Bay of Pigs

One of the striking things about Cuba is just how close it is to the United States and yet feels like a world away. Our flight from Miami to Cienfuegos was only 45 minutes—not enough time for the drink cart to make it to my seat. After we landed we made our way through dark […]

Trinidad, Cuba

This March I went to Cuba for work. The trip occurred at an incredibly interesting time — shortly after President Obama and Castro announced the thawing of US-Cuba relations. Our group had the opportunity to travel outside of Havana and the colonial town of Trinidad was one of my favorite places we visited. The town’s […]

Rock Creek Park

Running is terrible. Running in DC is a little less terrible. These past few weeks I’ve been going on runs and stopping every few blocks to take pictures of the lovely neighborhoods in this city. It’s been a great way to visit my favorite places in DC and discover some new things.   You can […]

Belém, Portugal

And here’s one last (and very late) post about our trip to Portugal. A quick tram ride took us from our apartment in Cais do Sodré to Belém. A district in Lisbon, Belém sits at the mouth of the Tagus River. For many Portuguese explorers, Belém was the last place they saw before embarking on […]

Cherry Blossoms in DC

This Saturday I went to see the cherry blossoms at peak bloom. Thinking I’d beat the crowds, I ran to the Tidal Basin at 6:30 a.m. Despite the early hour, there were lots of photographers and tourists awaiting the sunrise. I shouldn’t have been surprised – it makes sense that so many people would want […]

Spring in DC

It’s finally spring in DC. Cherry blossoms are blooming, tourists are standing on the left side of the escalator, and I’m ready to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Here’s what I plan to do over the coming weeks. Dine at the Chef’s Tasting Table at Glen’s because what is better than […]

minibar dc

The first few months of 2015 have been quiet ones (aside from a work trip to Cuba — more on that later). A lot of my time has been spent hunkered down in my apartment, waiting for the snow to melt and the weather to warm. Something has be to pretty great to coax me out […]

Lisbon, Portugal

After Sintra, we headed to Lisbon. A city on the water with lots of hills, Lisbon reminded me a bit of my hometown San Francisco. A very old, European version of San Francisco. It even had its own Golden Gate Bridge (called the Ponte 25 de Abril). We started each morning with coffee and pastries […]

Sintra, Portugal

Oh, hi. It has been a while since I’ve blogged here. In the last few months, I moved apartments, worked like crazy, and saved up for an impromptu Europe trip (which meant a lot of eating lentils and watching Seinfeld in my apartment…not too exciting to write about). During a hectic time in the office, […]

Taking a break from work at Farragut Square

We are halfway through July so it may be a little late to post a summer bucket list. Oh well. I still want to do all of these things this summer. The days are long, the nights are warm and I think I will be able to cross a few thing off my list. Hangout […]

Museum of the Shenandoah

On our way to Shenandoah National Park we stopped at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Ever since the museum appeared on the cover of The Washingtonian, I wanted to check it out. Located in Winchester, Virginia, it was a quick drive from DC. We didn’t tour the actual museum…instead we explored the surrounding grounds. […]


With the World Cup in full swing, it seems like an appropriate time to write about caipirinhas and Brazil. Since I was little, I dreamed of Brazil. My parents lived there for five years and I loved hearing stories of the beaches, Carnival and samba schools. Growing up, when asked about my favorite food, I’d […]

Olive Oil and Ricotta Cake

The other weekend I had grand plans to make a fancy dessert for Sunday Supper. But then I went to a friend’s wedding on Saturday and spent my Sunday afternoon recovering and napping instead. Needless to say, I never got around to making an elaborate dish. With just an hour before dinner, I needed to […]

Best Street in DC

Oh, hey there. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been completely absent from this blog. First, work was busy, and then the nice weather made it impossible to sit down at the computer to write…one thing led to another and it  has almost been a month since my last post. Unacceptable. The good news […]

Chickpea Salad with Lemons, Herbs and Parmesan

This chickpea salad is my go-to dish for any gathering in the spring or summer. It is so easy to throw together and people love it. The fresh herbs and lemon make it the perfect side dish for barbeques and lazy dinners outside. I usually double or triple the recipe.  If I have any leftovers, […]


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