The Outer Banks is shellfish heaven! I don’t think that I’ve ever eaten more shrimp and crabs over the course of a week than when I was there in August. It was kind of like how when you go to Maine, you have to eat lobster at every meal. We didn’t go to The Outer Banks […]
I have shied away from controversy on this blog. I’m ending that now by writing about my favorite pizza places in New York City. New Yorkers take their pizza very seriously, and we all have our own lists sort of like how in “Top Five” everyone had their favorite rappers. Pizza is an important part […]
It was an amazing evening of spätzle, strudel and no shortage of Gemütlichkeit. In other words, it was a true Austrian dinner party, starting with Grüner Veltliner Sekt poured into Riedel glassware to accompany foie-gras cones and Wiener Schnitzel canapés and ending with Zweigelt Eiswein and Sacher Torte, the legendary chocolate cake from Hotel Sacher in Vienna. We sat around a table […]
Traveling with picky eaters (like my toddler and my husband) means that I always have to worry about whether there will be something for them to eat. So while I love Moroccan food, I’d be a little nervous to go to Morocco because they might go hungry. Amanda Mouttaki, an American expat who lives Marrakech, Morocco […]
What takes 2,250 pounds of icing, 415 pounds of dough and 17 pounds of candy corns? That would be Gingerbread Lane, and you can find 152 houses along this most coveted address at the New York Hall of Science (aka NYSci) in Queens, NY. We visited for the first time this past Saturday, and it […]
A delicious six-course Italian tasting menu overlooking Lake Geneva? Yes please! Not only did we have an unforgettable stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva, but we also had an unforgettable meal at Il Lago, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant. Switzerland borders Italy, and 6.5% of Switzerland speaks Italian (typically Swiss Italian) as […]
With all of the surfing, hiking and general beach-ing you’re bound to be doing in Aljezur and the surrounding area, you’re bound to work up an appetite. For the self-catering types, you can check out Aljezur’s Mercado Municipal, which is located in the square just near the bridge in town. It offers for purchase fresh fish, fruit and vegetables every day.
If you prefer to let someone else do the cooking for you, there are numerous restaurants in the area serving excellent Portuguese cuisine…
There are beautiful roses in Kivik, a charming fishing village located in Skane, the southernmost county in Sweden. So beautiful that they don’t even look real! That’s because Sweden can be a bit rainy and then sunny and then rainy again. You know that phrase, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a little while”? I had had always heard that for Ithaca, NY, and Scotland, and it’s certainly true for Sweden in the summer as well. Southern Sweden is covered in lush, green rolling hills and accented with bright flowers, and I guess you just can’t get those colors without a little rain, which we experienced last July.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a wonderful place to visit any time, but attending a party there afterhours on World Malbec Day was truly special. On April 17, Wines of Argentina celebrated World Malbec Day with a walk-around tasting at the Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing of the Museum. Not only was the setting spectacular, but there were tango dancers and live music. The Argentines know how to throw a party!
Dining by the water adds another dimension to the meal — the meal becomes a little vacation in and of itself. While there are several waterfront restaurants in the greater Sarasota, Florida area, these three are my favorite. (And all are better than the non-waterfront Home of the TurDucKen.) Anna Maria Island is about a […]