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Friday Five

Happy Friday!! Let’s get this weekend started. Piña colada anyone? 

1. If you loved the idea of a cupcake ATM and now I’m freaking out over this new ATM!

2. Heading to Paris? You need to check out these three (and free!) museums. 

3. Cooking fish has always freaked me out. I’m worried I’ll over cook it or ruin it. Not with these ridiculously easy variations!

4. I need this adult slushy in my life. #roseallday

5. The Travel Vlogger shares their favorite places to visit in Prague. LOVE this video list! 


Friday Five

1. I was asked if I’ve ever made any gluten-free baked goods by a friend who knows my love of baking. I blurted out “not intentionally” before realizing she was being serious. And then I saw this recipe for a gluten-free lemon poke cake.. in a slow cooker! OMG. A perfect use for some homegrown lemons..

2. Joy (of Joy the Baker fame) is a baking angel, a baking lifesaver, if you will. Check out her post on How to Read a Recipe (something we can all learn from) and How to Be a Better Baker, because truly, anyone can bake with effort and the right mindset. #truth

3. Beaches. Elephants. Food. Temples. Angkor Ruins. Karla over at Foodologie went to Thailand and now it’s all I can think about. Fresh coconuts for breakfast?!

4. While karaoke has always held a place in my heart, the lip-syncing battles Jimmy Fallon has had on his show slay me. But now this show is coming out!? OMG I can’t wait until April 2nd!

5. I’ve not been shy about my obsession with the Czech Republic and Prague, specifically. This list not only furthers my obsession, it makes me want to go back asap! Oh, that sweet, sweet Czech beer!

Two Days in Prague: What to Do

Tuesdays can be good things. Taco Tuesdays, Travel Tuesdays, Martini Tuesdays.. All good things. This Tuesday is a Travel Tuesday sort of day. The lovely ladies at The Lazy Travelers + the Hubs will soon be in one of my favorite cities in the world: Prague. I’ve written about some of my favorite memories of Prague and where to eat in Prague, but I wanted to be a bit more specific for this trio. They’ll only in Prague for a couple of days, so I told them I’d give them my “must dos” and throw in some extras , in case they manage to wind up with some more time!

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Memories of Prague: Favorite Restaurants

One of you lovely little followers, Bryonie Carolan from Those London Students, commented on one of my posts a while back. This particular post happened to be about my being nostalgic about studying abroad in Prague, and as it turns out, Ms. Bryonie is currently studying abroad in Prague! To pass along my four months worth of extensive knowledge about living in Prague and also to relive my time there, I decided to come up with a couple of lists of my favorite things/places in Prague. Food. Trips. Bars. Vistas. Ya dig? Today, we begin with my obvious favorite of all favorite things: food! Read the rest of this entry

I’m a Jetsetter Celebrity

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We’re halfway through the week, woo!

Remember how last week I mentioned that I was going to be a featured jetsetter on The Lazy Travelers? Well, last night, The Romantic and The Wino posted my answers to their jetsetter questions! Check it out here! I’m totally famous now. I’ll be cheersing this lovely honor later this evening, if any of you care to join. Champers to celebrate, anyone? You’ll be able to read about my favorite and least favorite hostel experiences, see my favorite travel picture, learn what my favorite meal is (okay, who am I kidding, it’s meals) and more!

Be sure to check out their website, to follow them on Twitter, and if you’re on Facebook, like them! These girls always crack me up, provide amazing travel insight and advice, and most importantly, love a bottle of wine or five.

Meet the Romantic and the Wino.

And on that note, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, too! Keeping my posts under 140 characters is usually a lot easier than planning out a whole post full of thoughts and photos. So you get to read me more often, something I know you’re dyyyying to do!

Memories of Prague: Oktoberfest

This Sunday marks the end of Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich. What a sad time for beer drinkers around the world. I’m sure the countdown for 2013’s Oktoberfest will begin Monday morning once the hangovers have subsided.

Okay, so the title of this is a bit of a misnomer. But here’s the technicality: I never would have gone to Oktoberfest in Munich, had I not been studying abroad.. Ergo, it’s a memory from a portion of my Prague trip. Following me still?

Sigh. Oktoberfest in Munich. Where to begin?

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Memories of Prague: I Arrived

It’s crazy for me to think that two years ago August 27th, I was boarding a plane to the Czech Republic. Two years ago this week, I met some of the most amazing people who I am still lucky enough to call close friends, despite being geographically distant, who came from all over the world to embark on a study abroad adventure beginning in Prague. I was able to travel all over Europe with them and once we were back in our respective homelands, all over America with them.

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Map Frame

Sorry I didn’t post this last week; I was a busy lady! Not only was it the 4th of July, but Charise got married and I was the maid of honor! So up to Chico I went to help her with whatever last minute details she needed help with.

But back to something that you should might find exciting. I was finally craftier than usual: I made a present for Mel! She is moving from down undahh to the land of stars, stripes, and bald eagles this week and I wanted to bring her something to decorate her new house with. I’ll be bringing it to her when I visit and help her get acquainted with the greater Chicago area.

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NYC Eats: Zlatá Praha

Svíčková. I know you’re thinking, “Ummm what the heck is that?” But svíčková (pronounced svitchkova) is a fabulous dish I discovered during my study abroad stint in the Czech Republic, so I don’t expect you to know what it is. According to Wikipedia, it is marinated beef sirloin. All I remember it as, is a couple of slabs of meat, smothered in a delicious gravy, topped with a lemon slice, cranberry jelly, and whipped cream, served alongside knedlíky (dumplings). During our group’s travels, our friend Nic coined the phrase “I’ve got the itch for the svitch,” whenever he was craving his favorite Czech dish. After reading how The Romantic and The Wino are trying to win a trip to Prague via their blog, I discovered it hard to recover from the wave of nostalgia I felt. I miss it so much! I also miss the food and beer! Speaking of fabulous Czech food, I went to a great Czech restaurant over summer in Queens, NY. If you’re in the area, you should check out Zlatá Praha. They even have hard to find Czech liquors and beers (on tap!!). Below is a picture (I took it at Zlatá Praha during my trip to NYC) of what you can expect should you order svíčková at a Czech restaurant.

Got the Itch for the Svíč.. Svíčková, That Is. | @innatsshoes

I’m pretty sure it’s a law that you have to pair it with a Czech beer.

Update: During my trip to NYC in December 2013, I was beyond bummed to learn that Zlatá Praha had closed. I was heartbroken that I wasn’t going to take my parents there for dinner. Na zdraví and na shledanou to that delightful little slice of the Czech Republic in the States.