australia and new zealand

After a somewhat long absence on this blog, I return with my recap of Australia and New Zealand! I was there for 21 days on vacation. In short, I had a phenomenal time and I would recommend both countries to anyone even remotely interested in visiting. Check out my itinerary below for ideas and recommendations. If you have other suggestions in the two countries, please comment below.

I’m also compiling a series of videos I took on our trip into a travel diary of the places I visited in Australia and New Zealand. You can see them all on my YouTube channel.

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wedding recap 08.31.19

On August 31, my best friend and I got married.

As a frequent visitor of the Wedding Planning subreddit, I’ve seen many recap posts there and I thought I would write one of my own detailing all the wedding planning over the last year since we were engaged.

  • Engagement length: July 2018 – August 2019
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Wedding date: Late August 2019
  • Guest count: 130
  • Budget: $50K
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i’m in a new york state of mind

An overdue post, but I need to summarize my February trip to NYC. I love visiting New York, no matter how cold or hot it gets!

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Brooklyn Bridge

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new year, let’s do this

I admit when I was younger, I was all about setting new goals and resolutions with each ball drop. I vowed to eat healthier, exercise more, work productively, spend time with family and friends, and all the broad, generic statements everyone likes to make at the start of each year. Once I realized that wasn’t working out for me, I quit making resolutions at all. I just decided that I was going to be a better version of myself in the new year. I plan to keep that resolution with me not just this year, but every year.

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keeping it neutral in switzerland

During the first week in October, I embarked on an unforgettable 9-day (including travel) trip to Switzerland with a good friend of mine from college. We bought tickets months in advance through Icelandair. The airfare cost around $405/person while our Airbnb stays were $410/person. We each got our own 8-day Swiss travel pass that was CHF 398 ($399.60). This totaled $1214.60 before even stepping foot on Swiss soil.

It is pretty expensive to travel to Switzerland, but the scenic views are so worth it. Switzerland is a gorgeous country and if you are a person who enjoys the outdoors and picturesque mountain scenery, Switzerland is a must. 

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let’s getaway

In a digital world of iPhones, laptops, iPads, and other electronics to keep us seemingly connected, it is becoming clear that we are actually becoming disengaged from our loved ones and nature.

Hence why Jon Staff and Pete Davis, two Harvard Business School friends, pitched the idea of Getaway House and raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The concept of Getaway House is simple – renting out tiny houses in the woods for those looking to unplug.

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“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

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if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere

Long overdue but I made a trip up to NYC for my birthday weekend, and I had a blast! As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s impossible to get bored of this gutsy and spunky city. The great Frank Sinatra boldly asserted, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” And if that Frank Sinatra sang it, it must be true.

Here is a list of all the places I visited this time around:

  • La Bergamote | 177 9th Ave
  • Intelligentsia Coffee | 180 10th Ave
  • The High Line | Chelsea
  • Chelsea Piers | 62 Chelsea Piers
  • Chelsea Market | 75 9th Ave
  • Jungsik | 2 Harrison St
  • Prince Street Pizza | 27 Prince St
  • McNally Jackson Books | 52 Prince St
  • Boba Guys | 265 Canal St
  • Dermalogica | 110 Grand St
  • La Colombe | 70 Lafayette St
  • MatchaBar | 70 Prince St
  • Angel’s Share | 8 Stuyvesant St
  • Torishin | 362 W 53rd St
  • Lady M Cake Boutique | 36 W 40th St
  • Bryant Park | Midtown
  • Kinokuniya New York | 1073 6th Ave
  • Muji | 475 5th Ave
  • New York Public Library | 476 5th Ave
  • Katz’s Deli | 205 E Houston St
  • Dr. Smood | 183 E Houston St
  • Setsugekka | 74 E 7th St

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monticello wine trail series: pippin hill farm & vineyards

Everyone knows about Thomas Jefferson – the third President of the United States, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the first Secretary of State, the governor of Virginia, the Minister to France, the founder of the University of Virginia, his list of accolades goes on and on. However, did you know that he was also an oenophile? He had a vision for wine and planted thousands of vines on his Monticello land, hoping to produce high-quality wines that would rival the best of the Old World ones.

The Monticello Wine Trail has 33 winery members all located within 25 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia. Each winery of the Monticello Wine Trail pays homage to Thomas Jefferson’s winemaking vision.

I hope to someday visit every one of these 33 wineries. So far, I have visited two. In this post, I want to document my visit to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. I’ve frequented Pippin Hill twice so far, and I’m sure there will be more visits in the future!

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Overlooking the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains

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a city so nice they named it twice

“Manhattan is the other name.”

New York City is never boring. The city is always changing, so fluid and dynamic. I’ve been to NYC over 20 times, and I have yet to explore everything. I doubt you can even explore the same street year after year without some alteration here and there.

I’m planning another trip to the Big Apple next month, but I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences and places from my last visit in March. I try to visit a new restaurant, cafe, or museum every time, so my list has been building over the years. Yelp is usually my go to for finding new and hip places to check out, as well as Eater NY, the Infatuation New York, Edible New York, and Thrillist. I also like to utilize some Instagram food accounts/guides, such as @bestfoodny, @new_fork_city, @nytfood, @eatingnyc, @nybucketlist, @nyceeeeeats, and @nycfoodgals. Do you follow any New York food Instagram accounts and have other recommendations?

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Coffee Project New York

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where flowers bloom, so does hope

While it’s June and we’re nearing the official start of summer, the sad truth is that spring ended long ago and the infamous summer humidity of Washington, D.C. is back in full force. These days, we see longer winters and summers but only the quickest glimpse of an idyllic spring in the city.

To reminisce on the barely week that was spring, I’m telling my spring story in pictures.

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Tulips from Bloomia

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chi-town, fun town

What can you do in Chicago in 72 hours? Quite a lot, actually.

I’ve been to Chicago a handful of times, both for work and pleasure. It’s one of my favorite cities in the U.S. for its food, attractions, people, and culture. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend booking a trip.

Without further ado, here’s Chicago in 72 hours:

The Allis at Soho House

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brinkley update

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2018 and a new year full of possibilities. What are your resolutions, if any, for the new year?

I thought I would start off the new year with an update on my golden pup, Brinkley (see meet brinkley). Brinkley is now 8 months old – obviously still very much a young puppy but his growth has been significant from a tiny ball of fluff I could hold in my arm to a 50-lb. adorable and handsome dog.

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