Hello from New York! I came up to the city yesterday to spend a couple days here for a friend’s graduation and I had to make a stop at one of my favorite bakeries. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I am a sweets freak. My sweet tooth will most definitely be the end of me. I’m very particular about my sweets though, and I like to refer to myself as a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur…which brings me to… Continue reading
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Gosh, I tell myself I’m going to start blogging regularly then disappear for five days, sorry guys! I hope you had a great President’s Day weekend! Did you go anywhere? I spent most of the weekend working and I’m nowhere near where I need to be, but I wanted to come up for air for a quick moment to discuss something that has been a giant distraction for me lately. I CANNOT stop thinking about all the upcoming music festivals taking place this summer in America and abroad! I feel like everyday an awesome festival that I’ve heard about but never attended announces that their tickets will be going on sale this weekend. HOW WILL I CHOOSE?! Continue reading
When it comes to breakfast, New York City is the city of bagels. New York prides itself on the bagel – the perfect, filling breakfast for on-the-go New Yorkers. I personally stopped eating bagels once I read that calorie wise, one bagel is equal to five slices of bread (yikes!), but every once in a while I need to indulge. I recently had that urge during a quick trip to NYC so I made the journey to midtown to a classic little bagel place I’d heard about… Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! Today is also Throwback Thursday in the Twitterverse so I thought I’d highlight a place where I wish I was at this very moment. In 2010 I visited St. Thomas with my family and it was absolute paradise. We Americans are quite lucky that traveling in the United States does not have to be limited to only the 50 states we know and love. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John), American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and others are all accessible to American residents, no passport required. It’s worth noting that all air passengers to these destinations are required to have a passport, but if you go by land or sea, an enhanced drivers license can get you back home. I urge you to go explore! Continue reading
Happy Lundi Gras ya’ll! At this moment, thousands of people are reveling in the awesome debauchery that is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, also affectionately known as Fat Tuesday, but the parade season has been going on since January 19. As Fat Tuesday is the biggest day of the Carnival season, most people plan their Mardi Gras trip around this day, but travelers really have over three weeks to take part in the world-famous parades. In fact, I have friends participating in the Krewe of Orpheus parade tonight! Gooo Laura!
As a former participant in Mardi Gras 2011, I can honestly say that no other celebration compares to the real deal in NOLA. That said, I don’t have a teleport so I’ll be celebrating here in DC! Here are a couple of my favorite places in the DC area to laissez les bons temps rouler! Continue reading
I lost my mind and made Thanksgiving dinner completely on my own? That was fun. If you do happen to recall that wonderful 8-10 hour ordeal, then you probably remember the fact that there was one item on my overzealous menu that I did not get a chance to make because I passed ou- ummm I had already made too much food to begin with. Here’s a quick reminder of that menu. The one dish I did not make was a desert option of Spicy Caramel Brownies, not too important since I had already made a delicious Caramel Apple Pecan pie. That said, my sweet tooth kept nagging the hell out of me to try the recipe so I did. Here’s what happened… Continue reading
Paris? Nope. Florence? Oh, please. Although I can be a tad bit cynical about romantic travel, the fact is there are some cities in America that upon first visit you can’t help but imagine yourself walking hand in hand with the one you love. As Valentine’s Day is approaching and is on a Thursday this year (make it a long weekend lovebirds!), here are my favorite romantic destinations in the good ole US of A. Continue reading
In addition to being a month full of national events and holidays, February is Black History month! I was raised to believe that February is one of the most important months of the year (outside of May, birthday!), and my family and I celebrated tidbits of Black history each day throughout the month. These days it seems like African-Americans are making history and dispelling stereotypes left and right – word to President Obama and Gabby Douglas to name a few. One stereotype that I work to combat everyday is the idea that African-Americans don’t, or rarely travel. This has never been my case, but I know that I am so lucky to have a set of parents that instilled a love of travel within me at an early age and could afford to show me different areas of this country and the world that I now aim to share with you! Fortunately, I’m not the only one! Here’s a spotlight of my favorite African-American travel blogs and bloggers.
Happy February! I’ve decided to write a new weekly post about my second favorite love (after travel): food. In my opinion, food can be just as transporting as travel and is often times an integral part of learning about a destination. Unlike some avid eaters, I like to eat AND cook so I’ll be not only posting about amazing dining experiences but some of my own successful and not-so-successful cooking experiences. Over the years I’ve had a great time learning, usually self-taught by following a recipe, how to cook different cuisines and different cooking techniques. Usually it’s a great experience, other times it ends in tears, but it’s always a story! On this first Food Friday, my mind is completely on New Orleans. The Super Bowl will be taking place in New Orleans this Sunday AND the biggest portion of Mardi Gras is next weekend. Talk about a city that knows how to throw a party!