I Want to Tell You All About My Big Move to the Upper West Side

There is a lot to be said about change, especially since too many people are resistant to it. Letting the universe shift even just a little means being shaken, unsteady and it takes a minute to regroup when the rumbling stops. Maybe it’s a bit unusual, but I am slightly addicted to this feeling, constantly looking to upset the routine, shake up the monotony, and carve out new patches of sky to marvel at. As...more

Is Anyone Still Working on Their New Year’s Resolutions, Or Is It Just Me?

With January coming to a close and Times Square's New Year’s Eve confetti all but lying in a pile of last year’s trash somewhere in North Carolina, I’m compelled to think about New Year’s resolutions. The all too comforting and overly shamed idea that a new year means we can embrace new possibilities. Out with the old and in with the new. It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? It has become a cultural stigma to...more

Best Chicago Bars You Have To Go To

When the drinks flow faster than the river running through the city, I know I’m in my kind of place. Chicago is filled with great food and endless cool things to do, but as a bartender, I always appreciate a great place to have a drink. I'm not very picky when it comes to bars, as long as it’s approachable. I don’t like anything to be too much. I enjoy fun and creative cocktails as...more

The Absolute Best Restaurants In Chicago For First Timers

Eating is what I do best. I go everywhere armed with a list of places for the best food and drinks a city can offer. Usually a list too long to get through. But I love cute cafes, I can consume more meals a day than I’d like to admit, and I’m a sucker for a beat in dive bar. I'm always looking for the local stuff. I want to find something I can’t get...more

Spending Three Days In Chicago For First Timers

I got off the flight in Chicago like I already knew the place. Have you ever been somewhere brand new and have it feel as familiar to you as a second home? Like the way you know your way around your best friends parents house? That’s how Chicago felt to me. I walked in, opened the fridge, grabbed a drink and sunk myself comfortably into its worn in sofa. I only had a few days...more

Why You Should Spend The Night In A Hotel In Sintra

Sintra is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. Back in 2012 I spent just a few hours there for the first time and fell in love with it. Since it’s conveniently placed just an hour train ride from Lisbon, it is the easiest and most popular day trip from the city center. However, I recently went back to explore this medieval wonderland again and decided to spend a few nights at the...more

Why I Am Never Moving Back To Southern California

You can’t go home again, or so they say. I never really understood what that meant until I finally left mine, and I want to tell you why I'm never moving back. But before I begin, I need to clarify that this is in no way a hate letter to California. On the contrary, California has a huge place in my heart and always will. But for the sake of writing this, California could easily...more

Everything You Must Do Your First Time In New York City If You Only Have The Weekend

New York City with it's ever growing neighborhoods, impressive museums, historical sites and limitless restaurants, can never really be seen in one trip. Planning your trip may even seem overwhelming, especially if you just have a few days to see the city. It's amazing though, how much you can actually squeeze in to one weekend in New York if you're willing to not waste any time and hit the pillow exhausted every night. After living...more

The Three Life Changing Meals I Had While Traveling In Paris

I've never considered myself a picky eater, but I have never been that adventurous either. When I first started traveling, I was committed to branching out of my comfort zone and trying some exotic dishes. That wasn't to say I was ready to jump into eating brains or eyes or anything, but I wanted to consume the local food. And I wanted to eat everything the way the locals ate it, without making any modifications....more

Visiting Portugal? Here’s How To Have the Perfect Three Days In Porto

If you're planning a trip to Portugal, you absolutely cannot miss visiting Porto. I can't say enough good things about this place. It was easily my favorite city in Portugal the first time I visited, and even after a second trip, this incredible city remains at the top of the list of my all time favorite places. Even though I could spend weeks in this charming little port town, you really only need a couple...more