David Burke's Primehouse in Chicago
Usually, when I think about hotel restaurants, crappy, overpriced cocktails and tired American fare come to mind. (I’m looking at you, hotel in D.C.!) Generally, they’re the option you turn to out of necessity … or pure laziness. But occasionally, there’s that gem that enhances your experience of a city and feels kind of like a destination in itself.

In NYC, that might be The Nomad or Maialino. In Chicago, it’s David Burke’s Primehouse. View Post

Apple picking at Masker Orchards

Last Sunday my family and I spent the day doing a bit of apple picking at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY. It was everyone’s first time and we all had so much fun.

Curiously, I’ve been dying to go apple picking for years, even though I’m usually not a huge fan of apples. I don’t have anything against them but I just don’t find them that appealing. But that’s probably because I’ve been eating store-bought apples. If you’ve ever picked a ripe apple off a tree and bitten into it, you know that none of that packaged, frozen stuff from the store could ever compare. Our whole group literally turned into giggling, squealing toddlers who had seemingly never had food before. View Post

Pumpkins | Fall Bucket List - Jhaneel Lockhart

You might have guessed from my numerous proclamations of love for summer, but I’m not the biggest fan of this time of year. The dark evenings and cold weather just don’t work for me. In fact, I always joke that I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

But I’m determined to enjoy the heck out of fall this year and, to start, I’ve made a fall bucket list. As I was coming up with the list, I realized that maybe I don’t mind fall so much after all. (Updating my wardrobe with a few new pieces certainly helped.) Just don’t talk to me about winter. View Post

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - what I've been reading lately
After an eternity of not reading as much as I’d like, I’ve been steadily reading about 2-3 books a month this summer.

When I was younger, I almost always had my nose in a book. But between work, errands and general procrastination, it’s harder nowadays to find uninterrupted stretches of time to read. Lately, I’ve been making sure to carve out some reading time every night before bed, even if I only get through a few pages before my eyes start closing. Turns out that’s been enough to get me back on track!

Here’s a super random list of books I’ve been reading lately:  View Post