What to do with Fido in Dog Friendly Portland Maine

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Portland Maine has earned a huge reputation for three major things, a foodie paradise, craft beer everywhere, and being exceptionally dog friendly. All of these are well deserved and make for a great trip. What to do with Bowser Casco Bay Mail Boat The Casco Bay Mail boat is a great way to get out and see the water and islands in the bay and is very dog friendly. You need to buy a ticket […]

The Perfect Day in Hvar, Croatia

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So you have only 24 or 36 hours in Hvar, Croatia? No problem, I have the perfect itinerary for making the most of your day.  We visited Hvar for my 30th Birthday as part of a Croatia visit and I have to admit, was curious, but not super excited about what I thought would be a very “Girls Gone Wild” or Ibiza crowd. Hvar ended up exceeding my expectations in pretty much every regard.  7:45AM […]

The Best Food and Music at Governor’s Ball

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After spending the last two years at Delaware’s Firefly Festival, we decided to play closer to home this year and try out the quickly growing Governor’s Ball on Randall’s Island in NYC. Once our friends at the Infatuation announced that they were curating this year’s food “playlist”, it was a no brainer. So which food and bands were the best? Streets of Laredo The funky folk fanfare of Streets of Laredo opened up the day. […]

How I Plan Vacation

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With our trip to Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro in two weeks, our planning is nearly done. It seemed like a good time to explain the insane process we use to plan our trips. The last few trips we took, including our car delivery in Germany and driving around Lake Como, as well as my wife’s birthday trip to Hong Kong and Singapore, had us scheduling our itineraries down to the hour. While this approach […]

New York 80X20, the Craft Beer Initiative that is Rightfully Doomed to Fail

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While touring the hip new Long Island City craft brewery scene this weekend, we noticed a sign at the small Big Alice brewery that we couldn’t make sense of. We tried mathematical permutations, counting the breweries in the area, checking the legal blood alcohol level in New York, and finally googling it, but all to no avail. Finally we asked the bar keep who explained it was an initiative to get New York bars to […]

The best breweries in Brooklyn and Queens for craft beer

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Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer and the official start of outdoor brewery season. When the garage doors of Brooklyn open up and the farmhouse ales deprecate the boys from the men. It’s a magical time, and to celebrate, I toured the new craft beer scene in Brooklyn and Queens (LIC) to see how these boroughs stack up. Surprisingly, I think Queens was the winner for taste and authenticity. Here are my findings […]

Brooklyn Half Recap

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Sometimes the goal for a run isn’t a new record, a new distance, or even the medal. Sometimes just finishing a race is all you can aim for. In the past, marathons have typically had this goal for me, but after injuring my foot, all I wanted to do was cross the finish line alive in the Brooklyn Half. Thanks to my running buddy Rebecca, I had someone to help get me through some of […]

Belfast Without Fasting

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Belfast is a city with a troubled past, a glamorous scene, beautiful people and supercars like the DeLorean. It’s basically Bruce Wayne. Since the violence of the “Troubles” has eased, Belfast has come into it’s own quietly with an amazing restaurant and bar scene.  Even the New York Times has discovered the resurgence of this city with a new 36 Hours in Belfast feature in January featuring some of the local hotspots and landmarks. Armed with […]

Belfast on the Run

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My second marathon, one where you can wake up at 8:45 and make the start, and the best places to eat for preparation and recovery in the beautiful and not-too-distantly troubled city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. When I finished the NYC marathon last November, I knew I could do better. Four hours of standing around before the start in freezing wind, too much tapering, and first marathon nerves meant I finished, but wasn’t very happy […]

Running with an Injury

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Running injuries are apparently very common with over half of all runners coming down with at least one injury a year. Most are related to ramping up too fast, though some, like whatever I apparently did to my foot, can’t be tracked down to a specific event. After running for a year, I considered myself lucky and assumed that I, unlike others, would not get injured. I had deal with my share of soreness and […]