Foodie Faves, The Travels of a Culture Vulture

Hello Copenhagen

Vesterbro | AirBnB
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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Garden | Rodin’s “The Thinker”
Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København, Denmark
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Tivoli Gardens | Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København, Denmark
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Dome of Visions | 1016, Søren Kierkegaards Pl., København K, Denmark
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The Black Diamond | “Treasures in the Royal Library” Exhibition
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Nyhavn Canal | Nyhavn 3, 1051 København K, Denmark
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Christiansborg Palace | Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 København, Denmark
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Copenhagen Cuisine |

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Smørrebrød
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The Coffee Collective | Jægersborggade 10, København, Denmark
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Wagamama | Tietgensgade 20, København, DenmarkIMG_4802

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Meyers Bageri | Gammel Kongevej 103, Frederiksberg C, DenmarkIMG_0527

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Hello French Toast & Flowers

Last Sunday, Alex took me on a “surprise date” which included some of my favorite-est things: french toast & flowers.

After church, we went brunching at Sacramento’s famous Tower Cafe. I hadn’t had a chance to try it yet so I was real excited because he had made it a surprise but mostly because I was promised French Toast. For a lot of eateries that get a lot of hype, I try to keep my cool so I don’t get disappointed with the long wait time and sub-par customer service, but I was pleasantly surprised by Tower Cafe. I enjoyed all the thought they put into making the dining experience enjoyable. The wait area is beautiful, with plenty of seats, and shaded by palm trees from the hot California sun–which are all things that my fellow hangry people can appreciate I think.

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I really enjoyed the outside seating (even though it was blazing hot) fully decked out with big trees and other flora which enveloped the entire place with shade. It was like eating in the middle of an urban tropical forest. The food was also very good with generous portions packed with flavor. I ordered a full serving of their Famous French toast (duh) and Alex ordered the Thai Steak & Eggs. My favorite kind of French Toast is the kind where they soak the bread in custard, and I hadn’t found a place other than The Cheesecake Factory that did this, so it was really nice to find an alternative. To be honest, I still prefer the TCF’s Brûléed French Toast but these are at a close second! I will definitely be back to try the Madame Cristo (a Monte Cristo with eggs) & for the awesome dining experience.

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After brunch, Alex took me to my second surprise at McKinley Park–where we took a walk through the Rose Garden. As a Davis “expat” from the Bay Area, I never really had any strong interest to explore Sacramento, so I had no idea that a place like this existed so close to me. It was a different side of Sacramento that I had never experienced before–a better side. It was blazing hotttt, as I already mentioned, but all the roses were in bloom and were all so pretty which almost made me forget about the heat. Seriously food and flowers, y’all. Food and flowers….I have to admit, he done good. ‘Twas an extra fun Sunday.IMG_4159

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Details | Mossimo Maroon Top | TopShop Plaid Midi Skirt | J. Aldridge by Sea of Shoes Gladiator Heels | H&M Gold Chain Necklace | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel | Cole Haan Rounded Acrylic Sunglasses |

 

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up | End of Summer Feastin’

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Nami Sushi | 2880 5th St. Ste 105 Davis, CA 95618

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Outfit no. 1 | Forever 21 Necklace, Top, & Denims | Mossimo Supply Co. “Lakitia” Sandals in Cognac | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel in Black Leather |

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Pictured |Grilled Pork Chop & Sautéed Veggies | Stuffed Mushrooms | Grilled “Mac & Cheezus” | Char Siu Bao | YardHouse Happy Hour: Onion Ring Tower, Fried Calamari, Garlic Chicken Pasta, Seared Tuna Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Pizza, & Beer Sampler | Wrap & Roll Carne Fries & Deep Fried Sushi Burrito |

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Outfit no. 2 | Forever 21 Top & Genuine Suede Shorts | Deena & Ozzy Studded Flatform Sandals | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel in Black Leather | Cole Haan Rounded Acrylic Sunglasses |

Summer’s finally coming to a close and to celebrate we’ve been feasting. (Though I like to find any excuse to grub year round.) My sushi cravings are always present but were even more intense last week, so when a new sushi joint opened up in Davis, I obviously had to try it out. There’s a lot of sushi places (especially sushi buffets) in Davis, but I have to say I think Nami Sushi has become my favorite. Unlike the other sushi buffets I’ve tried, the rolls are made to order, the ingredients are fresh, and the service there is awesome. Our waitresses were so nice.

