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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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While we were up in Northern Michigan over Labor Day weekend, we decided to hop on a ferry and traveled back in time on Mackinac Island. It is located in Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.The island was home to an Odawa settlement before European colonization began in the 17th century and in the late 19th century, it became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark and known for its numerous cultural events, its Victorian architecture (including the Grand Hotel), the ban of any type of motor vehicles (there are carriages and bikes!) as well as nature hikes and interested rock formations (Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf Rock and many more).

My first impression upon stepping off the ferry was, "Is this Disneyland?" The main part of town looks a bit like Main Street full of people, carriages and tons of fudge/candy shops! We wandered around there not for long before renting bikes and ventured off on our adventure. We stopped by St. Anne's Church, climbed up to Arch Rock and rode our bikes deep into the island to Sugar Loaf Rock. We had a late lunch at an Jamaican restaurant and the food was incredible! I had the battered fish with a curry slaw and fries and Mark had the jerk chicken which I can't stop stealing bites from!

Last but not least, we ended the day at the Grand Hotel. What a whimsical little place! A lot of its decor and quirkiness definitely reminded me of Wes Anderson. We walked on the largest porch (660 ft) in the world, explored the garden and had a drink up in the Cupola Bar which had the most beautiful view of the island and the Mackinac Bridge!

We almost didn't go to the island due to the fact that it was Labor Day but honestly it wasn't too crowded outside the main area. It was such a fun and strange place and I am so glad I got to experience it (and brought lots of yummy fudge home)!

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Travel Guide: Mackinac Island, Michigan

October 4, 2019

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While we were up in Northern Michigan over Labor Day weekend, we decided to hop on a ferry and traveled back in time on Mackinac Island. It is located in Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.The island was home to an Odawa settlement before European colonization began in the 17th century and in the late 19th century, it became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark and known for its numerous cultural events, its Victorian architecture (including the Grand Hotel), the ban of any type of motor vehicles (there are carriages and bikes!) as well as nature hikes and interested rock formations (Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf Rock and many more).

My first impression upon stepping off the ferry was, "Is this Disneyland?" The main part of town looks a bit like Main Street full of people, carriages and tons of fudge/candy shops! We wandered around there not for long before renting bikes and ventured off on our adventure. We stopped by St. Anne's Church, climbed up to Arch Rock and rode our bikes deep into the island to Sugar Loaf Rock. We had a late lunch at an Jamaican restaurant and the food was incredible! I had the battered fish with a curry slaw and fries and Mark had the jerk chicken which I can't stop stealing bites from!

Last but not least, we ended the day at the Grand Hotel. What a whimsical little place! A lot of its decor and quirkiness definitely reminded me of Wes Anderson. We walked on the largest porch (660 ft) in the world, explored the garden and had a drink up in the Cupola Bar which had the most beautiful view of the island and the Mackinac Bridge!

We almost didn't go to the island due to the fact that it was Labor Day but honestly it wasn't too crowded outside the main area. It was such a fun and strange place and I am so glad I got to experience it (and brought lots of yummy fudge home)!

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Happy October! Oh my goodness... Is it really October? Fall is my favorite time of the year but since we don't get much of that here in LA, I have to "create" it by using pumpkin decorations, lighting candles, and cooking up some autumnal favorites. One of which is hot apple cider. Sure you can buy already-made apple cider at the store BUT homemade apple cider is incredibly easy to make and it tastes a thousand times better! Have I sold it to you yet? All you need are apples, an orange, some cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar and water... and well, time. This recipe does require 6-7 hours of slow cooking time so make sure you do this in the morning and by the evening you'd be sipping some delicious hot apple cider.

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Ingredients:
- 10 apples (use a mix of honeycrisp, fuji, and granny smith)
- 1 orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp of cloves
- white sugar
- water

Directions:
1. Rinse apples and cut them into quarters (don't worry about removing seeds/stems, you'll strain later). Put them into a dutch oven or a large pot.
2. Slice the orange, add to pot.
3. Place the 3 cinnamon sticks and 2 tsp of cloves into the pot.
4. Add about 1/2 cup of sugar (you can add more later if you want it to be sweeter).
5. Add cold water, just enough to cover the fruits.
6. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 5-6 hours.
7. After a few hours, the fruits should be soft. Mash them up and continue cooking for another hour.
8. Slowly strain everything through a mesh sieve into another pot or pitcher.
9. Serve the cider warm!

* Drink as it or spike it up with your favorite liquor such as bourbon or brandy!

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Fall Recipe: Homemade Hot Apple Cider

October 1, 2019

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Happy October! Oh my goodness... Is it really October? Fall is my favorite time of the year but since we don't get much of that here in LA, I have to "create" it by using pumpkin decorations, lighting candles, and cooking up some autumnal favorites. One of which is hot apple cider. Sure you can buy already-made apple cider at the store BUT homemade apple cider is incredibly easy to make and it tastes a thousand times better! Have I sold it to you yet? All you need are apples, an orange, some cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar and water... and well, time. This recipe does require 6-7 hours of slow cooking time so make sure you do this in the morning and by the evening you'd be sipping some delicious hot apple cider.

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Ingredients:
- 10 apples (use a mix of honeycrisp, fuji, and granny smith)
- 1 orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp of cloves
- white sugar
- water

Directions:
1. Rinse apples and cut them into quarters (don't worry about removing seeds/stems, you'll strain later). Put them into a dutch oven or a large pot.
2. Slice the orange, add to pot.
3. Place the 3 cinnamon sticks and 2 tsp of cloves into the pot.
4. Add about 1/2 cup of sugar (you can add more later if you want it to be sweeter).
5. Add cold water, just enough to cover the fruits.
6. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 5-6 hours.
7. After a few hours, the fruits should be soft. Mash them up and continue cooking for another hour.
8. Slowly strain everything through a mesh sieve into another pot or pitcher.
9. Serve the cider warm!

