Cuba People to People, Day 1

The mystique and mystery of Cuba had been on the periphery of my mind since learning about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For so long, I pondered the reasons why a country less than 100 miles off the coast of the U.S. was so off limits. This limitation made me want […]

Cold Spring, Upstate New York

Situated at one of the narrowest and deepest parts of the Hudson, Cold Spring is the quintessential bucolic upstate New York town with an amazingly charming Main Street. From Cold Springs, you can easily walk to Garrison to visit Boscobel or to the West Point Foundry> You can also take the train to DIA: Beacon […]

Title: Pain au Jamon

Story: Have you ever laid your eyes on something and your first thought was mmmmmm? That’s how I felt when I fiat saw this savory goodness at Tartine in San Francisco. Then I tasted it. Imagine the saltiness of the high quality ham and nutty gruyere cheese wrapped in the buttery heaven of a fresh […]

Title: Cobb Salad at Luka’s Story: I love San Francisco. Having traveled there six times, I always like to visit old and new places. I also try to plan a day trip to Oakland, which is just a short ferry ride or BART ride from San Francisco. On my third visit to San Francisco, my […]

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Title: Beignets

Story: The first time I was in Savannah, GA, my mom and I woke up really early and decided to find a breakfast spot. We took a walk on the Riverwalk and found Huey’s on The River. They had beignets with a praline pecan sauce on their menu. My mom and I decided to try […]

Missed Connection: Frankfurt, Germany

After Naples, my friend and I bid ciao to Italy. Our flight home was scheduled with a very tiny layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  In order to make our connection flight, our initial flight had to go off without a hitch. We had no such luck. Our initial flight was delayed and left after the time […]

Italy: Naples

On the Road Again After leaving the beauty that is Matera, we headed out in our tour bus toward Naples.  As we made our way through the Italian countryside, we passed many waterways and fertile green hills. All of a sudden, as we crest yet another hill, the Bay of Naples comes into view along […]

Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant […]

2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized […]

Italy: Grotte di Castellana and Masseria Papaperta

History of the Grotte di Castellana The Grotte di Castellana is a series of caves in the Itria Valley that began to form over 90 million years ago. During the Cretaceous period, the valley was submerged by an ancient sea. For millions of years the lifeforms (shellfish and marine plants) left their carcasses on the […]