Signs of Life Well-Lived in Columbus, Ohio

There’s a particular genre of food writing that I just love, that always gets me right in the feels: Odes to grocery stores. But not just regular, American-style supermarkets, with glaring lights, wide aisles and wild shoppers. Definitely not places Whole Foods, or Fairway, or Wegman’s, or even the Jewel-Oscos or Associateds of the world.Continue reading “Signs of Life Well-Lived in Columbus, Ohio”

Sipping October

This article was originally published in the Chicago Tribune. One of my best friends was in town for the first time, so I was showing her my sleepy little corner of Ravenswood Manor. “There are a few breweries nearby,” I offered after we’d walked enough to work up a thirst. “Show me!” she said. We setContinue reading “Sipping October”

Escape from New York: Long Island

  There we were, just wandering through Greenport, Long Island, looking for oysters and wine, when we stumbled upon this buzzy little shack upon the waterfront. Oysters? Check. Wine? You betcha. Owned and operated by Little Creek Oyster Farm, this little bait and tackle shop was the wheelhouse of a whaling ship in a past lifeContinue reading “Escape from New York: Long Island”

Escape from New York: Hudson, NY

It was just another one of those weekends when Ian and I had nothing on the books, but our need to leave the city was overwhelming. Adventure, or something like it, was calling. Hudson, NY is by no means an exotic getaway, but it promised some respite from the urban grind. Just two hours viaContinue reading “Escape from New York: Hudson, NY”

3 Charming + Low-Key Institutions in Montreal

Most people—especially New Yorkers—fly south for the winter. You know, to those sunny climes where shedding clothes and getting tan is de rigeur. Miami, Puerto Rico, the DR. Not us. Inexplicably, me and Ian love the cold, but more precisely, we love being where people aren’t. Spending the first few days of the new year away fromContinue reading “3 Charming + Low-Key Institutions in Montreal”

Meandering in Montreal

So I spent the first few days of 2015 walking like a duck. Thanks a lot, Montreal. Per our random, not-at-all official New Years tradition of traveling deeper into the very heart of winter (last year was Burlington, VT), we decided to ditch NYC’s glut of festivities, trading noisemakers and party hats for French-speaking lumbersexualsContinue reading “Meandering in Montreal”

The Reading List: JBFA decisions, Taco Bell’s brekkie and more

Today was a battle of wills: either I submit a positive opinion on Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  or I missed out on tacos. Couldn’t. Handle. The. Pressure. I wanted to travel to Flavahtown so bad, so whatever, I’m weak, but haha, a guy can lie for sustenance, right? Yes. Delicious,Continue reading “The Reading List: JBFA decisions, Taco Bell’s brekkie and more”

Tastemaker: Jodi Ettenberg and Her Worldly Appetite

[Note: This post was originally published on MarcusSamuelsson.com.] For Jodi Ettenberg, traveling has literally become a full time job. On the road since 2008, the lawyer-turned-professional blogger has been documenting her journeys on her leading blog, Legal Nomads. Seeking out stories of different cultures and highlighting the travelers and people she has met along the way, Ettenberg alsoContinue reading “Tastemaker: Jodi Ettenberg and Her Worldly Appetite”