15 Ways to Land Cheap Plane Tickets

Let’s face it. When it comes to airline ticket pricing, there is no crystal ball. It can be hard to navigate around all the myths, like the importance of buying tickets 54 days in advance, making your purchase on a Tuesday by 3 pm, flying out on Wednesday or when there’s a full moon. Keep Reading!

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22 Must-Eat Soups at Hot Spots Across the USA

From soothing matzo balls to screaming hot chili, the one thing about soup is that it always gives back. Keep Reading!

Notable.ca | By Neighbourhood: 15 of The Best Toronto Airbnb Options Under $150 –

Whether you are visiting from out of town or simply need a stay-cation, Toronto has some great Airbnb options all under $150 Keep Reading!

From Glühwein to Weiner Schnitzel: 18 of the World’s Best Christmas Markets

A Christmas market is the place to revel in the festivities of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date on the town or just want to chow down with friends, the colorful, open-air market stalls offer singing, dancing and twinkling lights, plus an over-abundance of roasted chestnuts, glühwein, schnitzel, crepes and more. Need to cross some presents off your gift list? Go shopping and surprise your friends and family with unique gifts like authentic wood carvings, toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery or local crafts. No matter where you are in the world, we’ve found a Christmas market for you. Keep Reading!

12 Travel Apps That Will Save Your Trip Abroad

Think you’ve got everything covered for your upcoming trip? After double-checking your packing list and your suitcase, make sure your phone is packed with the latest must-have apps for venturing around the globe. From apps that will help you work on your fitness and eat like a local to apps that will have you speaking a foreign language, we’re sharing our tech-iest ways to make the most of your trip. Stranded without a hotel? We’ve got an app that will get you tucked in for the night. Before you hit the runway, download these travel apps for a stress-free trip. Keep Reading!

Coast to Coast: 12 Crazy Food Truck Cuisines Worth Road Tripping For | Brit + Co.

via Coast to Coast: 12 Crazy Food Truck Cuisines Worth Road Tripping For | Brit + Co..

We’ve scoured the country from coast to coast in search of  unique, weird and downright crazy food-truck cuisine. Grab your keys, your friends and unlock your taste buds as you hit the great American highways and byways. Road trip your way from truck to truck savoring what they’re dishing out: Love balls, Fi-Yo for fido anddonuts like you’ve never imagined them before. What are you waiting for? Go and taste something crazy!

1. Takoyaki Love Balls: What exactly is a Love Ball? We’d take our guesses, but it’s better to be advised by the experts dishing them out in Austin, TX. The Love Bus rolled into town to dish out typical Japanese street food, takoyaki: A fried pancake ball filled with octopus, pickled ginger and green onions, drizzled with takoyaki sauce, kewpie mayo, aonori and bonito flakes. (via Love Balls Bus)

2. Lobster Macaroni and Cheese: Check out this lobstah shack on wheels. Not only is it sustainable, but it’s dishing out lobster from NYC to DC. Get your hands around a buttery lobster roll, live lobster or this decadently lobster-adorned mac and cheese. (via Red Hook Lobster Truck)

3. Margherita Pizza: There’s nothing too crazy about classic Neapolitan pizza, besides the fact that it tastes CRAZY good. What’s crazy? This Neapolitan pizza is wood fired from a transatlantic shipping container on wheels! (via Del Popolo)

4. Bear Dog: Cracker Jacks and whhaaaaat on a hot dog? The Phoenix-based, dog-loving Short Leash Hot Dog Truck is dishing out a dog (in a bun) adorned with Cracker Jacks, peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon and BBQ sauce. (via Short Leash Hot Dogs)

5. Beet Fries: You can’t beet ‘em! This truck serves up late-night and lunch grub with an Asian spin. (via East Side King)

