A Quick Night in Providence, RI


As mentioned in Friday’s Happy Weekend post, we were celebrating Christa’s boyfriend Curtis’s 30th birthday with a big surprise on Friday night! That surprise was getting 8 other good friends together for a night at The Dean Hotel in Providence, RI. We dined at the Providence Flatbread (we’re making the rounds to get to as many New England Flatbread’s as possible), hung out in our penthouse suite (we rented the whole top floor, which had 4 connected rooms with 2 living rooms!) and spend the remainder of the evening down in the karaoke bar before venturing out for 1am french fries 🙂 It was perfect! Check out some pictures from our brief trip to Providence…


// The Dean Hotel

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{photo 6 provided by Lauren Kodiak, photos 8 & 9 by Brittany Gauthier}


// Flatbread Providence

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^ The birthday boy himself 🙂


// North Bakery

This is one of our friend Lauren’s favorite spots in Providence. We got breakfast sammies and so many treats between us all – including the miso & brown butter cookie, the meringue with dark chocolate chips, a cinnamon roll and a regular chocolate chip cookie.

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We had a lovely lovely time and can’t wait to visit again. It was a super easy trip for Reg coming in from Boston on the commuter line, and it’s a quick 1.5 hours from Hartford. We also noticed that Providence is a foodie town and we plan on coming back soon to eat our way through 🙂

Have you been to Providence? What is your favorite place to go when you visit?


Travel Diary // Portland, Maine

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Oh Maine, you’re so good to our bellies and souls. Such a pretty little city with such amazing food and sites. My group of close gal-pals in Boston have some big changes coming up (with one of them moving back to England next month, nooo!), so we decided to take a mini girl’s weekend vaca to have something memorable in the books.


We drove in Saturday morning and arrived just in time to grab an AMAZING lunch at Even Tide Oyster Co. Have you guys ever had a Bubbly Mary? Being that it’s prosecco and Bloody Mary mix, it sounds a little funky, but as their menu described, don’t knock it till you try it, because it was a killer pairing with my insanely delicious lobster roll. The lobster roll was less traditional than I’m used to, in that it came on an Asian-style bun, but ended up being one of the best I’ve ever had (which is quite a few!).


We then putzed around town just to see the sites and bop into the local shops. This peacock chair was HUUUUGE and I wanted it.

The above photo was taken in a store dedicated to Scandinavian design and food, which was total eye candy.

^ Just a straight up silverware collection, but I thought it was pretty 🙂



After lots of walking, we swung into Central Provisions to grab a pre-dinner bottle of wine and some snacks. We ended up sitting at the bar right as the early-dinner crowd came in and it was glorious. All of the food looked so beautiful, with a lot of care and detail that goes into it. We split a small flatbread, but wish we had more! We felt silly knowing that we had our full dinner coming up elsewhere in just a few hours!


We grabbed a more casual dinner at David’s where I got the shrimp and scallop screwers. Perfectly charred with a delicious tomato puree underneath. It hit the spot for sure.


The next morning I woke up super early (because we had PASSED OUT from being tired from all of the walking the day before) and I took a walk around town and grabbed some coffee at Bard Coffee with my roommate. Really high quality coffee, nice and nutty with a bold kick.

Above: an AMAZING chai donut from the Holy Donut


Lastly before heading home we checked out the beautiful Portland Head Light. The weather was perfect for it, and we had a really fun time doing the cliff walk and exploring the nearby fort ruins in the area.

Have you guys been to Portland? Any other recommendations for the next time we stop by? xo


 

Travel Diary // NY, NY

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Happy Monday, all! Hope you all had lovely weekends and had a chance to enjoy some of that sunshine. This time of year our weekends tend to be filled with lots of local traveling, and recently mine included popping over to New York to hang with some ol’ pals. It’s funny, I grew up in New England, but have never actually been to NY in my adult years, (mainly because I loathe the bus) so this was a treat!