We (more so Alex) have been experimenting more with home cooked meals & the dishes we concocted actually turned out quite well. Ever since we’ve gotten the iron skillet, we’ve been grilling most (if not all) our meats on there. It has finally gotten a nice seasoning to it (plus we never have to add any extra cooking oil!) And we’ve been trying to cut down on eating rice with everything so I sautéed a mixture of vegetables together as a side to the pork chop. I don’t know how to cook very well, but sautéing veggies is my jam (though it is pretty hard to mess up.) I experimented a little and decided to make some stuffed mushrooms since our mushrooms needed to be used. They honestly just turned out all right–edible but not to-die-for. At least they looked cute in pictures though. Alex did a little experimenting of his own when he made what he deemed the “Grilled Mac & Cheezus.” It was delicious, but it’s definitely a carb overload. Yum, carbs. The best thing he made though was his marinated pork more accurately called Char Siu Bao in Chinese. I love this Chinese dish and order it a lot when we go to Chinese restaurants, but his is better than any I have ever had. It was perfect, and it was only his first attempt, so I can’t wait until he makes this again…

But what’s a celebration without some drinks? Everyone knows that the best hour is happy hour so when we went to Roseville over Labor Day weekend, we decided to get our grub on at YardHouse. It didn’t disappoint, their garlic chicken pasta and the Andersen Valley Summer Solstice seasonal brew were bomb-friggin-diggity. And then last but not least, later on in the week, we decided to revisit Wrap N’ Roll because you really can’t have too many sushi burritos, right? (Mercury poisoning from over-consumption of fish aside.)

It was a great week to feast like kings to get rid of our summer bods and fatten up for the colder seasons. #WinterIsComing
Just kidding, I still need to go work off that Grilled Mac & Cheezus! Anyway, hope y’all have been eating well and milking the rest of the summer! Talk you you lovelies later. But for now, bon ap!  😉

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Sass in the City

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Mac’s first time going to SF. #tourist

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Such a beautiful day in San Francisco. I love this city.

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Super Duper Burgers | 721 Market St., San Francisco

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Taking my main man  (sorry, Alex) on a walk at Yerba Buena Gardens & Center for the Arts.

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Pure (awkward) bliss eating my double chocolate eclair from my favorites! A must every time I go into the city.
Beard Papa’s Sweets | 99 Yerba Buena Ln or 845 Market St.

Weekend Wrap-Up | On Sunday, we went to SF to help Alex’s dad move some stuff around in his office and put these young guns to good use. We decided to take Mac with us since he had gotten pretty skittish after the earthquake that hit at like 3:30 in the morning. He was excited to come, it was going to be his first time in the city.

After we finished in the office, we wanted to take Mac out for a walk in the park and grab some grub so we walked a few blocks down to Yerba Buena Gardens & Center for the Arts. Mac was not used to walking with hundreds of people occupying the sidewalks, but he fared pretty well for his first time in the stampede.

As I was walking Mac around the gardens, Alex went to pick up our lunch from Super Duper Burgers. When I worked in SF, I always wanted to grab lunch there but never got to try it out so I was pretty excited when Alex arrived with the burgers and fries came. (But I’m always excited when food comes so that’s not really saying much, haha…) The cheesy garlic fries were so on point though. Really good!

I always have room for dessert, it’s like I have like a second stomach for it marked “Reserved for Sweets.” So after filling my first stomach, I got my favorite…Beard Papa’s eclair filled with chocolate. Alex got his favorite which was the cookie crunch cream puff with mango filling. Mhmmmm!

Afterwards, Alex headed back up to the office with Mac to pick his fantasy football draft & I went for a stroll to go window shopping. It somehow always turns into legit shopping somehow though. I blame those damn sales. We have a love/hate relationship…

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Dressing with comfort and flexibility in mind, I decided to go with stretchy leggings and a cotton T-shirt so I could easily move filing cabinets and heavy boxes without being limited by my outfit. But because I knew I would also be strutting around the city afterwards, I wanted to find a way to translate the outfit into something more classic and less workout wear. So I sassed the the outfit up by pairing a more structured pair of leggings with a classic polka dot print on my T-shirt. I threw on a chunky cardigan because no matter the season, SF can always get cold and brought a backpack just in case I ended up buying something (since they charge for shopping bags now.) I changed out of my Nike Free Runs after working, and slipped into a pair of comfortable ballerina flats so I could take on the city hills with ease. Just put on some cool sunnies, a bold lip, and a sassy attitude & boom, done! Practical and chic.

