11Dec

An Electrifying Experience: IlluminOcean in Dana Point, California

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I just came back from Dana Point, California, where I experienced something very magical called IlluminOcean. A massive lover of Christmas lights, I had a feeling I'd be memorized, but I actually underestimated the event's enormity. Billed a “wonderland by the sand,” this new installation features 22 giant ocean-themed lighting sculptures with over 500,000 LED lights along a one-mile stretch on the harbor. It's really the perfect outing for a family and seriously worth the trip. Kids can even wear 3D glasses for a holographic look. Forty Nights of Read More

02Dec

Hotel Review: The Garland in North Hollywood

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My daughter and I just got back from a stay at The Garland in North Hollywood. Billed as "Hollywood Glamour Meet Retro-Chic," the hotel is undergoing a massive renovation to achieve this image and it was clear from what has been completed that they're on their way. This family-owned establishment was named after the late Beverly Garland, a famous film and TV actress. She was responsible for its interior décor, which is a retro-modern oasis surrounded by gardens and palm tress. The result is quintessential Hollywood, with pictures of film stars Read More

26Nov

Why Take the Kids to Long Beach, California

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If you're looking for a vacation with the kids in 2015 that has good hotels, restaurants, a variety of activities for all ages, good weather (all year long), art, culture, shopping, and more, I have an idea for you. I just got back from a few days in Long Beach, California, and I have to say it was the ultimate getaway with my tween. Located along five and a half miles of beach, half way between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach offers great food, cultural diversity, waterfront dining and a slew of options for families of all shapes and sizes. In Read More

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

09Nov

Walks of New York Presents: A Walking Tour for the Food Obsessed

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Confession: I'm not a foodie. I don't follow world renowned chefs and I don't eat at their restaurants. My kids watch cooking shows on the Food Network and from time to time, I watch with them. But I do know New York City. I've been living here a long time, and I feel the city's pulse. When I was invited on a walking tour, hosted by Walks of New York, celebrating its culture and history from the perspective of one of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Mario Batali, I didn't hesitate. Batali has his home base in Greenwich Village, and I'd heard Read More

04Nov

Multi-Generational Zen at the Emerson Resort and Spa

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When I invited my mom to accompany me to a weekend at the Emerson Resort and Spa in the Catskills, I had a feeling we were in for something special. I'd been to the area and knew it holds an aura of tranquility. I also knew we were going to be near hippie-esque towns and that we needed time to explore after our stint at the spa. We both needed the experience to escape stress and reality, and I had no doubt the time would be bonding and rewarding. After all, my mom just moved to New York, and I'm embracing the time with her. The Emerson would be our Read More

20Oct

My Latest on MiniTime: 10 Reasons to Visit Iceland with Kids

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My latest piece over on MiniTime is about a family travel destination close to my heart, ICELAND. We took the kids about five years ago. It wasn’t the most obvious of places to visit on our annual summer holiday but somehow or other, but we were definitely curious and once we began to do our research, we decided it would be our summer holiday destination.  The kids didn’t know what to expect when they heard the word “Iceland” – they thought we were going to go ice-skating and skiing during all throughout the holiday. Iceland is truly one of those Read More

02Oct

Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Child

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Traveling with special needs children can be challenging, but the reward of seeing the world runs deep and the experience is like no other. While the urge to stay home may take over your conscious as a parent, it’s important to remember about your own desire and urge to explore while you are young, too Your child may be a stickler for routine or want all his foods separated. He may take medication and need an early bedtime. For all these reasons and more, you may be hesitant to take him out of his rhythm, but there are tactics to help cope. We’ve made 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

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