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A Love Affair with Dumbo…

How Woody Allen spoke about Manhattan as his town, Dumbo was my spot, my neighborhood. We crossed over the Brooklyn Bridge in early 2010 and made Dumbo our home…We witnessed one of the most dynamic neighborhood transformations in New York history, going from a small stretch of real estate where cabs were skeptical to drop […]

Iceland: A New Scope of Adventure

Package this trip A few years back I had an hour layover in Kevflavik airport. The adjacent lines of the walls and the quirky demeanor of the Icelandic people sparked my attention. Four years later at a dinner over Korean BBQ, a friend said we are planning a trip to Iceland, would you like to […]

Bourne Explorer Day Trips: South Williamsburg

We all know Williamsburg has been on the up-and-up for 10+ years now, and while there’s something new to experience nearly every day in that section of Brooklyn, it’s more likely to be a Starbucks or an J. Crew than an off-the-path boutique or cool noodle bar. That’s why I have been exploring in South […]

Bourne Explorer Day Trips: East Village

Though I now live in Dumbo, I’ve always been endlessly inspired by the energy of downtown Manhattan. True, it’s changed a lot over the past decade, but I am continually surprised by the quality and earnestness of the small businesses in the East Village. For this installment, I spent the day in the East Village […]

The Leader…Follows

Package this trip If I am impressed with a restaurant or have mapped out a travel itinerary which exploded past my expectations…you will hear about it.     But when you land on a show, which happens to be filmed in the wine country of California with co workers who have been returning to this […]

Japan: I like the way you roll

Package this trip I recently traveled to Japan. For weeks after, I had a strange lump in my throat, a slight heaviness in my heart. I missed Japan and all its wonders. A feeling that could only resemble my tearful weeks following my return home from summer camp each year. During our Japan trip there […]

Built on Faith

Its been an eventful winter. A Nicaraguan getaway. Skiing in the Rockies. I recently returned from a trip to Japan followed closely by a productive jaunt to Miami. I am passionate about travel. I enjoy getting away; learning about distant cultures and discovering new cuisines… But if you have been following these pages you know […]

The Big Island, A Heightened Perspective: Up Close and Personal in Hana

Package this trip A wedding brought me to Hawaii but I left with so much more…new friendships, stunning memories and a fresh perspective. Mahalo! We were invited to our friend’s wedding on the Big Island at the Four Seasons Kona-Hualalai so there was motivation to get to this place many call, true paradise. Four Seasons […]

Spring Into Action: Grounds for Sculpture

Renewal As spring is in full gear I am taking advantage of the weather and a few free afternoons, fleeing the city’s rush. A little creative research and a short drive can transport one’s spirit a long way… Our first stop: Grounds for Sculpture. I was a little skeptical at first. A sculpture garden in […]

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What To Eat Before You Die

Where It Began So, we all know that I am a food enthusiast (“foodie” is over used) and have quite the appetite. It has been like this since I was a child. I believe my first real food was actually feta cheese. My parents were always whisking us off on day trips and quirky excursions. […]

Simple Grilling: How to Stay Chill this Season

One of my city living goals— To have private outdoor space, be able to dine al fresco on the reg., and become a grill master. Well, it is kinda happening. We have a pretty spectacular backyard, we purchased the Green Egg grill, and since we have moved in, I have been eating outside most evenings […]

A Love Affair with Dumbo…

How Woody Allen spoke about Manhattan as his town, Dumbo was my spot, my neighborhood. We crossed over the Brooklyn Bridge in early 2010 and made Dumbo our home…We witnessed one of the most dynamic neighborhood transformations in New York history, going from a small stretch of real estate where cabs were skeptical to drop […]

Blush Your Summer: BE Rosé Guide, Part 2

ROUND II: We are back with three more Rosé wines for you to add to your summer repertoire…   Tifeo, Etna 2015  Rosato, Gambino I was recently visiting my family in Cape Cod. My parents took a spring holiday to Sicily and sent back a case of wine from the Gambino producers. I am from a […]

“Blush Your Summer”: BE Rosé Guide

Craving Rosé the instant the nice weather arrives is like a Pavlov’s dogs experiment. I have been sipping Rosé for almost two decades and it is refreshing to see the interest and supply, and frankly the quality rapidly growing. This post is the first of a three part series (make sure you sign up for automatic blogs on […]