Look: We never even thought we’d need a road trip packing list of any kind whatsoever. But given how travel has changed everywhere, we’ve started to get a lot more interested in road tripping. (For our take on first steps to re-evaluating our travel goals and ambitions with an eye to responsible tourism, see this […]
Ok, first off, what does “responsible tourism” even mean? For that matter….what does “travel life” even mean at this point? We’ll tell you. Here’s a quick guide to what we’re going to talk about. If you like to jump straight to a particular topic, go crazy. Travel: Then and Now A Little Bit About Our […]
It’s September, and we’re heading on our epic 11-state Cross Country Road Trip. We’re going to Boise. (Sign up for the newsletter and you’ll learn why.) We’ll be going pretty much straight west to get there, crossing Illionois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and landing in Idaho. From there, we’ll take a hard right and […]
The 10 hidden gems of San Francisco that we love are, in this post, focused on the city’s remarkable treasures based on its East Asian communities and heritage. (We love San Francisco a ton, which is why we chose it as one of our Favorite Destinations for August 2021; you can read about our other […]
Movie Date Berlin: Why? Why do Movie Date Berlin right now? Well, in one of those odd coincidences that make life interesting—and to some, downright mystical—this intriguing NYT story on recreating top secret documents about East Germany’s dreaded Stasi, or secret police, was just published. (I’m writing on August 11, 2021.) So…what’s my connection? I’ll […]
4 inspirations to eat globally in your own kitchen.
Welcome to Head Roam’s August 2021 Destinations! This month, we’re highlighting 3 places we’ve been to and loved, and 1 more we’d love to get to. Here goes: Berlin, Germany Iceland Buenos Aires, Argentina San Francisco Let’s Go! August 2021 Destinations, #1: Berlin, Germany We’ve been to Berlin twice in winter—and hope, someday, to get […]
10 insider tips for visiting Berlin, one of our favorite cities.
How do you pick where to go? Here are 7 ideas to get you started.
4 inspirations to eat globally in your own kitchen.
Our Sightseeing Prague guide offers great tips to see this amazing city, one of our favorites in all of Europe. Insider tips: where to stay, what to see and eat.
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 […]
Our favorite tools from our own kitchen.
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. […]
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 […]
Want to find the 10 Best Places to visit in Upper Peninsula, Michigan? You’re in the right place. And here are my picks for the 10 Best Places. Feel free to jump directly to a particular tour stop: Getting There: Crossing the Mackinac Bridge, heading East Drummond Island Sault Ste. Marie: The Locks from Up […]
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 […]
Here’s the video: And here’s a quick overview of what we’re going to check out in a little more depth. Feel free to link to a particular tour stop that piques your fancy. The Parking Situation: EEK!! Nickels Arcade Comet Coffee: Super exceptional coffee in a city with a lot of exceptional coffee UM Campus: […]
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 […]
Spiced Lemon Rosemary Cake with Walnuts: Jump straight to the recipe. I’ve never understood why the phrase is “easy as pie” as opposed to “easy as cake.” Pie, in my mind, equals not so easy. Getting a crust right is a tricky thing, and then you have the filling, involving cutting fruit up—no big deal […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Suggestions for a night in Marrakesh from home.
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 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 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. […]
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 […]
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: 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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: 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 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, […]
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