Making it Mexican Street Food

Mexico, despite popular misconception, is not the land of crunchy tacos, ground beef, and shredded cheddar cheese. It is the land of chili, lime, cilantro, and onion. Lime, chili, cilantro, and onion (and meat) on a tortilla are the essence of a taco. Likewise, in Mexico, lime and chili (hot sauce, especially Valentina brand) can…

Xochimilco, Mexico City

Xochimilco is known as the Venice of Mexico for its picturesque canals. It also happens to be the hometown of my wife and thus our home for the holidays during the last week of December and first week of January. The photos included here are from the streets, market, and and show my take on…

Mineral del Chico

Mineral del Chico is a small mining town in the state of Hidalgo, north of Mexico City, founded over 440 years ago. Repairs to the local church are made using nopales (cactus) as a binding agent in the construction process.           

Cupcake ATM

  Vending cupcakes at your convenience, just swipe your bank card. Sprinkles Cupcakes, 780 Lexington Ave, Upper East Side, New York, NY. 

A Walk on 36th Street

Thirty-sixth street in Manhattan is dim and hurried on a warm December evening. It isn’t neon-lit like Kerouac’s Greenwich Village or illuminated by billboards like Times Square a few steps uptown. Cutting across Midtown only two blocks north of the lights and consumer glitz of thirty-fourth street, it is tame in comparison to the shopping …

Weekend Getaway to Beacon, NY (Brooklyn North)

Beacon, New York has been described as the hippest town in the Hudson Valley. If hipness can be measured by the impressive modern art museum that drew us there, coupled with a craft beer and local restaurant scene to rival any around, I agree. It is hip, and more. Not only did the town have…

Tuxedos and Rattlesnakes

Our planned weekend getaway started with the usual New York mad rush, in this case to catch the lone Saturday morning express train from Penn Station. Once safely aboard and having taken stock of our provisions — water, check, map, check, cash, check, wallet, check (twice) — we relaxed into our seats for the one-hour…

Cabin Porn

Spotted at The Strand bookstore, seemed on topic given recent wilderness musings.

Preparing for a Weekend Camping Trip: Camp Lodging and Travel Needs (Part II)

Camp Lodging and Travel Needs This next installment in the camping gear guide is all about where you’ll be sleeping and how you’ll be getting there. That is, lodging, navigation, and campsite essentials. If you’re curious where to buy this stuff, read the first installment here, otherwise, continue onwards: The roof over your head First…

Preparing for a Camping Trip: Where to Buy Gear (Part I)

This guide will get into the where and what of getting your gear, I’ll get into more detail on how to choose the big-ticket items (boots, backpack, tent, sleeping bag, and stove) and head out on the trail in the next few posts. The solitude and fresh air of the great outdoors are much better…