Tuesday Travel

Brooklyn

It’s official. I’ve fallen hard and fast for Brooklyn. I know, I know. You are thinking you guys were just there in December. Well, you are right. But we made a quick trip down this past weekend to attend the wedding celebration of two dear friends. Between the festivities, we were able to squeeze in a few amazing meals. I think today’s post should be called tasty Tuesday. How much food can May eat in 48 hours? Read on and I’m sure I’ll surprise you!

 

MaisonI was able to score a table at Maison Premiere for Friday night. A table that I’m told is quite hard to come by. Every detail of this spot {located a quick 15 minute walk from The Wythe, our hotel of choice in Brooklyn} is perfection. Maison Premiere is part oyster house, part cocktail den, reminiscent of what you would find in Paris or New Orleans. Their cocktail list features an impressive collection of premium Absinthes. My drink of choice was the Walcott Express and I must say, it went down a little too smoothly.  The oyster selection was impressive and their desserts were sinfully good. I highly recommend adding Maison Premiere to your Brooklyn to-do list.

Five Leaves

Saturday morning I woke up with a wee-bit of a hangover and thus a hearty breakfast was in-order. I had researched two options for potential breakfast spots: Cafe Colette and Five Leaves. Since Colette didn’t open till 10 am {and we were up at 8 am}, we decided on Five Leaves. Again, it was a short walk from The Wythe and we arrived right before the morning rush so were able to grab a table right away. K ordered the Moroccan Scramble and I ordered the Big Brekkie with a scrabbled eggs, toast, hash browns, avocado and bacon. Oh and a side of the bruléed grapefruit. This place does breakfast right!

Oh and they have the cutest take-out window for coffee.

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I think I’ve shared this with you but I really believe I could survive on pizza. Pizza is New anorak so it only makes sense that Brooklyn would have some incredible pizza spots. While perusing my Twitter feed, I saw an endorsement for Roberta’s in Bushwick by the one and only John Krasinski. And thus, after the wedding festivities, we grabbed an Uber and off to Roberta’s we went. There was a substantial line out the door but we decided we were all-in. Thirty minutes later, we were devouring the best margarita of my life. I’m sad that I won’t be able to enjoy this on a weekly basis. Maybe one day soon…

Vinegar hill House

We ended our weekend getaway on the highest note at the most romantic spot in all of Brooklyn. Vinegar Hill House, which has been on my to-go list for quite some time. And what a time we had. We grabbed two seats at the bar, opened up our Sunday Times and savoured the most delicious brunch from the tiny kitchen of chef Mike Poiarkoff, who incorporates sustainably farmed ingredient into his dishes. The omelette with squash, goat cheese and mint was light and perfectly flavored and K’s lamb tamale special was amazing! I can’t wait to go back for dinner in their garden and sit under the cherry tree.

Wow, what a food filled weekend. I can’t wait to head back to NYC in two weeks for the Cherry Bombe Jubilee. More on that soon!

 

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Book Club

BookClub

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and read the 2015 Book of the Year… Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. This novel tells the story of Lotto and Mathilde Satterwhite. Similar to Gone Girl, it is told from 2 perspectives. His and hers. One book review I read described it as sharing the “scenes from a marriage.” And what a marriage these two had. I’ll be honest and admit the Fates part (Lotto’s story) took me a bit of time to get through. I found it dense, over written and a little boring. But Furies (Mathilde’s story) reassured me as to why this book has received so much acclaim. Give it a read and let me know what you think. I’ll leave you with two of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Please. Marriage is made of lies. Kind ones, mostly. If you give voice to the things you think every day about your spouse, you’d crush them to paste. She never lied. Just never said.”

Storytelling is a landscape, and tragedy is comedy is drama. It simply depends on how you frame what you’re seeing. “

Spring Bucket List

Spring

The sun is setting at 7 pm tonight. That must mean spring is here!

I seem to be encouraged with the change of each season to take pause and think about what I want to take place over the next couple of months. It’s all about intention and what you put in the universe. With that, I wanted to share with you a few of the items on my Spring Bucket List:

Craft. I come from a long line of crafty ladies. I know I have the ability inside of me. I just need to tap it. So this spring, I’d like to try my hand at some needlepoint work. Maybe one day I’ll be able to create a piece that looks like these.

