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Let’s try something different

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If you’ve read most of my other posts you may be able to tell that I am a bit of a foodie.

I hope not to be an obnoxious one, but I truly do love and appreciate all types of food. I also believe that food shapes and influences every culture in the world. You cannot fully experience a location without trying its local cuisine. Every place has some sort of plate or recipe that is special and tells a story. Whether its a common dish or something a little more unique for special occasions it all has a unique part in shaping a culture.

Food has the ability to unite people in an incredible way.Therefore, I have decided to add some recipes to the blog.

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I do not have a specific type of cuisine that is my absolute favorite. I genuinely love and appreciate a little bit of everything. Lately I have found myself making homemade ramen from scratch to butter chicken to a Spanish inspired pizza. I do get quite a bit of inspiration from other blogs and cookbooks but I tend to add my own little twist whether its due to the ingredients that I have or just because I like to do things my own way. I tend to post pictures on Instagram (of course) but I feel like I want to do a little more than that.

So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. This is something that I am truly passionate about and of course, it’s always fun to do something new.

If y’all have any ideas or suggestions on different foods that are either your favorite or something that you’ve always wanted to try, please leave me a comment and let me know. I am always looking for new things to try.

XO,

Bec

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#WanderlustWednesday: Granada, Spain

My heart is currently set on Europe. I am desperate to go to Spain (amongst several other countries).

Since I was being lazy on New Years Day I decided to catch up on some shows. Both Booze Traveler on the Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN had episodes in Spain with the mention of Granada in each one.

Granada is the capital of the province of Granada which lies in the region of Andalusia in Spain. It is at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is about an hour away from the Mediterranean coast. The city is the 13th largest urban area in Spain.

The most famous structure in Granada is the Alhambra which is a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of Andalusian Islamic history. There is a heavy Moorish influence in the architecture of the city.

Granada is a city full of History and Culture. From some of the earliest Celtic immigrants to gypsies to the Roman invasion, all have crossed paths in Granda.

Of course, tapas are a way of life in Granada. When hanging out with friends at night, going from bar to bar ordering drinks and sampling some incredible food.

Through it all, my heart longs to wander amongst Spain.

 

 

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The year that was…

I recently went back home to Vegas. I havent been home in about 7 months. Its always interesting to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.

At dinner with one of my friends, she mentioned that I seemed happy. That I was enjoying life. That I was having fun.

Next month will be a year since I have moved to Nashville. At this point last year I was burnt out, exhausted and pretty much dead inside. I needed something new. A new adventure, a new place, new people…everything new… I could no longer exist in the bubble in which I found myself so comfortable in. I could no longer go along with the motions. I needed to break away in order to become alive again. I needed to breathe in the air of someplace new. To see new sights. To be in a place in which I could begin again. It was more of a move of survival more than anything.

2014 has been quite a year. I have been to 16 different states, drove over 6,000 miles and flew over 9,000 miles.  I have driven my car from the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. From one coast to the other. I have gone to cities that have been on my list to go to for years. One by one, I’ve been able to check things off my life list (which Im pretty sure is a never ending list) I have started over in a new city, in a place that I have never lived in before. I have survived. It has been a difficult year as well. There have been many tears, many times when I just wanted to throw in the towel, to tap out, to pack it all up and move back home. Yet it has been a good year as well, personally. Although I did not accomplish everything that I had wanted to, I am thankful for what has happened and who I have become.

I am thankful for this crazy journey that has led me to this point. I love all the colorful characters who are a part of my story. I have come to enjoy all the crazy stories, illogical happenings and just random situations in which I have found myself in. I’m sure that if I sat down and wrote everything out I could possibly have a somewhat interesting book to read. This year has truly been quite a ride but as I look back am a grateful for what 2014 became. Of course there are several things that I would do differently but at the same time, it is what it is and here I am.

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And now, I look ahead, 2015. Looking forward has been quite foggy as of late, but I think it’s starting to clear up. I can begin to see again. To look through the telescope. To see where this compass of mine is pointing to. I think I know where I want to go next. As far as the details of how, when, where exactly…well, that’ll come in its time. But for now, I have hope for whats ahead. I have an expectation for what may lay ahead. I know that it will not be easy, but just about everything in life thats worth something will cost you something great. There is a great cost for this wandering heart of mine. It is uncomfortable most times and there are quite a few tears that are shed, but this is the life that I have chosen to live. It probably doesn’t make much sense to most, but I honestly can’t be bothered. I go where the wind blows. At the end of the day, I want to know that I chose to live. To be me, to live my life.

I do hope that you have an incredible 2015! May you accomplish great things and enjoy the journey along the way. Do things that scare you and laugh more than you ever have. Go out, wander & explore this beautiful world that we live in. Make the most of the year that lays ahead.

Much love from Nashville!!!

-Bec

 

 

#WanderlustWednesday: Napa Valley

Being that I am quite a fan of wine…and food…the Napa Valley has been on my list for years. I literally driven from the top to the very bottom of California yet I have never been to Napa.

