Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's Almost Restaurant Week in NYC: Starts July 11

It's the summer event we salivate for: Restaurant Week! There's a reason it's in its 20th year.

Here's the link to this year's fabulous line-up.

You can also get a $20 American Express statement credit if you dine out three times and use your card at participating restaurants.

Friday, June 24, 2011

BeerMenus Pub Crawl: this weekend, June 25 and 26

Talking about music always makes me think about beer (unless I'm at a classical concert, of course). Beer Month is next month, but there's one event this weekend that's pretty wonderful. Ever since my trip to Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden last October, I've fallen in love with German beers.

Hope to see you at this German Beer crawl sponsored by from 12pm-8pm on either Saturday or Sunday. The crawl visits 12 bars with outdoor seating in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, and we'll sip one German-style beer at each. It's a great chance to check out some new places.

Here's the full list of participating pubs: Berry Park, Breukelen Bier Merchants, Bushwick Country Club, The Gibson, Loreley, LuckyDog, Mugs Ale House, Pencil Factory, Second Chance Saloon, Shayz Lounge, tbd, and Veronica Peoples Club. There'lll be some food, too, including BBQ and the requisite bratwurst (so happy!). Tickets are $30. The meeting point is Mug’s Ale House , 125 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn (near the Bedford Ave. L stop).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rap Guide to Evolution -- A Play You MUST See by Baba Brinkman

Last May, I saw a one-man show that knocked my socks off, the beyond-creative Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman performing "The Rap Guide to Evolution." I was very sad that it had a limited run. The good news is that it's back. You MUST see this show. You've never seen anything like it -- it's brilliant. And it's scientific, although I'm not sure what Charles Darwin would think.

Take a look at Baba as he raps about creating the show:

Performances are now through October 2, Tuesday-Friday, 8pm; Sunday at 7:30pm (call to confirm) at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street,2 12-691-1555. Ticket info.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Music Songs and Travel: Here Come the Beatles

Yesterday's music post about twitter singups got me wanting more music (after all, I'm a pianist and a concert junkie).... I've enlisted the assistance of fellow musician, writer, and concert-goer Ron Grelsamer, M.D. to apply his music expertise to the travel world. Travel and Food Notes welcomes Dr. Grelsamer!

“Back in the U.S.S.R. shouts Condé Nast Traveler’s travel to Russia article.

The fact is, Beatles song titles and lyrics are commonly found in travel articles – some more subtle than others. “Get Bach” exhorts a classical music tour of Germany. Would you like to hike in Uzbekistan? It’s a “Long and Winding Road.” Not easy, but I did it “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

A one day excursion? “Day Tripper.”

Need to rent a car? “Baby, You Can Drive My Car.”

Going to Las Vegas? “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Noisy hotel? “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Winging it? “I’ll Follow the Sun.” Troublesome Customs – “We Can Work It Out.” Problems in Africa: “I read the news today, oh boy.”

Sunny climes? “Here Comes the Sun.” Spectacular tour full of surprises – you guessed it – “The Magical Mystery Tour” (or “Tomorrow Never Knows”).

Sending your daughter off on a tour of Europe? “She’s Leaving Home” (alternate: “Your Mother Should Know.”)

Finally, Ad Astra, the Space magazine, discusses private flights into Space: “Two Entrepreneurs Have Your Ticket to Ride in Space” - the perfect combination of the ‘60s biggest adventures – Space and the Beatles.

(Ron has written Into the Sky with Diamonds, the history of the Beatles and the Race to the Moon,

P.S. Don’t expect the songs “Flying” or “Yellow Submarine” to show up on a travel article any time soon. “Across the Universe” may have to wait a little.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Twitter Singups around the World: Social Media Brilliance from Paul Steele

Social media is alive and well -- so so so much creativity and idea generation out there. Having just returned from TBEX in Vancouver and followed the marketing genius from the 140 Characters conference, I am definitely inspired. Here's one of the most imaginative examples I've seen of late, from social media guru Paul Steele, the Bald Hiker. Wish you had been at TBEX so we could have met in person.

PS Follow me on Twitter at @merylpearlstein.

Click here and enjoy.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Share Your Favorite Travel Secret for a Chance to Win a Trip to Marrakech.....and More

Here's where you'll find the details, on my friend, the Brooklyn Nomad's blog

I've submitted my best travel secret -- it's about Marblehead, Massachusetts. Are you surprised?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Perfect Travel Gift -- The Traveler's Collection

One of the best parts of traveling is finding distinctive souvenirs that conjure up the experiences from vacation. The airline industry’s restrictions have made it especially difficult for travelistas to bring back reminders of favorite trips, but The Traveler’s Collection helps solve that problem. On this new website, you can peruse and purchase distinctive pieces from artisans around the globe, evoking both style and origin. You’ll also feel a philanthropic and personal connection by purchasing here, as the site supports local artisans seeking to better their lives by selling their crafts, and you can read their individual profiles. Five percent of the site’s net revenues are donated toward supporting Vital Voices, an organization that empowers women entrepreneurs.

Here are some of our favorite finds (not all may be available):

Housewarming gift: Moroccan Tea Glasses - $30; African Earth Wire Baskets - $17

For the kids: Bead and Wire Elephant-$26 ; Small Babushka Doll-$14

For the traveler: Day drifter half flap - $125

For the fashionista: The Empress's Large Cuff - $425; Pamela Sandals -- $100

More NYC Travel and Food Tips

Just a quick note -- you can read more of my tips about NYC (all boroughs and Brooklyn) at Hope you enjoy them!