Sweat. This seems to make all my seaonal bucket lists but I really do need to get out there and sweat. Not only for my physical health but also my mental health. Soul Cycle has opened a studio a few blocks from my apartment. I think it is about time I get myself on a bike!

Connect. April is National Letter Writing Month. With that, I am making a commitment to write a letter a day to friends near and far.

Learn. My sister and I are signed up to attend Laura Hooper’s calligraphy class in May. Hopefully Laura will get me on the lettering kick I’ve been wanting to be on.

Grow. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Wise words from Audrey Hepburn. With recent events, it is easy to become distraught about the state of the world. Last summer, we planted a small herb garden and watching our basil, thyme, mint, dill grow brought a sense of peace to my life. And thus, this spring I hope to expand our garden. I’m thinking to add a few different lettuces to the mix. Any suggestions?

I look to you to keep me accountable to these. I promise to share the highlights too!

Tuesday Travel

Tulum

As promised, today I’m excited to share all the details of our trip to Tulum, Mexico. This boho-chic beach town located on the Yucatan peninsula has been on my wanderlust list for quite some time. After last winter’s snow, I knew it was time to finally check it off the list.

Getting to Tulum is quite easy. Being a loyal  JetBlue flier, I was thrilled to see they offer a direct flight from Boston to Cancun. Once in Cancun, we arranged for a car to take us on the hour and a half drive. Tulum was much larger than I expected. Upon turning onto the beach road, our hotel was a good twenty minutes down the road. It’s funny, one side is beachy. One side is the jungle. And the temperature  changes just crossing the street.

While in Tulum, getting around is a breeze. There are plenty of cabs and it’s an easy walk on the beach or the main beach road to get to many a destination {except the ruins and cenote}. Several hotels offer free bikes. Sadly, ours was not one of them but there were several bike rental spots along the beach road. One word of caution: there are few lights on the beach road at night so a flashlight is a must.

As for money, plan on having pesos or American dollars on hand as several restaurants do not take credit cards.

Stay

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After much debate, we decided to stay at Coqui Coqui. Every detail of this 6-room hideaway is perfection.  We stayed in Room #5 with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea, a hammock, a giant tub and one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. Coqui Coqui is an eco-friendly resort, which basically means no air conditioning. At night, we fell asleep to a gentle breeze coming through our windows and the sound of the ocean. It reminded me of those nights sleeping on the beach in my late teens. And the sunrise from our room… there are no words. The Mayans originally called this beach town Zama or The City of Dawn, which was evident on our first morning!

Coqui, which opened in 2003, is certainly more than a hotel. Founded by Italian designer Francesca Bonato and her Argentine model partner Nicolas Malleville, Coqui Coqui is an experience for all your senses. These two thought of every detail when creating this oasis and used the coconut trees and the white sand beaches as their inspiration.From the limestone stairs leading to our room to the scent of coco in the room, Coqui Coqui embodies all that is Tulum. Even if you don’t stay here, I recommend you take a walk down the beach and experience this little piece of heaven.

I should note they have a small dining area and offer breakfast and lunch till about 6 pm. I recommend the morning granola and for an afternoon snack, ceviche. Their place settings are everything. I wish I could have bought a bowl to bring home with me.

Do

Cenote

Before Tulum, I had never heard of a cenote. If you haven’t either, allow me to provide a brief definition: A cenote is a swimming hole in the jungle that is formed from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. All the locals we talked to said a visit to a cenote is a must.

We decided to visit the Grand Cenote, which was a quick 30 minute cab ride from the hotel. The Mayans believed a cenote was a place of worship and used these sacred wells as a way to communicate with the gods. After snorkeling throughout these caves, I completely agree it is a spiritual experience. A perfect place to escape the jungle heat.

There are literally hundreds of cenotes in the area so do a little bit of research and decide which one is the right one for you.

ruins

The second thing the locals told us not to miss… a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins. One piece of advice: pack your swimsuit. There is a set of stairs to the right of the ruins that take you down to the beach where you get the most incredible view.

The one thing we didn’t have time to partake in was a spa treatment. There is a beautiful spa at Coqui Coqui but we also discovered The Yaan Wellness Center. Should I ever find myself back in Tulum, I assure you I will schedule a relaxation session here.

