San franscisco
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco: Union Street

While San Francisco has many fun and iconic neighborhoods to explore, on a recent trip I was determined to find some areas to give me a more local flavor of what the city has to offer. For that, Union Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood definitely fit the bill. Not …

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans: Frenchman Street

I have friends who, like me, have been to New Orleans several times. However, unlike me, they pretty much head for Bourbon Street and the French Quarter every time they go. Don’t get me wrong, if you’ve never been to Bourbon Street, by all means, you should go. It’s a …

Orlando, FL

Orlando: South Eola Neighborhood

Because I am in the business of working with clients on trade shows, I end up in Orlando a lot!  I’ve always kind of thought of the city as a cultural wilderness (i.e. lots of chain restaurants and Disney-themed and other touristy shops) So last time I was there, I …

Walking through the Badlands
South Dakota

South Dakota: The Badlands

After driving straight through Nebraska on our way to visit family in CO, my husband and I decided to make our trip back to MN a bit of an old-fashioned roadtrip. We drove through the sounthern tip of Wyoming and then cut across South Dakota. We spent the night in …

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis/St Paul Airport

When it comes to long layovers at an airport, you may not mind if you find yourself “stuck” at one at the Minneapolis/St Paul Airport (MSP). Scattered throughout the terminals are, of course, a plethora of national chain restaurants for every taste, as well as newstands, and coffee shops. However, …

New York, NY

NYC: Buona Caccia

Eataly is an indoor Italian market/restaurant/cooking school/wine shop/all around fun place to hang out. The original is located at 200 5th Avenue (at 23rd) in NYC and has become one of my new favorite places to spend time in Manhattan when I find myself with a bit of spare time …

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis: Downtown Walks

If you’re like me, walking is the way you love to explore and experience the ebb and flow of a city. To get a feel for how it works and plays, and catch glimpses of history and ideas for further exploration. Here are three walks you can take in the …

Where to stay in Chile
Chile, SA

Chile: Where to Stay in Santiago

On a trip to Santiago, Chile to celebrate my husbands’s birthday, we stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the upscale Las Condes neighborhood. While we often try to stay at smaller, local boutique properties when traveling, we had points to use up, and so chose this international chain. And …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: Thai One On

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago for caual dining is Dao Thai Restaurant and Noodle Palace conveniently located just east of Michigan Avenue on Ohio. They have terrific food (I love their pad Thai with tofu, their mouthwatering curries, and the crab rangoon wanton.) However, my favorite thing about …

Miami Beach, FL

Miami Beach: Wolfsonian- FIU Museum

Miami Beach offers fun in the sun during the day and  great resaurants and nightclubs at night. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that it also offers some terrific cultural experiences. If you want to do something a little different when visiting SoBe, think about heading over …