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I wasn't going to write a separate blog post about Noma but the more I think about this meal and experience, the more I feel like it deserves a dedicated post. So, here we are. Noma, "nordisk" (Nordic) and "mad" (food), is a two Michelin-star restaurant by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was ranked as the #1 Restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and is currently ranked 2nd. I had the honor to experience and dine at Noma during my visit to Copenhagen and let me tell you, it was nothing like I've ever seen (and tasted)!

Upon arriving to Noma's newest location on an urban farm, we were led to a beautiful glasshouse where the staff greeted us. Soon after, we walked through the farm and passed by a beautifully curated table full of ingredients which were being used in the meal we were about to eat. It was full of colorful vegetables, plants, and honeycombs! Each season Noma curates a new menu and for June thru September, it was Vegetable Season.

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The dining hall was rustic yet modern, with mostly wood details and unique architectural elements. I love that it has an open kitchen where one can observe all the culinary actions. The food... honestly, I don't even know where to begin or how to describe to you. It's something you have to experience yourself because words simply can't explain what I tasted. Every dish was prepared in such a way that elevates every one of your senses. First you see, second you smell, and then you taste, and then taste again with your beverage pairing (wine or juice). I had the juice pairing and that on its own was so incredible! Anyways, hope you enjoy the beautiful dishes in photo form...

Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

December 9, 2019

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I wasn't going to write a separate blog post about Noma but the more I think about this meal and experience, the more I feel like it deserves a dedicated post. So, here we are. Noma, "nordisk" (Nordic) and "mad" (food), is a two Michelin-star restaurant by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was ranked as the #1 Restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and is currently ranked 2nd. I had the honor to experience and dine at Noma during my visit to Copenhagen and let me tell you, it was nothing like I've ever seen (and tasted)!

Upon arriving to Noma's newest location on an urban farm, we were led to a beautiful glasshouse where the staff greeted us. Soon after, we walked through the farm and passed by a beautifully curated table full of ingredients which were being used in the meal we were about to eat. It was full of colorful vegetables, plants, and honeycombs! Each season Noma curates a new menu and for June thru September, it was Vegetable Season.

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The dining hall was rustic yet modern, with mostly wood details and unique architectural elements. I love that it has an open kitchen where one can observe all the culinary actions. The food... honestly, I don't even know where to begin or how to describe to you. It's something you have to experience yourself because words simply can't explain what I tasted. Every dish was prepared in such a way that elevates every one of your senses. First you see, second you smell, and then you taste, and then taste again with your beverage pairing (wine or juice). I had the juice pairing and that on its own was so incredible! Anyways, hope you enjoy the beautiful dishes in photo form...

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It's been 20 years since I first set foot in Copenhagen, Denmark and honestly that didn't really count since I only spent a few hours there while traveling from Germany to Finland. I've been wanting to go back ever since but somehow always ended up in Paris (I've been to Paris four times). Not only was my best friend going to be there, I also had a bunch of Norwegian Air miles I needed to use by the end of the year... so I guess I'm gonna go to Copenhagen!

I caught my red-eye out of LAX and quickly landed at CPH in the early afternoon. I thought I only slept for 2 hours or so but when I woke up during my flight, 6 hours had passed. That never happens!!! The seat next to me was also empty so this trip was already off to a good start!

I arrived at my Airbnb at ease after a simple train ride and short walk. To my surprise, it was so much more lovelier than in photos! Spacious, beautiful Danish decor, and a balcony! I snapped a few photos while I waited to meet up with friends.

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First stop, TorvehallerneTorvehallerne is a food market hall in the city center with everything you can imagine! Local produce, gourmet food, dessert, coffee, wine, etc. We hunted down Hija de Sanchez because this popular Mexican restaurant recently opened up a stall at Torvehallerne. After we chowed down on some amazing tacos, we grabbed a coffee from The Coffee Collective and began walking toward the Rundetårn (Round Tower).

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It was fun climbing up the Rundetårn which was built in the 17th century in central Copenhagen and it is currently the oldest functioning observatory in Europe! The section of stairs leading up to the roof/observatory deck was especially narrow and fun (unless you are claustrophobic) and the view from the top was stunning!