6. Apple Bacon Gorgonzola Waffle Cake: Quit your wafflin’ and bite into this masterpiece: A buttery, flaky, waffle dessert topped with Granny Smith apples, creamy Gorgonzola, whipped cream, pecans, bacon and cherry balsamic mist… ohhhh balsamic mist! (via Waffle Cakes)

7. Deconstructed Samosa: Like a tasty science experiment on wheels, this truck’s serving Indian street food like you’ve never imagined! Take the deconstructed samosa, filled with garbanzos, pico, an array of chutneys, “secret” green sauce, zingy tamarind, tomatoes and red onion all piled atop a smashed samosa. Don’t forget to top yours off with chicken, beef, pork belly, lamb, paneer or tofu. (via Curry Up Now)

8. Crawfish Beignet: Believe it or not, there’s soul food in Seattle. Get your Cajun fix at Jemil’s. He’s dishing out po’boys, etouffèe and, if you’re lucky, a crawfish beignet on special. (via Jemil’s Big Easy)

9. Boss Hog Doughnut: Is it a doughnut or is it a meal? Well, at Gourdough’s, they eat like a meal. The boss hog is a handmade doughnut topped with pulled pork, potato salad and drizzled with honey BBQ sauce. Have a sweet tooth? Check out the Funky Monkey topped with grilled bananas and brown sugar. (via Gourdoughs Big Fat Doughnuts)

10. Ice Cream Sammies: Spanning from LA–>NYC,  Coolhaus is scooping up the COOL-est ice cream sandwiches you can get your hands on. Select your cookie like the Potato Chip + Butterscotch or Vegan Chocolate Truffle Banana. Choose your ice cream… Peking duck, anyone? For reals, it’s Peking duck skin and fortune-cookie crumble in a Chinese five-spice ice cream with plum-sauce swirl. Still hungry? Bite into the edible wrapper. (via Coolhaus)

11. Frozen Hot Chocolate: It’s HOT, HOT, HOT in Miami, so why not cool off with a frozen hot chocolate? Hip Pops is cooling patrons off with all natural, frozen desserts that follow the old-world tradition of Italian gelaterias. (via Hip Pops)

12. Fi-Yo: A bone-a-fide, gourmutt food truck for dogs, Chicago-based Fido to Go is dishing out frozen yogurt treats and homemade cookies all for pups. Your furry friend will drool over the flavors like Salmon Fi-Yo, Lamb Asiago or Bacon Cheeseburger. (via Fido To Go)

What crazy eats are rolling through your town? Share below!

Spring Day Perfection

For today this just seems fitting, in fact I’d love to just fit myself into this recount of a NYC spring day:

“I landed in New York to find the weather itself conspiring against me. It was one of those magical Manhattan springs; fresh winds were blowing gently across the island so that each time I inhaled, I breathed in the faint salt smell of the ocean. Daffodils and tulips nodded from every corner; lilacs and apple blossoms danced through the parks. On the avenues tables and chairs edged slyly onto sidewalks, promising summer. The sun poured from the sky like honey, and people threw back their heads and drank it in.

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At Tiffany’s the windows were filled with eggshells, cracked open, spill- ing diamonds. Customers strolled through fancy food stores collecting wild strawberries imported from France, Japanese beef bred on beer, hand-churned cream from grass-fed cows, and caviar by the pint. The restaurants were packed with handsome people begging for tables, and great crowds jockeyed in the museums, trying to get a better view. Marble buildings once black with soot had been polished to a shine, and the statues all over town were newly gilded. Alone in New York, I wandered the streets and allowed the city to seduce me.”—Ruth Reichl

Home Sweet Home

home-sweet-home…and that is the richness of travel,
sense of home broadens.
A melding with places sought,
people met,
challenges faced,
memories made,
conversations over meals shared,
and looks exchanged.

Sense of place fades
as your world expands.
…the richness of travel,
your heart no longer belongs
to just one place or one face.

