Kerri Allen

Kerri Allen

wryly observing life & culture

award-winning journalist | new york times institute for journalism fellow | 300+ stories published worldwide in 10+ languages

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Fades and Frappes on the Lower East Side

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has been the stomping grounds for European pushcart vendors, rebellious punk rock kids and, now, meticulously-groomed hipsters who troll its streets for Instagrammable scenes. And they can find it—and a flash of all of that New York history—in the grinds at Ludlow Coffee Supply.

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Winter Bliss in Vail

The East Coast vs. West Coast skiing debate seems to surface every winter. Vermont vs. Vail. Stratton vs. Snowmass. But is there really any contest? We New Yorkers like to assume that we have — or are closest to — the best of everything, and we’ll proudly proclaim as much even as we slip down crowded icy slopes. The truth, of course, is that the Rocky Mountain range’s world-class skiing, breathtaking vistas and outdoor experiences are unparalleled in the U.S.

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A French Market Takes Manhattan

Americans may remember "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Onion Soup," but in a grand twist of irony, Le District, a 23,000 square foot paean to French cuisine, recently opened directly across from the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center.

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The Other Virgin Island | The Huffington Post

The British Virgin Islands pride themselves on not having "sold out" like the U.S. Virgin Islands. They like to keep it real, keep it pristine, keep hotels just a few stories high and cruise ships at a minimum. So when a new resort opened on the 230-acre Scrub Island in 2010, it was a hot topic.

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Are You Afraid of Detroit? | The Huffington Post

When I told my family that I was going to Detroit, there was a resounding "Why?!" Shocked faces. Mumbles. A well-traveled friend simply said, "Eeew."

The media hasn't been too kind to the Motor City, so most people who haven't visited seem to assume it's a wasteland of abandoned buildings and zombie workers from old car factories.

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Finding Maya Culture Near Cancún

Quintana Roo is still the land of the Maya, who are not some "ancient civilization"--many live in the area today. To help preserve some of the community's lost heritage, Xcaret (meaning "little inlet" in Maya) endeavors to preserve so much of Mexican culture from cuisine to religion to sport across its 200 coastal acres. The ancient Mayan world is still very much alive in Quintana Roo.

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7 Days of Guilt-Free Drinking

"I drink with guilt, so I feel guilty most of the time," goes the saying for tipplers like me with Irish and Jewish heritage. Good news for us, it's Negroni Week, a time for cocktails mixed with a bit of charity. So instead of tying myself in knots over a few indulgences, I'll tie a few on.

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Back at the Hacienda

The breathtaking property offers up to 14 guests at time a taste of "hacendero" life -- minus the pesky matter of subjugating other humans.

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7 Secrets of Seattle

Seattle is renowned as the home of Kurt Cobain, the venti Frappuccino and depression-inducing drizzle (see: Cobain). But it's also home to the chillest cops in the nation, Eddie Bauer's iconic down jacket and a weird rivalry with Tacoma. Here are a couple of other Seattle secrets you may have never known.

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It's Not Your Grandma's Miami

From the potent coffees of Little Havana to world-class pop art in Wynwood to daring interior design at nearly every turn. You won't find Don Johnson or your nana's retirement village here.

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6 Must-Sees in Bucks County, Pa.

Averting the crowded apple orchards and bumpy hay rides of autumn, I opted for a high-end weekend in Bucks County. This quaint corner of Pennsylvania is the very definition of the "country" to the proverbial "town," where New Yorkers, Philadelphians and others have come to escape their hectic workaday lives for over a century.

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Goin' Whole Hog in Memphis

I was eating pig ears within an hour of arriving in Shelby County, Tennessee. The Memphis I returned to was not the one I'd last seen in 2003. It got a bit hipper. I got a bit older. And maybe a tad more adventuresome with my culinary choices.

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The Buzzer's Broken

"I was here before all of the hippies and the yuppies showed up," my first Brooklyn landlord told me. My tiny space on the top floor of a decaying row house was my stake in the ground. Young and striving, I had something to prove. I could live on my own. In New York.

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Could Your Fitbit Steps Be Art?

Could Your Fitbit Steps Be Art? | Kerri Allen

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36 Hours in Houston

I had less than two days on the ground in the Bayou City and like any good New Yorker, I immediately sought out food. No barbecue nor beans I found. Instead, my fork stumbled onto an unexpected variety of Middle Eastern, Mexican and Vietnamese dishes.