Gearing up to visit Uncle Jessie. Have Mercy.

I’m gearing up for my next trip to California with a case of viral bronchitis. You better pray you aren’t on my plane ride! With that aside, I’m sure all the wine tasting I’ll be participating in will cure me. Here’s the itinerary of my upcoming trip.

Flight from BOS to SF.

Drive to Big Sur. 🙂 I’m so excited to check out Big Sur Bakery.

Next stop Monterey/Carmel.

Drive through the Russian River Valley on our way to Sonoma/Napa.

Mendocino!

Head back down south to SF for a few days. I’m really looking forward to a breakfast or brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food.

Back to BOS.
We plan to do plenty of wine tasting, star gazing, and light hiking on our trip. I heard Muir Woods is a good place to checkout The Redwoods from SF. I’m wondering if anyone has any other Redwood suggestions considering the areas I’ll be staying in.

No treat yo self  work series today because I’m treating myself with 3 out to eat plans this weekend and a longgggggggg vacation soon. Happy Friday everyone!

Jaws! Cape Cod Camping or Glamping. – August 2012.

I went camping in the Cape over the weekend and swam with the sharks. Well, not really. I went camping in the Cape over the weekend and the NEWS said there was a great white shark in the water nearby. My friends saw a whale in the ocean on Friday and we all saw a Seal on Saturday. You know there had to be a shark nearby if there was a seal.  Right?

I started my trip out with a ferry ride after work Friday from Boston to PTOWN USA baby.

Woah, I know they serve drinks on the boat, but I was surprised by how much boozing occurred.  Pahty boat!

Check out this beautiful sky I saw upon my arrival to PTOWN. Now if these damn people would just move out of my way for a minute, the picture would have been better…or if I got off my ass to take a picture without them in it.

I met Kraig and our friends Liz & Dave in PTOWN.  We ventured over to  The Lobster Pot for some Bloody Marys, oysters, and onion rings. They’re suppose to be famous for their Bloody Marys, but I still think Stars has the best Blood Marys ever. We headed back to our campsite next for burgers, beers, and corn on the cob.

Saturday was a rainy day, so we had a leisurely breakfast at The Wicked Oyster. I ordered eggs florentine for breakfast and split a blueberry pancake on the side with Kraig. Everything was good, but the pancake was DELICIOUS. I consider myself somewhat of a pancake snob because I grew up in a house that made pancakes at least one day a week for breakfast. I’ve also dabbled in several pancake recipes from food blogs in my adulthood, but found the Wicked Oyster’s pancake to be light, fluffy, moist, sugary, and one of those things you want to scarf down in 30 seconds like a hot fudge sundae because you just can’t control yourself. Oh, but I didn’t want to scare the other people at the table, so I practiced some control. Anyways, after breakfast Kraig drove us around Wellfleet/Truro and we did some walking along some paths.

We found Dawson’s Creek.

And Dawson & Joey. I hope you know this is sarcasm…

Then read about all the Whales that use to be in the area.

Evidence we saw a seal. He’s looking at me!

I hate seaweed.

There’s only so much walking you can do in the cold rain, so we headed back to our camp site for more burgers, beers, and relaxing! I guess I should have actually taken pictures of the camp site, but it slipped my mind.

Sunday we packed up our stuff and went to SavorySweet for breakfast. Please check this place out if you’re near Truro. Their pizza is great, the breakfast sandwiches are satiating, the salted caramel ice cream is out of this world, and their brown sugar cinnamon scones are remarkably fresh while dissolving in your mouth with a cup of coffee.

Back to Boston!

Here are most of the photos from the trip if you’re interested. I realized the only picture I took with Liz and Dave in it is of their backs from a distance, so I definitely need to get better at taking pictures with people in them!

Treat yo self. Friday series.

Does anyone watch Parks and Recreation on NBC? I decided to have a treat yo self lunch break today at Sportello.