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Copenhagen Day 1: Torvehallerne, Rundetårn, Gråbrødretorv and Strøget

December 7, 2019

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It's been 20 years since I first set foot in Copenhagen, Denmark and honestly that didn't really count since I only spent a few hours there while traveling from Germany to Finland. I've been wanting to go back ever since but somehow always ended up in Paris (I've been to Paris four times). Not only was my best friend going to be there, I also had a bunch of Norwegian Air miles I needed to use by the end of the year... so I guess I'm gonna go to Copenhagen!

I caught my red-eye out of LAX and quickly landed at CPH in the early afternoon. I thought I only slept for 2 hours or so but when I woke up during my flight, 6 hours had passed. That never happens!!! The seat next to me was also empty so this trip was already off to a good start!

I arrived at my Airbnb at ease after a simple train ride and short walk. To my surprise, it was so much more lovelier than in photos! Spacious, beautiful Danish decor, and a balcony! I snapped a few photos while I waited to meet up with friends.

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First stop, TorvehallerneTorvehallerne is a food market hall in the city center with everything you can imagine! Local produce, gourmet food, dessert, coffee, wine, etc. We hunted down Hija de Sanchez because this popular Mexican restaurant recently opened up a stall at Torvehallerne. After we chowed down on some amazing tacos, we grabbed a coffee from The Coffee Collective and began walking toward the Rundetårn (Round Tower).

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It was fun climbing up the Rundetårn which was built in the 17th century in central Copenhagen and it is currently the oldest functioning observatory in Europe! The section of stairs leading up to the roof/observatory deck was especially narrow and fun (unless you are claustrophobic) and the view from the top was stunning!

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Wait, did I just traveled to Spain? Oh no, it's just La Casa Del Camino in Laguna Beach! Oops this place is so charming I forgot where I was!

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you would know that I love to travel whenever I can. And when I can't, I'll take a staycation any day! Laguna Beach is only an hour and a half away and I can't believe I've never been until now. It's pretty small so honestly there isn't too many things to do besides the beach, the infamous pirate tower, cute shops and restaurants, and some hiking trails. This is why a weekend is the perfect amount of time you'd need.

Now back to La Casa Del Camino, shall we? The staff was so friendly and accommodating upon checking in and bonus point for it being dog-friendly too! We stayed in the Quiksilver room with beautiful wood details, unique light fixtures, and high ceiling, overlooking the courtyard. Speaking of courtyard, hands down the best courtyard I've seen since traveling to Europe and I am totally guilty of taking way too many photos there! Breakfast is included and served in the courtyard every morning, it was such a pleasant start of the day! And after a day of exploring and hiking along the coast, we spent the evening at The Rooftop Lounge on top of La Casa Del Camino and caught the most gorgeous sunset. Mark had a red sangria and I had a white sangria (white sangria is hard to come by), and they were equally delicious! And the food, omg, I was so surprised at how good they were! I never have high expectation for casual bar food but the portions were big and that coconut prawns! Oh man, I wish I can have some right now!

Thank you La Casa Del Camino for hosting us and for such a lovely weekend! We (and the pups) can't wait to be back!

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La Casa Del Camino, Laguna Beach

November 15, 2019

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Wait, did I just traveled to Spain? Oh no, it's just La Casa Del Camino in Laguna Beach! Oops this place is so charming I forgot where I was!

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you would know that I love to travel whenever I can. And when I can't, I'll take a staycation any day! Laguna Beach is only an hour and a half away and I can't believe I've never been until now. It's pretty small so honestly there isn't too many things to do besides the beach, the infamous pirate tower, cute shops and restaurants, and some hiking trails. This is why a weekend is the perfect amount of time you'd need.

