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Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

Adding Coffeee on top of the Sugar Cubes

Right off the Powell-Hyde Cable Car line is the Buena Vista Cafe, a San Francisco establishment famous for its (very potent) Irish Coffees. Since it was literally just one minute north on noon we figured it was high time we treated ourselves to a drink, so the three of us grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered a round. The most interesting part of the experience is that the Irish Coffees are made with a nifty little process that is performed right at the bar (almost continuously in fact due to the number of orders). Step 1. Line up … Read More

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San Francisco Budget Breakdown


  Now that you’ve read about my trip to San Francisco, I though it would be good to do a quick budget breakdown to see how I spent my travel funds. I’ve broken my spending up into four categories: Transportation, Lodging, Food and Drink and Activities. For each of these sections of given a breakdown of each expense and given myself a grade for how well I managed my spending. The ultimate goal isn’t to spend nothing – just to get the most value for my dollar. (Spending money on airport food will hurt my grade, but splurging for a fancy … Read More

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Leaving my Lunch in San Francisco

Perfect Insecto Creative Commons

 Through my travels I’ve gone to many places and eaten many things. Street food in Cambodia. Questionable chicken in the Dominican Republic. Pickles from the market in Israel. I’ve taken risks. Brushed my teeth with tap water in Ghana. Accepted Tea out of dirty dirty glasses in Morocco. I’ve felt lucky. Gotten a little cocky even. I’ve watched as greater men and woman before me bowed down and surrendered to the porcelain throne. I began to believe I possessed an iron stomach. As it turns out, I was quite wrong. As it turns out, innocuous, sunny, mild San Francisco would be my … Read More

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A Tour of Wine Country and the Muir Woods

A winery in Sonoma

San Francisco is located just south of some of the country’s best wine tasting regions. So, when I started planning my visit, I knew I wanted to spend a day checking them out. I had been to Napa a few years earlier, so I was excited when I found out that Extranomical Tours offered a day trip to another famous region, Sonoma, combined with a trip to the Muir Woods, another area near the city that I was eager to see.  The tour started out bright and early with a pick up in downtown San Francisco. I had been nervous … Read More

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Guest Post: Local’s Guide To DC

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Today I am guest blogging over at the Traveling Canucks Travel Blog. Check out my Local’s Guide to DC and plan what you will do on your next visit. Or if you are also a local, go leave some more helpful tips! Photo Credit: Caroline Quinn Pratt

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A trip down California’s Route 1

McWay Falls in Big Sur along Route 1

When I visited Carmel by the Sea for a friends wedding in May of 2011, I knew that a drive down Route 1 along the California Coast was going to be on my must do list. Since we flew into San Fran, we had to rent a car anyway for the wedding. We took advantage of this by driving down Route 1 to Big Sur before returning to Carmel.  The trip was easy and did not take anywhere near as long as I had feared. It’s eas to stop along the way to take pictures of the rocky cliffs and crashing waves that make up the majority of the … Read More

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Announcing My Next Trip


  Drum… roll please….okay, I’m guessing this announcement has lost some if not all of it’s drama unless you don’t recognize the giant red  bridge from the photo above.  Yes, that’s right my next trip will be to San Francisco. West Coast Baby.   I’ve actually been to San Francisco a few times since I graduated college. On my first two visits, I was able to hit most of the sites and on my third visit I drove down the coast along Route 1 to visit Big Sur and Monterey.   So why am I going back?  San Francisco is … Read More

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Today’s Photo: Statue of Liberty

New York, New YorkTaken on a disposable camera when I was 18 (can you tell?) :-)

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Today’s Photo: Cherry Blossoms in DC

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Today’s Photo: Golden Gate Bridge

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