Destination: United States

A Warm Weekend in Miami Beach

By the time March rolls around in New York City, I’m always craving warm weather. The calendar says that spring is around the corner, but the chilly temps always prove otherwise. Last March, when my husband and I had enough of the extended winter in New York, we decided to book a quick, three-day trip to Miami. Read More ›

A Local’s Guide to Seattle

After moving to Seattle just over two years ago from Florida, I felt like I was in a new world of year-around activities. The weather is mild — Florida-like thunderstorms are incredibly rare. You can always throw on a jacket and head to the mountains, the water, a plethora of tourist sites, and, of course, a number of gems in our thriving food scene. Traveler’s Tip: Unless you’re visiting in the summer, come prepared with a hooded rain jacket. Leave your umbrellas at home, or you’ll stick out like a sore thumb! Read More ›

Food and Culture in New Orleans

I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t see the value in maintaining New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. How could such a vulnerable city be worth saving? It took exactly 37 seconds for me to realize how wrong I was once we arrived for our New Orleans vacation. New Orleans is a cultural treat because it doesn’t fit into any one typical category. The city is bursting with energy! Live music abounds everywhere in the French Quarter and the food is truly a cultural phenomenon rich in seafood, spice and strong flavors. Moreover, the nightlife can’t be missed. Certainly Bourbon Street is an everlasting party, but the rest of the city is raucous as well. We stayed at the beautiful, yet comfortable Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The hotel is old, grand and a suitable place to rest when one must sleep. Make sure to ask for an interior room as the hotel borders Bourbon Street and some rooms can be loud at night. We did not come to the city for the hotel, though, but for the food and for the drinks. While I despise the term, one could easily classify my wife and me as “foodies.” So often when we travel it’s to experience culture and food. Read More ›