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Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in places | 0 comments

Chattanooga | An Eating Guide

Chattanooga | An Eating Guide

Scenic City is a name that Chattanooga earned honestly. This southeastern Tennessee city is framed by the Tennessee River and a backdrop of mountains and ridges. Though its history in manufacturing once left it dirty, the current state of the city is worth a trip. Its position at the juncture of three major interstates (I-24, I-59, and I-75) puts it within a two hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham, making it an easy weekend trip for many Southern city dwellers.

To experience Chattanooga’s revitalization, try eating and drinking your way through the city. Here are some suggestions:

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Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in any season, places | 8 comments

My Travel Essentials + A Giveaway!

My Travel Essentials + A Giveaway!

This year has been one heck of a travel year for me, and I feel like I’ve really hit my stride when it comes to being prepared. As I pack my bags for a South American Thanksgiving trip (!), I wanted to share my travel essentials. And thanks to the generosity of some of my favorite companies, I’m giving away some of my travel picks! Details on the prizes and how to enter are at the end of the post.

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in places | 0 comments

Europe | 10 Customs-Approved Food Souvenirs to Bring Home

Europe | 10 Customs-Approved Food Souvenirs to Bring Home

I LOVE souvenirs. It’s a little piece of your trip to bring home and prolong that vacation high. I love exploring new places by way of the food culture, so it’s only fitting that I mostly collect food-related souvenirs. After a couple of recent trips to Europe, I have a pile of French, Italian, English, and Swiss goods that I’m hoarding. That’s the only problem with bringing home food items, isn’t it… when to you eat your precious relics? Well, that and getting your items confiscated by Customs. That’s a bummer (and an actual problem that can lead to huge fines). So here are some ideas for US Customs-approved food souvenirs you can bring home from your next trip to Europe (or most other places).

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Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in places | 0 comments

San Francisco | An Eating Guide

San Francisco | An Eating Guide

As a lover of local, sustainable food, I can think of no better place to visit that San Francisco. It’s seriously my favorite place, like, ever. Every time we go, my husband and I plan our entire itinerary based on where we want to eat and how we’re going to get between restaurant A and restaurant B, which usually involves walking an insane number of miles. After being asked for recommendations a whole bunch of times, I realized that this is a post worth writing. There are many, many restaurants that we haven’t had the chance to experience, but I wanted to share some of our favorites.

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in local love, places | 1 comment

Chef’s Counter at no. 246 (Decatur, GA)

Chef’s Counter at no. 246 (Decatur, GA)

I’m often asked about my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. My answer is never very straightforward because there is a whole list of places that I love, depending on type of food I’m in the mood for. However, one place–or rather dining experience–that I almost always bring up in these conversations is the chef’s counter at no. 246 (“number two four six”) in Decatur. My husband and I don’t usually frequent the same places, but this has become a bit of an exception.

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in places | 2 comments

Paris | An Eating Guide

Paris | An Eating Guide

I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Paris with my husband last January for my birthday. Naturally the trip mostly revolved around food (and art). I’ve had several people ask for recommendations, so I want to share a few tips I learned along the way and some of my favorite spots to eat! This is by no means an all-inclusive guide, but hopefully a good starting point.

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in places | 0 comments

Local Farmers Markets: Vocabulary

Local Farmers Markets: Vocabulary

Now you know what to ask and what not to do at the local farmers, but there are still a lot of words that need deciphering. Here are some terms that will help you navigate your farmers market like a pro. As always, when in doubt, as the farmer or vendor what something means. Some of the terms, though regulated by the USDA, are used unofficially by some farmers.

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in places | 0 comments

Local Farmers Markets: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do or Ask

Local Farmers Markets: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do or Ask

It wasn’t until I started to get to know some farmers and vendors that I realized there are questions you definitely shouldn’t ask at the farmers market. There are also plenty of things you shouldn’t do. Fortunately I was enlightened by watching other people do these things and observing the farmers’ reactions, but I’m sure I’ve been guilty at times. Hopefully this list will help you avoid some potentially embarrassing situations!

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in places | 2 comments

Local Farmers Markets: 10 Things You Should Ask Farmers + Vendors

Local Farmers Markets: 10 Things You Should Ask Farmers + Vendors

The farmers market can be a little intimidating sometimes. There are a lot of vendors hoping to win your business, a lot of items you might’ve never seen before, and a lot of information to absorb. Through my own experience and discussions with farmers/vendors, I’ve compiled a list of questions you can and should ask next time you’re at the farmers market! If you go regularly, you’ll begin to build relationships with some of the farmers/vendors, and you won’t necessarily have to keep asking these questions. I’ve found farmers that I trust, and I buy from them almost every week! That whole “know your farmer, know your food” mantra is definitely true. And you never know… you might just make some new friends.

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