Of course, the Napa Valley is known for its wineries. It is one of the premier wine regions in the world. Wine production dates back to the 19th century.

With its mediterranean climate, its geography & geology, it has all that it needs to be an incredible environment for producing wine.

Yet there is much more to Napa than just sipping wine all day.

The Napa Valley houses some the the top chefs in the worlds restaurants. When I think of Napa, Thomas Keller comes to mind. Eating at the French Laundry is an absolute dream of mine. I have yet to have the privileged to eat at one of his restaurants but whilst i was living with a family in Australia, they hosted a 12 course meal that was based off of the recipes from the French Laundry. i thought i had died and went to heaven when we had the sea bass over spinach with the saffron vanilla sauce. It may sound a bit odd, but that sauce is life changing. Since that day, i have made it a goal of mine to dine there. Eating in the Napa Valley is am experience of its own.

Although food and wine are what draw most people in, there is much more to the area. If you are more of an outdoor enthusiast there are thousands of acres in which to hike and camp in. You could also go kayaking or white water rafting if you want something a little more adventurous. Driving and bike tours around the area are also quite popular to take in the sights. Of if you’re more of the spa and relax type of fan there are sever natural hot springs and thermal geysers to go soak in around some very luxurious resorts/spas.

I feel like the Napa Valley is one of the closest places that we have here in the States to the actual Mediterranean . Give me some good food & amazing wine in a beautiful location and happy I will be.

 

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For some more ideas on what to do whilst visiting check out: http://www.designsponge.com/2014/04/napa-valley-guide.html

Who would’ve thought….

A year ago this weekend I came to wander about Nashville.

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I had only been once before on a youth trip many years ago. We were only in town for a day and so we didn’t really get the chance to get to do much around Nashville. I was 18 at the time and the thought never even crossed my mind that I would one day end up living here.

After coming back from Australia in 2011, I just went back to working and tried to build some sort of a normal life. I had a decent job, had my little routine, had my family and friends around and yet, I felt as if I were dying little by little deep inside. I was bored with my life. Living in Vegas, it’s as if you live in this little bubble and it was always the same drama and nonsense. I truly did try my best to just have somewhat of a normal life. To do what I thought others would somewhat expect of me.

But the thing is, I have a bit of a gypsy soul. I can’t stay in one spot. I can’t do whats “normal”, it kills me. I’ve never lived in one city for more than 8 years and I’ve never lived in one house for more than 6 years. My whole life, I have moved quite a bit.

At the beginning of 2013 I knew that it was time to move again. I had it down to 3 different cities. NYC, LA and Nashville. I wanted to go somewhere new so that ruled out LA. It gets way too damn cold in NYC so that went out the window. Nashville seemed like a cool place, so October of last year, I came to explore the city. No one really knew as to why I came out here but between the southern culture, the amazing food, of course the music and that creative freedom that seems to linger about the city, Nashville won me over.

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Three months later I packed up all my crap in my car, persuaded my bestie to make the trip and off east we drove.

To be completely honest, it has not been the easiest of seasons but I am so thankful that I made the move. Being in a completely new place, away from everything comfortable and normal forces you to grow. To face who you really are and gives you the opportunity to change. There are things that I have learned and things that I am in the process of figuring out that would not have happened unless I made the move.

As for how long I will be here, well, that I am not sure of but I am grateful for the fact that at this moment, I am here.

#WanderlustWednesday: San Sebastian

I have had a fascination with Spain for years.

Year after year I would hear of how amazing the culture is and beautiful of a place it truly is. One of my Spanish teachers in high school would always talk of Spain and every other year she would take a group of students. Unfortunately my family moved before I was able to join one of those groups. A couple of weeks ago, I met a girl around my age in Chicago that lives in Spain. She has always had a love for the country and then a few years ago she moved to Spain and absolutely loves it. I know the feeling and I’m dying to experience it again…but thats a different story.

Maybe its the food (i would just about kill for some good paella) or the beautiful landscape or quite possibly that most Spanish men are beautiful (i mean, did you not watch the world cup at all this summer). So, I’ll start with San Sebastian for my first post for Spain.

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San Sebastian is on the northern coast of Spain about 12 miles from the border with France. Its a small city with some of the best beaches in Europe. It is a town full of culture and history but the biggest reason that I want to go to San Sebastian is for the food.

It is said that there are more Michelin stars per square foot than any other place in the world. Two of the top ten restaurants in the world also happen to be in San Sebastian. This region has had a huge influence in the whole gastronomy scene within the past few years. Although I am a fan of fancy meals, I am always down for some tapas or pintxos, as they are called in this region. Most people go from bar to bar, enjoy a few pintxos and drinks at each location. I mean, put me by the ocean and give me some awesome food within a beautiful city…well, that pretty much spells perfection to me.

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For more on San Sebastian, check out http://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-san-sebastian-spain-27526.html.