Reliving my Childhood at Disneyland Paris

Reliving my Childhood at Disneyland Paris

When my employers offered to let me take Zoe, their youngest daughter, to Eurodisney for the day, I jumped at the chance. Because… Disneyland!

I, like most small Midwestern children, visited Disneyworld in the 90’s and had the time of my life. My little brother and I carried around little blue books soliciting signatures from Disney characters, and my mom slathered sunscreen all over our sun-deprived, Midwestern skin to protect us from the searing Floridian sun. (more…)

My Local Eats: New York

My Local Eats: New York

Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink. Today we will be learning about what to eat in New York, and so far the series has already covered Paris and Seoul.

Today the series makes its foray into North America with Ashley Hufford’s favorite spots in New York, New York. Ashley, apart from having a very cool first name (cough), writes See Ash Run, a blog that chronicles her life and photography in New York.  (more…)

My Local Eats: Seoul, Korea

My Local Eats: Seoul, Korea

Hi! Welcome to the second edition of My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Jessica Wray, an American who is currently residing in Seoul, South Korea. Jessica writes one of my favorite travel blogs, Curiosity Travels, which chronicles her sometimes crazy and always delicious explorations into Korean life. Here she shares some serious food porn of what to eat in Seoul that is actually making me consider moving to Seoul.

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10 Travel Necessities That Make My World Go Round

10 Travel Necessities That Make My World Go Round

So in light of the recent holidays, I wanted to take time to reflect on some of my brand new travel-related gadgets I received (thanks, Santa!) as well as the tried-and-true products I’ve been using for years. Every single one of the items listed makes my travels easier in some way – from protecting my skin and electronics to allowing me to dance around the kitchen to my favorite tunes. (more…)

Saturday Snapshot 15

Saturday Snapshot 15

Hey everyone! So for today let’s just pretend this is called the Sunday Snapshot… at this rate I may just need to rename the whole series, haha.

So this week I continued with my normal schedule of wander around Paris, meet up with bloggers and take photos. But there was one twist- it snowed! (more…)

The Delicious Truth behind German Cuisine

The Delicious Truth behind German Cuisine

So as I have mentioned before, we have all been completely wrong about German food. Seriously. It’s good. Really good.

Don’t believe me? Let me take you through just one day of lecker German food in Cologne.

After climbing 509 steps up the cathedral and 509 steps down we felt we deserved a nice, hot meal at the brauhaus, don’t you agree? (More than 1000 steps in a day- who am I, Jane Fonda?)

After a hurried walk around town, we settled on Peters Brauhaus, a cozy, old-fashioned, and kind of adorable brauhaus. The first order of business was ordering Kölsch, Cologne’s local beer that is ever cold, frothy and golden.

Brauhaus

My only complaint about Kölsch is that it is served in tiny, tiny glasses. What happened to the gigantic beer steins that I had to lift with two hands in Munich? Have they been banned since I was last in Germany?

Cologne Christmas Market

The second order of business was gobbling up a hot bowl of soup. We let the delightful Julika from Sateless Suitcase order for us and soon we had steaming bowls of Rheinische Kartoffelsuppe mit Speck, or Rhineland potato soup with speck.

Move over pancetta, speck is my new favorite pork belly product. When I tasted the soup I turned to Marina and said with a straight face, “This is the best soup I’ve ever had in my life.” I don’t remember her response because she had ordered the same thing and we were really past words.

German Food

After we sadly parted ways with the brauhaus, the next stop was the Heimat der Heinzel Market, which is a Christmas market that is supposed inhabited by magical gnomes.

The little house gnomes (Heinzelmännchen) are said to have done all the work of the citizens of Cologne during the night, so that the inhabitants of Cologne could be very lazy during the day. According to the legend, this went on until a tailor’s wife got so curious to see the gnomes that she scattered peas onto the floor of the workshop to make the gnomes slip and fall. The gnomes, being infuriated, disappeared and never returned. From that time on, the citizens of Cologne had to do all their work by themselves. – source

Cologne Christmas Market

As I quickly learned in Germany, the first stop at any Christmas market is the stand that sells hot alcohol; it’s essential to imbibe a hot mug of Glühwein while standing outside in the German winter.

Our hot beverage of the day was apfelpunsch, or apple punch. To accompany our rum-laden apfelpunsch we ordered baked Bosch apples stuffed with cinnamon granola and covered in strawberry jam and vanilla sauce.

Cologne Christmas Market

Why aren’t all apples stuffed with cinnamon granola?

Baked Apple

This really was an enchanted market; just look at the Travelocity gnomes hanging out on the roof!

Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market

On the way home I forced everyone to stop at we decided to visit a little Germany bakery with loaves upon loaves of dark, grainy, nut-studded bread. I enjoyed the sweet hazelnut bread, but the real stand-out was the smoky, earthy flavor, perfectly crusted walnut bread.

I didn’t even toast or butter it because I didn’t want to taste anything but its smoky walnut-y flavor. And I toast and butter everything.

German food

On a completely unrelated thought; I really regret not buying that gnome mug.

Cologne Christmas Market

But gnomes aside, I found Germany in December to be a very magical place. With lots of magical food as well.

 Do you enjoy German food? Am I alone here?

My Local Eats: Paris

My Local Eats: Paris

Welcome to the first edition of My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Edna Zhou, an American sports media journalist who is currently living in Paris. You all may know her from her excellent travel blog, Expat Edna. Edna is a good friend and fellow foodie so please, if she tells you to go to a restaurant and order a certain dish, just do it- she knows exactly what to eat in Paris. Also helpful for finding delicious grub in Paris is her post, 10 under €10: The best places to eat in Paris on a budget. (more…)

Saturday Snapshot 14

Saturday Snapshot 14

Hey everyone! So I’m officially back in France, and I have to say it’s been hard re-acclimating. I’m homesick and wish I had stayed in the U.S. a bit longer – I’m finding I really miss my family and my puppy.

That being said, there have been a few highlights so far, most especially seeing the Edward Hopper exhibit at the Grand Palais; we booked those tickets two months in advance and it was worth the wait! I couldn’t choose my favorite picture this week so which shot do you like best? (more…)