Google the fourth “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood —you will learn that she’s scored seven Grammys, broken country music records with six number-one albums and that her hunky hockey player husband makes headlines for knocking opponents’ teeth out—and you might concede she’s earned that adorably smug smirk on the cover …Read More »
A Less-Touristy Tuscany A journalist and his bride seek out the quiet, quirky romance of less traveled Barga.
My iPhone vibrates me gently awake just before 7, and a rustic beamed ceiling comes into focus above me. I’m lying in the back bedroom of a 16th-century house in the North Tuscan hill town of Barga. After pushing open a shuttered window for a quick peek, I dress quietly …Read More »
It isn’t so much that my husband, Ben, and I are drinking a bottle of wine (OK, a second bottle of wine). Or that we’ve sprung for an expense-account array of appetizers, shareable entrees and sides. Or even that we’ve been bogarting this corner of the patio for more than …Read More »
Rainbow Connection A writer rediscovers two legends-and falls for two newcomers-on a colorful weekend in New York City.
The dance floor rotates at a snail’s pace. A ringside crowd, dressed to the nines, longs for the Count Basie orchestra to begin. Under a chandeliered 23-foot dome, vintage wine and Champagne flow as if it is New Year’s Eve, not an ordinary Friday night. We are seated in the …Read More »
Ten years after The Color Purple first graced the stage at the Broadway Theatre, the musical adaptation of author Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returns with an all-star cast. Director John Doyle, whose minimalist interpretation of the show received rave reviews in London, has tapped Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to play …Read More »
To market, to market, to taste the delights of Chef Eli Kulp. May not have the same ring as Mother Goose, but when you consider that in just one year High Street on Market scored the No. 2 spot on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant list, it’s worth singing about. …Read More »
After a two-year renovation, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopens on November 13 with WONDER, an immersive exhibition featuring nine contemporary artists who’ve turned the entire building into an artwork itself. Encounter installations made of unconventional materials like saplings, brightly colored insects, marbles, index cards and rubber tires. A swanky new …Read More »
I sheepishly admit that despite having honeymooned on one of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) a little over two years ago, the only thing I knew about Curaçao was its blue liqueur. After a week visiting mainstays and newer attractions, I have gained an appreciation of the small …Read More »
Culture Rich A local writer discovers a mix of poverty, progress and pride in colorful Havana, Cuba.
As our plane touches the runway, my stomach churns. The sensation in my belly has nothing to do with airsickness and everything to do with where we are landing. Visions of colorful houses, vintage cars from the ’50s and sexy Latin music dance in my head—but so does apprehension. Havana …Read More »
In my decades of beach trips en famille, I have rented many a vacation house. Perhaps other moms can sympathize with me on the problematic aspects of this getaway format. If you stay in a house with your family, someone is going to be buying groceries, cooking, straightening up and …Read More »