Dreaming of a Getaway to Panama City Beach

Let me be clear about one thing, if there’s a beach, I’m in. So it isn’t unusual that after two trips to Florida in 2014, I still haven’t had enough. I’m dreaming about a return.

When I saw that some of my fellow travel bloggers had recently been to Panama City Beach, along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, I was intrigued. It’s not a destination I had previously considered. But then I saw these photos…

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Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

I’ve been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright since I was a little girl. Having grown up with artistic adults who referenced his work quite often, the lines of his most famous buildings and the philosophy that he espoused are as known to me as the number of planets in our solar system and the letters of the alphabet.

It doesn’t seem that he was a particularly nice person from everything I’ve read but the same could be said about many great, incredibly creative people. Those who are most brilliant are perhaps most incapable of being warm and trustworthy in their interpersonal relationships. Nonetheless, it’s his work I admire and always have. So when I had the chance to tour Taliesin West during my most recent trip to Arizona, I couldn’t turn the chance down…

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Brunch at The Nomad

Depending on who you ask, I’m either in NYC a lot or not very much at all. It’s definitely been an adjustment for me having a home again after living as a nomad for so many years, never staying in one place for long. But as I chronicled here on the blog last year, I made a home in NYC for love and I am not sorry that I have. One of the things that’s been really nice about it, is having someone to have adventures with now. Danté and I try to keep exploring no matter whether it’s a big or small adventure. No matter whether at home, or abroad. So our latest adventure here in NYC was going out to brunch at The Nomad Hotel…

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My Top 5 Scottsdale Recommendations

I should know by now to never say never. After all, I’m no longer a spring chicken and the amount of times I’ve had to put my foot in my mouth because I did say ‘never’ ought to have taught me something. Nonetheless, I’ve said many a time that I’d never ever make a “Top 5/10/20/100″ or “top anything” list, and here I am doing it.

When I arrived in Scottsdale, they actually had the most lovely packet waiting for me in my first hotel room, with 5 colorfully numbered cards. Alongside the cards were a request to use them during my trip to rank my experiences, the top 5 in particular. It was such an adorably presented request, I immediately wanted to oblige. Yet a day into my trip I knew the greater problem was not going to be breaking my own never rule, but rather playing favorites at all. Judging from the itinerary, the look of my surroundings, the tastes I had already sampled and the way my face couldn’t stop from smiling — I just knew I didn’t have a prayer of choosing 5 things out of the many many to favor.

So why am I now? Frankly, because I am a people pleaser. And secondarily, because the more I’ve thought about it, the more I actually think it makes it easier for me to to organize ALL the thoughts I have about my experience this summer in Arizona. I could probably publish 20 posts about the trip but then I’d never ever catch up on blogging about anywhere else. And I have a lot of catching up to do.

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An Evening Off the Menu with S.Pellegrino and Chef Michael Voltaggio

Last year, around this time actually, I had the honor of visiting Tuscany with Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino. It was a fairy tale dream come true in which everything that is passionate and beautiful about Italy was laid before my eyes, and put before my mouth before gladly being consumed without regrets.

When an invitation arrived from them this summer, to dine as if I were back in Italia once again but here at home in NYC – I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see what that would mean.

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