St. Lucia, South Africa

st lucia south africa

As I mentioned in a prior post, I tried to go whale watching in South Africa a few years ago when I was there for the World Cup.

We were staying in Durban and woke up long before the sun came out to make the two-and-a-half hour journey north to St. Lucia. It rained almost the entire way there, so we were already expecting at least a delay, if not a cancellation.

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Foodie Friday: Royal Ascot Dessert Tray

royal ascot dessert tray

A couple of years ago, I joined my boyfriend at the time on his family vacation to England and South Africa. His parents are big horse race enthusiasts and so it seemed only fitting that we attend the Royal Ascot while in England. We were seated in the Sandringham Restaurant (right by the Royal Enclosure where the Queen was) and were treated to such delights as cocktails, tea sandwiches, fabulous entrees, cheese trays, and more. It’s that “and more” part that was so amazing–this dessert tray.

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Quaint Little Portland, Maine

portland maine

In April I took a short visit to Portland, Maine. I’d never been to Maine, but had heard all kinds of wonderful things about it. I have family there and was looking forward to visiting them (for the first time in almost six years) and to seeing what the quaint little town was like.

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Foodie Friday: Seafood Soup

seafood soup iceland

I’m kind of obsessed with seafood, and if you’ve been reading for a while, you probably already know that. I’m also totally obsessed with Iceland, and it’s a country with no shortage of seafood. Today’s Foodie Friday is seafood soup, which I ate at a charming little restaurant in Ólafsvík, Iceland.

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Whale (and Puffin) Watching

Until recently, it didn’t really occur to me that some people put whale watching on their bucket lists. It was something that was always sort of in my peripheral, but it wasn’t ever something that I was just dying to do. A couple years ago, I’d made plans to go whale watching in South Africa. That venture was thwarted by choppy waters, but our consolation prize was to instead go hippo watching.

north sailing iceland whale watching

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Boston Strong

boston skyline

If you’ll recall, I landed in Boston the day that it was on a complete lockdown while the hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued. I wasn’t sure I’d get to leave the airport when I arrived, but thankfully was able to at least get to my hotel where I spent my first day consumed by the news and communicating with my cousin across town via text.

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Foodie Friday: Mint Julep

So, technically it isn’t food. But you still ingest it.

mint julep

In honor of this weekend’s 139th Kentucky Derby, today’s Foodie Friday is the iconic mint julep. This beaut was perfectly crafted at Anvil in Houston for last year’s Kentucky Derby.

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Dream Destination: The Philippines

Lately I’ve been on a Southeast Asia kick. I don’t know what it is–the gorgeous beaches, delicious food, cheap accommodation (cheap everything for that matter), the culture, the animals..


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Wintry Fairy Tale in Prague

Prague Praha Charles Bridge

Prague was the city I was most excited to visit on my European road trip. From the first time I saw photos of it, I knew it was bound to be a gorgeous real-life fairy tale of a city. And I couldn’t have been more right.

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Foodie Friday: Chutney Fritos

Chutney Fritos

I apologize for the crappy quality of this photo, but it was taken on a bumpy gravel-road ride to Elephant Plains.

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