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Sooo…

It’s been a minute, hey.

To say it’s been a crazy, whirlwind, hellish year is truly an understatement. But here we are, July is sneaking in and to be quite honest, I can’t wait for this year to be over. But enough of the sob story.

Lately, I have actually been in a bit of a baking craze. Don’t ask me why but baking on the weekend has been my creative outlet. It’s one thing that truly brings me joy. Now, I’m not really a fan of eating the pies (that’s where the friends & fam come in) but I truly love making them.

Sooo…all that to say, I made a new blog for my baking adventures, if you will. If you would like to take a gander, head on over to pieonsunday.wordpress.com.

 

Cheers!

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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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#Wanderlust Wednesday: Wellington, New Zealand

Here’s to the last post of 2014…

One of the things that I regret not doing whilst living in Australia was going over to New Zealand. It would’ve been a short plane ride compared to about 16 hours now from LAX. I guess I’ll just be forced to go back, in which I would gladly go in a heartbeat.

This week I’ve started to fall in love with Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington is the capital the nation. It is located on the Southwestern end of the North Island on the Cook Strait which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It is the Southern most capital of the world. Lonely Planet named Wellington as “the coolest little capital in the world”. Food & Wine also listed Wellington as “One of the most romantic cities in the world.”

Wellington is one of the cheapest cities in the world to live in. It was listed as the 12th best quality of living in the world in 2014. With it’s moderate climate throughout the year, being on the ocean and near the forest and mountain regions, Wellington is known for being a very active city. It is a very walkable city with good public transportation.

Not only  are there various outdoor activities, Wellington is also known as the Culture Capital of New Zealand. The city host several different film and art festivals. There is a large theater district and several art galleries. The New Zealand ballet and Symphony orchestra call Wellington home. The city is lined with public sculptures and poetry. Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum & art gallery is one of the most popular things to do. One of the most famous attractions to Wellington is that it is the heart 7 soul of New Zealand film making. Peter Jackson, the director of The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, calls Wellington home.

Wellington also has a budding coffee, food & cocktail scene. It is the craft beer capital of the nation. The city is internationally known for its beer & coffee. There are about 750 cafes & restaurants, which is more per capita than New York City. It has some of the best restaurants in the nation. There are several food tours that are available to take. The Wairarapa Wine Region is nearby if wineries are more of your taste.

Wellington has a creative feel within its cosmopolitan city. It’s sophisticated like a capital city but has the warmth of a small town’s personality. When I finally get the chance to go back to the South Pacific, Wellington will now definitely be on my itinerary.

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For more on Wellington, wellingtonnz.com.

#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

#WanderlustWednesday: Vietnam

If I could, I would travel eating my way around the globe. I know that many people have done so but that would be my absolute dream.
Food has a strong connection with a country and its culture. It can define the way a person lives and how they carry themselves.
As you may know by now, I am a foodie in the making. I love most foods. I pretty much abhor peas in every form and I am not a fan of papaya, but besides that, I’m down to try anything. There’s no use in casting something aside if you’ve never even given it a chance.

All of that to say, I would love to go to Vietnam.

I was recently reading ‘A Chef’s Tour’ by Anthony Bourdain. I quite a fan of good ol’ Tony. I know that this book is a bit old but I was captivated from the very beginning to the last page. I would love to do what he did in the book. He traveled the world to find the “Perfect Meal”. Although he visited many countries he kept going back to Vietnam.
The way in which he described the country, the people, the markets and of course the food, made me want to jump on a plane and head out to the far east.

 

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Of course its probably not one of the top places that you would think of going to but even though it may have its history and not always the safest, its still one place that I would love to explore around. I mean, I would love to have pho in its home country. Plus, it has some absolutely beautiful

Travel & Leisures Ulimate Food Guide to Vietnam

#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.

#WanderlustWednesday:Florence

My heart has always been drawn to Italy.

A country filled with amazing food, a beautiful language, stunning landscapes, incredible architecture and some good looking men. It’s my kind of place.

I long to pack my bags, move to Italy, take a cooking course and learn the language. I would love to travel all throughout the country to each region and learn how to cook the local cusine.

Another place on my list for Italy is Florence.

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany. It is famous for it’s history, culture, renaissance art and architecture. It’s had a major influence in art, culture and politics. Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. It was also one of the wealthiest cities during medeval Europe.

Forbes listd Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Florence is also ranked as one of the top 50 fashion capitals of the world. Salvatore Ferragamo calls Florence home. While Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci hold their headquarters there as well.

If you happen to get the chance to wander about Florence for a day, check out: What To Do If You Only Have One Day In Florence http://huff.to/1lAMNt0

And now to day dream about Florence….

 

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How about we move to Italy?!?

I’ll meet ya there 😉