Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord Park & Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

Bistro in Tadoussac

This is the second part of my journey into Quebec. Check out part one here. Sleeping under the stars and getting out on the Saguenay Fjord was exactly what I was longing for, so, after spending the previous day in La Baie and St. Rose du Nord (story here), I board the morning Maritime shuttle to Parc […]

Murphys: Hidden Gem in California

Sunset at Villa Vallecito Vineyards

Nothing excites me more when traveling than finding an off-the-beaten path gem. When I can say a destination and get a response from others like, “where is that?!” I’m in… Murphys, California proved to be that and more. The picturesque village in Calaveras County, 2.5 hours drive from San Francisco off Highway 4 East, offers […]

Cleveland’s Cuisine: The Greenhouse Tavern

The Greenhouse Tavern, Interior- Photo by: Trishna Patel

The Greenhouse Tavern. What a fitting name for the seasonlly-inspired, French gastropub I had the pleasure of dining at in downtown Cleveland’s East 4th Street. I was exhausted from my long day of traveling, but I caught the city’s contagious post-work/happy hour buzz as I enjoyed appetizers (Crispy Chicken Wings Confit with roasted jalapeños, scallions, lemon […]

Cleveland’s Cuisine: Lucky’s & Tommy’s

Lucky's Cafe, Photos by: Trishna Patel

Lucky’s cafe is a small diner tucked way in the heart of Tremont, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland. It’s a spot locals frequent in addition to “outta-towners,” privy to insider information. Named Cleveland’s best brunch in 2010, I liken the experience to gaining ” foodie street cred.” It’s hard to believe head chef and […]

Why Not Cleveland?

Gateway District- Downtown Cleveland, Photo by: Trishna Patel

“Are they over Lebron yet?” or “Isn’t that where the Cuyahoga River caught fire?” Those are the questions people asked when I told them I was taking a trip to Cleveland. Known more so for its controversy than as a tourist destination, I admit that before my trip I may have said something similar. Turns out the […]

Cleveland’s Cuisine: The West Side Market

In 2008, The Westside Market was named one of the "10 Great Public Places in America" by The American Planning Association. Photo by: Trishna Patel

Known as one of Cleveland’s National Historic Landmarks with origins dating back as early as the late 1800s, The West Side Market tells a beautiful story of how the city’s first generation of immigrants, mostly of Eastern European descent, traded their native foods and spices. It was officially dedicated in 1912 and has grown into the largest […]

11 things to see during the RNC: Tampa, Florida

Sunset in Tampa Bay

The Republican National Convention kicks off tomorrow in Tampa Bay, Florida, despite a delay in opening today due to Tropical Storm Issac. The city will be hosting nearly 2,300 delegates from all 50 states as well as 15,000 credentialed media. This is the prom of political rallies. And Tampa is prom queen. Often overshadowed by […]

Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama-City-Beach-Florida-December-2011-90

My girlfriend Natalie and I both got invited to speak on a panel in Panama City Beach, Florida, this past weekend. The topic was travel trends and how publicists/marketers can get the attention of a travel writer/editor. The hour-long presentation went really well, and instead of just flying in and out we decided to spend […]