Jaya at The Setai- Miami

On our final evening in Miami, we celebrated my 40th birthday with a very upmarket dinner and an “Asian Bazaar Night” which was meant to have some sort of performances. Sounded kind of weird, we were in! Having dined and enjoyed drinks around the elegant Setai lobby in years passed, I was absolutely shocked when…

Esme Rooftop- Miami

The first night of our Miami girly weekend brought us to the Esme Hotel, recommended by several friends for well… all of their common spaces. The hotel was beautiful and with so much lovely, dim lighting we seemed to have spend a gorgeous evening there and took about zero photos. We dined on the rooftop…

Hotel Greystone- Miami

After a whirlwind work week, my sister joined me for a girly weekend on the beach and we relocated to Hotel Greystone which purports to be a design-y adults-only haven with its own beach access. Upon arriving at the hotel, the vibe was just right, the lobby was clean, elegant and well designed. We were…

Byblos- Miami

During a week-long work trip in Miami while staying at The Royal Palm South Beach, I managed to dine at Byblos two nights in a row before the work commitments really started. The restaurant is beautiful with lots of fun plates for sharing. This made it a challenge as a solo diner, but two meals…

Coco Bistro- Providenciales

After the year I had, I was grateful to be entering my 40th trip around the sun, rather than dreading this threshold of midlife. The day itself must have been built off of my vibe because it was absolutely better than expected. If you’re with good friends, what more do you really need, but I…

Grace Bay Club- Providenciales

After the craziest year complete with a c!^#r diagnosis and recovery, it was essential to celebrate my 40th in a big way. Lucky for me, tropical islands are pretty appealing to old friends in December, so away to Providenciales we went for birthday festivities and a grad school reunion. We opted to stay at the…

Mercado- Fort Wayne

Question: what’s a girl to do if she’s trapped in an entire country that doesn’t do Mexican food well or allow the sale of hot peppers? Answer: hit every Mexican restaurant north of the country itself, including the delicious Mercado in Fort Wayne. The sibs treated me to a (very) early dinner one (very) cold…

Pendry Chicago

The prior to my 40th trip around the sun, the gentleman suitor type person (edited: master manipulator) and I spent a very chilly weekend in Chicago. It was his first time there and my first in seemingly as many years. So much has changed, new neighborhoods crop up, old haunts shut, the shopping a bit…

Cora Pearl- London

Good ole lady of the evening, Cora Pearl, strikes again! Remember when I made her my best friend last year? This girl, here? The one with the greatest fish stew…. A year later, after a whollllleeeee lot of stuff happening, I saw her again. I was so sad she didn’t deliver her fish stew. Last…

London at Christmas

Could there possibly be a better city for Christmas than London? Even if festivities begin ludicrously early, the twinkling lights, oversized trees, and flying angels take the streets, I venture to solidly say absolutely not. This is the pinnacle. It’s the most wonderful time o the year, indeed mate!

Le Tout Part Deux- Paris

After an absolutely incredible “find” of the not at all hidden Cheval Blanc and it’s rooftop restaurant, Le Tout, back in April, I knew I would be returning for my surprise solo trip in October. Lucky for me, the weather was 75 degrees! The last week of October! So, I opted out of their full…

Shiro- Paris

If you’re looking for a way to properly indulge on a Friday or Saturday night in Paris, consider Shiro. While the resto has a full menu during the week, on the weekend it only offers an omakase menu so all you have to decide is whether you want six or eight courses and how much…