Category Archives: Travel

New Zealand :: thrill seeking on the North Island

What am I doing out here?! It’s dark out, even the stars were tucked away behind a brick wall of clouds overhead. My kayak partner and I continued to zig zag across the Hauraki Gulf towards Auckland one stroke at a time. Logan, our fearless Auckland Sea Kayaks tour leader, forged ahead to lead the way while in another kayak,…

New Zealand at 16,000 feet

I am the biggest chicken alive. So how is it that I found myself launched out of a small plane 16,000 feet above the Bay of Islands in New Zealand? In partnership with Tourism New Zealand I spent the last week touring the northern part of the country’s North Island along with 3 other online journalists…

Burano beauty & a short video

The concept of black and white must seem absurd for an island like Burano. There is no escaping the reach of colors in varying shades and intensity, not that I was looking to; here in Burano, roughly a 30 minute water taxi ride from Venice, it’s all part of the appeal.  A few weekends ago, in the doldrums of a…

Enchanted with Sarlat & the Perigord Noir

Last October I found myself on a cliff overlooking a tranquil valley that I thought only exist in storybooks of far away places with fairytale endings. At that point of the trip we had already breezed past stretches of bucolic green fields, clusters of 12th century French castles and a dramatic maze of 15 year…

How Prague does Christmas & inside the Augustine hotel

I never thought I would end the year right where I started: in Prague, wrapped in multiple layers and mesmerized by the city of a hundred spires. Prague was tinged in romance when the Brit and I visited for the first time at the start of the year. Light flurries of snow fell, we walked everywhere,…

Boston’s Seaport & Envoy Hotel

It used to be that the only reason to cross the bridge to venture into Boston’s Seaport neighborhood was to visit the Harpoon Brewery and maybe catch an outdoor concert at the Pavilion during those sweltering summer nights when G. Love & Special Sauce were headlining. Or maybe if you wanted to try your luck, you walk into…

Spain inspired dishes :: garlicky clams & blistered padron peppers recipes

After spending time in a different country I always have the best intentions to return home and recreate food I tried during my travels. I’m not always successful in that regard (there’s still this chicken tagine from a Morocco trip in 2013 I’d love to recreate) but recently managed to make a few Spain inspired dishes from a recent…

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