Miami Deals (NYT), Dublin in the Wee Hours (AFAR), Teeling Whiskey (VICE), and Dublin’s Creative Side (Conrad Magazine)

Here are a few favorites from the first half of 2016 (with more to come on recent trips to the Galapagos, Oaxaca, Montana, and the west of Ireland). During Miami’s Low Season, Discounts at Hotels and Spas (New York Times): A value-focused story on all the fabulous deals in Miami during the summer low season, including Spa week, ridiculous hotel discounts and upgrades, and Miami Spice. An Up-All-Night Guide to Dublin (AFAR-July/August 2016): An all-night itinerary for visitors that want to experience Dublin beyond the pub. These Brothers are Trying to Revolutionize Irish Whiskey (VICE-Munchies): An exploration of what the…

Latest from The New York Times: Going Where the Tango Takes You

Back in September, I spent three days and three nights immersed in the local tango scene in Portland, Oregon (reporting for my recent New York Times story: In Portland, A Warm Embrace of Tango). By day, I interviewed dancers and teachers, observed practice sessions, and took my first one-on-one tango lesson. By night, I attended milongas in ballrooms and dance studios across the city, taking a seat in a quiet corner to listen to the music, watch the dancers, and observe some of the local traditions. After lots of watching and talking to dancers, on my final day in Portland…

New from AFAR

Some cultural traditions take place behind closed doors. I recently wrote about two of these traditions, in Ireland and the Basque Country, for AFAR.com The Late Night Secret Ireland’s Pubs Don’t Want You to Know About:  To the outside world, the shuttered pub looks closed for the evening, but inside conversation is still flowing, pints are still being poured. It all feels a bit lawless. A Rare Peek Inside Basque Country’s Members-Only Gastronomic Societies:  I was on a mission to experience another great Basque culinary tradition in this corner of northern Spain: the gastronomic society. I was told they are almost…