Unexpected Pleasures – Ristorante Arnolfo

Restaurants, Travel

My favorite dining experiences have always been those that happen by surprise.  A last minute invite to the impossible-to-get-in-to Balthazar London when it first opened. The day of window shopping in New York that led to an early dinner at Babbo. And best of all, our dinner at Frenchie in Paris, last November. While standing…

Arthur Avenue Stroll

Artisan, New York, Travel

I know that it’s important to post frequently when you have a blog, but I just can’t make myself sit down and write about something when I’ve got nothing. My dear husband and I have been participating in another 8 week I Quit Sugar program so our meals are very prescribed and frankly, not worth…

Paesano’s Philly Style

Restaurants, Travel

As Paesano’s Philly Style has been featured on both Throwdown with Bobby Flay and The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, I’m not breaking any new ground with my brief shout out to this delightful, grubby, authentic hoagie shop in Philadelphia. Through the very dark and wet winter months and into the spring, my dear husband and I gorged ourselves on the…

Dives & Roadhouses

Cheaper Eats, Restaurants, Travel, Washington DC

My parents love nothing more than a drive, hours of touring back roads, admiring houses and their landscaping and the little towns that connect them all. Whenever I visit I inevitably get roped into one of these joyrides, enjoying the vastness of the land here, the huge trees, corn crops, horses, and occasional llama. More…

America’s Summertime Abundance

Entertaining, Markets, Pastry, Recipe, Travel, Uncategorized, Washington DC

While I’m more than content to trot around the globe during most of the year, in fact like nothing more than to see new places and experience the new, to my mind, summer should always take place in the US. Surely this affinity was formed during all those years we spent overseas, moving from place to…

Culinary Backstreets of Istanbul

Cheaper Eats, Istanbul, Markets, Pastry, Restaurants, Shops, Sweets, Travel

When a friend suggested we sign up for a food tour of Istanbul I was instantly intrigued but also slightly hesitant. I’m used to sniffing out my own food trails when I travel, but given that neither of us speak Turkish and with the fervent hope we’d not be taken to places we’d easily access on…

Istanbul’s Elegant Eateries

Istanbul, Markets, Restaurants, Shops, Travel

I’ve been nibbling on my box of Bebek-bought marzipan over the past couple of days trying to figure out where to go next on our Istanbul adventure (for the record I’ve eaten half of it). All the while I’ve been struck at how quickly the magic of a holiday fades back in the day-to-day grind…