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Ecuador's best kept secrets

Ecuador's best kept secrets

I’ve been privileged to visit over 100 countries, but Ecuador holds a special place in my heart. Its wildly colorful rainforests, heart-warming food, and fun-loving culture just keep luring me back. Here are my tips for staying, eating and playing.


In an eco-friendly treehouse perched in the lush-yet-cool Cloud Forest, where colorful wildlife abounds. Or try the SaniLodge, deep in the Amazon.

Climb: the peaks of Cotopaxi Volcano National Park. You can also grab a photo opp by the lagoons, or fly-fish in the Pita River.

Eat: soul-satisfying almuerzo (a traditional Ecuadorian set menu) made from great quality organic food at House Warmi. You’ll fill up for just $5!

Watch: a magnificent sunset (drink in hand) from the best balcony overlooking the city of Quito. They even have live music.

local heritage by donning an Amor Collection LOVE bracelet.

Discover San Francisco's Best Kept Secrets

Discover San Francisco's Best Kept Secrets

Though New York might be my inspiration, San Francisco is my heart. From Karl the Fog and rolling hills to fresh produce and free spirits, it’s that travel habit I just can’t quit. Here are my favorite ways to make the most of your time in the Bay.

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Listen: to an all-star lineup that includes Gorillaz, Lorde, and The Avett Brothers at Outside Lands. This music festival is also famous for world-class eats and a killer wine selection.

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See: a Summer of Love exhibit at the De Young Museum, which explores the art, fashion, and rock ‘n’ roll of 1967.

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Go: on a picturesque 10-mile hike of the Marin Headlands via Matt Davis Trail, which culminates at Stinson Beach.

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Relax: in a peaceful Japanese bath (and take a sauna while you’re at it) at Onsen.

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Eat: Devour award-winning Medi fare during an outdoor screening at Foreign Cinema - a SF Chronicle “Top 100 Restaurant” for 16 consecutive years.


Discover New York's Best Kept Secrets

Discover New York's Best Kept Secrets

My home of 18 years, and my constant source of inspiration. I may have left New York City, but it never really left me. Coming back this week reminded me of its incredible diversity and energy, which I’d love to share with you. Here are my picks for eateries, shops, and must-visit places in the Big Apple.

Shop: at Story (a rotating concept store), Reformation (vintage-inspired styles), or Save Khaki United (menswear made in the USA).

See: the Kawakubo exhibit at the Met, lush urban gardens at the High Line, and the best skyline sunset views at the Boom Boom Room.

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Eat: Imaginative, delicious donuts at Du’s, vegan tiki-inspired fare at Mother of Pearl, and the best Mexican food on the Lower East Side at Barrio Chino. Splurge on a memorable meal at Japanese speakeasy, Bohemian, located behind a butcher shop in Noho or Dan Barber’s farm-to-table Blue Hill in the village.

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cocktails for a cause at Coup, beers in paper bags at speakeasy The Back Room, and tipples with a side of (off-key) tunes at Baby Grand.

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Do: If you’re feeling adventurous, play shuffleboard at Royal Palms, attend Adidas’s cool kids soccer tournament, or celebrate like it’s 1920 at the Jazz Age Lawn party.