Category TRAVEL

My Travel Checklist for a Great Road Trip

When I think of road trips, my heart skips a few beats. It’s all for good reasons because I love a great road trip! The thrill of waking at the crack of dawn, silently packing the car to avoid waking the neighbors. Signaling to the dogs that they are actually getting to join us on this journey – Bella hates driving in cars and only wants to be at the

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My Bay Area + San Francisco Restaurant Lust List

I’m incredibly blessed to be living in a state that has an out-of-this-world culinary scene, so you would only assume I’ve been running around trying every single one of them right? Well, not exactly. Shy of two years here in the Bay Area, it hit me that I’ve been in a rut of going to the same places over and over again.  I’m sort of over it and I want to branch

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5 reasons to visit Treasure Island

I have no idea why it’s taken me a year and a half to experience this creepy, yet ABSOLUTELY wonderful, man-made island, strangely called Treasure Island. Is there really treasure there? Really? None the less, this little island has come up in random conversations and various google searches as I discover more about the Bay Area. Yet, I’ve found very little desire to venture out and see what this place is really about. That

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An Epic Weekend in Las Vegas

Ah, Vegas! It’s been far too long! Ten years too long, to be exact. Looking back on this weekend, I think I may need a year of recovery before heading back to this intense and wild town. I’ve never done more in 4 days causing me to stay up far too late, sleep in like I’m a kid again, indulge in magnificent food, drink more than I would like to admit, and reconnected

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My Birthday Weekend

Getting older can be a little bit daunting, but luckily I have some amazing friends, family, and the BEST husband in the world, who made my birthday really special! Oh, and my dad sent me two stellar bottles of wine… that guy totally gets me! You are the best, dad!!!! Our adventure started out Saturday morning when we road-tripped it up to Sonoma, CA. I’m really starting to appreciate Sonoma. Though, Napa

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Adventures in Napa & Sonoma California

Have I mentioned how in love I am with California? Seriously… madly in love! What tops the cake, are the moments I get to head up north, to the wine country, and spend some time hanging out with my family. They just moved into this great new home where the backyard looks out onto the vineyards. Yep, definitely jealous!  My uncle is quite the wine connoisseur and foodie aficionado.  He’s always been

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One Epic Trip to Minnesota – Part Two

It’s easy to forget how great a place is until you come back to visit. Despite how much flack it gets, Minnesota is beyond beautiful in the summer and the first snow fall in the winter. Fall and spring are equally beautiful. In fact, if it wasn’t for the intense winter months where your car tends to slide into a snowy ditch on a weekly occurrence, the bird-sized mosquitos that

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One Epic Trip to Minnesota – Part One

Sorry for the absence lately. It’s been one busy, but amazing summer for Adam, I and our two dogs. If you are just tuning in, we’ve spent the last month and a half attending 3 different weddings in Minnesota and spending some time hanging out with family and friends. We are finally back in California and getting into the swing of things again, one of the reason for it being

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Beach life of Capitola, CA

I love chatting with people who are longtime residents of California and discovering some of their favorite hidden spots or must see destinations. Everyone I talk with agrees that California has a wealth of places to visit and see.  You can go in just about every direction and discover something different and unique to that area. Let’s be honest, if you are bored in California, there’s something really wrong with you! While

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Off The Grid Foodtrucks

When I first started culinary school the idea of a food truck meant career suicide. No one really got it, especially in Minnesota where it’s only warm for about 3 weeks (sorry, that’s my sarcastic nature there, in all honesty it’s really more like 5 weeks.) Food trucks were also pretty dull back then. Unless you were one of the lucky ones to live in LA, were food trucks really got

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