Travel writer/hotels reporter for @USATODAY. Author of personal finance book Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too. Georgetown Hoya.

In Montreal, everything makes it onto the plate — Jean-Michel Leblond never intended to open a restaurant. After traveling around the world honing his mixology skills, he returned to his home province of Quebec to concentrate on cooking in Montreal. Five years ago, he started a pop-up food club.

What's new in New York City this summer — New York City always lives up to its name. It's constantly evolving with new attractions, hotels, restaurants and bars hitting the scene. Our New York-based correspondents Ashley Day and Nancy Trejos fill you in on all the new places to check out this summer.

NOLA's Brennan's gets a new look, menu — For decades, Brennan's restaurant was known all over New Orleans for its lively breakfast. "Breakfast at Brennan's" had a cult following. Starting as early as 8 a.m. people would would show up to eat heaps of food and drink loads of alcohol.

Puerto Rico's food evolves — Jose Santaella has set out to prove that Puerto Rican cuisine goes far beyond mofongo, the typical dish of mashed up plaintains with shrimp or other proteins mixed in. Not that there's anything wrong with mofongo. It's delicious, but Santaella, one of Puerto Rico's most celebrated chefs, is trying to redefine the island's traditional cuisine, which combines African, French, Spanish and Caribbean flavors.
Feb 25, 2015

My latest video: Puerto Rico's cuisine: Evolving beyond plantains… via @expfoodandwine

The Cromwell Las Vegas debuts keyless entry — Guests at The Cromwell, the newest boutique hotel on the Vegas Strip, won't have to worry about losing their keycards to get into their rooms anymore. The Cromwell is now letting guests open all 188 hotel room doors with their mobile phones.
Feb 06, 2015

At the new Cromwell in Vegas, your phone is the key via @USATODAY @expvegas #vegas #hotels

Feb 06, 2015

RT @ExpLasVegas: @CromwellVegas is now letting guests open all 188 hotel room doors with their mobile phones via @nancytrejos

Craft beer cellars — Craft beers are now getting the same nurturing that wines have been getting for years - literally. Bars across America are now treating craft beers as they do wines, storing them in temperature-controlled cellars for a decade or more. The best beers for aging have to have higher alcohol levels, such as imperial stouts.

Hot in Las Vegas: Divorce parties — LAS VEGAS -- Joe Siquig didn't have a bachelor party before getting married four years ago. So four years later, he finally threw the epic party he didn't get to have. But this time, it was for his divorce.

Learn to gamble on a Las Vegas casino floor with free lessons — LAS VEGAS - The house usually has the advantage in the casino pit. But at many Vegas casinos, the house is giving away some of its upper hand by teaching its patrons how to win. A number of casinos on and off the Strip offer free lessons on some of the most popular games, including Texas hold 'em, craps, blackjack, roulette and pai gow.

Bar hop in Puerto Rico's 'chinchorros' — MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO - A good Puerto Rican chinchorro must have one thing and lack another: cheap beer and air conditioning. Louis O'Halloran, an Irishman who has lived in Puerto Rico for 30 years, explains this to me as we drink a local Medalla beer and ignore the sweat dripping from our foreheads.
Dec 12, 2014

Story and VIDEO: Bar hop in Puerto Rico's 'chinchorros'… via @expcaribbean. Photos by @KristieKellahan

Puerto Rico's other coast: 'An easier life' — GUANICA, PUERTO RICO - The three-mile trail to the abandoned fort on top of the U.S. Park System's only dry forest seems easy enough to tackle. A clear path to the "Fuerte" lies ahead, surrounded by shrubs and cacti, vegetation you would not expect to find on a tropical island.
Dec 12, 2014

My latest in today's Travel section: Puerto Rico's other coast: 'An easier life'… via @expcaribbean

Dec 12, 2014

Puerto Rico's other coast: 'An easier life'… via @expcaribbean. Includes photos by @kristiekellahan

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Jul 31, 2015

I am always checking out hotel rooftop bars. Tonight, dinner on my own rooftop! #nycrooftops

Jul 28, 2015

The @WaldorfNYC has expanded its rooftop garden. Apples, strawberries, corn and more grown here. #hotels #nyc

Jul 28, 2015

I never get tired of the view from the @WaldorfNYC rooftop garden. Why don't they make buildings like these anymore?

Jul 28, 2015

Airport cellphone coverage? Depends where you are via @usatoday

Jul 28, 2015

You have to read "The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma" by @delphineschrank. A beautiful writer!

Jul 27, 2015

I'm at Waldorf Astoria New York - @waldorfnyc in New York, NY

Jul 27, 2015

Hotel news: @CarlsonRezidor is expanding #RadissonBlu brand in Latin America w/3 new hotels, one in Chile, two in #Colombia. @RadissonBlu

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