4 Days in Portland, Maine: Lobster + local brews

Portland Head Lighthouse at Fort Williams Park There's a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. It's absolutely a world onto itself.Jamie Wyeth A trip full of beer, lobster, and epic New England views? Sign me up! When Steve and I were deciding on an anniversary trip in October, Maine seemed like the perfect four-day getaway. …

7 days in Tulum (or what to do when your hotel is raided by police)

(I'm so behind on travel blog posts that it's really shameful, but my friend Jess is thinking about traveling to Tulum and I wanted to be able to share all of my insight with her -- so here we are.)  I'd seen so many beautiful pics of Tulum and knew that Steve and I needed …

Whole30: A love story? (and the one thing that surprised me the most)

I did it. I finished 30 entire days without alcohol, added sugars, bread, beans, and dairy. I ate healthy fats, animal-based protein and vegetables. While US News & World Report named Whole30 #37 on a list of 39 diets, it (mostly) worked for me. I figured the easiest way to share my experience is to answer …

3 Days in Amsterdam: Canals, Cuypmarket & Cannabis

Waaaaaaay back in June, Steve and I spent some time in Europe and I realized I never wrote a recap of our weekend in Amsterdam. I'm recapping places to stay, things to do, and where to eat -- plus, obviously, a little cannabis info. It is Amsterdam, after all.

Baltimore gains new wedding/event venue at Quarry Lake

Charles Levine announced today that in conjunction with the November opening of Citron at Quarry Lake at Greenspring, he will also open The Cove at Citron, a special event venue that will be available for corporate and social events beginning in January 2017. Located next to Citron and overlooking Quarry Lake, The Cove at Citron will offer patrons …

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end …

July 21 will be my last day at OrderUp. After a very, very tough deliberation process, I decided that this is the time for me to embrace a new opportunity. (I'll talk more about that in another post; I want to give OrderUp my full love here.) Almost two years ago, the two founders of OU took …

StitchFix #16 (or the one where they didn’t listen to anything I asked)

Another day, another StitchFix (technically, it's two words -- Stitch Fix -- but pretty sure everyone under the sun spells it as one word). After the last one and sending back the shirt because it had a hole, I was feeling pessimistic but decided to give SF another chance. (Maybe I'm a masochist?) I asked …

1 week in Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, the OBX of the Caribbean

When Steve and I returned from Europe, I promised him that he could choose our next trip for so kindly allowing me to drag him across the continent. He wanted a super relaxing beach vacation and had heard great things about Turks & Caicos, so off we went! A few things before we get into …

Baba’s Kitchen’s Farid Salloum opens restaurant in Remington

Inspired by the street food vendors of the Middle East, Farid Salloum, the chef and owner of Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen (my neighborhood favorite!) in South Baltimore, is opening a new concept in R. House  this fall. ARBA’s authenticity is derived from its fusion of old-world and new-age Mediterranean foods. Meaning “four” in Arabic, ARBA’s focused …

StitchFix #15 (or the one in the office when the wifi was out)

I was planning to post this Stitchfix tonight, but the wifi went down in the office, so why not have a little fashion show? I asked my co-workers for their opinions on each item and also texted them to Steve, because I know you all care about his opinions. So, which do I keep? What …

Review: La Cuchara at Meadow Mill at Woodberry

Restaurant: La Cuchara Neighborhood: Meadow Mill at Woodberry Architecture/Ambiance: La Cuchara means "the spoon" and there are awesome old spoons on the walls. There's whitewash wood to balance the dark colors of the mill, and, being an old mill, there are soaring ceilings. Service: Our server was very attentive and knew everything about the menu. She was able to …

Don’t miss the American Craft Council Show (and beer/whiskey tastings!) this weekend

  From Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, the American Craft Council returns to the Baltimore Convention Center with 650 artisans and a craft beer pop-up from the likes of Union Craft Brewing, The Brewer’s Art, Charm City Meadworks, Monument City and Flying Dog. Like previous years, there will also be Balvenie scotch tastings (which …

Review: Iron Rooster’s adult pop-tart and more

Restaurant: Iron Rooster Neighborhood: Canton (at Canton Crossing) Architecture/Ambiance: Iron Rooster occupies the former Farmstead Grill space, which is open with soaring beams and a nice whitewash. Service: It was a media event, so I'm sure it was turned up a notch, but they were quick, friendly, and up for a little bantering. Food, food, food: Pro tip: …

This “Humans of New York” story stayed with me more than any other

If you follow Humans of New York, you know that Brandon, the creator and photographer, has been profiling refugees. I read every HONY story, but one from the other day really stuck with me. I wanted to share it here in one place since it was actually seven different posts. I can't help but feel like …

1.5 days in Paris: Boulangeries, pâtisseries, et fromageries

**I started this post before Nov. 13, when Paris was viciously attacked by ISIS. It's taken time to finish it. Coming back to it after the attacks has given me a new perspective on the city and appreciation for its people. Vous êtes belle, Paris. By day 10.5,  we'd been to London, Barcelona, and Florence. …