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New York & New Jersey: From Culture & Art Fairs to Six Flags

May 31, 2013 by  

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A few things worth noting in New York City and within a day’s drive and yes New Jersey counts. My company’s department took a trip to Six Flags in New Jersey earlier this month for a day away from the office. The trip was optional of course, and I actually decided to go at about 11 pm the night before. I think all of my travels over the years have made it tougher for me to plan anything in advance. I’m still relatively new at this gig (just over two months) so I’m still getting used to working from an office, meshing with new personalities and all those fun things that come with a new job opportunity. The trip turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. I was able to get to know my co-workers better and I was able to ride most of the roller coasters. six flags Exploring my Neighborhood I’m always amazed at tourists who come to New York for a weekend and think they’ve seen it all. I’ve been living here for years now and I discover something new every week. This art exhibition,…

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Craving a Baked “Something” in New York? 5 Must Stop Bakeries

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Like everything else in the city, when it comes to baked goods and yummy treats, New Yorkers have too many choices. To keep you from falling prey to unnecessarily long lines at Magnolia, or from eating the same old fare from Crumbs, we’ve found you some delicious and much more swoon-worthy alternatives. Prohibition Bakery – Two words – boozy cupcakes. It’s okay, take a minute. Yup, that’s right – boozy cupcakes.  Dark and Stormy, Old Fashioned, White Russian, Margarita – pick your cocktail pleasure and Prohibition Bakery on the Lower East Side will have a cupcake to match it. Smaller than the average cupcake (for obvious reasons) they’re prefect for a party for 20 or a party for one. One Girl Cookies – This Brooklyn favorite puts places like Magnolia Bakery to shame. The cupcakes are the perfect balance of sweet and savory and exactly what we all want when we’re craving our favorite American dessert. Not a cupcake fan – then how about a whoopie pie? Whatever you choose, this little bakery is quintessential Brooklyn and the perfect place to rest your tired feet whether…

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Eating Lobster at Santana’s in the Bahamas: OH So Caribbean Style!

May 31, 2013 by  

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lobster It’s 12:30 on a Saturday afternoon, but the white sand beaches in Williams Town on Little Exuma are empty. Everyone is at Santanna’s, a delicious open-air seafood bar on the water. While Chef Dee serves up delicious fried shrimp and grouper, the real draw is the cracked lobster. Upon first walking into the wooden bar you’ll notice vibrant Caribbean-style music playing while happy locals dance and sing. From the ceiling above the bar license plates and colorful hats dangle down, enhancing the quirky atmosphere of the venue. Best of all, Santanna’s sits right on the beach, so you can watch the waves lapping up onto the white sand while you eat. A smiling man brings me at ice cold Kalik beer, and plops a white Styrofoam to-go container in front of me. For those who think a great meal must be presented in an aesthetically-pleasing manner, don’t judge a book by its cover, especially when ordering Santana’s cracked lobster. lobster Unlike your usual broiled lobster, this fresh catch is fried while still in the shell with oily pieces of batter dripping into the bed of creamy lentils and rice…

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Oman: The Al Hajar Mountain Range’s Wispy Skies & Abandoned Villages

May 31, 2013 by  

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oman trekking I packed my down coat rather skeptically – but on day 3 of my Oman hiking trip I found myself eagerly unpacking it and putting it on – in addition to my gloves! When you think of the Middle East – you probably don’t think of mountain ranges and freezing temperatures. However it was the mountain ranges of Oman that I found the most fascinating part of my travels. The Al Hajar mountain range located in the Northeast of Oman serve not only as the agricultural hub for the country, but historically it was the geographic barrier that kept Oman free from invasions. Historically this region is also where some of the largest battles were fought in Oman’s quest for unity. Today the government has thrown large investment into the development of this area especially in the area of road construction. The road we took up into the mountains was new and spectacularly created – full of hairpin turns and steep climbs – this was not for the carsickness prone! For me, the Al Hajar range served as my playground for 4 days of my Oman mountain trekking tour, as well…

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Cashmere Travel Set For Cosy, Luxury Travel At Its Finest

May 31, 2013 by  

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London-based interior designer Katharine Pooley’s has a sophisticated and beautifully designed travel set all made in soft cashmere baby. It only comes in one color – dark gray – but it’s sophisticated and gorgeous, featuring a pillow, eye mask and miniature pillow. If you love cashmere, this is for you. The super soft set is a great option for snuggling up on long-haul flights or lengthy car journeys. It’s all about luxury baby and so is the price: £595.


A Scrumptious Tomato Sauced Pasta with Garlic & Basil

May 30, 2013 by  

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I’m going to keep this post deliciously simple.  After all, those two words – delicious and simple – perfectly embody this pure, enriching and flavorful marinara.  Pantry staples blend seamlessly, creating the most wholesome of meals – pasta with tomato sauce.  If you’ve been following along, even just a bit, you will know by now that for me everything in the kitchen begins and ends with pasta.  My logo alone is a testament to that.  This sauce is spaghetti’s little black dress; understated and undeniably right, particularly when paired with handmade pasta.  A sprinkle of parmesan and a shower of fresh basil and it is time for a classic dinner.  There’s just nothing better.  
The magic begins with one half cup of olive oil.  Warm a large skillet over medium heat and warm the olive oil.  Add three tbs of minced garlic (approximately six cloves) and cook for one minute until fragrant.
Next up our spices – one quarter tsp red pepper flakes for a touch of heat and two tsp dried oregano for depth of flavor.  Sauté with


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Hiking in Colorado: Breckenridge’s Stunning Upper Boulder Lake

May 30, 2013 by  

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In Breckenridge, Colorado, there are myriad Rocky Mountain hikes to experience. After doing numerous ones myself, one of my favorites is the trek to Upper Boulder Lake. This moderate hike is about six miles each way, with a combination of uphill climbs, and downhill slopes. The altitude takes you to about 11,000 feet, so make sure to take your time, enjoy the scenery and drink lots of water. You’ll be rewarded at the end of the journey with a colorful lake and forest view that looks like something Bob Ross would have painted (shown above). All photos below were taken using an iPhone 4S. No editing was done.  


Head to New York City for a Musical Fix: The Classic Pippin Hits Broadway

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The bar has been substantially raised; musical theater has reached a new level of HIGH … literally and figuratively.  This show hits heaven!  The spectacular opening number (don’t dare be late) gets right to the point.  A remarkable cast, led by the “Leading Player,” Patina Miller, in an amazing star turn, juicily welcomes their audience while joyfully taunting us….indeed, they’ve all got “magic to do” and “miracle plays to play.”  Granted, a tall order but truer words have never been sung.  By the show’s close you will be certain this breathtaking cast can turn water into wine. And you will thirst for refills. I am talking about the current revival of the Stephen Schwartz (composer and lyricist) and Roger O. Hirson (book) 1970s musical “Pippin” which just opened at the Music Box Theater, my favorite Broadway space, I might add.  Talk about razzle dazzle! This is what Broadway does best… song and dance at its most glam, but with an added element. The circus has come to town and firmly landed on the stage of the Music Box alongside some mighty talented Broadway performers who double, then…

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