5 Fave Things I Found On Instagram This Week

I love lists, don’t you? In fact, I love lists so much, the Notes tab on my iPhone is always open as I’m constantly jotting down anything from grocery lists, songs I want to listen to, perfumes I want to smell, to-do lists, and appointments… you get the gist, I take notes, lots of ’em!
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Cookbook Crush! Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence

New cookbook crush! Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence by Emiko Davies

Beautiful pages brimming with life and history that weave around traditional recipes filled with the aromas of Florence. A true cover to cover read, exactly the kind of cookbook that I eat up! Keep Reading!

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!

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.

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

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!
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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.
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