Madrid City Guide

a boat ride in el retiro park
a night out in chueca
a rainy day in plaza mayor

Of all the famous European cities, Madrid is one of the most accessible. It has top-tier cultural attractions, great shopping, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife, but it never feels prohibitively expensive or out of reach like it might in Paris or London. As an example, I was able to book a massage at The Lab Room, which is an upscale spa that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop recommended, and the service was a reasonable 65 euros. Had it been New York, it definitely would have cost me twice as much. Barcelona might be more renowned for its restaurants, but Madrid has plenty of options that won’t leave your palate disappointed. Here is a list of some cafes, bars and restaurants that should be on your radar when visiting this capital.

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A Week in Germany: Frankfurt to Munich

Days 1-2 – Frankfurt, Germany

the “manhattan” of europe

Frankfurt is known as the Manhattan of Europe because of its skyscrapers and its reputation as a finance capital. That nickname may be a bit of a stretch, because in reality, Frankfurt is much quieter and smaller than New York City, and its skyscrapers don’t stretch quite as high. It’d be more accurate to call it the Zurich of Germany or something along those lines. It’s posh, clean, but not terribly exciting at a first glance. It is, however, very lovely and livable, and a stroll along the Main River on a summer’s day is especially picturesque. It’s a great way to dip your toe into the German culture before venturing out into the more boisterous Bavarian beer halls later in the week.Read More

Best Asian Breakfasts in NYC

Asian breakfasts are the new avocado toasts. Anyone can make scrambled eggs and pancakes, but the real pros are the ones making bo ssam or nasi lemak in the AM. You’ll usually find these in an Asian kitchen, which were few in number in NYC but those numbers have grown to represent a diversity of countries like Japan, Malaysia and Korea. If you’re willing to branch out from a bagel and lox, you should stop by some of my favorite Asian breakfast spots in the city. These places embrace authentic flavors rather than trying to water things down with matcha pancakes or something like that. And nothing wakes you up quite like a bowl of fried anchovies or kimchee in the morning!Read More

Where to Eat in Maine: Camden, Bar Harbor, Rockport, Rockland, Portland

Every road trip to Maine involves lobster. And while there are certainly many seafood shacks to choose from, a meal in Maine can be so much more than lobster rolls and chowder (although those are very, very good). For our Labor Day weekend trip, we made our way through Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Portland, and our food itinerary was surprisingly diverse. We had fantastic plates of Asian food in lily-white Camden, hand rolls and omakase in Portland, and delicious blueberry pancakes in Bar Harbor. If you’re looking for a hit-list of places to eat that include a little bit of lobster and a whole lot of something else, check out the recommendations below.Read More

A Day in the North Fork, Long Island (with a Baby)

orient beach state park in the north fork, long island

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