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Pedal On: Copenhagen on Two Wheels

There is something about riding a bicycle that is synonymous with freedom – something that allows us to temporarily arrest our fears, worries, inhibitions and return to our blithe younger selves, where languid summer days and still nights meld into one.  That feeling of liberation and adventure reemerged last August while I was exploring the European city, often emphatically referred to as the “coolest Read more »

Artful Luxe Living at the Villa Republic Hotel (Sri Lanka)

Nothing evokes luxury more than a five star hotel that has expertly mastered the art of bespoke experiences, from wait staff who are armed with intimate knowledge of local culture and customs, to decadent spa treatments and in-house amenities that make you feel instantly special. Stepping onto the grounds of the five-star Villa Republic Hotel in Gintota, Sri Lanka, you are immediately assured that Read more »

Natural Remedies in the “Land of Smiles”: Sri Lanka

Whether or not you are horticulturally inclined, the Ayurvedic Village Garden in Sri Lanka is the place where you can come nurture and nourish the senses. Situated in the one of the more picturesque beach towns in the Southwest part of the country (80 miles south of the capital city of Colombo and 10 miles from the historic city of Galle), the garden is home to both familiar and exotic healing plants Read more »

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 »

Who Knew?- Czech Out the Beer Capital of the World!!!

For anyone who knows my drinking proclivity, it has always been, champagne first, and all else follows. However, a visit to the beer drinking-est capital of the world-Prague, Czech Republic this past summer, warranted an adjustment to my usual drinking game. Although, I can’t claim to be a “cerveza-a-phile”, an aficionado of beers and ales, I have come to develop an increasing fondness for the Read more »

NYC Day Parties: Goin’ to church at Sundae Sermon

Leon and DJ Stormin'  Norman
Photo Courtesy of : DJ Stormin' Norman via Facebook On a wet but warm Sunday afternoon in St. Nicholas Park in Harlem, the Minster of Music, DJ Stormin’ Norman delivered a different type of Sundae Sermon.  It was the gospel according to house and   we went to "church".   There was singing, dancing and even a few amens! A free mini-festival in Harlem, Sundae Sermon is the brainchild of  DJ Stormin' Norman.  It's a house music revival for Read more »

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 »

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 »