About Me

My name is Irene and I believe in street food, $3 massages, locally-owned businesses and that amazing experiences await for those who go forth and explore.

I am a wife, full-time working professional, part-time MBA graduate student, part-time blogger and writer, and member of the X Generation. My previous work experience includes a four-year stint at the world's largest student travel agency on the marketing and e-commerce side. The travel bug bit me long ago and I have had the opportunity to visit six of the seven continents by my 26th birthday. (Still haven't made it to Antarctica).

After spending the bulk of my life in Los Angeles, I was dragged to the mid-Atlantic by my then boyfriend, now husband (aka Raisin Bread). We were married in June 2011 in an intimate ceremony in Arlington, Virginia. Two months later, some of our friends and family joined us on Maui to celebrate our nuptials.

Our family currently consists of me, Raisin Bread and Gus the Goldendoodle. We now call Albuquerque, New Mexico home.

This blog has had many manifestations since 2002 and has been renamed too many times to count. It serves as my place to share my travel and food experiences. However, as my interests are diverse, I am often not able to resist sharing on other topics, including art, health and wellness and style.


  1. From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Irene,
    Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter that will benefit you. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access…) I am currently following you now and am awaiting your follow-back…

    All the very best to you & your family for the rest of 2013 & beyond Irene. Look forward to hearing from you…

    (PS. Irene, should you follow back, I’ll be mentioning you in my #FollowFriday #Shoutouts next Friday…)


  2. Hello,how do you do! This is first mail I write.I am tv director in JAPAN.
    And I seek some photo about bacalhau shop.Because now I am making tv program about
    ship and food.Would you kindly rent me the photo? It will broadcast on tv(japan national tv)
    at January 4. good day! kie kawai kie.kawai@gmail.com

  3. I have visited you Restaurants list just before going to Manhattan tour. Dear Irene! I am impressed with your work and little confused how you gathered this wide information about Restaurants. I think you have great experience in the blog writing field and have wide information about blog writing techniques. Here I am interested to know some strategies to write an effective and good blog because I want to publish my personal blog regarding my Manhattan experience but I don’t have enough knowledge about this field. So Irene! Can you guide me?