Giving Back

Hey Everyone!

Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend.

Such a good time to be with family, friends and put into focus the things that are most important in our lives.

With that in mind, many of your know, I’ve dedicated my career (this blog is good fun for me, but not exactly my “career”) to philanthropy and fundraising.  Wanted to share with you my new Website:

Would love to hear from you if there’s a non-profit doing work you find important and I can help.

Have a great week!

Bermuda-ful Part 2

Among the photos in my folk’s albums, some of the images I treasure most are retro 80’s photos in Bermuda of my parents looking young, relaxed and tan.

These photos (including a fantastic one on a moped that I couldn’t find) provided the first of many motivations to travel to Bermuda.

Second being, suddenly Bermuda was listed in every travel publication as must-visit destination and back on the rise (from 80s grandeur that seems to have slipped until just recently).

This recent must-visit status I’m sure is also due in part, to Bermuda hosting the 35th Annual America’s Cup

The countdown was clearly on as well as the whole island being a-buzz and sporting America’s Cup T’s, hats, and garb of all kind in support of the big event.

We loved watching the boats practice on the Great Sound and look forward to the big event May 26th, it better be televised! Or we could go back…Go U.S.A.!

Another key contributor to the re-bound in destination attractiveness is the recently renovated hotel Hamilton Princess

The property is pristine and full of fantastic art and sculpture-

works by Matisse, Haring and Rene Margritte and more

grace the interior and exterior–with so many whimsical surprises around every corner–it feels like MOMA meets Bermuda

Marcus Samuelson’s namesake restaurant, Marcus, is nothing less than gorgeous and is the place to see and be seen

and of course eat delicious local fare.  Tip: don’t miss the Sunday brunch here.  Food and drink(mimosas) for days…

We couldn’t get enough of the place

and the beautiful infinity pool

overlooking the harbor

Ginormous yachts also anchor here

for some delectable dock-side fare

We visited the bar/restaurant 1609 three times.  A. was quite fond of the Bermuda Old Fashion.  Of course a dark & stormy is required at some point during your trip.

We also caught a few show-stopping sunsets here.

Another mandatory Bermuda beverage is a Rum Swizzle from the Swizzle Inn.  Just one of these pineapple rum concoctions was enough for me as I’m not quite the fruity drink girl, but when in Bermuda…

For fine dining and local favorites such as fish chowder (spiced up by Sherry Peppers) is Waterlot, a classic spot that has been there forever.

located right next to our hotels ferry

A visit to one of the 9 parish’s called Dockyard is a must

We grabbed a bite at Frog and Onion Pub
A traditional Ploughman’s lunch, remember, Bermuda is a British Colony so pub type items are typically seen on menus.

The Royal Naval Dockyard (formerly the base of the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic) is now the base of all the America’s Cup activities

But Bermuda’s luscious beaches are always calling

the Fairmont’s private beaches are very cool
though there are warning signs for unwelcome Portuguese Man-o-war, even a terrifying name don’t you think?

hotel employees keep a look out and scoop them out of the water and then “pop them” like balloons and bury them?  Crazy huh?

Every water sport is available here, from snorkeling, scuba, paddle boarding, glass bottom boat tours, every possible water related activity imaginable.

P.S. the water was a little chilly still.  I hear June-Sept. is best water temp., though don’t get wrong, there were plenty of folks in the water.

We visited downtown Hamilton daily
Hog & Penny has been there forever, perfect spot for a dark and stormy.

But alas, none of our days there were dark and story, more like bright and clear–with abundant ways to relax and recreate such as golf

and tennis.  Our hotel even offered beach side yoga.

Or perhaps just a snooze skimming the water is all that is needed.

Can’t wait to go back to Bermuda again.

Special thanks to S.S. on all her great recommendations.  


We all have the list right? The travel list or some may call it The Bucket list.

Whether it be a family or friend’s recommendation or an inspiring photo shoot in a magazine, something has your juices flowing about a destination and you dream and scheme about getting there.

Bermuda was on such a list.

Located about 700 miles off the coast of  Cape Hatteras, N.C. is the gem of an Island called Bermuda.  Turns out, I have this thing with Islands (Nantucket, Manhattan, San Juan’s and others)but that’s another post…

An easy peasy 90 minute direct flight from NYC, and hopefully quick trip through Customs (Bermuda is a British Colony, so don’t forget your passport)and you have arrived.

Bermuda was formed by volcanic eruption.

Those quintessential pink sands that we associate with the beaches occur by coral being crushed finely and washed ashore.

While, speaking of color, the fantastic blue of the water is some of the most striking you will ever see.

OK, so geography lesson now covered, let’s get to “vacationing.”

From the airport we hopped into a taxi (plan on taxis being a significant expense of your trip as car rentals are not permitted, unless you are a brave soul and moped, we weren’t feeling so brave.  p.s. the taxis only take cash, luckily U.S. currency is accepted) to get whizzed down the left side of the road by a friendly and knowledgeable taxi driver.

Bermuda is composed of 9 Parishes.  The island is narrow, but long and you will want to be traveling to many of the different locations on the island.  As the airport is located in St. George’s Parish and we stayed in Southhampton, we had a fairly long, but informatively delightful taxi ride choc full of eye candy.

I immediately noticed a series of light horn taps by our driver as we made our way, and learned this is the way that Bermudians say hello to each other.  Our cab driver said that 85% of people who are native to the Island stay.  The more time we spent, I soon discovered why.

We observed the pristine white roofs and learned they are used to collect rain water, which is the primary source of usable fresh water on the island.

I mean aren’t these brightly colored buildings everything?

