The Moments That Matter

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Hi Everyone!

Life is all about moments – big and small. Moving out to San Francisco almost 5 years ago was one of those moments – a very big one in fact. Coming from Ohio, I really never experienced the West Coast and spent much of my time exploring familiar territory like New York and Chicago.

So much has happened in these 5 years that life in Ohio feels like a lifetime ago. I can say one thing, though. California is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I’m not just talking about San Francisco, y’all. California is much, much more to me than this 7×7 city. It’s the numerous national parks that are full of adventure, it’s the snow in Tahoe, and the beauty of the California coastline.

As a Californian (yes, I’m calling myself that), a rite of passage is to go down the 101 and take in the beauty of this state. The Highway 1 is a windy road that runs along most of the Pacific coastline and by far my favorite place to take visitors (new and old alike). You haven’t experienced California until you’ve experienced Big Sur and Monterey. It’s an adventure in itself.

Big Sur is the place to check off your California bucket list when you travel. From hiking to swimming to eating, Big Sur and all of Monterey is like stepping into a dream. Seriously, the possibilities of what to do, what to see and what to eat are endless.

Looking for a family fun experience? Head on over to Monterey Bay Aquarium and say hi to my favorite otters!

In the business of wining and dining? Head on over to Big Sur Bakery for an epic meal that will leave your tastebuds rejoicing.

If you’re looking for more fun outdoor activities, head on over to See Monterey’s list of badass outdoor activities.

So what are you waiting for? #GrabYourMoment and go down the road less traveled by – I promise it’s worth it.

For more information on exploring the coastline, check out all Monterey has to offer here!

Cheers!

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Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! This past weekend I made a trip up North to Seattle for a little weekend getaway. Spontaneous, maybe. Fun? You bet. We headed out early morning on Friday and spent the entire weekend eating, drinking and exploring our way through the city.

Friday night was pretty calm with a trip to Pike’s Place, drinks at Montana and then dinner at Kedai Makan where we noshed on roasted peanuts and vegetarian noodles with tofu. So good.

Saturday we paid a visit to the Space Needle and then breakfast at Glo’s in Capitol Hill. We were greeted with Courtney and Dave who made the trip down from Vancouver and of course, played several rounds of pool accompanied by a few beers. If you’re in Seattle, try Manny’s Pale Ale – a light, crisp and refreshing beer that’s perfect for drinking in any situation.

We grabbed a quick slice of pizza at Hot Mama’s and then polished off the night with pie from Pie Bar. Seriously, probably one of the highlights.

Sunday we woke up refreshed and ready to tackle our last day in Seattle. Brunched at Americana and then wandered around Seattle where we were greeted by friends who took us to Ballard for a beer and delicious burgers.

Half asleep since I’m typing this very late Sunday night, but I hope you had a beautiful weekend!

Cheers!

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday! I’m headed off to Seattle bright and early tomorrow morning and I can’t wait.

This trip was oh so spontaneous and to be honest, a little unlike me. I love to plan and be prepared so when I booked the flight, it was pretty thrilling. Especially since my travel companion is a hell of a lot of fun and a total babe.

I went in February, so I guess it’s only fitting that I go around the same time. It’s supposed to rain…a lot. I guess that’s what you get for going to Seattle during the winter?

Anyway, we’re staying in Capitol Hill and since I’ve stayed there before, I’m excited to explore it even more. I received a few places to check out from friends, but if you have suggestions – send ’em my way!

As for places I went last time, I think I did Seattle pretty well.

Oddfellows: The tastiest brunch there ever was.

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Pikes Place: I mean, c’mon.

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Stumptown: Damn good coffee and some of the best people watching I’ve ever experienced.

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Oakland Excursions

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Hi Everyone!

This past Sunday, I spent the afternoon exploring Oakland. I don’t get out there too often (unfortunately), but every time I go I find so many great places and instantly feel a bit more relieved. A quick escape from the craziness that can be San Francisco. A few places that top my list for gems in Oakland include The New Parish, The Fox, and Cafe Von Cleef.

Two places I had the pleasure of exploring this past weekend were Mr. Espresso and Hopscotch. Different places with different offerings, but both equally as a awesome.

My first stop was Mr. Espresso for an espresso and some sweet treats from Crispian Bakery. If you’re looking for some holiday sweets, look no further than Crispian. Their brown butter cookies are mind-blowing. Seriously.

I also had a blast at Mr. Espresso and was able to take a little tour of the facility. Also, if you don’t know, Mr. Espresso coffee is served everywhere in SF. Literally. Some of my favorites to sip on Mr. Espresso? Coffee Bar & Starbelly. Bless it.

After sipping espresso, Hopscotch and their fried chicken was calling my name. You guys. THEY HAVE IT IN A BUCKET. Beautifully crispy, but not too fried. This chicken was the standout. Along with the chicken, I nommed on yonsei oysters with sea urchin and polished off the meal with donuts ‘n’ cream.

It was an awesome outing in SF and I can’t wait to explore more. Next stop on my Oakland tour? Trouble Coffee in West Oakland. If you haven’t seen pictures via Instagram, you’ll see why it’s next on my list.

Cheers!

 

Weekend Snapshots Pt. 2

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Hi Everyone!

Like I mentioned yesterday, I went to Yosemite National Park this weekend. Simply said, it was amazing. We kept saying that photos don’t do this place justice. So instead, we took the mountains, the rocks, and the dust in. Truly, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and blending in countless forms, as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures, to draw her lovers into close and confiding communion with her.” – John Muir

Cheers!

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Weekend Snapshots Pt. 1

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely, lovely weekend. If you couldn’t tell from my Instagram photos, I spent the weekend in Yosemite. A last minute opportunity was presented and well, I couldn’t say no. There will DEFINITELY be a lot more nature porn coming to you tomorrow, but for today I wanted to share some awesome things that happened during the week (and a taste of Yosemite).

Tuesday I was able to snag tickets to the Giants game thanks to my lovely friend Cait! And even though the Giants didn’t win, it was great to hang at AT&T Park, drink a beer, and pretend to know what the hell was going on. #Sports!

Wednesday I stopped by the beautiful Modern Citizen showroom and ogled over all the beautiful pieces of clothing and sipped some majorly tasty Kampala Wine. Seriously, I will have that DAMN trench vest some day.

And then Friday headed to Yosemite with a few pals who just radiate positivity and good energy. Thank you Issac, Amy, Ashley, and Daina for a brilliant time! ❤

I’m feelin’ very refreshed and ready to tackle this week. Oh yeah! And i’ll be headed to Ohio (first time in 9 months!) for my cousin and ANDI’s wedding. A lot of excitement coming up.

Cheers!

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On Top

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Hi Everyone!

As y’all know, I love San Francisco. I really, really do. I was talking to a friend recently about how i’m known for well, bragging about this city. To be honest, I can’t help it. It’s the most beautiful place i’ve lived. And it’s home. My home.

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent last Friday exploring Bernal Heights. Located at the souther edge of the Mission, Bernal is a world in itself. At the peak of Bernal Heights Hill you feel like you’re on top of the world…or at least San Francisco. It’s a breathtaking view with or without Karl the Fog.

Once you reach the top of the hill, you can see over Noe Valley, the Mission, China Basin and the downtown skyline. It’s a beautiful, special place that makes you feel (on a lucky day) that you’re the only one that knows about it.

Some other favorite parks in SF? Billy Goat Hill (tree swing!), Hawk Hill, Tank Hill, Corona Heights (a must see!!) and Mt. Tam (up north). Beautiful places that make you feel, for a minute, that you stumbled upon an untapped city treasure.

Cheers!

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