If you’ve seen my Santa Barbara food guide I posted a couple of weeks ago, then you’d know I went to California over winter break. After we spent a relaxing few days with family, my parents and I headed to the big city of Los Angeles. It was such a huge change of scenery from the small, quiet little city we were just in, to the loud, bustling atmosphere in LA!
I visited so many amazing restaurants and cafes, and I’m so excited to be sharing my Los Angeles food guide. Enjoy!
The title says it all! This past week, I’ve been having such a great time hanging out with my extended family in Santa Barbara, California! I haven’t seen most of them in close to a year. All of us have such busy lives, but I’m grateful that we get to come together for a week and spend some time together before we go our own ways once again. We’re trying to make annual family reunions a thing… did you see our trip to DC last year?
We stayed in a super nice Airbnb with a whole kitchen filled stocked with a giant refrigerator and all sorts of kitchen appliances, so naturally we headed to the supermarket and bought a ton of ingredients so we could cook some nice meals. Usually when we are with family, we don’t eat out as much, just because it’s much easier and cheaper to make a ton of food for our large group to enjoy.
However, we did end up stopping at some pretty yummy restaurants. They were all so good! If you’re ever visiting the Santa Barbara area, you HAVE to stop by and try out some of these places.
It’s been almost a month since I came back from my trip to New York. I’m actually still sorting through various pictures on my camera roll and trying to get them organized. We literally took a picture everywhere we turned, and I guess I’m kind of paying the price for that. But looking back on all the amazing food we ate, I’m so glad I took so many pictures! Today I’m sharing a couple of the best sweet treats in NYC, to cure our sweet-toothed cravings. Plus, you really can’t experience New York to the fullest without going to places like Cookie DŌ or Dominique Ansel.
I hope you enjoy!
P.S. If you haven’t read my previous NYC post, make sure to check it out! It’s all of the delicious brunch places we went to in the city. If you’re ever in the area, I hope these two posts help you out. There are also more coming… I just have to get another 200 or so photos (and my life) together before I can write another one! Continue Reading
Hi friends! I’ve been in New York for the past week. 5 days, to be exact. I’ve seen basically all there is to see, ridden the subway so much that I’ve memorized the stations in lower Manhattan, and most importantly, eaten a whole lot of food. New York was everything I’d dreamed it would be, and more! Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Top of the Rock + the Rockefeller Christmas tree… they’re all exactly how I’d imagined. Especially during the holiday season, traveling to the city was utterly and completely magical.
You know the saying, “Sundays are for brunch”? Well, when you’re vacationing in New York City, the saying should be, “Everyday is a good day to brunch.” Because we didn’t have to get up early, my parents and I brunched every single day we were there. By combining breakfast and lunch, it saves money, and gives you an excuse to eat a late afternoon “snack” at Black Tap or Cookie Do. Plus, brunch is ALWAYS a good idea.
So my first post of 2018 is a food guide of all of the brunch spots we ate at in NYC. Starting off the new year right? I think so. Continue Reading
As a kid, growing up, I was always so sad when December 26th rolled around. I didn’t care about anything anyone said… I was just so bummed that Christmas day had come and gone, and school would be starting soon, and everything would be going back to normal. But now? I’ve realized the holidays really aren’t over yet… Christmas decor won’t start coming down until a couple days after new years, and until then, people are still prepping for the long-awaited January 1st. So don’t be sad! I like to try and keep up with the Christmas spirit for as long as possible (which means continuing to bake all things gingerbread/peppermint and inhaling hot cocoa by the cup).
Speaking of which, I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas!
My parents and I traveled up to Washington D.C. to meet up with a couple family members, which was so exciting! Even though we didn’t get to spend Christmas at home, we were surrounded by the company and presence of family and amazing food. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was almost even better away from our actual Christmas tree.
So today I’m sharing a couple fun foods from our wonderful time spent in Washington D.C. Although it isn’t one of my usual posts, it’s still a whole lot of food, so I’m not complaining… hehe. Enjoy!
