Hello, my name is Ashley, and I'll be your server this evening.  This summer, our chef has a season long special: WeinerSpitzle.  WeinerSpitzle is an only in NY combination of hubris, stupidity, perversion, and blatant disregard for the law.  We take a little bit of working class Continue Reading

Tips for Adventure Trips with your Kids


Costa Rica. The Canadian Rockies. South Africa.  These are all places I’ve taken my kids.  I have nothing against Disney World.  I’ve taken them there, too. (Once.) But Disney offers a perfectly fabricated adventure – and they do it better than anyone – and I want my kids to know all about the Continue Reading

Duane Reade: The Times Square of NY Stores


Recently, I went shopping at Duane Reade, the New York convenience store, and it made me think of Times Square. If you grew up in New York, or if you've been here more than 20 years, or if you've seen any Scorcese movie made in the 1970's, then you remember when Times Square was seedy.  You Continue Reading

War Horse: Can you take the Kids

Image from BroadwayWorld.com

On average, I'd say my husband and I go to the theatre about 15 times a year -- maybe even a bit more. Our kids?  Not so much.  A lot of the time, New York productions skew either too old (inappropriate) or too young (can you help the Princess find her way home? Clap three times everyone!).  We do Continue Reading

Paris: Loopy for the Louvre

R&A under the Pyramid

So it's day four in Paris, and the kids have finally, thoroughly, shocked me:  their favorite thing so far was not the Eiffel Tower, not the hot chocolate at Angelina's, not the patisseries or the bookinistes along the Seine.  Nope.  They're favorite thing was visiting The Louvre. Really? Not that Continue Reading

New York: City of Extremes


The other day, I had one of those “it could only happen here” kind of days.  It covered all ends of the NY spectrum:   complicated, surprising, diverse, friendly, and scary...all at the same time.  Kind of like New York itself. I mean, this isn’t a city for the faint of heart.  You have to be Continue Reading