This week’s #FriFotos theme is shopping. My photo is from a jewelry stall at Plaza Serrano, located in Buenos Aires’ trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood.
Jewelry for sale in Plaza Serrano, Buenos Aires

This post is part of my weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is FOR SALE, and people are sharing photos of markets, souks and stores around the world. Now I’m not a huge shopper. But I do indulge once in a while when I’m on the road, particularly on jewelry, […]


Looking for the perfect box of chocolates? Sweets expert Kerrin Rousset of Sweet Zurich gives her tips on what to look for when buying chocolate.
Whimsical box of decorated chocolates, Switzerland

It’s the time of the year where I start ordering gift baskets or a box of chocolates for certain far-flung relatives. Before my trip to Switzerland earlier this fall, I would have flipped through a Harry & David catalog, ordering whatever bonbons looked the tastiest. Now, though, my chocolate knowledge has been raised, thanks to […]


Finnish design: It’s a way of life in Helsinki, where the architecture and shops reflect the country’s innate quirkiness.
Finnish design, Helsinki

What surprised me the most about my visit to Finland is that Finnish design is not just something that you see in the shops of Helsinki. It’s a way of life, and one that reflects their history and innate quirkiness. When babies are born, the Finnish government gives the family a box full of goodies, […]


The downside to traveling in Egypt right now: Increased attention from aggressive street hawkers and vendors.
Stalls at Khan el-Khalili, Cairo, Egypt

Before I went to Egypt, I had read about the country’s overly aggressive street hawkers. What I didn’t realize is that the country’s downturn in tourism since the Revolution would have the causal effect of making the few travelers who ARE visiting Egypt more prone to attention from street vendors and touts. My first encounter […]


Portlandia: Powell’s City of Books

by Chris on June 21, 2011

A visit to Portland has to include a stop at Powell’s book store. Here’s why.
Powell Book Store Portland

Where: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR. 503-228-4651 Claim to fame: A bibliophile’s wet dream, Powell’s City of Books is one of the country’s most celebrated bookstores, for good reason. It’s a block long. It has color coded room based on topics and interests. It allows new and gently used books to co-mingle, […]


Meat & Malbec: A Day in Buenos Aires

by Chris on April 11, 2011

What to do in Buenos Aires, if you have just a day? I managed to visit the San Telmo antique market, have lunch in Palermo Soho and see Eva Peron’s grave at La Recoleta Cemetery.
Things to do in Buenos Aires

My trip to Argentina can only be described as whirlwind. With only 3 1/2 days on the ground, I saw as much as I could – and that included an action-packed day in Buenos Aires. When time is short, it helps to have a good guide. Luckily, my traveling companion Nicole Rodriguez (cousin to John […]


Finding the perfect leather bag at Prune, Argentina – that South American country’s answer to Coach.
Prune Argentina

Leather goods are almost synonymous with Argentine shopping. It makes sense; after all, the country has the world’s largest consumption of beef and there’s about 50 to 55 million head of cattle kept mostly in the Pampas. That’s an awful lot of hide to have left over. I heard about Prune at the Park Hyatt Masters of Food […]


Some of my favorite moments in Miami were spent exploring street graffiti art in Wynwood and stores in the city’s Design District.
Miami, Rainbow City by FriendsWIthYou, Miami Design District, Art Basel Miami 2010

It’s hard to tear yourself away from South Beach, especially the weather is nice and the beach is calling. But I found that some of the city’s most exciting art developments are happening on the other side of Biscayne Bay, in the Design District and gritty Wynwood, Miami’s latest hot neighborhood. When my cab dropped me […]


If you had all the money in the world to buy art, would you? My trip to Art Basel, the bigget Miami art fair, showed me that I have the desire to be a collector – but not the coin.
Mappa, a tapestry by Alighiero e Boetti, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

My favorite game when I go to museums is to pick out the one piece of art in the room that I’d most enjoy having in my house every day. It’s fun to play with other people, as you can compare tastes and debate styles. It also helps you realize what kind of art you […]


Hello Kitty, hello world! The Sanrio Small Gift Pop Up Shop toured the country in 2010. I caught the gallery exhibition featuring pictures of Hello Kitty at Art Basel in Miami.
Hello Kitty Small Gift Tour, Sanrio Pop Up Shop, Art Basel, Miami, Florida

I loved many things about my first visit to Miami’s Art Basel, considered the U.S.’s most important art show. From the serious works by name artists at the Convention Center to the impromptu gallery built out of a moving van, the entire scene seemed ablaze with creative  energy. At the end of the weekend, I […]