Homemade Pasta with Turkey Meatballs & Tomato Cream Sauce

It's been a few months since we've done any significant traveling. I spent my first ever night in Vegas over New Years (that was an experience) and perused the Southwest with my family for a few days in what's become an unofficial January tradition. We went from boozy mania to rolling hills and quiet roads. … Continue reading Homemade Pasta with Turkey Meatballs & Tomato Cream Sauce

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Voyage South Africa–Stellenbosch Wine Tour

One of the main events of our Cape Town trip was visiting the wine region. A major catalyst towards our decision to visit the country at all was our local South African wine bar back home. We were itching to see the rolling hills and fields of grapes that bring about our favorite bottles of … Continue reading Voyage South Africa–Stellenbosch Wine Tour

Voyage South Africa—Toasty Gardens & Table Mountain

I thought that spending 6 days in one place would feel like a slow crawl. We are so used to moving around night after night when we travel. Cape Town is one of those places that deserves a deeper dive and more comprehensive stay. The city is layered with restaurants, beautiful outdoor space, waterfront walks, … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Toasty Gardens & Table Mountain

Voyage South Africa—Robben Island, Peninsula & Boulder’s Beach

I woke up to muffled sounds of construction that welcomed me back to city-sleeping. Our room at Oxford House felt like a little apartment. It was nice to sleep in for the first time in days, and my New York brain was barely roused by the urban sounds outside. The only “plan” for today was … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Robben Island, Peninsula & Boulder’s Beach

Voyage South Africa—Hermanus to Cape Town

We woke up buried under a thick blanket on a chilly morning. South Africa’s days are piping hot, but its nights are soft and pleasant. After an overly-generous breakfast from our B&B host (is 4 eggs really necessary?) we bid goodbye to Swellendam with reticence. There was just one more day “on the road” before … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Hermanus to Cape Town

Voyage South Africa—Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam

We woke up to the sound of the ocean. It was so refreshing and perfect. The B&B was quiet except for the occasional clanking of dishes from the kitchen down the hall. We ate through a huge, delicious breakfast from our host that included a mountain of fresh fruit. She recommended a short hike that … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam

Voyage South Africa—Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay

We were already getting on another airplane after just two days in Jo’Burg. The next few days would be spent driving the Garden Route along South Africa’s southern coast. This part of the trip was added late in the game after I unearthed a mountain of information about the beautiful the coastline along the route. … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay

Voyage South Africa—Apartheid Museum and Johannesburg History

Woke up in our 2-bedroom hotel “apartment” that cost the equivalent of $75 a night. The conversion rate in SA was still blowing my mind. Breakfast by the mall set us back a mere few dollars, with the bonus of mocking “touristy” tourists outside our window as they awaited the arrival of the Big Red … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Apartheid Museum and Johannesburg History

Exploring South Africa—15 Hours to Johannesburg

South Africa has been on my mind for months. We have this local wine bar in Yorkville called Kaia that is South African-owned, and we’ve never once had a plate of food or glass of wine that wasn’t perfect (try the baked lemons). The best part about it is sitting at the bar, shamelessly exploiting … Continue reading Exploring South Africa—15 Hours to Johannesburg

Thai Basil Beef with Beet Salad & Red Veined Sorrel

July to November—that’s how long I’ll go without traveling. My estimate doesn’t include ad hoc family trips or one weekend escape to Fire Island, but my tolerance for staying put has never been good. My current level of “stir crazy” is reaching a precipitous peak and the cyclical routine of my days is palpable. South … Continue reading Thai Basil Beef with Beet Salad & Red Veined Sorrel