If I Had a Day in Provincetown: My Favorite Things to See, Eat and Do

Imagine an idyllic New England village by the sea with beautiful homes and  quaint shops. There are sail boats float in the harbor. Lobster and New England clam chowder is readily available. Beaches and sand dunes are abundant. The town is alive with diversity, art, good food and playful celebration. Regardless of age, weight, race … Continue reading

Goodbye to Some Of That: Upon Leaving New York

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot I spent half of my life trying to get to New York. I then spent a year trying to leave it, and I finally did. … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2014: Film, Theater, Books, Restaurants and Music

Every year, I take the opportunity to look back on the year just past, to say thanks for the gifts of culture and people that led to my growth. I wish to recognize those cultural artifacts that are most memorable to me, and some that just made me smile, or led me to sing and … Continue reading

My Favorite Places to Eat in the U.S. And Beyond -City by City

Over the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many U.S. cities and a few European ones for work, and a little pleasure. Along the way, I make it a point to find great places to sample some of the local culture through dining. I have three criteria: 1) Unless it is … Continue reading

Vacationing This Summer? Check Out My “If I Had a Day” Series for NYC, LA, Nashville and NOLA

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and it’s time to begin planning where you will visit and what you will do. It has been my privilege to live in some of the most visited cities in the United States and to continue to explore others when I am there for client work. I made … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2013: Film, Music, Restaurants and Books

Every year at this time, I publish a list of my favorite things from the year, and this year I decided  to do it all in one post. As I always like to remind my readers, this is a list of my personal favorite things — not a list of the “best” of the year. … Continue reading

If I Had a Day In New York City: A Tour from a Local’s Perspective

“I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.” Joan Didion “A bad day in New York City is still better than a good day anywhere else.” Etsy Spending one day in New York City is like standing under Niagara Falls … Continue reading

My Top 10 Favorite Restaurants of 2012

I traveled to over 15 American cities, London and Barcelona in 2012, and I made it a point to check out some of the best restaurant experiences in each city — within my per diem budget, of course! I have two rules about the restaurants I select: they can’t be a restaurant chain (though I … Continue reading

If I Had a Day in Nashville: A Driving Tour of My Favorite Things to See, Eat and Do in Music City

Nashville is my home town, and I’m very proud of the nation’s Music City of its emergence on the national scene as a popular business and tourist destination. I always have loved my home city, and it’s not just for the reasons that many people might guess. Yes, the country music and music scene is … Continue reading

If I Had a Day in Los Angeles: A Driving Tour of My Favorite Things to See, Eat and Do in La

I constantly am being asked by friends, family and new acquaintances for suggestions on where to go in Los Angeles. It is a sprawling and intimidating city for tourists and newcomers, but there certainly is a lot to love in America’s second largest city. As a former Angeleno myself, I offer to you some of … Continue reading