Posted in November 2012

Top Travel Tip: Portland Farmer’s Market

Top Travel Tip: Portland Farmer’s Market

Today’s Tip: Portland, Oregon Farmer’s Market Portland has become a bastion of the farm-to-table phenomenon in the US and it’s many farmer’s markets are nothing short of fabulous. There are more than ten farmer’s markets scattered throughout in the Portland metropolitan area, all of which connect local farmers to consumers and have an abundance of farm … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Merci, Paris

Top Travel Tip: Merci, Paris

Today’s Tip: Merci, Paris This shop / cafe/ restaurant in Paris’ 3rd Arrondissement is the pinnacle of Parisian chic.  There are three floors, with the bulk of the clothing, smaller items, and adorable cafe on the main floor, larger furniture up top, and the restaurant is downstairs. Merci stocks a wide variety of things, from … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Baker Street Bistro

Top Travel Tip: Baker Street Bistro

Today’s Tip: Baker Street Bistro, San Francisco One thing I miss living in Nice is going out for brunch.  Yes there are plenty of cafes  serving cafe au lait and tartines here but it’s just not quite the same. One of my favorite spots for brunch in San Francisco is Baker Street Bistro in the … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Astor Place Hair

Top Travel Tip: Astor Place Hair

Today’s Tip: Astor Place Hair Greenwich Village, New york Astor Hair  at 2 astor Place in Manhattan’s Greenwich VIllage is the real deal.  The basement babar shop has been cutting New Yorker’s locks for 65  years and they are still going strong. Down the steps and through the double doors, there is a bustling cutting … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Tabesh Restaurant

Top Travel Tip: Tabesh Restaurant

Today’s Tip: Tabesh Restaurant and Park Jifna, Palestine Tabesh is a family friendly restaurant just outside of Ramallah in Jifna.  I say family friendly because there is a park with little playground in the restaurant’s outdoor area that proves to be very popular with the little ones. But it’s the chicken that brings most people … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Roosevelt Island

Top Travel Tip: Roosevelt Island

Today’s Tip: Roosevelt Island, DC Theodore Roosevelt Island was created in 1930’s as a memorial to America’s 26th President – who was an avid outdoorsman.  Today the park is a refuge in the middle of the city.  Surrounded the Potomac River, the island with its mini forrest and wild deer roaming, feels miles away from … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: SnoBar

Top Travel Tip: SnoBar

Today’s Tip: SnoBar Ramallah, Palestine Snobar means pine tree in Arabic and this sprawling outdoor restaurant, bar and swimming pool are surrounded by them. SnoBar is probably one of the coolest places in Ramallah.  For one thing it’s beautiful.  Tucked away on a hillside, the large blue swimming pool is flanked with lounge chairs.  The … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Made’s Warung

Top Travel Tip: Made’s Warung

Today’s Tip: Made’s Warung Ubud, Bali A Warung is what the Balinese call a small casual restaurant and there are hundreds in Ubud.  Made’s is on Jalan Sanggingan across from a bright swath of fertile rice fields. The charming spot is indoor / outdoor with only two solid walls and they are beyond friendly here, even … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Ruff and Ready Furnishings

Top Travel Tip: Ruff and Ready Furnishings

Today’s Tip: Ruff and Ready Furnishings U street corridor, DC Ruff and Ready is a mix between an antiquesstore and a junk shop.  You’ll know the place before you get there by the sidewalk full of tables, chairs, framed paintings, and other furniture out front. Inside you’ll need to step gingerly through the floor to … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Sakana

Top Travel Tip: Sakana

Today’s Tip: Sakana, DC Sakana is a tiny Japanese restaurant in Dupont Circle.  It also happens to be my favorite restaurant in DC. The space is small but not cramped and the sushi is good.  The best thing about this place though, is the cozy, friendly atmosphere.  It’s as close as I came to having … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Staten Island Ferry

Top Travel Tip: The Staten Island Ferry

Today’s Tip: The Staten Island Ferry, New York Manhattan has some of the most spectacular urban views in the country, and a perch onboard the Staten island ferry is a fabulous way to take in the scenery. Run by the city, the ferry’s primary role is to transport people between Staten Island and the southern … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip; Yonah Schimmel Knishery

Top Travel Tip; Yonah Schimmel Knishery

Today’s Tip: Yonah Schimmel Knishery, Lower East Side, New York Yonah’s is a classic New York establishment if there ever was one.  And for $3.50 their Knishs are a tasty, filling bargain. As the story goes, Yonah Schimmel, a Romanian immigrant, started selling potato knishs in the Lower East Side from a push cart in … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Shake Shack

Top Travel Tip: Shake Shack

Today’s Tip: Shake Shack I fucking love this place.  There just isn’t any other way to put it.  The first one opened in New York’s Madison Square Park 2001 and it became a local phenomenon.  Now they have outposts in 5 states and (randomly) two Middle Eastern countries: Dubai and Kuwait. They do what you’d … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Dumbarton Oaks Washington, DC

Top Travel Tip: Dumbarton Oaks Washington, DC

Today’s Tip: Dumbarton Oaks – Washington, DC Dumbarton Oaks in stately Georgetown, is home to a research library, museum, and gorgeous sprawling landscaped grounds and gardens.  The center belongs to Harvard University and was created by Mildred and Robert woods Bliss, collectors and patrons of arts and humanities.  They purchased the property in 1801 and … Continue reading

Step away from the door

Step away from the door

It’s taken me more time than it should have to get to where I am with my French.  I am still struggling with the basics, but I am finally starting to be able to have simple conversations with people.  And my newly minted French voice is opening all kinds of doors for me both figuratively … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Mograbi, Tel Aviv

Top Travel Tip: Mograbi, Tel Aviv

Today’s Travel Tip: Mograbi, Tel Aviv This is cool little retro shop is at 33 Allenby Street in Tel Aviv. Avi, the owner has an eclectic collection of vintage clothing, house wares, and interesting objects, and he can help you find what you are looking for. The shop is bursting with stuff, from vintage Israeli … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Salon Berlin, Tel Aviv

Top Travel Tip: Salon Berlin, Tel Aviv

Today’s Travel Tip: Salon Berlin, Tel Aviv This is a cool little shop in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite quarter.  They have a mix of super trendy vintage clothes – knit sweaters, patterned dresses, and plaid button-downs seem to be in for fall – and new items. The new stuff is a line of cotton clothing they … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: 26 Gadera, Tel Aviv

Top Travel Tip: 26 Gadera, Tel Aviv

Today’s Travel Tip: 26 Gadera, Tel Aviv I love this little restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Yemeni quarter. It’s a small, atmospheric place with a few tables and a bar inside and a few more tables outside on the patio. The menu is fantastic with fresh ingredients, a fusion of Middle Eastern and other cuisines and … Continue reading