Shop

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The shopping in Tulum did not disappoint. A few places not to miss include:

La Troupe – Pictured above, this was my favorite boutique along the beach road. Their selection of hand-embroidered pillow cases made it nearly impossible to leave with just one.

LOL – A tiny boutique tucked inside the restaurant Posada Margaretia. This is the place to find the perfect beach cover-up or the softest t-shirt to remember my favorite place in Tulum.

Coqui Coqui Perfumeria – The ultimate sensory experience. We were first introduced to the amazing scents upon check-in at our hotel. Our room was filled with their diffusers and as a welcome gift, we received an assortment of perfumes, lotions and shampoos. With thirteen scents to chose from, it made it quite difficult to decide on a scent. K chose the ever popular Tabaco and I chose the Neroli Negro. A visit to Tulum isn’t complete without visiting this perfumeria on the beach.

Eat and Drink

Hartwood

Tulum was made for food lovers! With each meal, we were more blown away. Not only was the food amazing but every detail of the experience: from the wooden menus to the tables and chairs.  The inspiration was endless. Our favorites include:

Hartwood – Pictured above, this was the one place everyone said not to miss. Since they don’t take reservations, our one and only time to go was Sunday night. So, after quite a bit of research I decided my tactic was this. Get in-line at 12 noon {patrons typically line up at 1 pm for reservations} to be the first in-line to get our names on the list. Within 30 minutes, one of the line cooks {Austin} came over and said “typically people do line up for another hour or so.” To which I replied, “I know. Tonight is our only chance to eat here and I really want to so I am ok waiting.” A few minutes later he said, “how many are in your party?” I said two and he said we will see you at 5:30 pm. Let me tell you, I would have waited three hours for the meal we had. The jicama salad, octopus, robalo fish and cheese gelato were worth all the hype. In my top five dining experiences!

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Posada Margherita – This place, which is pictured above is a place I’ll remember forever. Go and you’ll see why. We loved breakfast so much we went twice. Although we didn’t make it to dinner, all the reviews are outstanding. I’ve missed the pink flamingo juice since we’ve been home.

gitano

Gitano – A bar in the jungle with amazing craft cocktails and a huge disco ball? How could you not want to go here. Gitano is literally across the street from Coqui Coqui so it is easy to stumble home after a few too many mezcal cocktails. Their chocolate mint sorbet is also quite delicious!

Taqueria La eufemia – Tacos on the beach. Need I say more. A quick 5 minute walk from Coqui Coqui, my only regret was that we found it on our last day.

Be Tulum – Be Tulum was our second choice of lodging for our trip. We knew we wanted to experience the hotel and thus decided to go for breakfast before visiting the ruins. The restaurant, set on the beach, is picturesque. We both had a delicious juice and I decided on the eggs benedict. One of the best I’ve ever had.

We also enjoyed Casa Jaguar and Casa Banana and a little taco stand MI Tierra.

Tulum was everything we hoped it would be! The perfect place to unwind. Planning a trip there, do let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to help. And if you’d like to see more pictures from our trip, feel free to visit my Instagram page.

Movie Monday

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Happy Monday, dear readers! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent a bit of time Saturday morning glued to Netflix devouring Love, a hysterical new series co-created by Judd Apatow that was released mid-February. This first season follows Mickey {played by Gillian Jacobs} and Gus {played by Paul Rust} as they navigate the twisty road to courtship. And while technically it’s not a movie, if you binge watch it like me, it’s like watching a movie and a half. For anyone who has endured the dating game in recent time, this series will make you smile. And while it is quite similar to Masters of None, it does touch upon some dark and disturbing truths. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

And if you are interested in what Vanity Fair had to say about the show, you can read the review here.

Found

Found

Happy Friday, friends! Any fun plans this weekend? My book club ladies are getting together for high tea on Sunday to discuss Fates and Furies. I’ll have a full book report for you next week.

Remember when I shared this found item with you last fall? Truthis, I did love the natural deodorant but didn’t like having to apply it with my fingers so overtime I returned to my Dove {filled with terrible toxins}. That was until I read this blog post introducing me to Agent Nateur. I ordered a stick immediately and luckily it arrived last Friday just in-time for our trip to Mexico. I used it everyday and was shocked by how well it worked. And while the price tag is a little high {$19}, my health is worth it. Looking to try a new and natural deodorant, this week’s found item will be your next favorite thing. I promise.

