Secret Paris

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The first time I went to Paris, I did as everyone does on their first trip and visited the Louvre. I hated it. It was a Dan Brown-fueled anthill of humans clamoring to get close to tiny works of art hidden behind protective cases. The friend I was with had a near panic attack and I was more than happy for the excuse to leave. Ever since then, I’ve been kind of gun shy when it comes to seeing the major sights in the City of Lights. But because of my reluctance to play tourist in Paris, I’ve been freed up to sniff out some truly special city secrets. Continue reading

Exploring Brixton Village

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Maybe it’s your first time to London and you want to see a real neighborhood devoid of sneaker-squeaking tourists. Maybe you’ve been here a few time and you just can’t handle another walk though Harrods or ride on the Eye. Maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and have somehow never ventured past Borough. In any such case, it’s time to head to Brixton. Continue reading

Montana: Summer Camp for Grownups

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I went to Ennis, Montana at the end of last month to scatter my grampa’s ashes in his favorite place on Earth. It was pretty cool to rendezvous with my family after having been away for so long and to have the opportunity to explore such a wild and open place. For a town with no stoplight, I was wowed by the amount of activities available to us as tourists. The entire trip was crammed with adventures and day trips, all of which left us mildly sunburned, famished and plain pooped by the end of each day. So it was pretty much like being at summer camp…except that I’m almost 30…and I was with my extended family…and we had lots of beer. Anyway, here were my favorite activities at Camp Montana:

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Lunch at Asador Etxebarri

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I wrestled with myself about how best to post about our lunch at Asador Etxebarri outside of San Sebastian. I mean, how can I tell you about one of the best meals of my life without sounding like a braggart? Not posting wasn’t an option – this is a food and travel blog after all. I went so far as to download the Lisa Frank app, thinking that being cheeky might be the answer. But would putting tie-dyed frames and purple kittens around pictures of steak make you think me less of a spoiled princess? Probably not, and they’d detract from the food anyway. So let’s just say it up front: Extebarri is a special occasion restaurant. I like special occasion restaurants. And just as some people travel many miles and spend many dollars to see their favorite bands in concert, I do the same for epic dining experiences. No Lisa Frank. No Shame. Here goes:

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Weird Stuff I Found at the British Supermarket

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I recently tried to explain the allure of Kraft Mac and Cheese to a French woman and, needless to say, failed miserably. Her look of horror confirmed what I already knew, which is that the world as a whole thinks that Americans have some pretty strange eating habits. But I’m here to tell you that we are not the only ones. Case in point: British supermarkets (um, and jellied eels). Let’s take a walk through the aisles, shall we? Continue reading