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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Mr. Grill's Grill Gloves Review

A couple weeks ago, I burned my hand removing a hot cast iron grill pan from the stove using a regular kitchen towel. It was not fun. From then on, I started to use my oven mitts more. Only to burn my oven mitts doing the same thing, setting off smoke detectors during the process. It was time for an upgrade. Sugar Junkie Blog was given the opportunity to review Mr. Grill's grill gloves, and the timing could not have been better! Here's our review:

 

What it claims to do:
  • Designed to withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees F. 
  • Flame and heat resistant
  • Perfect for use indoors and outdoors
  • Features nonslip silicone grid
  • Machine washable




Our Review:
As soon as we received our pair of Mr. Grill's Grill Gloves, we utilized them over the course of a few days, switching on and off between the grill gloves and regular oven mitts in similar tasks to compare. We baked a few things and grilled steaks indoors using the cast iron grill pan. We've decided that regular oven mitts just don't compare to the versatility of these grill gloves.

With the gloves you have full function of all of your fingers. Making it easier to grip hot baking pans, rotate cookie sheets in the oven, or hold cooking utensils during grilling. We even used them to turn baked potatoes around in the oven easily and gently, instead of fidgeting with tongs. The gloves' ability to withstand high heat is also very impressive. Whereas you can feel the heat seeping through regular mitts, the grill gloves greatly reduces this. Worrying about possibly setting mitts on fire, once you get them close to flames, is also eliminated. Not saying you should place them directly in the flame, but it happens. This product proves to do more than exactly what they're advertised to do.

I'm excited to get to use these once the weather gets warmer and we can use them when we're grilling outdoors! The gloves, and the box that they are packaged in, makes for an awesome, easy to wrap gift idea.



Where to buy: Mr. Grill's Grill Gloves can be purchased from Amazon here.

Price: $39.95

Overall, these grill gloves are of superb quality. We highly recommend them, whether you're an avid griller, searching for a gift idea for the cook in your life, or even just tired of getting burned while cooking. We find these may come in handy for a lot of things outside of the kitchen and cooking as well!

Happy Grilling!
-TSJ


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