Category Archives: Blog

A Pearl in the South African Winelands

It was John Keats, the 18th century English romantic poet, who remarked, “Give me books, wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody that I do not know.” These were my precise sentiments when I embarked on my first journey to the South African winelands in April. Pour me a glass of an aromatic, bold red, a fragrant rosé, or an elegant and floral white, then I’m Read more »

NYC Day Parties: ebb + flow’s Sunset Debauchery

Me old Day party season is here!  I’ve moved from San Diego to New York City and the sheer variety of day parties is breathtaking. To the secret parties on rooftops, raves on terraces, musical boat cruises, sexy pool parties and free concerts in the park; I’m giddy with the possibilities!  I've gone to many day parties but oddly enough never a boat party.  I think I was afraid of being sick or trapped Read more »

The French Connection in Istanbul

Having lived in Paris for two years, an obsession of mine is to seek out all things French when traveling, be it bistros, cafes, literary haunts, and/or vistas. It has been become a standard ritual of mine to sit in drinking establishments that writers frequented, to dine in restaurants where artists supped, to mull about in places that attracted the likes of the Mary Cassatt’s, Picasso’s, Oscar Read more »

Wonders of Croatia

Rafting on the Cetina river was extremely entertaining filled with numerous white water rapids and cold water fun. Brač is the beautiful island in the Adriatic Sea within Croatia, although the water was cold it was difficult not to immerse yourself in the tropical atmosphere. Krka National Park is a nature reserve with walking trails, waterfalls & castle ruins. Whether Read more »

Fast and Fervid Fun at F1

Scoring a ticket to one of the world’s most coveted racing events is arguably no ordinary feat. Once you have missed the deadline for purchasing tickets, it undoubtedly becomes about who you know and strategically working your black book. You have to know someone, who knows “someone”, who knows “someone”. And having been dubbed a “newbie” in the UAE, I wasn’t quite sure how compelling Read more »

San Diego Day Parties: Clique

Clique Pool Party Addition It’s almost day party season!    And if you’re in San Diego, you’ll want to check out Clique.  Clique is not so much a party but a movement. They are passionate about art, music and the underground club scene and they want YOU to be a part of their clique.   Each party aims to stimulate you through sight and sound.  Artists inspired by the people and music of Clique create paintings Read more »

San Diego Day Parties: Bounce Sundays

Bounce Thumbnail On this cold winter’s day, I want to bring you back, to the warm days of summer on a sun-drenched patio in the city of San Diego, with the gorgeous Pacific ocean in the background; where DJ sets come alive with live instruments and sun sets to music.   Today’s we’re going to Bounce Sundays. The founders of Bounce Sundays wanted bring something a little different to the San Diego Sunday Funday Read more »

Odyssey to a Greek Isle: Hydra

The advantage of traveling with a local is that you become privy to information that you would ordinarily miss when traveling solo.  I was fortunate to have heeded my friend, Anastasia’s advice to venture outside Athens and do a three-day excursion to Hydra, one of mainland Greece’s 227 islands.  I just knew that I would be serendipitously discovering one of Greece’s gems. If your idea of Read more »

San Diego Day Parties: Souleil Opening Party 2014

Dancing JPG Day parties just happen to be one of the best inventions ever! They’ve been around for a while, but day parties and clubs have really taken off in the past few years. Instead of being hotbox of a nightclub, you can enjoy the sun, and actually get a good look at the person you’re talking; all while dancing your butt off and getting home at a decent time so your face doesn’t betray the day you Read more »

Leaving on the Night Train to Sapa (Vietnam)

I have always dreamt of traversing the great corridors of the world by train---tackling Lake Michigan, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore on one jaunt then the Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Italian Dolomites in another. While riding the Orient Express still remains an ambitious goal on my “back in time” travel adventure list, my recent journey to Hanoi, Vietnam provided me with a Read more »