- Category: Travel -

Goodbye to All That: New York City

New York City

A few years ago, I picked up a book called Goodbye to All That, a collection of vignettes where several authors write stories about their love affairs with New York City and the inevitable reasons they finally left the city.  As you may have guessed, this post is my ode to New York City and an introduction into the next chapter of my life. I've said good bye to NYC, twice now, so it's safe to say that if NYC and I were in a relationship on Facebook it would say: it's complicated.  NYC is an undoubtedly alluring city: its energy is a force to be reckoned with all on its own.  Carrie Bradshaw used to say New York City was her date and I must attest it has been my date many times during my NYC tenure. Even…

Nobu Malibu

nobu malibu

Nobu Malibu: a Los Angeles hotspot that is known for its frequent visits from the Kardashians, delectable sushi and picturesque views.  Over Labor Day, I visited Los Angeles and on my wish list was to eat and drink at Nobu, which is just what I did.  The fish and rice melt in your mouth and the drinks are perfectly made (and cool you off on a hot day!).  However, Nobu Malibu's ace in the hole is its beachside location because it is an absolute dream.  If you're ever in the area -- I highly recommend getting a reservation for yourself. The perfect unagi and octopus nigiri and a spicy albacore tuna roll. Snapper nigiri and short rip tacos. Yellowtail topped with jalapeño sashimi overlooking the Pacific Ocean (on an unseasonably hot day in LA).…

Summer Recap before Labor Day

San Sebastian

Winter is coming...as they say. (I’m sure all you Game of Thrones fans understand that reference!)  It seems to me that life is actually imitating art because over in NYC we have legitimately entered fall: cool mornings, warm days, and cooler nights.  Even with the cooler evening, I am still holding on to summer by drinking iced coffees (I mean let’s be real this is a year round habit for me), painting my nails white (love a white manicure in the summer), and of course reminiscing about my vacations to Cabo San Lucas and Spain -- all before Labor Day arrives.  So in order for you to hang on to summer with me I’m blogging about my trips below! First Up: Cabo San Lucas I first went to Cabo over Spring break in college circa 2004…

Places to Eat in NYC: Bagatelle

Looking for places to eat in NYC?  Bagatelle is a fabulous option with gourmet food and a chic location and atmosphere. Truffle pizza -- absolutely perfect appetizer for a few people! Delectable beef brisket. Tuna tartare on a crispy potato. Pan seared scallops. Bagatelle's ice cream Sunday is bigger than my face, as you can see (clearly I'm not excited at all). I recently enjoyed a lovely night and a delicious meal courtesy of Bagatelle in the meatpacking district. Bagatelle truly delivered in ever way from the food to the ambiance.  It's a spacious restaurant in NYC's trendy Meatpacking district, think where Samantha lived in Sex and the City and where Ramona Singer and Bethenny  Frankel opted to brunch last season on the Real Housewives of New York City.  Bagatelle is where you go…

6 Things to Know Before You Visit Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo feels like a giant arcade game that you navigate via small streets that eventually lead to massive pedestrian crossings complete with flashing neon signs in the backdrop.  Tokyo is discrete and flashy all at the same time and yes Tokyo is very accurately portrayed by Lena Dunham on her HBO's show GIRLS.  In Tokyo (and most of Japan), a small unassuming restaurant -- tucked behind a curtain -- is easily situated next to a ramen joint with a flashy sign procuring its dishes of sushi and ramen.  There is so much vibrancy and activity in Tokyo it's hard to know what to do and where to start and what customs to follow locally. So I put together a list of 6 thing to know before you visit Tokyo and a video with 6 things…