I'm back! And better yet, with a great travel post for you. Last weekend, I took a trip to the capital of the United States, and it was beautiful. The famous cherry blossoms are currently in season, so the city was jam packed, but pretty nonetheless. Below are some stunning photos and my itinerary for the weekend, to help you if you plan on travelling soon. Enjoy!
Driving into the city, we took a stop at Union Market to get some lunch. Union Market is basically a warehouse filled with lots of small local vendors. I got an Indian crepe from dc dosa, pomegranate kombucha from Craft Kombucha, and some ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery (pb & j and maple bacon flavors!) At the front, there was seating outside as the venue can be partially opened, making it a great spot during the summer.
After, we headed to check into our hotel, the Grand Hyatt. It is very centrally located, about a 15 minute walk from the National mall. From there, we walked to the Natural History building of the Smithsonian, and spent the next few hours wandering around. If you didn't already know, the Smithsonian is a museum free of charge, and definitely a must-see on a trip to D.C.
From there, we walked over to the Washington Monument to take some photos. There was a bunch of cherry blossoms around the area too, and are currently in season, so we took a bunch of photos there also.
Next, was to see the white house. It is possible to view both the front and the back, but the back is a much larger space to view and take photos.
Lastly, we stopped for dinner at a Spanish tapas place, Boqueria. This is a branch off of the three locations they have in New York. The best dishes I got were the lamb meatballs and the nutella churros.
Started off the morning with some doughnuts at Astro. The line was out the door, but it was worth it. I split the salted caramel, Crème brûlée and cherry blossom donuts. The Crème brûlée donut was out of this world good, a must-try if you visit.
After, we took a cab up to the Lincoln Memorial. Although very busy, the view was beautiful
From the Lincoln Memorial, we walked down to the waterside and started the long journey among the blossom filled walk to Jefferson memorial. The view along the way was absolutely stunning. If you plan on going to Washington D.C. definitely check if you are going when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, because it's what made the trip for me.
Next, it was time for lunch at the oldest restaurant in D.C, Old Ebbitt Grill. The food here was good, but the atmosphere is what you go for. With velvet booths and old decor, it really looks like the oldest restaurant in the capital Although, make sure to book a reservation if you decide to go, as it was extremely busy.
After lunch was a trip to the next Smithsonian museum, the National Air and Space Museum. Filled with old planes, this building is a great stop to waste some time. A must-see for those who love anything about planes and space.
Since it was getting late, we took a cab over to Georgetown to walk around. Not only is it a great stop for food, Georgetown is super cute with colorful town houses and old street lamps in this hilly neighborhood.
The breakfast stop today was at a Belgian place 15 minutes from the hotel, B Too. Their specialties are the creative waffles. I got a cornbread waffle topped with pulled pork and sunny-side up eggs. A great morning stop for those Belgian lovers. A 5 minute walk away is Ted's Bulletin. a bakery specializing in their homemade pop tarts.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around more Smithsonian museums, as it was rainy outside. We saw the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, and American history at the National Museum of American History. Both were worth the line outside because they had some interesting exhibits inside. The must see is the cars exhibit in the American History museum.
Lastly, we walked to dinner at Rasika, an Indian restaurant. If you love Indian food, then this place is a great option. I ordered the Chicken Makhani and was stuffed after.
The last stop on the trip was for breakfast at Founding Farmers, a place dedicated to simple yet great food, I ordered the Strawberries and Creme French Toast, and it was probably the best French Toast I have ever had.
That concludes this travel post to Washington D.C! I hope it helped you plan for your next trip, or was at least a good look at what it's like. Let me know in the comments any of your must-dos from Washington DC, or if you want to visit. Have a great week!
Graced with a four day weekend, I happened to be in Boston, and had an enjoyable time. Therefore, I decided to show you my weekend itinerary, as to help you if you want to visit. Take a peek even if you don't plan on it, because it has some great pictures!
