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When your soul-mate is your cell-mate, take the ball-and-chain on vacation!  – BRIDES Magazine

Oyster.com’s Elie Seidman plans on changing the way the world buys vacations – one online hotel review at a time  –  for Northshore Magazine.

The greatest shark dive on earth, Cocos Island – for Men’s Journal

First I went to TURKEY and MEXICO.

Then I went to IRELAND.

Then I flew to MAUI.

I love writing this stuff.

It’s online now too, here, here, here, and here.

Take to the tracks with the Top 5 Train Rides in North America and Men’s Journal.

For truly friendly travel with ever-changing scenery, take your foot off the gas, unbuckle your seat belt, and hit the rails.

Don’t forget your essential gear – a personal bar.

[Print version here.  Online version here.]


By resurrecting its cuisine, Chef Michael Dowd tries to preserve a tribe’s traditional way of life – Men’s Journal

Michael O’Dowd collects swords, races BMWs, and asks little old Indian ladies for their grandmothers’ recipes. As executive chef of Kai restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass resort outside Phoenix, O’Dowd takes Native American ingredients and marries them to haute techniques, pairing wild elk with tagliatelle, bathing sea urchins in a fondue of piquillo peppers, and infusing cotton candy with Amarillo chiles.

A new Smithsonian exhibit looks at environmentalist Earl Shaffer, the first man to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one continuous trip — for Men’s Journal.

Shanghai – Brides Magazine  (p.1, p.2)

Big Island Beaches – Brides Magazine (p.1, p.2)


Raising the curtain on the Cannes International Film Festival for Men’s Journal.

I broke my feet on the Appalachian Trail — both of them — but my trip paid off with a story or two. 

Trail Dangers and Magic, story.

Map Page 1, Map Page 2

When not thinking about tea, I write magazine stories about travels with Mom.

Food is a vehicle for memory; it is our first encounter with metaphor. A favorite food, a special dish, can bring back a rush of details about people long gone.  Meditations on a madeleine cookie can recreate an entire lost world. My great aunt-Lil died at age 98, and, though we could see it coming, it never occurred to us to write down her schnecken recipe. In the many years since, it has become a double blow–Aunt Lil is dead and we have lost the keys home.

–Plenty Magazine

Paradise Retained, 2005 NATJA award winning story examining conservation in the Galapagos Islands. — Plenty Magazine


In Galapagos, animals are rockstars. The fauna are friendlier than your neighbors. Sea lions stare directly into your mask while you snorkel with sea turtles, penguins, and giant manta rays.  Later, while sunning on the beach, you may find that same sea lion has cuddled up beside you for a snooze.  The birds, brilliantly and bizarrely festooned, are so close and so fearless they will sing right into your ear.  There are rainbow-colored giant iguanas.  And when you sail into the sunset, whales and dolphins frolic in your bow-waves. …To travel in Galapagos is to watch Darwin’s ideas take shape, as if one had sat down to watch Shakespeare write.



A segway safari is for the birds. — Plenty Magazine

Once a luxury, tea is a necessity to some and a spiritual practice for others.  — Aloha Magazine

Stories for boys

Rye class – the swanky new name for rockgut.   — Men’s Journal

Stag Party – how to blow a lot of money on freedom.  (see table of contents)  — Quest Magazine

World’s Rarest Car – The Car of Futures Past — Men’s Journal

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