Eating my way through Columbus, Ohio

I love looking out the airplane window and watching the buildings and cars get bigger and bigger as we make our descent and inevitable landing. What makes it even better is knowing that I’m home in Columbus. I know I’ve lived in New York City for 10 years (well, 10 years on Sept. 8), but there’s something about coming back to the place where I grew up, and settling right back into those old habits and traditions that just makes me happy. Continue reading

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Bon Appetit announces best new restaurants in America

From Austin, TX to right here in New York City (well, Long Island City, Queens), Bon Appetit magazine announced the best new restaurants in America.

I haven’t had the pleasure of dining at any of these delicious-looking establishments on the list, though I’m going to add them to my wishlist for my future travels. There are few other restaurants I thought should be contenders. Too bad we couldn’t have a top 100 list!

What is your favorite restaurant in your hometown? What would you have liked to see added to the list?

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But where’s the cotton candy?

Today began with a joyful noise (to steal a phrase that one of my best friends, Everett, said earlier). The schola sang at First Vows here in Syracuse, and it was a blessed event.

A few hours later, I was sitting in the “golden carriage” (aka, our rented minivan), barely able to contain my anticipation, on the way to a magical land filled with endless bottles of spirits, wine and beer: Liquor Square. Continue reading

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Diners, fried food, and cheese

Kate and me at Roscoe Diner

Today, I woke up earlier than I normally do for work, to go on a road trip to Syracuse New York with the Ignatian Schola. (The schola is a Manhattan-based vocal ensemble made up of Jesuits and lay colleagues, like myslef, that I have the pleasure and honor of singing in! If you’re going to be in Buffalo, we’re singing in a concert on Sept. 17 at 7:30 PM at Canisius College). Continue reading

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Girls’ Night In

Pinot Grigio, Rosé, pecorino, goat cheese and proscuitto usually means a night out. But in my case, it was actually a night in with a few of my friends. We created our own charcuterie and cheese platter, complete with: Hungarian salami and prosciutto from Lamazou cheese shop in Manhattan; a selection of cheeses (Pecorino Romano, port cheese, goat cheese, herb goat cheese); the best blueberries and strawberries I’ve had all summer; a baguette, and a variety of crackers. That coupled with several bottles of wine, conversation and laughter made for a fantastic “homemade” night in. Continue reading

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Blogging with (smaller, lighter) style

I just got my new HP Pavilion dmz1 Netbook today, and am thrilled! At just a little more than 3.5 pounds, it is about 20 pounds lighter than my work laptop (yes, that’s exaggerating slightly), and about 5 pounds lighter than my regular laptop. Plus, it is fast! Continue reading

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Adventures in Chi-town

Chicago, the windy city, should actually change it’s name to the rainy city. On Friday morning, my arrival brought a downpour and thunderstorm that turned into a bright, sunny, though humid day. David (my fabulous little brother) and Joy (his wife /my awesome sister-in-law) indulged me all weekend, starting with a trip to see the 26-foot Marilyn Monroe Statue right by the Chicago Tribune building.  Joy and David also found rocks from Ohio and Michigan (where David and Joy are from, respectively). Continue reading

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All good things must come to an end…

Sigh… in just a few short hours I have to wake up, fight traffic, navigate security and wait and wait and wait and wait to get on a plane and make the 6 hour trip back to New York city. The only saving grace is that I get to fly business class, so I should be able to spread out a bit and can actually write some of those restaurant reviews for Examiner.com that are on my to do list!

Because I have to leave tomorrow, I made the most of today. Michelle and I made the trek from Temecula to the Hampton Inn Seal Beach in Orange County. Continue reading

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San Diego days 5 and 6: Weddings and Wine

Yesterday, after playing in the multiple pools and water slides of La Costa Resort and Spa we celebrated the wedding of Michelle’s cousin Jon and his beautiful bride Sarah. It was held in the middle of the Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, which was a picture perfect setting.

Today, after a bit of recovery from all of the celebrating, we left Encinitas and drove north to Temecula. The day started with a wine tasting tour of three different local wineries. Continue reading

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San Diego Day 4: Beach Bums

This is as close as you'll get to seeing me in a bathing suit!

Today was the perfect day. I woke up, ate free breakfast at the hotel (make your own waffles… mmm…) and then went to Moonlight Beach. And yes, I took an umbrella with me. 

Michelle and I read, napped, people-watched, laughed, ate – all from the comfort of the umbrella shade. I got my share of vitamin D without any of the nasty side effects! We even got brave and ventured into the ocean up to our knees. There were some good waves – Michelle got whomped once! There was way too much seaweed though – it kept getting tangled up around our legs, making me shreek and dance around like I was on fire. Continue reading

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