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Mezzing Around Cyprus

Undeniably, food is a significant part of any vacation and undisputedly, no gustatory trip to Cyprus would be complete without trying a mezze. Cyprus, the crown jewel of the Mediterranean, and often erroneously referred to as Greek’s little sister, specializes in the mezze. Mezze, which literally means small plates, is the Cypriot’s preferred way of “breaking bread” with friends and family. A Read more »

What You Taste When Your Eyes Can’t See: Dining in the Dark in the UAE

It is said that 80% of what we experience occurs through the visual channel and I believe that an overwhelming majority of us would maintain that the one sense we do not want to be deprived of, is our sight. Eating is understood to be a multi-sensory experience, with our eyes leading the way. According to research scientists and psychologists, our eyes see the food first, then tells our brain what Read more »

Dine Like a Raj During Ramadan (in the UAE)

It is the holiest month of the year (the 9th month of the Islamic calendar)- a time when devout Muslims are expected to rigidly reexamine the tenets of their faith and demonstrate their steadfastness to the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings by fasting from sunrise to sunset. For non-Muslims who visit Dubai, perchance, during this month, it can be an opportune time to experience the rich tapestry of Arabian 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 »

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 »

A Dhow Day on the Gulf of Oman

There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of being untarnished by time or place. So when opportunities within my travels, beckon me Read more »

Ascending the Moreeb Staircase (Liwa, UAE)

My late father used to tell me, “Gina, you work out as if it were a religion”. Being physically nimble/agile, fit, and healthy has always been of paramount importance to me, having competed in contact sports since the age of 12 and having grown up with eight brothers who were fiercely competitive. Hence, finding a vacation spot that provides equal doses of respite and physical activity is an essential Read more »

The Best Things in Life Are….Balaash (Free)

I am a fervid fan of free (free pre-concert passes to hobnob backstage with the Gipsy Kings, free VIP access to Jazz at Lincoln Center, free tickets to the 51st Grammy awards ceremony, free super bowl tickets, free tickets to opening day at Fenway Park, free season tickets to the New York Philharmonic symphony, free tickets to watch the Knicks play basketball). Just mention the word “free”, “gratis”, Read more »

Go West, Young Woman, Go West!!!!!!

MadinetZayed3 Go West, young woman, go West!!! The Western region of Abu Dhabi is probably one of the lesser celebrated regions of the United Arab Emirates.  Most first time visitors to the UAE, want to experience the glitz and glamour and the frenzied pace of it’s big sister cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Yet, when you want to escape the chaos inherent of “big city” life and when you really want to become Read more »