Santo Domingo Chocolate and Clay Tour

Santo Domingo Chocolate and Clay tour

What do chocolate and clay have in common? During a visit to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic we joined a tour and found out that the answer is, quite a bit. We started out by leaving the coastal area of Santo Domingo and winding our way along toward the center of the island. Along the … Read more

Romance in a Caribbean Pirate Cave – El Mesón De La Cava

El Meson De La Cava

El Mesón de la Cava. It doesn’t sound like your typical Caribbean dining choice. But, let’s break this down. It’s in a cave – sure. Interesting food selections (not to include jerk chicken – it’s not that kind of place). Why not? Put them together and you have a romantic atmosphere in the center of … Read more

Santo Domingo Botanical Garden

Lily Pads in Santo Domingo Botanical Park

The Santo Domingo Botanical Garden is a beautiful island of green situated in a sea of concrete. When most people think of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, they come up with visions of blue ocean and white sandy beaches. Because the reason for our visit was largely work related, we had the opportunity to … Read more

Summer In New England – Rediscovering Maine

There is nowhere more wonderful to visit than New England in the summer. I must admit, however, that I’m a bit biased having grown up in Maine. Sean and I had the opportunity to head to New England recently to visit family. We tried to look at the place with fresh eyes and walked away with … Read more

Taco Tour of Playa Del Carmen

Chiliaquiles in Playa Del Camen

After three months in South America, where we had delicious but for the most part non-spicy food, we arrived in Mexico — land of Picante! We decided to scribble out our totally biased, no-holds-barred commets of the joints where we gorged on tacos and tostadas. There’s a lot more than just Mexican food in Playa del … Read more

Playa Del Carmen Side Trips – Yes You Should!

Tulum Ruins

When we arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, we found plenty of things that we expected, and even more that we didn’t — in the best possible way. What we expected:  White sandy beach, check. Warm blue water, it’s here. Also, cheap tacos, lots of people watching, and a huge array of shops and restaurants … Read more

Playa Del Carmen’s Gourmet Market DAC

Playa Del Carmen DAC Market

Whether you are a foodie, run on smoothies or find happiness in a well made burrito, you will find a friend in DAC Market.  Playa Del Carmen’s neighborhood market has what you crave. We learned about DAC from our Chef friend, Coty who runs CoCo’s Cooking School.  (The other benefit of taking a cooking class when … Read more

Hiking Yosemite

One of our favorite hikes in Yosemite is up the Mist Trail, which is one of the ways to get to Half Dome. It’s exhilarating to climb the slippery steps (maybe a little more fun on the way up than on the way down). We typically hike to the base of Half Dome, look up at … Read more