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Cozy at Lillies

Husband’s Choice: A Midtown Food Tasting Adventure

“We could try and see if we could find cheap tickets for a show?” I half-heartedly suggested to Husband. He was silent a little too long so I continued, “Or we could just walk around and eat!” Immediate agreement. Husband and I are foodies, plain and simple. Give us the option and we’ll choose to get to know a city by a handful of restaurants every time. After all, what better way to get to know a place than through...

Spring Street Cocktail Cruise

Truth be told, I planned our whole 3 generation family vacation around visiting Charleston. Scheduling my parents’ time share at Myrtle Beach this year instead of Orlando was to get me closer to the historic city that I’ve wanted to check out for over a decade. We were expecting lots of charm and grandiose southern homes. We were expecting a big history lesson as Charleston’s history is long and diverse, being the biggest player in the South from the colonial era to...

The-View-at-Playa-Rincon

SnapShots: Irresistible Vacationing at Playa Rincón

One of the best things about our life abroad in DR specifically* is a combination of two things. The first being that we have a pretty amazing group of friends that are like-minded in work, travel, and fun. The second being that we live in a place where the hashtag popularly used to describe it is “I live where you vacation”. I don’t often use the hashtag because, well, why rub it in? It goes without saying that people from all...

World's Best BBQ Sign at Gran Parador Bellamar

Notes from a Local Scene: Gran Parador Bellamar

Turning off of Avenida de las Americas towards Samaná and after the first toll booth, you’d never know there was a serious BBQ operation in the same stop as the Texaco gas station. But you should. From the road, it looks like a typical rest stop – gas station, convenience store, restrooms – but there is nothing typical about Gran Parador Bellamar. It’s as if Texas exploded and delivered a baby in Santo Domingo....

Wine Corks

My Man Cave… of Wine

The other night as I gazed adoringly at Mila’s new wall to wall wine room, Ana dropped this epiphany bomb on me: this is your man cave. A beautiful, swanky room with 1000 or so bottles of wine? Indeed a wine cave was my man cave. I have long since understood the importance of having a personal retreat, a quiet place to escape for a moment and just be. Usually, for me, this is my bedroom. After a day away from home, I...

Jeeva Restaurant Ashram Food

Notes from a Local Scene: An Ashram Grows in Santo Domingo

It’s almost impossible these days to plan on a whim. A last minute call from a kidless friend to “do dinner” is the evergreen reminder that we are no longer our single selves. It’s fine, of course, but always a bummer to say, “Sorry. We can’t tonight.” So the other day, when I received a last minute call from a friend wondering if Husband and I wanted to join them for Indian food at Jeeva restaurant and ashram she had recently...