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Enter to Win: Universal Orlando Resort Package

  UPDATE:  The contest has ended and Yulia (@thefoodiemiles) is the winner of this great Universal Orlando Resort vacation package. Congratulations Yulia!  You all know that I’m a big fan of Universal Orlando Resort. From the three theme parks (including the newly opened Volcano Bay water theme park) to the CityWalk entertainment area to the […]

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lotus at Kenilworth Gardens, DC

I’m working on the May newsletter (it comes out on the first Sunday of the month) – have you subscribed? It’s a quick read each month and recaps where I’ve been and where I’m going, highlights some key articles from across my several blogs, and provides recommendations for your next trip whether it’s across town […]

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New Podcast: Where Else to Go

Today is a pretty big day for me. After months and months of research and practice (also known as dithering around), I’m launching my new podcast – Where Else to Go. The podcast focuses on value luxury travel – that sweet spot where price and experience intersect to create WOW! Value luxury helps you decide […]

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After spending last weekend in Seattle at the Motif Seattle, and trying all sorts of new restaurants for food and drink, it’s been tough getting back to a normal routine. How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick – I love eating street food, and have been fortunate that I’ve never had a problem. I don’t […]

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I’m in Seattle this holiday weekend, exploring the city and sharing my discoveries on the Motif Seattle Instagram account (hey – if you’re not following them, go take a look here and you’ll find plenty to like). One of the goals for the weekend is to find new places to try – or places that I […]

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lava rocks on Hawaii

  The first week of the year started thing off with a bang as I find myself back in Hawaii the first half of the month. When I’m in Kona (on the big island of Hawaii), it’s usually my time to relax, lounge by the pool or on my balcony with a good book, and […]

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Seattle Washington

Last week I mentioned that I’d be making some changes to the Sunday Stories feature. I’ve heard from readers that they enjoy my reading recommendations, but they don’t always read it on Sunday. Sunday is the day that I seem to do a lot of web surfing and reading, and while it made sense to […]

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Sunday Stories for December 27th, 2015

Outdoor exhibits at Topography of Terror, Berlin

It’s the last Sunday of 2015 and that means this is the last roundup of Sunday Stories for the year. I have a good time sharing interesting articles, blog posts, and bit and pieces of news that I’ve found throughout the week. The stories usually focus on the themes you’ll find me writing about – […]

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Sunday Stories for December 20th, 2015

Mango and sticky rice for dessert

It’s the countdown to Christmas and the end of 2015. I love this time of year – looking back, planning forward, and reveling in all the yummy food and drink floating around. I hope you’re enjoying this time of year as well! Here’s some reading for this week: Mango Hack! How to Cut A Mango […]

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Sunday Stories for December 13th, 2015


A few stories for your reading today. 7 things to know about what you can bring into, and take out of Hawaii The info about what I could and couldn’t take into Hawaii has always caused me confusion. I’ve heard various theories – no seeds, nothing fresh, no citrus, etc. Despite loving to pack some […]

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It’s My Blog Anniversary!

On March 17, 2006, I wrote my first blog post ever on my travel blog then named Flyaway Cafe. You […]

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ruins of Pompeii have become one of Italy’s most visited sites. On August 24th, 79 A.D., erupted in a […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]