Now back to La Casa Del Camino, shall we? The staff was so friendly and accommodating upon checking in and bonus point for it being dog-friendly too! We stayed in the Quiksilver room with beautiful wood details, unique light fixtures, and high ceiling, overlooking the courtyard. Speaking of courtyard, hands down the best courtyard I've seen since traveling to Europe and I am totally guilty of taking way too many photos there! Breakfast is included and served in the courtyard every morning, it was such a pleasant start of the day! And after a day of exploring and hiking along the coast, we spent the evening at The Rooftop Lounge on top of La Casa Del Camino and caught the most gorgeous sunset. Mark had a red sangria and I had a white sangria (white sangria is hard to come by), and they were equally delicious! And the food, omg, I was so surprised at how good they were! I never have high expectation for casual bar food but the portions were big and that coconut prawns! Oh man, I wish I can have some right now!

Thank you La Casa Del Camino for hosting us and for such a lovely weekend! We (and the pups) can't wait to be back!

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I wish I hadn't wait this long to visit Big Bear! Not only is it just 2-3 hours away (depending on LA's unpredictable traffic), there are also plenty to do if you are an outdoor lover like me. We drove into town, actually a nearby town before Big Bear closer to Lake Arrowhead called Running Springs, and checked into our cute little Getaway cabin on a late Friday night. We woke up bright and early to the most beautiful (and unobstructed) view of trees and mountains which we had no idea about since it was completely dark when we arrived. What a pleasant surprise! We made coffee and breakfast on our outdoor gas grill before heading out to Big Bear Lake for a full day of adventure.

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Big Bear Lake Getaway

October 24, 2019

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I wish I hadn't wait this long to visit Big Bear! Not only is it just 2-3 hours away (depending on LA's unpredictable traffic), there are also plenty to do if you are an outdoor lover like me. We drove into town, actually a nearby town before Big Bear closer to Lake Arrowhead called Running Springs, and checked into our cute little Getaway cabin on a late Friday night. We woke up bright and early to the most beautiful (and unobstructed) view of trees and mountains which we had no idea about since it was completely dark when we arrived. What a pleasant surprise! We made coffee and breakfast on our outdoor gas grill before heading out to Big Bear Lake for a full day of adventure.

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Ann Arbor... What a quaint little town you are! We flew into Detroit on a Wednesday night (more like super early Thursday morning), picked up our awesome 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R Design Volvo kindly let us borrow for the week, and then drove to Ann Arbor which was only a little over half an hour away. We spent a couple of days in Ann Arbor before driving north to Cheboygan to hang out with Mark's family over Labor Day weekend and then we came back down to Ann Arbor for another day before flying back home. Since Mark went to school and lived in Ann Arbor and was working out of his work's Ann Arbor office, I was mostly exploring aimlessly by myself and I feel like I know downtown Ann Arbor like the back of my hand by the second day. I checked out a few different coffee shops, walked around University of Michigan which was sooo beautiful by the way, went to the art museum, and basically just ate A LOT. Oh, I also got another tattoo (I lost count, I think it's my 20th one?) while I was there!

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Where to stay:
Graduate Ann Arbor (Great location, cool lobby, awesome view)

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Where to go:
University of Michigan (Beautiful campus especially Law Quad)
Nickel's Arcade
Liberty Street (Main strip downtown)
Michigan Theater (Cool signage and photo spot)

Travel Guide: Ann Arbor, Michigan

October 17, 2019

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Ann Arbor... What a quaint little town you are! We flew into Detroit on a Wednesday night (more like super early Thursday morning), picked up our awesome 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R Design Volvo kindly let us borrow for the week, and then drove to Ann Arbor which was only a little over half an hour away. We spent a couple of days in Ann Arbor before driving north to Cheboygan to hang out with Mark's family over Labor Day weekend and then we came back down to Ann Arbor for another day before flying back home. Since Mark went to school and lived in Ann Arbor and was working out of his work's Ann Arbor office, I was mostly exploring aimlessly by myself and I feel like I know downtown Ann Arbor like the back of my hand by the second day. I checked out a few different coffee shops, walked around University of Michigan which was sooo beautiful by the way, went to the art museum, and basically just ate A LOT. Oh, I also got another tattoo (I lost count, I think it's my 20th one?) while I was there!

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Where to stay:
Graduate Ann Arbor (Great location, cool lobby, awesome view)

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Where to go:
University of Michigan (Beautiful campus especially Law Quad)
Nickel's Arcade
Liberty Street (Main strip downtown)
Michigan Theater (Cool signage and photo spot)

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