1. Day 1
Wake up was around 9 am at the Westin Copley Place, and took a quick walk over to Thinking Cup, on Newbury street. Breakfast was a small coffee/bakery shop that served hot breakfast sandwiches and pastries. I got a sandwich that was like a healthier, fresher, yummier version of a McMuffin and a chai latte. From there, it is very convenient to walk down Newbury, the famous shopping street in Boston. It has all the fancy stores, along with department stores. From there, I hit Boston Public Garden, which is gorgeous to walk around. Here are some pictures of it on the extremely cold day:
After walking through the park, you hit Charles Street, otherwise known as the old Newbury. Filled with small cute shops with adorable hanging signs, it was hard not to go into everyone of the stores. The ones I did stop in though were Tatte, J.P. Licks, and Beacon Hill Chocolates. I know, I know, they were all food related, but all amazing! Tatte is like the Thinking Cup, except with a wider menu for breakfast. Since I had already eaten, I picked up a few pastries for later, including a pistachio tart, Nutella cookies, and a meringue (all delicious!).
Next, I happened upon J.P. Licks, which I probably wouldn't have entered that early in the morning without a recommendation from my parents. I got the fresh banana flavor in a kiddie cup, because I'm a sucker for anything flavored banana. It was some pretty amazing ice cream. Overall they have some amazing flavor ideas, and I would definitely put it on your list. Next up was Beacon Hill Chocolates, in which I got a few flavored ones for Valentine's Day. My favorites were the lavender, green tea, and bacon flavored chocolates.
After picking up many delectable sweets, I took a trip to the New England Aquarium. Since I hadn't been to one in a while, I thought this one was pretty good. The animals were so cute, especially the penguins. Here is a little montage of my favorite shots.
To finish off the day, I took a 10 minute walk over to Boston Beer Works, a great place for some food on the cheaper side. Plus they had sweet potatoes, my favorite!
Since this day happened to be Valentine's Day and a Sunday, practically every single breakfast place was booked. That is why I ended up at the Cheescake Factory for a late breakfast. After, I took a walk across the street to the Boston Public Library, which is similar to the famous one in New York if you've ever been. The inside is a piece of art, with a grand staircase when you enter, and art covering the walls and ceilings.
The next stop is great if you have young kids: the Museum of Science. The building is filled with interactive exhibits, a perfect activity for keeping a kid occupied, and they learn at the same time. On top of that, there are many free shows throughout the day that are instructed by museum workers. Of you are older, I wouldn't recommend spending the day here, as there are other places to occupy your time.
After spending the afternoon here, I went out to a lovely dinner at Tapeo, a Spanish tapas place. The small plates were lovely, and perfect for people who love snacking and trying everything on the menu. Rice and beans, goat cheese, and cold cuts were among some of the dishes served.
Before heading home, I took a breakfast stop at The Friendly Toast, a great breakfast place if you want to try something new. They take regular diner breakfast dishes and change them. For example I had pancakes, but with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and bananas incorporated with them (my three favorite things!).
That was the itinerary from Boston, I hope you found it helpful if you live near there or plan on visiting it soon. How was your weekend? Did you have a long one like I did? Let me know if you've went anywhere recently in the comments below, and other places you would like to see an itinerary for. I hope you have a great rest of the week, and you'll hear from me soon.
Recently, I took a trip to Switzerland, and although I don't have a tremendous amount of pictures with me (because I was skiing), I wanted to share the trip with you. I visited Zermatt and Zurich over a 9 day period, and ate culinary delights, skiied, and toured the town.
First off, if you enjoy skiing and/or snowboarding, then this is the place for you. It is a family tradition of mine to spend New Years skiing, so I have visited a lot of ski mountains. Zermatt is one of my favorite mountains of all time. First of all, it is plain gorgeous. The Matterhorn is a famous peak found on a lot of Swiss branded items (Toblerone, for example). The town is cute and old, with very traditional buildings and a river running through it. It is also purely electric, so you can not drive your car up, but are required to either walk or take one of their boxy electric taxis or buses. The mountain is one of the tallest in Europe, and the runs are very long. You can also ski to Italy from the mountain, which is a great experience and a lovely way to visit more countries (plus, there is nothing better than Italian food!). Some of my favorite restaurants I visited while I was there was Chez Vrony , Chalet Etoile, and La Motta. Here are a few photos of Zermatt.
