Category Archives: Travel

A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Inverness, CA: The Best Restaurants and Activities by the Bay

If you’ve been following my instagram feed for the last few years, you may have noticed an extreme uptick in oyster consumption. This phenomenon is partially due to my frequent trips to Inverness, California. By way of having a lot of friends who live in San Francisco, endless wedding season inevitably brings me to Napa at least once a year. There are so many healthy hedonist delights in this part of the country, beginning with the breathtaking scenery and ending with the bottle enjoyed while taking it in. Needless to say, I’m very grateful for an excuse to visit so often. But by the end of these wedding weekends, thanks to the heavy wine pours, late night choruses of Shout, and over-feasting on wedding cake fondant (not to mention the 3,000 miles of travel to get there from NYC), I end up feeling strung … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Martha’s Vineyard: The Best Restaurants, Markets and Ways to Work Off Your Meal

To say that Martha’s Vineyard is my happy place, as I often have, is an understatement. I’ve been coming to the island every summer since I was little. Basically, for as long as I can remember. And even in the peak of the August tourist season, it still holds so much hidden magic and local charm. In addition to countless happy memories with my grandparents and extended family, I owe the island big time for my love of food. While there are many Martha’s Vineyard restaurants that will keep you well-fed during a visit, the local agriculture and farming community are what make the island such a special place to cook. I’ve already given you many line items from my vineyard culinary highlight reel, from the fresh Morning Glory Farm corn with basil butter to the island fresca soup I recreated from Red … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The Best Restaurants and Things to Do to Work Off Your Meal

It feels like half a lifetime ago that Charlie and I traveled to Brazil for two weeks of caipirinhas, jungle walks, hammock naps, gluten-free cheese rolls and endless healthful tropical eats. When we returned in January, I had all my ducks in a row to write up an epic travel guide on the best restaurants, hotels and things to do in Rio de Janeiro, where we spent the first leg of our trip. But then a rare lightening bolt of foresight hit me, and I decided to hold off until the Olympics were almost upon us. And here we are!

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Los Angeles

Earlier this Spring, I decided to escape the dreary East Coast doom and gloom in favor of a month in sunny California. As some of you may remember from my confessions around that time, there was a short while when I thought I could be relocating to Los Angeles for good. When that didn’t happen, and I just couldn’t face another episode of Punked, Mother Nature Edition, I relocated Feed Me Phoebe HQ to Santa Monica for a chunk of March and April. It was an incredibly productive trip. Especially if said productivity was measured in units of raw fish and tortillas consumed per hour. So I’m excited to finally be sharing the best locations to do some healthy “work” of your own on your next trip to the city of angels.

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

I know that the days are only getting longer, but there’s something about February that makes it the darkest month of the year in terms of morale. Valentine’s Day, and the holiday weekend surrounding it, was temporary cause for celebration. But for many of us, it’s only downhill from here until late March shows us the first signs of life. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to relive happier, warmer times, and perhaps point those of you who aren’t saving vacation days for the 10 weddings you have to attend this summer, towards a quick, cheap getaway: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Last month, I tastetrotted back to my stay at Maderas Village— a gram-worthy boutique hotel overlooking the famed surfing beach of the same name. And I’ve been meaning to share more recommendations for the best places to eat, sleep … Continue reading

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Tropical Ginger-Pineapple Smoothies + #MaderasLife in Nicaragua!

I first came into contact with this tropical pineapple smoothie in Nicaragua, which, given the strong beach and jungle vibes, is not the craziest place in the world to find a tropical drink in your hand. If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall a spell in October in which I posted impressive pictures of myself galloping on horseback, holding a surfboard while standing semi-upright, and attempting to edit my book in a hammock without fully falling prey to that seductive temptress, relaxation. If these vignettes are any indication, the trip was a mix of work and play. I more or less managed to put blinders on and plug through a few chapters of my book while those around me, who were already engaged in relaxation’s minxy little games, sipped watermelon rum cocktails over rounds of jungle croquet. But I also … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Hydra, Greece

I feel comfortable admitting now that I spent the majority of my time in Spetses wishing there was someone else with me on the trip. Someone, say, who’s used to me opening bags of potato chips at restaurants to use in place of bread for dipping in tzatsiki, and someone who would agree that the Greek table wine tastes better when chased with a mouth full of olives. I’ve traveled to about a half dozen countries by myself (including here and here), and learned that some are better than others to do solo. Greece is a particularly sad place to eat alone, as all the meze come separately and are meant for sharing. But I’ve also learned over the years that you have to be in the right mindset for solo travel. It can be great when you’re single and … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Spetses Island, Greece

Greece has been on the top of my travel bucket list for years. Even the recent economic challenges only amplified my desire to go (what can I say, this Jewish girl loves a deal). So when my next Alive Tribe retreat was slated for Greece, I knew I had to take a few days on either end to explore the islands. I had high hopes for hopping around the Greek Isles, but as my early research proved, unless you personally have very few economic problems and own a yacht, this is easier said than done. The ferry system is a rather decentralized beast and difficult to navigate. If you’re planning a shorter sojourn, you’re better off sticking to one of the many clusters of islands or just choosing one for a quick weekend escape. Being prone to FOMO, reading through … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

As you may remember from my barrage of instagrams back in early March, I went on a little retreat to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Before getting my Alive Tribe itinerary, I had never heard of the town. And when I looked on a map, it appeared to not be near any airport or place I’d ever heard of in Mexico…which, was partially a relief, since most of the places I’ve heard of are famous for either wet T-Shirt contests or cartel-related mass murders. From what I read prior, San Miguel appeared to be this strange ex-pat oasis in the middle of the country, far from the touristy beaches of my Spring Breaks past. Now having spent some time there, I would describe San Miguel de Allende as the Santa Fe of Mexico proper. It has a similar hippie vibe … Continue reading

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