Category — Things I’m Loving

{itineraries} 3 Days in London – Off the Beaten Path (With or Without Kids!)

Having been to London quite a few times, on a recent trip I decided to try some activities and itineraries that are decidedly off the beaten path. It was so much fun to avoid the crowds of Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace and get into some spaces and places that were less clogged by tourists yet even more enjoyable.

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August 14, 2015   No Comments

{10 Second Vacation} Quito, Ecuador (Plus a Few Side Trips)

We hit up Quito, the charming capital of Ecuador, last summer before heading to Machu Picchu. It totally exceeded expectations. Everywhere you look, there’s a beautiful view. It’s a lively small city with a lovely colonial center. The people are friendly and there is lots to do. Not only that, it’s a really cheap town – we rented a lovely 2 bedroom apartment for around 70 bucks. A far cry from paying $200 a night for a decent hotel room as you do in many places. Plus, Quito can be a jumping-off point for so many other adventures, like a visit to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, or the beach.

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June 25, 2015   No Comments

{hacks} 10 MORE of the Most Amazing Food and Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

I know what you’re thinking: after my last 13 Amazing Food and Life Hacks, how could I POSSIBLY have any more incredibly useful and fabulous life hacks for you? Well it has taken me awhile but here are some more. Read on for TEN MORE of the most life-changing, wonderful, great food and life hacks.

1. Does your room have an unpleasant smell? Tape a dryer sheet directly over your face.

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2. If you have been saving old Pringles cans so you can clean them out and store spaghetti in them, just throw them away instead. 

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June 16, 2015   4 Comments

{i can’t even} 10 of the Absolute Worst Ideas on Pinterest

There are a lot of bad ideas on Pinterest, but these are some of the ones I personally find to be the worst. And if you knew how many times I thought “I can’t even” during the writing of this post you would start painting acorns or something.

So without further ado, these are ten of the worst ideas on Pinterest.

1. “Weird and Wacky Bologna Cake”

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Just so we’re clear, this abomination of a “cake” is made of bologna, cream cheese, dry ranch dressing mix, and squirt cheese. Let me just give you a moment to throw up in your mouth.

 

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February 26, 2015   6 Comments

{read this} Around the World in 20 Books

I am one of those lucky people who gets to travel a lot, and when I do, I try to find books set in the place I’m visiting. There is nothing quite so immersive as reading a book set in the very place you’re experiencing!

Of course, only a rare few of us can travel as much as we’d like, so in between we can read books that take us around the world. I thought I’d share this list of 20 books that can take you around the world from the comfort of your living room sofa. These books make you feel you have taken a grand trip, without the jetlag. And please let me know what you think is missing from this list! I’d love to hear your favorites.

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Around the World in 20 Books – 20 Great Books That Transport You to Another Place

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – Greece [Read more →]

February 5, 2015   2 Comments

{sf} 10 Things To Eat in San Francisco Before You Die

I am one of those rare San Francisco natives – that’s right, I popped out at UCSF hospital and grew up in Cole Valley. After a stint in San Diego for college, and a few formative years in Brooklyn, I moved back to the city for good. I tried out the Tenderloin, the Mission, and even (gasp) Oakland before settling into the Castro. So believe me when I tell you that I know my San Francisco treats. Here are 10 things to eat in San Francisco before you die, in no particular order.

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Carnitas Burrito “Dorado Style” at La Taqueria

What if you took a perfect, rice-free burrito and then grilled it on a flat-top to give it an extra crunch? That’s what they have been doing at La Taqueria for decades. This is the best burrito out there. I love it so much I constructed an epic gingerbread La Taqueria last Christmas. It’s that good. It was also recently voted best burrito in the U.S. Don’t listen to those carpetbaggers who claim allegiance to Taqueria Cancun or El Farolito. I theorize that those people only eat burritos when they are drunk so their burrito judgment is impaired.

Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies at Dianda’s 
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January 13, 2015   4 Comments

{hacks} 13 Amazing Food and Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

I know what you’re thinking- how could there possibly be any food hacks that I do not yet know? But read on and I think you will find that these are some you have never seen before. You will be amazed at how these simple food hacks can make your life easier and better!

1. Keep cake moist by just eating the entire thing in one sitting. 

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2. How to determine if an egg is fresh: do you remember buying the eggs? If you don’t, they probably aren’t fresh.

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November 17, 2014   174 Comments

{magic kingdom} A Journey Through Bhutan, the Last Himalayan Kingdom

When I received an email saying “Here are your documents for your visit to the Land of the Thunder Dragon” I knew that visiting Bhutan was going to be the trip of a lifetime. And I was right.

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September 30, 2014   3 Comments

{a few of my favorite things} 8 of the Coolest Artist-Made Holiday Gifts You Can Give this Year (for $50 or Less!)

Each holiday season I try to buy local, artist-made goods to support my community and the creative class at large. No Walmart for me!

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Here are some of the coolest things I’ve found this shopping season – and they’re all made by individual craftspeople and artists, and they are all really special. If you happen to slip any of them into my stocking… well, let’s just say I wouldn’t mind.

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December 4, 2013   No Comments

{10 Second Vacation} Ahhhh, the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is known for its beauty, with steep cliffs leading down to endless bays and beaches. Most people focus on the touristy northern town of Positano, but there are some real gems a bit farther south. Heading south from Positano, the Fiordo di Furore is a special place–a pocket-sized inlet with a dramatic arched bridge. Its beach is littered with smoothed-out pottery shards you can collect. Further down the road is the lively town of Amalfi itself. Away from Amalfi’s choked roads, you’ll reach Atrani, a sleepier and more quaint town that is one of my favorites. High on the hills above Atrani and Amalfi is Ravello, which is worth a trip for the views alone. Enjoy! 

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window view from Ravello

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September 30, 2013   5 Comments