Vegas Snapshots

Hello, Vegas, we meet again. I ended up back in Vegas this past November with my boyfriend and his close friends as a birthday gift to him. We were lucky enough to score rooms at the Vdara for half the week, just the two of us. Then stayed in a vacation home the rest of the weekend when the guys arrived. Here are some snapshots from our trip.





Chocolate Chip Blondies

Today I had some extra time to myself to relax. Instead of putting on sweatpants and watching a movie in bed like I planned, I ended up baking something. Go figure.


Blondies are like brownies, but the less chocolatey version. Made with...

First Timer's Guide to San Francisco



One of my best friends, Lisa, and I decided to take a spontaneous trip out to warmer weather! I decided on San Francisco, through a random conversation with another friend. I started planning the sights and destinations inside of San Francisco that I wanted to see. Lisa hopped on board. We booked our room and tickets then we were out of the cold, wet, and gloomy city of Milwaukee in less than 3 weeks!

Just like my first timer's guide to NYC, I'm going to try and share as many details as I can about our trip, how we figured things out, how we got around, and our entire itinerary so that anyone (especially other first timers) can plan their own!

San Francisco Day 4 - Japantown, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown

On our last day in SF we started with a beautiful breakfast at Sweet Maple. Hands down the most mindblowing breakfast experience I've ever had. I ordered the Grand Marnier French toast with their famous "Millionaire's Bacon." Absolutely amazing. The french toast is battered in Grand Marnier, an orange liquor. So fluffy and light. The hints of orange really makes it one of a kind. The Millionaire's bacon is so rich and smoky, it melts in your mouth. 


Lisa had the deep fried french toast. It was just as amazing but she said for breakfast, it left her feeling kind of heavy. But the atmosphere and the plating of the food was gorgeous. I would definitely make this a must-do while in San Fran. The wait for a table is VERY ridiculous but with good reason. We waited about 45 minutes to an hour. Lucky for us we enjoyed the gorgeous weather by sunning ourselves outside on the benches. 

After brunch, we walked a few blocks over to the...

San Francisco Day 3 - Brunch, Westfield Centre, Tony's Pizza

Friday was our second full day on our San Francisco trip. The weather forecasted rain today so we switched up our plans and decided to head to the mall. We headed out around 10:45am, rode the bus all the way to 4th and Townsend, where we walked over to Little Skillet for a quick brunch. I hear they have the best chicken and waffles, served from a quaint shuttered window in a cute little alley. We were literally the only ones there by 11:30. There are no tables, no places to sit and eat except for two bar stools and a ledge off to the side of the window. We ordered our food (2 piece chicken and waffles, with an extra side of fruit, and a sweet tea) and grabbed dibs on the bar stools and ledge to commence nomming. 



The entire meal costs about $18. Without the fruit and sweet tea, it would only have been about $10.



I've had chicken and waffles in Atlanta, GA, the chicken and waffles supreme capital! I can honestly say ...

San Francisco Day 2 - Golden Gate Bridge, Marshall Beach, & Fisherman's Wharf

We started our first full day in San Francisco fairly early. Left the hotel around 9:30 or 10am. We hopped on the 30 bus towards the Marina District. It was a quick ride and once we got off on our stop, we headed over to Dynamo Donut and Coffee. A cute little kiosk right by the Marina. Lisa and I split the Maple Bacon Apple donut and the Peanut Butter Banana donut. So good! Especially the one with the bacon on it. We enjoyed our simple breakfast on the patio tables right by the water. Lovely way to start the day.


After, we started our walk on the beautiful San Francisco Bay Trail towards Torpedo Wharf.

The views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Bay, and of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (what's on the North end of the Bridge) are so breathtaking! We were so lucky and grateful for a clear and sunny day to enjoy our walk!

Here are the pictures from our trail walk and Torpedo Wharf:






San Francisco Day 1 - Lombard St, Piers, & Seafood

One of my best friends, Lisa, and I decided to take a spontaneous trip out to warmer weather! I decided on San Francisco, through a random conversation with another friend. I started planning the sights and destinations inside of San Francisco that I wanted to see. Lisa hopped on board. We booked our room and tickets then we were out of the cold, wet, and gloomy city of Milwaukee. After going through the hassle of delayed and long flights, we finally ended up in San Francisco. Only to discover, it would probably be raining all weekend. Bummer. Super bummer. But with the weather in Wisconsin dropping below the negatives, we were happy to explore an all new city, IN CALIFORNIA, in 60 degree weather (despite the rain).

After we checked into the hotel, we got ready and started to explore. Lisa and I stopped by the Franklin Market, a tiny liquor store and deli, to buy Lisa an umbrella. Afterwards, we trekked East on the famous Lombard Street. These steep hills are murderous on your feet and sanity! Pictures do not do these streets justice, you have been warned! But the views once you reach the top of all the hills you've climbed are amazing and breathtaking. We got our first peek of the Bay at the top of Lombard.










At the bottom of Lombard!

We continued eastbound towards...

