Escaping the Big Apple for Another Kind of Apple – Adventures and Apple Picking in Hudson Valley

img_7624Fall – The most glorious time of year in the northeast. The leaves are turning bright hues of red, yellow and orange. The air is crisp. The fabrics are lush. And the fireplaces are starting to crackle. It’s simply fabulous.

And there’s no better way to celebrate this magnificent time of year than with an all-American weekend in New York’s gorgeous Hudson Valley. Now sure there are endless activities around the state and the region to participate in, but Hudson Valley has a sort of enchanting and extra special vibe.  Continue reading “Escaping the Big Apple for Another Kind of Apple – Adventures and Apple Picking in Hudson Valley”

All Aboard – A Little Mangia Outside of Manhattan

FullSizeRenderSometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone and be spontaneous to discover some of the greatest things life has to offer – or at least some of the greatest things New York has to offer.

With this weekend (Valentine’s Weekend) being one of the coldest in record history, I could only think of one way to keep warm – eating, of course! A staunch lover of all things Italian, naturally I wanted pizza and pasta to get me through these cold winter days (what’s new?). I had heard of a little known place just north of Manhattan, in New York’s most northern borough, the Bronx, and while tons of options exist in the City, I decided to be a bit adventurous and explore one of New York’s oldest and greatest well-kept secrets,  Arthur AvenueContinue reading “All Aboard – A Little Mangia Outside of Manhattan”

Fun on the Farm – A Fabulous Fall Day of Apple Picking & More

apple2When I first discovered apple picking a couple years ago, I promised myself I would make it a yearly tradition during the crisp fall months. Usually lasting from late August to late October, the apple picking harvest is a family friendly fun activity to embark on during this season. So this season, I decided to contact the Orange County Tourism Board for some suggestions on where to go. Continue reading “Fun on the Farm – A Fabulous Fall Day of Apple Picking & More”

Food, Festivals & Friends – A “Well-Balanced” Weekend in New York City

IMG_0806Having just completed its seventh year, the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) is one of the most highly anticipated events of the entire year. Attended by foodies, celebrity chefs and well, just about everyone in NYC, this mega food and wine weekend-long series of events is more than just about the drinking and the dining – its about meeting new people from all across the world, learning the art of food, and most importantly, bringing people together for a great cause – ending world hunger! Continue reading “Food, Festivals & Friends – A “Well-Balanced” Weekend in New York City”