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SF Eats: Two Days of Eating My Way Through San Francisco

Though it’s only an hour away, I always feel that I don’t get to San Francisco enough. It’s such a fun city to wander around. It also happens to be superb for people watching and meeting. Plus all of the amazing food and cocktail options? Yeah, it’s a pretty sweet place that I’d love to get to know a lot better.

Early last month, I headed to San Francisco for a work conference and was forced to stay overnight in the city for  two nights. Right off Union Square. At a Kimpton Hotel. With a free rooftop happy hour that was killer. How horrible, I know. 

I had an absolutely amazing time during my stay meeting up with a San Francisco-based blogger you may know, catching some sweet views and, as to be expected, eating and drinking my way through San Francisco. Now, I will pass along my knowledge, for your next trip to SF!

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Afternoon Tea at the Wolseley

Wanderlust Wednesday. Isn’t that the case everyday? I’m having blast reliving my travels to New York, London and Paris last year by reading through my travel journal and sharing with you. I am loving reading through what I did each day and how I liked the various activities and cities. It’s giving me a serious case of nostalgic wanderlust. Can I go back, like, now!? I’m also really proud of myself for being so consistent and thorough in my journaling so I can remember the details from over a year ago.

So, before I share my other favorite afternoon tea adventure with you, I need to preface the photos included with this:

Please, please excuse the horrid lighting in the included photos. It was really, really dark at 4 pm when we went to tea in December and my (now obsolete) iPhone and my point and shoot camera could not handle it. Poorly lit photos are both something I disdain and, oddly, my M.O. I’m sorry. Can we still be friends?

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Let’s get to chatting about my other favorite place for tea in London, shall we?  Read the rest of this entry

The Orangery, a Proper Afternoon Tea in London

Wow, this year has flown by. Christmas is over and New Year’s is just a few couple of days away. As you may remember, Chef and I spent Christmas in Charlottesville last week and our time couldn’t have been any better. Okay, mayyybe if we’d had Mr. Leon with us, we’d have had a slightly better time. Over the roughly 4 full days we were in Virginia, we managed to binge eat everything in sight and drink copious amounts of wine and cocktails. So now, as many other good-time-having Americans are, I’m looking for good running shoes, a quality activity tracker (Fitbit? Jawbone?), and a new insulated mug to drink all of the tea I can get my hands on. Side note: My favorite teas are mint or Stash’s Lemon Ginger. From now on, I will be drinking approximately 48 ounces of tea at work to stay hydrated and start flushing out all of the toxins I’ve consumed.

But that’s not exactly why we’re here, is it?

My absolute favorite picture.

My absolute favorite picture.

No, we’re here to discuss the absolutely amazing time I had in London last year while also drinking copious amounts of tea. Read the rest of this entry

Getting Ready for Portland (2014 Edition)

Man, oh, man. With the NapaQuake turning the Wine Country upside down for a short while (click here to read my story), I’ve been itching to get out of California.  My trip this past weekend to Chico was heaps of fun and filled with food, friends, and beer! But I have somewhere a little farther away I’d like to get to.. PORTLAND! We all know Portland is one of my favorite cities and I’m excited to say that this weekend, I’ll be jetting up to that fabulous city for a quick weekend getaway.

My darling friend Kortni and I have been scheming together to see one another, but our schedules are jampacked. Sometimes being an adult sucks. But we finally discovered not one, but TWO weekends where we’ll get to see each other. A few weeks after my visit up to Portland, she’ll make her way down to Napa. That should definitely keep my wanderlust at bay until my Mexico trip in November, but more on that later.

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This picture captures us perfectly.

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Playing Tourist: A FREE Napa Valley Experience

As a Napa Valley native, I know that eating and drinking are two of the top reasons people from around the world flock to the place I call home. When people think of the Napa Valley it’s usually something like: World class wines! Michelin-starred restaurants! Celebrity sightings! But these things can add up at the end of the day. And what about when you’re not eating, drinking and searching for celebs? I know, although rare, such times do exist in the Napa Valley.

Well, guys, I’ve got a fun and free Napa Valley experience for you. Oh yes. Free. And not like some crappy Cracker Jack toy. 

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Weekend Recap: A Whirlwind Weekend in Asheville

Alright, y’all. After a week off from posting due to moving, I’m ready to share all the fun that was had on my trip to Asheville, NC. As I’d mentioned before, the long weekend Chef and I spend in North Carolina was filled with food (and booze!), family, and exploring– three of the best things, in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry

NYC Eats: Katz’s Deli

I hope y’all are ready: it’s my first post about my delicious 3 week winter adventure!

We will be starting off in New York City, the first city on my itinerary. As I’m sure you have, everyone has heard of Katz’s Delicatessen one way or another. Whether it was in When Harry Met Sally (you know, that scene.) or when the recipe for their matzo balls was shared with the world (Yes, please!) or when apparently 20 or so women recreated that scene from WHMS and it made Time’s website (see here). Or, you know, in a guide book. I had been to Katz’s once before (in 8th grade) but it was a foggy memory for me. So, obviously, when I ventured to New York for a few days with my parents, we had to stop by Katz’s.

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