New York City

Grant and Boba had never been to New York City, so we decided it would be fun to go hang out there for a week. We decided to rent out an Airbnb in Williamsburg as hotel prices were really high. I loved being close to the subway, cute coffeeshops, restaurants, and shops. It was a little colder than I would have liked, but we survived! I was also able to catch up with old high school friends and old co-workers, which was another nice bonus. In no particular order, below are some of our highlights. 


Manhattan highlights:

ASSSSCAT 3000 at UCBT Chelsea - On Sunday nights they offer a free improv show at 9:30pm as long as you're willing to wait in line. We waited in line for about an hour, then they give you a number. Once you get a number you can roam around until the show starts which is about an hour later where you then stand back in line in numerical order. The show was great and was one of our favorite things we did on our trip. 

New York Pizza Suprema - We had some time to kill before ASSSSCAT 3000 so we walked around and found this pizza place. I think this was my favorite pizza out of the slices we tried so far. We mainly went to cheap pizza places. I really liked the Upside Down Pizza. Although Prince Street Pizza's pepperoni pizza is a close 2nd. 

Prince Street Pizza - I liked their pepperoni pizza. 

Dominique Ansel Bakery - If you want a cronut, you want to get there before 10am. We got both the DKAs and Cronuts. They were both delicious, but I think I'm leaning toward team DKA. I would love to try another cronut flavor though.

Paintbox - This place is definitely a splurge, but I love their nail designs and branding as a whole, so I had to try it at least once. I loved the entire experience from when you enter the door and see their pink furniture and look through their nicely bounded book of nail designs. I got my nails done by Evelyn and loved the outcome. I got a gel mani featuring the use of loose glitter that lasted about 3 weeks. 

Baohaus - Since we watch Fresh Off The Boat, we wanted to check out Baohaus. The Chairman Baos were our favorite. 

Momofuku Milk Bar - Since we watch MasterChef we wanted to check out Momofuku Milk Bar. Even though it was cold out we still decided to try cereal milk ice cream and I'm glad we did. 

Birch Coffee - I love Chai lattes and really loved the one here. We got it twice during our trip at two different locations and they were both yummy. I could use some now. 

ABC Carpet & Home - Many floors full of beautiful home goods and fun decor. In particular, I loved seeing Muuto furniture in person. 

Ippudo - The ramen special we got was ok. We probably should have went with the classic, but we loved the Yamitsuki Goma Kyuri, pork Hirata Buns, and lychee soda. 

Katz's Delicatessen - I made sure to have Grant watch When Harry Met Sally before we went to New York so we can go here. We shared a half pastrami sandwich and half matzo ball soup. They were both delicious. 

Van Leeuwen Aritisan Ice Cream - We stopped by to share some delicious honeycomb ice cream.

Pietro Nolita - If you love pink like I do, you'll love this place. We were too late for their breakfast, but we were able to get a yummy croissant and take pictures. 

Away - I love their carry-on suitcase and their store happened to open the week we arrived. I loved seeing the other sizes in person and the customer service was excellent. I really want to get the medium size suitcase one day. 

McNally Jackson Store: Goods For The Stuff - A cute, small store with pretty office supplies. 

Maman - Love the to-go cups and lavender hot chocolate. I wasn't sure about lavender in hot chocolate at first, but then I loved it. I like chocolate, but sometimes I think it's too much and I thought that the lavender complemented the chocolate very well to not be so sweet. I need to try making some lavender hot chocolate myself. 

Russ & Daughters Cafe - Love the decor and design. The wait was long, but we walked around the area and checked out some stores in the area. We enjoyed the Lower Sunny Side, Matzo Ball Soup, The Classic Board, shrub, and egg cream soda. 

CW Pencil Enterprise - Pencils, pencils, pencils. If you love pencils, this is the place for you. 

Anna Sheffield Jewelry - I've been following Anna Sheffield on Instagram for a while now, and wanted to see her jewelry in person. It was more beautiful in person. 

Uncle Boons - A one Michelin star Thai restaurant. The food was pretty tasty. We enjoyed the bone marrow, Mieng Kum, Roti, Khao Soi, and Massamun Neuh. Although, I like my parent's Massamun a little more. :)

Whitney Museum - Love that it was pay what you wish on Fridays from 7pm - 10pm, since we only had 1 hour left until closing. 

American Museum of Natural History - We enjoyed looking at all the taxidermy and gemstones and going to the Planetarium. Although, if you go to the Planetarium I recommend sitting in the back as you would probably not strain your neck as much as we did. We sadly did not see Neil DeGrasse Tyson there. :P

Washington Square Park - We just liked sitting near the fountain and people watching. 

Highline - Loved walking through the Highline and sitting down every now and then to soak it all in. The Highline is just such a great idea. I really wished San Francisco had something like this. 

Central Park - We rented bikes and biked through the park. It was a great way to take in the park. I wished we had a little more time to make more stops, but we did stop to see the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and Strawberry Fields which were pretty cool.


Brooklyn Highlights:

Pies 'n' Thighs - The wait was a little long, but food was worth the wait. We enjoyed the chicken biscuit, smoked bacon collards, mac 'n' cheese, cheese grits, cornbread, and cherry pie. 

Bulter's Bakeshop - Such a beautiful space. I love the gold tabletops, the pink to-go cups, and pastries from a Michelin starred pastry chef were tasty. We especially loved the breakfast empanada with green sauce pictured below. 

Loosie's Kitchen - We had a great brunch here! If you want to eat brunch here on the weekend, you'll need to make a reservation online. When you get there, you'll walk through a bar to get to the dining area. The decor is very pretty and the food was delicious. They also have a fun outdoor area, but they had just installed some insulation and weren't able to open the doors when we were there. Our favorites were the baked eggs, eggs benedict, and the nutella beignets! 


