02Feb

Mont Tremblant: A City for Skiers & Non-Skiers

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If you're yearning to ski in Europe but can't quite afford it this year or don't have the time off from work, why not consider Mont Tremblant? A trip there is certainly easier, and so much more affordable: you can either drive there in seven to eight hours or take a connecting flight via Air Canada or Porter Airlines, which is just an hour from Toronto and an hour from Montreal in the Laurentian Mountains. In addition, the exchange rate currently works in Americans' favor, averaging around 1.4 U.S. dollar to one Canadian dollar (at the time of this Read More

18Jan

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to the @NYBG Orchid Show

NYBG Orchid Show

I'm a big fan of the annual Orchid Show at The NY Botanical Garden, and I’m thrilled to be hosting a giveaway to send a family to experience it for themselves. The year 2016 marks the 125th Anniversary of the founding of Garden. Since 1891 NYBG has been a museum of plants dedicated to achieving excellence in horticulture, education, and plant research and conservation. Today it is one of the great cultural institutions in the world, a preeminent center for botanical research, a natural treasure for visitors of all ages, and a leader and national model Read More

17Jan

Our Weekend at Woodloch Resort

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When we were invited to spend some time at Woodloch Resort in the Poconos with my family in tow, I was suitably excited. I had heard so much about it from various friends, many who go back year after year, and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. Also, after living in an apartment for the past few months while undergoing massive renovations on our home, we were all eager to get up and out and sleep elsewhere. Woodloch is a mere two hours from NYC, so the drive was relatively short and easy until the last 15 minutes or so when we hit local, Read More

13Jan

Review: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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In preparation for another story, I saw Beautiful: The Carole King Musical last night, and I have only one question: what took me so long? Beautiful: The Carole King Musical In 2-1/2 hours, I learned so much about not only Carole King but also the history of rock and roll. Did you know that "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", penned with Gerry Goffin, was Carole's first Number One hit, when she was just 17? I had no idea that she entered the music industry as a teenager after meeting the legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin and went on to produce hits like Read More

29Dec

A Brooklyn Discovery: Raaka Chocolate

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If you're looking for something unique to do in Brooklyn with the kids, look no further than Raaka Chocolate. The home of "virgin chocolate," Raaka a factory where they make 20,000 chocolate bars a month and offer tours, as well as classes, where kids can taste raw cacao from different parts of the world and make their own creation. Raaka Chocolate On a recent Friday night, my family and I ventured to Red Hook, where the Raaka factory is based. Immediately upon walking in, we smelled the fermented cacao beans, imported from small growers in Belize, Read More

28Dec

A Weekend in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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A few weeks ago, my husband, tween-aged daughter and I headed to Lackawanna County for a bit of exploration. Having never been to that neck of the woods after living in the Northeast for over 20 years, I was looking forward to it. We were also in the midst of home renovations and living in flux, so it was going to be nice to get away for a few days and do what I love most - traveling, of course. Our Weekend in Scranton When I heard Lackawanna County, I immediately looked to Google to find out more about it (have you done that yet?). It's an area just Read More

27Dec

Only in New York City: THE RIDE NYC

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On Christmas Eve, my family and I ventured into NYC for a day of holiday sight-seeing. We started at the tree at Rockefeller Center, went by department windows at Sax Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, went shopping at Bryant Park market and idled in the fantastic lobby at the Algonquin Hotel. The Ride NYC But we had one thing on our mind: our 4pm reservation on THE RIDE NYC. I had a feeling it would be inclusive of everything I love most in life. For example, NYC is my oasis. I've lived here for years but never tire of the buzz this city radiates. Read More

22Dec

Where You Can Find me

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I may have been quiet here as of late (hence the dip in traffic, I presume?), but I've been eloquent and prolific elsewhere! Here's where you can find me on the Internets:   PUBLICATION: YAHOO 12/23/15 How to Celebrate the Holidays in New York City PUBLICATION: THE HUFFINGTON POST 11/30/15 Must Avoid Popular Winter Destinations… And Where to Go Instead PUBLICATION: FINDERY 11/24/15 Traveling through moments of Ireland PUBLICATION: THE CULTURE TRIP 12/1/15 NYC’s Unmissable Holiday Markets PUBLICATION: PARENT Read More

14Dec

MOTHERSTRUCK! at NYC Culture Project

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Last week I was on Facebook and happened to see several posts by women I really admire about a new show they'd seen called MotherStruck! As a frequent theater goer, marketer and producer, I was instantly intrigued. It appeared to be a raw, honest show about motherhood starring a single Jamaican poet named Staceyann Chin living in Brooklyn. Motherstruck! The show is also directed by Cynthia Nixon and produced by Rosie O'Donnell, two women I admire immensely, particularly for the contributions to NYC theater they have both made over the years. I Read More

11Dec

Review: “School of Rock” on Broadway

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When my 11 year-old son asked me to take him to see School of Rock on Broadway, I was both surprised and thrilled. I haven't taken him to a show since 2010, when I took my cue at Stomp, when his sensorial issues took over. It was a combination of being over stimulated and noise that were just too much for him. But he loved the movie this show is based on - so much so that he's watched it several times on Netflix. Somehow during the summer he took note of its pending Broadway arrival, as did I with Andrew Lloyd Webber's name attached, and we both Read More