Why I Love Seattle: A Mini-Doc on the City of the Century

From a burgeoning city to a mecca for creativity and innovation, Seattle has truly grown up over the past few decades. In this video, local artists, entrepreneurs, and restaurant owners share the reasons they love Seattle. The Blossoming of the City of Flowers Seattle is known as the ‘City of Flowers,’ and perhaps that is […]

The Absolute Top Ten Best Things to Do in Seattle (The City of the Century)

Prior to moving to Seattle in 1996, I’d lived in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, and had traveled to many of the major cities of the world. By comparison, Seattle seemed beautiful, but small, provincial, and a little isolated…a pre-teen of a city. Cities From The Air # 13 A […]

When Is a Restaurant More Than Just a Restaurant?

My friends Wassef and Racha Haroun are both from Syria, with roots throughout the Middle East, though they have lived in the US for over two decades. They feel they are “hybrids,” a fairly uncommon group of people who has a deep understanding of and gratitude for both Levantine and Western cultures. Both left the […]

Seattle: Raising the Mbar

Seattle is the city of the century–at once kinetic, pioneering, progressive, and original. The latest, greatest bloom in the City of Flowers is the highly acclaimed supper club in the sky, Mbar. This is THE place to view all of Seattle, in the warmest ambience, the most exciting seats, and over a breathtaking meal and […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: East Nusa Tenggara

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense of […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: Jamaica

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense of […]

Microsoft’s ‘Mungo Park’ has 20-year Anniversary

I can’t believe it, but it’s the 20th anniversary of Mungo Park! What’s Mungo Park you ask? A bit of history for you and a look at how far travel journalism has come…With the explosion of the Internet in the mid-1990s, Microsoft launched its own version of “virtual expeditions on the World Wide Web.” The software […]

The Howard Schultz Interview: “Why I Love Seattle”

Howard Schultz has been in the news a lot lately. He was on the short list for Hillary’s pick as Vice President (could that have made a difference?). Last week he announced he would step down as CEO on April 3, handing over to his personally selected successor the management of the company he built […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: Indonesia

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense of […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: Albania

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense of […]