Make Your Bed. Change Your Life.

“Make your bed. Change your life.” One of my favorite instructors in culinary school said this regularly. (I attended Manhattan’s Institute of Culinary Education a thousand years ago. Mostly to make and eat cake.) While I don’t recall how it pertained to knife skills or butterflying a chicken, the notion stuck with me. Could the introduction of one […]

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Hi! How are you?

Hi, blog! So, I’ve neglected you for the past day or two. I hope you don’t mind. I’m here now and thought maybe we could catch up.

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So, Here It Turns Out We’re Untraveled Travelers…

I generally think of Shon and myself as well-traveled. While we don’t fall into the “visited 100 countries and counting!” category, like some of the travel bloggers I follow, together we’ve explored Guatemala, Belize, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, and a handful of other Latin American countries. Individually, we’ve seen a fair bit of Europe. And we […]

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8 Reasons Why I Love Raising a Baby in New York

So much can change in a year. Ben celebrated his eight-month birthday a few days ago—a sizeable milestone—but the holidays were what really brought home how quickly time flies. Last Christmas, Shon and I were eating tamales and hanging out poolside in Panajachel. This Christmas, we toasted the holiday with a seven fishes dinner (paella, salt-cod fritters, and prosciutto-wrapped […]

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Quesillo Not For Me-o: A Dairy Bomb in Nicaragua

I’m pretty sure it was my love for cheese that cost me a job on James Patterson’s publicity team. I sat in his Park Avenue publisher’s office for a final interview a handful of years ago and upon being asked what I would do with my life if money were no issue, replied that I […]

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Simple Days in Nicaragua’s León

It was melting hot, but León—Nicaragua’s second-largest city and once-capital (it lost the title in 1852)—was still a good visit. Located in northwestern Nicaragua, not far from steaming volcanoes, Pacific coast mangroves, and cloud forests, León is used by most travelers as a base for active adventures.

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Nicaragua with a Newborn: 3 Travel Lessons

In hindsight, maybe we were dummies. Shon and I returned from a 10-day trip to Nicaragua with Ben about two weeks ago and have only now mostly recovered. Shon went for work. Ben and I tagged along for fun—though I’m not sure the “fun” part of the trip ever really took hold. I’d be more […]

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