• Travel

    New Zealand Adventure – Rotoroa, Hobbiton and Auckland

    After leaving Tongariro, we headed to Rotoroa where we were looking forward to the geothermic pools and baths to repair what damage the hike had done. After a long day, we grabbed dinner at Burgerfuel in Rotoroa and headed to our hotel for some much-needed rest. The next morning, we checked out Hell’s Gate which offered both a geothermal reserve walk as…

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    New Zealand Adventure – Tongariro

    For most of our trip I had talked Scott’s ear off about how I wanted to try to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but the idea of a 12-mile hike made me very nervous. When we finally arrived in Tongariro National Park, I had made up my mind. We camped at Whakapapa Village which conveniently had a shuttle to take you…

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    New Zealand Adventure – Wellington

    After leaving Abel Tasman behind, we drove through the night to a hotel in Nelson so we would be closer to Picton for our ferry the next day. Scott was a real trooper for getting us safely to the hotel despite being exhausted. This was a first time driving on the rather remote southern island at night. Nearly everything was…

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    Twin Peaks Birthday

    For my birthday we took a trip that had been on my list for ages. We went up to the PNW to visit the town of Twin Peaks. Now of course Twin Peaks is a fictional town made up for TV but the real town exists in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington right outside of Seattle. We took the chance to visit…

  • Food,  Travel

    Bay Area Food

    I had so many food pictures from our trip to the Bay Area that I decided they warranted their own post. The last time I visited the Bay Area Cinnaholic did not exist and I was anxious to try it. Given our limited time we only had a few chances to eat out and so we ended up hitting up Cinnaholic…

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    Fourth of July Trip

    It had been over 4 years since Scott and I took a vacation together so we decided to take a 4 day trip to the Bay Area over the Fourth of July holiday. We had only been there once before in 2007 and wanted to explore the area more while also checking out Santa Cruz along the way and take…

  • Food,  Travel

    Seabirds Kitchen

    This past Sunday, Scott and I were in Costa Mesa and had the pleasure of eating at the new-ish Seabirds Kitchen. I had no idea that Seabirds had grown out of their famous food truck and into an actual brick and mortar restaurant so I was very excited when I discovered that we were less than a mile away from it. I…

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    NYC & NOLA Trip

    I’m happy to be back in Los Angeles after a 10 day trip to both New York City and my hometown of New Orleans. The first leg of the trip was spending 6 days in NYC with my mom. We went shopping, to museums (the Met and MOMA) and to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. It had been 3 years since…