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

07Aug

Reliving the Phantom of the Opera

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Seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway over 20 years ago was a highlight of my young adulthood. When I saw it on Broadway, I loved the music, the costumes, the set, the magic. The CD traveled with me across several continents as a young woman, and I never got the show out of my mind. When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary, I was admittedly excited to take my 11 year-old daughter.  To relive this musical with my first born was incredibly important to me as it was an Read More

06Aug

A Multi-Generational Visit to Vermont’s Lake Morey Resort

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  Follow my blog with Bloglovin This past weekend I packed the kids and my mom up and we fled to Vermont. Our destination was Lake Morey Resort, a family-style resort located on a 600-acre lake surrounded by greenery, filled with water sports and packed with memories. I try to take my mother away with us once a year to somewhere unlike anywhere she has ever been and somewhere with an appeal to my kids. Lake Morey Resort was ideal for this year's choice. The resort is rustic yet upscale at the same time. It has an old time feeling of genuine Read More

04Aug

Blogger Bash Post Mortem

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  A few months ago, my dear friend, Charlene DeLoach of Charlene Chronicles invited me to a unique event called Blogger Bash. Billed as "10 themed parties that will serve as networking opportunities between bloggers and big-name brands from baby to travel," my immediate thought was 'how would this appeal to me?'  After all, I'm not going to many blogging conferences anymore. After blogging for more than a few years, I feel that I've typically aged out of a lot of the information that is presented at these events. I'm also not much of a Read More

04Aug

Netflix to the Summer Dulldrums Rescue

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With summer in its final few weeks and a hectic back-to-school season on the horizon, Netflix has been instrumental to keeping my kids not only entertained but educated this summer. Whenever we have downtime, which is often lately as both kids are home without camp or activities for the next four weeks (help!), we flip on Netflix, do an intensive search and find films that fits the edutainment bill. Here are five of the films we've watched to beat the summer dulldrums this summer: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) I like to introduce my kids to films Read More

03Aug

On Getting Gorgeous (Literally and Figuratively!)

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(Note: I am dreadfully late on this post. I always post on an event that I attend, so I regret my tardiness.) I am not known for being very beauty or fashion centric, so when I receive invitations to event that revolve around either of the two, I am usually stunned and have to think about my RSVP very carefully. However, some of these invitations are easier to consider. Like this one: Getting Gorgeous. Its organizers, Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney, are two of the most amazing, giving and savvy people I've met in this space. I love that they met Read More

31Jul

Welcome to My Mid-Life Blog Crisis

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Well, if you've been paying attention to my streams as of late, you might have noticed some serious changes taking place. In the course of six months, I changed the name of this blog to The Culture Tripper, changed it back to The Culture Mom, started a new site The Holly Chronicles which I've since shelved and done some irreversible damage to my social media channels. What was my reason for my midlife blog crisis? The reason? Couldn't really tell you other than the fact that I must have had a mid-life crisis and taken it out on the Internet! In all Read More

30Jul

A Visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

hudson valley with kids

On a recent visit to Hyde Park in the Hudson Valley, we took our son for a tour of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. It’s a remarkable property was built over a hundred years ago in 1898 by Frederick Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The tour took us to see about 15-20 rooms of the 50-room Classical style mansion. One of eight heirs to his family’s fortune, Frederick purchased the property in 1895 and hired architect Charles McKim to decorate a “country house” in which the family could entertain guests during the Read More