21Feb

A Day at The Museum of the City of New York

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I wasn’t born in NYC but I became an official New Yorker on 9/11.  I was in the city when the towers fell and from that day on, I was no longer an ex-pat.  My accent got thicker, my roots got tighter and I set down my fort and never left.  Just a few years later, I would bring two children into this world and they would inherit my fierce patriotism to the city we live in.  Our passion for the city is universal and I never have to struggle to get my kids in for a dose of culture. So, during the February break, I decided it was time to visit the Museum Read More

21Feb

Giveaway: Orphans on Broadway with Alec Baldwin

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One of the most talked about shows coming to Broadway this season is Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin and and Tom Sturridge. After seven seasons playing network executive Jack Donaghy  on the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” Baldwin is returning to Broadway.  The play is directed by the Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (“The Columnist,” “Proof”), who directed "Glengarry Glen Ross” last year. This is the story: Two orphaned brothers live in their decrepit North Philadelphia row house. They survive by petty thievery and a steady diet of tuna fish and daytime Read More

18Feb

Exploring Vietnamese Street Food in Hanoi

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Tucked away in the heart of Hanoi lies the Hanoi Cooking Centre.  Located in 44 Chau Long Street, nestled on the edge of Hanoi's old quarter and close to Truc Bach and West Lake, Hanoi Cooking Centre is a cooking school, and cafe. The centre offers hands-on cooking classes and short courses in a relaxed atmosphere, designed by chef Tracey Lister, co-author of KOTO - A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam and Vietnamese Street Food. We were lucky to discover the school before we departed for Vietnam and had a tour set up before we left. While we were Read More

14Feb

DoGoodCon: Creating Meaningful Change in the World.

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I am thrilled to be announcing my involvement with a new event called DoGoodCon. I’m always looking for ways to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and how to translate that potential into action and this is one. DoGoodCon is a CONFEST (not a conference!) celebrating social entrepreneurs who are embracing a for-profit business model with a built-in social mission. The speakers, panelists and vendors represent a variety of industries – Design, Education, Entertainment, Food, Film, Finance, and more! I Read More

13Feb

On Being That Girl Again (and Why Moms Should Take Solo Trips)

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If you read my blog, you know that I recently left my family for nearly two weeks to head to China and Vietnam. While I was traveling, I posted on Facebook on occasion, and very often on Instagram.  I truly thought of my time in Asia as time to regroup and decided I would benefit from a break from real life and that included social media. I also didn't carry my computer nor did I have Wifi access everywhere I went. I have never been in such a visually stunning place in my life, so photography became my best friend and I filled my Instagram stream Read More

12Feb

Giveaway: Nice Work if You Can Get It on Broadway

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  The show Nice Work if You Can Get It is a show with fabulous music, choreography and some of the best singers on Broadway. It's a real crowd pleaser and if you don't love musicals, this may change your mind. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) with the book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis), the show is about the Roaring Twenties and features a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don't go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger Read More

12Feb

Giveaway: GirlyGirl Clothes for the Hip and Savvy

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About a year ago, while visiting a childhood friend in Atlanta, I noticed that her daughters were wearing the most beautiful dresses.  I liked them so much that even now I remember telling her that I wished my daughter was younger so she could wear them.  When she told me that her sister was the designer  of these dresses with her company called GirlyGirl, my mouth dropped open. They were really unique, quite European, acutely fashionable and so well-made.  I was completely intrigued, so I recently set up time with GirlyGirl's designer and my friend's Read More

11Feb

Ngong Ping 360: Lifting Up into the Chinese Sky

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On my recent visit to Hong Kong, we had a very full agenda full of recommendations of what to see and do in this city that was completely new to us.  We were told to visit Lantau, the biggest of the more than 200 outlying islands, with the Tung Chung area and the Big Buddha.  Game for an adventure and after inspecting photographs of the site, we were curious and eager to go on the 25-minute cable car journey on the Ngong Ping 360. We entered a crystal cabin with glass bottom floors and started making our way across the ocean, just as excited as our Read More

09Feb

On Being an “Independent Woman” & Traveling Through Asia

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We were midway into our trip to Vietnam.  We had ventured to Halong Bay, a fairyland of limestone peaks.  It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to  and I felt like I was dreaming.  As we headed into a smaller boat from our cruise liner for a day of kayaking in the caves, a Vietnamese worker on the boat looked at us - a group of five American women with no men in tow - and called us "Independent Women".  A big smile swept over my face, and it remained with me throughout my travels. Every which way you look in Halong Bay, you see pure, Read More

23Jan

Wanderlust is My Drug

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Wanderlust. It's like a drug.  I encountered my first dose while living abroad at age 18 when I was introduced to a completely different culture, language, cuisine and fell in love.  That was a crazy year and it opened me up to everything and made me realize how much the world had to offer me.  I would spend the next 10 years exploring as much of the world as I could, spending a year in London, traveling around Europe, living in Israel and ending up in NYC. And then I had kids.  And believe me, having kids has not deterred my love of travel.  We've Read More