Details | H&M Polka Dot T-shirt | Nordstrom High-waisted Harem Leggings | Forever 21 Chunky Knit Cardigan | Zara Red Patent Leather Ballerina Flats | Cole Haan Polarized Acrylic Rounded Sunglasses | Feathers Faux Leather Backpack with Gold Zipper | Mac “Fixed on Drama” lipstick |

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Street Sm[art]

Hello! I’m back from another hiatus with new hair and a new post of my outfit that easily transitions from day to night.

So yesterday, I had my first haircut in about 2ish years at The Spanish Fly Hair Garage in Midtown. I was really nervous because my mane is typically hard to tame and I’ve had some horrible experiences with getting my hair cut in the past. And since moving to Davis, it’s been difficult trying to make appointments with my trusty hair stylist back in the Bay Area so I decided to try a new place closer to home. Thankfully, adventuring out turned out successful and I had a great experience with Odessa at SFHG. Check out the new ‘do!IMG_3606Honestly, it’s not that new, haha. I don’t even know if you can tell the difference. But I wanted to keep my hair quite long since I’ve just been loving the length lately. I just definitely needed to get rid of some of the dead weight (I literally had so many split ends)  and add a little more dimension to my hair. Ladies, you know it’s time for a hair cut when you can’t lift your head upright in the shower & you lose more hair combing it than a husky shedding its coat in summer…naw’m’sayyyinn? (haha, okay okay I’ll stop.)

But anyway, after gettin’ my hair did, I was supposed to meet some friends for dinner and drinks later that night. It was a busy day: work from 7:30-4:00, had to drop off a package at the post office, pick Alex up from work at 5:00, hair appointment from 5:15-8:00 (I got some highlights put in which took a while), and then dinner and drinks straight after. During busy days like this, where there’s no time to head back home to change, I need to find a smart and easy way to sass up my plain outfit. Enter the printed navy blazer, the perfect transition piece. Et voila, girl you lookin’ sensible as fuhhh! IMG_3612

Details | Zara Black Tank | DIY High-Waisted Shorts | Thrifted Leather Belt | H&M Navy Blue Printed Blazer | Van Heusen Statement Necklace | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel in Black | Mossimo Supply Co.  Lakitia Sandals |

Surprisingly, drinks were provided at my hair salon & they even offered Alex a beer as he was waiting for me. His patience really is a virtue, so Im glad he was able to get some kind of reward as he patiently waited (though you can’t tell by his face…) Afterwards, went to dinner at Wrap N’ Roll just a few blocks down to get some sushi burritos (aka sushirritos) to fill our cravings and empty bellies. [Pictured: The Sashimi Burrito & The Carne Fries]IMG_3601

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Weekly Wrap Up | It’s Its & Television

So today, I just thought I’d do something a little different and post a weekly summary of some things I did this week.

Disclaimer: Anyone reading this, aside from myself, probably won’t be all that interested in these mundane events. It’s mostly for my own memory’s sake, but if you do happen to find this interesting/are obsessed with the same things as I am… then awesome & hey, how you doin! 😉

It’s been sweltering hot where I live so by the time I get home from work, all I’ve been wanting to do is take off my pants and do absolutely nothing. I don’t want to move, or think, or do anything other than cool/wind down. What better solution than vegging out on the couch eating ice cream & watching TV?#murrrica

My current favorite ice cream are the It’s It ice cream cookie sandwiches, and if you don’t know what that is….it’s ice cream shoved between two delicious ass oatmeal cookies (and I don’t even like oatmeal cookies, but these ones are bomb.com) and then covered in melt-worthy chocolate. Please do yourself a favor and put one in your mouth right now. Ok, did that sound a bit harsh? It wasn’t meant to. I’m just passionate about your well-being, sorry. But really, I’ve gone a little overboard with these bad boys. They usually come in packets of 3 (because that’s probably the maximum amount to consume in a week) but I found at 12-pack and the box is almost empty. I eat one everyday & I have no regrets. Well, not now anyway…

Isn’t it glorious? P.S. This is not my picture. Obviously. I’m not white.

