Stuck in Santa Monica? Support these local restaurants from home or pick up curbside.

Over the years, I’ve spent many weeks (months even) calling LA “home.” There are so many small businesses that could use our support right now. Below is a list of a few of my favorite spots in Santa Monica who offer online and pick up options. We all have to eat, why not eat well…

Read More

“I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better.” -Prince

The first time I visited Minneapolis, I was a very young 25 year-old who had never driven in snow. (Thanks, Texan-upbringing!) Of course, my trip aligned with one hell of a snow storm, so it was a challenging and bitterly cold experience. I met some amazing women during that trip: like Kelly Pepper and Kelly…

Read More

Happy Opening Day (from a person who knows basically nothing about baseball)!

To celebrate Opening Day, I thought I’d share photos from a Cubs themed weekend getaway in Chicago. Hotel Zachary, right across Clark St. from Wrigley Field, has some of the best views of the stadium. Before the Zachary was built just a few years ago, only a handful of people had the pleasure of seeing…

Read More

Sunny Seattle

Sunny Seattle: those words sound as though they don’t belong together. I’ve visited the beautiful city many times, and this trip was so beautiful and the weather was so pleasant–it felt like a different place. Where I Stayed: The Westin My Favorite Meal: The Premium Sushi Omakase at Shiro’s Sushi My Favorite New Brewery: Cloudburst and Fremont My…

Read More

the 330 mile California journey

From San Francisco to Fort Jones, CA–it was a beautiful road trip. I spent the first 24 hours in the bay area. Here are a few of the joints I hit up: Park Central Hotel–talk about a room with a hell of a view. I could see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower…

Read More

when the winter weather gets wacky in Chicago, you follow suit

Over the delightfully, yet disconcertingly warm Presidents’ Day weekend, I took a homemade and not entirely extensive cultural tour of the windy city. It started off in Chinatown, wound around Pilsen (a colorful Hispanic neighborhood nearby), downed a few German brewed pints, and ended up smack dab in the middle of what most consider highly…

Read More

and this is Frankfurt!

I ended up getting to spend a few more days in Frankfurt than I expected after my flight to Berlin was canceled. This city is amazing! So quaint and so contemporary at the same time. It’s the 5th largest city in Germany. I was honestly surprised by that, especially because Frankfurt is the major financial center…

Read More

7 Bars for Proost-ing in Amsterdam

I’ll tell you what, Amsterdam is a great place to grab a drink. Let me walk you through some of my favorite spots in the city to imbibe. Café Centercourt: This is a great spot to sit and lounge on the canal, have a few beers, and people watch. It’s located right by the statue of Majoor…

Read More

Iamsterdam

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most unique cities I’ve seen to date. The canal system leaves a beautiful footprint that people have creatively filled with homes, an abundance of art museums, and coffeshops aplenty. I love seeing cities that continue to thrive amidst their historical foundations–believe it or not, this place has…

Read More

Maui me oh my!

Oh man, Maui! When I imagined Hawaii, this is exactly what I pictured: clear water, unreal sunsets, tropical foliage surrounded by volcanic rock, hilarious Hawaiian pay phones, wildlife, rainbow trees, and for-real rainbows. The first few nights we stayed at the the Marriott Ko Olina. The beaches on that side of the island have their own…

Read More