Game, Set, Match: The US Open in New York City

World's Fair Globe at the US Open's Arthur Ashe Stadium

World’s Fair Globe at the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium

I’ve been doing some traveling and blogging this summer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, and they recently brought me from Los Angeles to New York City to be a guest at the 2014 US Open Men’s Quarterfinals and attend one of their exclusive cardmembers’ “behind the scenes” events: an opportunity to meet tennis legend Billie Jean King.

My best friend from childhood joined me for this amazing experience, and while I’ve long been a fan of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, I’m now a fan of pro tennis, too.  [Read more…]

Off to New York City

Long time no talk…but that’s just because it’s been a long time since I’ve had consistent wi-fi.

Costa Rica has many things – lush jungles, howling monkeys, screeching frogs, crashing waves, endless palm orchards, dramatic thunderstorms – but satellite coverage when it’s cloudy?  Not so much.  So, I’ve contented myself with being on vacation and taking lots of photos.

After a week of beautifully preserved nature without crowds (besides the wedding  party for Adam’s cousin Minona and her new husband, Peter), it’s hard to get my head around the fact that tomorrow Adam and I will each be in one of the largest cities in the world…just not the same city.

As of last night, we‘d arrived in San Jose, the last stop on our Costa Rican trip and itself a bit of a culture shock.

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(We Do Want To Go To) Chelsea

Huge fan of Elvis Costello — couldn’t help myself with today’s title.

But to be fair, I’m talking about today’s Chelsea in New York, not 1978 in southwest London.  

One of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods, lower west side Chelsea has become our favorite part of the city in which to gallery hop, wander street by cobblestone street and nibble our way to happiness.   [Read more…]

Brooklyn Redux

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

We just got back from New York City, and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally seen Brooklyn again…for the first time since 1992.

This time around, two key things were different:

1.  Adam and I were together.
2.  No one was stabbed in front of me on the F train.

Before the day had even begun, it was a marked improvement.

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