Lunar new year & wonton noodling

As I sit here and write this I hear the clang of stainless steel bowls, pots and pans, vibrating through my mother’s hundred year old house in New England. I’m now thousands of miles away in London but sometimes I swear her pitter-patter in the kitchen is still loud enough to stir me awake in the early…

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…

A toast to 2015

2015 was not meant to be a remarkable year, not for me anyway. When I sat down to write my 2014 highlights I was a little dubious as to what the next 12 months could possibly bring after I so boldly claimed in my post that I experienced one of the best years I’ve ever had….

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…

onefinestay :: Thanksgiving in London

It’s that time of year again where a gathering with a grander feast than usual is upon us with a very large bird taking front and center stage. Thanksgiving means something a little different for many of us who celebrate. For my younger cousins it means gathering enough sustenance to last them until their annual midnight…

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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