Dining at Nicola’s: Photo Series

I’ve been dining at Nicola’s, a contemporary Italian restaurant, for about two years, but that’s nothin’ compared to the two decades they’ve been open! Chase and I celebrated my 26th birthday here (and my 27th), for my 26th birthday, they sat us in a private room with only a few other couples, right next to a fire place.  It was…

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Most Relaxing Island? Water Island!

Honeymoon Beach located on Water Island is unlike any other beach I visited while in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  I know, I told you Coki Beach was the best beach in U.S.V.I. and that it was my favorite, but to be honest, they are tied with each other.  The beaches themselves, and the vibes they offer are on two opposite ends…

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Pittsburgh in a Day: photo series

Figured I would relieve you from the constant Virgin Islands posts… but there will be more!  A couple of weeks ago I decided to make a quick trip to Pittsburgh to visit my sister!  The drive started out great and that’s what I needed.. as this was my first “long” drive alone (cough, cough 4.5 hours).  It didn’t take long…

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Coki Beach? Best Beach on St. Thomas!

Where do I even begin with Coki Beach?!  This was my favorite beach out of all the beaches we visited – Coki Beach is known for it’s snorkeling, along with their ‘island vibes’, reasonably priced snorkel gear, aaand not having to walk to the bar because they come to your beach chair!  Could it get any better?  Maybe, but I…

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Lime in Da Coconut at Limetree Beach

I’ve been back in the Midwest for two weeks now and I’ve been in a downward spiral thinking about the clear-blue water beaches in the Virgin Islands.  Most of my trips are to major cities surrounded by industrial skyscrapers, but this time was different!  It would be my first trip out of the states, where the buildings are colorful, the…

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Best Deep Fried Taquitos & Cucumber Tequila

My favorite part about traveling is to eat great food that I don’t normally get to eat at home, so prior to my free trip to the Virgin Islands – I did a little digging into the island restaurant scene.   “I can’t wait for the food in the U.S.V.I.!”  I exclaimed to some friends. “You don’t really go there…

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Dinner 500 Feet in the Air – Highly Recommend

And so, it continues – taking on Seattle.  As Starbucks Baristas, it’s our job to move quickly, so it wasn’t hard to overrule the time we had by visiting more attractions than the number of days we were staying, like the Underground Tour and the Harbor Cruise Tour – your noggin will be jam packed with interesting facts about the city, but…

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I Tried Raw Beef and You Should Too

One of my favorite parts about traveling is keeping an open mind when it comes to food.  It’s important to try unique cuisine that you normally wouldn’t have at the end of your fork, which is why I decided to try raw beef. Going anywhere with Sarah means we indulge in great food – we visited a lot of restaurants,…

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Taking on Pike Place Market

Can you believe its been one year since my trip to Seattle with my barista pals? (Hi Sarah, Kirstin, and Brandon)!  When I decided to hang up the green apron and resign from Starbucks, I had spent a third of my life making lattes; that’s eight years!  The four of us wanted to take a trip together – we all…

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