My Pop Culture Best of List 2011


Here's a short top 10 of my richest pop cultural experiences of 2011: Best Movies: I loved that my son enjoyed the dazzling film directed by Martin Scorcese, Hugo, just as much as I did. A long time fan of Woody Allen, I adored Midnight in Paris and found it just as compelling and genuine as some of his early films.  I saw it in a Brooklyn film house with other longtime Woody Allen fans and it was one of my most memorable cinematic experiences of the year.  I laughed out loud with all the ladies of the hit movie Bridesmaids and am thrilled that Read More


Candle Seven: Growing Up a Fish Out Of Water

Hanukkah with Kids

When I was growing up in Atlanta, there were less than 100,000 Jewish residents in a city of several million.  My parents had moved there from Philadelphia, and they retained much of that Northern Jewishness that set us apart growing up.  Much of that was cultural - bagels and lox on Sunday mornings, for example, instead of grits and fried chicken. We were members of the Temple, the biggest Reform shul in the city, and my sisters and I went to Sunday School and were had Bat Mitzvahs and confirmations.  We were involved members of the community, and it Read More


Snowshoeing for the First Time in Beaver Creek


Last week, while vacationing in Beaver Creek, Colorado, I went snowshoeing for the first time.  It was a sport I'd never thought about before, and I was eager to try it.  It's also a sport that has a big following all over the world. You can either snowshoe for pleasure, or you can race competitively (believe me, I know what I'm talking about, I met several people who do it).  According to the Snow Sports Industries America, snowshoe sales are up 21% in units and up 20% in dollars sold through February this season.  If you like sports, particularly Read More


Digging up an Old Post: Our Jewish Christmas


(This is a repost from last year.  I will be posting a new Hanukkah tomorrow, as well, as part of the Hanukkah Hooplah blogger Hanukkah showdown) I grew up in a home with a mother who was desperately trying to shed some of her Jewish identity that she felt was forced down her throat.  Her parents had kept a strictly Kosher house.  Though they weren’t religious, she felt denied…..denied of having the experience of even just knowing how other people lived.  She lived in a very Italian neighborhood, so I am sure that Jewish people were a minority.  She Read More


A Hit in My House: Ricotta Cheese Latkes


Every since I mentioned my Ricotta Latke recipe at the Hanukkah Hooplah Twitter Party, I have been asked by several people for the recipe.  I wanted to make it one more time this year before I released it to you, and I'm happy that I did tonight.  We hosted our annual party with two other families and I decided to add it to the menu.  It was a diary meal, and I wanted to add it to the repertoire of food, which did include potato latkes, as well. It was a good thing I did.  They were wildly successful, and I have to say, much easier to make than the Read More


Eating Out in Beaver Creek Resort (With and Without the Kids)

Coyote Cafe

Beaver Creek Village has all kinds of choices for families of all shapes and sizes when it comes to finding something to please everyone after a day on the snow.  Whether you're eating out with the family, or manage to slip away on your own on a date, there are wonderful options all over the resort.  You can go low key, or slightly fancy, and it's always possible to find solid options. Here are some of our favorite culinary spots to check out while you're visiting, both with and without the kids: Starting with the kids: Toscanini is located in Read More


Capturing Ski Memories with the Help of Epic Mix


I was really excited when I was skiing in Vail recently and learned about Epic Mix.  Epic Mix is a whole new way of skiing and capturing yourself on camera.  You no longer have to worry about carrying your camera on the slopes and having to stop in your tracks on the mountain. Photographers are scattered around the mountain taking photographs and the photos are captured on your EpixMix card, which also serves as your lift ticket.  It's inside your pocket, not even out, and manages to capture all the day's memories. It doesn't only take pictures, it Read More


Home Away from Home at the Elkhorn Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado

elkhorn lodge

I recently discovered a true gem for families in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  It's the Elkhorn Lodge, a ski-in/ski-out lodge situated just minutes from the village.  It's clean, spacious and comfortable and ideal for a family staying for more than a few days.  It has everything to suit a family's needs: location, free shuttle service to the resort, fully equipped kitchens, jetted bath tubs and more.  The lodge is actually a condominium with wholly owned condos, but you can pay per night while the owners are away. They are immaculate and the lodge truly Read More


Family Travel: 10 Reasons Why to Visit Beaver Creek Resort


If you're looking into planning a ski trip this winter with the family, you should definitely consider Beaver Creek Resort in Beaver Creek Mountain, Colorado, as a top option on your list.   Known as a village in the mountains that offers the promise of "not exactly roughing it," it is a place that offers the perfect amount of rustic luxury for any family to travel comfortably and affordably. From the moment you step into the crisp air with mountains gazing at you from every direction, you will be transported. The views are stunning and the resort is Read More


Review: Then Again by Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton's memoir, "Then Again"

I just knew that Diane Keaton's new memoir Then Again would resonate with me on more than one level. For one thing, her films, particularly Annie Hall and Manhattan, stand out in my memory as all-time favorites.  But there is much more than her films to relate to: her eternal feeling of self-doubt, her close relationship and love for her mother, the asthma we both experienced as young girls and even her move to NYC as a young girl.  I read her book laughing and nodding my head, just as I knew I would. Her book is a beautiful salute to her mother, Read More