Since my first year in college, I've been deeply interested in the story and work of Frida Kahlo. I found her paintings, often characterized by autobiographical elements, to be such a fascinating mix of surrealism and her powerful narrative. Her character was instantly engraved in my mind. One of the most...

The name may be familiar to you but Brazilian ambrosia is different from the American and European recipes. Made with milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon, this traditional, homely dessert has been around for centuries and was a part of some of the most sophisticated meals in Minas Gerais. Ambrosia is a common...

Delicious and very substantial, this traditional Brazilian dish is a national culinary staple (and easily found in local eateries). Feijoada is a stew of beans with beef and pork of Portuguese origin. It is also commonly prepared in Macau, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Goa and India. Brazilians typically enjoy this hearty meal...

Located in the heart of Toronto’s most popular district, King West, you will find the cool, luxurious Thompson Toronto Hotel. This upscale venue opened in 2010 features works by renowned artists along with an exceptional rooftop lounge that has the best, breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the city. It’s a...

I had an unforgettable opportunity to visit with world-famous rocker Bret Michaels at the unveiling of his themed suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Here are some more fun and exploring in the area, for those wanting to make a quick escape to this Mexican beachside gem.   DINING WITH...

Our friend and top chef, Carlos La Cruz, was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but truly thrived and made a name for himself in New York City. The chef honed his career as manager in some pretty hip restaurants such as Rancho Cafe, Virgil BBQ in Times Square, Times...