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13 things to do in Taos with kids

Taos, New Mexico, is a fantastic place to visit in summer as a family. We used to go every year when I was young, and I wanted my kids to experience what I loved as a child: gorgeous scenery, yummy food, an artistic, counterculture way of life and the natural world. It may be known as a ski resort during the winter but here are the things no family should miss when visiting during the summer. 1. Spend the day in...

iPhoneography: Autumn in New York

It’s not just a classic Sinatra song. Autumn in New York is unquestionably one of the most enchanting experiences in the universe (I may be a little biased). The air is fresh, the sky is bright and pumpkins decorate the stoops of the brownstones. Those who read this blog know that — as a former New Yorker — I return to the city to reconnect with friends, with that NYC feeling and most of all with...

22 top things to do in Austin with kids

Austin has always been the liberal heart of Texas, the seat of government and a verdant municipality intersected by the Colorado River. Over the past two decades it’s transformed into a buzzing base for technology companies, an allure for East and West Coast society, the site of inventive food, the home to mega-conference SXSW and one of the coolest cities in the U.S. The popular slogan “Keep Austin...

Tips for eating at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Texas

In our ongoing quest for delicious barbecue and out-of-the-ordinary experiences, we drove to the small town of Lexington, Texas, to eat barbecue for breakfast. It had to be done, so we did it. Also because my stepson made us. It ended up being a fantastic morning (read my post about it here). Here are some tips for fellow barbecue enthusiasts who fancy a hot smoked adventure in Lexington at Snow’s BBQ....

Best Texas barbecue: Eating at Snow’s, Lexington

God bless the little children, or at least the strong-willed teens. It was because of our 16-year-old’s determination that we have another “special” barbecue experience (something to contend with our half day stakeout attempting to eat at Franklin’s Barbecue in Austin) that the day after we travelled 13 hours from Taos, New Mexico, to Austin, we rose at 7am to drive an hour to eat barbecue. For breakfast....

How to celebrate the Fourth of July in London

How to celebrate this very American holiday in London? I’ve been wondering that myself for about a decade. The thing about celebrating Fourth of July is that the enjoyment comes from knowing all your family, all your friends, the entire nation is celebrating too. When I lived in in New York, the Fourth meant cookouts in Prospect Park organised by my friends, legendary party-makers and grillers John Fasciano...

New York City: A girls’ day out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

No visit to New York City is complete without a visit to Williamsburg in Brooklyn — one of the coolest places in the city, at least for the next minute or two, if you listen to the buzz. (A lot of New Yorkers will tell you Williamsburg is past-it, and in my experience when the is-it-cool-or-is-it-over debate gets going in earnest, you know that the area has probably lost some of its edge and artsy cachet, but...

Texas: The best ice pops in Fort Worth

When we visited Fort Worth last August we went to some great places to eat. One of the most whimsical was Steel City Pops, which makes gourmet popsicles. Gourmet popsicles, right?  Sounds a little precious — until you look at the list of flavours: Blackberry, Cranberry Orange, Hibiscus, Mango, Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cream, Avocado, Vanilla Bean, Pistachio…. I wanted to eat every one of them. Steel...

New York City: Touring street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn

When we visited New York City, we asked each of the kids what was the one thing that they really wanted to do. The teen boy knew right away: He  wanted was to see some street art. We’d taken a walking tour in East London a bit before that. It had obviously made an impression. An illuminating walking tour A friend recommended Levys’ Unique New York. Levys’ Unique New York is a true New York-style...

Fort Worth: Visiting the Stockyards rodeo with children

It’s not illegal to go to Texas and not see a rodeo, but it is a little bit criminal. That’s because they feature so many elements of Texana: hardy cowboys, skilled cowgirls, kid-friendly silliness, cold beer and lots of “God Bless America”. Everybody stands and says the Pledge of Allegiance. This is no time for irony The thing is, it can be difficult to catch a touring rodeo wherever...

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