A Spooky Stroll in Salem

It isn’t actually too spooky… but we did encounter some awesome decorations and a halloween parade so it fits!

Many flock to Salem around Halloween as it is not only the home of the Salem Witch Trails from the 1600’s but also where the movie Hocus Pocus was filmed.

Two of my best friends just bought a house in Salem, so we went to hang out from the evening and just happened to witness a cute hometown Halloween parade.img_0261img_0262img_0264

What outing would be complete without a little beer tasting! Notch Taproom and Brewery is conveniently located with an amazing outdoor patio that allows you to sit riverside. img_0269img_0270img_0272img_0274

The beer is great and the pretzels aren’t bad either.img_0276img_0280

People lined up for the parade!img_0282img_0283

The cemetery in town. Spooky.img_0289img_0292

We hit Opus for dinner. The menu here has everything a diverse party could want. Sushi, burgers and fries…oh my!img_0294

These fries were delish.img_0297

The sushi was great too!img_0298img_0300

Can’t wait to visit my friends in Salem again and experience more what this cute, historical town has to offer.

What exactly are the Cloisters?!

A totally hipster morning in Williamsburg. I am not sure if hipster is still a thing or even what I mean by it but I was surely not cool enough to get coffee here! img_0563img_0564

I heart big cans.. hahaimg_0565img_0566

Must brunch at Pies -N- Thighs – you WILL feel 10 pounds heavier after this meal but it is dang good. img_0567img_0568img_0569

Lots of awesome street art in Williamsburg – loved it.img_0573

Heading out of the city for some Medieval European art, architecture and gardens at The Cloisters. I highly reccomend visiting this museum and the beautiful grounds.  If you have extra time I suggest bringing a blanket and picnic to enjoy the grounds.


I guess the Flamingo has been trendy for awhile…img_0610img_0611img_0613

Hops for medieval brewing!!!img_0619img_0624

As we were headed back to Mass from NYC we made a few stops… mainly involving beer. Are you surprised? North River Hops and Brewing was busy on a Monday and felt very family oriented. I loved the small batch vibe and particularly enjoyed.. the PB & J stout and the Maple and Whiskey Aged IPA.. to be honest I liked all I tried. Their IPA’s were hoppy and smooth. I would love to live close to this gem and visit on the regular. img_0630img_0631img_0632

OH and can we talk about their planters and mailbox??? I died… too cute.img_0639img_0640

Upstate New York is pretty magical. Those Fall leaves give me all the feels.img_0643img_0647

Chatham Brewing was another pleasant surprise. When I saw that they had a Raspberry Wheat I knew we had to stop. I have been really fond of Raspberry wheats this summer and was intrigued. They did not disappoint. On top of delicious brews they also sell bowls of popcorn for a dollar… what a dream.img_0652img_0653img_0654img_0656img_0657

What a wrap to an amazing weekend. The sites, the booze, the miles walked… it all added up to an unforgettable road trip.


A rainy day in NYC

Usually when I am traveling I dislike the rain. The rain means that whatever activity I had planned will be affected. The rain can really put a ‘damper’ on things, you feel me? However, I am really coming to appreciate going indoors for entertainment.

On this rainy day in New York City we decided to check out the Met. Lucky for us it wasn’t too crowded and we went right in!

I have been told that the Met is America’s premier art museum and it did not disappoint!


The floor tile might not be art to all but I really loved the pattern.


Really cool ceiling installation.img_0453

Art Deco fireplace that made you stop and stare… they sure don’t make them like they used to!img_0462img_0464

A little workout inspo …img_0465

It was interesting to see armor at different times in history.img_0466img_0473img_0478

After all that museuming a girl can get hungry, we yelped and found The Penrose. 10/10 reccomend! Amazing cocktails and food!


I had the Beet Bloody Mary and it definitely made my life. So delicious.img_0486img_0488img_0491

Can you believe I haven’t had Chicken and Waffles??! Well I picked a great place to try it – so delish!img_0492img_0493img_0494

I loved how they had different vibes through the restaurant. Really cool space and it will become one of my NYC must dos.img_0495img_0498img_0501

No trip is complete without park walking and Banana Pudding from Magnolia’s Bakery.img_0507

A City view from Harlem.Breathtaking. img_0508

A cool little beer spot … a beer turned into 2 and 3 plus dinner!img_0529

Earl’s Beer and Cheese, a great selection of Beer and amazing food. The beer cheese is outta this world.img_0530img_0531img_0532img_0533img_0535

A little late night stroll to burn all the beer and cheese! img_0538img_0539img_0543img_0544img_0546img_0552


Little taste of Brooklyn and NYC

We arrived to Brooklyn at around 11:30 pm, our airbnb was in a really interesting area. It was on top of what looked like a dry cleaning company. Very industrial but with a cool view of the city skyline!img_0317

