Taking Back My Twenties


Hello 2015, Goodbye TBT

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 | 14 comments

Happy 2015! I apologize for the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks. Matt and I traveled to Argentina over Christmas break, and then I needed some time to think about how I would write this post. You see, I’ve decided that it’s time to close the door on this little web space of mine. Not necessarily because I’ve successfully reclaimed my twenties, but because I’m at a point now where I no longer desire to take them back.


When I first started my blog in 2010, I was in denial about being an adult. As you might remember from some of my early posts, I was struggling with entering the working world, and trying to balance my new life with the person I was in college. I would have given anything at that point to go back to Davidson and re-live it all. I wrote:

I think of my time in college as the best four years of my life. I had (and still have) an incredible group of friends; I loved my classes and found my passion for psychology; and I met my amazing boyfriend of almost five years. Life just seemed easy for many reasons, but mostly because there was so much flexibility in terms of how you decided to spend your day. Aside from attending classes and completing homework assignments, there was time to exercise outdoors, eat lunch with friends, participate in clubs, volunteer or work off-campus, watch TV, play on the internet, go shopping, party, or (my personal favorite) just sit around and enjoy the company of interesting people. Because of this, I was very very sad to have to leave the college community and enter the real world.

Do I still miss college some days? Sure. Do I sometimes wish away the work week and complain about getting getting up early? Absolutely. Would I like to drink 5 beers and feel fabulous the next day? Obviously! But at some point there was a mental shift, when I realized I no longer needed to be like a younger version of myself to be happy. I’ve come to embrace this new chapter in life. And I love it. I have so many things going for me that I didn’t in my mid-twenties – a job I’ve always dreamed of, financial independence, a loving husband, and now a house of my own. II’ll be turning 30 this year, and if this is what 30 looks like, then I’ll take it!


To my faithful readers, I’m sorry that my content has suffered over the past year. I should have written this post a long time ago. I still very much enjoy blogging, and I’ve loved being part of the blogging community. Selfishly, I also cherish this space as an online journal. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more private and you’ve probably noticed that my writing has focused primarily on food, travel, and more food.

But that’s what I truly love writing about, so I’ve created a new blog where I will do just that: www.tasting-tour.com. I’ll continue to share glimpses of life through Instagram, but my posts will be centered around dining experiences and travel. So this isn’t goodbye, it’s just a shift to a new space, and a shift in my focus.

Thank you so very much for reading over the past 4+ years, and thank you for the supportive and encouraging comments along the way!


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Happy Holidays!

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 | 1 comment


It’s been a while, my friends. I was sick the last week of school, so I spent a lot of time laying on the couch and not getting anything accomplished. I’m so thankful to have two weeks off for Christmas break! I finally felt normal-ish on Saturday and went to spinning, got a haircut, and went to a Christmas party with tamales. I love that that’s a thing here.


I also watched The Giver. I remember loving the book when I had to read it (in middle school or high?). The movie is enjoyable and leaves you thinking. I’ve been meaning to see Gone Girl and Wild too. Are they good?

Sunday night, Matt and I went to see the musical Once! We grabbed an early dinner at the famous Tei-an. I enjoyed the restaurant, but I think I made poor choices, because I wasn’t that into anything we ordered. I must go back and get the ramen!


Our seats for the musical were really high up, but we moved at intermission because the theater was so empty. The actors play all of their own instruments on stage, which was so neat. The music was powerful and I loved the simplicity of the set. It was funny too.


Today was spent packing – we are heading wayyy south for the break and I’m pumped for warm weather. I stocked up on novels and bought The Art of French Eating and Me Before You.

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy start to the new year!

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Hello from MD

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 | 2 comments

We have a dreary, rainy day here at Matt’s house, and the rain is expected to turn to snow! I had planned to post my weekend recap, but forgot to bring my camera cord.


I have the whole week off of work [beyond amazing], so I first went to Baltimore to visit my grandmother! I met my sister and my mom there and we had a nice time drinking manhattans, catching up, entertaining Mazen, and shopping!


Today, I arrived at Matt’s house and I’m truly relaxing. The whole family is working from home except for me, so I’m just doing quiet computer things and lounging, with a break to go to Body Pump with Matt’s mom soon!

I have ten million things to be thankful for tomorrow, and at the top of my list is my job and family. I hope you have a fabulous turkey day!