And must mention the iconic Bermuda shorts–worn by business men with knee socks.  I found it adorable.  Bermuda is the perfect mix of formal and casual in one.

Moongates are spotted everywhere on Island and according to locals, it’s considered good luck for Newlyweds to walk through–

Considering we were also celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary, I thought it certainly couldn’t hurt;)

Next post will include details about where we stayed, played and fed.

Stop back for more.



Savannah’s Slow Burn

You know how everything is kinda better when it’s low and slow?

Whether it be ribs, brisket or the perfect smoldering charcoal fire?

Low and slow is the way to go. This is definitely how I feel about Savannah these days and I’m not just referring to food and fire–more like the abundant charms and burgeoning pops of chicness.

This city just keeps getting cooler and cooler or I should say hotter and hotter? Maybe since I definitely don’t reside in the low and slow paced part of the country, more like fast and furious, I appreciate Savannah more and more.

We have been going to Savannah regularly for the past 10 years, since my parents moved there.  Though I immediately fell in love with the historic architecture and vibe of downtown, each return trip I am amazed by the slow simmer of cool new additions to the scene.  I believe much of the credit is due to SCAD, (Savannah College of Art and Design)

which infuses the city’s imaginative vibrance.

So what’s new and hot in Savannah these days?

Busting onto the scene is the sleek and chic Artillery, housed in…you guessed it, a former artillery.

A cocktail bar where the drinks and decor are equal parts yummy.

Artillery elevates the standards of cas. in Savannah, there is a no flip flop rule, and a few others…which we initially scoffed at for a teensy second, before realizing forced refinement is nice sometimes.

My handsome escort

was asked to remove his baseball hat (here we are next door to not new The Public Kitchen & Bar).

I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth, but chocolate is a huge exception and Adam Turoni’s Chocolat is a pure delight.

The chocolates are made in house and the beauty and creativity is off the charts-

can you even stand these sweet edible topiary’s?  There are two locations one on Broughton (The Dining Room) and the other on Bull. (The Library)  I love to pick up some fabulous gifts (my fav. are the hollowed out books filled with luscious chocolate creations) here.

We swoon over a meal at the Grey.

Formerly an old Greyhound station of course.

We pretty much died over the pea fritters topped with Benton’s country ham.

A visit downtown for me is not complete without a trip to The French Market

The inventive displays leave me inspired.

But the diameter of hot spots extends outside downtown.  Atlantic is a hip neighborhood spot located in Ardsley Park

and filled with much goodness to imbibe and nosh

and a cool patio to drink it all in.

So there you have it, can’t wait to see what emerges (word on the street is that Sean Brock’s Husk is coming to town!) next to blend in with the old favorites on our next visit.


The Big Easy

After spending months under a blanket in Cold-i-cut I mean, Connecticut this winter, I was psyched to head to New Orleans for a Spring visit with my brother who recently moved there.

It had been a while (like pre-Katrina) since I’d been down to Nola, and the city was what I remembered and that much more!

So here’s the 72 hour recap:

John lives in the Marigny.


A vibrant ‘hood walking distance to the French Quarter

and walking/biking distance to the riverfront area and Crescent Park.  IMG_1545 IMG_1547

The neighborhood is filled with charming, and colorful architecture–people too for that matter, and a reverence to the historic delights of the area.  Who knew there are like a half dozen different styles of historic shutters?



The Marigny is filled with loads of Shotgun style homes, Creole cottages and town homes.  Their many design details (gas lamp envy anyone?) are best observed on leisurely walks and bike rides, perhaps with a “go cup” in hand.

John bought an awesome double Shotgun (no shots fired just yet!) house, which he is currently renovating extensively.  He is living on one side and will be renting the other side in short order upon completion of the project.


A block from his home, standing as a beacon on the Marigny skyline, is the wonderful Marigny Opera House with a patina to just die for. Apparently Solange Knowles must agree as was married here.  IMG_1549

Around each corner is a new surprise. But all this architectural gawking makes one thirsty and hungry. And in Nola, there is no shortage of excellent food and drink.

A slight distance East by bike we head to Baccanal located in the Bywater area.


Bacchanal feels like a backyard party but is a transformed casual outdoor courtyard space filled with live music,


drinks, delicious noshes such as cheese plates, seafood fritters and more…


and an abundance of and plastic buckets filled and chillin’ with cold vino.

IMG_1641As you can imagine, the quarter is always calling.

IMG_1556And so are the world famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde (carb-restricted diets be damned…you really must indulge here.)


The quarter provides the antidote for boredom.
IMG_1578Verdant balconies perch over the busy streets.IMG_1580

Music is heard at every hour.IMG_1581 Famous old restaurants like Arnaud’s, where we brunched (thanks Mom & Dad) still doing their thing.

Larger than life with decor and formality–(jackets still required for men)

IMG_1635and tradition in the same breath. Oh and of course more music.

IMG_1601jazz of course!


We take a quick jaunt “uptown” for a cocktail at Cure and dinner at Petite Grocery

IMG_1534The city barely sleeps.

IMG_1567Thank heavens for Bloody Mary’s with spicy beans from Horn’s


We tried for some world famous fried chicken from Willie Mae’s, but the line was too long and a little too wet to wait it out.  Perhaps all for the best as this was my husband’s reco. and I’m sure he would be filled with fried chicken envy, must leave some things for future visits with him.

IMG_1571So we opted for a few charbroiled oysters from Marigny’s awesome food emporium the St. Roch Market

IMG_1574before heading home.

IMG_1575Sibling time rocks and John was an excellent host.  Can’t wait for my next visit to Nola!


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