A Bit of USA: New New York

The only reason we were here was to see the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Have you forgotten that the Cypriot is an architect by day? Seeing the latest work by fellow architect, Renzo Piano, was much more important than relaxing with friends and family, even during the holiday season. Off we went…

Jumping on the train from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, one can’t help but be reminded how grand train travel was in the early part of the 20th Century. You gasp in awe as you wait in line for your train encompassed by the vast ceiling, larger than life sculptures, hanging chandeliers and the pièce de résistance, Karl Bitter’s 1895 relief The Spirit of Transportation. Everyone in the relief is heading off somewhere, […]

January 21st, 2016|New York, USA|0 Comments

New Orleans & Breaux Bridge, LA – The 10 Best Bit(e)s

Traveling through New Orleans to research a piece on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina for Grazia UK, the Cypriot and I had to eat, right?

Some of the best restaurants in the USA are at home here in the Big Easy, from old and revered, like Commander’s Palace and Antoine’s, to young and chipper, helmed by chefs like Donald Link for his award-winning Herbsaint and casual Pêche and Chef Justin Devllier for his The Petite Grocery.

What I found is that most first-timers to NOLA (New Orleans, LA) want the dishes that were invented here! Loaded with fat, sugar and carbs: beignets, bananas foster, étouffée called my name and I answered with gusto. We didn’t just stop eating in NOLA, but continued the foodfest out in Acadiana – true home […]

August 4th, 2015|Destinations, Louisiana, Ten Best Bits, USA|5 Comments

A Bit of Paradise: Cajun Country Swamp Tours

Sometimes the stars align and you’re in the right place at the right time. You made no reservations but they invite you in and you have the best experience of the entire trip. On our recent sojourn to deep south, the Cypriot and I found ourselves face to face with a Bald Eagle in the middle of the bayou, who could want for more?

As we were checking into the Bayou Cabins in Breaux Bridge, Rocky Sonnier, our host for the next two nights, suggested we check out the local lake. We had a few hours to kill before we took on a couple hundred crawfish for supper and headed on out. Following his roughly drawn, but extremely accurate, map, we drove in and out of the busy intersection that is […]

July 1st, 2015|Destinations, Louisiana, USA|2 Comments

A Bit of Bucks County: My Top Five Farms

Bucks County is not only the spot where Washington crossed the Delaware River so many moons ago, but also where Rodgers & Hart wrote “There’s a Small Hotel”.   Although technically it is only the PA side, Bucks County sits along the Delaware River which cuts PA and NJ in two, so I kind of think of it as spreading across both states. Autumn is when is all happens here and get yourself down to visit while the iron is hot (and getting cooler).

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September 1st, 2014|Bucks County, Destinations, USA|8 Comments

A Bit of Bloghouse Chicago

A passing comment made by a friend weeks before and the next thing I knew I sailing down the Chicago River on an electric boat singing along to 90’s tunes with a bunch of fellow travel bloggers.  These were not just any bloggers but ones handpicked to attend Bloghouse Chicago.  Put together by Navigate Media, Bloghouse is considered the Harvard Business School of blogging and it was a massive compliment to be selected to participate.
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June 20th, 2014|Chicago, Destinations, USA|11 Comments

A Bit of USA: Chicago – Lunch anyone?

The time it has taken me to choose where to eat before descending upon Bloghouse in Chicago, Illinois this weekend has even taken me by surprise.

No, not Alinea, Acadia, Girl & the Goat, Frontera Grill or any of the great chefs that call Chicago home.

Finally, yes, finally – swayed by personal reviews and the concierge.com recommendation of “spicy-sweet sauce and sausage,” the decision was, wait for it:

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria!

How did t fare?  Find out on twitter and instagram tomorrow afternoon.

June 5th, 2014|Chicago, Destinations, USA|0 Comments