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Life Recently

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 | 5 comments


I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit! I’ve been crazy busy at work, and my moments in the evenings have been filled with cooking, packing lunches, dinners with friends, attending speaker series, doing housework, and going to bed early to get up for the gym. Every week, I think things might calm down, and they never do! I’m loving it so much though because my days are filled with helping kids, supporting teachers, and trying to figure out the big picture of my new role. I’m never bored, which means my days are flying by. I can’t believe it’s almost time for Thanksgiving break, and I cannot wait to see family and rest for a few days.

The weather has cooled off here (relatively speaking), and Matt and I have been enjoying drinking fall beers and getting cozy in new restaurants. We tried a restaurant called Gemma from a couple of Napa transplants, and had a lovely dinner at the bar. I’ve never had fried olives before.


I haven’t been too creative in the kitchen during the week because I’ve been reverting to quick and easy favorites. Fridays and Sundays have been my cooking days, and I made this delicious butternut squash pizza last week.


What’s new in the blog world? Does anyone have any awesome fall recipes?

Happy weekend.

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Birthday Weekend

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 | 2 comments

I had a fabulous birthday weekend – feels like each year gets better! Since the real day fell on a Saturday, Matt planned the day. I told him I wanted to relax and eat cake!

First, I took Matt to my favorite gym class at Equinox, and then we showered and headed out on foot for cupcakes. We stopped at two different bakeries and acquired 5 cupcakes for the evening. We also ducked into a fun salad place for lunch and did a little shopping at boutiques.


After lunch, we got a couples massage! The experience was fantastic because we got a cold stone facial, foot scrub, and hot stone massage too! It was heavenly, and one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received. Then we headed down to Bishop Arts for dinner at the very famous Lucia. We got in off the waiting list only hours before dinner. It was fate!


We grabbed cocktails at Stock and Barrel before dinner – this was a lovely twist on a bourbon sour made with passion fruit.


We kicked off dinner with a bottle of Argentinian wine – Lucia is Italian, but I couldn’t resist this recommendation by our waitress (and I believe it was a collaboration between two winemakers). Side note: the service was phenomenal! And, oh my goodness, the olives!!


We ordered two of the foie gras stuffed prunes – who can resist a $1 menu item? I thought I had gotten adventure-some enough for foie gras, but no! I hated it and washed the bite down with wine:)


Our first plate was pork belly with pear and gorgonzola – this was divine, and a generous portion!


Next up, some sort of Italian pork with sautéed mushrooms – also delish.



We ordered two small pastas: the squash risotto with rabbit meatballs and brussels (above) and an interestingly shaped pasta with squab ragu (below). Both were perfect and rivaled the meals we had in Italy!


The real star of the night was the braised lamb with red pepper, cilantro, and an olive tapenade. The meat melted together with the sauces and it was seriously a top ten entree.


Despite the cupcakes waiting at home, we had to try the Italian donuts with squash and caramel!


Clearly, the meal was superb! And the restaurant is so romantic:) I’m already dying to go back!


We ended the weekend festivities with Sunday brunch with some friends at Vagabond. We had [more] donuts – these were basically apple-stuffed fried dough!


I had a grilled cheese benedict, but I also shared Matt’s burger and it was great! I hear Vagabond is quickly becoming famous for it.


Thanks to Matt and my lovely friends and family for a wonderful birthday!

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 | 2 comments

Current obsession edition:

1. I go through a chip and hummus combo every few weeks – right now it’s these pumpkin crisps with jalapeño and cilantro Hope Hummus.


2. I got a new iPod after my nano from college stopped keeping a charge. It was a tiny one that couldn’t hold all of my songs at once. I put a bunch of old country music on the new one and I’m enjoying driving around with the windows, down pretending I’m in high school.


3. Kath introduced me to this foundation a few months again and I just love it. It took a while for me to get used to it because I think my skin was addicted to Clinique, but now I’m really happy with the color and moisture.


4. This weather. I know some people like to get right to boots and coats, but 70’s are just fine with me. Plus, when temps have been in the 100’s forever and ever, 70 feels pretty darn cold.

5. The stuffed squash at Origin Kitchen – this may been the best vegetarian dish I’ve ever had. Matt and I were both in love with it when we had it last Saturday night. Acorn squash, crispy kale, wheatberries, pomegranate, and a walnut syrup….


6. Entering my 30th year. My 29th is this weekend, and I’m in a good place at this age. There have been so many transitions in my 20’s – grad school, moving for Matt to go to grad school, getting married, moving for Matt’s career opportunity, and a long, frustrating job search. But for the first time in a while, I’m just living my life, going to work every day, and not gearing up for any major change (knock on wood:))

Happy weekend!

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