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Recently, I trekked through the newly reopened to tourism country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. My journey through the golden land was incredible, and included beautiful cities, monuments, and rural villages. My journey began in Yangon, and took me northward in my second week. After relaxing and organizing for a few days in Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar, my newfound trekking friends and I mobilized and departed for the backcountry. Although there are a few established guided trips from Hsipaw, the route we wanted to take was far off the beaten path. Rather than see the tried and true, well groomed and setup "farming village" attractions that most tourists are taken to, the five of us wanted to get way out of town, and trek deep into the mountains to see what we might find - be it vast jungle, endless mountain peaks, farmland, or whatever else it is. We…

The Great Pizza Crawl Part 4: Forcella

Off the Lorimer stop on the L train is the Brooklyn branch of the famed pizza joint, Forcella. The restaurants are the product of Italian, Giulio Adriani, a 4-time pizza world champion. The restaurant is comfortable with decent lighting and high and low tables. While there is a bar, Forcella also offers a BYOB option. The waiters are mostly male and often dressed in cute Italian outfits. Most of the personal- sized pizzas on the menu come solely from the wood-burning oven, visible in the open kitchen. However, Forcella’s most famous pizza, the Montanara is a FRIED margarita pizza. The Montanara is delicious; the pizza is fried to a perfect crisp without being heavy or greasy, the sauce has tremendous flavor- almost as if it has been made from heirloom tomatoes and the cheese and spices are spot on.  The one issue with the Montanara is that it must be…

The Great New York Pizza Crawl: Roberta's

Amist the warehouses and loft apartments of Bushwick, lies the famed pizza place, Roberta's. Set off a main street, the thick wooden door of Roberta's might easily have been missed if the masses of patrons weren't waiting outside. Despite it's rather large size, Roberta's vibe is cozy and comfortable. A large woodburning oven at the head of the kitchen illuminates the restaurant with a soft orange glow. The front room is full of communal picnic tables light up by nostalgic colored christmas lights. Once you make your way to the maitre'd, expect upwards of an hour wait. The back of the restaurant has a small bar with minimal seating; you feel constantly in the way standing. Adjacent is another room with a garden. The beer selection is a bit heavy for my tastes, but if you like hoppier lagers and IPA's you will feel right at home. We ordered the…

The Great Halloween Pumpkin Blaze

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am obsessed with just about anything pumpkin. So when I heard about an event called The Great Jack o' Lantern Blaze in a little town called Croton-on-the-Hudson by Sleepy Hollow, NY, I HAD to check it out. In the month of October, the Van Cortland Manor is illuminated with over 10,000 pumpkins, 5,000 of those being hand carved. Tickets go on sale late August and the event sells out every year. The blaze is set on the grounds of Van Cortland Manor and creates scenes of graveyards, ghosts, witches, crazed jack in the boxes, haunted grandfather clocks, a tunnel of doom, prehistoric creatures and finally a massive Chinese Dragon. There’s truly nothing like it! The haunted house    Graveyards and the ghosts that haunt them      Spiders and spiderwebs    Jack in the box and grandfather clock    A tunnel of doom…
Looking for a quick outdoor getaway? New Hampshire’s White Mountains offers year-round activities for people of all ages. Some of the most scenic landscapes that New England has to offer are only a short 2.5 hour drive from Boston. From an early age, I loved what the White Mountains had to offer and as an adult, its offerings only expanded. I’d like to talk about some of my favorite and convenient activities that I have found while visiting the north. Pro-tip 1: Try to avoid peak summer holidays and weekends, as traffic can get particularly bad, especially traveling home on a Sunday afternoon. Pro-tip 2: As you’re driving through the mountains, make sure to pull off at some of the scenic vistas. Most offer stunning views of the surrounding areas. There are several scattered along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) and Bear Notch road (closed in the winter). 1. Hiking…

A Day Exploring Fall in Massachusetts

While I am a real city girl, I consider the rustic New England farmlands of my native Massachusetts to be one of the most beautiful places, particularly during Fall foliage season. It is must-see every year. Two of my favorite places to experience foliage season are Honey Pot Hill Orhard and Nashoba Valley Winery, located less than an hour from Boston   See larger map From Boston, route yourself through the back roads of route 117. The suburbs will thin out and the farmland will start to surround you. Trees with pockets of red, orange and yellow line the horizon. First stop is Honey Pot Hill Orchard. Originally a dairy farm, Clifford Martin purchased Honeypot Hill Orchard in 1923 and began planting apple, pear and peach trees. Clifford’s Son, Richard, was one of the founders of the pick-your-own concept and pushed Honey Pot Hill Orchard into becoming one of the…

How to: Pack for a Multi-Climate Vacation

Dave and I just embarked on our big Grand Canyon/Las Vegas adventure.  It was a tricky trip to pack for because we will be looking glamorous in Las Vegas and hiking at the Grand Canyon. During October, the weather at the Grand Canyon drops from the mid 60s during the day to the mid 20s at night. I want to look good and still be comfortable.  I have always found it more difficult to pack for shorter trips (4-5 days) than longer 10-day trips. The items that I am packing could last anywhere between 4-7 days comfortably. Note: we will have our own rental car and will not be camping overnight. You could easily still be very comfortable bringing about half of the below garments. A few general tips:    - Color scheme: Keep your color story to 1 or 2 colors, with the rest being black or denim. This will…

The Great NY Pizza Crawl- Part 2: Artichokes and the Highline

The second leg on the Great New York Pizza Crawl starts at the High Line. Pack some drinks and snacks and take the L, A, C or E trains to 8th Avenue. Walk all the way to 10th avenue and ascend the stairs to the Highline Park. Enter the park at 14th Street during late afternoon and walk up the highline. The Highline is a park created on the platform of an abandoned railway line that runs from Ganesvoort Street to West 30th Street along 10th Avenue. The elevated train platforms were built in the early 1930’s as a solution to the plethora of accidents that were occurring on 10th avenue, or “Death Avenue”, between trains and street traffic. The original line ran 13 miles long and relieved 105 intersections from train-induced collisions. The original High Line began at St. Johns Park Terminal (Spring Street) and ended at 34th street.…

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