3.22.2017

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We've all been there. A guide to New York City street crying.

America's best donuts.

San Francisco is at the top of my travel bucket list. I loved all of Blair's posts from her most recent visit there!

What it is like to hike up to Peru's amazing rainbow mountains.

Starbucks announced its first spring cups.

These tiny German homes are actually inside a medieval wall.

3.16.2017

Dining in Charleston

My second cone from Jeni's Ice Cream. 
When we booked our babymoon to Charleston, we knew that we would spend most of our time there enjoying the amazing restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops throughout the city. I spent hours upon hours researching restaurants, reading reviews, perusing blog posts, and making reservations. All of my hard work definitely paid off- we did not have one bad dining experience during our three days in Charleston! Here are all of the places we ate and what we ordered. Enjoy! 
My fried chicken biscuit sandwich from The Darling Oyster Bar. 
Sunday: 
  • Lunch: The Darling Oyster Bar
    • Local Oysters 
    • Shrimp and Grits: Cheddar Grits, Crispy Brussels, Country Ham, Fennel
    • Fried Chicken Biscuit: Crispy Thigh, Honey-Hot Sauce
  • Coffee: Black Tap Coffee
    • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Afternoon Snack: Jeni’s Ice Cream
    • Cake Cone with Gooey Butter Cake and Brown Butter Almond Brittle
  • Dinner: Le Farfalle
    • Ceci In Umido: Umbrian Style Stewed Chickpeas, Preserved Lemon, Aleppo Pepper, Baguette
    • Grilled Pork Chop: Charred Scallions, Peperonata, Pickled Cherry Pepper Glassato
    • Pasta Verde: Ragu Bolognese
    • Apple and Quince Crostata: Roasted White Chocolate, Whipped Creme Fraiche
Oysters at The Darling Oyster Bar. 
Picking out some beans to take back to New York City from Black Tap Coffee. 
Monday: 
  • Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, followed by Glazed Gourmet Donuts
    • Hot Little Biscuits: Cinnamon, Blackberry, Country Ham, and Buttermilk
    • Breakfast Sandwiches:
      • Sausage, Egg, and Pimento Cheese
      • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
    • Donuts: Strawberry Cobbler and German Chocolate
  • Lunch: Magnolia’s
    • Fried Green Tomatoes: White Cheddar & Caramelized Onion Grits, Country Ham, and Tomato Chutney
    • Creamy Tomato Bisque 
    • Charleston Crabcake: Hoppin' John Risotto, Collard Greens, and Tomato Butter 
  • Dinner: Husk
    • Short Ribs, Farro Verde, Embered Mushrooms, Brassicas, Poached Farm Egg, Green Garlic Pistou, and Aged Gruyere 
    • Carolina Heritage Pork, Field Peas and Butterbeans, Jefferson Red Rice, Collard Greens, Kielbasa, Appalachian Tomato Gravy 
    • Strip Steak, Confit New Potatoes, Broccoli, Mepkin Abbey Mushrooms, Brassica "Pesto," Bone Marrow Hollendaise 
    • A Skillet of Real Cornbread with Benton's Bacon Crumble 
    • Texas Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries and Orange Marmalade (so amazing we ordered a second immediately after finishing our first!)
Donuts at Glazed Gourmet 
Shrimp and grits at Hominy Grill. 
Tuesday: 
  • Breakfast: Hominy Grill
    • High-Rise Biscuit with Sausage Gravy 
    • Shrimp and Grits: Sautéed Shrimp, Scallions, Mushrooms, and Bacon Over Cheese Grits
    • Pancake Special: Strawberry-Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Yogurt Butter
  • Snack: Jeni’s Ice Cream
    • Cake Cone with Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Salted Peanut with Chocolate Flecks
  • Late Lunch: Jestine’s Kitchen
    • Fried Chicken Basket: Fried Okra, Cole Slaw, and Collard Greens 
    • Coconut Cream Pie 
  • Dinner: FIG
    • Crudo of Cape Bay Scallop: Brown Butter, Pinenut, Chervil Oil, and Blood Orange 
    • Thomasville Tomme "Croque Monsieur": English Peas, Bacon, Mint Salad
    • Baked Snowy Grouper: Sauce Soubise, Beet, Fennel, and Cured Olive
    • Chopped Chicken & Carolina Gold Rice: Shishito, Broccoli Shoots, and Napa Cabbage 
    • Roasted Carrots: Pollen and Breadcrumb 
    • Butterscotch Pot de Creme: Amaretti and Soft Whipped Cream 
The most delicious fried chicken from Jestine's Kitchen. 
Wednesday: 
  • Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
    • Brian surprised me with biscuits and cold brew coffees at our hotel before we left for the airport. We enjoyed them on the rooftop balcony of our hotel!
Shrimp and grits at The Darling Oyster Bar
Here are some other restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries we considered when planning. Unfortunately, we were not able to fit them into our itinerary this time around! I am hoping to return to the city soon (maybe a girls' weekend getaway with my mom and daughter this fall?) and try out some of them. 

3.15.2017

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Long-lost photos show what hasn't changed about motherhood in 50 years.

This hotel makes me want to visit Morocco immediately.

Chance the rapper is donating one million dollars to Chicago public schools.

Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and soul.

A girl stands firm on Wall Street.

These Fruit Loop cookies sound delicious.

3.14.2017

Exploring South of Broad

One of our favorite experiences in Charleston was exploring the residential neighborhood south of Broad. Every home was so beautiful! I couldn't help taking photos of every flower box and set of brightly painted shutters as we walked through the historical neighborhood.

We started our morning at Rainbow Row and then wandered the streets between Legare and East Bay. We eventually made our way down to Battery Park and then worked our way back up to Magnolia's for lunch. We also stopped in Waterfront Park and watched a pod of dolphins play in the water for several minutes. It was the perfect way to spend our morning in Charleston!

3.08.2017

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The best boutique hotels in Tulum.

25 hilarious things moms have done while sleep-deprived.

These photos from Atlantic Pacific's Tuesday 10 make me want to head back to the West Coast immediately.

A sweet little wooden rainbow for our nursery.

A new chocolate chip cookie recipe I want to try.

Here's what happens to the coins you throw in fountains.

3.01.2017

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9 of the most beautiful streets in New York City. I dream of living on Pomander Walk!

An amazing TED talk on why all new parents should get paid time off work. I feel incredibly fortunate that I will be able to take several months off after my May due date, but know that for most women that is not an option.

Bill Cunningham's signature bicycle and jacket will be part of the permanent collection at the New York Historical Society.

Dear Trans Kids: (from a trans teacher), an article by a friend and colleague.

Moby released four hours worth of free music for yoga and meditation.

The quest to make Minnesota America's hottest travel destination.

2.08.2017

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This split-view shot of the milky way is so beautiful. Read more about how the photographer captured the image here

Emily and I met Henry Chalfant last weekend while viewing his subway photos at the Eric Firestone loft space. His work from 1980 was amazing! 

I am loving the mama wear from this shop. Plus, 5% of all sales goes to little arrows in need locally and around the world.

I can't wait for Ryan Monbleau's new album. Here is a little sneak peak


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