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I’m kicking off two weeks of vacation-centric posts right now. Last week I spent 8 days in the Pacific Northwest traveling through Tacoma, Seattle, and Portland. It was so refreshing to unplug from real life and take a few days off of work to eat some seriously great food, read a book, watch oodles of Netflix, and enjoy the amazing weather. I stayed with one of my oldest friends at her sweet studio in Tacoma so that’s where I’ll kick off my narrative. Tacoma is a city with a smalltown feel. The streets are full of great restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and some really beautiful buildings. I could easily see myself living there someday. The fresh flowers were incredible!!! Check back tomorrow for the guide to Tacoma food!!

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In my Kitchen

In my kitchen recently there has been lots of chopping, slow roasting, and fresh herbs.  You really can’t beat fresh herbs.  Especially oregano.  If you’ve never cooked with oregano that didn’t come from a jar you’re missing out.  It’s amazing!

Onions
Slow Roasted Tomatoes

I’m soaking up every minute of these cooler Arizona days. I know it’s only a matter of time before I’m sweaty everywhere I go and questioning why I moved back here in the first place. Over the weekend it poured so I spent some quality time in my kitchen with myself eating new foods (olive oil ice cream? sure! lasagna? yes!). How do you take advantage of slow, winter weekend days?

Sightseeing in San Francisco: Trolly Tour

Our first full day in the city of San Francisco was spent on a Trolly Tour (AND AT ALCATRAZ!!!) which, I begrudgingly admit, is a pretty great way to get your bearings in a new city. We chose the Super Sightseeing Tours Hop on Hop off Trolly because it boarded right by our hotel. They took us all around the city through the Haight, Golden Gate Park, The Golden Gate Bridge, DeYoung Museum, Union Square, Market Street, China Town, etc. and if there’s anything you want to explore at one of the official stops you just hop off and catch the next bus that comes along. Here are some photos of San Francisco from the top of that bus.
Trolly Tour San Francisco
Trolly Tour San Francisco
Trolly Tour San Francisco
Trolly Tour San Francisco
Trolly Tour San Francisco
Trolly Tour San Francisco
Trolly Tour San Francisco
One of my favorite parts of the city were the great vintage signs marking various buildings. It seemed like every corner we turned had another beautifully lit marquee-style sign that I was trying to get my mom to look at. We got REALLY lucky in terms of weather during this trip and I’m grateful. It was beautiful to be outside and not be sweating my ass off.

xoxo

Senior Portraits Round Two

In Healdsburg my mom snapped some photos of me in front of a gorgeous tree. I couldn’t help but giggle when I looked at them later because they seem like they’re my senior portraits.

Senior Pics

Since you can see my whole outfit here’s where it came from….
glasses: La Font
top: Anthropologie
jeans: Anthropologie
shoes: Nordstrom Rack

And as a bonus, here’s a picture of my mom and I together from earlier that day. I’d say we look pretty similar!

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Thanks for your good genes ma!!

xoxo

Cadillac Ranch

On the road between Chicago and Arizona you drive past a great American landmark. I’ve been on this road trip a few times and never stopped (or even knew to stop) at the Cadillac Ranch in Texas. This roadside attraction is seriously cool. I had many questions but few answers so when I came home I googled it and found this site which is full of great information!
Cadillac Ranch
For those who want the short version of the story, I’ll share what I learned. In Texas on the side of Route 66 there are 10 Cadillacs from the 1950’s and 60’s buried nose down and covered in graffiti. Visitors are invited and encouraged to graffiti the cars so it’s a very interactive exhibit. The cars were driven into holes in the ground at the same angle years ago for the purpose of creating a quirky art exhibit. Over the years the cars have been painted time and time again and featured in countless advertising campaigns, movies, and television shows. But above all, it’s seriously badass.
Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch
Next time I’ll be sure to bring my own can of paint so I can leave my mark on this great American landmark.
Mal