A Pit Stop in Claremont

Driving to Las Vegas from Los Angeles? You’ll undoubtedly drive through Claremont, California a small little city hidden between San Bernardino and Pasadena. Claremont Village is a great area to walk around and soak up the sunshine. On a Sunday you’ll catch a fantastic Farmer’s Market and on Friday nights there are live bands that […]

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Delicious Istanbul

Istanbul is the only city in the world that encompasses both Asia and Europe. Enveloped in a history where the skyline is filled with palaces and mosques, dotted with glittering rooftop nightclubs, this majestic city also straddles the ancient and modern worlds.  It is this duality that has placed Istanbul in the center of a […]

Danielle Pointdujour

Discover Kuala Lumpur

It’s midday, it’s raining but it’s around 36 degrees centigrade with a sticky humidity in the air. Welcome to Malaysia. I arrive in from Thailand in the middle of the day. My first encounter with Malaysia was back in 2010 when it was recommended that I visit.  To tell you the truth, Malaysia was never on my itinerary/wish list of places to see […]

Natalie A.M

Love Affair with Hong Kong

Have you ever been to a city and fallen in love with it immediately? It doesn’t happen to me very often. Most of my favorite places—Paris, London and Montreal, to name a few—started as a slow and steady build. But not Hong Kong. From the moment I arrived, this cosmopolitan city was a dazzling slap […]

Tausha Cowan

Authentic Southern Cuisine in a Not So Southern City

Imagine a warm Sunday afternoon. The aroma of panfried fish, stoneground grits, sautéed greens, and homemade buttermilk biscuits fill your lungs with yearning and love. Unfortunately, this is not your grandmother’s cooking and can be found at Geechee Girl Rice Cafe in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.  As a Southerner living in the Northeast, my mission for […]

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Houston Eats

I brought in the new year in Houston, Texas and had a chance to indulge my insatiable appetite at a few of the nicest restaurants in town: First, I can’t say enough about a gem called The Breakfast Klub, located in midtown Houston. The Breakfast Klub has been recognized as one of the best breakfast restaurants in […]

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Bangkok Is More Than Pad Thai

Forget New York, Bangkok is the city that truly never sleeps. Each time I visit, I rarely get any sleep – maybe an hour at most. There is ALWAYS something to do or somewhere to go in this humid, crowded, tropical city. I’ve wandered through Khao San Road alone at night, been harassed at the […]

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Exploring Rome in the Kitchen

One of my favorite things to do when I’m abroad is to experience culture through food. This usually means researching online to find the most popular restaurants in the city, along with asking locals for the best places to dine off the beaten path. When I recently visited Italy, a friend suggested we check out […]

Christen McCluney

London’s Best Markets

London is an incredible city and certainly tops my list (so far) of the best places to visit. Most of my weekends in London are spent dancing in quirky clubs, walking through the beautiful Hyde Park on a rare sunny day and shopping in the hosts of open air markets. The latter however, was by […]

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Montreal: Bonjour, Hello

It’s good to have a home away from home and I can’t quite put a finger on the moment I fell in love with this city, but Montreal has become one of my favorite places in the world. Are there more exotic places?  Yes. More impressive sights? Yes. Still Montreal, that little city up north […]

Cynthia Andrew

Phuket || The Land of Smiles

Beautiful doesn’t quite do it justice. I wonder if there are any words to adequately describe Phuket, Thailand (pronounced pu-ket). Paradise, perhaps? Located in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand, Phuket’s name, according to some sources, is said to be derived from two Thai words, phu (mountain) and ket (jewel). Seeing this beautiful mountain jewel […]

Tammie McGee

Golden View Firenze || Florence, Italy

Prior to my trip to Florence, I had never had a blow-your-mind type of dining experience. I arrived in Florence with no expectations, other than simply wanting to have food, food and more amazing food. Safe to say: After being in Florence for a few days, I was intrigued enough by a brightly lit restaurant […]

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San Francisco: A Dreamer’s Paradise

Dense clusters of billowy white clouds blanketed the ceiling-to-floor window walls half-way around my room on the 23rd floor of San Francisco’s cool blue tower. The clear view of Bloomingdale’s from a day earlier — completely masked. “This fog generally burns off around noon,” a housekeeper passing me in the hallway assured as I stood […]

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Napa Valley in 24 Hours

Sometimes we find ourselves battling against the clock on our travels.  Either we pack too much in or don’t even have the time to spare in the first place to get everything checked off of our proverbial travel “to-do” list. With some careful planning, you can capitalize on some of the world’s best cities in […]

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The Must-Have Travel List

Travel is a lifestyle, not a luxury.  Nothing has accelerated my personal growth and expanded my horizons more than traveling around the world.  With that being said, I spend a ton of time on planes–and with each trip, I find things that I simply can’t live without.  No matter how near or far the destination, a […]

Danielle Pointdujour