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Peter Pan's Donuts- A True Never Never Land

I am a sucker for sweets, however, donuts aren't usually on my go-to list. Generally, I find them too heavy; I can literally feel the fire forming around my stomach. I've recently been reading tons of articles, like this one from the Gothamist about donuts and some of them, I HAD to try. In the heart of Polish Greenpoint is Peter Pan. If for some reason, you have trouble spotting which shop is which, look for the line crawling outside. The interior of Peter Pan is a truly nostalgic blast from the past; a place you'd expect to see in a 1950s family movie. Despite the decent amount of counter bar-type seating, you will be hard-pressed to find a spot. Even the pressing line at the front of the house, Regulars don't seem bothered enough to suck down their coffee and finish reading their paper. This is not that kind…

Lusting after: Ice Hotels

In honor of the first snow today, check out these magical ice hotels. Made of ice, you will feel like you're living in a crystal palace.    Ice Hotel - Sweden This is the largest ice hotel in the world, though it feels more like sleeping in a beautifully curated art museum. Visitors to the hotel will be blown away by the chic Scandinavian architecture, galleries of art and stylish dining options- served on ice! Take shots out of ice shot glasses and dance the night away in the ice night club. Inside the Artic circle, you will be amazed by some of the most incredible views of the Northern Lights- one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World- and the midnight sun. Other activities available are ice driving, horseback riding, snowmobile tours and dog sledding  There are both cold suites and warm suites. For the brave adventurer, the cold…
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…

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