Favorites: Holbox, Mexico

I just got back from a jaunt to Holbox, an island that I chose quite specifically not only for its weather and ceviche, but also for the lack of things to do. I’ve been tired. I wanted to feel the sun on my shoulders, to wander aimlessly, to not have to make decisions for a few days. Holbox surely delivered that, along with some surprising food (gluten-free empanadas at Luuma!), and refreshed my eyes and spirit with its perfect breeze, vibrant color and lack of viable internet. Some of my favorite things are pictured and captioned below. The images center heavily on my base camp, Casa Las Tortugas, where I spent at least half of each day reading on a comfy beach bed under the palapa. Dreamy, dreamy. Oh--and though not pictured, I would highly recommend an eating tour of the carts around the main plaza, coffee and smoothies from Tierra Mia, and quesadillas, tamales, and lovely service from Abominable Maria.

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Palomas on the roof at Mandarina // 2. The beach dining area at Mandarina // 3. Breakfast at Mandarina // 4. The beach at Casa Las Tortugas // 5. Guacamole and Shrimp Tostadas at Los Pescaditos // 6. The courtyard and pool at Casa Las Tortugas // 7. Tacos and margaritas at Barba Negra // 8. The beach at Casa Las Tortugas // 9. Details at Casa Las Tortugas // 10. The view from Casa Las Tortugas' entrance // 11. Detail of one of the many murals on the island // 12. Seashells and dreamcatchers for sale in town // 13. The pool area at Casa Las Tortugas // 14. Aguachile and more tacos at Barba Negra // 15. Murals and bikes in town

Garden & Gun | Bermuda

When Garden & Gun suggests a quick hop over to Bermuda to document the local scene for a summer travel story, there is only one option...pack your suitcase, find a cute assistant, and get on the plane!

The weather had plans of its own (all in all there were only 5 hours of sunshine to work with!) but the amazing views, healthy GF breakfasts, and colorful towns made the trip totally worth it. Favorite moments included a taxi-ride around the island that brought me unexpectedly to the hotel where my parents honeymooned, the steady stream of delicious meals courtesy of sous chef Paul Higgins at Marcus’, and the stunning water of Horseshoe Bay.

Pick up the current issue of Garden & Gun for the full story!

The Kitchn | New Orleans

Last month I had the chance to visit New Orleans for my friends at The Kitchn, and while it was not my first encounter with this magical city, I’m never bored with it. NOLA has a special way of making you enjoy going with the flow and creating new experiences. What started off as a trip with goals and plans ended with my flight back home being grounded, extra time in the Crescent City, and a masquerade ball and dinner hosted by Mario Batali for the Link Stryjewski Foundation (an organization that supports local youth empowerment groups). I scrambled to find something to wear, but it was totally worth it as the Bal Masqué featured an amazing array of dishes by some of the best chefs around the country. My favorite dish of the weekend was a boozy, citrusy, Baked Alaska type thing called “Satsuma Business,” born from the minds of Babbo’s Rebecca Deangelis and Nick Morgenstern. In typical over-the-top New Orleans style, The Kitchn’s Managing Editor and I stole a whole one from a nearby table and dug in with spoons after finishing our own slices. And though I may not rock an evening gown with high tops again for the foreseeable future, I’m grateful for another wonderful trip, surprises included.

Barcelona Favorites

Welcome to the second installment of favorites from my fall trip to Europe with prop stylist Martha Bernabe! Check out some of our Barcelona finds--captions are below the images.

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Cortados from Satan's Coffee Corner (they also have great chia pudding if you’re in the mood for a healthy breakfast) // 2. Architecture in el Born // 3. The original tile floor in our room at Casa Bonay // 4. Catedral de Barcelona // 5. Pastries from La Colmena in el Gótico // 6. Razor clams and pimentos de padrón at Casa Ricardo in Barceloneta // 7. Treasures at the Encants flea market // 8. Snacks from el Mercat de la Boqueria // 9. Figs from a shop in Barceloneta // 10. Fruit from a shop in Barceloneta // 11. Architecture in el Gótico // 12. Tapas from El Xampanyet // 13. Interior of Gaudí's la Sagrada Familia // 14. Detail of flowers placed over a Miró mosaic on la Rambla // 15. Gaudí architecture at Park Güell 

Amsterdam Favorites

I enjoyed four beautiful fall days in Amsterdam last month with my travel buddy, prop stylist Martha Bernabe. Here are some of our favorite discoveries, with captions below the images. (Definitely rent bikes--it's the fastest way to see all of the neighborhoods!)

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Architecture along the canal, The 9 Streets // 2. Our room at The Hoxton (ps—they have the good coffee, from Lot Sixty One Roasters) // 3. Bar Bukowski (they have gluten-free beer!) // 4. Coffee at Ree7 // 5. Gluten-free date bars and other goodies at Pluk // 6. Bicycles in the 9 Streets // 7. Healthy lunch from SLA // 8. Architecture along the canal, City Center // 9. Picnic supplies from Marqt, enjoyed in Vondelpark // 10. The cozy bed at The Hoxton // 11. Croissants (not gluten-free!) from Petit Gâteau  // 12. Globes and plants in a window, City Center // 13. Pigments at Rembrandt House Museum // 14. The Rijksmuseum // 15. Dessert at Bak // 16. Tabletop goodies at Shuka // 17. Vintage clothing mixed with new stuff at The Darling // 18. Bike riding in Westerpark

Catskills Snapshots

Last week I went upstate to the Catskills to take care of my friends' animals and garden. Their place, Ravenwood, is like my dream country retreat.  My dog ran free, we ate the freshest eggs ever, raided the garden, and swam in waterfalls. Not bad. Thank you, summer (and Chris and Dana!)

Travel + Leisure | Martinique

Starting the year off with a job in the Caribbean is always nice. Discovering a new island that feels so different from others I've experienced is extra special. Martinique is French and has a distinctly European feeling in its port city, Fort-de-France. The language and architecture set the scene for Europe and yet when you look above the storefronts and homes, you realize you're nestled up against beautiful, lush, mountains that spill into a deep blue sea. It's as simple as Europe meets the Caribbean and for me, it felt disorienting in the best way possible. 

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TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE | RUSSELL NORMAN

Over the summer I spent an afternoon hanging out in my neighborhood with British restauranteur and food writer Russell Norman. It was pretty darn awesome because he's a truly lovely person and has very good taste in Brooklyn restaurants. We visited Maison Premiere and feasted on oysters and bourbon-based cocktails, spent time in the garden at Roberta's, and basically demolished the ribs at Rye, all pictured below. Russell's book Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style) comes out on November third.

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