11Nov

A Trip to the New York Wine Country

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  I recently traveled to the North Fork, New York Wine Country, via Cross Sound Ferry. The ferry was a mode of transportation I honestly hadn't considered in the past, but boy, were my expectations surpassed. It was efficient, restful and great value. The trip eliminated hours of driving, and the views from the boat were so impressive. The North Fork, once thought of a long drive on the Long Island Expressway, where you can sit for hours at a time during the summer, became more accessible, and now that I've been there, I can't wait to go back. A Read More

14Aug

A Visit to Maine’s The Lodge on the Cove

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We just spent 24 hours at an unexpected treasure of a boutique hotel called The Lodge on the Cove, part of the Kennebunkpost Resort Collection, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Tucked away in a secluded part of this famous seaside town is this simply sublime and stylish resort.  It's also extremely welcoming to families with its spacious rooms, spread throughout a property that edges a tidal cove one mile from the center of town, as well as its activity offerings. The hotel is a  converted motor lodge that re-opened last year. The owners commissioned local Read More

13Aug

A Visit to Essex Culinary Resort & Spa

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My family and I just spent a few days at a very unique resort in Vermont called the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa. What is unique about it is not the fact that it's a located in a serene, beautiful of the state and offers a plethora of neither activities nor the fact that the grounds itself are breath taking and quite immaculate. What's unique is that the entire resort is based around cooking. As soon as you walk through the door, you are presented with homemade desserts and that is the just the tip of the iceberg with the serious culinary reality Read More

09Aug

A NYC Find: Ivan Ramen at Gotham Market

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This week I had a huge NYC discovery: Ivan Ramen at Gotham Market in midtown. I'd been dead curious to find how a Jewish guy from Long Island, Ivan Orkin, could create a so-called ramen revolution, and even more so to find out how he meshes his Jewish identity into his recipes. Apparently, he got his training in Tokyo, where he created two noodle restaurants that established as a ramen master of his domain, and brought his expertise and knowledge here. So clearly there would be validity to the claims of his being labeled Mr. Ramen King. The Gotham Market Read More

24Jul

The Hundred-Foot Journey, a Tale of Food and Travel

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You can't deny the thrill of seeing a film, in this case The Hundred-Foot Journey, that so beautifully weaves together the things you love most in life. About a month ago, Chef did that so skillfully, weaving together food, social media, humor, travel and great story-telling. I left the theater craving Spanish food and was also hungry for more movies with relevance to the times we are living in. It also made me think more about the life of a chef, something I had never really thought about. I was looking for a another chance to do it again. And here Read More

03Jul

Sizzling at Macy’s Culinary Council’s Sizzle Showdown #SP

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This past weekend I headed to Macy's for the annual Sizzle Showdown, hosted by their very own Culinary Council. It was an extremely hot day in NYC and I wondered how the contestants would duke it out under the sky's scorching sun. There six budding chefs would compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to Macy's 4th of July Fireworks to be revealed as America's Grilling Guru. I was invited as a guest of Macy's Culinary Council, a national culinary authority comprising some of the nation's leading culinary master. Launched in 2003, MCC's team of Read More

26Mar

How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

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Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our Read More

01Jan

Winter Break in Montreal with Kids

Montreal with Kids

Every year we do something during break but we usually have two stipulations: 1. We choose a destination in driving distance and 2. We choose a place within a reasonable budget. While we would love to pick up and go visit our family in the UK more than anything in the world, it's just not feasible this time of year. We wanted some place exotic and adventurous so Montreal with kids immediately came to mind. There are so many reasons to take your kids on a trip to explore Montreal. For one thing, it’s the Europe of North America and you can introduce Read More

18Oct

A Mouth-Watering Meal at Plates

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the region’s largest dining event, is returning Nov. 4-17.  This popular event, spanning 114 miles and seven counties, is among the largest Restaurant Week events in the country, bringing together farmers, chefs and local purveyors to support the local economy and showcase the farm-to-table movement that makes the Hudson Valley a premiere culinary destination. The list of restaurants is extensive and includes some of our favorites and some places we've yet to try including Red Hat on the River, Tarry Lodge, X20 Xaviars Read More

13Aug

Foodie Dining in Vail, Colorado

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While visiting Vail recently, I was introduced to some of the loveliest restaurants in town. I assumed that the food would be good, but I truly didn't realize just how good.  The majority of restaurants are inspired by farm-to-table ingredients and are made with organic ingredients.  While I'm not typically a foodie, I found the food to be inspiring. Once my body got over altitude sickness (which took 24 hours), I was able to really partake in exquisite Vail cuisine. Here are some of the restaurants I tried. La Tour is a French-American restaurant Read More