The Call of the Pacific Northwest

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Over the years I’ve made occasional weekend trips to Seattle for this, that or the other, but never had I spent any significant time up there.  So in lieu of planning my typical exotic vacation this spring, I hit the open road: Portland to Vancouver and everywhere in between. I’m no stranger to road trips,…

The Art Institute of Chicago – A Whole New Perspective


I always find it amusing when people (myself included) go to art museums and take pictures of the art.  What exactly is it that we’re hoping to capture?  Proof that we saw the art firsthand? A miniature replica to frame for the mantle? I recently revisited the Art Institute of Chicago in spring.  Prior to…

Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour


Occasionally it can be fun to be a tourist in your own city. A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to take a tour of the borough I call my home with Slice of Brooklyn, a bus tour of downtown and south Brooklyn complete with stops at two great pizzerias: Grimaldi’s and L&B Spumoni Gardens.

A Thousand Words: Falling Up


The Empire State Building on a blustery Sunday night. Am I falling down, or looking up? The metaphor is just too close to home.

Bastardizing the Glamping Name

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Everyone in the tourism sector loves a buzzword, and in this century, it has been markedly environmental. Sustainability. Eco-tourism. Green hotels. So when “Glamping” hit the scene circa 2007, the travel industry was beside themselves at this untapped opportunity to exploit so many things that White People love.

Hong Kong Park’s Urban Oasis


Hong Kong Park truly takes urban oasis to a whole new level, its sprawling grounds protected by the fortress of skyscrapers that comprise Hong Kong’s renowned skyline. The park is flanked by two of Central’s most famous buildings, the iconic Bank of China tower and the geometric Lippo Center.

Longman & Eagle – A story of Facebook, old friends and food


Where would we be in life if we couldn’t Facebook stalk one another? What would know or not know about each other? My cousin now “In a relationship”… The post-marital bliss of a barely-known Trojan alum… Blathering status updates of a colleague’s baby mama drama… Or an old high school classmate’s shared love of food.

Sai Kung’s Hoi Pong Square


Our group was right in the thick of Hoi Pong Square, a renowned “seafood street” in the fishing village of Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Treasure troves of exotic sea creatures surrounded us from all angles, their colorful and sometimes naughtily-shaped bodies beckoning to our stomachs like sirens of sea.

San Pedro Fish Market’s Shrimp Tray – Now in DIY form


The San Pedro Fish Market got wind of how much I love their Shrimp Tray, and in a wonderful but unnecessary gesture, sent me a bag of their DIY Shrimp Tray, complete with garlic bread, hot sauce and “Secret Recipe Seafood Seasoning.”

Eataly – Flatiron


Eataly, a Batali-and-Bastianich mega-mall of Italian cuisine, just about has it all. Fresh produce and ingredients, check. Expensive imported Italian goods, check. Premium espresso drinks and homemade gelati, check. Big balls of burrata and big wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano, check.