20Aug

This is Where I Leave You Book Club

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  This is a sponsored post. Are you like me and you love to read the book before the movie? In high school, I took a film adaptation class and we read books before we saw the film, analyzing The Great Gatsby to The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. We discussed what was left in and what was left in, discerning the screen writer's decisions and how literary elements are transported to the screen. Ever since then, I've always been interested in films that are adaptations and I look for faithful re-tellings of stories. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Read More

19Aug

A Nautical Visit to Nonantum Resort

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We recently stayed at Nonantum Resort, a luxurious hotel in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine. What was unique about the experience was that we were in the midst of a beautiful seaside village, complete with rocky beaches, waterfront cottages, sail boats, lobster fisherman and quaint shops and restaurants. The resort is ideal for a family trip as it's equipped with kid's activities (there's even a special tent dedicated to them, complete with a popcorn machine, movie screen, arts & crafts), sports (everything from kayaking to shuffle boarding), a Read More

17Aug

Family Bliss at Maine’s Inn By the Sea

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During our recent family holiday in Maine, my family and I ventured to a luxury oceanside resort in Cape Elizabeth called Inn By the Sea. Little did we know that we would be experiencing a completely blissful stay that would raise our bar for family travel forever moving forward. Inn By the Sea offers spacious, modern, sleek suites with views of the ocean, gorgeous food served on the premises, children's activities, a full-service spa and an extremely attentive staff. We felt right at home as soon as we walked through the door and remained in a zen Read More

15Aug

Mother-Daughter Getaway at The Danforth

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My daughter and I just spent one night at The Danforth, a small inn in the heart of Portland, Maine, with a lot of history dating back to 1812. From a prohibition hideout to episcopal housing, from boarding school to bank ruins, from Russian fortune to hard luck tales, The Danforth has a rich Maine history. It was transformed into an inn in 1993 and was recently renovated by brand new owners who plan on investing as much as $1 million and a new restaurant.  The result is comfortable,stylish and lavish and made for a cozy 24-hour visit for the two of 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

12Aug

Review and Giveaway: Avenue Q in NYC

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I can't believe I never saw Avenue Q until last week. It's celebrating its 11th anniversary! How can that be? I'm such a huge fan of one of its composers, Robert Lopez, that I have been clamoring to see it. It was on July 31, 2003 that Avenue Q opened on Broadway, going on to win 3 Tony Awards - for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score - and ran over 6 years at the John Golden Theatre. In October of 2009, it moved to its current home at New World Stages. It's played over 4,500 performances in New York, in addition to countless performances across the Read More

10Aug

Srugim’s Three Feminists

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I've just spent three weeks completely glued to an Israeli show called Srugim.  To be honest, I've been completely obsessed and of course, now wish I had spread it out over a longer period of time. Srugim was broadcast in Israel between the years of 2008-2011. The plot revolved around a group of friends in Jerusalem -- Yafit, Amir, Nati, Reut and Hodaya-- all in their 20s, all single, all Orthodox Jews, all looking for meaning of life and love but with Jewish rituals in mind. Kind of Friends, kind of Sex and the City with a Jewish slant. I first 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

08Aug

Playing Tourists on NYC’s Circle Line

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This past week I joined my son, mother and sister on a tour of Manhattan. Yes, you are wondering why I would do that when I live near NYC and have for many, many years! For one thing, it was a boat tour. I was invited by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises to go on their Harbor Lights Tour.  Who can resist the city at night? For another thing, my mom is visiting from out of town and I knew she would get a real kick out of seeing NYC all lit up at night, close up and person. In addition, my son is very Instagram obsessed at the moment, and I knew that he Read More