind Galápagos Islands, Ecuador thrills the first-time visitor (and the returning traveler) with bucket-list sights at every turn. Here, we celebrate the rich culture, natural beauty, and charm of this South American country with unforgettable images and start-today travel tips!