Stateside

Maisys baltimore crab cakes

Crab Crawl in Charm City: Baltimore’s Top 10 Crab Dishes

Baltimore: small city, big charm. So maybe that’s why Baltimore is known as Charm City? As the story goes, the name Charm City came from a 1970s ad exec brainstorm in an effort to enhance the city’s image and attract tourism. Well, it worked, and the name stuck, bringing boatloads of people to witness the city’s continued evolution. When I think…

hotel downtown travel

Dining, Drinking & Last Minute Travel to Birmingham

The fun thing about life is that it’s full of surprises. Sometimes life presents us with the opportunity for an unplanned vacation (don’t we all love when that happens?!) or last-minute work trip. Who says you can’t find yourself unexpectedly in Birmingham, Alabama, for a few days, in which case you’ll need a place to…

car mirror roadtrip pairs well with

Fall Into Forgiveness: The 1,000 Mile Roadtrip

Pairs Well With…”Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.” Fall is a time of change and transition. It’s a good time to declutter, purge and start fresh. Sometimes things, even life, need a good overhaul once in a while. Because of the feeling that fall brings, it is easily my favorite…

Cake By The Ocean: A ‘Bama Bust

Pairs Well With…”Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE “What the hell for?” asked every single one of my friends when I told them I was going to ALABAMA. Besides Alabama being one of a handful of states I had yet to visit, I figured there must be something cool here to do there, right?  …

With Love From Sedona: Embracing A Solo Adventure

Pairs Well With… Being out on the open road Picture yourself standing, looking out into endless amounts of beauty in the middle of nowhere.  Alone.  You hear nothing but the breeze and the faint sound of water at a distance.  The world is still.  Just you.  Just the universe. In fall of 2015, I published…

Palm Trees & Retirees

Pairs Well With… “Snow in California,” by Ariana Grande, and a pretty amazing interpretation by me and my sister, Sarah For Christmas this year, my family felt we should do something different, start new holiday traditions.  I was 100% for this idea, especially since it meant leaving Minneapolis’ frozen tundra to celebrate our holiday in Palm…