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Oh Bruschetta

So this May/June I made an epic journey through Europe one plate of bruschetta, whoops I mean country at a time.

First stop was Lucerne Switzerland, at A little cafe by the lake. It was heavenly, although I thought every second of our 24hrs in Switzerland was pure heaven.

Next stop, Italia! We hit up Rome first, a quick one day stop but enough time for a plate tortellini and bruschetta. This cafe was right in the city center and had amazing food and gelato! I can’t wait to be back in Rome for a full week next month!

Venice, I ate spaghetti for both lunch and dinner, tried to enjoy wine and stuffed my face with another amazing plate of fresh bread, tomatoes and basil.

Last stop on the bruschetta tour was Turin, Italy. Our time here was super short due to the Italian government going strike and canceling flight but we did have a great meal and stayed in an amazing Airbnb. We ordered personal pizzas as a main dish and ended the meal with quite possibly the best cannoli my mouth has ever encountered.

While it would make sense that the best bruschetta award would go to Italy, my vote for this trip actually goes to Switzerland. The tomatoes and basil mixture was the best and the freshest. But I’m heading black to Rome next month and plan on spending the week finding the best bruschetta in the city!

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Hangry 

You guys

I’ve cut out all sugar, carbs and caffeine from my diet. Im going to die. Today is day two and I’m already over it, my head hurts so bad from the withdrawals and I’ve been hungry all day. I’m not a pleasant person and I kinda feel bad for my class. 

But this will be good, I live off of sugar and caffeine and it’s not healthy so I’m starting with the diet part then after I have made this a habit I’ll add in more exercise. I have a goal and several of my coworkers are “dieting” as well so I have a support system! I’m not built to be size 2 or even 10 but I can be much more healthy and cuter then my current state if being. 

I just need to make it through the first few weeks and withdrawals 😩😩

Posted in Bucket list, Entertainment, Fun, Life

Bucket list moment!!

I was held captive in Atlanta well Marietta, Ga this past week for work. While I usually love traveling for meetings, I’m from Atlanta so I was unenthused and hoping for a new city to explore. The meeting was actually very informative and re energizing, I have recently hit a lull in my current position as a facilitator and was considering ways out haha 

As stated before I’m very ADD so of course there were moments of boredom so I started looking for things to do after the sessions. It took everything in me not to squeal with excitement when I saw cirque de soli was in town!! I grew up watching all the shows on tv and it has always been a dream of mine to go! What was even more awesome was the theme luzia, being dropped on the streets of Mexico. I love all things Hispanic and their amazing culture. Soooo I had to go, I even lucked out and got a sweet discount and front row seats! Come on now that was an #icant moment. 

I super hyped and could not wait to get into the big top, I finally made it though security and all that stuff and found my seat.

How on earth am I supposed to see? I was like literally part of the stage! I could touch it from my seat, I was well that went from an amazing decision to a horrid one real quick. The people beside me were also concerned they had made a terrible mistake as well lol 

The show starts and of course I’m mesmerized, and they removed all the flowers thankfully! The show was amazing more then I could have ever imagined! Being so close made it so the performers interacted with me! One guy even came and sat by me and put his arm around me for a few mins while he watched too! ​


I’m hooked and can’t wait to see the next show, hopefully they will be near charlotte the next go around! If you get the chance to see any of their show jump on that opportunity, I highly suggest front row! 

Posted in Food

Chilis on point 

You guys, I just need to point out that Chilis has stepped up their game. 

I mean 😱😱😱 I love me some tacos and they hit a home run with that street corn too! Far superior to any other non Mexican restaurants tacos! 

Posted in Toronto, Travel

Distillery District

 

One of my favorite parts of Toronto was the distillery district. What used to be one of the worlds biggest distillerys has become a fun and quirky part of Toronto. Filled with hip restaurants, little shops and art galleries this area is a top spot to visit while in the city. There is also a working distillery within the district. 