New Years Eve was spent at Schwyzer Stuebli, for traditional Swiss food. Throughout the night, there was a live band playing drinking songs and other Swiss music. The meal consisted of three courses, including fondue. Overall, the atmosphere in the restaurant is unlike no other, with locals singing along to songs and dancing. It is a noisy bunch of fun. Afterwards, we headed downtown where there was a stage set up with a DJ and counted down to the New Year. Fireworks exploded everywhere, as it is legal to buy them in Europe. People were drinking champagne, popping confetti, and shooting off fireworks as we headed back to our room.
Heading home, we decided to make a pit stop in Zurich, and let me tell you, it was worth it. Despite the weather deciding to pour rain the entire day, the city was colorful and charming. We took a walking tour offered by the information center, which took us around the entire city in only 2 hours. After, we peeked in at Cafe Schober for some amazing hot chocolate. Although, we were tempted by their cookies presented in the front bakery and may have grabbed a few. What I loved most about the city was how lights were everywhere. Almost every building in the city had delicate lights lined along their buildings, making the whole town stunning in the night. Certain streets in the city had covering of lights too, and overall it was beautiful. My favorite section was called "Lucy" in the sky, which were meant to look like stars. It was stunning. Below are some photos from the day.
Zermatt and Zurich were a great way to spend New Years, and I enjoyed sharing pieces of my trip with you. Let me know what you did to celebrate the start of 2016, and what posts you would like to see in the future. I hope you have a fabulous week!
Another travel post, are you excited? This weekend I took a trip to Philadelphia, and viewed all the Christmas cheer. Markets, trees, ice skating, lights and more are all around the city making it a great holiday trip. I wanted to share my itinerary with you along with a few photos. Enjoy! (note: if you are viewing this post on your phone, it might be VERY long with all the photos, so I recommend using a computer).
We arrived in Philly around lunch time, and decided it was perfect timing to get the famous Philly Cheesesteaks. Jim's Steaks was recommended to us, and when we arrived was relatively quiet. We ordered one with cheese wiz and one with provolone cheese to share. The sandwich was pretty good, and I surprisingly preferred the classic cheese wiz over provolone, because it added more moisture to the sandwich, as it was relatively dry for my taste. While exiting, we noticed some people who had purchased pizza from a local shop were wrapping it around the sandwich. Apparently it's a thing, so if you plan on going, look it up to see if you want to try it.
Our next stop was to check in our hotel, Le Meridien and take a walk around. The hotel was in the middle of everything, and you could walk pretty much anywhere. We stopped by Macy's and stood in line for over an hour to view the Dickens Village and after caught the light show in the store. Overall, it was very impressive for Macy's, the village was incredibly detailed, transporting you straight into the world of a Christmas Carol.
Next, we took a walk over to the Reading Terminal Market and walked around, looking at all the fresh produce and meats. Looked like a great place to stop and grab something to eat, although we were saving room for food later.
After, we headed to the Christmas Village, which if you have ever experienced before, is very similar to those in Europe. I have visited a lot of Christmas markets, from New York to Vancouver, and this was by far the best one I have visited besides European ones. Traditional wooden booths and lights set the atmosphere, and there was a giant tree in the middle. They sold gluhwein, pretzels, bratwurst, cheeses, crafts, and more. We came across a stand selling Austrian strudels, and I had to stop to get one. Needless to say, it was amazing.
Dinner was at the Brauhaus Schmitz for traditional German cuisine. Let me tell you, it had been a really long time since I had German food, and I was in love. We got a sausage plate to share with sides of spatzle and potato dumplings. The food was outstanding, and a must visit if you appreciate German food as much as I do.
We started off the day with brunch at wetstone tavern, and I shared the Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict. Although I do not have any photos, I can tell you that it was simple and the eggs were cooked to perfection. After breakfast, my brother requested hot chocolate so we did some quick research and took a walk to a cafe. We ended up at the Rim Cafe which didn't look impressive on the outside, but the inside was quite welcoming. We each ordered a hot chocolate ( I got peanut butter!) and some cannolis to share. While waiting, we looked all over the walls in ceiling, which were covered with photos, maps, and posters.
