Reading List: Shut Up I’m Talking

Reading List: Shut Up I’m Talking

Today’s Tip: Shut Up I’m Talking: and other diplomacy lessons I learned in the Israeli Government If you’ve ever been to Israel and were baffled by some of the cultural norms: rarely hearing anyone say hello or thank you, a seemingly total lack of customer service – then you’ll like this book. Gregory Levey tells his … Continue reading

Inside Ramallah’s pita bread factory

Inside Ramallah’s pita bread factory

I am fascinated by what makes a city tick.  Every place has its own pace and style and I always want to go behind the scenes and see how things work. While out walking one day in Ramallah in the occupied Palestinian territories, I came across a store front that housed an ancient looking machine … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Via Latina Nice, France

Top Travel Tip: Via Latina Nice, France

Today’s Tip: Via Latina This little Italian deli is among my favorite places in Nice. The beautiful and vast selection of meats, cheeses, and fresh pastas in the large glass case, are just the beginning. In addition to the fresh Italian products in the front of the shop, there is a second room behind with shelves … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Today’s tip: La Part des Anges, Nice France Finding a good place to eat in Nice can be a challenge.  While there are an incredible number of cafe’s, brasseries and restaurants in this city it’s hard to separate the tourist traps and rip offs from the gems. This cosy wine bar is definitely the latter. … Continue reading

Don’t forget to look up

Don’t forget to look up

After living somewhere for a while, even a place as beautiful as the south of France, its easy to start to takes things for granted. I’ve been in Nice long enough now to finally have my own little routines and rituals but along with the comfort of knowing a place, I realized I was starting to … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: La Brioche Beirut, Lebanon

Top Travel Tip: La Brioche Beirut, Lebanon

Todays tip: La Brioche, Yafet Street Hamra This little French Patisserie is amazing.  The small storefront is smack dab in the middle of the chaotic Hamra neighborhood of Beirut.  It sits across the street from a grocery store and next to a hotel and it seems out of place packed in with all of the … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Le Chef – Beirut Lebanon

Top Travel Tip: Le Chef – Beirut Lebanon

Top Tip: Le Chef In a sea of glitz, glamour and overpriced establishments, this little gem is a breath of Fresh air.  Le Chef is a long standing fixture in Beirut’s Gemmayzeh neighborhood.  Well before the area was inundated with hip bars and trendy restaurants, Le Chef was serving up traditional Lebanese dishes in its cosy … Continue reading

The French Honor System?

The French Honor System?

Since arriving in France, I have been riding the trains, trams and busses with abandon.  I love good public transportation, and Nice has it in spades.  But shortly after getting here I started to wonder if anyone was ever going to ask to see my ticket, and if not, why did anyone bother to buy … Continue reading

Les Étourneaux de Nice

Les Étourneaux de Nice

It’s Christmas in Nice and the French Rivera doesn’t do things on a small scale.  The decorations are in place and there are so many lights twinkling here every night it feels like the sun never sets. But the most impressive spectacle I’ve seen so far, are Les Étorneaux – or the Starlings – that fly … Continue reading

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