Stop No. 1 // After a lengthly 4 hour drive filled with Beyonce and No Doubt, my biffie Xiao and I were hungry. Our hostess Sarah and her boyfriend love Latin American cuisine and knew just where to take us – Coppelia. It is an amazing Cuban 24-hour diner that hit all the right notes. We had a spread of nachos, ceviche, and an amazing dish called lomo saltado which I highly recommend. We topped it all off with some caipirinhas and were basically rolling out of the place.

Stop No. 2 // Since we had pretty much eaten our weight in prime rib the night before, by the next morning we weren’t feeling our hottest. I picked up a tasty little peach parfait to hold me over in the morning, and then we swung into Joe Coffee for some iced caffeine. As previously mentioned, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in NY, so I was pleased to do the touristy things like putz around Central Park — and that just what we did! Sarah only lives about 10 blocks from it, so we had a nice little afternoon checking out the musicians and entertainers.

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Xiao’s Instax polaroid film took the cutest photos!

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These pants are so comfy — you can grab a pair at Old Navy!

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3-cheers for Sarah’s sister Alla for snapping the only candid photo EVER of me to not involve snarled lips and a double chin…

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Kissing pigeons in the window!

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Stop No. 3 // After having lunch at Mario Batali’s Italian eatery Otto Pizzeria we continued to stroll around Soho and Little Italy for some window shopping and treats at M’o Il Gelato — so refreshing on a 90 degree day!

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Stop No. 4… 5, 6, 7 // After having dessert for lunch (hehe) we spent the night in Brookyln where we had some amazing Mediterranean tapas for dinner at Olea. We followed up with a little bar hopping — a fancy lavender cocktail at Dick & Jane’s Bar, some video games and beer at Barcade, and and all-night 90s dance party at The Bell House. Pretty much the most hipster Saturday night ever, and it was wonderful.

Stop No. 8 // Feeling a just a wee bit tired from our dance party the night before, I was ready for my first New York bagel… H & H Midtown Bagels East was loud, greasy, and had a nice long line… aka exactly what I wanted. The perfect bacon egg and cheese on a toasted everything to top off my weekend!

We had such a good time, and are definitely planning to return on the next long weekend, because 1 1/2 days just ain’t enough! Thanks Sarah for the foodie tour! 🙂

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Travel Diary // Lincoln, Middlebury & Bristol, Vermont

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Curtis and I went up to Lincoln, Vermont to visit my Aunt Wendy and cousin Nesta this past weekend, and it was just what we needed! We woke up to a super rainy Saturday but that didn’t hold us back. We got a delicious breakfast from the Bristol Bakery & Cafe, poked around town (got my first henna by the super talented Bridgette – she freehanded our designs!) and drove all around Lincoln, Middlebury & Bristol making stops along the way.

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Our first stop was the newly built Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury, which was so much fun! It had a small self guided tour, and then a quick and delicious tasting. You got to pick 4 samples off of their list, and we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed all of them! To be honest, none of us had really explored Woodchuck ciders before, but we definitely will now! We mixed and matched with each other, sips here and there – and ended up getting a very broad taste of their menu. * My favorite was the Pink, it tasted a bit like rosĂ©!

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We then stopped at a Danforth store which specializes in pewter, and they were having a pewter demonstration. It turns out, the Danforth pewter lineage goes back to Connecticut in the 1730’s!

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This view was gorgeous! I bet it’s even better without the fog!

We got up early on Sunday, Nes made us delicious waffles and we started out on a hike! It didn’t quite go as planned, but we got to drive around a bit more checking out Sugar Bush & Warren, VT.

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I would definitely recommend any New Englanders to take a weekend trip up this way. It is peaceful, beautiful and you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views and friendly people!

Have any of you guys been to Lincoln, Bristol or Middlebury? How did you like it?