Wiliamsburg mural - Found this sidewalk through @aww.sam's Instagram and I had to find it. It's at Metropolitan and Roebling right where the Citi bikes are. I'm glad we went there even though it was out of our way and I didn't have much time to soak it all in. I was still able to get some fun photos. 

Samurai Mama - My udon was ok, but I really liked the mama pork gyoza. I would go back to have the gyoza again and try the sushi tacos. 

Sprout Home - Stumbled upon this store with lots of lovely plants. If we lived in New York we would have walked out with some pots and plants. 

Catbird - I love Catbird's jewelry. I own a few of their rings and I have the You are the moon and stars stackable necklace on my wish list. They also have a Wedding Annex that is lovely with great service.

Bird - If I had lots of money, I would shop here for clothes, bags, and accessories, but it's also a fun store to window shop. 

Leif - Cute store for home goods, stationery, and other gifts. 

Mociun - I've been following this company on Instagram for awhile and have seen their jewelry in some of the San Francisco stores, but it was so great to go to their shop. I love their jewelry and hope to own their jewelry one day. I especially love the pavé diamond rings.

Love Thy Beast - I love this company. Boba has their puffy, bamboo hoodie, and bag and loves them. Their puffy jacket is probably my favorite thing Boba ones. It's been great for the cold, rain, and snow. We loved seeing their studio/showroom and meeting Orzo and Tiziana.

Atrium DUMBO - We went to this Michelin recommended restaurant for dinner. It had great food, decor, and ambiance. I enjoyed the soup of the day, duck, and brioche doughnuts.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory + Brooklyn Bridge Park - We grabbed a scoop and walked through the park and along the water. I love that NYC has so many public spaces to hang out. 

We hope to go back to NYC again, maybe in the Spring next time. I'll also have to plan ahead to get tickets to some tapings. I really want to go to The Tonight Show and Last Week Tonight and maybe a Broadway show too. Until next time, NYC! 

If you have any recommendations for NYC, please feel free to comment below. Thanks in advance!

Dillon Beach Weekend

I've decided to plan our vacations around places I want to stay when I can. I was looking through VRBO and found a cute pink cottage and really wanted to stay there. It was kind of pricey though, so we decided to hold off on it. Little did I know that Grant would later surprise me for our 6 year anniversary with a weekend at this pink cottage. Our anniversary is in August and it was all booked, but we got to stay there last weekend and it was great!


I had never heard of Dillon Beach before, but it's a cute little beach town near Tomales Bay. The cottage was a short walk to the beach. It wasn't quite beach weather but we still walked down to the beach. We tried to get Boba to swim, but she wasn't feeling the ocean water. Hopefully one day we can teach her to swim with a life vest of course.

The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed, including a hot tub and an endless pool. It was a nice relaxing weekend to get away from the city and just live the beach town life. 

We also found a little food joint called K&A Take Away that was run by a husband and wife team serving great sausage sandwiches. We found it on the way back from getting some groceries to go cook, but we still wanted to try them out and shared one of their sausage sandwiches and sweet potato salad and they were both delicious. 

We also weren't too far from a great bakery called Wild Flour Bread. It's about a 20-25 minute drive. If you're trying to avoid carbs, this is not the place to do it. If you're not, you'll love this place. We loved the sticky bun and cheese fougasse. 

We couldn't end a trip near Tomales Bay without going to get some BBQ oysters at the Marshall Store! So on the way back we grabbed some oysters and sat outside soaking in the sun. 

Colorado: Winter Park + Boulder

Next, we headed to Winter Park to visit Grant's half sister. Winter Park was really cold. I am still recovering from a surgery so we decided not to go skiing or snowboarding. We did take the ski lift up to the top of the resort to take in the view and grab some mulled wine. We at a couple delicious places including Sharky's for brunch and Pepe Osaka's Fish Taco Tequila Bar. We loved the huevos rancheros with red and green salsa at Sharky's and the spicy tuna taco, ahi poke ceviche taco, and horchata from Pepe Osaka's. We would definitely visit those two places again next time we are in town. 

We also went to Boulder briefly to check out some of the shops there. I hope to stay there longer next time, but we enjoyed our quick bit at Illegal Pete's and walking through Pearl Street and checking out all the little shops. The Alpine Modern Shop was one of my favorites. I also enjoyed the toy store, Into the Wind, and  Boxcar Coffee Roasters not too far off the strip. 

Colorado: Great Sand Dunes National Park

On the way out of Alamosa we stopped by the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This was my favorite part of our Colorado trip. There are 30 miles of sand dunes! We only hiked through a tiny portion of it. We kept thinking that we were at the top, but it seemed to never end. Boba was such a trooper going up and loved running around in the sand. It was cold walking around, but it was not so bad. It was better than it being really hot. I would recommend checking out the sand dunes if you're ever around that area. 

Colorado: Denver + Alamosa

Grant, Boba, and I spent a few days in Colorado visiting some of Grant's family. We were able to do a little exploring and found some cool places. 

We spent a night in Denver at this little AirBnB cottage. 

We got to go to a couple cool places while in Denver. I enjoyed the chai at Black Eye Coffee. 

Then we were gonna go eat at Snooze at Union Station, but the line was too long and we stumbled upon a beautiful place called Mercantile Dining & Provisions and at there instead. The Union Station was beautiful! I love the signage and the white, gold, and black as well as the Christmas decorations. 

Mercantile Dining & Provisions had beautiful decor and delicious food. We loved the Croque Madame, Salmon Rillette, and Pastrami Hash. 

After Union Station we headed down to Alamosa to visit Grant's mom. We stayed at the Comfort Inn and the staff was so great especially to our little Boba. 

Boba met a horse for the first time.