Florence

Photo by E. Fina
by E.Fina

Romanticalism at it’s finest.
Yes, I say romanticalism—not really a word you say?
Well, it’s describing romanticism in a heightened sense—a strengthening of language.
Florence.
Ah Florence.
Where one can simply stand, enamored in it all.
The Medici’s, Leonardo, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael.
Approaching Brunelleschi’s Duomo, an unfathomable sight, causing one to feel insignificant in size.
Sauntering across the Ponte Vecchio, pausing in view, the River Arno, outstretched.
Lunching in a quaint, corner shop, crumbs dusting the floor.
Cobbled streets, marble statues and colored facades.
Strolling hand in hand—step by step—breath by breath.
History—rebirth—Florence.

Pisa

Pisa

 

 

That utter sense of satisfaction.
Not wanting, not needing, simply being.
Traversing by foot, crossing the River Arno,
flanked by brightly, painted buildings.
Sunshine warming one’s cheeks.
Gelato in hand,
the memory of Pisa, leaning.

Love in Silence.

Love in Silence. {Video} | elephant journal.

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“If you aren’t quite sure what love looks like anymore, but still believe in it;

If you believe that love isn’t about making anyone stay;

If you believe that love is hearing each other’s song, yet resting contented in each other’s silence;

This story is for you:

Marina Abramovic and Ulay were artists who met and fell in love in the 70s. For a decade, they did avant-garde collaborative work, even referring to themselves as a collective being, “The Other.” Yet like many intense collaborations, it ran its course. The flames that burn the brightest sometimes burn out quickly. They parted ways after one final trip across The Great Wall of China. They began at opposite ends, each walking the 2500 kilometers to meet in the middle before they said goodbye.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective, Marina performed a piece titled, “The Artist Is Present.” She sat in silence for a minute with each stranger who sat in front of her. At the opening night of the show, Ulay was among them. This is that chapter of their story”

Tellaro

Tellaro

 

Narrow, winding roads.
Volcanic, black rock dotted with sunbathers,
extending outward to the sea.
A slow pace.
Lardo and fresh figs, upturning the ends of one’s mouth.
Lost and found in Tellaro.

Moneglia by Moonlight

Moneglia

A rocky beach and salty sea, lulling ashore.
Constellations alight the night sky.
A shooting star—pause—in reverence of.
Frizzante, shared between two glasses,
and a friend whose greatness is immeasurable.
A talk of life.

 

The pursuit of ________?

Make your life, don’t just let it happen.

What do you want to be today, not someday?
What makes you inspired, scared, or thankful?
What are you waiting for?

Think about it…..

Gather your dreams, desires, what-have-you’s, fears and wonderment and go. Go experience, learn, fail, be remarkable and adventurous. Make moments, meet people, learn and love.

Yes, there is always a SOMEDAY but today is TODAY, make it count.

“Fitz and I climbed within a few feet of each other, carrying on a conversation up the mostly solid rock, stopping every few feet to talk about life and work and art and insomnia as the sun dropped over the Oquirrh Mountains west of the city, each of us on his own set of handholds and footholds.

I have this essay in my head, I said, About little things that I see that make me thankful and inspired, things like blind people crossing the street by themselves, elderly ladies who go out for ice cream by themselves and don’t get sad, and three-legged dogs who run and don’t care that they only have three legs.” —Brendan Leonard

From this essay stemmed “35” a video which embraces the act of living one’s dreams.  A metaphor for life, a dedication to the little joys and big ass things that culminate life:

Get inspired. Go climb that mountain, make that video, move abroad, learn something new, live out of a van, start a bakery—whatever is tucked away into that “someday drawer” get it out, make it count and live it today.

48 hours in Detroit, a beautiful decay

I went for two reasons and found a few more.

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A sad-like, happiness, a contradiction that somehow makes sense, perhaps not immediately but allow it to soak in.

A nostalgic sense of what was, what is, what could be—a history, a story, a possibility.

