Walking through the Badlands
South Dakota

South Dakota: The Badlands

After a visit with our families in Colorado, my husband and I decided to make the drive back to MN a bit of an old-fashioned roadtrip, and chose to go up through some of Wyoming and then cut across through South Dakota. We planned to stop for the night in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

San franscisco
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco: Union Street

San Francisco is full of neighborhoods that I love to visit over and over again: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, and Chinatown, to name a few. However, I also love to explore and discover new, less-touristed areas and neighborhoods. For that, Union Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood definitely fits 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 …

New York, NY

NYC: Free Friday Night

If you’re spending a long weekend in New York City, head to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) for UNIQLO Free Friday nights from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. You can’t buy tickets in advance so you have to go there and get in line – but I promise that, even if …

Washington, DC

DC: Taste Treat

When I’m in DC I always try to make my way over to Zaytinya (olive oil in Turkish)- for lunch or dinner at least once. It’s centrally located near the Convention Center, directly across from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on the Red, Green and Yellow lines. The inside of …