* Drink as it or spike it up with your favorite liquor such as bourbon or brandy!

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As promised, here's my one-week Iceland road trip around the Ring Road recap! Below, I am listing what we did on each day in the exact order (to save time and travel more efficiently), what we ate, and where we stayed. I am also linking to each day's individual posts so that you can get more details if you want! Hope this will be helpful to anyone planning a trip to Iceland (which I think everyone should)!

Day 1

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Reykjavík
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir
Gullfoss

Dinner at Fiskfélagið (Fish Company) in Reykjavík
Stayed at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavík

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 1" blog post HERE.

Day 2

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Seljalandsfoss
Skógafoss
Vík (Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey)

Dinner at Suður-Vík in Vík
Stayed at Hotel Kría in Vík

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 2" blog post HERE.

Day 3

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Skaftafell
Svartifoss
Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon)

Dinner at Humarhöfnin in Höfn
Stayed at Glacier World Guesthouse in Hoffell

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 3" blog post HERE.

Day 4

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Hvalnes
Egilsstaðir
Gufufoss
Seyðisfjörður
Tvísöngur

Dinner at Salt Café & Bistro in Egilsstaðir
Stayed at Hotel Eyvindará in Egilsstaðir

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 4" blog post HERE.

Travel Guide: One-Week Iceland Road Trip

September 16, 2019

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As promised, here's my one-week Iceland road trip around the Ring Road recap! Below, I am listing what we did on each day in the exact order (to save time and travel more efficiently), what we ate, and where we stayed. I am also linking to each day's individual posts so that you can get more details if you want! Hope this will be helpful to anyone planning a trip to Iceland (which I think everyone should)!

Day 1

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Reykjavík
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir
Gullfoss

Dinner at Fiskfélagið (Fish Company) in Reykjavík
Stayed at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavík

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 1" blog post HERE.

Day 2

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Seljalandsfoss
Skógafoss
Vík (Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey)

Dinner at Suður-Vík in Vík
Stayed at Hotel Kría in Vík

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 2" blog post HERE.

Day 3

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Skaftafell
Svartifoss
Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon)

Dinner at Humarhöfnin in Höfn
Stayed at Glacier World Guesthouse in Hoffell

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 3" blog post HERE.

Day 4

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Hvalnes
Egilsstaðir
Gufufoss
Seyðisfjörður
Tvísöngur

Dinner at Salt Café & Bistro in Egilsstaðir
Stayed at Hotel Eyvindará in Egilsstaðir

Read the complete "Iceland: Day 4" blog post HERE.

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Started in Reykjavík, ended in Reykjavík. We went back to explore the "city" on our last day in Iceland. We left Hvammstangi bright and early and headed straight to Silfra in Golden Circle (which we explored on our first day) to do some snorkeling (you can read about that here) before hanging out in Reykjavík. As you will see in this post that we ate A LOT that day. We walked through the quaintest neighborhoods, the most colorful buildings, strolled along Tjörnin (the lake) and reached... Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur! The infamous Icelandic hot dog stand. That's right, hot dog. Icelandic hot dogs are not your typical hot dogs... a mix of beef and lamb (I don't like the gaminess of lamb but this was fine for me) with some delicious sauce and fried onions! YUM! Then we walked to Hallgrímskirkja (Church of Iceland) and admired its basalt column like facade. Unfortunately, the tower was under construction and we weren't able to climb up to the top. Still beautiful from ground level nonetheless! Next up, we grabbed a couple of lattes at Reykjavík Roasters before getting some lobster soup and seafood skewers at Sægreifinn. Oh my god best lobster soup I've ever had! The skewers were tasty as well! We walked some more and finally ended the night at Kaffibrennslan (a cafe and bar in one) with some sweets and beer. I had a carrot cake and Mark had a strawberry rhubarb crumble. After a long week of nonstop adventure, this last relaxing day was much needed!

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Iceland Day 7: Reykjavík

September 13, 2019

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Started in Reykjavík, ended in Reykjavík. We went back to explore the "city" on our last day in Iceland. We left Hvammstangi bright and early and headed straight to Silfra in Golden Circle (which we explored on our first day) to do some snorkeling (you can read about that here) before hanging out in Reykjavík. As you will see in this post that we ate A LOT that day. We walked through the quaintest neighborhoods, the most colorful buildings, strolled along Tjörnin (the lake) and reached... Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur! The infamous Icelandic hot dog stand. That's right, hot dog. Icelandic hot dogs are not your typical hot dogs... a mix of beef and lamb (I don't like the gaminess of lamb but this was fine for me) with some delicious sauce and fried onions! YUM! Then we walked to Hallgrímskirkja (Church of Iceland) and admired its basalt column like facade. Unfortunately, the tower was under construction and we weren't able to climb up to the top. Still beautiful from ground level nonetheless! Next up, we grabbed a couple of lattes at Reykjavík Roasters before getting some lobster soup and seafood skewers at Sægreifinn. Oh my god best lobster soup I've ever had! The skewers were tasty as well! We walked some more and finally ended the night at Kaffibrennslan (a cafe and bar in one) with some sweets and beer. I had a carrot cake and Mark had a strawberry rhubarb crumble. After a long week of nonstop adventure, this last relaxing day was much needed!

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