Travel Diary // Italy

Ugh, sorry for the delay friends! It’s literally been a month since I got back and with starting a new job and such, I have been all over the place. But I’m here for the final installment of travel pictures from my trip and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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^Florence // Although our initial touch down into Italy was in Pisa, it was pitch black and we jumped immediately into a bus after our RyanAir flight, so I’m going to count Florence as our real first Italian destination! We happened to arrive on la notte bianca, and walked off the bus into seriously the busiest streets I’ve ever seen! It was one crazy Florence city party! Anyway, we had our own personal architect tour guide (aka my brother Nick), who showed us the beautiful buildings, delicious food (gelato withdrawals anyone?) & an overall fantastic time! We spent most of our time in Florence staying at 2 awesome Airbnb locations and doing day trips – see below!

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^Pisa // We didn’t expect to go to Pisa, and to be quiet honest, most of us weren’t that excited! BUT that being said, it really blew us away! We went around 9am, and with almost no one around we could truly gaze at this amazing thing! We took about a half hour to observe and gawk before we were off to Cinque Terre…

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^Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore & Manarola // This might be one of the most beautiful places of all time! It was beyond gorgeous and it was mind blowing to think about people building and living in these buildings so far away from other cities! (Also, if you have a moment to check out their INSANE vineyards, which are pretty much vertical…). We had a fantastic time basking in the sun and watching Nick go for a dip. I would highly recommend checking out these breath taking cities. *FYI, it isn’t particularly easy to get to Cinque Terre, if you ever have any questions, let me know!

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^Wine Country – Greve in Chianti, Casamonti, a few small villages throughout the area  // This day was one of my favorites from the trip! We explored a few quaint villages before (and after) we had an amazing dinner paired with 3 delicious Casamonti Chianti Classico wines. We learned so much about wine and olive oil making in Chianti, and how the Cinta Senese pigs almost went extinct (!). We also had one of the fluffiest tiramisu cakes I have ever seen/tasted (evidence here). It was such a change of scenery from Florence, and the fresh air was extremely refreshing!

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And then we came home after 2 weeks of bliss! It was so sad to leave, but 2 weeks away from home, exploring multiple cities and countries was exhausting! I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I won’t deny sleeping in my own bed was effing amazing. And as I mentioned in my post about Germany, I might not be an expert, but I would love to help with any travel questions you may have! And make sure to check out my Instagram pics for more candid outtakes!

Travel Diary // Germany

It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I’ve gotten home from our fantastic EuroTrip, and I finally got my sh*t together, going through all of the pictures and editing them down to post! Today’s pictures will be of our 5 days in Germany – starting off in Frankfurt, moving onto Munich and Nuremberg, and circling back to Frankfurt before we left for Italy. Unfortunately it was a bit rainy and chilly (not unusual), but we had expected it and it didn’t stop us from site seeing. Luckily we had a few clear afternoons with a bit of sun which made up for it!

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^Frankfurt // Although it was a short stop, Frankfurt had the quintessential “Germany look” and we ate a delicious meal right next to the town hall in the old center of town. We had a nice walk by the river, took in all of the greenery (it was so green compared to CT at the time) and nursed our jetlag. We got up bright and early the next morning to head to Munich, but we loved our time in Frankfurt and can’t wait to go back someday for a longer stay.

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^Munich // Curtis and I didn’t quite know what to expect when we went to Munich, but we fell in love! It was clean, not too crowded, full of delicious beers, sausages & pretzels, and overall a beautiful city. We had family showing us around which was amazing, and we joked about how we were on the “Church tour of Europe” (seriously though, Munich has sooo many gorgeous churches!). We stayed right outside of the city so we didn’t get a sense of the night life, but we had to save something for our next trip, right?

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^Nuremberg // Nuremberg is where my Opa (grandfather) grew up, and while I’d been when I was younger, it was so nice to have him show Curtis and myself around. It is a medieval city with a fortress/castle on the top of the hill which we had a wonderful time exploring (the sun came out just in time!). We ate at a fantastic restaurant over the river, explored some more beautiful churches, and had an amazing custard cake before we left – aka a wonderful time!

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We had an amazing trip exploring Germany with family and friends, really getting a sense of it through their eyes. We can’t wait to visit again, and if you have any questions about traveling to any of these locations, let me know, I would love to help if I can!

Onto Italy next! And if you’d like to see more candid shots from the trip, check out my instagram!

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