A Peek at Bilbao, San Sebastian, Lisbon, Algarve and Places In Between

As some of my readers know, I love to travel but you might not know that since 2006 I’ve been organizing annual vacation trips and traveling with a group of gal pals. We’ve been to Italy (2x), Greece, Spain, a Rhine river cruise, Quebec, Brazil, Argentina and, this May, 10 of us combined a visit to the Basque area of Spain and then on to Portugal. Here’s a peek at some of the sights. Read More

The Epicurean: A Hotel Dedicated to “The Good Life” with a Little Bit of Whimsy

Walking into the Epicurean lobby one gets an immediate sense of the attention to detail that went into the development of this unique property that tickles the palate, literally and figuratively.

It’s not your average reception area — wine racks are desks and the ceiling and walls were made with crates from Bern’s Steak House’s legendary wine collection. Although, you could just as likely be met curbside by a wandering host who will welcome you and check you in with an iPad. Read More

Food and Art are on the Menu in Wynwood: A New Miami Culinary Tour

Miamians know. Art Basel devotees know. Wynwood, a formerly downtrodden, low income, somewhat industrial and small neighborhood bordering Midtown and the Design District, went through a gentrification over the past decade. Years ago, people drove through this area with their windows up and doors locked. Today, they flock in and walk around. It’s a destination, a hot spot for foodies and lovers of art.

Enter Miami Culinary Tours. As you may recall, I’ve written about their Little Havana and South Beach tours, both of which are thoroughly enjoyable, so I was thrilled when they recently announced a new culinary tour of Wynwood. It’s a wonderful way for locals and visitors alike to become acquainted with the area and try a multitude of restaurants. Read More