21Sep

I’m Headed to the 2016 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival!

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We love dumplings in my house. There's a small Korean place on West 32nd Street in NYC called Mandoo Bar which my kids and I flock to a few times a year.  We also get them regularly at our local Chinese restaurant and I even buy them at Trader Joe's every so often and make them at home. Steamed, lightly fried. Filled with chicken, vegetables, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. Dipped in soy sauce. We can't get enough of dumplings. After all, we live in a metropolis of foodies, so even at age 11 and 13, we kind of are dumpling Read More

10Sep

Hotel Review: Copenhagen’s Hotel D’Angleterre

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 Hotel D'Angleterre is the ultimate hotel for families to stay while visiting Copenhagen. It's a five-star hotel, and it truly deserves each and every one. On our recent visit, all four of us were visiting a new city and were full of wonder and excitement, not knowing what this part of the trip had in store for us. When our taxi pulled up to the hotel, we were all immediately in awe of its exterior. The hotel was constructed as a neoclassic palace, and it has maintained its 1870s historical aspects and is truly stunning from both the outside and the Read More

09Sep

Hotel Review: Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam

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If you're headed to Amsterdam and can afford to indulge, I implore you to stay at the Conservatorium Hotel. Built in 1897, the hotel is situated in a beautiful Neo-Gothic building that was originally the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music. In 2011, it was transformed into a deluxe hotel brand. It's the first member of The Set, a collection of of hotels for sophisticated, design, literary travelers in the 21st century, and let me tell you, it's classy - it's classic - yet it stays true to its roots. Besides the magnificent violin display you encounter when Read More

08Sep

Hotel Review: Hampshire Hotel – Amsterdam American

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When I found out we would be staying at the Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American, it immediately rang a bell. Why? One reason. Take a look. Recognize this bench? It's the bench used as a prop in the motion picture, Fault in Our Stars.  Yes, my tween aged daughter and I loved that film. The Hotel De Filosoof in the movie is actually portrayed by the American Hotel, the retro, art deco hotel that sits in the center of the bustling Leidseplein. The real Hotel De Filosoof isn't far, though, and it's conveniently located right around the corner from Read More

06Sep

Hotel Review: Old Swan & Minster Mill in England’s Cotswolds

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When we first pulled up to the Old Swan & Minster Mill, I was instantly intrigued and inwardly delighted. The hotel is a village within a village, literally 60 rooms and a few cottages that resembles a small village. It has so much charm with its dose of traditional English culture and stunning setting, with a 18th century mill located on the River Windrush across 65 acres. It's right down the road from a cathedral and authentic ruins from Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, and the nearby scenery is dynamic. In addition, the Read More

05Sep

Hotel Review: The Rectory Hotel in England’s Cotswolds

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When I first walked into the Rectory Hotel during our recent visit to the Cotswolds, I was in total awe of its decor which is a modern ode to British culture. The hotel is a bit of Pottery Barn mixed with luxury, and its modern yet rustic features and amenities are extremely welcoming. Located in a grand Georgian country house on three acres of walled beautiful gardens, it was the perfect spot for my family to rest our heads and one of my favorite hotels I've experienced as of late. Why were we there? To experience some of England's most stunning Read More

03Sep

Hotel Review: Gliffaes Country House Hotel in Wales

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If you're looking for an off-the-beaten path hotel in Brecon Beacons, Wales, look no further than Gliffaes Country House Hotel. My family and I were so lucky to have paid a visit last month while vacationing in the United Kingdom. Located on 33 acres on the eastern corner of Brecon Beacons National Park, the hotel offers a complete getaway. The Victorian style hotel is surrounded by beautiful foliage, rivers, woods, hedges and sheep fields and is near quaint villages like Knighton and Crickhowell to explore. While exploring the grounds, we even bumped Read More

02Sep

Guest Post: Review of Off-Broadway’s Stomp

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. When your kids take pots and pans out of the kitchen cabinets and you think, “No, not again. I had enough of this horrible banging noise.” The show Stomp will give them even more legitimacy to drive you crazy and tell you, “Why can’t we do it? You are killing our creativity!” Also throw into the mix: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner Read More

08Aug

Where You’ll Find Me

Where You'll FInd Me Friday

I haven't been writing as much as of late, not due to a shortage of things to talk about, but mainly because of a workload that has been taking me away from doing some of the things I love. Yep, when you work full time, it's hard to partake in the things you love. Last week a business trip took me to Los Angeles, and I went a few days early and enjoyed the beauty of Southern California. I went boogie boarding in Santa Monica, dining in SilverLake, exploring in Pasadena and hiking in the Palisades. It was heaven, and a bonus, I was on my own, without the Read More

27Jul

Review & Giveaway: Cirque du Soleil Paramour on Broadway

Director: Philippe DecoufleArtistic Guide: Jean-Francois BouchardAssociate Creative Director: Pascale HenrotAssociate Creative Director and Scene Director: West HylerComposer: Bob & BillSet Designer: Jean RabasseChoreographer: Daphne MaugerCostume

When I was invited to experience Cirque du Soleil Paramour, the organization’s first created specifically for Broadway at the Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street), I was intrigued. As a big fan of the franchise, I've seen multiple performances, some I've loved more than others. After a visit to Las Vegas last year, I experienced the first Cirque that did not appeal to me at all (Criss Angel Believe), and it dawned on me that not all of the Cirque experiences would actually appeal to me. So I wondered what a Broadway version would be like. I was Read More