Summer blooms in a Greenwich Village garden

Photo: Pocket gardens bring green into a NYC summer

Oases of green tucked here and there around New York City offer respite from summer heat. This was the view from my bench in...
View from the High Line, NYC

Photo: Step back in time on New York City’s High Line

  "The Kiss"--An iconic image, painted on a wall in Chelsea, Manhattan, provides a burst of color on a cloudy day—seen from the High Line. Related...
One Flew South

One Flew South’s pork belly sliders

When I visit family in Mississippi, I look forward to the return layover in Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport for a single, compelling reason. America’s busiest...
Manhattan skyline from Weehawken, New Jersey

Desayuno Cubano

  The view of New York City from the bus top on JFK Boulevard in Weehawken, New Jersey is one of the best going, as...
Detail from 15th-century Koran, Uzbekistan

The Met’s new Islamic wing

This is a slice of a page from a monumental rendering of the Koran, from present-day Uzbekistan. Almost as tall as a door, it...
"Dinner on the ground" buffet

Dinner on the ground

Country churches across the southern US have a long-standing tradition called “dinner on the ground”. When I was a child, these pot-luck get-togethers were...
Red and white barn, Minnesota, USA

Comfort me with apples

A highlight of my foray through the Minnesota heartland last week was the roadside stop at an apple farm in Dakota County, just south...
Detail, wedding finery, Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Cambodian food in Minnesota?

A Cambodian wedding is spiced with unexpected touches of color, and gilded with tradition.A big part of that tradition is a ceremonial meal that...
The Sweet Shoppe, Ridgefield, Connecticut

All-American Saturday

One of Chez Lénard’s trio of gourmet hot dog carts operates in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The cleverly named dogs are popular hereabouts, and endorsed by...
Autumn on the High Line, Manhattan, New York

Autumn on the High Line

A new stretch of New York’s High Line on Manhattan’s West Side opened last summer, and yesterday, I had a chance to walk it....
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