2019 has been full of ups and downs. I’ve spent almost a month on-island this year, and even though it wasn’t all vacation, Maui is still just as beautiful a place as ever. I thought I’d update my 2017 post and include some more places to go, things to eat and dos and don’ts. I love giving recommendations, so let me know if you have any questions or are planning a trip! Mahalo!
Thirteen was a big year for me: I was an awkward seventh grader with braces, a crew of annoyingly peppy best friends, and just enough newly found freedom to start dramatic fights with my mom at every opportunity. I’d had my first kiss, gone to my first real concert, and was regularly getting dropped off at the movies or the mall sans grown-up. It was also the first year I got an adult birthday present.
The Hoxton, Portland’s newest hotel, is everything you’d want in a high-end boutique hotel experience. The design aesthetic is perfectly balanced between modern and vintage, with enough bespoke and eclectic touches thrown in that you forget you’re in a hotel.
I’m Thankful for so many things and people and places, but mostly I keep that list wrapped up close to my heart. While practicing gratitude is trendy, I’m inspired by the old school elementary activities. The ones squeezed in at the end of November to fill time before the Thanksgiving holiday. The kind of school day full of art projects and sweets. Bonus points for anything involving glue, glitter and feathers. In that spirit, I want to share what I’m thankful for, and I want to cover it in glitter and hang it on the fridge. Instead, this will have to do.
I can’t stop thinking about the amazing pasta and tasty salad I had over the weekend at Barzotto in the Mission. I know they’ve been open for a couple of years, but Sunday afternoon was my first visit—and I can’t wait to go back.
When was the last time you went to Alameda? Maybe for the flea market, or to taste some gin at St. George, but have you ever just wandered around? It’s not really that far away, and the ferry ride is relaxing and quick from Downtown SF. It’s usually outside the fog belt, which makes it the perfect city escape—and you don’t even need a car!
To combat SF's freezing, foggy summer, we escaped up to sunny Seattle for a weekend. We spent the long summer days wandering the city and catching up with old friends. Great food, sunshine and tasty drinks filled our days. It was so nice to get out of the fog and be reminded that real, actual summer exists. Just not in San Francisco.