This post isn’t going to start the way one might think it would. It wasn’t a very sunny day and I wasn’t in a very good mood. I agreed after forcing myself to go to the gym that it was time to reward my laziness with my favorite coffee. In a bid to be less of a bump on a log, we hopped on the “N” and made our way to Outer Sunset and then Ocean Beach. Ben has been trying to find a DSLR so he could experiment himself and finally his new camera arrived in the mail. Thanks to Amazon’s quick delivery and some fortunate weather…off we went to explore another neighborhood!
Ethiopian brunch is a thing. I did not know it was a thing. I should give you some context that I’ve loved Ethiopian food my whole life – it’s one of my favorite types of food and my parents lived there for a while, enough to have passed this addiction on to me. So when I spotted Lucy’s on Serious eats, we had to try it.
I’ve gone really back and forth a few times on whether or not to write this post at all. Living out in the far outer rings of Silicon Valley feels like there is an unhealthy pressure to share a lot more of your life then you probably should.
As you may have noticed, I love a good hike. Unfortunately my go-to spot, and everyone else’s is Runyon Canyon. Runyon Canyon however is closed to the public for a while. Instead we opted for something closer to the Griffith Observatory.
We’re back! Every once in awhile, we return for a visit to Houston to see my parents…this time was no different. One quick plane ride and we were back in the humid, sunny oasis that is Houston. While Houston is really a quick ride away, they are still in the suburbs so Ben has never actually gotten to see the downtown part of the city. This called for an adventure.
This was going to be a cute little post about one of Houston’s suburbs. I was going to go on a little shopping trip with my mom and my boyfriend and Dad joined in of course. About three minutes into our roughly half hour away destination my mom declared we should go to San Antonio instead, wouldn’t that be fun? Three hours later into our shopping excursion turned road trip, we arrived in San Antonio – famous for the Alamo, the Riverwalk and it’s Spanish missions. [Disclaimer: As I had no idea we were going on this trip I did not bring my DSLR, enjoy the iPhone photos]
The unfortunate thing about SF is that apparently there are only 2-3 options for flights on Delta to Detroit. We took a red eye and made it just in time for a blurry eyed morning arrival in Detroit. One of my college friends is getting married so it was a good excuse to get with the gang and explore all day Saturday ahead of the wedding later that evening. Below are some of the best spots we found and our recommendations if you’re in town for a short while.
Our friend Jodi (check her out at @glutenfreetraveler) was coming into town for the weekend and after a quick spin for pre-dinner snacks at the super market…I realized how hard something usually so easy for me suddenly was. Jodi, who is celiac, found out as an adult and says it’s pretty easy once you know what might have gluten in it or not. But from where I was standing, anything from sausages to sauces were a potential pitfall. So, inspired by her visit here are some of the best gluten-free places we included in our food tour. What would a tour of the city be without a few suggestions for some sight seeing outings as well! So….those are in there too! Disclaimer: As we were on the go most of this weekend and near water, it was an iPhoneography kindof adventure. Sorry, DSLR.
You almost pre-emptively create a memory as you drive into Big Sur. Rolling down the 101 passing by cliff side views with the waves crashing against the shore and finally winding down into a thick forest making you question what time of the day it really is. Big Sur reminds me smells like great big pine trees and late nights with friends. My only regret is that we didn’t bring marshmallows to roast for s’mores. We ate dinner at our inn after realizing of course we were in the woods and had no service. Fortunately we’d grabbed a bottle of wine from our Wandering Dog Wine Bar tasting the day before and played Flux (card game) for several hours until finally our sleepyiness kicked in and we retreated to our separate little cabin rooms stocked with books and thick down comforters.
Just past San Luis Obispo and down into Santa Ynez Valley lays the small town of Solvang. This little Danish haven is the destination number one in our weekend getaway. We hopped in a rental car Friday afternoon with our friends and fellow NYC ex pats Nina and Mike and made our way through the mad rush of weekenders racing the sun to reach their holiday destinations.
Having been living here for a little while we’re getting into a bit of a routine when venturing into wine country. I also am often reading Sunset Magazine and scouring for the next great treehouse or you know whatever. Anyways our go-to is usually to stop in Healdsburg and stay in Calistoga. For those of you less familiar with Calistoga, it is one of the last great untouched towns in wine country. Here you can take a mud bath, soak in a hot mineral pool or just stroll around a very cute downtown area.
You are bored, you don’t know what to do today. Maybe you’ve traveled to San Francisco on business 5-7 times and while you like the Ferry Building and have tried out that new quinoa place, you’d like to explore a new neighborhood without feeling like you’re alone as others around you clink their freshly squeezed juice glasses cheersing.
Well, you’re in luck, Hayes Valley might be the place for you. For a quick little hour detour you can grab a latte, stop for a snack and get a little shopping in before heading off to your next adventure. For context, Hayes Valley is an area in SF but specifically between about and street on Hayes you will find the main strip of boutique businesses. Citizens of the area are known to especially dislike the idea of any corporations moving in and putting another outpost in their franchise here so you’re guaranteed some very unique, more special experiences. Below is a quick picture tour and some highlighted must-sees with addresses in case you’re looking for more specific info. By info I mean just snacks while you’re on your little jaunt. Bonus! Everything around here is about a five minutes walk from each other.
Here are some of my top picks….