Ed Condran

Sports Reporter

From pubs to Michelin grub

Belfast’s uniquely inviting pubs are an Irish tradition. Some of the finest watering holes can be found in the Northern Irish capital, and that’s the way it’s been for centuries. More recently, contemporary Belfast has risen to become a top culinary destination with an array of...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:54 PM

Northern Ireland on the road

California’s storied Pacific Coast Highway, Switzerland’s dangerous Furka Pass and Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route are bucket list drives. The latter, which is known as one of the world’s great road journeys, stretches between the two vibrant cities of Belfast and...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:26 PM

The new Belfast is ready to welcome you

The smiling faces of the locals is where it starts in Belfast. The friendly waitstaff, attentive bartenders and the charming strangers help make for a unique experience when visiting the capital of Northern Ireland. Belfast is a city with exceptional appeal and unforgettable sightseeing. There is...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 1:49 PM

Meet the grand lady of Palm Beach, the Brazilian Court Hotel

Greta Garbo was once a guest at the Brazilian Court Hotel. It’s apt that the legendary actress, who craved her privacy, indulged at the world-renowned Palm Beach resort, which provides an escape from the distractions of modern life. At the elegant Brazilian Court, guests can enjoy privacy,...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 10:09 PM

Fort Lauderdale is Florida’s sophisticated beachside destination

When it comes to Florida, Miami, Key West and the emerging west coast city of Tampa steal much of the destination headlines. But you should know about Fort Lauderdale, which sits just a half an hour north of Miami with plenty to offer when it comes to beaches, restaurants and culture. Fort...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 10:16 PM

The natural wonders of Florida await on Perdido Key

When most folks think about the Florida Keys, the images conjured are of the most southern islands, such as Key West and Key Largo. However, there are some gorgeous keys in the most northwestern part of the Sunshine State. The best of both worlds can be found on Perdido Key, which sits just off...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 4:57 PM

Tranquil Captiva Island is Florida's under-the-radar oasis

Stepping onto the Captiva Island beach will have you feeling like you’re in the Caribbean — but in fact, you’re just off the mainland. The beguiling seaside getaway sits just an hour’s drive from the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. The six-mile island...

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:34 PM

5 ways to touch the sky in Pittsburgh

With apologies to Boston, Pittsburgh was the first City of Champions. Pennsylvania’s rising city has been reaching for sporting glory since the Civil War, and was the site of the first-ever football game in 1892. More recently, the Penguins took home hockey’s top prize in 2016 and are...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5:31 PM

5 ways to see Tampa's history and heritage

Florida is a relatively young state, but what it lacks in old buildings it makes up for with plenty of cultural history. You’ll find plenty of cigars and even a slice of Havana in Tampa, particularly in vibrant Ybor City. Have a cigar We knew we were in the right place at the first whiff of...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 2:34 PM

Your guide to Tampa's best foodie spots

There’s a restaurant revolution happening in Tampa, with reliable old-school joints as well as new, edgy bistros. Destination restaurants We recommend starting with the venerable Columbia Restaurant. The downtown Ybor City staple has been a landmark on the Tampa scene for decades,...

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9:37 PM

Meet Tampa, Florida's emerging family-friendly destination

There’s more to family-friendly Florida than Orlando. Head west to the coastal city of Tampa and be surprised by this emerging destination that is particularly good for families, who can enjoy the warm weather and an endless array of activities, plus bargains.For those looking to experience the...

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:21 PM

Sandra Bernhard isn't crying, and neither should you

The Rockettes aren’t the only entertainment staple in Manhattan during the final week of the year. Sandra Bernhard has delivered a one-woman show at Joe’s Pub during Christmas week for the last seven years, and she’s doing it again Dec. 26-31.The witty and sardonic humorist admits she’s still...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 11:32 AM

What's Aruba like during the holidays?

If the only ice you would like to experience this Christmas is in your drink, then it’s time to celebrate the holiday in warmer climates.“Christmas in Paradise” may have been a forgettable holiday film, but the concept of families escaping the gray, winter doldrums for a Caribbean beach is spot on...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10:21 PM

Active travelers will find lots to do in Aruba

It’s endless summer in Aruba. Because it sits just outside the hurricane belt in the southern Caribbean, there is no rainy season. Its white sand is cool, humidity remains low all year and the turquoise waters surrounding the island nation are always warm. And it’s all just a four-hour flight from...

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3:56 AM

10 questions for Phillies as spring training officially kicks off

Much like last season, there are a plethora of questions in the Phillies camp. The difference this spring is that the topics are different. At this time last year the big question is who would be traded and when and what would the Phillies receive. Those deals have been made and some of the...

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 11:55 PM

Metro exclusive: Phillies' Aaron Nola on youth movement, his change up and Cliff Lee

When Aaron Nola was drafted seventh overall by the Phillies in June of 2014, a number of pundits correctly predicted that the polished LSU product would quickly hit the majors. Nola made his MLB debut just over a year after being selected and he didn’t disappoint.In 13 starts, Nola, 22, went 6-2...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12:08 AM

Phillies pitchers and catchers report: Aaron Nola highlights starting five

The Phillies starting rotation is actually better than it was at this time last year. That sounds like a stretch considering that Cole Hamels anchored the 2015 staff. Losing King Cole hurts but the same can’t be said for such retreads as Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams, as well as Sean O’Sullivan...

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 10:36 PM

Phillies' Aaron Altherr a safe bet to start in right field

Pete Mackanin couldn’t help but be intrigued by the numbers posted by Aaron Altherr, who was a late 2015 call-up. The athletic Altherr, envision a young, healthy Jayson Werth, had 20 extra-base hits in just 137 at bats after he arrived in mid-August.The long, lanky and fleet outfielder, who was...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 12:50 AM

Ryan Howard deserves warm send off in Phillies 'swan song'

Most of the pre-season Phillies chatter is centered around the club’s long-awaited makeover. The Phillies have finally received a much needed infusion of youth courtesy of a number of trades. A considerable amount of focus will be on the possible stars of tomorrow, Nick Williams, Zach Eflin and...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 12:23 AM

After productive offseason, Phillies look to be on the upswing again

The Philadelphia sports scene is at its nadir. The team which has arguably the brightest future finished 2015 with the worst record in major league baseball. Sports Illustrated recently gave the Phillies an “A” for its offseason.The assessment is on the money considering the Ken Giles trade to the...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 1:07 PM