I ordered the tagliatelle with a housemade arnold palmer. They serve you bread with a creamy spread as an appetizer. After lunch, I went to Barrington’s for a small iced latte. Nothing like a $4 latte, but trust me it’s worth it because their lattes taste very fresh.

The one good thing about working on a Friday is the casual Friday attire, but I’m pretty sure I could get away with wearing this any day in my office building.

I can’t wait for 4:30 to roll around so I can leave work and make my way to the Cape via Ferry! I heard there are some sharks in the Cape this weekend, so people are only going up to four feet deep in the water there. Eeks. I’m scared.

I want to go to Patagonia.

I really want to go to Patagonia.  I’ve done some reading on it that said January is one of the best times to travel there and that you should book your trip a year in advance. It doesn’t look like I’ll be going to Patagonia in January 2013 at this rate, but maybe January 2014? One can hope. I would ideally fit Argentina and Chile into one trip, but I’m not sure if that is realistic. Any tips?

Burlington, VT July 2012 – Where I saw more beers than bears.

After our hike at Camel’s Hump State Park, we made our way to One of a Kind Bed & Breakfast in Burlington to check in to the Carpe Diem Cottage and freshen up.

We were starving from our hike earlier that day, so Kraig grabbed a pizza from American Flatbread  while I got ready for our night out. After we finished stuffing our faces eating, we headed over to the VT Brewfest.  Things started to get blurry.

The fest was right on Lake Champlain so you could enjoy the view while taste testing.

Everyone loves beer!

We stopped by Nectars after the brewfest with the drunk munchies to try their infamous Gravy Fries and see where Phish started out as a band. There was definitely an older crowd at this bar. I’m not sure if it’s because there was a Grateful Dead cover band playing while we were there or if that’s the general scene.  We were pretty pooped from the day so we went back to our BnB for some RnR.

The next day we woke up and enjoyed breakfast outside in the yard with a beautiful view of Lake Champlain.

We made a trip to the farmers market in town to pick up some local cheese, wine, bread, and pastries. Don’t let this picture fool you. There were no vegetables purchased here. We have a weekly CSA pickup, so I wasn’t going to waste my time being healthy on vacation. 😉

We also enjoyed some burgers and beers for  lunch at VT Pub & Brewery.  Yum!

The rest of the day was spent lounging on the beach.  They seem to be very lenient about boozing on the beach in VT. I saw a ton of people with non-concealed open containers.

We had a wine and cheese hour back at our place

and then headed for dinner at Pistou.  Pistou is a unique restaurant that has a menu that changes daily. It’s pretty pricey so be prepared!

I wanted to get back to our place in time to watch the sunset from our lawn chairs, so we spent the night sipping wine and watching boats go by. It was a perfect relaxing evening.


The next day we grabbed the best iced coffee I’ve ever had from The Uncommon Ground and delicious jumbo sized sandwiches from The Red Onion before hitting the road back to Boston.   I think I enjoyed our monster sandwiches from this place more than our fancy dinner at Pistou the night before.  It seems like the key to VT is keeping it casual. I know I say this every time I go somewhere (except Mexico), but I’ll be back!  It seems like camping around here would be a lot of fun.

Here are the rest of the pictures from our trip. I took a TON of pictures of the view from the bed and breakfast we were staying at because it was just so breathtaking to me and reminded me of one of my favorite places. I bet you can all guess where that is! 😉

Camel’s Hump State Park – July 2012

Kraig and I had an awesome weekend in Burlington, VT this summer. The trip started off  early on a Friday with a long drive from Boston to Camel’s Hump State Park followed by a  3-4 hour hike to the top. We packed PB&J sandwiches and plenty of water to help fuel us through our hike.

Struggling on the way up.

The view from the top made it worth our effort.

It’s important to keep in mind that you need to climb down the mountain you decide to climb up. Luckily it took a lot less time to get down (about an hour and a half).

It’s a good thing we got exercise in during the day because our evening was going to be spent at a brew fest.  Here are more pictures from our hike on Camel’s Hump if you’re interested. I’ll post  more details on Burlington in my next post!