Travel

Travel

Hi there! Hope you’ve had a great week. We returned last night from Tulum and what a time we had. I can’t wait to share our trip in next week’s Tuesday Travel post.

I seem to have developed an airport ritual as of late. I print out my boarding pass {yes, I still like a paper copy}, get myself through the security line and hit up the closest Hudson News to pick up Conde Nast Traveler. I know, I know. I should get myself a subscription to save some cash. But the truth is, I fear it will get destroyed going through the post, as so many of my magazines do.

Anywho… this month’s Traveler includes an important message. The importance of travel in these uncertain times. Editor and Chief Pilar Guzman, gets personal in her beautiful Editor’s Letter and over twenty global influencers share theirs in a thought provoking piece, featuring an inspiring essay by author Elizabeth Gilbert, who recounts her time in a tiny fishing island in the middle of Indonesia. As she says, “you’ll be amazed by what the world gives back to you.”

After last fall’s Paris attacks, we questioned canceling our upcoming trip in May. And ultimately we decided that the risk is worth the reward. Growing up on a small island thirty miles out to sea, I was anxious early on in my life to travel. But after my divorce, I decided to throw fear to the wind and open up my eyes {and heart} to the world. For me, travel taught me to love again. And that is why I believe it’s so important to continue to travel whether it be across state lines or to the most remote far away island. Each journey will fill you with so much love. You’ll never be the same again.

Here are a few of my favorites reasons cited in the article:

“Traveling enables us to see the world through the eyes of someone else, and to undestand their aspirations and assumptions. It’s about empathy, which is not only important to the work of our diplomats but to all of us as we seek to understand different cultures as well as our own.” Secretary of State John Kerry

“To understand what’s going on in the world, you have to see the world.” Aerin Lauder

“Travel unlocks a world of flavor.” Chef Marcus Samuelson

 

 

Found

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As you may guess, this week’s found item was chosen while putting together my packing list for Mexico. In the fine print for our hotel, they encourage guests to wear a cover-up while walking through the property, which means I needed to find a new one. And naturally, my first stop was J.Crew. I originally purchased the navy gingham one but decided to keep it classic and order the chambray.

Please do follow along with me on Instagram by searching #awaywithmay. Maybe I’ll just try to recreate this pose for you 😉 Oh and good news for you… this tunic is 25% off today. Yet another reason to pick one up for yourself.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next Thursday!

Image Credit: J.Crew

Two Sleeps

Beach Please

Hello, hello! It’s been a long week. And you know why? We leave for vacation Saturday morning. My countdown began the first of the year and now I can finally say I only have two more sleeps till  the beach!

You may be wondering where we are off to. Well, let me tell you. We are heading to Tulum, Mexico. We were tossing around a bunch of destinations: Costa Rica, the DR, Panama. We decided on Tulum for a few reasons. First, its been on my bucket list for quite some time. Second, the flight is super easy. Direct to on JetBlue to Cancun followed by a quick hour drive to heaven. And third, we found this room, which ultimately sealed the deal.

So, I’ve gotta ask. Have you been to Tulum? Any musts? I can’t wait to share all the details with you upon our return!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for this week’s found item.

Post

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Hi. My name is Maybeth. And I’m a paperholic. A few weeks back, I shared my commitment to the Write On Campaign and my intention to write 30 letters in April in honor of National Letterwriting Month. And while my donation earned me 10 beautiful cards, I had to find some additional resources. And that’s when I uncovered POST by Katie Leamon.

You all know about Birtchbox, right? Essentially POST is the same thing but with paper goods. Each month, subscribers receive a package of beautiful paper goods, hand selected by the team at Katie Leamon. And if you aren’t familiar with Katie Leamon, let me tell you, you should be. The brand launched 5 years ago, is based in London, and is a reflection of Katie’s love of typography, stationery and vintage curiosities. Just look at the products below… perfection! Katie’s goal with POST was simple: to reintroduce the magic of a hand written letter and evoke the the joy in receiving a surprise parcel in the post, which can then be shared as you pass on the pleasure of the hand written word.

March is the first month that POST will be shipping to the US. I am anxiously awaiting my first package. And remember, if you want to receive a letter from me in April, please leave a comment below.

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Image Credits: POST by Katie Leamon