4.5 days in Florence: Pasta, piazzas, & (food) poisoning

When I started planning Florence, I wasn't 100% sold. I was a little worried that we'd be bored and there wouldn't be enough to see. WRONG. We ended up with four days in Florence instead of three (story to come on that) and I cannot wait to go back. (Just want to know my thoughts on certain …

Nacho Mama’s opening in Towson

Restaurateurs Jackie McCusker and Phil Gelso announced today plans to open their award-winning Tex-Mex restaurant, Nacho Mama’s, in downtown Towson. This is Nacho’s second site and will be located on the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. The 6,700-sq.-ft. restaurant will feature casual seating, outdoor tables, a welcoming bar, and private dining space. “Opening …

3 days in London: Beheadings, afternoon tea, and saying hi to Kate

I wasn't excited about London. I'm not sure why, but there was nothing that was hugely appealing to me. Spoiler alert: I loved it and cannot wait to go back. I can absolutely see why so many people make London their home, especially considering how easy it is to travel from there all over Europe …

13 days in Europe: London, Barcelona, Florence, and Paris

In less than two weeks, I'll be touching down at Heathrow, ready for 13 days of European adventures. Whoa. In an effort to not completely exhaust myself (and Steve), I've pulled some must-see places and recommended restaurants, but I'm not doing a full-out itinerary. (I'm using Stay.com to keep track of everything, which allows you …

9/17: “Hops for Housing” fundraiser at Union Craft Brewing

The Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC) is hosting an Oktoberfest-style event called Hops for Housing on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing in Hampden. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hopsforhousing.com before the event for $25, or at the door for $30. The event ticket includes a brewery tour, …

News & reviews of the Baltimore restaurants scene

Things are happening in the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here's a little recap: New dinner/cocktail menu at B&O American Brasserie B&O Is one of my favorites for delicious food from the acclaimed Mike Ransom and amazing drinks from the mind of bartender extraordinaire, Brendan Dorr, so I was excited to check out the new menus at …

Eventbrite Hometown Hunt: Thames Street in Fells Point, Baltimore

You know Eventbrite, right? It's basically where you buy tickets for pretty much anything. (You can create your own site to sell tickets to your own event, as well!) They're hosting a  Hometown Hunt where bloggers get to share their favorite places in their hometowns. My favorite place isn't one place, but a whole street. When …

Celebrate National Donut Day with a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts

Tomorrow is National Donut Day and Dunkin’ Donuts will commemorate the holiday by offering guests a free donut* of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage.  The offer is good all day on June 5 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts is helping guests all around the world celebrate the joy of donuts, making …

Review: Stitch Fix #14 (The one after the really bad one)

I'll say this about Stitch Fix (<-- referral link to fun!): They know how to keep a customer. I was getting a little frustrated after my last fix, but this one -- she's a beaut. I opened the box and ohhhh'd and ahhhh'd. (Read about my previous 13 SFs here.) How'd I get so many pretty, …

Help Dana decide which Warby Parker glasses to keep!

My co-worker and friend, Dana, ordered Warby Parker glasses and needs help deciding which ones to keep. Just like when I receive Stitch Fixes, I want to harness the power of the Internet to help her. Without farther ado ... which pair should she keep? Any feedback is appreciated!

Waterfront Wellness (sponsored by Medifast!) returns May 23

I'm excited to announce that Waterfront Partnership is partnering with my former employer, Medifast, Inc., to bring the Waterfront Wellness series to Baltimore starting May 23. This was one of the last initiatives that I worked on with my team there, so it's awesome to see it come to fruition. With the support of Medifast, Waterfront Partnership will add …

Dunkin’ Donuts brings back Black-Eyed Susan donuts for Preakness

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the return of the Black-Eyed Susan donut, which will be available through May 17, at participating Baltimore-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. The limited-time Black-Eyed Susan donut recognizes Maryland’s official flower. The donut is a yeast shell, frosted with yellow icing and topped with chocolate sprinkles and a dollop of chocolate buttercreme. Dunkin’ Donuts will …

Review: Stitch Fix #13 (or the one where my husband writes the review)

Each time I get a Stitch Fix, my husband shares his witty opinions. He was on fire this time, so I decided to let him take over the review. Without farther ado ... Jazz Embroidery Detail Blouse ($58) "This looks like a top to go to Mad River. It's basically just asking people to look at your …

Airbnb review (aka Why aren’t you Airbnb’ing yet?)

Airbnb (<-- $25 off your first stay!) is, in my humble opinion, by far the greatest travel invention aside from maybe the airplane. Rather than stay in a stuffy hotel, you can stay in unique spaces and connect with people who actually live where you're traveling. You get the inside scoop, a less expensive abode, and …

I finally got on the Mason jar salad bandwagon

You've probably seen Mason jar salads floating around Pinterest for, you know, years, but I finally got around to making one. And my life hasn't been the same. These are amazing! Everything stays so fresh, including avocados. I left one in the fridge for two days and the avocados? STILL GREEN. No air gets in there. …

How I totally failed ClassPass BUT you should try it for $10 for a week!

Remember how I had the amazing opportunity to try Classpass for free for one month and I wrote about the classes that I did in the first week? After that, you'd assume that I tried a bunch more and fell deeply in love with some new form of exercise, right? Don't be so silly. I realized …

30 days to 31: WTF happened to my metabolism?!?

Dear friends, welcome to keeping me accountable. I've slipped. I've stopped paying attention to what I'm eating, I've stopped working out, I work long hours at a new job. I grab the amazing Kinderhook cookies as soon as they enter the office on Friday afternoons. Yeah, I've been doing ClassPass, but I'll be honest -- …