Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Since I’ve been getting rid of a cold, these past few days have been all about getting rest and sleeping in (well, until 8 a.m.).  Saturday morning I walked to get a few inches off my hair – needed!

After a haircut, I indulged in a little more R&R with some skincare products from Skinworx! They just opened up on Union Street and have an amazing assortment of skincare products like cleansers, serums and hydrating masks. Yessssss. Relaxing works up quite an appetite in my book so I decided to spice things up and make homemade tortillas! I’m not a chef, but I swear – it’s so easy. 3 steps, guys. And one of the steps is eating. Pair it with some La Victoria Pineapple salsa + some guac and it was a party.

Saturday night we headed to the Church of 8 Wheels with our friends Sarah and Zach for rollerblading. If you live in SF or visit, this place is a must. It’s hilarious, super fun and a pretty solid workout to be honest. Just beware – it gets packed by 9 and if you’re uneasy on skates, get prepped to leave with a few bruises.

Sunday I headed to Crossroads Trading to FINALLY sell some clothing that’s been sitting in our apartment. I don’t need to go over how obsessed I am with Crossroads, but let’s just say I opted for store credit rather than the cash. Outfits to come, I’m sure.

Hope y’all had a great weekend!

Cheers!

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Weekend Snapshots: Tahoe Edition

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday and if you’re like me, a start to your week. I spent the long, Fourth of July weekend up in Tahoe – an annual tradition with me and my best friends. I’m a big fan of rituals and traditions, so this holiday continues to be one of my favorites.

We headed down after work Friday with relatively no traffic (YAS!) and spent the entire four days SUPing, hiking, boating, and uh…drinking (naturally). It was the perfect way to spend the fourth – in a beautiful spot in Tahoe surrounded with some amazing people.

 

My girl Shikha shared some of her favorites about this weekend, but I wanted to share a few more highlights:

North Lake: There are a ton of spots to stay in Tahoe and we’ve stayed in all of them. South Lake is a little crazy (especially for the fourth) so this year we stayed in North Lake. Much more family, much more calm, and much more relaxed. Ahhhhh. 

Boating, SUPing & Tubing: HOLY HELL – I forgot how fun being in, on and around the water is. Definitely suggest trying out one or all of these activities. There are hundreds of rental places but we went with Full Throttle Tahoe for our boating and tubing adventures. Ask for Heath, he’s the bees knees!

Making meals: My love for food and eating is no joke. The ultimate way (in my mind) to spend the Fourth is by making food for friends. My group picked days for breakfast and dinner, but Ittai and I channeled our inner BBQ god and goddess and put fresh veggies and steak on the grill!

Spending quality R&R time: It’s not often where I can spend time in nature with friends without any distractions – you know how it is. Work, social media and life gets in the way. Luckily, this weekend was all about rest and having fun. I spent it with the perfect people and am feeling so incredibly grateful!

Hope y’all had an amazing weekend, too!

Cheers!

 

It’s Kosher

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“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

If you’ve been reading The Ohio Transplant for awhile, you noticed I was pretty silent. In fact, I wasn’t posting at all. For ten full days. Crazy, right? I hinted (not so subtly) on Instagram and Facebook, but didn’t really give you the full story of why I wasn’t posting or really where or why I was going where I did.

Last Wednesday I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime (seriously) to Israel for Birthright. Now, let me explain a little bit. I never considered to be Jewish – religiously or spiritually. Sure, a lot of my family is Jewish but growing up in a pretty open household I was never pushed to believe one ideology or one thing.

In my twenties, I was always curious about Israel and happenings in the Middle East. I found out that my curiosity could be satisfied via Birthright on a ten day trip to Israel. So, I  not really knowing anything about Israel or being Jewish, I blindly went.

This brings me to the above quote. While I never experienced Israel before or knew very little, I wanted to embrace the food, the customs and people fully and 100% – part of the reason why I was off the grid.

I felt like I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the culture if I was trying to connect to WiFi all the time. Luckily, I was in amazing company with twenty-somethings located throughout the United States and in Israel.

I know that these writings could never fully express what I experienced, but I’d love to share some highlights:

Experiencing a Shabbat: Israel (for the most part) shuts down from Friday evening to Saturday to celebrate.  While I was there, we relaxed after a crazy few days and spent time enjoying each other’s company.

Climbing to the top of Masada: We climbed Masada at the end of our trip and for me, it was one of the highlights. Masada overlooks the Dead Sea and is over 2,000 years old, so the story behind it is super rich and fascinating. While  I won’t get into the history of Masada, we woke up around 4 a.m. to see the sunrise at the top. It wasn’t an easy hike, but probably one of the more fulfilling and beautiful hikes I’ve been on.

The food: From morning to night, Israel is full of amazing places to nosh. I ate my way through Israel and definitely didn’t hate any minute of it. From falaffel in Jerusalem to schwarma and shakshuka in Tel Aviv, the food always felt fresh and made with love.

Other things to highlight? The insanely warm temperatures that require only short sleeves and sandals, riding a camel, sleeping in a Bedouin tent in the desert, and meeting some amazing life long friends. Pretty rad, indeed.

Will be posting more photos (I’m sure!) as time goes on, but wanted to give you a first look at what I experienced now that I’m not as jet-lagged!

Cheers!

A City Hike With A View

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Pants, Tank, Shirt: Athleta

Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday! City-charm and beauty aside, SF is home to a variety of epic landmarks and regional parks. As many of those who live in SF know, this city boasts a plethora of urban hikes that will leave you feeling like you’re in Yosemite without the drive.

So, I teamed up with Athleta a few weeks back to talk about some of my absolute favorite places to explore and some of my favorite things to wear.

Some of the must-sees?

  • Twin Peaks
  • Corona Heights
  • Presidio

Check out my full post on Athleta’s Chi Blog!

Cheers!

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, y’all! It was a pretty exhausting weekend so I’m ready to go home and be in bed at 9. Do you ever have those weekends?

This past week I had the opportunity to taste test some Greek Wine at Cafe Du Nord, celebrate the opening of Lemonade in San Francisco (yay!) and catch up with a friend at Jane.

Other exciting life news? Well, bought some furniture for our new apartment and went buck at Applebee’s. Pretty wild life highlights, am I right? 🙂

Until tomorrow!

Cheers!

Playing Tourist

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! I post about San Francisco all the time – not surprising, right? Even after 5 years in this city, I’m constantly amazed and excited about all the cool things this city has to offer.

Whatever neighborhood you live in, I promise you that if you look around the corner you’ll find a tiny mom & pop restaurant, solid coffee, amazing second-hand boutiques and architectural gems.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to play tourist (once again!) in my own city with the help of Verlocal. For some background, Verlocal allows you to find new and exciting experiences in your own city. From glass blowing classes to a thai cooking class, Verlocal offers a ton of experiences unique to your very own city.

So while I love cooking classes and the like, what really caught my eye was the Urban Jungles Urban Hiking Tour. We met bright and early in front of the Castro Theater where we found out the tiles and chandelier are the originals from the 1930’s.

We then climbed our way up to Twin Peaks, took a trip down Seward Street Slides and even discover a peaceful eucalyptus forest – all in San Francisco!

After we left the tour, I headed to Dolores Park on an unusually warm and sunny Saturday afternoon and raised a beer to the best city in the world.

Want to have an adventure in your city? Check out Verlocal here!

Cheers!