Guide

Coachella Valley Brewing Co

Coachella Valley Brewing Flight

Quench Your Thirst at this Desert Brewery

This might be stating the obvious but…the desert is hot. Really hot. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting poolside at the Desert Riviera, swanning around Palm Springs, or hiking to the top of Mt. Ryan in Joshua Tree, whatever you’re doing, you’re going to work up a thirst – and we think the best way to slake it is with a brew from Coachella Valley Brewing Company.… Continue Reading →

Desert Riviera Hotel

A Magical Mid-Century Modern Hotel in Palm Springs

The first thing we noticed about the Desert Riviera Hotel was that we didn’t notice anything; it looks so unassuming from the outside, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sign, high green hedge walls and a tiny notch of a parking lot.

But those hedges are hiding a slice of paradise – a cerulean pool straight out of a Hockney surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and shaded by palm trees.… Continue Reading →

LHotel Montreal

LOVE Sculpture, LHotel Montreal

A boutique hotel filled with pop art in Old Montreal

One of the first things you notice about Montreal is the art. Sculptures dot public squares and guard the entrances to banks and museums alike: the brand new Le Soleil rises above the steps of the Musee des Beaux Art and Female Landscape adorns Ville-Marie Square.Continue Reading →

Blue Marlin

The Blue Marlin, Vernazza

Vernazza’s Late Night Scene

Vernazza is a teeny tiny town…most of it’s 800 or so residents are tucked away in the winding streets and in the hills, and most tourists visit during the day, so when night falls, the town can get a little deserted. Cinque Terre is perfect if you want some peace and quiet, not so much if you want to go clubbing.… Continue Reading →

Trattoria da Sandro

A Cozy Restaurant in Vernazza

One of the great things about Cinque Terre, and actually, Italy in general, is that despite all of the tourists, the vast majority of restaurants serve amazing food at reasonable prices. Sure, you’ll find the odd tourist trap here and there, but for the most part, the food is at worst better than average and at best…sublime.… Continue Reading →

Batti Batti Friggitoria

Fried Seafood and Veggies in Vernazza

If you are visiting Cinque Terre and  you love fried food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), then a stop at Batti Batti Friggitoria is mandatory. This tiny restaurant, located on the main drag in Vernazza, serves up delicious fried seafood and vegetables in paper cones.… Continue Reading →

Batti Batti Focacceria

Tri Colore Focaccia at Batti Batti

Divine Focaccia in Vernazza

You know the moment. The clouds part, a ray of light beams, a choir of angels sings and you are happy to your very soul. That’s how we felt when we took our first bite of focaccia at Batti Batti in Vernazza. (It’s also how we felt when we took our second bite, and our third, and the next day when we went back for more.)

You see, at Batti Batti, focaccia isn’t some bastardized half-hearted pizza wannabe.… Continue Reading →

Swimming in Cinque Terre

The Secluded Beaches of Cinque Terre

So you have hiked the trails connecting the five towns of the Cinque Terre. You have walked up and down the hills and are sweating under the blazing Mediterranean sun. You have taken no fewer than 1200 hundred pictures of the azure-blue sea and you are just dying for a dip in it to cool off.… Continue Reading →

Hiking in Cinque Terre

The World-Famous Trail 2

Cinque Terre’s biggest draw for visitors is the hiking trail linking the five towns. Until the railroad came to town some hundred years ago, this winding footpath was the only terrestrial connection the towns had to each other and to the outside world. Spend an afternoon hiking the trails and you will see that visiting the next town over is more difficult that it sounds.… Continue Reading →

Paris Sewer Museum

Le Musée des Égouts de Paris

One of the hallmarks of a great civilization is the ability to undertake massive waterworks projects so that its citizens don’t die a tragic, horrible and swift death from cholera or typhus. The Romans had their massive aqueducts, the Americans their Chicago River Project and the Parisians their sewers.… Continue Reading →