On the way back to the car, we walked though the streets of the Italian Market, which was filled with fresh produce and what seemed like dozens of meat shops. We also came across Philadelphia's Magical Gardens, which was a plot of land turned into one giant mosaic. Even if you are not a big fan of art, this is a great place to check out because you walk around surrounded by it.. Walking up and down around Isaiah Zagar's secret garden was magical, and a great conclusion to our trip.
I hope you enjoyed this week's long post, and that it gave you some inspiration for you holiday travel bucket list. I will not be able to post next week, but I hope you all have a great week, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Last night I took a trip to NYC and viewed the Holiday Markets and trees. Despite being around 70 degrees, the city is ready for Christmas with lights, decorations, and markets. I wanted to share some pictures with you along with where I went. Hope you enjoy this post, I am sorry for the poor-quality pictures, I took a lot of them in movement because it was crowded everywhere.
The first stop of the night was at Union Square, which have the biggest holiday market in the city, run by UrbanSpace. They had crafts galore, which were mostly businesses that opened small shops, The market was decorated with lights, stars, and lamps, which added to the atmosphere. On top of that warm drinks (Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, etc) and food were available. Although crowded, the market was beautiful and made it feel a lot more like Christmas despite the weather.
Next, we started to head over to Rockefeller center to view the big Christmas tree and Ice rink. On the way, we snapped a few pics of decorations throughout the city, and happened upon the Saks Fifth Avenue 3D light show, which was really stunning. Of course, while walking we picked up some roasted chestnuts from a cart to snack on. I've always felt like chestnuts were a necessity during Christmas time, but some people don't even know what they are, so let me know if I'm not alone down in the comments.
Finally, we arrived at the tree, which like always, was incredibly crowded. It took a good 10 minutes or so to shimmy down to the front, but the view was incredible. For people who don't tend to see a lot of evergreen trees, the sight is amazing. Plus, it is always amazing to see the scene where practically every Christmas movie has filmed.
Lastly, we headed on over to Bryant park, where there was another small market and ice rink. This one was a lot less crowded, but not as cute as the other market. The stands are more like mini enclosed shops than actual stands. Still, we took a quick walk around and picked up some dessert before heading home.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you a little taste of New York at Christmas time if you live far away. I am sorry this post is a day late, but I hope the topic of it makes it up to you. I might do a smaller post later this week if I have the time; there is so little time left till Christmas, but so many posts I want to do! Anyways, I hope you have a great week.
Last weekend I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona. I had a great 4 days there. and wanted to share my itinerary with you. Hopefully, this is helpful if you live near the area and/or want to visit. Also, it works as inspiration if you are looking for a place to travel. I have some gorgeous pictures for you too.
We arrived from our flight at Phoenix Airport around 3, and drove to Sedona. The season here is currently low season, but it is still warm outside so it is a great time to visit. I heard that Spring break is the high-time for visitors. Our first stop was the top of Airport Road. The above picture is the view from the top. I highly recommend visiting during sunset because the colors of the rock become a lot more vivid.
After, we headed over to Elote Cafe where I had the best Mexican meal of my life. Mexican has always been my favorite food, and this meal was absolutely outstanding. I ordered the Carnitas and it was heavenly. Each dish comes with large portions of meat, and warm tortillas on the side. I highly recommend getting Elote Corn as an appetizer to share and the Pastel de Elote for dessert. Below is a picture of my main course, after I had dived in. After dinner, we headed to our hotel Amara. The hotel has free valet service, which takes the hassel of finding/paying for parking. The room was big and clean, and the beds were very comfy. Not to mention they have a very large pool and hot tub.
