Let’s Explore NY: A day in Beacon

Take the Metro-North to Beacon and find yourself in hipster paradise. But really, hipsters are pretty good at stuff so don’t let that put you off. (Metro North has a getaway package that includes admission to Dia:Beacon, find it here)

I imagine you didn’t wake up at the crack of dawn so by the time you get to Beacon, it will probably be time for lunch. Get lunch at Harry’s Hot Sandwiches. The sandwiches here are so good. SO GOOD. The pulled pork and the Cubano are my faves.

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A food-filled weekend in New Orleans

We flew into New Orleans with basically the goal of consuming our weight in food over the weekend. Here’s a rundown of all the food we ate during our time there (with some excursions to break up the gluttony).

1. Killer Po’ Boys – I got a glazed pork belly po boy and my friend got a seared gulf shrimp po boy. We both agreed that hers was the better one of the two. My pork belly was a bit dry but the bread was good so not a bad start to our food adventure. They also had this rad California reaper raspberry jelly that was great on toast.

pork belly po’boy at Killer Po’Boys

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Louisiana and Street Food in Denmark

I was in Copenhagen for work recently and had a bit of time to wander around. The city itself is a great place; full of food and interesting things to see (for a great guide to Copenhagen with beautiful pictures, see Hand Luggage Only’s Copenhagen guide.) My favorite moments, however, were actually spent at the beautiful and tranquil Louisiana just outside of the city.
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A Food-Filled Layover in Amsterdam

I had a few hours in Amsterdam before catching my next flight so I decided to spend it exploring the city. It is super convenient to get from the airport to the city; the direct train runs all of the time and it only takes 20 minutes and costs about 4 euro. Amsterdam is a small city so you can walk it but if you are pressed for time, the tram system is fantastic; you can buy a 24 hour ticket that allows you to ride the tram at will for 7.5 euro.
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24 Hours in Cambridge

I was in Cambridge for the day and was really excited to visit my favorite places. Here’s a rundown of my day going through some of the best that Cambridge has to offer.
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Indoor/Outdoor in Copenhagen

I’ve been told that Copenhagen is a beautiful city in the spring and summer but I’ve never been able to make it there when it is warm outside. But being in Copenhagen in the winter has its charms; namely freezing your butt off outside and then running into a warm indoor space for either some cool art or some hot food.

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Madrid, Spain (or My Fave City in Europe)

My favorite city ever! Jamon sandwiches for 1 euro and Churros con chocolate for breakfast (at Chocolateria San Gines). Also, tapas galore; we ate at Mercado de San Miguel (more of an indoor market where you can get all kinds of different croquetas, jamon, oysters, and fresh juice), Taberna Tempranillo (great wine selection for a few euros a glass and many diffferent kinds of toasts with tomatoes, mushrooms, or cod), and Juanalaloca (tortilla espanola to die for and a really great sirloin fillet with quail egg). What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, a couple of the best museums in the world are free during weekends; I’m looking at you El Prado on Friday night and Queen Reina Sofia on Saturday. Also, handmade espadrilles for low tens of euros at Casa Hernanz (on Calle de Toledo). Add in a huge park (Parque del Retiro) which hosts a bookselling street and you have the perfect city. One interesting thing is that people are literally out at all hours (except morning ones). You will see children playing at 11pm on the playground and seniors chilling out at the cafe at 5am.

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