What a trip! There is so much to say and share about our recent 1 1/2 weeks exploring South Africa, but let's be honest...the most important sharing is all about the food. We spent six glorious, sunshine filled days wandering around Cape Town, and along the way discovered delicious bites, eye-opening coffee, and scrumptious snacks to fuel our packed days. If you or anyone you know is planning a stay in the Mother City soon, I highly recommend checking out a few of these places. Special thanks to The Inside Guide, a local blog dedicated to the best of Cape Town, for pointing us in the right direction.
Charleston, SC has been a popular destination for a few years now. The water front views, delicious food, great shopping, beautiful scenery, and classic southern charm make it a perfect pick for a long weekend almost any time of year. David and I visited for a 3-day escape from the cold back in March (yes, I know this post is almost 5 months late). After having to delay our trip two weeks due to canceled flights, we were thrilled to finally arrive to much needed sunshine and exploration.
In my last post, I detailed the digestive ups and downs I've experienced over the last few months, and the regimen I've been following to try to solve these issues. It hasn't been easy, and to say that I've been living a perfectly low-FODMAP diet would be a lie. Although, I would say it's been pretty close to perfect on most days. However, I'm still not symptom free, and feeling frustrated. My suspicion is the four nutritional supplements I was taking twice a day were causing some counterproductive side effects, and the low-FODMAP protocol has real promise of helping. So I took a few days to re-evaluate, and decided to stop the supplements (I was almost done anyways), and give the FODMAP diet one more real try.
It's that time of year where we all sit back, and reflect on the good, and not so good of the previous 12 months. While taking time for serious introspection is helpful, I want to focus on something much more important. Food. But not just any food. I want to reflect on the dishes that truly stand out from a year of eating out, and traveling. I indulged in some amazing food this year, like the smoked turkey sausage from the Greenmarket Farmers Market, and velvety ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery. It's impossible to highlight every bite I took, but when I think back on 2017, here are the dishes, snacks, plates, and desserts that immediately jump to the top of my mind.
Yet another great travel adventure in the books! David and I recently returned from our 2017 South American extravaganza where we explored Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. I'll be putting together a longer post outlining our favorite activities, recommendations, and lessons learned, but I first want to share some of the delicious food that kept us energized (pictured above: provoleta).
A few weekends ago, I traveled to NYC for some sibling bonding, but not just any old bonding. Since I have visited a number of times over the last few years (you can read more about that here), I challenged my travel planning skills to come up with something different. When I think about my favorite travel activities, two things come to mind, walking and eating. We could have paid to hop on a food walking tour (this one is awesome), but why not create our own?
So I put Jesse to task finding somewhat healthy options, and he delivered with an impressive spreadsheet. The best part about creating our own adventure was the inherent flexibility. While we had a rough idea for the day, we truly let our feet and stomachs guide us. Planned coffee shop closed? No problem, the one down the street smells great too. Feet need an extra break? That bench looks ideal. Not quite ready for dessert yet? Take an extra stroll around the block. I filmed our day, which turned out to be one of the best NYC experiences yet. I can't wait to do this again, enjoy!
With Labor Day behind us, summer has reached its unofficial end. While I don't believe summer meets its real completion for another few weeks, the fact is that pools have closed, kids are back in school, and the nights are a little cooler. I'm always sad to wave goodbye to this part of the year, but my mood can be slightly lifted by a quick recap of everything I checked off of my summer bucket list.
A few summers ago, I started creating a seasonal bucket list to ensure David and I took full advantage of all the experiences and activities available to us. Many of our neighbors use DC's heat and humidity as the perfect excuse to take a vacation, but we think DC is at it's best from Memorial Day to Labor Day (and a little after). This year was no exception; we walked, ate, explored, and relaxed our way through another perfect summer. Whether you are a fellow resident or are planning a visit, I hope this list points you in a good direction.
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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