• art,  eat and drink,  explore,  other US travel,  pennsylvania,  pittsburgh

    Weekend in Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh has never been on my top 10 list of cities to visit, but Raisin Bread and I wanted to do a short weekend trip within driving distance. Although I did quite a bit of traveling this summer, all of my trips were solo, so I was excited to spend some time with my hubby out of town. Pittsburgh, it turns out, was much more interesting than I assumed it would be. Our first day was spent exploring the downtown area including some visits to art galleries, places with good eats and the Cathedral of Learning (aka Hogwarts). The day was very wet and rainy, so it was a good…

  • art,  eat and drink,  explore,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews

    Visit to Los Angeles: Art + Bread

    While planning my trip to Los Angeles, one of my must-sees was Royal/T Cafe in Culver City. It was only while doing my research did I learn that the space would close this month for the owner to focus on other endeavors. Ever since Royal/T opened five years ago, it became one of my favorite spots to see interesting exhibitions in the city. You may recall that Hello Kitty had a birthday party there not too long ago. We enjoyed a nice, relaxing lunch in the cafe before viewing “The Art of Cooking” exhibition. I had the afternoon tea which was a spin on traditional afternoon tea but with a Japanese influence. Unfortunately, I…

  • eat and drink,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews

    Visit to Los Angeles: In-N-Out and Michael Voltaggio’s Ink

    It’s been over a month since I told you about all of the noodles that I ate when I went home to Los Angeles for a visit, but noodles were certainly not the only thing I ate. The number one thing on my list was In-N-Out. Conveniently, a new location opened up very close to my parents’ house! Oh, how I missed you! Grilled cheese animal-style with well-done French fries Another thing I ate was a whole lot of food at Michael Voltaggio’s ink. The chef was working in the kitchen that night, but I didn’t want to sneak a photo of him.   Entrance to ink. I started with…

  • blogging,  explore,  new york,  other US travel

    At #BlogHer12 – Avenue Q the Musical

    Thanks to MamaDrama I had the opportunity to attend an off-Broadway show during my visit to New York for BlogHer 12 this past weekend. On Thursday night, I found myself at the New World Stages to see the multiple Tony-award winning musical Avenue Q. Exactly ten years ago next month, two girlfriends and I packed up a U-Haul and moved to an awful street in Brooklyn called Avenue U. Avenue Q took me back to that time when I was fresh out of college and trying to find my purpose. It turned out that my purpose was not to live in New York City, but that is a different blog post all together.…

  • eat and drink,  explore,  international travel,  portugal

    Portugal: Part 4 – The Rest

    My fourth day in Lisbon was the start of what brought me to Portugal in the first place. It was time to get to work, but I don’t want to bore you with the details of that. Instead, I will just stick to the fun stuff. As I mentioned before, bacalhau is the national dish of Portugal. This is what the product looks like as it is sold from a bacalhau shop. The literature that I read over the course of my studying about Portugal suggests that the Portuguese are a synchronic culture, meaning that they view the past, present and future as being interconnected, so it is not surprising…