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Paradise Valley – Where The Grass Is Dead But It Sure Is Pretty

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Arizona, Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants | 2 comments

Paradise Valley – Where The Grass Is Dead But It Sure Is Pretty

  Growing up on the East Coast of Florida, my version of ‘out West’ usually meant a friend’s house out past the turnpike – a laboriously long voyage at least 15 minutes away.  So, when Johnny told me we’d be celebrating Thanksgiving in Paradise Valley, a posh area outside of Scotsdale, Arizona, I excitedly packed my boots and my belt buckles, slathered on an extra layer of moisturizer and giddy’ed on up to the airport.  Unfortunately, Johnny told me about the trip in October, so it was slightly awkward when security told me I’d have to wait a month.     But hey, if you saw this area, you would have rushed to the...

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Miami: La Sandwicherie

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Miami, Restaurants | 0 comments

Miami: La Sandwicherie

There is no introduction to an article about Miami that many before me haven’t already said, most of whom have probably said it better.     Miami, celebrated for it’s hot weather, hot bodies and hot spots seems to only get better year after year.  Beaches, clubs, celebrity hangouts, art galleries, posh boutiques – Miami is overflowing with ‘THE’ places to see and be seen.     However, you already know that the only thing I ever show up to the party for is the food.  From eateries touting gourmet takes on the latest health food craves, like Pura Vida and their famed acai bowls, to authentic Cuban cuisine in Little...

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Gjelina

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Blog, California, Eat, Go, Restaurants | 1 comment

Gjelina

We visited family in Orange County, California, last year, who so kindly allowed us to take their maroon minivan to Mexico and back.  Not all the way to Mexico.  Just San Diego.  But still, pretty close. We toured all of LA’s most famous nooks and crannies, including Venice Beach, known for rollerskating drug addicts on the Boardwalk, for sure, but also home to some of the most charming neighborhoods, delicious eateries and hippest boutiques, all piled up on one of the best streets in California – Abbott Kinney.     A friend recommended we stroll into Gjelina and for this I shall be forever in his debt.  The place was ‘oh-so-cool’...

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State Bird Provisions

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Blog, California, Eat, Go, Restaurants | 3 comments

State Bird Provisions

A few days ago, Zagat posted a blog featuring ‘The 10 Hottest Restaurants In The World’ (10 can’t-miss spots from Spain to Singapore that are perfect for any gastro-savvy holiday traveler or just the straight-up restaurant-obsessed) and wouldn’t ya know it, State Bird Provisions made the cut. I was in San Francisco in October and, thank Christ Almighty, my dear friend Charlotte insisted that I go to State Bird as her beloved Andrew Knowlton, Restaurant Editor at Bon Appétit, gave it a phenomenal review and deemed it a ‘must-visit.’ After having a meal there, it is of zero surprise that it has received so much praise.  This place is...

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Santorini

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Blog, Europe, Go | 1 comment

Santorini

No matter how old I get or how many cities I see, Santorini, Greece will always remain one of the most astonishingly beautiful places I will ever see. As a former Anthropology major at FSU, I took several Underwater Archeology courses and was required to write a term paper about a topic that is important to the Underwater Archeological community.  Given my childhood obsession with the mystery of Atlantis, writing about Santorini, considered by many to be the actual lost city, was a no-brainer. I fell in love writing that term paper.  Everything about this Grecian Isle sounded magical and visually stunning enough to make your eyeballs explode out of your face.  A...

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