Quick & Clean Guide: 10 Fun Things to Do in Detroit

Looking for fun things to do in Detroit, aka Motown, aka The Motor City, aka Eminem’s stomping grounds? We got ’em. Big D is, after all, our closest big city. But let’s face facts immediately: Detroit’s got a rep. Not exactly a quick and clean one, either. The crime rate is high, and the statistics […]

Parks in Ann Arbor: 8 Favorite City Spots to Get a Nature Fix

Parks in Ann Arbor: Furstenberg Nature Area

There are TONS of parks in Ann Arbor hiking: big ones, tiny ones, parks for dogs, parks with canoe liveries, with playgrounds, with fitness trails….it’s mind-boggling. So how do you find the one that’s perfect for you? Well, it’s been a tough job, but somehow, we managed to narrow our list down to 8 favorites. […]

Palm Springs Guide: 8 Steps to an Awesome SoCal Day

Palm Springs Guide from HeadRoam

This Palm Springs Guide is for you if you saw the “City Guide: A Great Day in Palm Springs” video featured on the Jumprope app: And here’s a quick overview of what we’re going to look at in a little more depth. Feel free to jump directly to a particular tour stop that piques your […]

10 Best Places to Visit in Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Want to find the 10 Best Places to visit in Upper Peninsula, Michigan? You’re in the right place. (You’re also in the right place if you saw the “10 Must-See Destinations in the Upper Peninsula Michigan” on the Jumprope app, with tons of great how-to videos for travel, cooking, beauty, and lots of other cool […]

The Head Roam Latest 10-April 2021

No sooner had I hit “publish” on last week’s blog post version of the newsletter (linked in case you want to check it out), but Steve and I received word that his mom has taken a fairly dramatic turn downhill. Steve’s mom, Polly, is lovely. As her memory’s gotten worse—in the last few months, she […]

Essential Ann Arbor: The Awesome 8-Stop Downtown Walking Tour

If you saw the Essential Ann Arbor Downtown Walking Tour on Jumprope, you’re in the right place to learn more. And if you didn’t see it on Jumprope, well, check out the Jumprope app, with tons of great how-to videos for travel, cooking, beauty, and lots of other cool stuff. Here’s the video: And here’s […]

Head Roam Latest: 3 April 2021

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Happy Everything, as my friend John Deering used to say, a cigarette in one hand, a gin and tonic in the other. One of my nearest and dearest when I lived in NYC, and for years after when I would visit, he has ended up eluding my social media tracking […]

Classic Greek Salad, the Perfect Way to Welcome Spring

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Classic Greek Salad: Jump to the Recipe. I’m not sure when I learned to make Greek salad, but it’s always a hit. If I’ve gotten into some weird funk where I’m too lazy to make and eat salads—this happens to me sometimes, especially in winter—making this one reminds me that salads are easy, delicious, and […]

Quinoa Crusted Quiche: Easy, Yummy, Healthy Vegetarian Brunch

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Jump directly to the Quinoa Crusted Quiche recipe. I love quiche. I order it when I go out and it usually delivers my requirements: buttery crust, eggy goodness, cheesy decadence. But when I’m honest, I know that most of those buttery crusts that I’m paying other people to fill came straight out of a package. […]

Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Custom Virtual Escape

Here’s how you know you need this ultimate guide to a custom virtual escape DESPERATELY: You’re so sick of restrictions—whether COVID-related, financial, health, or something else—you could break something. You had to cancel a trip you’ve anticipated forever because, for one reason or another, you can’t travel. Your kids/partner/roomate/pets are driving you crazy (and they’re […]

Delicious, Easy, Healthy Moroccan-ish Tuna Tagine

Tuna Tagine: Jump to the Recipe. Bert Greene, originator of this recipe, is the first to admit that this is a Moroccan-ish Tuna Tagine, as opposed to a Moroccan one: Fish tagines are part of every North African cook’s repertoire, but you will not find the next in any medina from one end of Tunis […]

Movie Date Ireland: 2 Delicious Courses and Many Movies to Celebrate March 17th

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Movie Date Ireland St Patrick’s Day is a no-brainer to do a Movie Date Ireland—but really, any time is perfect. Fresh salmon, tons of greens is good, a boozy chocolate mousse, gorgeous scenery, real or animated, and those accents and…can we just go already?  We’re gonna start with some food ideas; or, jump straight to […]