I just loved the architecture and all the little alleyways and art scattered throughout. 

I can’t wait to get back and explore this area again, I had just left st Lawrence market and was stuffed so I unfortunately didn’t get to test out any of the many restaurants and coffee shops. There were some pretty cool stores, one being an industrial home decor shop and I saw multiple shoe stores. They do offer Segway tours of the district if your into that sort of things, Walking the area was super easy though. 

I do highly recommend that this be on your list of Toronto must sees! 

Posted in Food, Toronto, Travel

Toronto Eats

First of all, I’m a pretty picky eater. Im always up to try things but unfortunately my mouth just rejects it all haha 

Toronto is known as being the most diverse city in the world, with less then 50% of actual Canadians. Making the city a huge melting pot of all sorts or ethnicitys, cooking styles and ingredients. 

While I haven’t been to Asia yet, walking thru one of torontos 3 China towns and Korea town transported me there. To me It seemed way more authentic then NYCs china town, but again I’ve never been so I’m just going off of my imagination and National Geographic. So many smells and sensations, from actual restaurants to the herb shops and markets. I hate to say I didn’t actually get to try any Asian dishes this trip but it’s at the top of my list for the next time! 

Another great Mecca of everything delicious, is the awesom St Lawrence market. I say it over and over but I really dislike the fact that we don’t have markets in the states.(I have a post all about the market, go check it out!) while there were an abundance of food options one particular restaurant was brought up in multiple conversations as well as other travel blogs, Paddingtons Home of the Oink. While they have many different options ranging from salads and soups to burgers and fish. Only one item was recommended by everyone, the peameal bacon sandwich. It’s peameal bacon, pork loin with a crispy crust on a kiser roll. Pretty tasty! I had cheese added and I also dipped it in the house honey mustard as recommended by the waitress. It came with coleslaw an amazing thick sliced pickle and perfectly crispy French fries. If in the market make sure you stop and grab one of these!!

My next food adventure was deserts, I’m a sugar fiend. Sooo I depend on Pinterest for almost everything haha especially for travel activities and food. My first stop for desert was Sweet Jesus, an ice cream joint. I’m a sucker for red velvet anything so if course as soon as I saw the red velvet milkshake I was sold. I hate to say though it was a bit anticlimactic after the blogs had hyped this place up😕 my milkshake was decent but nothing outstanding and it was a bit overpriced in my opinion. The raspberry sauce was what killed it for me and I like a thick milkshake and this was pretty melted but it was a fun little hangout spot and easy to find. 

My second day sweet treat was a beaver tail, another highly recommended Toronto treat. I stopped for one on the water front at a cute little red building that was half a gift shop and half a desert shop. 

I had never heard of a beaver tail before I started planning this trip. It’s a flattened fried pastry shaped like a beavers tail and you put whatever toppings you like on top. I chose the most Canadian topping they offered, maple 🍁 sauce and also some drizzled chocolate. 

Oh my gosh this was sooooooo good! It was hot, melted and ahhhhmazing! I want to bring this down south, people would love these. What made the whole experience was the view while enjoying the treat.

If you visit Toronto make sure to bring your appetite and your sense of adventure! I can’t wait to visit again and drive into their tremendous diversity and unique food options! 

Posted in Life

Dear future husband, I’m ADD. 

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-things-remember-you-love-person-with-add.html

Dream future husband, I apologize in advance. I’m difficult at times, I can’t make decisions and when I do, I have anxiety that maybe it wasn’t the right one and go back and forth 100x. I love people and busy cities and bright lights but I have anxiety bc there is some much to try to see and do and I end up having sensory overload and need to hibernate for a few days. I can be messy(my apartment is a hot mess right now)but if everything is perfect all the time, what am I supposed to be doing? I’ll be bored!  
While the picture in my head of who or what you will look like has evolved over the years. The idea and goal of our marriage has never faltered. You are the one decision I can be 100% certain in. I care and pray so deeply for you and for me to successfully be your wife. I pray that you are a decision maker, strong willed and patient. I pray that I can calm the wild and never calm thoughts and ideas I have. I pray I can be nurturing and kind. I pray that you can break through this wall I tend to build up and love me unconditionally because that’s what I need to be successful. 

