Something’s always “the Brooklyn” of somewhere, and in Long Island, that happens to be the North Fork. Compared to its flashier cousin in the South (the Hamptons), the North Fork is more laid back and low key, and with its artisanal farm stands and highly regarded vineyards, it’s understandably a big draw for Brooklynites, who are apparently moving out here in droves. They’ve brought their hipster brands and twee restaurants with them so that they can have the best of both worlds as they commute back and forth.Read More
Traveling with a baby can be very daunting, so sticking to nearby locales with a flexible itinerary can reduce some of the anxiety that comes with stressing about your unpredictable bundle of joy. That’s the appeal of a place like Bermuda, a lush and beautiful island that can be explored at a leisurely pace and is only a 2 hour flight from NYC. Even though it is close by, it somehow feels further away because it is technically another country with British traditions. Plus it’s only an hour ahead of New York so there wouldn’t be any drama of messed up sleep schedules, which is especially critical when your baby has finally mastered something resembling sleep training. And while Bermuda has its own currency, U.S. dollars are accepted almost everywhere, which is very convenient. An exotic getaway just a few hours away that doesn’t involve too much advance planning sounds baby friendly, indeed.Read More
Thinking about planning a getaway to Switzerland? If you are, get ready for lots of scenic train rides of picturesque mountain villages and lovely cows. Switzerland really does live up to its image of quaint country living that you might recall seeing in Ricola ads or old Heidi picturebooks. But you can only handle bucolic beauty for so long, what if you want more of an urban scene? You might’ve heard that the big Swiss cities are boring and mainly for banking, but that’s not true. Zurich in particular is highly underrated and has the artisanal food shops, clothing boutiques and farm-to-table restaurants that are necessary for any top-tier city.Read More
This London weekend itinerary is good for those who’ve been to the city before and want to explore it at a more leisurely pace that involves a mix of culture and good, casual restaurants. Picturesque neighborhood Marylebone will be your home base, and you’ll venture into Soho, Fitzrovia, City of London and South London. There’s no rushing from back-to-back appointments to make it to a show or see something before closing time. Stroll about, walk into some interesting boutiques that catch your eye, see an exhibit if you have time and, if not, don’t sweat it, and leave plenty of time to eat the best food.
“Let’s go to that Sri Lankan restaurant!” is probably a phrase you will never hear in New York. First of all, I’m not even sure if Sri Lankan restaurants exist in Manhattan. And even if they did, would they get the same level of attention or press that a vegan or pizza restaurant would? London, however, is more accepting of different cuisines than we are, which explains the success and popularity of Hoppers, a Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho. Read More