Photography, Travel

Exploring Oregon.

Spending time in Oregon at the end of this summer, was amazing. I caught up with family, dived into nature, and was able to practice my photography skills with my new camera. More posts to come, but here are some of the best photos I snapped while on vacation!

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Photography, Travel

Quebec Candids.

A few of my favorite snaps from my travels to Quebec earlier in the summer. Canada is a beautiful summer destination – the weather was perfect, downtown area bustling, all with delicious eats and refreshing drinks. Quebec City is definitely back on my list of places to visit again, along with the beautiful rural areas I have yet […]

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Food

Ten Dollar Tofu Taco Recipe

This past weekend we needed a simple, quick, and cheap dinner. Many of the recipes we were looking at called for long lists of ingredients – much of what we didn’t happen to already have in our pantry. Trying not to spend more money out and about at restaurants, we went to the grocery store […]

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Travel

Whale watching on Boston Harbor.

This past weekend Tom and I ventured out into the open ocean on Boston Harbor Cruise’s whale watch. Not only had I never been on a whale watch, but I also have an innate fear of  boats, open ocean, basically anything related to water – I blame the Titanic. So this was an excellent opportunity […]

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Food

New Hampshire Wine Tour: LaBelle lacks local

Our next stop on the New Hampshire Wine Tour is LaBelle Winery in Amherst. LaBelle is one of the top producers of New Hampshire wine. The winery offers endless services in addition to their wine production. From tastings, vineyard tours, to LaBelle wine clubs, private events and weddings, to The Bistro, LaBelle University, and special […]

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Travel

Zipping through Canada’s waterfalls.

We couldn’t resist a little thrill-seeking adventure while in Quebec. Definitely probably one of the craziest, most stupid things I have ever done according to my Mother’s standards, but I’ll be honest, I would probably do it again in a heartbeat. Instead of eagerly rushing into the old city during our first morning in Quebec, […]

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Breakfast in Quebec.

Our Saturday in Quebec was stunning. The sun was shining and the weather was absolutely perfect. Instead of staying directly in the city, we stayed on the other side of the St. Lawrence River in Levis, which we adored. Levis reminded me of where I grew up – suburban, quaint, and super easy to find our […]

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Food, Travel

New Hampshire Wine Tour: Sweet Baby

I’m going to be blunt here, the best part about our visit to Sweet Baby Vineyard was the cheese and Club crackers. They gave us a huge portion of gourmet sharp cheddar for the price, and it was delicious but was also an excellent companion to consuming these absolutely over sugared wines. However, let’s back track a little and […]

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A Quebec afternoon at the Fairmount.

One of our first stops after we got off the Ferry in Old City was to explore the massive castle that perches over the St. Lawrence River and Quebec. With lots of research prior to our mini trip, it took me the longest time to figure out what it actually was. I thought it was […]

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Food

Kick Ass Bacon Guacamole Recipe

Since it was officially the first day of summer this past week and the 4th of July is only a few days away, I wanted to share one of my family’s favorite summer snacks. It is a splendid guacamole recipe, that is slightly more fattening and 10 times more flavorful. You will never look at or make guac the […]

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Food, Travel

Follow along on the #NHwinetour

I hope you all enjoyed the previous post about my first stop along the New Hampshire Wine Tour. All through the summer I will be visiting numerous different vineyards around the southern NH area, and writing to tell you guys which ones have the best wines, deals, and picture-perfect views. For the most part, all […]

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Food

New Hampshire Wine Tour: Zorvino excells

I was in the shower one morning and was obviously thinking about how much I missed Tuscany, specifically how I couldn’t just take a ride into the beautiful countryside to taste the impeccable wines of Chianti. What was I going to do for summer entertainment? Then, mid-shampoo, I came to a realization. My home state of […]

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Travel

Treasure hunting on Via Maggio.

Walking down Via Maggio in Oltrarno, your eyes will be feasted on the gorgeous window displays of Florentine art galleries and antique shops. It is a notorious street for treasure hunting, but of course not without a hefty price tag. Most places look way too expensive for me to even consider entering, so most times […]

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Tuscan Villa Chilling.

For the second half of our day in Tuscany, we explored more of the Rufina region and savored the true picturesque landscape of Italy, outside the city. After eating lunch at a family trattoria in the small town of Pontassieve, outside of Florence, we made our way to Fattoria Selvapiana, to indulge in some more wine […]

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A true artisan secret of Firenze.

While in Florence, I was really eager to discover some of the hidden spots that lie within Oltrarno’s artisan neighborhood. (Oltrarno, literally means across the River Arno, referring to the side of Florence much more local and with less tourists.) I did a little bit of research before we went, wrote down some addresses and a short description […]

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So many churches, so little time.

During our precious vacation in Florence we decided to spend most of our time eating lots of delicious food, drinking wine with all meals of the day, and visiting the beautiful churches that make up Florence’s skyline. With 70 churches that populate Florence, not including the immediate suburbs, it can be overwhelming deciding which ones you […]

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What makes Italians, Italians? (2/3)

During my time in Florence I wanted to immerse myself in a deeper understanding of Italian culture. I was curious about Italian values, such as fashion, family traditions, religion, and the divide between north and south Italy. Throughout my research I interviewed four Florentines varying in age, gender, and occupation. You’ll find the second of three articles below with […]

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Climbing the darling Duomo.

We saved the best for last and on our last day in Florence we climbed the Dome and the Bell Tower of the Duomo. After much climbing and many swirling staircases later, we made it to the top! Then we decided to climb the bell tower, which is my favorite to do. It has the […]

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Tasting Tuscany in Rufina and Chianti

On the Wednesday during our trip to Florence we ventured out into the Chianti region to taste Tuscany’s best wines. We explored the Rufina region in Chianti and visited the Castello del Trebbio winery, a historic estate covered with olive groves and fields of grape vines. Castello del Trebbio was first built in 1184 by […]

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The best cappuccino in Florence.

Look no further for the best place to go for a morning cafe in Firenze. It’s News Cafe. Nestled into the corner of Via de Giglio and Via Faenza, I walked past this cafe for a good majority of my semester studying abroad. But when I discovered it, as many do, there is no other […]

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