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.
Repost/Update: I originally wrote this post in July 2017, and enough has changed in the DC coffee world that it's already time for an update. New establishments have quickly become favorites, and one or two favorites have shut their doors. Plus, I'm hoping 2018's warm weather is just around the corner, which means iced coffee/cold brew sipping season is almost here!
Let's be honest, coffee makes the world go 'round. Well, it at least makes my world go 'round. I am far from a coffee snob, but I love nothing more than sipping on a cold brew in the summer or wrapping my hands around a warm mug in the winter. I don't need anything fancy; basic coffee with a splash of skim, whole, or almond milk hits the spot.
A few years ago, DC got its act together in the coffee department. This city saw a boom of new and independent coffee shops, cafes, bakeries, and roasteries open their doors. Suddenly, we all awakened to the greatness of better quality beans. Don't get me wrong, I will happily gulp down my Dunkin' Donuts, and sometimes pop into 7-Eleven even with other options in the neighborhood, but the increased variety in coffee date spots is welcomed.
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.
I met Ariel in college. In the last year, she has become a new mom and a new blogger (find her at ariel loves) covering a range of topics from home design to travel. As the travel bug has bit me hard again, I asked Ariel if she would be willing to share her tips and tricks for traveling with a baby. Below: Ariel with her husband Michael and daughter Adina.
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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