All posts filed under: California

Destination: Cambria, California

Originally posted on The Finicky Cynic:
Hello, fellow bloggers! After spending this past week recalling my travels in Scandinavia during the summer of 2012 (for the post that started it all, check it out here), next on my “Throwback Travels” takes us all the way back to 2010, when I spent a good amount of it visiting different parts of California and Nevada. I’ll refer to this series of travel posts this week as the “West Coast,” even though I didn’t visit all of the states in that certain geographical location. But I digress. Any case, let’s start the travels from the good ol’ US of A…West Coast-style! ūüôā It was the summer of 2010; I was a soon-to-be high school senior who had spent the time figuring out colleges to apply to, as well as beginning to draft my personal statements and taking (and retaking) the SATs for good scores to get me in to some of the best schools out there. In the meantime, it was summer, meaning that?there were plenty of opportunities…

San Francisco: Top things to do and see

Originally posted on travelux:
San Francisco is one of those cities in which it will never get boring and this not just because it is big. San Francisco simply has a lot to offer when it comes to things to do and see. Whether it is the Golden Gate Bridge or China Town, Pier 39 or Lombard Street: There‚Äôs always something to discover. So, here are our probably most popular top things to do and see in San Francisco! Cross the Golden Gate Bridge Apart from being considered as “the” symbol for the United States of America next to the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco is the landmark of the whole Bay Area San Francisco. So, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is a real must-do! Moreover, the Golden Gate Bridge has been declared one of the Wonders of a Modern World. Ride a Cable Car The Cable Car System of San Francisco is the very last one which is being operated on a manual basis. Of the once…

Lake Tahoe, California

Originally posted on Chey Chey from the Bay:
If you know me at all, you know that I love Lake Tahoe with a passion! It is hands down my favorite place to get away from everything. The air is fresh, the lake is blue as can be and the scenery is beautiful. It’s so peaceful. I used to go all the time when I was a little kid– the good times. There’s is¬†no other place that gives such a sense of nostalgia. I’ve spent vacations there during both the winter and summer,¬†with my family and with my boy friend’s, when I was a baby all the way up through my young adulthood and I can safely say it never gets old. Over this past summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to go twice to my beloved Tahoe. Here’s a neat, little guide to the things we did, ate and saw– and some of the things we didn’t have time for, but wish we did.¬† Tahoe is an outdoor enthusiasts dream! There are endless options…

Juicy Umami Burger with parmesan frico and shiitake mushroom

Originally posted on Munch Hunt:
The Umami Burger at Umami Burger in Palo Alto. By Tarryl Jackson The juices were dripping onto the plate from the burger as I grabbed it to take my first bite.¬†Knowing how often I end up wearing my food in public, I set the burger back down and started eating it with a knife and fork. I probably looked ridiculous, but the Umami Burger was the juiciest, melt-in-your-mouth beef sandwich I’ve had in recent memory. I could tell the beef was of top-choice quality, and the medium rare patty was not salty, like some burgers can be.¬†The soft bun was like a sponge for the juices, but it didn’t get soggy or fall apart. My favorite part about the burger, besides the patty, was the parmesan frico. I had to Google what that was: it’s basically cheese, baked or fried until it turns into a crispy wafer of deliciousness. So, a cheese chip. I loved it, and it just added more savoriness to the burger. I also enjoyed the Umami…

Nothing To Wine About: Napa Valley

Originally posted on Erin Leigh Ever After:
Visiting California was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. I have to admit, coming back to the East Coast was a little disappointing after being surrounded by¬†vineyards for as far as the eye can see for five days. While in California I visited a few places, but I’ll start with my adventures in Napa and St. Helena. My two¬†friends and I visited our other friend who is currently living in Napa while attending The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Thanks to her and her roommate’s hospitality plus great Labor Day Deals on flights, we were able to book a cheap trip with relatively short notice. Napa was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. For as far as you could see there were vineyards for miles and miles. When you rolled down the windows on certain stretches of the road you could actually smell the grapes. In Napa, our main priority was wine tastings. I mean really, can¬†you blame us? CIA students can…

The Ultimate Foodporn: Eggslut in DTLA

Originally posted on The Love Pug:
When I first discovered Eggslut¬†on Instagram, I was surprised that Heaven on Earth had such a raunchy name. Nestled in Downtown LA just near the Fashion District, this popular sandwich stand is the perfect place to find some good, dirty #yolkporn. Sure, the menu is small and yes, you will probably have to wait in a line that wraps around the entire kitchen. But Eggslut is the kind of place that you have to try at least once. And that’s coming from someone who has probably ventured to DTLA maybe half a dozen times in her entire life. This teeny open restaurant is located in the Grand Central Market, along with everything from fresh produce to an organic coffee stand to authentic Mexican mole sauce. I definitely recommend bringing a few people not only so you can order more things, but so while someone waits in line you can stroll through the market and scope out the other delicious foods available. Plus the guy who works at the coffee…

San Francisco Bay creates beautiful backdrop for Treasure Island day trip

Originally posted on Munch Hunt:
A view of the San Francisco Bay from Treasure Island. By Tarryl Jackson When an acquaintance of mine invited me to spend the day on San Francisco’s Treasure Island for her birthday, I was very apprehensive about making the one-hour drive. The last time I drove into the city, I was almost side-swiped and rear-ended, and I almost hit a skateboarder who jumped out in front of my car. Plus, the traffic and drivers on Highway 101 tend to be insane. Despite my anxiety, I wanted to explore Treasure Island, which is surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and is connected to both San Francisco and Oakland by the Bay Bridge. It ended up being a beautiful 80-degree day along the water with some great people. The Crabcake Sandwich at the Treasure Island Bar and Grill. Treasure Island Bar and Grill, 60 Clipper Cove Way A couple ladies and I first stopped at a deli, which ended up being a very small convenience store that looked like it should be…

Day 14: Los Angeles

Originally posted on Trekking Together:
We left the campground at 8am and headed to LA for our last day together! We had a quick drive through the campus of UCLA before stopping somewhere in Beverly Hills for some lunch. I had a Taco Bell, my first taste of American fast-food, and it was great! We then went on a drive around all the massive Beverly Hills mansions. We saw the Playboy mansion, and whilst we were there a UPS van pulled up, so we got to see the gates opening up. None of us went inside though, in case we were ambushed by security! The Playboy Mansion Beverly Hills Next stop was Rodeo Drive and all the expensive designer stores. The grand looking building reminded me a bit of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. I‚Äôve made quite a few comparisons of places in California to Harry Potter, so I am pretty sure that JK got some inspiration from the Gold Coast! Either that, or I‚Äôm just a bit obsessed with Harry Potter. I wanted to…