DUBAI | Armani Hotel

DUBAI | Armani Hotel

Oh yes I did. I used my travel blogger status to score a press rate in the crème de la crème of hotels in Dubai.  The one and only hotel that resides in the world’s highest tower, the Burj Khalifa.  The height of luxury from one of the world’s most…
DUBAI | Magnificent metropolis

DUBAI | Magnificent metropolis

I’ve wanted to go to Dubai for a long time, so after days of worrying about snowstorms delaying my flight, a harrowing drive to the airport on roads slick with black ice, an altercation with the check-in agent about carrying on my suitcase (I won), I was at JFK airport,…
Travel Tips | Don’t Leave Home Without

Travel Tips | Don’t Leave Home Without

I’m packing for a trip to Dubai and Thailand (stay tuned for the blog posts to come!) and as I was gathering all my essentials, I thought it might be a good time to share my checklist. Here are my must-haves – they make the journey a lot easier, and…
LOS ANGELES | Restaurant | POT

LOS ANGELES | Restaurant | POT

While I was working in Los Angeles, art directing Food Network show, “Daphne Dishes“, I got the opportunity to eat at some fabulous restaurants. POT, the latest venture from celebrated L.A. chef, Roy Choi, is a restaurant not to be missed. Choi’s meteoric rise to fame is like a movie…
GUEST POST | Puglia, Italy | Anita Dore

GUEST POST | Puglia, Italy | Anita Dore

One of the perks of writing a travel blog is that I hear from people around the world. Anita Dore is a designer and painter, living in Luxembourg. She and her husband, Dave, recently traveled to the region of Puglia, Italy, in the “heel of Italy’s boot.”  It is the…
Reykjavik | About Those Sweaters

Reykjavik | About Those Sweaters

This sweater is iconic in Iceland.  When I visited Iceland, I couldn’t wait to find out the ancient origins of the famous knitted patterns.  I imagined that the traditional craft had been handed down from generation to generation, like a family heirloom. I was in for a surprise. Almost immediately,…
BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

For the past couple weeks, our hearts have been with the people of Paris, in solidarity, following a brutal terrorist attack.  “Paris Views”, a captivating new book from photographer, Gail Albert Halaban, shows us a quieter side of the City of Light. One of my guilty pleasures, in my travels…
The pen is mightier than the sword

The pen is mightier than the sword

On January 7, 2015, Islamic militant gunmen killed twelve people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, presumably in response to controversial cartoons published by the magazine. Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker: “The French cartoonist Stéphane (Charb) Charbonnier liked to say, when jihadis repeatedly threatened to silence…