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California, where the pioneers go.

I have only ever seen glimpses of California through Led Zeppelin songs and Walt Whitman poems. It was where everyone at film school planned to migrate after graduation. It was a land of pioneering and inventing, where all the newest gadgets, games and films were born. I was never one for the cold and the snow, and I loved the country side more than anything. I felt a longing for California, much like Robert Plant did when he sang "there's…

GDC 2016: The Great Nerd Migration.

Every year over 26,000 nerds converge upon San Francisco for GDC to attend lectures, try out new technology, meet other game developers, and see who takes home the prize at the Game Developers Choice Awards. It's is essentially game mecca, and this year was my first year attending. In October I was hired by a close friend of mine to community manage and market a game he created called CHKN. Only two weeks from launch, I found myself on a plane to…

Road Trip Series: Charleston, Part Two.

I was lucky enough to grow up in equal parts country, and equal parts city. For my entire life I lived in a rural part of New Jersey, but was close enough to the city that I could drive 5 minutes to a train station and be in Midtown in a little over an hour. I was able to go to school all day in the city, but come home to my quiet country home, listening to nothing but the breeze and the…

Bröd Kitchen: Bringing Nordic cuisine to the Upper East Side.

On the corner of 63rd street is a small, sleek and modern bakery. The doors are open and a jovial, excited cook is handing out flyers on the corner. This is Bröd Kitchen, a Nordic-inspired casual eatery serving every meal from breakfast to dessert, as well as in-house or take-out. [caption id="attachment_340" align="aligncenter" width="470"] A selection of sandwiches.[/caption]     Chef Hugo Uys and Culinary Director Monette de Botton have created a menu using sustainable and local ingredients that are…

Fine Greek Food with Maria Loi

Maria Loi has had a wonderful career as a celebrity chef with such accomplishments as cooking for President Obama, owning her own cookware line, and most recently releasing a book and opening a new Manhattan restaurant. In addition, she is deeply involved with charity funds for children and has a vested interest in sharing the culture and benefits of Greek Food with the world. This past week she held a seminar and luncheon “I Love European Fine Food”, showcasing the…

Never let inspiration go, even if it’s 3:00am.

It's 5:30 am, and if you know me this is an ungodly hour for me to be awake. I used to get up at this time every day with no complaints to catch a train to the city at 7:00am. But now that I am working from home, I take it upon myself to enjoy some liberties...like sleeping in. But tonight/day was different. I've been up since 3:00am because my mind was racing. Not in a bad way, about stressful days…

Brooklyn Flea: Why I Love Antiques

My whole life I was always more interested in what happened in the past, or what could possibly happen in the far future. I love the early 1900s as well as the Victorian Era. I also love cars from the 30s to the 50s, as well as the lifestyle, values, and "advancements". Space and the future of the human race fascinate me to no end, and nothing disappoints me more than the fact that I will never see things like…