Hello, friends! I’m coming at ya right at noon this lovely Saturday, with a brand new travel diary. Woo-hoo! First of all, a quick life update: I’ve been gone for a while because, last week, I’ve spent 12+ hours each day at my high school preparing for the upcoming school year. I mentioned this in my 5 ingredient cookie recipe a couple days ago (P.S. I’m so so sorry that post was so short!), which is why I’ve been so inactive lately. I’m dreading the next few weeks to come, but at the same time super duper excited for BTS season!
I mentioned in my London travel guide that, right after spending the last day there, we hopped on a train and traveled up north, to Scotland! I’m currently looking back at the countless photos and all the memories made during that trip, and seriously! The post-UK withdrawals are real. Although we only spent 2 full days there, we managed to squeeze a good amount of fun excursions into the time we had (hint: castles, Mexican food, and a whole lot of fun). So here’s part 2 of my summer travels for y’all. Enjoy! Continue Reading
Heya, friends! If you’ve been following my Instagram stories lately, I’ve hinted a little at where I’ve been these past couple weeks. I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, but I have a preeeetty reasonable excuse (if I do say so myself)🤷🏻♀️.
I’ve been in LONDON!
Y’all! Ever since I was a little girl, my absolute dream destination has always been someplace in Europe. Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, whatever it might be, I’d always envisioned being able to fly across the ocean and explore a whole new part of the world. And after being obsessed with the history, Harry Potter, and obviously the basic tourist attractions, London jumped up to the tippy-tippy top of my bucket list. I mean, the British accents, gorgeous architecture, and centuries of the royal monarchy had me hooked. I couldn’t wait to experience the city itself.
And now? I’ve been so incredibly blessed with this life changing experience, and I want to share my memories with you. I believe that you, if you ever decide to travel to London, should be able to make use of the time spent abroad to the best of your ability. It goes by FAST. Seriously. As you walk through the city, explore what it has to offer, hours turn into days and suddenly you’re back on an early morning flight home. In this London travel guide, I’ve spent a few days gathering together basically every single thing we did in London and shoving it into one giant blog post. Well, not shove (this post is practically my baby), but it’s a crap ton of information.
So, sit back and relax. Let’s spend six days in London together, shall we?
As y’all know, finals and graduation season are currently in full swing. Although I’m nowhere near graduating any time soon, this past weekend, I had the privilege of attending my cousin’s graduation from the University of Illinois. I had one of the most memorable weekends of my life and I thought I’d share my experience with y’all. Walking around the campus and witnessing the beginning of many people’s lives was an unforgettable experience.. Here we go!
A couple hours beforehand, we packed and got my cousin’s graduation present wrapped. Then, we headed out the door to catch our flight. After we got past airport security, my dad and I sipped on some yummy green juices from Red Mango. Champaign, Illinois is a small college town a couple hours from Chicago, which means the airport was super tiny and the airplane we t0ok getting here was even smaller! We were both exhausted by the time we arrived at my cousin’s house. I had trouble keeping my eyes open! We had a quick dinner, took a shower, and went straight to bed.
I just got back from my trip to Colorado this morning at about 2 o’clock, and I’m completely exhausted. Honestly, I’d get some rest, but I’m just too excited to share my colorado/new mexico food guide with y’all! We drove up to Colorado to go ski at Wolf Creek, and passed by New Mexico to and from Colorado. I got so many good photos and ate so much good food, so this is going to be a rather long post. I hope y’all will find this colorado/new mexico food guide helpful! xx
On our way to Colorado, we stopped by Santa Fe (which is, by the way, the cutest little town ever!). We drove around until we stumbled upon this adorable adobe-style Whole Food’s Market! I was so hungry, and I was so happy that we’d found a place that felt kind of like home. I ordered a roasted asparagus tomato parmesan sandwich, with some roasted veggies and sweet potato fries! If any of y’all are planning to pass by Santa Fe, Whole Foods is always a great option.
There’s nothing better than knowing it’s Sunday, and that there’s no school on Monday (at least for me). Also, there’s nothing that I love more than a good road trip. Even though it can get a little boring at some points, the scenic views are absolutely gorgeous. Going on a road tripg is probably one of my favorite ways to travel, so I thought I’d share some things that are essential on a long drive.