LUSH Honey Brazened Face Mask Review



What it is: "Honey Brazened" is a "fresh" face mask, made with fresh ingredients such as free-range eggs, honey, lime oil, spices, and ground almonds. This mask is to be kept in the fridge, as it is perishable. It's toted as Lush's deepest cleansing mask, and the perfect way to revive sluggish or congested skin.

What it claims to do: 
  • Fresh free-range eggs and honey soften, lime oil brightens, spices warm the skin and ground almonds exfoliate. Kaolin clay reaches deep down into pores to pull out dirt and impurities, leaving your skin noticeably brighter and fresher. Our deepest cleansing mask, Brazened Honey is the perfect way to revive sluggish or congested skin.
  • Banish dirt and excess oil: Ideal for those with combination to oily skin, or those who want a deep cleansing mask.
  • Deep clean for your skin: We use ginger root extract in Brazened Honey to warm and cleanse the skin.



Motor Bar and Restaurant (Review)

Over the weekend, we attended the Milwaukee Auto Show then afterwards we grabbed lunch at Motor, the restaurant in the Harley Davidson Museum. I've walked in and around Motor for events at the Museum's venue space upstairs but have ever had the chance to actually dine here.


We didn't have to wait long for a table, only about 10 minutes. We perused the menu while we waited and took a look around. The atmosphere at Motor is incredible, with pieces of Harley Davidson history artfully decorated throughout the restaurant. The floor to ceiling windows let so much light into the space, allowing the light and sunshine to balance the industrial interior. 




The menu is very straightforward offering burgers, an array of sandwiches, barbecue, American pasta dishes, and a few desserts. We went with the Stuffed Burger of the Month, a giant one filled with bacon, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. 


The fries were a bit dry but I liked the fact that they were sprinkled with flake salt. The burger was perfect! Motor's menu runs a bit on the pricier side but the quality is worth it. We also experienced great service from our waitress and hostess. We are big water drinkers so extra refills were necessary and our waitress (I wish I could remember her name) stayed on top of things. She was prompt, polite and answered all of our questions with a smile.

There are many places that can serve up greasy fried foods or jumbo burgers but if you're looking for a place that serves up fresh, gourmet, high quality American food, Motor succeeds in doing so. 

401 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 287-2778

My Wanderlist

My list of places I'd absolutely LOVE to travel to in this lifetime:

Jamaica
My immediate dream vacation is Jamaica. To immerse myself in a culture entirely different from the American way is something I look forward to. There are many bucket list things I could cross off while in Jamaica. Snorkeling in clear waters, cliff diving, visiting Pelican Bar, and the Bioluminescent Bay.

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Grand Cayman Islands
Hammocks? Fine white sand? Clear blue water? Sign me up. Immediately.

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Mexico
I've been wanting to travel to Mexico for many years! Specifically, the island of Isla Mujeres. I'd love to swim with the whale sharks there. Sounds like an absolute once in a lifetime experience with such beautiful creatures.
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Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico just sounds absolutely divine. An island with tons of history, friendly people, and delicious Puerto Rican food!


Miami
This city just sounds so fabulous! You've not lived until you enjoyed the Miami nightlife.
Miami Sunset

Los Angeles
With New York and Vegas crossed off my Wanderlist, Los Angeles (and Miami) are a must-see!

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Belize
Lots of people say that Caye Caulker in Belize is one of the best places in the world to snorkel, rivaling even the Great Barrier Reef. Belize is also toted as one of the most amazing islands in the world! So dreamy.

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Aruba
Aruba Sunset - Palm Beach Coast Hyatt Regency

Italy
Traveling to Italy, is a given. One simply cannot be an avid traveler and NOT want to go to Italy! So many reasons and things to see in this country. I would talk forever and ever if I had the time to tell you why I'd love to visit this place.
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London
I need to ride the London Eye. Need to. I also need to have High Tea.
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Paris
Arguably one of the most famous cities in the world. I'd love to visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and have lunch at a classic Parisian cafe. My family is part French, so to explore Paris would mean so much to me. (:

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Laos/Thailand
Another trip to honor my heritage. My family is made up of mostly Laos and Thai ethnicity so to travel to our home country is definitely on my bucket list.

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Vietnam/Cambodia
The majestic and historical ruins of Angkor Wat is a place that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. As one of the world wonders, I honestly believe it's a must-see.
Angkor Wat

Japan
Japan's culture is something that I want to immerse myself in entirely. For months. I want to eat authentic Japanese food, explore their automotive scene, and just get to live in the bustling big cities AND the beautiful countrysides.

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Greece
I'm not gonna lie, I had no prior desire to travel to Greece until I watched the Kardashians vacation there on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Seeing Greece on the show gave insight to the beautiful culture there, the picture perfect coast, and pure blue water like I've never seen.

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The Maldives
These islands are the epitome of a perfect, luxurious island vacation. What vacation dreams are made of. I would love, love, love to vacation here one day. Not to mention, the Maldives is one of FEW places that has a Bioluminescent beach. Microorganisms in some of the water glows blue at night when the water is moved! I need to see this to believe it!

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