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

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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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Iron Chef Morimoto’s Momosan Elevates Ramen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Malvern Buttery

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Inside the Malvern Buttery.

The Malvern Buttery is turning cafe and bakery dining on its head. The suburban Philly cafe doesn’t just do high quality artisan baked goods, feel good foods that are sourced locally and expertly brewed teas. (And I’ve heard the coffee’s pretty good, too.) It is how the Malvern cafe executes their business that is a fun twist.

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A Visit to: Maido Marketplace & Restaurant

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Maido Marketplace specializes in Japanese groceries.

It would be understandable to think that the go-to place for Japanese food or groceries in Philadelphia was in the city’s Chinatown. The neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures. But, consider that New York City’s go-to Japanese marketplace is Mitsuwa Marketplace located across the Hudson River in Edgewater, New Jersey. It turns out that Philly’s Japanese hot spot is in Ardmore at Maido, a marketplace and a restaurant.

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The Little Lion Brings Breakfast Weekdays to Old City

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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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Visit to: Coffee and Tea Festival NYC 2017

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coffee and tea festival nyc 2017

What is better than a hot cup of coffee or tea on a snowy winter’s day? How about sampling dozens of different coffees and teas? This past weekend my husband and I took the ferry to NYC and trekked to Brooklyn. The annual Coffee and Tea Festival was being held in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. After attending the Philadelphia arm of the festival a year or two ago, I was looking forward to the NYC version.

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Post by . Originally published March 22, 2017. Last updated July 9, 2017.