Boston, MA

Calling Clam Chowder Lovers

I was in Boston recently on a business trip with no required dinners with clients or colleagues – just me, all by myself – I loved it!! And I was on a mission… to get to the Black Rose, to get a bowl of clam chowder so thick your spoon …

San Francisco, CA

Ferry Building Marketplace

When I get to go to San Francisco for business I always wish that I could just stay a few extra days because I love the city! The last time I was there for work, I found myself with a couple of hours before I was to meet colleagues for …

Washington, DC

DC: Circle The Block

I love the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington DC – If you’re not staying in the area, it’s very easy to get to on the Metro (as is everywhere in DC). Once you step out of the station you find that Dupont Circle is truly a circle with several “spokes” …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: Sweet Carmel Corn

Garrett Popcorn Shop – I can almost smell the carmel corn just sitting here thinking about it. Garrett’s makes small batches all day long – so whenever you stop by, you always get fresh, hot, gooey carmel corn. There’s nothing quite like it – It’s (one of) my guilty pleasures …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: A “Hidden” Treasure

Bandera is one of those great restaurants that seems to be “hiding” in plain sight. It’s in the middle of downtown Chicago right on Michigan Avenue and it has a huge sign that you almost can’t miss and yet, until about 3 years ago, I’d never ventured in. It took …

Chicago, IL

Magnificent Mile

Staying downtown Chicago for work? One of my favorite things to do when I’m in the Windy City and find a spare moment or two is to walk down Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile.” I love to wander into the three story, sports-themed NikeTown, or the open, airy Apple Store (one …

Baltimore, MD

Get Your Irish On

The James Joyce Irish Pub, is in the growing Harbor East neighborhood of Baltimore and has a very cozy and authentic Irish Pub atmosphere (or what I assume is authentic as I’ve never actually been to Ireland…yet) Typical “pub grub” is bountiful (burgers and fries, sandwiches and wraps) but the …

Baltimore, MD

Little Italy in Baltimore

Cafe Gia’s is right on the edge of Little Italy on the East side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The food is good and the prices are moderate which makes it a great option for business travelers. But it’s the bright, fun atmosphere including huge murals of old-fashioned Italian posters painted …

New York, NY

Bon Apetite!

La Bonne Soupe is a cozy little bistro in mid-town – just perfect for solo dining or a casual dinner with a colleague. You walk down the stairs into a small dining room that’s bursting with energy. (Note: There’s seating upstairs too with choice seats on a small balcony outside …

New York, NY

Walk Through Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a lovely Mid-town Manhattan oasis between 5th and 6th Avenue and 42nd and 44th Street. It’s lovely to just walk through, or there are numerous tables and chairs scattered throughout the park if you want to unwind with a goody from one of the 4 ‘wichcraft kiosks …