Discovering the French Riviera, Part Two: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Part Two of the French Riviera Travel Guide: Monte Carlo, Monaco “Ritzy” is an adjective perfectly suited for describing Monte Carlo – that glitzy city studding Monaco’s coast with its famous casinos, restaurants and shops. Often featured in novels and films (think the James Bond film, GoldenEye), Monte Carlo evokes a sense of attainable luxury –luxury… More Discovering the French Riviera, Part Two: Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Pumpkin Kings

Fall is officially upon us. Take a walk through your neighborhood grocery store, and you’ll discover pumpkin-flavored creamers, baking mixes, cream cheeses and more. Your nose catches arousing notes of pumpkin spice while rushing past coffee shops on the way to work every morning. And the leaves – well, they’re absolutely stunning in their final… More The Pumpkin Kings

Popping in at the MoMA, Andy Warhol and other Thoughts

“Pop.” How can such a short, three-lettered word possess so many meanings? From carbonated sodas to music genres to loud noises, the homonym thrills with its transitional properties. My favorite definition of “pop”, however, relates to the eclectic art movement. A brief description of Pop art: The movement commenced in Britain in the mid-1950s, and crossed over… More Popping in at the MoMA, Andy Warhol and other Thoughts

Brunching in Barcelona

Near Logan Circle, a vibrant tapas restaurant and wine bar sits among a heap of antique furniture shops and cafés. Aptly named ‘Barcelona’, the imaginative spot off 14th Street NW pours Spanish flavor onto classic brunch staples. To celebrate new beginnings, birthdays and farewells, I joined my friends last Sunday at Barcelona for a casual brunch. Nonetheless, the… More Brunching in Barcelona