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North Carolina’s Crystal Coast: A Hidden Gem

The following is a guest post from contributor Sara Upton and does not reflect the views or experiences of either Chandra or Dave Emerald Isle is part of a string of cities located along the Bogue Sound. Together, they make up the Crystal Coast, the southernmost tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This location features […]

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Chandra navigates us along midtown New York City

Exploring NYC by Speedboat

We wanted to do something really special to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday last summer. My Dad can be tough to impress. Museums and shows aren’t his thing and even a nice dinner out in the city wasn’t going to cut it to celebrate this milestone.  But he does love being out on the water. […]

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Fillet mignon at Freemasons Hotel in Geraldton, Australia

My 10 Most Memorable Meals while Traveling

Food is always a big part of travel. After all, what you are eating is often defined by where you are and the experience of eating it is often one of the most memorable parts of being there.  Below are 10 of the most memorable meals I’ve enjoyed while traveling. Be prepared because this list […]

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Some of Cape Air's planes have Nantucket Airlines livery.  Samara is happy with either.

The Best Way to Get from New York to Provincetown

When I was growing up, there were two places we would go for summer vacation each year:  Montauk, at the end of Long Island, or Provincetown, at the end of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  Montauk was always a good time, but Provincetown was really special.  Whereas Montauk was only about two hours from our home […]

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Pork Bun at Ippudo NYC

Vacation Where You Live: New York City Food

Now that our baby girl is five weeks old, it was time for her first vacation: New York City!  It wasn’t a real vacation, since we live in NY, but rather it was a test for other trips we have planned this year.  Vacationing where you live is a nice excuse to eat only in […]

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Bananas in Water in Jar in Philadelphia First Friday

Hipster Art and First Friday in Philly

Despite my dad being an artist (shameless plug), I feel like most times I don’t really “get” modern art.  I see when things look nice, I appreciate the technique, but those paintings where the skill level is hovering around Kindergarten don’t really appeal to me.  So you have a solid black canvas with a red line painted […]

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Chef Wamu from South Africa at De Gustibus New York City

South African Cuisine in NYC

Eating a cultural food outside of that particular culture is a tricky business.  Restaurant reviews cite authenticity as a benchmark of quality, and being deemed “unauthentic” is the kiss of death.  Having never been to South Africa (but finally going next May), I’ve been told that I’ve never truly experienced real South African cuisine, despite having […]

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NYC buildings in sunglasses on the High Line

Playing Tourist in Your Own City

Living in a city is very different from visiting as a tourist.  Tourists see the famous and crowded sites, they do as much as possible in a day and they have the luxury of avoiding their day-to-day life while traveling.  I’ve spent the majority of my life living in two cities that are often tourist […]

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