Montreal should top your list if you’re looking for the charm of Europe without the travel hassles of flying across the pond. This French-speaking Canadian city is in the eastern province of Quebec, about 300 miles north of Boston. Hop on a plane or train, and you’ll be sipping coffee in a sidewalk café in… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to 2 Days in Montreal
Meals in Montreal
One Local Family Creates Memories to Savor on a Trip to Canada Some families wear matching pajamas for Christmas; others binge-watch Netflix shows or have family game night. For my husband and our two teenage sons, it’s sharing a meal that brings us together. Sometimes we eat with chopsticks or steak knives; other nights it’s… Continue reading Meals in Montreal
SAVORY EXPLORES: WHERE TO PLAY, EAT, AND SLEEP IN BOSTON
Boston, a historic city on the Charles River, is a delightful mix of old and new. You can follow Paul Revere’s footsteps into the Old North Church and then shop for the latest fashions at Copley Place. Grab a cup of classic clam chowder, a Boston favorite for hundreds of years, or dine at a trendy pop-up restaurant. Boston… Continue reading SAVORY EXPLORES: WHERE TO PLAY, EAT, AND SLEEP IN BOSTON
Welcome to Orlando!
Orlando is famous for heart-pumping roller coasters and family-friendly attractions, naming it Theme Park Capital of the World. But did you know there is so much more to see? With vibrant art museums, lush gardens, and eclectic retail districts, Orlando’s neighborhoods weave a colorful tapestry of culture and history. Take a day or two on… Continue reading Welcome to Orlando!
DISCOVERING HISTORIC SANFORD, FLORIDA
Located halfway between Orlando’s theme parks and the beaches of Daytona, historic Sanford is one of Central Florida’s lesser-known gems. It makes a perfect day trip if you’re in the area, but also offers a great weekend getaway. This charming town on Lake Monroe is filled with restaurants, antique shops, craft breweries, and nature spots.… Continue reading DISCOVERING HISTORIC SANFORD, FLORIDA
How Your Next Central Florida Burger or Latte Can Change the World
If you’re heading to the Orlando area, I’m sure you’ve given a lot of thought to your itinerary. You’ve probably booked a hotel, made theme park reservations, and maybe even though about which restaurants to visits. But did you know there are coffee shops and bistros in Central Florida where your visit could literally save lives? By… Continue reading How Your Next Central Florida Burger or Latte Can Change the World
Six Places in Reykjavik for Licorice: Love it or Hate It
When it comes to licorice, there’s no middle ground. There are believers, like me, who salivate at the mere thought of the strong, dark confection. And then there are haters who can’t understand why anyone would eat something that looks like tar and makes their eyes water. Iceland is full of believers. Years of restrictions… Continue reading Six Places in Reykjavik for Licorice: Love it or Hate It
Central Florida Lantern Festival Shines Light on Chinese Culture
The Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia by gathering with family, decorating the house with red couplets and giving red envelopes with money to friends and colleagues. Also known as Spring Festival in China, this 15-day celebration starts on January 22nd and ends with the Lantern Festival on February 5th. read more
Welcome to Eatonville, the Town that Freedom Built
I’ve driven by the exit off Interstate 4 just north of Orlando, Florida, dozens of times, and always wondered about Eatonville. You can see the sign from the freeway that reads “Oldest Incorporated African American Municipality in America.” Recently, I decided to take the exit and finally explore this city of deep significance to our country.… Continue reading Welcome to Eatonville, the Town that Freedom Built
Beyond the Beach: Land-lubber’s Guide to Nassau, Bahamas
Why would I come to the tropical beach paradise of the Bahamas if I prefer dry land? Yes, I love to stroll on the beach, collect shells and take a quick dip in the ocean, but then I’m ready for my next adventure. My husband and sons, on the other hand, love scuba diving. On our… Continue reading Beyond the Beach: Land-lubber’s Guide to Nassau, Bahamas
How to Take a Vacation Every Day and Why You Should
What would happen if you permitted yourself to take a mini-vacation every day this year? Here are simple ways to create mini-vacations.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in Beijing, China
Thanksgiving was just a regular workday in China, and I missed the hustle and bustle of shopping and comparing recipes with 300 million other people.
Why the Westman Islands Should Top your Iceland Must-See List
Could I really be wowed by our scheduled trip to the Westman Islands, a collection of 15 mostly deserted outcroppings off Iceland’s south coast?
Persimmon Pleasures: Recipes for Beijing’s Juicy Fruit
Vitamin-rich persimmons have long been used in Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments from high blood pressure to hiccups.
Story of a…Ice Sculptor
Joe Rimer, 48, keeps cool by creating life-like sculptures made from giant blocks of ice.
Where to Eat With Kids in Orlando
15 of Orlando's best restaurants for taking the kids.
10 Orlando Holiday Celebrations
From snowball fights to twinkling lights, holiday memories are just waiting to be made.
Simple cup of tea lifts traveler’s spirit
Tea soothes the souls and raises the spirits in Marrakech, Morocco.
Appetite for Adventure: How two years in China changed my taste buds and outlook on my hometown
As a food writer and adventure seeker, I knew I had arrived in a country that held unlimited potential. Every meal was a challenge, a discovery, a disappointment, or nirvana.
Living In China Prepared My Son for College (and Me to Let Go)
But the instructor who prepared him the most to succeed in college was China. Yes, I mean the country.
Have Tandoor, Will Travel: An Uzbek oven makes a long journey to its new home.
The decorative-tiled tandoor takes center stage in the restaurant, complemented by the ceremonial black velvet robes with luxurious gold embroidery that line the walls.
Pick Up Sticks: Who Says You’re Too Old to Play With Your Food?
From meaty, cumin-scented lamb skewers to sweet, candied hawthorns, Beijing is filled with food on a stick. These fork-free dishes are perfect for strolling, sharing, dipping, or indulging. If you’ve ever cooked over a campfire or savored a popsicle, then you’ll know that hand-held food is fun for all ages. For those of us staying… Continue reading Pick Up Sticks: Who Says You’re Too Old to Play With Your Food?
Flavorful Dishes and Lots of Flowers Make Wood Garden House a Recipe for Success
A tunnel of lights leads to a secret garden with purple and yellow orchids, tropical plants, and royal blue chairs.
How an Ancient Fishing Town in Dali, China Provided a Much-Needed Romantic Retreat
It was June 2021 and my husband and I desperately needed a weekend getaway. The “oh, yes, this is why I married you” kind of a getaway.