Windowless, dilapidated buildings their remnants exposed, baring stark bones and innards amidst traditional cityscape, appear misplaced.
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Cities are known for the bustling sensation of synergy, pulsating through streets, its breath exhaling from the masses of people.

Detroit felt frayed, not just at its edges but in its depths, its fragility and emptiness exposed to the naked eye and beating heart.
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I couldn’t help but wonder, as a visitor, someone who spent less than 48 hours in this space, overwhelmed from the strange cocktail of horrification, sadness, beauty and hope—what is the effect on the psyche’s of those who walk the city streets daily,  live in the boarded up neighborhoods and drive down ghost-town like streets?  Is the untamed, unkept, and unruly appearance of a fallen society stifling?  Can it spark hope, progress and innovation? Perhaps it’s something in-between, a limbo of sorts, dependent upon people and creativity to make—something.

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Some see decay, and leave
Some see hope, and dream
Some see the unseen, and create

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Detroit’s pulse reads as dismay and admiration, the ebb and flow of society.  A beautiful decay, akin to peeling paint exposing layer after layer.  A feeling, a history, a story un-grasped by photos or words—an ethereal sense. Detroit’s pulse is beating with a story that is still being written.

Ribeira, Salvador da Bahia

Salvador, Bahia.  A place with a time of its own, where popular culture is current yet the past is present, not relived—a part of life.  Filled with colonial wonders, cobblestoned streets, sandy beaches, clay-brick shacks and modern concrete apartment buildings.  Salvador a third-world city with traffic jams and crowds, is a city with soul. It’s a place one will not soon forget, the feelings that consume you while there, continue to resonate. Salvador is bright, outgoing and receives all with open arms.

While traveling one must eat, to familiarize with a place, and those who visit Salvador must never leave without tasting cozido.  Cozido translates to cooked, a stew originating from Portugal.  For a taste of this acclaimed stew, venture to Ribeira, an easygoing, beach neighborhood which sets on a peninsula overlooking Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints.)  Imagine tranquility, sea breeze and sun-kissed cheeks a place for idyllic walks, sunsets and peaceful water.  The main avenue, Avenida Beira Mar is filled with outdoor seating, bars, restaurants and stalls filled with samba music, dancing and cozido.  The cozido which bubbles for hours in large pots seduces passersby with fragrant smells.

Cozido, Piraò and Molho del Pimento
Cozido, Piraò and Molho del Pimento
Cozido, Riberia
Cozido, Ribeira

Being lured by senses to whet one’s appetite with a steaming bowl of cozido and a cold beer while looking out to sea will not be regretted.  This is a hearty meal enjoyed in the afternoon, locals and tourists flourish here on Sunday or Monday afternoons and early evenings to get their fill.

Expect a piping hot stew filled with various vegetables, including plantains, okra, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cabbage, yucca, collard greens and chayote squash. To the vegetables are added meats—beef, dried meat, bacon and lingüica sausage. The meat is browned with garlic and onions and water is added so that the meat can simmer for an hour or two. The vegetables are added to the meat to simmer for another hour. Cozido is served with pirão a cassava/manioc porridge mixed with hot broth and molho de pimento Bahia’s oh so VERY hot pepper sauce.

Ribeira
Ribeira, Salvador da Bahia
Ribeira
Ribeira, Salvador da Bahia

If you have room, leave the water’s edge and saunter over to Sorveteria da Ribeira for a taste of Salvador’s best ice cream. A basis of tradition the ice cream is made by hand, even the fruits are peeled manually, as it was when this mainstay began in 1931. Boasting over 52 flavors, Sorveteria da Ribeira prides itself on the culture and art of creating new flavors. I recommend the Cajà (a small fruit from the rainforest resembling a mango) and Milho Verde (green corn.)

Sorveteria Da Ribeira
Sorveteria Da Ribeira

Venture to the peninsula sit, eat, drink, dance, soak in tradition and enjoy the scenery. Ribeira simply a place to enjoy.