Category: Travel

What Type of Salsa Should I Learn Before Going Out Dancing in Medellin, Colombia?

“Wait a second, if I learned how to dance salsa at my local club, shouldn’t I be able to dance with everyone, anywhere they play my favorite salsa music?” The quick answer is NO. For those that are unaware, there are multiple ways that salsa is danced around the world. Though salseros may enjoy dancing ...

Organizing Your Wanderlust with Google Maps

I’ve been posting TripAdvisor reviews for a few years now, and one thing that’s always bothered me is the fact that I was never able to embed the map of ‘places I’ve visited’ on their site, into my blog. So what’s so important about using maps, and why would I want to embed maps into ...

Lessons Learned from Artist Jorge Selarón on the steps of Escadaria Selarón (Rio de Janiero)

I decided to write this post after recently coming across an article reporting on the death of Jorge Selarón. Though you may not recognize his name, there’s a good chance that you have probably seen his most famous work, the Escadaria Selarón (aka Selaron Steps). Sitting next to Selarón on his world-famous steps Outside of the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ ...

What are the Top Travel Blogs that You’d Recommend for Someone Planning a Sabbatical to South America?

After living in NYC for the past 11 yrs, I’ve finally decided to head back home to the sunny skies of Los Angeles…but before I go, I’m planning to head out on a 5-6 month sabbatical to South America and this is where I could use some help from the blogging community. I’ve actually been saving ...

So, Does Peter Luger Really Have the Best Steak in New York City? (Brooklyn, NYC)

As one of the longest-running steakhouses in New York City, Peter Luger (established in 1887) has come to be considered one of, if not the best steakhouses in all the 5 boroughs. Located at 178 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Peter Luger’s (which was originally named Carl Luger’s Café, after owner Peter Luger’s nephew, who served as head ...

A Surprise West Coast Swing Demo by World Champions Jordan and Tatiana (NYC)

Ivonne with WCS Champions Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollman It’s been over a decade since I first moved to New York, and while I might not agree with the many New Yorkers who claim that NYC is the ‘Center of the Universe’, I will say that it is definitely a place where having exceptional experiences and meeting extraordinary ...

After a Nine Year Search, I’ve Finally Found the Best Korean BBQ in New York City at Kang Hodong Baekjeong (NYC)

I find that a night out for some Korean food can be a hard sell to a lot of my western friends, as many find the fare to be either too spicy, or lacking in heartiness, due to the abundance of vegetables used in the cuisine. Back home in L.A., I’m usually able to convert the doubters by ...

Where to Dance Salsa and Bachata in Los Angeles (CA)

For anyone wanting to go out dancing while visiting LA, here’s a quick little reference chart that I put together that includes a list of my favorite weekly events.  I’ve included the schedules for the ‘Big 3’ (GranadaLA, PCH Club & Steven’s Steakhouse) as these are probably the most well known, and promoted venues.  I ...

Performance Videos (salsa & bachata) from Nueva Ola’s First Brooklyn Bash Social (NYC)

Anyone who’s known me for a while knows that I’m not particularly fond of heading out to Brooklyn. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the borough itself, or with the masses of hipsters roaming its streets. The simple fact is that even though both are a part of NYC, traveling from ...

Photos of the Hottest Cars from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

Having grown up during the emergence of the ‘rice rocket era’ in Southern California, I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine why so many imports have found their way onto my list of hottest rides.  Though there were a lot of beautiful cars presented during this year’s NY International Auto Show, here are photos of the rides ...