A Weekend in Vancouver

the beautiful vancouver shoreline and skyline

As part of the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver is known for its natural landscapes and outdoor activities. When the weather is nice, a run or stroll through Stanley Park is par for course, while during the winter season, people flock to nearby resort town Whistler for some world class skiing. But something else Vancouver has going for it is its ethnic diversity. There’s a very sizeable Asian population in the city–nearly 43% of residents are of Asian heritage–and they’ve brought the flavors of their local cuisines with them. A high quality avocado toast is just as easy to come by as an excellent plate of dumplings. The access to great food on a global level is what makes Vancouver one of my favorite cities to visit. If you find yourself there for a few days wondering where you should eat, the food recommendations below will give you a sense of Vancouver’s globe trotting nature.Read More

A Weekend in the Catskills

welcome to the catskills

When the rooster’s crow is your alarm clock, and your yoga studio is outdoors with a stunning mountain skyline, that’s how you know you’ve escaped the city for a weekend getaway to the Catskills. This upstate oasis is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from the city, but once you’re there you’ll feel like you’re worlds away. For starters, cell reception is nonexistent in many areas, so you can truly be off the grid. But if you’re afraid that you’ll be a little too isolated, rest assured that you will run into many New Yorkers, a lot of them from Brooklyn, while hiking along the trail or having dinner at a locally sourced restaurant. In fact, it seems like the Catskills are where young Brooklynites go to retire, trading in their 9-to-5 for a sustainable farm or a charming bed and breakfast. And who knows, after spending a few days here and getting that mountain air glow, you may just join them.Read More

A Weekend in Mexico City

a vivid mural on display at chapultepec castle
the palacio de bellas artes

With a burgeoning food scene, good weather, and a density of museums that surpass New York and Paris’, Mexico City is really having a moment as a must-see travel destination. Its huge size and urban sprawl makes its layout similar to Los Angeles’, where a car is necessary for travel and maddening traffic is par for course. Plan on visiting several spots in one neighborhood rather than jamming everything into a day. Culture buffs will love the historic charm of Centro Historico, the well-heeled will feel right at home in Polanco and Condesa, the romantics will love San Angel, and the hipsters can hang in Roma Norte. The following weekend itinerary is very food-driven, but there’s enough cultural detours and plenty of walking involved to help you work off those tacos and churros.Read More

Lunch at Quintonil in Mexico City

embarking on a long and leisurely lunch at quintonil

I left the fate of my lunch at Quintonil in the hands of my friends Alejandro and Liz, two Mexico City insiders who I was confident would steer me towards the right dishes. While the menu was in English, there were too many unfamiliar Spanish words highlighted in quotations that I just didn’t recognize. Terms like “escamoles”, “cuitlacoche” and “cegueza” were beyond my scope of “tortilla”, “mole” and “tacos”. So rather than try to translate everything, I let the locals do their job while I nursed my lovely avocado mezcal cocktail.Read More

Dinner at Pujol, Mexico’s Top Restaurant

breaking the seal on our dinner menu at pujol

The excitement is palpable outside the doors of Pujol. A crowd of diners, mostly foreigners, are patiently waiting the first dinner seating at 6:30 pm. Most have probably seen the profile of Chef Enrique Olvera on Netflix’s Chef’s Table and are undoubtedly excited to experience his cooking in the flesh, thus subjecting themselves to an ungodly early hour for dinner by Mexican standards. These are the things you have to put up with for a seat at a restaurant that is ranked No. 25 on the Top 50 San Pellegrino list.

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