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

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.