After my ice cream indulgence, I usually like to wind down by watching some television. I don’t have cable, and if I do, I think I only have like 5 channels, so when I watch T.V., it’s typically older episodes and via Netflix. A few months ago, I got the entire 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. so I binge-watched that from beginning to end even though I had practically seen every episode already. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns never get old to me, and I can literally watch it anytime and still LOL even when I know all the jokes. I’m a 90’s baby, it’s pretty much in my DNA to love this show. But after finishing the last episode of the last season, I didn’t want to watch TV for a while, it just wasn’t the same for some reason…so I stopped watching my usual line-up of New Girl, Parks & Rec, Suits, The Mindy Project, Big Bang Theory, and I can’t remember what else.

But 2 weeks ago, I was watching SuperFruit on YouTube and they had Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as a guest star. Alex had been obsessed with Game of Thrones but I had absolutely no interest in watching despite the hype. I caught part of an episode once and I remember it scarring me for life, so I was like fuck this shit, I’ll stick to my comedies. But after watching that SuperFruit episode, I had a slight inkling to see what all the hype was about. I planned to just watch one entire episode to see if it would be my cup of tea. Honestly, I was skeptical the entire time because of all the boobies, incest, and unnecessary gore. I’m kind of just whatever about it now… the story is intriguing, the characters are awesome, and this show is just so addicting. I hate scary movies or like gory movies (even thrillers are scary to me, my tolerance is lowwww guys) but I do like Game of Thrones. There, I admitted it. Happy Alex?

I finished all the seasons last week and my inner TV-junky has awakened from hibernation. I started Sherlock this week and I’m super into it. I was going to watch it instead of writing this blog but decided I should be faithful and wait for Alex to get home so we can watch it together. Does anyone else have that thing where watching an episode without your TV-buddy for that show is basically like cheating on them? Trying to fight the temptation is hard, which is probably why this blog is like 10 pages long already. I’m trying to distract myself, haha.

Anyway, I will wrap it up and end it here before I write a novel. Happy Friday little lemons!

XO,
Kristin

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Portland: Foodie’s Paradise & Beervana

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The infamous “Keep Portland Weird” sign across from Voodoo Doughnut| 3158 E Burnside St.

As a self-proclaimed foodie & beer junkie, I finally made my pilgrimage to the mecca of food trucks and micro-breweries. I probably gained 10 lbs. in the span of 3 short days from constantly eating and drinking. The only exercise I got was from walking to and from various food/beer spots (and my intermittent shopping sprees.) #soworthit It also didn’t help that our hotel was literally across the street from where all the food trucks were, it just enabled my gluttony even further. It was all too convenient, I was so happy.

Portland Day 2 Eats:
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Flights on flights on flights…

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PINTS| 412 NW 5th Ave

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Baileys Taproom|213 SW Broadway

Trunk in love…lol
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North Park Blocks|NW Park Ave from Ankeny St. to Glisan St.

Had to see what the hype was about at Voodoo Doughnuts. In my opinion, they were too sweet and too expensive and I wasn’t a fan. But it was just one of those things that I had to try and see for myself so I’m glad I did. It just wasn’t my thang.IMG_3037

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Note: These were not all mine lol

Portland Day 3 Eats:
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Pok Pok| 3226 SE Division St.

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Salt and Straw| 3345 SE Division St

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TILT| 1355 NW Everett St.

There was an hour long wait for Deschutes so as we were waiting for a table to open up we decided to kill some time exploring the neighborhood. We ended up finding TILT (which we had heard great things about) and decided to get a little something to munch on there.  We came to find out that there was nothing little about it–the burger was the size of my face and there were fries for days. Jackpot!

By the time we got a table at Deschutes, we were stuffed and just wanted to wash our food comas down with some good cold beer…and that’s exactly what we did. Then we headed back, packed, and knocked out. 🙂

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Deschutes Brewery|210 NW 11th Ave

My 3 days in Portland were short and sweet but it was probably best for my liver that I didn’t stay any longer. Portland was real good to me and I will definitely be back to taste the whole city one day!

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