There’s no arguing mommy bloggers are the reigning queens of the blogosphere. Between sharing their personal roller-coaster rides of daily family life, many also like to travel—far far away it turns out. We asked some of our favorites mom bloggers to tell us where they like to decamp with their families this time of year—and keep their sanity:
I love Puerto Rico. It's close enough to home but exotic enough to feel like it's the other side of the world.
—Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. Tagline: “Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.” Lawson also co-authors the Houston Chronicle’s Good Mom/Bad Mom, and her book "Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A (Mostly) True Memoir," about her charming if bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, debuted earlier this year. Follow her @TheBloggess.
LONDON and PARIS
We usually head to Europe at Spring Break—although the weather can be iffy, Springtime isn't too hot and it's not as crowded as it is in the summer. Last year we went to London and Paris.
Just a few months into the opening of his rustic Italian trattoria, owner and chef Frank Prisinzano's (who also runs Frank, Lil’ Frankies, and Supper) temple to meat—and, of course, Italian red sauce—is enjoying some well-seasoned buzz. His passion for tomatoes (recent tweet: “Tomatoes are thought to originate in Peru. The name comes from the Aztec “xitomatl,” which means “plump thing with navel.”) almost surpasses his love of the animal, all of the animal. The snout-to-tail restaurant even has an in-house butcher, who flashes his knives in front of a sidewalk-facing window. Call it culinary performance art. You can also buy cuts to go. And sandwiches, too, at the take-out window.
Sauce, 78 Rivington St., Lower East Side, New York City; (212) 420-7700.
Adrien Glover is deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.
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Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Downtown New York's got a thing for taxidermy these days. From Freemans, the hipster restaurant tucked at the end of a Lower East Side alleyway, to Bedlam, the Alphabet City bar done up like a Victorian-style mental hospital, it's hard to escape a moose head.
But the "urban jungle" look has also crossed over to private homes. Stars like Anderson Cooper and Amy Sedaris turn to artist and collector Sean Scherer—and evidently you can, too. Sean and his business partner Rick Gilbert just celebrated the first birthday of Kabinett & Kammer, a one-of-a-kind shop that's set up like a small museum full of mint-condition taxidermy (everything from zebras to flamingos) to vintage medical equipment and zoological diagrams.
In this new GloboMaestro video, a downtown insider from The Bowery Hotel takes us inside this unique East Village treasure trove.
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It’s pop-up galore these days, but this one caught our eye: From Apr. 4–17, British Airways will host FlightBA2012 in Shoreditch. The event is a culmination of last year’s airline-sponsored search to find three “Great Britons,” rising stars from different creative fields. Their mentors? Celeb chef Heston Blumenthal, YBA Tracey Emin, and actor/writer/director Richard E. Grant.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: New Yorkers—and Travel + Leisure staff—are abuzz over Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. While getting a reservation may be tough in the wake of its recent three-star rating by the New York Times, we recommend putting this new Nolita restaurant fast earning a reputation for its earthy, if-I-can’t-be-in-Italy-this-is-the-next-best-thing on your must-try list. Specialties include housemade salumi and lusty dishes such as spaghetti alla bottarga; fresh ricotta with roasted beets, white grapefruit and pistachios; and slow-roasted short rib panini with gorgonzola and onion agrodolce. T+L’s own Kate Appleton had this to say about her lunch there last week: "I went in a group, so we sampled widely, and the decadent small plates just kept coming. Even seemingly simple, familiar stuff like the ricotta wowed me, and then there was the rabbit—my new favorite fried food."
Thanks to our video partner GloboMaestro, Carry On readers can have a vicarious taste of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. Join Laura Cooper Brown from The Bowery Hotel as she introduces us to Downtown New York’s hottest table.
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If you live outside the Sun Belt, chances are you’re ready for spring—for warmth, more daylight, and let’s face it, a little color thank you. If you live in the Northeast, there’s a fix on the horizon: The Philadelphia International Flower Show, which opens at the city’s convention center this Sunday, March 4, and runs through March 11, 2012. And this year’s theme—Hawaii: Islands of Aloha—is a sure tonic for the winter-weary craving a dose of the tropics.
It’s not your average aphrodisiac. Pulque—the frothy, vitamin-rich, rough-around-the-edges beverage made from fermented Maguey sap—has been the drink of gods and mortals in Mexico for over 1,000 years. This less sophisticated cousin to tequila is also a “must imbibe” concoction for those wanting to conceive.
Today, as part of our special love-inspired V-Day video series with GloboMaestro, we’re featuring a sexy subterranean watering hole that pours pulque by the pitcher. And, it’s in the unlikeliest of places—New York City’s Chinatown. This romantic spot also turns out some really authentic food, too. Don’t miss sharing a bowl of the sikil pak, a Mayan pumpkin seed dip served with housemade tortilla chips.
11 Doyers Street (Bowery & Doyers)
It’s often described as the Olympics of the Food World. Entering its 26th edition in 2013, the Bocuse D’Or—a biennial competition started by one of the fathers of French cooking, Paul Bocuse, that brings together the best chefs in a country, and then the world—is one of the great culinary honors.
This year, the top toque award at the U.S.A. competition went to Chef Richard Rosendale The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. On Sunday, at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Rosendale—who’s one of only 66 Master Chefs in the country—dazzled the judges’ taste buds with a version of D'Artagnan Winter Chicken Preparations. It's hard not get hungry reading Chef Rosendale's description:
In January, it’ll be two years since Haiti suffered the ravages of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Life there since has not been easy—some 1.5 million Haitians still live in tents, daily routines, health, and education are still impacted by severe lack of infrastructure, and tourism has all but evaporated. As of today, there are only 500 hotel rooms in the Caribbean country's capital city. But that’s about to change.
At T+L, we’ve long been covering the travel app space, and admittedly take a special shine to products that make our trips (and yours!) a little easier—and more fun.
Enter Gogobot’s spanking-new mobile app for the iPhone. Out today, the free iOS app replicates the Gogobot experience, a social travel network that seamlessly integrates with Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter allowing friends to share travel advice and information on the go. Layer on easy access to personalized trip plans created on Gogobot.com, a GPS-enabled “what’s nearby” geo-search feature for restaurants, bars, shops, etc., plus nifty digital postcard capabilities, and you have a pretty powerful travel resource in the palm of your hands.