15 Ways to Land Cheap Plane Tickets

Let’s face it. When it comes to airline ticket pricing, there is no crystal ball. It can be hard to navigate around all the myths, like the importance of buying tickets 54 days in advance, making your purchase on a Tuesday by 3 pm, flying out on Wednesday or when there’s a full moon. Keep Reading!

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22 Must-Eat Soups at Hot Spots Across the USA

From soothing matzo balls to screaming hot chili, the one thing about soup is that it always gives back. Keep Reading!

Ji Dan Bing: The Chinese Breakfast of Champions – The Woks of Life

When it comes to Chinese breakfast choices–there’s the all-star team: your dumplings, your buns, your you tiao. Keep Reading!

12 Travel Apps That Will Save Your Trip Abroad

Think you’ve got everything covered for your upcoming trip? After double-checking your packing list and your suitcase, make sure your phone is packed with the latest must-have apps for venturing around the globe. From apps that will help you work on your fitness and eat like a local to apps that will have you speaking a foreign language, we’re sharing our tech-iest ways to make the most of your trip. Stranded without a hotel? We’ve got an app that will get you tucked in for the night. Before you hit the runway, download these travel apps for a stress-free trip. Keep Reading!

Coast to Coast: 12 Crazy Food Truck Cuisines Worth Road Tripping For | Brit + Co.

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We’ve scoured the country from coast to coast in search of  unique, weird and downright crazy food-truck cuisine. Grab your keys, your friends and unlock your taste buds as you hit the great American highways and byways. Road trip your way from truck to truck savoring what they’re dishing out: Love balls, Fi-Yo for fido anddonuts like you’ve never imagined them before. What are you waiting for? Go and taste something crazy!

1. Takoyaki Love Balls: What exactly is a Love Ball? We’d take our guesses, but it’s better to be advised by the experts dishing them out in Austin, TX. The Love Bus rolled into town to dish out typical Japanese street food, takoyaki: A fried pancake ball filled with octopus, pickled ginger and green onions, drizzled with takoyaki sauce, kewpie mayo, aonori and bonito flakes. (via Love Balls Bus)

2. Lobster Macaroni and Cheese: Check out this lobstah shack on wheels. Not only is it sustainable, but it’s dishing out lobster from NYC to DC. Get your hands around a buttery lobster roll, live lobster or this decadently lobster-adorned mac and cheese. (via Red Hook Lobster Truck)

3. Margherita Pizza: There’s nothing too crazy about classic Neapolitan pizza, besides the fact that it tastes CRAZY good. What’s crazy? This Neapolitan pizza is wood fired from a transatlantic shipping container on wheels! (via Del Popolo)

4. Bear Dog: Cracker Jacks and whhaaaaat on a hot dog? The Phoenix-based, dog-loving Short Leash Hot Dog Truck is dishing out a dog (in a bun) adorned with Cracker Jacks, peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon and BBQ sauce. (via Short Leash Hot Dogs)

5. Beet Fries: You can’t beet ‘em! This truck serves up late-night and lunch grub with an Asian spin. (via East Side King)

6. Apple Bacon Gorgonzola Waffle Cake: Quit your wafflin’ and bite into this masterpiece: A buttery, flaky, waffle dessert topped with Granny Smith apples, creamy Gorgonzola, whipped cream, pecans, bacon and cherry balsamic mist… ohhhh balsamic mist! (via Waffle Cakes)

7. Deconstructed Samosa: Like a tasty science experiment on wheels, this truck’s serving Indian street food like you’ve never imagined! Take the deconstructed samosa, filled with garbanzos, pico, an array of chutneys, “secret” green sauce, zingy tamarind, tomatoes and red onion all piled atop a smashed samosa. Don’t forget to top yours off with chicken, beef, pork belly, lamb, paneer or tofu. (via Curry Up Now)

8. Crawfish Beignet: Believe it or not, there’s soul food in Seattle. Get your Cajun fix at Jemil’s. He’s dishing out po’boys, etouffèe and, if you’re lucky, a crawfish beignet on special. (via Jemil’s Big Easy)

9. Boss Hog Doughnut: Is it a doughnut or is it a meal? Well, at Gourdough’s, they eat like a meal. The boss hog is a handmade doughnut topped with pulled pork, potato salad and drizzled with honey BBQ sauce. Have a sweet tooth? Check out the Funky Monkey topped with grilled bananas and brown sugar. (via Gourdoughs Big Fat Doughnuts)

10. Ice Cream Sammies: Spanning from LA–>NYC,  Coolhaus is scooping up the COOL-est ice cream sandwiches you can get your hands on. Select your cookie like the Potato Chip + Butterscotch or Vegan Chocolate Truffle Banana. Choose your ice cream… Peking duck, anyone? For reals, it’s Peking duck skin and fortune-cookie crumble in a Chinese five-spice ice cream with plum-sauce swirl. Still hungry? Bite into the edible wrapper. (via Coolhaus)

11. Frozen Hot Chocolate: It’s HOT, HOT, HOT in Miami, so why not cool off with a frozen hot chocolate? Hip Pops is cooling patrons off with all natural, frozen desserts that follow the old-world tradition of Italian gelaterias. (via Hip Pops)

12. Fi-Yo: A bone-a-fide, gourmutt food truck for dogs, Chicago-based Fido to Go is dishing out frozen yogurt treats and homemade cookies all for pups. Your furry friend will drool over the flavors like Salmon Fi-Yo, Lamb Asiago or Bacon Cheeseburger. (via Fido To Go)

What crazy eats are rolling through your town? Share below!

