Chilling Out in Charleston and IOP

When trying to plan a last minute getaway, the first consideration is the weather.  Any place where the forecast calls for little chance of rain and warm weather works for me – and, of course, good food.  With those caveats in mind, we ended up booking an impromptu 3 day weekend trip to the Charleston…

The New Nashville

From its humble days of meat and three’s and chain restaurants, Nashville exploded onto the food scene a few years ago with the widely acclaimed Catbird Seat in 2011, followed by Rolf and Daughters in 2012 and Husk a year later.  The previously under-the-radar “hot fried chicken” also became a national sensation.  Now it’s accessible…

No Horsing Around – It’s The Weekend!

After a week that felt more like winter, it’s time to get out there and do something! There’s a little horse race you might have heard about at Belmont Park, music on Governors Island and art in Bushwick. After American Pharoah (yes it’s spelled that way) won the Preakness last month, I planned on going…

Mother’s Day in NYC

Some mothers want to be left alone to relax on their special day.  Others want to spend it with their children, as mine always did.  That usually entails a fancy brunch or dinner.  But if you’re in NYC and didn’t plan ahead, finding reservations for Mother’s Day is about as easy as getting into the…

A Weekend In Normandy

Normandy is known for so many things:  apples, caramel, cheese, oysters and, of course, the battles fought during World War II.  The beauty of the region is striking, especially along the coast. Beaches that were the sight of such human loss now welcome vacationers from near and far. I’m not usually one to do the…

The Elusive Thin Crust Pizza

If I traveled to Italy to learn how to become a pizzaiolo, I likely could have finished this post sooner.  But since my goal was to sort through different recipes and flours, it took 6 months to figure out what worked for a thin crust pizza at home. Wanting an option if short on time,…