Category: LIFESTYLE

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

It’s important to debunk a few unfortunate myths about Colombia from the get-go. The image of a lawless country that is run by drug cartel gangsters and where kidnappings are a daily occurrence is completely outdated. Colombia has been a thriving, safe country ever since cocaine king Pablo Escobar and his ilk were gunned down by government forces nearly 20 years ago.

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT & TRAVEL GUIDE

If you’ve been procrastinating about what to get the special people in your life or simply want to reward yourself, here are some last minute ideas.

NEW YORK CITY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL 2012

While there are certainly no shortage of great established restaurants and gourmet markets for New York area gourmands to partake of year-round – with new ones opening all the time – October represents a sort of culmination of these blessings with the annual New York City Wine and Food Festival taking place for a half-week in locations throughout lower Manhattan, with the 2012 edition running from Thursday, October 11th through Sunday, October 14th. It seems apt that such a bountiful event occurs at this time of year, the season traditionally marked by harvest celebrations, and thus a return to heartier fare with the onset of colder weather.

DORM LIFE/BACHELOR PAD 101 (FALL SHOPPING GUIDE)

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

TRAVELS & ART: MUSEUMS FROM MASSACHUSETTS TO MANHATTAN

Even though Manhattan’s museums are open all summer, for art-saturated New Yorkers, the hot and sticky season is an excuse for an opportunity to travel and…well, see more art. Just a few hours north of the city, the Berkshires and western Massachusetts contain world-class theater, dance, music and art. Even if one has visited the area for years, there are always places that one has never gotten to before.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…THE 2012 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNERS

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, the annual celebration of excellence in American cuisine, were held on May 4 and May 7. While certainly focused on cooking and food, the Awards encompass all aspects that contribute to appreciation of cuisine, including education, service, restaurant design, and food writing.

2012 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

It’s almost impossible to express the love for the woman who most shaped our lives with a mere present but here are a few ideas for showing appreciation to mom.