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I’m totally ashamed to admit that my first taste of Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park was today. In honor of Bourdain Day, I had one request. While I was at work, Paul was to go to Frank’s and get me a #4 sub with hot peppers, the same way Bourdain ordered it when he visited for his New Jersey episode of Parts Unknown. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever… Read More

I never got to eat at Dooky Chase’s restaurant, and because of that, I never had the honor of meeting Leah Chase, a culinary icon of New Orleans. Sadly, Leah Chase died on June 1st at the age of 96, leaving behind a legacy bigger and more famous than the delicious gumbo she served up to presidents, civil right’s activists, celebrities, and travelers. Leah Chase transformed her husband’s small sandwich shop in… Read More

I don’t like to be stuck in a city in the rain; I don’t have good hair for it. I do prefer to sit in a window and watch other people dash through it, some of them so elegant, others so mysterious. Paul always seems to capture these breathtaking moments of people walking through the city. He can usually find the one person with the most stylish patterned umbrella as they delicately… Read More

There’s nothing that intrigues me more than grand, historic buildings filled with good food and passionate people. Paul may have had the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on his list, but my must-do Cleveland adventure started here at West Side Market in Ohio City. Ohio City is a neighborhood just west of downtown Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River. It is filled with good restaurants, hopping breweries, and happy locals eager to… Read More

There’s something about Washington, D.C. and sunshine. The sky, the trees, those cherry blossoms when they’re in bloom. Who doesn’t love this city? We’re a little bit of Alexandria and a little bit of D.C. people. This means that when we travel there, we have to visit both. I always said that if we won the lottery, we’d need to have a vacation home in Alexandria. It’s probably not the Caribbean Island… Read More

This is grocery shopping in the south of France. The air is filled with the sweet aroma of all that is local here. From piles of ruby red cherries to olives and cheese, you’ll be tempted to wander and taste. The Whole Foods of Aix en Provence. Prime membership included.

Have you ever picked up the New York Times, read about a place, and told yourself that one day you’ll go there? Do you really mean it? Do you cut it out and save it and show it to anybody who will listen? “Read this. Doesn’t this sound great?” That’s Healdsburg. It didn’t happen right away. We read the article and two years or so later, we made it happen. We planned… Read More

This photo was taken out the window of our hotel room in Lyon, France. Usually, I remember the names of every hotel and restaurant we’ve stayed at, but this one, I can’t recall. This usually means there wasn’t anything memorable about it, or I didn’t like it, but there are so many memories from our stay in this hotel that are just…funny. Here are a few: You had to walk through the… Read More

They say the third time is a charm, and I think Paul and I agree, this trip to California wine country was the best one yet.  We did it all wrong the first time, improved upon it significantly the second time, and nailed it the third time.  While I don’t regret any of our travel adventures, we often learn from our experiences.  So, let’s recap: Trip #1-On our month-long cross country trip,… Read More

New York City and pizza.  Two of the best things in America. So, let me tell you a little story.  I know nothing about the pizzeria in this photograph, but I’m going to use this photo as my excuse to tell you about the pizzeria I LOVE in New York City.  Harry’s Italian on Gold Street is just about the best thing on Earth, and unfortunately, we only recently realized it.  Paul… Read More