Category: United States

Menu for the Last Supper, Chelsea Edition

The Last Supper menu: Is that a baked potato or a dinner roll? This image of the Last Supper is on display at Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bermard Church on West 14 Street in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini. http://bashfuladventurer.com #BashfulAdventurer

What Did Jesus Eat? Almost as interesting as observing how Jesus Christ is depicted in art (some places, he’s a white guy who looks a bit like a hippie; sometimes he is a Viking; sometimes he is shorter and a…

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Churches of New York City: Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bernard

The colorful fence at Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bernard Church on West 14 Street in New York City beckons visitors. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Spiritual Sanctuary on West 14 Street, Manhattan The bluish-greenish gates of a church on West 14 capture the attention of the Brawny Sherpa and me as we are heading vaguely back uptown after a visit to the High Line in…

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The Best ‘No Soliciting’ Sign Ever

Seen on the Jonathan Archer house in Salem, Mass.: The best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever. It reads: “No soliciting; we are too broke to buy anything; we already know who we are voting for, we have found Jesus, seriously, unless you are selling thin mints, please go away!” Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seen in Salem Found on an entry to a house built in Salem around 1710 by Jonathan Archer, cordwainer, is the best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever—unless you are selling thin mints, do not knock! For the curious, cordwainers made shoes.…

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Seeing Salem in a Single Day

How to Make the Most of Limited Time in Witch City An extemporaneous trip to Salem gives us an adventure to look forward to—quickly—but it also means that we are too late to book a hotel in Salem itself. No…

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Side Yard to Table at Bedford’s Truck

Food miles—the distance food travels from farm to plate—seem to be kept to a minimum at Truck restaurant in Bedford, N.Y. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

There is something blissful about sitting beneath the Truck sign in the dining room of the restaurant of the same name in Bedford, N.Y. and looking out the window at the garden where some of my lunch comes from. I…

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In-N-Out Burger: Real Food Fast Food

Curious about In-N-Out Burger, two travelers make an effort to eat at one.

Worth a Detour in Santa Rosa or Anywhere What inspires me to make an effort to find an In-N-Out Burger during our short stay in California is the penchant of actors to swing by on Oscars night. Who can’t relate…

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Where to Stay in Danbury: Hotel Zero Degrees

Open space, natural lighting, a fireplace, and plenty of workspace and outlets are all part of the functional charm of Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sustainable, Affordable, Super Cool: What’s Not to Like? Travelers with reason to visit Danbury, Conn. (right on the border of both Westchester and Putnam counties in New York) might look into a stay at Hotel Zero Degrees, which opened in…

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Puparazzi in Pursuit

Paparazzi Dogs in Greenwich Village, New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

New York City Street Art Makes the Viewer its Focus Sculptures of photographers doggedly pursuing their subject—so much so that they have developed snouts and floppy ears—are positioned at the intersection of West Eighth Street, Avenue of the Americas, and…

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Overnight at the Hotel Azura

The Hotel Azura in Santa Rosa, Calif. has the feel of an old-fashioned motor hotel--but with a contemporary twist. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Convenience in a Boutique Hotel in Santa Rosa   Long having implemented a one-night-luxe, one-night-budget approach to travel, the Brawny Sherpa and I find ourselves briefly in Santa Rosa, Calif. for an overnight that is going to be on the…

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A Food Truck Worth Making a Destination in Petaluma

The tacos at the El Dorado Mexican Grill food truck at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds worth making a special visit. Seriously. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Wonders of the El Dorado Mexican Grill Food Truck Should you find yourself road-tripping from San Francisco to places north on Highway 101, make it a point to stop for a snack, lunch, anything at the El Dorado Mexican Grill…

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