Best of 2017, in Photos

In 2017, I traveled to the home of traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, Italy and witnessed the birth of a baby lamb in Wales. I tasted oysters straight from the water at an oyster farm in Ireland and saw a bald eagle at the Ashokan Reservoir in the Hudson Valley. Here are a few favorite…

Best of 2015

In 2015, I feasted on seafood in Puglia and learned to make cheese in the Basque Country. I lured friends and family to Dublin for my wedding, but also for Irish oysters, music, and craic. I followed a dog on a truffle hunt in Piemonte, got my hands dirty during a cooking class in San…

Best Meals of 2011

Narrowing down a year’s worth of eating to 5 memorable morsels is a challenging task. Sure, I loved the teeny oyster sandwiches at the Dutch — just like most other food bloggers in New York — and yes the lamb tacos at Empellon are delicious. But what makes a single bite stand above the rest…

Travels of Christmas Past

Christmas markets in Berlin. Orange trees full of glowing lights in Seville. Hidden carpet stores in Tangier. Europe is a fascinating place to be over the holidays. Over the last several years I have spent much of December abroad before waiting for my plane to be de-iced to fly home just in time for Christmas….

Pleasures Along the Pacific

Traveling is full of unexpected surprises. Sometimes, a meal we are anticipating is a complete disappointment. Sometimes, a simple breakfast can be elevated to something truly memorable. During my trip to San Diego last week I was reminded that no matter how much you plan and research, travel will find a way to venture off…

Spring Fever

After a long winter – what’s better than drinking a pint in the sun? Sunday was the warmest day of the year so far, and in celebration, we decided to get out of the house and into the sun. After a short 30-minute drive south of the city, we were breathing the fresh air of…

Best of Venice

Some cities are worth exploring over and over again. I don’t think I could ever get enough of Berlin, Paris, or New York City. Does Venice belong on this list? I think it does. My recent trip reinforced this idea: I saw things I hadn’t a clue existed on my first trip, and came up…