Review: CabinZero Classic Ultra-Lightweight Backpack

Last updated December 4, 2017
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Traveling, hiking or dog walking, the CabinZero backpack is super light-weight.

While everything seems to be high tech and digital these days, CabinZero backpacks prove that nothing can beat simple ideas and high-quality products. A few months ago my well-loved backpack decided it had had enough of our journeys. As I unpacked in Munich, everything I removed was covered in a sawdust-like material. The lining had dry rot. It was time for a new backpack. That’s where CabinZero’s classic ultra-lightweight 36L backpack comes in. I gave the bag a spin!

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These Waldlaufer Boots Are Made For Walking

Last updated November 6, 2017
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Waldlaufer Dede Holma boots in red.

German shoe company Waldlaufer have solved my footwear travel problems. When I’m on the go, I love seeing as much as I can on foot. That means that sneakers are usually the right footwear. But they aren’t usually cute and you don’t look quite as polished if you want to go somewhere nice. It seemed my only solution was to wear sensible footwear and ignore vanity. It seemed that way until the folks at Waldlaufer sent me a pair of their Dede Holma ankle boots to try. These super cute shoes let me travel how I really want: in style and comfort.

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Checking In: Historic & Luxurious Hotel Du Pont

Last updated October 22, 2017
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Two double beds in a Hotel Du Pont room.

For over a century, HOTEL DU PONT in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, has been hosting guests. From presidents to kings and queens, HOTEL DU PONT has been THE place to stay, dine and be entertained. But it’s also the ideal place to stay if you’re discovering the region along the Pennsylvania-Delaware border that’s peppered with museums and history (Longwood Gardens, Nemours Mansion & Estate, Winterthur, Brandywine River Museum of Art). Recently my husband and I checked in at Hotel Du Pont for the night and it was the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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Book Review: Mogavero’s Underground Culinary Tour

Last updated October 22, 2017
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Book review of Damian Mogavero's Underground Culinary Tour.

Sometimes you just don’t want to know how they make the sausage. Today’s restaurateurs aren’t being as driven by passion so much as by the bottom line? Choices and experiences are being carefully choreographed by intensive data analytics? Say it ain’t so! In The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today’s Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats entrepreneur Damian Mogavero and co-author Joseph D’Agnese pull back the curtain as to how data analytics are being used today. And you might not expect what they have to say.

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The Little Lion Brings Breakfast Weekdays to Old City

Last updated July 9, 2017
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Talk about delicious! The Little Lion's smoked salmon benny eggs benedict. Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood's growing fast: the new Museum of the American Revolution and now The Little Lion is serving breakfast.

Breakfast, so they say, is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true when you’re going to spend the day exploring Philadelphia‘s historic sites or, say, visiting the new Museum of the American Revolution. Really, it’s important even if you simply want to have a relaxing morning. And starting this week, Philly’s Old City neighborhood has a new option for a morning meal at The Little Lion.

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Lunch at Philadelphia’s City Tavern

Last updated February 1, 2017
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city tavern restaurant in Philadelphia

For a long time, I was reluctant to try Philadelphia’s City Tavern. I passed by it countless times as a teenager and during my college years. It was merely a landmark on my route to South Street or when I’d go to rock shows at the nearby Khyber Pass club (RIP). I thought of City Tavern as just another tourist trap. And while that is true to a certain extent, City Tavern has a lot more to offer than most give it credit for.

My husband and I somewhat spontaneously made reservations for lunch a few days before our visit to celebrate our anniversary. It seemed like a fun place to try.

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Book Review: Greg Mitchell “The Tunnels”

Last updated January 8, 2017
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greg mitchell the tunnels berlin wall book

It is simply amazing the lengths that some people will go to to escape. To escape persecution, fascism, war — the list of reasons, sadly, seems to have no end. It is difficult to comprehend what one human will do to another. Author Greg Mitchell focuses on a very specific period of history that is well known for escape attempts: the Berlin Wall in his latest book, The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill.

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Book Review: Luisa Weiss’ Classic German Baking

Last updated July 9, 2017
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classic german baking by luisa weiss

There is a bookshelf in my dining room that is home to cookbooks. I have bread cookbooks, pizza cookbooks, and more than a couple of German cookbooks. There is a German cookbook by a German celebrity chef. There’s a somewhat dated out of print German cookbook in English of traditional recipes. I’ve translated recipes from German language recipe sites and blogs. But the results are never to my satisfaction. Whatever I cook never seems to turn out quite like I hope. Then I got my hands on Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss. Weiss is a noted baker, not a native German, and she lives in Germany. I had high hopes that she would understand my plight of trying to make a foreign recipes “work.”

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Olivia de Havilland’s “Every Frenchman Has One”

Last updated October 11, 2016
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olivia de havilland every frenchman has one book

Seemingly every fifth article published on the internet is a vague account of how “easy” it is to live your dream and move abroad. You know: quit your job, cash in your retirement savings, sell all your belongings. Then move abroad to live in varying degrees of comfort depending upon the location and your skill set. But long before these hipsters started blogs to detail their travels abroad, there was Olivia de Havilland. The actress has won two Academy Awards with an impressive five nominations in all. You might remember her as the mild mannered, big-hearted Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. But in 1962 the actress published a book titled Every Frenchman Has One, detailing all about her adventures of living in Paris, France as an American.

To celebrate de Havilland’s 100th birthday, publishers re-released the book.

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Book Review: The Elements of Pizza

Last updated August 29, 2016
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the elements of pizza book review

Round these parts, we take our pizza very seriously. And I know what I like when it comes to pizza: thin crust that isn’t soggy or a cracker, a tomato sauce that is slightly on the sweet side and just the right amount of cheese. Everyone’s got their local pizza shop where they get a pie every so often. But there is a certain sense of satisfaction to making your own pizza at home. And, it can taste better, too. James Beard Award-winning author and chef Ken Forkish has recently released The Elements of Pizza to help us home cooks up our pizza-making game.
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