Purple Sunset | Tahoe City, California

I think I’ve made my love affair with Lake Tahoe pretty clear. (If you missed my guide to driving around the lake, check it out!) It is such a gorgeous, serene destination. I went back this month for a brief trip and fell in love all over again. While out […]

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Layover City Scenes | Reno, Nevada


Earlier this month I was in Tahoe for a conference and we flew in and out of Reno International Airport. Since I had a little time to kill before our return flight (and smokey gambling did not sound appealing), I decided to explore the city and visit the river walk at […]

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Ballast Point Brewery | Temecula, California

I love Ballast Point, a San Diego based craft beer brewery, so I had to try their new restaurant and bar in Temecula. (If you don’t know, Temecula is about an hour North of San Diego and has a beautiful and thriving wine country. It also happens to be the city I grew […]

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Pack It Up! | What to Bring On Your Chinese Adventure

Image by Christian Junker | Photography via Flickr Hi guys! It is that time of year again when I am itching to plan a few trips. I would love to make it to Asia, specifically China, but I know the trip requires a great deal of planning and foresight. I partnered […]

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Casa Batlló and La Rambla | Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla is arguably the most famous street in Barcelona. It is wide, tree-lined, and somewhat tourist-y in nature, but it is also a lovely place to sightsee and enjoy at least once while in the city. We walked to La Rambla from where we were staying near Sagrada Familia […]

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Pizza Port | Carlsbad, California

IN SEARCH OF A CASUAL, FAMILY FRIENDLY PLACE TO EAT BY THE BEACH IN SAN DIEGO? (P.S. THIS ONE IS DOG FRIENDLY TOO!) I get asked a lot for my San Diego County recommendations on things to eat/see/do. There really is SO much in a small area, that it can be […]

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Plaza de Cibeles | Madrid, Spain

There were many areas of Madrid that reminded me a lot of Paris. Particularly toward the city center where Charles and I took a long walk one morning, although many areas also echoed this sentiment with the sidewalk cafes, wide and clean streets, and quintessential charm. Madrid has that classic […]

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Al Fresco Lunch | Sorrento, Italy

After we explored Capri, but before going to Pompeii, we had a delightful al fresco Italian lunch in Sorrento. As expected, the drive through this area is incredible, with impeccable views at every turn. Our lunch in Sorrento featured fresh vegetables, cheese, wine, and champagne. And all sorts of Italian dishes. […]

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Paella at 7 Portes | Barcelona, Spain

First thing is first. What in the world is paella? (I admit I really didn’t know exactly what is was for a long time.) WHAT IS PAELLA? Paella is a Valencian (coastal region of Spain on the Mediterranean) rice dish. Since the region starts only a few hours south of Barcelona, the […]

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Flamenco at Las Carboneras | Madrid, Spain

Before we visited Spain, I was excited to experience Flamenco, but mostly because I thought it would be a fun night out and help me learn more about Spanish culture. I was unprepared for how emotional and captivating it would be, and I never expected to be moved to tears. (Which […]

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