Magic in Paris

We’ve already mentioned that our trip to New York, Paris, Prague, and Munich was for Kristina’s thirtieth. But within that trip, there were little things intended to specifically celebrate her as well.  In New York we saw the Rockettes. In Paris, it was a dressed-up dinner for two at Verjus.

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Travel Hacking 101

We aren’t those travel bloggers who give up everything, leave behind family and friends, and spend years seeing the world. Though we might like to be at times, we recognize that living life on the road would just be too hard for us. We couldn’t be away from our family, friends, or church for that long. I could do a year or two, but Kristina would struggle to be away from everyone for even a summer (which will happen soon, oh yes, it will happen). That’s part of the reason we started this blog, to reach out to people like us, who love travel but, for whatever reason, can’t or won’t throw caution to the wind and permanently hit the road.

But if we were those travel bloggers, we could afford to be a little more flexible with how we travel. We could roll out of bed and see what we feel like doing that day. Stay in and read all day? Sure. Walk around town, meet some locals, wander in to whatever eatery sounds good? Why not! Brave the crowds and visit a tourist attraction? I guess. The world would be our oyster and we would take our time exploring it. Unfortunately for us, and I am guessing most of you, our vacation time is finite, and expensive, and the part of the world we are visiting likely won’t be seen again for quite a while, so we work our tails off to try to pack in as much of that locale as we possibly can.

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City of Gold to City of Steele

Have any of you ever seen the documentary “City of Gold”? It’s about a food critic, Jonathan Gold, who writes reviews for the LA Times, and who, incidentally, won a Pulitzer in 2007. A freakin Pulitzer. Jealousy aside, the documentary is pretty amazing (and it’s available to stream on Netflix if you’re interested). It chronicles his career, but also a lot of the food that he reviewed here in LA. His focus was on smaller, less well-known restaurants, everything from street carts and food trucks to strip-mall eateries. His focus was on food that was made for a specific neighborhood, by inhabitants of that neighborhood. It was truly just about the food.


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Christmas Shopping in Paris

Shopping in Paris is like shopping in New York.  There is an abundance of beautiful shops and things to buy; definitely a paradise for someone like me, Kristina, who loves shopping. Going during the holidays was magical because I was able to focus on finding gifts for loved ones while enjoying the beautiful shops in each place we visited.  We definitely had to weed through several areas filled with nothing but touristy souvenirs, but we were able to find some special things in these spots……… Continue reading


Adam is a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies, like, a seriously huge fan. I love them too, but I don’t discriminate against the other cookies; I love them all.  However for him, any other cookie is insignificant and not even worth eating – unless desperate, of course.   Keep reading to hear his thoughts on cookies and other things.

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Eataly, why had I never heard of this before.  The largest Italian Marketplace in the WORLD! They opened the first location in Turin in 2007 and have since grown like crazy, opening locations in New York, Japan, Chicago, Milan, and more. Each Eataly is comprised of a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, a bakery, retail items, and even a cooking school.

We stumbled upon this one in New York and then we found one in Munich too! See photos below.   Continue reading