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Tipitina’s, New Orleans, and Mardi Gras

Tipitina’s, New Orleans, and  Mardi Gras I’ve grown up in New Orleans, going to Mardi Gras since I was a baby and mom put me in a bunny suit and stuck me in a ladder seat. While I don’t go as much as I used to, it’s still a party–a great time to get together Read more about Tipitina’s, New Orleans, and Mardi Gras[…]

Two Awesome Days in Austin

Though the capital of Texas is growing by the moment as people flock to this cool place from all over the country, Austin is hanging on to its claim to fame of being ‘weird’. Home to the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film, and interactive festival (March 15-20, 2016), the Keep Austin Weird Fest and Read more about Two Awesome Days in Austin[…]

Destination: Autumn

We don’t have autumn in New Orleans. We have eight to ten months of summer and the rest is winter-ish. Right now, it’s the beginning of November and it’s 80 degrees with people wearing shorts and t-shirts. The brief, and I mean brief, transition from one season to the other is so fast you could Read more about Destination: Autumn[…]

Tanoreen, an amazing Middle Eastern restaurant in Brooklyn

Rawia Bishara, a Palestinian-Arab chef, opened Tanoreen in 1998—a 10 table restaurant in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn. Now, in a new location, the restaurant is now a little larger, has received many accolades, and Bishara has written a cookbook, Olives, Lemons, and Za’atar. A cozy space, with pumpkin-colored walls and low lights, Tanoreen Read more about Tanoreen, an amazing Middle Eastern restaurant in Brooklyn[…]

Laguna Beach, and the pleasure of doing nothing

It’s not often that I do nothing. I have lots of jobs and even when I’m not working, I’m doing something. I have a hard time unplugging, being still and enjoying the moment. Even when I’m on vacation, I seem to go, go, go. Oh, I’m not like some that go from sunrise to sunset, Read more about Laguna Beach, and the pleasure of doing nothing[…]

What Tuscany Means to Me

Tuscany means many things to many people.  Tuscany carries with it romantic, idyllic notions which are in part true because it’s an undeniably beautiful place. This image, though, is enhanced by literature, film, and art–all mediums that showcase this region and have elevated it to a level that’s nudged other similarly idyllic places, like Provence, Read more about What Tuscany Means to Me[…]