Late last September, The Broad opened in L.A., and Angelenos have been losing their minds over it ever since. I’ll admit, I too have been caught up in The Broad frenzy, and when initially planning our visit, I was intrigued to discover that although admission is free, we either had to get on a waiting list or risk standing in line for hours for a chance to get in. So in January, I reserved the first available tickets for April 5. A Los Angeles art museum with a waitlist? I just knew it had to be cool. More
It was well past 9pm by the time we arrived at our hotel in Quito. We’d just flown in from Bogota, and fortunately, the driver that our hotel sent for us was at the airport on time to pick us up and drive us nearly an hour into Quito’s historic city center where we had reservations at Hotel Real Audiencia overlooking Plaza Santo Domingo. Although I was still recovering from traveler’s tummy, I was hungry, tired, and really looking forward to kicking back in our comfy hotel room and ordering room service. More
We’re almost at the end of the first quarter of 2016 and I have to say, this month was a bit of a busy blur. I’ve been working like a mad woman, and I’m happy to start finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (well, not the end of the tunnel, but the beginning of a new tunnel). I’ll share more about what’s been keeping me so busy in the coming months, but for now, apart from work and business, here’s what I got into in February… More
Although Jave and I try not to eat out too much, when we do, we like to push ourselves to try new restaurants as opposed to constantly resorting to our usual faves. It’s a gamble, because God knows there’s nothing foodies like us hate more than spending a lot of money on a mediocre meal. So we’re always elated when we try new restaurants where we end up loving the food. What’s even better is when we try new black-owned restaurants where we end up loving the food! More
When researching our Dubai itinerary, I kept coming across Facebook posts of people out somewhere in the middle of the Emirati desert sandboarding, dune bashing, and riding camels through the desert as part of a desert safari experience. I was intrigued. When a friend of mine, who returned from Dubai a month prior to our visit, texted me and told me that we just had to go on a desert safari, I was sold. More
Now that Jave and I are safely back home following our two week trip to Jamaica which included a weeklong road trip around the island, I can confidently say that it was one of the best travel experiences of my life. You see, I’ve been traveling to Jamaica since 2006 when I first went with friends to celebrate my 26th birthday. After meeting Jave on our last day in Jamaica and getting to know him better through frequent phone conversations once I was back home, I started making return visits – usually two or so times a year until we got married and Jave immigrated to the U.S. a year thereafter. More
I have an OCD packing routine that I implement about a month to several weeks prior to a trip. I meticulously lay out all of the clothes I intend to pack on my living room sofa, and over the weeks leading up to my trip, I edit my wardrobe selections based on the weather forecast and my itinerary, adding and subtracting from my selections as needed. Did I mention that I’m a bit OCD?
Welcome to 2016 – I hope you had an amazing holiday! Jave and I returned from Jamaica late last week where we spent a week at home in Westmoreland for Christmas before heading off for a weeklong road trip around the island. We celebrated the New Year quietly in Treasure Beach, a beautiful town in the Jamaican countryside that boasts a scenic seaside. More