Home Sweet Home

home-sweet-home…and that is the richness of travel,
sense of home broadens.
A melding with places sought,
people met,
challenges faced,
memories made,
conversations over meals shared,
and looks exchanged.

Sense of place fades
as your world expands.
…the richness of travel,
your heart no longer belongs
to just one place or one face.

Florence

Photo by E. Fina
by E.Fina

Romanticalism at it’s finest.
Yes, I say romanticalism—not really a word you say?
Well, it’s describing romanticism in a heightened sense—a strengthening of language.
Florence.
Ah Florence.
Where one can simply stand, enamored in it all.
The Medici’s, Leonardo, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael.
Approaching Brunelleschi’s Duomo, an unfathomable sight, causing one to feel insignificant in size.
Sauntering across the Ponte Vecchio, pausing in view, the River Arno, outstretched.
Lunching in a quaint, corner shop, crumbs dusting the floor.
Cobbled streets, marble statues and colored facades.
Strolling hand in hand—step by step—breath by breath.
History—rebirth—Florence.

Pisa

Pisa

 

 

That utter sense of satisfaction.
Not wanting, not needing, simply being.
Traversing by foot, crossing the River Arno,
flanked by brightly, painted buildings.
Sunshine warming one’s cheeks.
Gelato in hand,
the memory of Pisa, leaning.

Tellaro

Tellaro

 

Narrow, winding roads.
Volcanic, black rock dotted with sunbathers,
extending outward to the sea.
A slow pace.
Lardo and fresh figs, upturning the ends of one’s mouth.
Lost and found in Tellaro.

Moneglia by Moonlight

Moneglia

A rocky beach and salty sea, lulling ashore.
Constellations alight the night sky.
A shooting star—pause—in reverence of.
Frizzante, shared between two glasses,
and a friend whose greatness is immeasurable.
A talk of life.

 

The pursuit of ________?

Make your life, don’t just let it happen.

What do you want to be today, not someday?
What makes you inspired, scared, or thankful?
What are you waiting for?

Think about it…..

Gather your dreams, desires, what-have-you’s, fears and wonderment and go. Go experience, learn, fail, be remarkable and adventurous. Make moments, meet people, learn and love.

Yes, there is always a SOMEDAY but today is TODAY, make it count.

“Fitz and I climbed within a few feet of each other, carrying on a conversation up the mostly solid rock, stopping every few feet to talk about life and work and art and insomnia as the sun dropped over the Oquirrh Mountains west of the city, each of us on his own set of handholds and footholds.

I have this essay in my head, I said, About little things that I see that make me thankful and inspired, things like blind people crossing the street by themselves, elderly ladies who go out for ice cream by themselves and don’t get sad, and three-legged dogs who run and don’t care that they only have three legs.” —Brendan Leonard

From this essay stemmed “35” a video which embraces the act of living one’s dreams.  A metaphor for life, a dedication to the little joys and big ass things that culminate life:

Get inspired. Go climb that mountain, make that video, move abroad, learn something new, live out of a van, start a bakery—whatever is tucked away into that “someday drawer” get it out, make it count and live it today.

Barbecued Oysters, Bodega Bay

A few years back my best friend and I took a road trip through Northern California’s Wine Country.  After our fill of vineyards and vino we ventured along the Russian River until it emptied into the Pacific and headed back south along scenic Highway 1 to San Francisco.

Sonoma, Wine Glasses
Goat Head Rock

It was an outstanding trip filled with beautiful countryside, great wines, spontaneity, ocean waves and barbecued oysters.  Yes, barbecued oysters.  Once we were north of Sonoma headed along the Russian River we began to notice advertising for this regional delicacy.

Making a brief pit stop in a Bodega, population 220 we happened upon another sign. Speaking to the surfer guy behind the wooden counter of the shop, he highly recommended the aforementioned, barbecued bivalves.  Surfer guy like, totally wanted us to check out the “Boat House” in Bodega Bay on our way south.

The Boat House in Bodega Bay
Barbecued Oysters at The Boat House

So we did! The town of Bodega Bay sets on the harsh waves and rocky shore of the Pacific along Highway 1.  The Boat House was easy to spot and we were warmly welcomed. Wooden tables, servers taking orders long hand,  a plastic menu board with movable lettering from the ’80’s, and open faced grills set the ambience for this no frills hole-in-the-wall.  The Boat House appeared popular amongst the locals, campers and road trippers such as ourselves. We ordered up the fresh barbecued oysters and oh my goodness were they ever good! Grilled to perfection these globes of goodness emit a hint of saline brininess, and zing with a buttery barbecue sauce.

Nothing fancy here, oysters are grilled shell side down on open flames and served up on paper plates with lemons.  We sat looking out at the Pacific, sipping on a nice Riesling from Sonoma and consumed two plates of oysters. After slurping our fill we made it back to the car cranked up the radio and enjoyed the twisting, turning (sometimes, death defying) venture along Highway 1.  The coast to our right and fields of pasture to our left combined with the fresh scent of redwoods and salty air blowing back our hair.