Review: CabinZero Classic Ultra-Lightweight Backpack

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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


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

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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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Post by . Originally published October 25, 2017. Last updated October 22, 2017.

Book Review: Mogavero’s Underground Culinary Tour

Food, Reviews

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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Iron Chef Morimoto’s Momosan Elevates Ramen

Food, Travel

Tonkotsu from Momosan.

Perhaps the most prominent chef of Japanese cuisine in America, Iron Chef Morimoto is challenging himself in a new way. He has an impressive list of fine dining restaurants around the world. You can taste his Japanese fusion food in Philadelphia (where he opened his first restaurant in 2001) to Las Vegas. And while ramen, a Japanese staple, has been on his menus since the beginning, it’s never been the focus, that is, until now.

Last year, in Midtown Manhattan, Morimoto opened Momosan Ramen & Sake, his first restaurant dedicated to ramen. But at Momosan, Iron Chef Morimoto elevates ramen to a whole new level.

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Post by . Originally published August 16, 2017. Last updated January 19, 2019.

Hotel Review: Hip & Modern Barceló Hamburg


The exterior of Hotel Barceló Hamburg.

In a big, busy city sometimes you can be lucky if you can hear your own thoughts. For travelers, it’s a fine line. You want to be in a convenient location, maybe experience some city life but still be able to relax, unwind. The
Barceló Hotel Hamburg proves that you can be centrally located and still get away from the hustle and bustle — even if just for a moment.

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen


Complimentary coffee and tea at the Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen in Germany.

When I travel abroad I tend to stick to small, independent hotels. My theory being to get a more “authentic” experience and support the local economy directly. But when I needed a hotel in Friedrichshafen, Germany prior to my Zeppelin flight I looked for convenience. This led me to the Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen. With free breakfast included, located adjacent to the airport and Zeppelin Hangar, and clean and comfortable the hotel exceeded my expectations.

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A Visit To: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum


Religious woodcarvings are seen throughout the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich.

Munich is full of culture. It’s seemingly everywhere you look. The city is home to many top-rate museums. But as evidenced by two visits in a single week, the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum) is my new favorite. The museum is full of beautiful objects of all kinds. Some are works of art, others are tools of technology and still others are everyday objects. I want to share why you simply shouldn’t miss the museum.

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Post by . Originally published June 28, 2017. Last updated July 9, 2017.

Taking a Ride in a Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen, Germany


Ready for take-off! Taking a ride in a Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

One would think that flying is flying. Whether that be in an airplane or a helicopter. But taking a ride in a Zeppelin proved to me that all flight is not created equal. Fans of flight, technology and those simply seeking an adventure gather in Friedrichshafen, Germany at Zeppelin NT‘s hangar for pleasure rides in the lighter than air vehicle.

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Post by . Originally published June 19, 2017. Last updated October 21, 2018.

German Food Box Brings German Cuisine to Your Doorstep


German Food Box delivers a taste of Germany to you at home.

I’ve always found that one of the best parts of traveling is coming home and recreating the dishes you had abroad. I’ve tried mixing my own Spezi and my own Apfelschorle. But it’s never quite the same. I’ve made special trips to a German grocery store in Philadelphia. But that’s time consuming. When I heard about the German Food Box subscription service I was really interested and excited. German food has been underrated for far too long, if you ask me.

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