A Wedding Weekend in New Awlins

A few weeks ago I had the immense pleasure of going to New Orleans to be a part of my best friends wedding!

This was my first trip to New Orleans and it won’t be my last…might be last time in August…the humidity is real.

We stayed at the Hotel Provincial which had a great location for heading out to the French Quarter. Friendly staff, quaint courtyard and one of the most haunted places. I fortunately did not encounter any ghosts while we were there. The bar on site was really fun and had one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have ever had.

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One of my favorite things about New Orleans is the beautiful buildings and plants.img_9407img_9408

My friends wedding took place at Muriel’s, right here on the Balcony outside. The day of the wedding was perfect. By far my favorite part of the day was the Second Line Parade. I loved the experience of celebrating their commitment with a parade around Jackson Square and down Bourbon Street. img_9409

No trip to NOLA would be a trip without hitting Cafe Du Monde. We came here daily and I miss their strong chicory coffee and sweet sweet beignets.img_9410img_9411img_9414img_9416img_9417img_9418

Jax Brewhouse is a fun place to stop and grab some go cups for the road. img_9420img_9422img_9423img_9426

Bourbon Street was pretty quite at this time of day/year and I can’t imagine being here on Mardi Gras or Halloween! img_9427

A must visit is the Carousel Bar & Lounge – fun experience and great cocktails.img_9428img_9436img_9438img_9439img_9440

We went to Domenica for their Rehearsal Lunch and the food was really amazing – fresh local flavors were paired with delicious wines.img_9442img_9444img_9445img_9446img_9449img_9451img_9454img_9457img_9459img_9460

Not photographed was our time spent on Frenchmen Street, I had so much fun dancing on the street to amazing musicians. It was such a cool experience to hear such great music at every corner. The Frenchmen Art Market is a must hit – unique, one of a kinda art, photos and craft.

I absolutely loved New Orleans and would love to go back and explore more.

 

TRI-rrific weekend in Malibu

I am currently coming down from the high of an amazing weekend!

Two of my best friends were competing in the Nautica Malibu Tri  and being the good friend that I am I decided I would join them to cheer em’ on! Didn’t hurt that it was taking place in a beautiful spot.

We had the fortune of staying in my friends parents airstream at Malibu Beach RV Park. They had the spot booked for months but it seemed that there were many open spots.

The park was very clean ( probably the nicest camp bathroom I have ever seen )  and we met really friendly people!

They have nice hiking trails near the park that we used to hike down to Malibu Seafood as well as the beach and up to a peak for sunset views.

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Here was the Tiny Tin set up! Amazing people and a great view set the backdrop for the best weekend. img_9931

I have been on the side lines of a few Tris before by chance but have never watched any friends compete. It was such a fun experience to walk around to the different areas to wait for your friends to race by! We lucked out and were able to see them compete in every leg of the race.

Here is their section getting ready for the swim! The ocean was super bleak at 8 am.

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Bikes, on bikes on bikes.

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Really awesome sand sculpture.img_0009

We caught them before the race!img_0011

Here they are ready to go! img_0013

Laura got the top box for her age group! It was PRICELESS to witness my best friend do so well. img_9977

What is a race without post race grub?!! Loved Malibu Seafood! It is so fresh and our fav… BYOB!

Fear not the 76 station .5 miles away will have beer if you ran out!img_9988

A WELL deserved post race BREWSKI!img_9993img_9996img_0001img_0004

Also noteworthy but not photographed was Sunlife Organics  – amazing backstory, great products and delicious fresh juices and foods!

Head to A-town for some great grub!

To continue on with a little Central Coast Lovin’ we head up North to Atascadero. You might be saying Atasca-what?? For starters …it is a little town nestled between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Now, I am not the biggest expert on Atascadero but I will say if you are there for any reason and you need to eat stop into Dan’s The Grub Shack. Super friendly staff and I think the food speaks for itself.

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Everywhere we go my Dad only gets WINGS… I told him he needs to start a blog and share his favorites!

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Looking at these pictures makes me wish I was back in Atascadero feasting on their amazing grub!

Santa Breezy

A little over 24 hours in Santa Barbara and you are left wanting more, trying to find a way to get back to this little slice of coastal heaven. I am no stranger to Santa Barbara as I grew up about two hours North but this was my first rendezvous as a post 21 year old…shameful I know! On this particular weekend the weather was perfect and I had the most amazing guide who showed me the best time, thanks Baby Krause!

We began the day with breakfast downtown and then headed to Montecito for a little hike and beach time!

We lazed on the beach for a while before renting some paddle boards. Gazing up at the coastline and foothills/mountains ( prob foothills – I don’t think they have mountains ) was truly breathtaking and I thought to myself ‘What a lucky life’ moments that are simple but beautiful really make you appreciate what you have and for myself contentment with the life I have created for myself.

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No trip would be complete with out a little brewery hopping and while SB has a ways to go before they are a beer destination ( def more options for winos) I enjoyed sampling what they had to offer while working on my sun burn ( sorry future self! ).

