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Bellwether Bellwether in Long Island City, New York. Photo by Ava Ranger.

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Break the Internet: Fabulous Fawn Alert

The other evening, while scrolling throughThe Atlantic's website, I came upon the words British Alpaca Society National Show and just knew the night would not end before I got sucked into a Google search wormhole. Good news if you are in the market for an elite breeding herd of high-quality Huacaya alpacas: you can find some winners here. Good news if you're into slow TV: the competition was streamed on YouTube. - Jeralyn, editorial director

Photo by Molly Tavoletti.

Add it to Your Queens Hitlist: Bellwether

This week, I attended a preview dinner at Bellwether, a bright, new 60-seat restaurant in Long Island City from long-time resident Matthew McCormick and chef Preston Madson (Freemans, Jams ar 1 Hotel Central Park). As a Queens kid myself, I always remark at how much LIC has changed in recent years, in the skyscraper and food department, and was happy to see a spot try to take things to the next level. The interiors are eye-catching (note the white brick and the green wall), but chef Madson steals the show, handling both food and dessert programs. The menu is very sharable and highlights plenty of local ingredients. My favorites: grilled whole fava beans, beef carpaccio served with a sculptural-looking potato chip, cornish hen with chermoula, and grappa-infused tangerine to close. – Daniel, Fathom editor

Your New Go-To Source For Travel-Sized Toiletries

As a devoted Amazon Prime member, I have plenty of nice things to say about the service, including the fact that they are always surprising me. Most recently, it was the giant selection of $2 travel-size beauty and skincare products from brands like La Roche-Posay, R+Co, and Mustela that caught my attention. - Berit, Fathom senior editor

Photo by Christian Emdal.

Copenhagen Harbor's Floating Islands

Oh what I would do for a few hours of downtime on Copenhagen's new floating island. The 20-square-meter platform from Australian architect Marshall Blecher and Danish designer Magnus Maarbjerg is the first in a series of experimental public spaces opening up in the city's harbor. Also in the works: a floating sauna, floating gardens, floating mussel farms, and a floating sail-through cafe. – Daniel, Fathom editor

A New Family Tradition

I love the idea of this family tradition that revolves around a yearly surprise vacation. Leading up to the trip, eight to ten clues are dolled out to help with guessing, but often it's a surprise right up until it's time to depart for the family vacation. - Berit, Fathom senior editor

This Cycling Bridge Doubles as a European Border

Elegant Freedom Cycle Bridge (Cyklomost Slobody) begins in Slovakia, extends high over the river Morava, and leads to open, serene Austrian fields and Schlosshof Castle. The bridge leads you practically through the tree canopy. Once on top, you can have fun jumping from one country to another across the thin line painted on the green tarmac. Slovaks, Austrians, and tourists casually mix on this promenade. Has it really been only less than three decades since this was part of a border between entire ideologies? — Lenka, Spotted by Locals

Tent from The Pop up Hotel. Photo by Omar Sartor.

Rediscovering the Land in Le Marche, Italy

March marked the first Earthy Retreat, a gathering organized by Archivio Madre that's focused on experiencing the land in a more conscious way. The retreat took place at Villa Tereze, a vacation home and artist residency nestled in the hills close to Pergola, Italy, and featured an international chef challenged to use local raw materials. We went truffle hunting with Alessandro of La Cerca, who led us through the woods with his trustworthy dogs Frida and Viola, then cooked tagliatelle and omelettes with the precious harvest of the day. We enjoyed the farm's shop, which sells seasonal favorites like red fruits, homemade cheeses, piadine (an Italian flatbread), and sfogliate (known as a lobster tail in English). And we had dinner among the vines at Terracruda, a visionary winery in Fratterosa where we tasted local DOC and IGT wines from autochthonous vines in front of a glass wall that overlooks the country. Follow Archivio Madre for information on the next one. — Laura, Meraviglia Paper

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