Easy Roasted Salmon with Fresh Greens, aka the Emerald Isle Bowl

Easy Roasted Salmon with Fresh Greens, aka the Emerald Isle Bowl Here’s how this one got invented: Steve and I had a chance to do a home swap in Ireland. Dun Laoghaire, which is pronounced “dun-lear-eh”, and which is right on the ocean and about a 15 minute train ride from Dublin. It was perfect. […]

A Fabulous Cuban-Inspired Super Bowl Menu

Cuban-inspired Super Bowl Menu Mojito

Cuban-Inspired Super Bowl Menu: Yum! To be honest, the menu planning is about the only thing I look forward to when it comes to the Super Bowl, that most hallowed US celebration. I used to watch the ads when I worked for a digital agency. Now? I catch the clip reel. With, like, one eye […]

Virtual Tampa: 7 Awesome Ways to “Visit” the 2021 SuperBowl City

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First off, HUGE thanks to the wonderful PosterDog shop on Etsy for that glorious vintage image. Owner Fred has this and many other cool vintage posters. I’m not an Etsy affiliate, so any spending goes directly to him. Super Bowl LV will be here on 7-February, 2021. From my vantage point in the snow-covered north, […]

Galician White Bean Soup with Kale and Optional Chorizo

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Galician White Bean Soup, with Kale and Optional Chorizo: Jump to recipe. The first thing I ever learned about Galicia is that people go there specifically to eat. It’s a remote part of Spain, the northwest corner; this link from the Galician tourist office provides a nice intro to the region. It was settled by […]

Transforming Your Home: 5 Steps for a Luxurious Staycation

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Look, we’re all about transforming your home to make this virtual vacation thing work. A fabulous weekend away from home, in some marvelous location—it’s a little more than just having high thread count sheets on a bed you don’t have to make. If you want to stay the Head Roam way, you’ll need to do […]

Immersive Travel Research: 4 Easy Ways to Start Planning Your Dream Trip

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Love the idea of immersive travel experiences? (Not sure what we mean by “immersive travel”? Learn here.) If you’re sold, then we’re going to bet that you’ll get pretty geeked about immersive travel research. Trust us. Actually, I DON’T trust you. Immersive travel research does not sound fun. Au contraire, my wanderlust-ing friend. Research, done […]

Morocco Top 5: 2 Awesome Books, 2 Great Movies, and Our Favorite CD

Kick off your virtual travel with our Morocco Top 5 Books and Movies, as well as a good gateway CD. I have linked the books to Thriftbooks for purchase; I do not receive a commission. Also check your local library or a service like Scribd.com.* Morocco Top 5 Books and Movies, and a little Music […]

Morocco Movies: 7 Awesome Cinematic Journeys

Morocco Movies: 7 Cinematic Journeys begins with our top movie picks, then is followed by a list of movies made by Moroccans. We round out with a list of non-Moroccan movies that were filmed in the country. Top Picks Morocco Movies by Moroccans Morocco Movies by Non-Moroccans And please: If you have a pick of […]

Morocco Books: 11 Great Ways to Virtually Travel There

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Morocco Books: 11 Great Ways to Virtually Travel There begins with our top book picks, then is followed by a list of books by Moroccans. We round out with a list of non-Moroccan authors, and end with a couple of books I wasn’t so crazy about but that may just be your cup of tea. […]

Virtual Travel Marrakech: The Ultimate Weekend

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Virtual Travel Marrakech: Whether you opt for dinner and movie on Saturday or want to extend your head roaming to the entire day, we’ve got you covered. Follow our suggestions as closely as you like—or simply use this post as a jumping off point for your own exploration of this amazing city. Enjoy! I’ve been […]

Vegan Harira: An Easy New Delicious Take on Classic Moroccan Soup

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Vegan harira may be inspired by tradition, but it’s definitely not traditional—especially with those noodles added. But man, is it good. I first learned of Harira from my friend Aziz Mtoua, a Casablanca native. It’s the soup you eat to break the fast of Ramadan, and he always makes it with lamb. Which, for me, […]