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Stained Glass Dome in La Rotonda – Madrid, Spain

Stained Glass Dome in La Rotonda - Madrid, Spain

Beautiful light flows through the elegant stained glass dome at La Rotonda restaurant in the Westin Palace hotel in Madrid Spain. Known for their Sunday Opera Brunch it’s also a great spot to stop by for tea, enjoy the decor and people watching.

The mannequin with the vintage suitcases was part of the 100 Years Traveling Together  exhibit.  Historical pieces from Samsonite gave a glimpse into how travel evolved from 1912 through the decades.

Best Deal in Tribeca – Bâtard, New York City

Bâtard NYC Dining Room

Retaining their Michelin star for 2016, Bâtard is one of the best deals in New York City with 2 courses for $55, 3 courses for $69, or 4 courses for $79. The warm golden lighting splashed on the lovely textured wallpaper surrounds an upbeat and bustling dining room with an unpretentious air.

My favorite dish of the night was the beautifully plump and delicately textured sea scallops, a hint of sweetness from vanilla, a dash of savory herbs served with kale and rich potato mousseline. Continue reading

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Tropical Gardens of Madrid Atocha Station – Estación de Madrid Atocha

tropical gardens in atocha Madrid station

Atocha is the main train station in Madrid and hub for commuter and countrywide travel. The high-speed train to Barcelona is an easy way to travel and glimpse the countryside while utilizing the train Wi-Fi if you desire.

Entering the Jardín Tropical Estación de Atocha, lush tropical gardens, complete with a pond filled with fish and turtles and covering over 40,000 square feet of the concourse will make you forget you are in a bustling train station.

Farm Fresh Lunch at Locally Grown Gardens – Indianapolis

Locally Grown Gardens Indianapolis

On the road back from Louisville I decided to go off the beaten path and have lunch at Locally Grown Gardens a year round farm market owned by Chef Ron Harris. Housed in what looks like a former garage the patio is filled with wooden crates bursting with bright purple flowers, herb garden and large picnic tables with teal chairs.

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The shop is filled with vintage furniture and has a farmhouse chic vibe replete with a variety of packaged goods, seasonal produce and vintage inspired glassware and cutlery. The seasonal menu incorporates the best of local produce to buy and create your own meal or eat-in. September featured corn, tomatoes, fall squash, apples and cider. October features, pumpkins, winter squash, apple cider, and apple butter. Continue reading

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Pintxoteca Orkestra at Platea Madrid

Pintxoteca Orkestra Platea Madrid

Pintxos, also known as pinchos or tapas, are typical Spanish bar snacks. These beauties are from Pintxoteca Orkestra at the Platea Madrid food hall – largest gastronomic center in Europe. It includes a theater, bar, restaurants and a club.

Inside Tempelhofer Feld – From Nazi Airport to Public Park in the Heart of Berlin

Tempelhof Berlin Runway

Tempelhof Berlin Runway

Built in the 1920’s, Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport was a busy hub taken over by the Nazi’s in the 1930’s, the Russians in 1945 in the Battle of Berlin and finally handed to the US as part of the Potsdam Agreement and used throughout the Cold War years for military and commercial use. This historic landmark is a must-see and  Continue reading

48 Hours in Louisville – City Guide to Sites, Dining, Shopping and More

Welcome To Kentucky

Louisville is a five-hour drive from Chicago but a world away, full of Bourbon, Kentucky Fried Chicken, horses and changing neighborhoods. Here are must-do activities to experience some of the best food, drink, shopping and sites of Louisville in a short amount of time.

Day 1 – Morning: From the Marriott Louisville Downtown head to Market Street to get to NuLu, also known as East Market District. This neighborhood is rapidly changing, a.k.a getting hipsterfied, and is a mix of industrial companies, restaurants, shops and galleries.  My prediction: in five years it will be over-saturated with shops and chains, however, now it has a great vibe with interesting art and people.

Grab a coffee and pastry at Please & Thank You. Sit outside to people watch or stay inside and pick out some vinyl from the record store in the back. Then Continue reading

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Hot Fried Chicken – Louisville, Kentucky

Hot Fried Chicken Proof on Main Louisville

Hot Fried Chicken from Proof on Main Louisville. Crispy chicken with hot peppers served on white bread with corn relish and worth every calorie. Stay tuned for the roundup of great tastes of Louisville coming next week!