Thursday, January 22, 2015

Byron Bay

From Gold Coast, we rented a car to make the ten hour drive along the Pacific Highway to Sydney. The drive was split up with stops in Byron Bay, Coffs Harbor, and Port Macquerie. Our favorite spot was the lovely, bohemian beach town of Byron Bay where we took surf lessons, rode bikes downtown, and perfected the Australian salutations of "How going?" and "No worries."

Highlights: Surf lessons, banana everything (organic Banana Bread at Byron Fresh Cafe and Byron Bay Banana Split gelato at In the Pink), dogs on the beach. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gold Coast

After two days in Brisbane, we hopped an hour long train ride to Gold Coast for some quality beach time. We stayed in the Surfer's Paradise area, which felt a bit like college spring break hot spot, but the beach and my discovery of the beauty of Australian iced coffee completely made up for it. In Australia, when you order an iced coffee (unless it's in a bottle), it often comes served with a big scoop of ice cream. No complaints about that!

Highlights: Trip to the top of Q1 (the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere), sunset drinks at Helm Bar Surfers on the Nerang River, ESPL Iced Coffee

Friday, January 9, 2015


It's been a hot minute since my last post, but I want to share a few highlights from our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. I wasn't sure what to expect about Brisbane, our first stop, but we were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed our time there. Perhaps it was the passion fruit, Southeast Asian food galore, holding the cutest koala named Rodney, or getting acclimated to a tropical Christmas season, but Brissy's laid-back city vibe was a warm welcome to our fortnight Down Under.

Highlights: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, drinks at Alfred & Constance, breakfast at Scout 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chicago — Glazed & Infused

All right, all right, all right. Glazed & Infused. Best doughnut shop name ever? I'm sure Matthew McConaughey would agree.

After one too many over-the-top doughnuts, I came back to old-school doughnut roots while in Chicago at Glazed & Infused. I was beginning to stray from the appreciation of the classics. Give me glazed or give me death.

Cue Glazed & Infused and their Vanilla Bean Glazed doughnut. Utter perfection. This quintessential glazed cannot be beat.

Glazed & Infused is a local chain with five locations in the Chicago area. We went to the Lincoln Park location and utilized the adorable walk-up window to order and sat inside to enjoy.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy National Coffee Day!

Would you be shocked if I told you that there's no shortage of good coffee in Seattle

In this caffeinated land, fortunately you don't have to worry about obtaining coffee wherever you may be, because there is a place at practically every corner. When you want coffee or simply must have it to function, sometimes proximity is all that truly matters. Since Brian doesn't drink coffee (I know, crazy right?), I pretty much let the coffee gods lead me to wherever happened to be closest at the time. 

Being a rebel and all, I ordered a latte just about everywhere (hey, it was vacation). Not only did I enjoy those lattes, complete with their fancy foam art, but I admired that each coffee shop had so much character. I may not know the difference between a mad-scientist or retro Italian-looking coffee making contraption, but good branding and design will always get your coffee shop bonus points from me. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day. 

Say hello to Lacy, Auggie, Sully, and Pancake.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Salt & Straw Ice Cream in Portland

I couldn't believe my luck when we randomly stumbled upon Salt & Straw, an ice cream shop on my mental radar, but not pinned on my map, on 23rd Street in Portland. At first glance, the beautiful branding at Salt & Straw enticed me, but more interestingly was that we happened to stop in during the middle of a photoshoot for one of their seasonal flavors. I watched in awe as the ice cream man Tyler Malek worked his magic in making their Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero picture perfect. The staff could not have been more helpful in helping me pick out the ice cream flavor that I would love the most, complete with unlimited samples served on antique spoons. When it comes to adventurous sounding ice creams, don't be scared. Go for the flavors you know and love and generally you'll like the ice cream too. They certainly know what they are doing at Salt & Straw.