On my last day of my trip on London I knew there only a few things I really wanted to do: see some Christmas decorations and have an afternoon tea.
Since I had been to London a few times before, this trip was really about seeing new parts of the city that were not the typical tourist attractions. My friend took me to Richmond, a cute little town in Southwest London. I loved seeing how the town was decorated for the holidays and what people typically would be doing on a Sunday away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourists.
We walked through the town and headed towards Richmond Park. The park is the largest of London’s Royal Park and is a deer park!
After years of admiring ornately decorated department store windows and towering Christmas trees in New York City during the holiday season, I wanted to experience how another city celebrated the most wonderful time of the year. My travels took me to London to visit a friend that lives in South London, next to the Clapham Common.
The Clapham Common is a large 220 acres triangular park with ponds and lots of walking paths. One of the best parts of London parks that I learned on this trip is that they are all dog friendly!
The Summer in New York is difficult for many, many reasons but one of the city’s most redeeming qualities is eating al fresco (outside). Living in Union Square, I pass a stone pavilion in the middle almost everyday as I head towards the subway for work. Come summertime, this stone pavilion is transformed into a restaurant, aptly named The Pavilion. The restaurant opened in 2014, apparently to some controversy. It is only open seasonally, the website says from April 15th until October 15th but I think this year it opened much later than that.
After living in New York for 5 years, I still struggle with the concept of a “weekend trip” from the city. Without a car, I get a sense of anxiety from planning a trip for a weekend and feeling stranded. There are many places outside of the city in Upstate New York, Connecticut and New Jersey that are beautiful and easy to get to, but being there with just your legs to get around sometimes stresses me out.
When my boyfriend and I decided we wanted to go somewhere for Memorial Day weekend to get out of the city and actually see some nature, he did a lot of research and found Mohonk Mountain House. It was perfect for us because after a short cab ride from the Metro North train station, you did not need a car the entire weekend. Everything including restaurants, the spa, and hiking trails were all on the property.
Before I visited Dallas in April and May of 2016, I didn’t really understand just how big the city it is. The first thing to understand about visiting Dallas and understanding the magnitude of it is the “Metroplex” which is fancy term to describe the combination of Dallas-Fort Worth area.
During my past two visits, I have spent most of my time in the Uptown area and had a chance to visit Downtown and the Bishops Arts district. If you are interested in learning more about the other neighborhoods of Dallas before I have a chance to visit and report back, visit http://neighborhoods.dmagazine.com/dallas/central-dallas/.
I know they always say, “Never judge a book by it’s cover” but I judge my restaurants by first impression. When I walked past the Egg Shop several months ago, I knew I would like this place. They serve eggs any time of the day, something I think every restaurant should do, and the color palette matched my blog. It was fate.
One night for dinner while in London, we went to a friend of a friend’s restaurant. I know it’s very stereotypical to say that London doesn’t have good food and that just simply isn’t true. However, on my first two trips, I don’t remember very good meals. That could be due to the fact that I was a bratty teenager that was barely eating vegetables consistently, let alone trying new things.
My friend Claire suggested we go to her friend of a friend’s restaurant, Lurra. It’s Basque style which to me means meat and I am always happy with that. The food was outstanding! We ordered the large sharing plate of beef and it was totally worth it. Not to mention, the drinks were excellent too. That goblet the size of Claire’s head is a gin and tonic. I highly recommend stopping by Lurrafor some good meat while in London!
My first visit to New Orleans was for a bachelorette party. We were only in town for three days, two nights so we tried to see and do as much as we could.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to eat. Not in a gluttonous way but I appreciate good food and I always want more. Hence the name of this blog. This love of eating and cuisine is part of the reason I wanted to move to New York City. Assuming that there is no turnover among restaurants and one eats three meals a day, each one at a new restaurant, it would take approximately 22.9 years to eat at every restaurant in New York. To me, that sounds like a challenge.