Loved seeing this vintage taxi!img_0325

We went to Cafe Luluc for breakfast and they did not disappoint! We walked right in but about 10 / 15 minutes after we were seated there was a line up of folks waiting for a table.img_0327

The pancakes were by far the highlight of the meal but who doesn’t love fries for breakfast!img_0331

The Brooklyn Bridge park is really really cool! Calling it a park does not do it justice at all! They have soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts and a floating food forest. The city planners in San Francisco should take note! We need something like this.img_0558img_0344img_0349img_0358img_0362

If there is any doubt in your mind where to get pizza – go to Grimaldi’s  if the line is long, which it probably will be note that you can walk right in and place a to go order and within 10 minutes you will have an amazing pizza to enjoy somewhere outside… I would much rather sit outside than in a two hundred year old building! img_0364

The pizza is SO fresh … a large might not be enough!img_0367

Love walking across the Brooklyn Bridge…over the course of this day we walked over 10 miles… I like to call it Urban Hiking! After all the eating and drinking – this is much needed!img_0374

A few stops on Wall Street… img_0389img_0391

We will never forget where we were on September 11, 2001 and being able to take a moment here at the memorials and pay homage to all the lives affected is an experience that everyone should take part in. The museum is really thought provoking and I definelty reccomend going in and spending time there.img_0394

The Garret is a fun little speakeasy situation that you can only get to by going through the Five Guys on the corner. It is pretty hard to imagine that this gem is up there but it is and its definitely worth hitting. img_0396img_0397img_0400

Anywhere that has Mezcal cocktails is already winning but this place sure knows how to make them right. Fun atmosphere until a birthday party showed up and really overtook the small space. Would definelty go back and try some of the other fun cocktails!img_0405

A stroll through Washington Square Park to take some time between eating and drinking! img_0406

My favorite unexpected spot in NYC this trip was by far McSorley’s Old Ale House.  On a rainy Saturday afternoon it was full but the service was amazing, I could easily spend a day there, drinking two steins at a time.img_0409img_0415

They have two options here, light and dark. Order one and you get two steins. This is also a must hit for me… if you like beer that is!img_0417

Waiting for Death & Co. to open at 6 pm… fun drinks and great appetizers. Highly reccomend the chicken sliders! If you aren’t a cocktail person you are going to purchase a very expensive beer…img_0419

Always love going to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in NYC – so decadent and not necessary but really good!img_0427

We finished the night at Comedy Cellar  – when in NYC you must go to a Comedy Show. I do reccomend making reservations and arriving early… you don’t want to be in the very front ( maybe you do…) but you also don’t want to be in the very back. It is definelty a goldielocks type situation.


Little Fall Delights


Trying all the pumpkin beers this year and I don’t feel bad about it. This is a great one. Very subtle. img_0647

Leaves are changing in upstate New York. So obsessed with Fall in New England.img_0304

Cold Brew after a baby run…might have added a little half and half and simple syrup. Yum!img_0309img_0312

Fun rainbow stairs at Tufts campus. Such a beautiful Fall day.

My favorite places to sweat in Oakland

Working out daily helps me maintain endurance and strength that allows me to partake in my favorite outdoor activities. Going to fun classes or finding new workouts helps me keep my daily routine anything but stagnant.


Here are my favorite places to sweat and burn in Oakland :

Hipline – Want to get your groove on? Than this is the place for you! You don’t have to be good to dance here, and you will instantly feel comfortable. Also, the more you go to the same instructors the more you will get to know their routines and feel comfortable!

Ride Oakland – Soul Cycle who?! I love Ride Oakland! You really feel a sense of community among the riders and the music is always on point. They even have a real DJ sometimes… talk about fun!

Burn Oakland – I like Burn because you can really make the workout as hard or as easy as you want to. Although, I don’t know that the leg springs ever get easier!

Truve – At Truve they have basically any class you could want. Suspension, Barre, Spin, HIIT. They have great amenities and you can book a message, organic spray tan etc.

Sweat Strength + Cycling  – Your class will either combine pure HIIT or a combo of HIIT and cycling. You will be dripping sweat and sore for days.

While you may only be able to find these studios in the Bay, use this as inspiration to find classes, you tube videos or a trainer that can help inspire you.

Get after it and be the best you can be!


A new favorite brewery

I spent a long weekend in Oregon and it only left me wanting more! Even though I live relatively close to Oregon I have never spent any length of time there.

Luckily, I got to spend some time up their with friends and was pleasantly surprised by the weather, beer and food.

Standing Stone Brewery in Ashland was a great first stop. We came in for lunch and to fill a growler up!


Of course I got the sampler! I like to try everything my first time at a new place.


Their food was delicious. I have since had  a couple of their salads and all are delicious. Their burger, fries and homemade ketchup are divine!img_9666

I highly reccomend hitting up this establishment next time you are driving through Ashland. Great beer and Great food.