Posted in Travel

Poutine, Amsterdam brew house 

So I tried poutine, it’s a Canadian favorite. It’s French fries, cheese curds then gravy. I don’t like gravy at all on anything so I wasn’t enthused to try it but it was recommended by literally everyone I asked for food suggestions. I hate to say it but I wasn’t a fan, although if you are a gravy lover, this is the dish for you! The Hamburger on the other hand was one of the best I’ve ever had though! The brew house is right on the water and has a great selection of food, from a basic American hamburger to seafood and specialty pizzas. A pretty large selection of beer hence the beer house name and most meals start at about $15. Toronto and Amsterdam are sister cities, the the bridge right next to the restaurant is named Amsterdam bridge and in Amsterdam they have a Toronto bridge. 

Posted in Travel

St Lawrence Market

First of all, I really hate that we don’t have markets like these in the states. At least none that I know of sooo if you have seen any let me know!! I absolutely love markets and they were pretty much my favorite places to visit in Europe and now Toronto as well. The little stalls of fresh veggies and cut meats and cheese are only part of the experience, the hustle and bustle of locals doing their shopping and the smells of super fresh breads and foods fill the market. The St Lawrence market is two floors of greatness, the downstairs not as exciting as the main but there was an amazing bakery where I bought some fresh still warm pastries😋  The upper or ground level is where it’s all going down, fresh fish gets flown in daily from both the Atlantic and pacific coasts of Canada. Butchers are waiting to cut the perfect meats and fresh local Canadian veggies by the bushel. If you ever visit Toronto, I highly recommend taking a stroll through the market, I highly suggest the pumpkin pastries! Also make sure you have cash, many of the shops do not accept card payment. 

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Madrid and Toledo 

The first stop on my European adventure was Spain! We hit two cities, Madrid and beautiful Barcelona and we stayed two nights in each location. I have always been an extremely picky when it comes to hotels or just where I’m sleeping in general if it’s not my own cozy bed, so I was a tad bit nervous when it came to letting my friend have 100% control over lodging. But he did an amazing job, we stayed and a straight out of an IKEA showroom flat in Madrid and it was adorable! It was a little further from town then I think we would have liked but hey walking 15 miles a day during vacation is fun right?!! 😂 
Madrid: 
I wasn’t a huge fan of Madrid but I think that fact that the main reason the guys wanted to go there was for the Real Madrid futbol team and honestly I don’t get the sport. I think if I could see a live games it would change my opinion but until then it’s kinda boring. So we toured the stadium for what seemed like hours then we explored the city! 
We made our way to Plaza Mayor, it’s a giant square with little shops and cafes and there were all sorts of street performers and people watching and a must see, the plaza is right next to Mercado San Miguel. This place is a foodies paradise, tapas for everyone and just an enormous array of colorful foods and fresh seafood and drinks aplenty! I’m a crazy picky food person and eat like a child but I love seeing and experiencing new foods! 
We ended our first day at the most lovely park ever, I’m calling it the Central Park of Madrid. The park was massive so we only saw a small portion and I would someday like to come back and walk all the gardens and greens. The best part was the little lake, there was little paddle boats with cute couples on dates and swans and a little cafe on one side. There was a great monument with spaces to sit and watch the boaters, with bronze mermaid and lion statues. We sat for a little while and just enjoyed the sunshine and people and it was just a great ending to the day😊
The next day we took a day trip to the ancient city of Toledo. It was beautiful, super hot and beautiful, we toured a “castle” and just wandered through the cobble stone streets. The streets were so narrow that the few cars that we did see had stop and pull their mirrors in and still barely scraped through the streets! It was a lot of waking and lots of stairs but it was a great experience!