The Big Leap: 5 Reasons I Left the U.S. for London

This new life chapter of mine is an insane one. Earlier this summer I said “ciao” to the USA- my assigned birthplace- for London, UK, the truest home in my heart. People who know me know how infatuated I am with this city, lovestruck ever since I studied abroad here in 2008. I’ll save my…

LondonLife: The Hundred Foot Journey Gala Screening (with Helen Mirren)!

I had a stroke of London luck Wednesday, winning tickets to see the Helen Mirren-fronted UK gala premiere of “The Hundred Foot Journey.” It’s a Steven Spielberg and Oprah-produced film, and I discovered they both appeared at the New York City premiere a few weeks prior. Could you imagine if they came to London?! I,…

Trip Essentials: 6 Must-Have (and Free) Apps for Every Traveler

While it’s exciting to discover a growing market of trendy, trick-heavy travel apps- one can now book private jet flights with apps such as BlackJet and PrivateFly- we still wonder: what are the excellent, practical apps suitable for all travelers?  From the business exec to the budget backpacker, these tried-and-true apps are the definitive finds for every…

Insider’s London: Albion Cafe, Shoreditch

In a Nutshell: A trendy resto in a very trendy area that surprisingly delivers on food quality (and spectator fashion). Best For: People-Gawking, Al Fresco Dining/Drinking, Artsy Types, Hipsters & The People Who Love Them, British Dining, Brunch Neighborhood: Shoreditch There’s the Boundary Hotel and its posh rooftop bar above…and the members-only Shoreditch House across…

Insider’s London: Ottolenghi, Belgravia

(Pictured: Yotam Ottolenghi, the international chef-God himself) In a Nutshell: Yotam’s smallest, most charming London branch of stunning daily-changing dishes & sweets Best For: Gourmands, Sweet Tooth Bandits, Luxe Lovers, Posh Diners, Party of 2, Aspiring Chefs, Intimate Experiences Neighborhood: Belgravia You know it’s real love once you return the 2nd time and your heart…

Insider’s London: The Proud Archivist

In a Nutshell: A hip, multipurpose canal-side space in East London with prime surroundings (and people-watching) Best for: Hipsters & the People Who Love Them, Al Fresco Drinking/Dining, Artsy-Smartsy Types, Minimalist Enthusiasts, People-Gawking, Style Mavens, View Seekers Neighborhood: Haggerston Being everything to everyone seldom works for an independent business, but it’s surely worked in The…

Bug-Eating in London, and Other Life Lessons

 Image Credit: @wilkes888 I know…you probably think I’m nuts. I can just feel that smoldering energy of judgment piercing through your laptop/smartphone device. Honestly, I’m not sure what came over me a few days ago, but when I saw a London listing for a pop-up insect tasting near St. Paul’s, I was thrilled to try…