Adventures, Fashion

Azores Part 4: What to wear in the Azores

If I had to summarize Azorean style in one word, it would be "practical".  The locals  seemed to follow the practical-trend, probably because there is so much fun stuff to do, there just isn't time to fuss over styles or trends.  Locals on Sao Miguel seemed very western in their styles - the clothing choices… Continue reading Azores Part 4: What to wear in the Azores

healthy, Kitchen

No-Cream Ice Cream Made with Almond Milk

I'm taking a quick break from my Azores saga to talk about ice cream... because it's always time for ice cream... and this ice cream base gives you yet another reason to love it. This is a relatively healthy custard ice cream base that is great on it's own (or pairs great with pie!), but… Continue reading No-Cream Ice Cream Made with Almond Milk

Adventures, Drink, Kitchen

Azores part 3: What to eat in the Azores

These coffee cups on our flight really say it all. There are infinite adventures in the Azores, and that includes the local food scene on Sao Miguel. I always think the best way to learn about a culture is through the local food. Recipes - techniques and flavors - are one of those traditions that… Continue reading Azores part 3: What to eat in the Azores

Adventures, Nature

Azores part 2: Hiking + Swimming

Welcome to part 2 of 4 of our Azores adventures. HIKING in the Azores This is an island for frugal people like me! Most of the fun stuff - like hiking and swimming - is completely free.  The island is set up for exploring - be sure to pack your adventure shoes! First, some vocabulary:… Continue reading Azores part 2: Hiking + Swimming

Adventures, Nature

Azores part 1: Getting Around

The Azores are an unbelievably beautiful set of 9 volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic. Donald and I only visited Sao Miguel on this trip - the biggest island (still less than 100 miles across!). Even though we spent over a week on this one island, we never ran out of things to do, most of… Continue reading Azores part 1: Getting Around


Packing for the Azores

Summer flew by and I was completely MIA. Now that the cooler, rainier weather is back, you'll be seeing more of me around here. You'll recall from my PNW packing post that I do quite a bit of research before packing for vacation. Donald and I are now getting ready for 9 days in the… Continue reading Packing for the Azores

Adventures, Kitchen

Tent Life: the joys of island camping

Washburns Island in Waquoit Bay (Falmouth, Cape Cod) is one of my favorite secret hangouts. Accessible only by private boat, this island is uninhabited, except for 10 campsites and a park ranger. Amenities are few, as are rules. Each site has firepits with a grill top, and 2 solar composting toilets (glorified outhouses). And the… Continue reading Tent Life: the joys of island camping


I tried to make lox…

...and it worked! My all-time favorite breakfast? Lox and Bagels, with lots of toppings. So why do I never eat it, except for when my parents buy it for me when I visit? Well, at $1000 per pound (exaggeration) lox are a little out of my price range. A few months ago I discovered Lox… Continue reading I tried to make lox…


Moroccan Pork Tagine Stew + Spices

Spices are my favorite - especially when it comes to learning about the spices and their origins.  Food cultures all over the world are defined by the ingredients and spices available in each area. Overtime, availability changes due to trade, travel, politics, or technology! It's all super interesting (and long, so I'll spare you the… Continue reading Moroccan Pork Tagine Stew + Spices


The Pacific Northwest! My Top 5 List

Wow! Nine days in the pacific northwest just isn't enough time to do everything! Every beautiful hike / every brewery (and cidery!) / every swanky hipster restaurant ... There is just too much fun stuff out there. The only drawback about the northwest is that people drive under the speed limit, which - to a… Continue reading The Pacific Northwest! My Top 5 List