Escape of the Week: Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

“D” and “skiing” are not used in sentences together. I’m fairly confident the last time I put skis on and raced down a mountain was during President Clinton’s first term. I’ll admit — I never imagined my first real foray into West Coast skiing would be in Las Vegas. As a teenager when I wasContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort”

Facial bliss at Tropicana’s Glow, a Mandara Spa

Review of Glow, a MANDARA Spa, at Tropicana Las Vegas’ Glo2 Facial “It’s been, uh, awhile, since I had a facial,” I tell my esthetician, Jacqueline Zayed, when she comes into the dimly lit room at Glow inside Tropicana Las Vegas. I search the corners of my mind to try and remember the last timeContinue reading “Facial bliss at Tropicana’s Glow, a Mandara Spa”

Travel Bloggers Give Back: The Elephant Nature Park

I will never forget the first time I reached my hand out and touched the pink-speckled trunk of an Asian elephant. Towering over me, this beautiful girl stood, flapping her large ears in the late summer heat of Thailand. She stood in front our little group of volunteers, all of us nearly speechless at ourContinue reading “Travel Bloggers Give Back: The Elephant Nature Park”

Sleeping in Napa Valley

The first time I visited Napa, over President’s Day Weekend in 2008, I became enamored. The lush, green rolling hills. The yellow blossoms of mustard carpeting the ground not occupied by vineyards. The gorgeous and grandeous wineries. The trailer wineries. The Napa area immediately captured me and held my interest well beyond the days IContinue reading “Sleeping in Napa Valley”

The San Francisco Foodgasm: Off the Grid

Living in Las Vegas means there are tons of amazing food options. You name it, we’ve got it. Five-star restaurants. Michelin rated. Celeb chefs with numerous outlets across town. But, what we don’t have a lot of is food trucks. Yes, there are some. Las Vegas has, what you could say, a burgeoning street foodContinue reading “The San Francisco Foodgasm: Off the Grid”

A Virgin America Virgin

I could see the purple glow before I even got close to the door of the plane. Oh, sweet Virgin America airplane. How I have waited for you. Slowly, slowly, we crawled in our line to the cabin door. Sparkles!! The exterior of the airplane is glittery white! I crossed into the cabin, surveying theContinue reading “A Virgin America Virgin”

The Las Vegas Foodgasm: Wicked Spoon

Katie and I wandered through the ¬†halls of Cosmopolitan’s second floor, en route to Wicked Spoon, passing by tourists posing inside of larger-than-life shoes and walls adorned with art. We were on a mission: stuff our faces with good eats at the hotel’s much-praised buffet, Wicked Spoon. I’ve already confessed, I’m no foodie, but ¬†afterContinue reading “The Las Vegas Foodgasm: Wicked Spoon”

The Las Vegas Foodgasm: An Introduction

I have a confession: I am not a foodie. Foie gras does not make me weak in the knees. It is only recently that I have developed a taste for cheese (and it’s got to be really bougie cheese at that) and steak (same deal … has to be super good). Hell, to be quiteContinue reading “The Las Vegas Foodgasm: An Introduction”

Touring the Mostar region

“Hi D!” Katie typed into Facebook chat as I sat at Madja’s Friday night. “I’m coming to Mostar tomorrow!” Sweet! “Cool, I will be on the tour all day — its 14 hours — so I won’t be back until late, but I will see you Sunday,” I responded. We chatted a little longer andContinue reading “Touring the Mostar region”

The Fez night bus of discomfort

“All aboard,” Scotty said, standing outside the Fez bus as a group of 16 of us loaded ourselves in. It was 8 p.m. and we were leaving Olympos, headed to Goreme in the Cappidocia region of Turkey. The ride was going to be a long one — 10 hours — and get us in toContinue reading “The Fez night bus of discomfort”