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With My Own Two Hands – Coffee and Reflections

Posted by on January 9th, 2015 in Eat & Drink, Life, New York | 0 comments

With My Own Two Hands – Coffee and Reflections

I can change the world | With my own two hands Make a better place | With my own two hands – Ben Harper, “With My Own Two Hands”     Today marks my one-year anniversary…of this blog, that is! Can you believe it’s been 58 posts already? Just one year ago, I was considering making the move from a corporate firm to the arts and non-profit world – while still utilizing my design, writing and research skills. Along the way, I wanted to document and share my passions for culture, travel, food and coffee, among other things. I’m...

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Brunch at Bubby’s High Line – NYC

Posted by on December 31st, 2014 in Eat & Drink, New York | 0 comments

Brunch at Bubby’s High Line – NYC

    It’s no secret that New Yorkers have a thing for brunch. The culture of waiting on lines for restaurants for 1-2 hours or more has become the norm here (these days, they tend to text you when a spot opens up). Of course, OpenTable helps with placing a reservation well in advance, but not all restaurants here take reservations (or credit cards, for that matter). If you asked me why, I couldn’t quite tell you how this fascination with brunch came about. But I do know I enjoy a hearty meal with good company.     Enter...

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6 Riveting Museums in NYC

Posted by on December 15th, 2014 in Culture, Design, New York | 0 comments

6 Riveting Museums in NYC

    Can’t get enough of arts and culture? One of the perks of living in New York City is having access to a wide range of museums – from historical to contemporary. What better way to spend a cold wintry day than in the comfort and warmth of an indoor museum? (Well, besides bookshops, open mics and arthouse theaters). After bombarding my senses with a museum’s artifacts and interactive displays, I often come away with a newfound appreciation for another culture, heritage or design aesthetic. When possible, I like to join the free...

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Lyman Orchards – Fall Fun in Connecticut

Posted by on November 24th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Lyman Orchards – Fall Fun in Connecticut

    Corn maze. Fresh apple cider. Pumpkin picking. Let’s go! Fall is my favorite season. I love watching mottled leaves burst into a kaleidoscope of colors – not to mention eating old-fashioned kettle corn and apple cider donuts!     We savored all this and more on a recent day trip to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut. Like its name suggests, Middlefield is indeed located just about in the “middle” of Conn. My husband and I, along with our two friends, packed into a rental car to drive the 2.5 hours to visit our...

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Birch Coffee Loves You

Posted by on November 17th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Life, New York | 0 comments

Birch Coffee Loves You

    I love coffee for many reasons. Variety, for starters. There’s nothing quite like inhaling a deep whiff of freshly brewed coffee, with all the smoky, nutty, chocolate-y smells slamming your sensory receptors. Perhaps a hint of toffee or caramel is up your alley? Or fancy a sweet floral or round blueberry note? There’s a coffee bean with that, too! Taste is another aspect. I often hear from non-coffee drinkers that they find coffee “too bitter.” Perhaps it’s true that some folks are genetically more predisposed to enjoy bitter,...

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Florida – Orlando and Clearwater Beach

Posted by on November 3rd, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Florida – Orlando and Clearwater Beach

    Orlaaaaando! I’m one of those kids who has never been to Disney World. I know, this confession might elicit gasps of disbelief from the general American populace, but I just wasn’t really into that sort of thing growing up. To me, the characters of my own invention were more compelling than Mickey or Minnie (nothing against Mickey or Minnie!). I have, however, been to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., so I suppose I got my fill of Disney rides and amusement there. Fast-forward to 2014. This time around, R and I met up with a small...

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Acadia National Park

Posted by on October 21st, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel | 0 comments

Bar Harbor, Maine – Acadia National Park

    “Take a hike.” With my newly purchased hiking shoes and weather-resistant jacket, I was game for just about anything. Such as…taking on Acadia National Park! I decided to embark on a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, with six other friends and fam over Columbus Day weekend. Our main focus was to explore the mountains, lakes and beaches of Acadia National Park. I had never been to a national park in my life before, nor done any serious hiking, so I already knew this was going to be a bit out of my comfort zone. But I could be...

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Paris – Montmartre Artist World

Posted by on September 30th, 2014 in Culture, Design, Eat & Drink, Travel | 2 comments

Paris – Montmartre Artist World

    Montmartre. Home of Moulin Rouge, street buskers, the sublime Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and that cabaret cat. I was eager to explore Montmartre after hearing about its artsy and bohemian roots. Montmartre was the stomping ground of many artists from the early 20th century, such as Van Gogh, Dalí and Renoir. R and I visited Montmartre twice during our stay in Paris. We didn’t map out our entire itinerary, though we did have some restaurants and attractions in mind so we wouldn’t get stumped last-minute! For trips, I tend to like a...

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Paris – Versailles Bike Tour

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014 in Culture, Design, Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Paris – Versailles Bike Tour

    Versailles, you’re a stunner. Opulent and grandiose – to be sure – in your gilded gold and grandeur, but beautiful nevertheless. R and I recently traveled together to Paris for the first time. It was also our first Europe trip. I was looking forward to experiencing Parisian culture and trying out my meager French! (I ended up not actually using a whole lot of French, as most people spoke enough English to make conversation.) One of our favorite things to do in a new place is to bike around town and check out the local grocery...

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Friedman’s – Brunch

Posted by on September 15th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, New York | 0 comments

Friedman’s – Brunch

    Sometimes I just hanker for brunch food. You know, the classics: eggs, ham/bacon/sausage, hash brown, French toast/pancakes/waffles. Coffee and OJ. If avocado or grits is included, all the better! R and I met up with our out-of-town friends at Friedman’s on a Saturday, where we all sampled the brunch fare for the first time together. Friedman’s is conveniently located near us and is close to Penn Station. I’ve been to Friedman’s on a weekday during lunchtime, but the brunch menu is only available on the weekends. I’d heard the...

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