Pure Order is a fun spot with games as well as live music and a food truck on a Saturday afternoon. img_9337img_9338

After we spent some time at Pure Order we walked to the Funk Zone and tried Brass Bear. I tried their beers as well as one rotating tap that was really delicious.img_9342

At this point it was high time for some grub so we ordered a meat and cheese plate it was satisfying and helped us make it to dinner time! img_9346

Right across from Brass Bear is Municipal Winemakers tasting Room. Fun decor and great outdoor space. I hear their Rose is amazing but on this fine day it was sold out so we opted for the Bright White – cool, crisp and so refreshing!img_9348img_9349img_9350img_9354

If you haven’t been to Lilly’s Taqueria head there – now – or at the very least make an effort to hit it when you are in Santa Barbara. I am pretty sure all they do is Tacos and they do them really well. img_9392img_9358

No weekend in Santa Barbara would be complete with some wheel action. They have fun little beach boardwalk where you can blade which is my favorite pastime and something I don’t get to do enough since I am living in Oakland… not too many blading trails… img_9363

Finally, to close the weekend we hit up a hybrid bar coffee shop and got the most delish cold brew. Melissa had the smartest idea of doing half/half sweetened cold brew and unsweetened cold brew. Such a genius idea!img_9365img_9366img_9367img_9369

SO sad to leave and can’t wait to go back!

Snapshots this Week

Went to Mamacita’s Cafe in Uptown for the first time and can’t wait to go back! Delicious coffee and great mission!IMG_7129

Driving from the bay to my parents house on the central coast makes for amazing views! Sometimes you have to pull over and snap it up. IMG_7149

I am going to guess that you haven’t been to Parkfield, Ca. They have a population of 18 and claim to be the earthquake capital of the world… if that isn’t enough to get you to head over the cafe has in the top two best burger I have ever had… The first being from The Hitching Post in Buellton. IMG_7151

Fun bar stool!IMG_7152

The reason for heading to Parkfield last weekend was their Annual Bluegrass Festival. It was the best festival experience I have ever had and I hope we make it a yearly tradition.IMG_7167IMG_7161IMG_7166

Weekday lunch with my Dad and I am oh so thankful for moments like this together.IMG_7180

Eating around Somerville, MA

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Went to Highland Kitchen in Somerville for Brunch on Sunday and it was SO good. They open at 11 am and we arrived around 11:50, had to wait around thirty minutes and then it was go time! They had live blue grass music and bottomless cups of coffee.  I ordered the Fried Chicken biscuit  and it was SOO good. I can’t wait to go back and try them for dinner!IMG_6901

After watching Jungle Book – yes I saw it and it was good – we went for a walk through the park. It was amazing to see all the Tulips in bloom.IMG_6904IMG_6906IMG_6908

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Union Square Donuts – really delicious and fun flavors.

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Flatbread Pizza Company  has some really good pizza and really fun candlepin bowling. Gets really busy on the weekends I reccomend going on a week night if you can.IMG_6944IMG_6945

Redbones BBQ has a great beer selection (the main reason for going ) and I really enjoyed the pulled pork and the baked beans. It does not have great reviews on yelp not sure why I enjoyed my meal… The portions are huge and unless you have a mammoth appetite you can probable share!IMG_6946IMG_6947IMG_6950

Drinks and dinner at Saloon, really crafty cocktails and good food. I tried the Can’t Hardly Wait and I really enjoyed it. I am not a cocktail person but I am trying to branch out a little more from beer and wine and this cocktail really took me by surprise with the great flavor. IMG_6951IMG_6954

Spoke is exciting and delicious. Take your mouth on a culinary adventure here!  IMG_7115

Flatbread with three spreads.IMG_7116

Chikpea Fries – how do they even do this?IMG_7117IMG_7119

Local Burrata – amazing flavors IMG_7120

Duck Meatballs and Asparagus Carbonara. IMG_7121

I might be headed back to California a few pounds heavier but I do not regret it. Just looking at these meals again makes me so happy.

Links I love: Summa Stuff

These links are getting me really excited for trips and summer time…lazy days camping and tough days backpacking. I hope you enjoy them and get inspired!

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I really really wanted to get one of these, Fatboy’s hangout chair but all my friends have laughed at me! If you have one let me know … I still want it… I feel like it would be awesome to take to the park this summer! 

Just bought this product, called, DeFunkIt for my upcoming trip where I will be living out of a carryon for a month. I will try to update y’all and let you know how it goes and if it truly De-FUNKS my stinky clothes!

Serious eye candy right here, thirty beautiful hikes to dream about and plan a trip in the future!

If seeing those beautiful hikes were not enough to get you to plan a trip than check this out – ‘The Science of Why you should spend your Money on Experiences, Not Things.’

If that fails, use these tutorials to DIY a hammock for your space. I am not sure how easy it will be but hopefully it will be super worth it and provide you a little R&R at home!

Have an awesome week!