Our first stop of the day was to Wildflower Bread Company for breakfast. The food was good, much like Panera Bread. After, we went across the street to take a Pink Jeep Tour. It was an amazing/scary experience. They take you up on the rocks in the middle of nowhere, and the views are insane. The tour guide we ended up with was hilarious, and you learn a bit of history too. The tour is a must-do for Sedona, because it is what Sedona is known for. After the tour, we went to lunch at Oak Creek Brewery at Tlaquepaque Village. I was feeling in the mood for something light, so I ordered a Spinach salad. I also shared the cheese and fruit plate, which was excellent. Although I went on the light side, the place is known for their burgers, and obviously, the beer. After lunch, we walked around the village and viewed the small art stores. The village was very cute and reminded me of Europe with the small cobblestone streets and old fountains. Next, we drove up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was pretty much a small chapel in the rock. Great views from up top, and the chapel itself is very pretty, with the entire back made of glass to view the rocks. Since the sun hadn't set yet, we attempted to hike up Bell Rock Vortex, but only did about half of the hike before turning back. It is a very easy hike, but doesn't have the best views.
First things first, I went to the downstairs lobby of the hotel to grab a cup of complementary hot chocolate . There was even marshmallows, crushed peppermint, and chocolate chips to go with it, Then, we headed to breakfast at Red Rock Cafe, in which the food took almost an hour to come out and wasn't very exciting. Later, we took the long hike up to Cathedral Rock. Although it wasn't the easiest hike, and is tough for those with high issues, the view at the top was stunning. The hike was probably my favorite part of the entire trip. Because the hike tuckered us out, we drove up to Oak Creek Vista for a peek of the canyon, and then went back to the hotel. Dinner was eaten at the restaurant in the hotel, Salt Rock. The food was good, but nothing compared to the Mexican on day 1. I ordered the guacamole, which you make yourself, and the lamb tostadas. For dessert, I had the chocolate peanut butter cake, which was very good (but I'm a fan with anything peanut butter).
The day started off with breakfast at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market. Out of all the breakfast spots on the trip, this was by far the best. I ordered the grains and greens bowl, which was two eggs on top of kale and vegtables. The breakfast sandwiches and burritos are also great choices. The cafe is also a great spot for coffee. Afterwards, we drove up Boyton Canyon and took a short hike up to the vortex. We went up to the vista point which was a very short hike, and had amazing views. The last stop was on the way to the airport, at Montezuma Castle National Monument. If you are flying in/out of Phoenix, this is a great halfway point to take break and view the park. It has a castle built into the rock of where previous Native Americans had lived.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful for travel inspiration. I am sorry for it being so specific this week, but hopefully you at least found the pictures interesting. I also want to apologize for any poor writing because I haven't gotten the chance to look this post over, as I wanted to get it out as soon as possible. I hope you have a great week!
This past weekend I visited Terhune Orchards in Princeton and picked a bag of apples. (okay maybe 2 bags...) and let me tell you, they look and taste amazing. If you live around the area, it is a perfect place to visit with friends or family in the fall. I now have plenty of apples to make pie, crumble, etc. This post is mostly focused on my outfit, but I put it under travel because of the setting. Plus, I might pop in a few pics of apples here and there!
Here is the full outfit. I tried to wear low cost things that I wouldn't mine getting a little dirty. By the way, I am very sorry for whatever my hand is doing in this picture, (I'm not quite sure whats going on either). Here is where everything is from
Bottom: Old Navy
Here is one last picture of my outfit. As you can see, it was a very windy day, which is why I wore long sleeves and pants, despite the semi-hot weather. I picked this light peplum top because it seemed very casual and outdoorsy to me. As for the jeans, I wore my darkest pair (but not black) in case they got muddy. Shoes are important. You should definitely wear comfortable shoes for walking around. The orchard is very big and clears out fast, so you might need to hunt for some perfect apples.
The orchard also had another area where you could get other things like mums and pumpkins. Inside the general store, they had all sorts of fruits and vegetables, along with their famous apple cider and doughnuts. The apple cider doughnuts are amazing. There was a separate area you could pay to enter and do fair activities, although we did not invest our time in that. Overall, the setting was magical and very fall-like, which is perfect for those autumn lovers.
I hope you enjoyed this first post under fall! Let me know in the comments if/where you go apple picking. Apples are one of my all-time favorite fruits (beside grapes and berries). I love dipping them in peanut butter. This apple picking outfit is just some inspiration for you during fall, hope you liked it!
Question of the Day:
Favorite Dish to Make with Apples?
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