What Anthony Bourdain meant to the world

This is the second time I’ve had to write something this in less than a month, following Scott Hutchison’s death in May. Someone who I’d never met, yet had a profound impact on my life, has taken theirs. Anthony Bourdain is the patron saint of most every traveler, especially those of us who write & […]

A visit to Sao Jorge Castle & Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s rich history can be found around any corner, but it’s in the famous Alfama district where it really comes to life. Sao Jorge Castle is the centerpiece of the neighborhood, looking down across it and the rest of the city from high on a hill. No visit to Lisbon is complete without a day […]

The best craft beer in Stockholm, Sweden

With over a week to spend in Stockholm, I was excited to check out the city’s craft beer scene. It’s a large city with a good core of cool, trendy people, so naturally there are a ton of good places to drink craft beer there. I was able to hit nearly all the places on […]

A day trip from Porto to Guimarães, Portugal

If you’re looking for a great day trip from Porto, the beautiful medieval town of Guimarães is just 25 miles away, making it a perfect escape from the city. Guimarães is one of the most important places in Portuguese history, and thus it makes for a beautiful, but educational day trip. The journey to start your day […]

The best craft beer in Porto, Portugal

Let’s face it, if you’ve gone to Porto to drink, you’ve gone there for one thing only: port. But if you’re tired of port tasting in Porto, the city also has a few good craft beer bars. Here are my favorite places to drink craft beer in Porto. The best craft beer in Porto, Portugal […]

The guide to port tasting in Porto, Portugal

While there are many great reasons to visit the beautiful city of Porto, port tasting is a must-do. The city’s position at the mouth of the Douro River has made it the home of dozens of port houses. The grapes are grown upriver in the Douro Valley, which is worthy of a visit itself in […]

On music, travel, Frightened Rabbit, & Scott Hutchison

The first time I saw Frightened Rabbit play live, I was traveling. It was at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2010. The Scottish band was playing on some minuscule side stage in an area with a bunch of trees, but it didn’t matter. They filled that forest with sound. Singer Scott Hutchison poured his heart into […]

A guide to the Francesinha: Porto’s favorite sandwich

Every great city needs a great sandwich. Porto, Portugal has one that might be one of the greatest sandwiches in the world: the francesinha. The francesinha is an absolute gut-buster of a sandwich. This is not a sandwich you eat if all you want is a light snack. The francesinha is for when you want […]

A day trip from Lisbon to Évora, Portugal

Portugal is filled with beautiful historic towns & cities. Thanks to being a small country, it’s easy to access many of them on a day trip if you are staying in major city. The medieval town of Évora is located less than two hours away from Lisbon, making it perfect for a day trip. I began […]

How to have a Harry Potter & JK Rowling experience in Porto, Portugal

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling lived in Porto, Portugal during the early 1990s. During this time period, she created an outline of what would eventually become the full set of Harry Potter books, while also beginning work on the first book. As with most writers, Rowling was inspired by her surroundings. Within Porto, it’s possible […]

The best craft beer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a drinking city. For a long time, that has meant large quantities of macro American beers have been consumed, particularly at Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates games. However, Pittsburgh is gradually growing an increasingly robust craft beer scene. A few initial pioneers have led to more and more new breweries being opened, with the […]

The Club at Pittsburgh International Airport review

Lounge options in Pittsburgh have been lacking in the past, but that has all changed with the new The Club at Pittsburgh International Airport. Back in September, I reviewed the temporary location that The Club had opened while the new permanent lounge was under construction. While that lounge wasn’t perfect, I was intrigued to see […]

Swissport Horizon Lounge Geneva Airport GVA review

On my way to Portugal, I had yet another connection, this time in Geneva, Switzerland. I had a little over an hour in the airport. There are three Priority Pass lounges right near each other in the Geneva Airport, so I decided to make a speed run of all three. They are located upstairs from […]