Gina Martin

Pearl River Mart – NYC Shopping At Its Quirkiest

by Gina Martin

We don’t always shop in SoHo, one of New York City’s most hip and swanky neighborhoods, but when we do, we make sure to stop by Pearl River Mart. Pearl River Mart is not what you’d call upscale, but for pure quirky imported goodness, it […]

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Explore and Celebrate “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” at the American Museum of Natural History

by Gina Martin

“Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture,” the newest special exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, delves into the complex and infinitely interesting subject of food and its role in human culture. The food system encompasses everything from history to science to culture, and […]

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Calling all Jedi: Star Wars Reads Day, Saturday 10/6/12

by Gina Martin

Celebrate the Star Wars Universe in book form and check out the Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday, October 6, 2012. Star Wars Reads Day is a national event sponsored by Lucasfilm to inspire and encourage people of all ages to get together to read […]

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Lifelong Learning As Life Brings Changes

by Gina Martin

We fell into a commitment to lifelong learning when we started out as a homeschooling family back in 2003. My husband and I decided that our oldest wasn’t really ready to deal with full day kindergarden, which was the only option in our district. We […]

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Ice Cream Dreaminess at Lick Hudson

by Gina Martin

We tried to attend the inaugural Bacon Fest NY in Hudson this past Sunday, but arrived in the afternoon when all the vendors had run out of food! Crisis! Luckily, a Plan B was in place – we would sate our hunger with ice cream. […]

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Makin’ Bacon Class with the FSC Academy

by Gina Martin

Bacon is a huge trend these days. While it’s readily available at the store, for home cooks, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as making your versions of food staples, and the From Scratch Club’s FSC Academy has you covered with their DIY bacon class, Makin’ […]

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Food Swap with the From Scratch Club

by Gina Martin

The Capital Region has seen the birth of a great new trend in the form of food swaps, as organized by the people at the From Scratch Club website. From Scratch Club is a local blog and website that is dedicated to sharing info and […]

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Family Fun at the Altamont Fair 2012

by Gina Martin

The Altamont Fair is back again, running through this Sunday, 8/19. We’re expecting great weather, so if you haven’t checked it out, you should! Lots of critters to see, starting with the ones you’d expect to see on the farm: And ones you’d see on […]

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Philly Foodstuffs: The Italian Market

by Gina Martin

Philly’s food scene has been getting some high wattage attention lately, from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Saveur, among others. Philadelphia has always had a history of great cuisine, and is justifiably proud of its food traditions. The Italian Market, billed as the oldest […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz Wall Street in New York City

by Gina Martin

The New York City Downtown area and Financial District has been developing into a residential and tourism area over the past several years. I recently stayed at the Andaz Wall Street, and highly recommend it for everyone – families, singles, couples, you name it. With […]

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