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Philadelphia Summer: 3 Stylish Things to Do

June 7, 2013 • By
Summer in the City

Summer in the City

Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

Have time for a weekend trip to Philadelphia this summer?  We just visited, as part of our progressive road trip – and since we were able to spend five days, I finally feel that I’m starting to know the city.

Philly is full of things to do.  Of course, you might need the photo op at the Rocky statue or next to Rodin’s Thinker (we did the latter) – but when it’s sweltering and humid outside, you won’t want to start running up the museum stairs with Eye of the Tiger blaring in your brain.

Trust me on this one.

But there are some stylish,”don’t miss” moments you should experience as you get to know Philadelphia. Here are three.


Destinations, Food & Drink

Best French Food in Washington, DC

April 24, 2013 • By

If you’re craving the charm, energy and flavors of a French Bistro while visiting Washington, DC you have multiple options.

Try the tiny, country-style Lavandou if you’re in the Cleveland Park area (near the National Zoo). You won’t be disappointed – but you might have to wait for a table.

Or try the stylish Matisse in Tenleytown for high-brow bistro design and food. It’s very good.

But my personal favorite is Bistro du Coin in the heart of Dupont Circle for an authentic Parisian cafe feel and never-disappointing food.

Steak and Haricots Vert at Bistro du Coin in Washington, DC

Steak and Haricots Vert at Bistro du Coin in Washington, DC

You’ll find all the classics from steak/frites and foie gras, to moules (mussels) in a variety of tasty broths. An elegantly simple Bibb lettuce salad is soooo, so good.

We've Found Some Great Food on our Travels

We’ve Found Some Great Food on our Travels

There are a variety of cassoulets, patés and tartines as well. All the classic French soups and salads are available. There’s a good wine list and fine pastries as well as a selection of excellent, gooey cheeses (fabulous at the end of the meal with one of their thick white dessert wines).

The place is noisy and fun, with tightly-packed tables and classic bistro chairs.

Find Bistro du Coin at 1738 Connecticut Avenue, NW. 202-234-6969.

Food & Drink

Eats & Drinks: Stocking Your Vacation-Rental

November 17, 2012 • By

My husband and I are holed up in a rented vacationImage apartment enjoying some very quiet time together before the craziness of the holidays.  One thing that staying in a rental shows you is what your real kitchen “must-haves” are.  You don’t want to buy too much and waste the items you can’t take home…but you do want a few essentials for snacking and eating at your home-away-from-home.

I keep saying I’m going to create a little road trip food suitcase, stocked with staples to grab and go.  Once I do it, I’ll post the details.  But in the meantime, here’s what I found I can’t live without in my vacation kitchen:


Art & Design, City, Destinations, Experiences, Food & Drink, Interiors

Cool Rooftop Evening

August 27, 2012 • By

My friend Gaezie just took a quickie trip to Barcelona. I think she got a packaged deal. She stayed at Hotel Arts. I’ve never stayed there, but I did enjoy a lovely evening at their rooftop restaurant, Arola a few months ago. This place has a cool, quirky vibe. Three friends and I enjoyed the chef’s tasting menu and some great drinks. Funnily enough, the thing I remember most, (other than the great visuals), was the soundtrack. The music was so good and so evocative, that when I came home I created a new playlist called “Cool Rooftop Evening” – (which I’m listening to now!). If you’re in Barcelona, don’t miss Arola!

City, Destinations, Events, Experiences, Food & Drink

Big Night Out – London

August 24, 2012 • By
Brasserie Zedel

Brasserie Zedel

While we were in London this time, we were able to get tickets for “War Horse” at the New London Theatre. What a production! In the first couple of seconds, you think, “…puppets? can I really watch a show full of puppets…?” Then after a few moments, the horses become as real as the humans on stage. Big, gorgeous, unpredictable horses who paw the ground and rear back and twitch their muscles. You see them breathing hard after a run – you see fear in their movements, or sometimes joy. Really impressive – and of course, a tear jerker. I haven’t seen the movie – but not sure that I want to after this. It might ruin it for me.