Category Archive for Travel

I’ve been meaning to share photos from my trip to New York last year and now that it’s been exactly a year I figured why not! This trip was one for the books because it was so last minute and with one of my closest friends(who also loves food as much as I do!). Kaori and I went to culinary school together and I say this all the time, but I feel like going to that school(although I didn’t stick with a baking career) was all worth it for the friendships I walked away with. We booked this trip 2 weeks before which was something I wouldn’t normally do. I’m usually such a planner! I think I was around 6 months pregnant and knew my cutoff time for long flights was nearing and I just had this fire in me to book a spontaneous trip. Kaori was visiting me in San Diego and I remember sitting at a coffee shop talking about how much we had wanted to go to New York together(this conversation had come up at least 3 or 4 times during the year), how much food we could eat, all of the places we’d visit and not knowing when we’d ever have the opportunity to do something like this again once the baby came. So we pulled out our phones, looked up flights and hotels and booked it! I remember feeling SO excited and my inner fat kid was screaming for joy. Aaron was heading out on a motorcycle trip so it was perfect timing.

This trip was definitely one I’ll always remember and I can’t wait to take Aaron and Emma one day. There’s such a contagious energy about the city that makes you want to stay. Even just chilling on a bench in Central Park people watching was fun. I also have some video my mom took of Kaori and I on Good Morning America, ha! New York will always hold a special place in my heart. And this will forever be known as the 2016 foodie tour in my mind. I was so stressed towards the end of this trip knowing that I would have to take my glucose test the morning after landing back at home. I thought for sure I’d fail because I ate so much bad food and some of the articles I had read online said to try to eat healthy a day or two before the test! I just barely passed it ;) Worth it!


One of my favorite days was spent in the Flat Iron District at Eataly. The next time I visit NYC I’m for sure staying in this area. Tons of shops and lots of good food.

 

Here’s a list of all the places we ate:

Lunch/dinner
By Chloe.
Grimaldi’s pizza
Eataly for sandwiches
Cafe Fiorello (the meatballs!!!)
Momofuku nishi
Smorgasburg in Brooklyn(the lumpia shack was amazing)
Pepe Giallo
Joe’s Shanghai (best soup dumplings!)
Niu Noodle House (also best soup dumplings!) ;)
Brooklyn bagel for an NYC bagel(so good)
Lil Frankies (we ate pizza here with my friend Katelyn and it was so good)

Dessert/sweet treats
10Below Ice Cream(rolled ice cream)
Bar Boulud
Dough (donuts)
Dominique Ansel Bakery for cronuts (this is where the cronut originated from)
Milk Bar

While we were up in Reno(more on traveling with a little one soon!) visiting family we made a day trip up to Tahoe. Aaron and I both grew up spending our summers and winters near Tahoe so it was so awesome to be able to travel here as a family and bring baby Emma. I know she won’t remember this at all but I loved sitting by the water and dipping our toes in the freezing cold water. It’s INSANE the amount of water that’s in this lake right now. A couple years ago when we were planning our wedding we looked at a venue on the lake and the water was so low it was really sad. It makes me so happy to see how much water there is now after all the snow and rain we got during the winter. Anyways! We had a blast and it was nice to be able to spend time with my mom and sister. It didn’t hit me until we had Emma just how much I miss my family in Reno. Hoping there will be a lot more trips to visit in the future! Here are some photos we snapped up at Sand Harbor:

I never shared images from our trip (exactly a year ago) to Big Sur and Sequoia. We went camping in Big Sur with our good friends Sonny and Nicholle and then drove across to Sequoia and stayed in an Airbnb in the middle of the woods. It was such a blast I thought it’d be fun to look back on it here. Two things that were really special about this trip: Sonny proposed to Nicholle on one of our hikes in Big Sur and we got to photograph it all(it was seriously the cutest proposal ever) and this was the trip where I suspected I might be pregnant. I had anticipated getting my period on this trip and much to my dismay, it never came! I was so anxious to get home and take a test. The test came back negative but two weeks later we got a positive test! The nurse I had talked to said that the first couple weeks of being pregnant won’t actually show up on a test right away so although I had missed my period and it showed up negative on the pee test, I was still pregnant. Weird right? Anywho, here are photos from our trip. I can’t wait to go back! The weather was kind of crappy for most of the trip but it was still a ton of fun. I haven’t been camping since I was a little kid so camping out in the woods and sleeping on the ground brought back memories. It was definitely more painful then I remember haha.

One thing that we were unaware of in Big Sur was the lack of cell service we’d have as well as the lack of grocery stores! We had every intention of stopping at Costco beforehand but ultimately decided to just hit up a grocery store when we got closer to the campground. Little did we know there were only two little gas stations nearby and they marked up the price of food to a ridiculous amount. Lesson learned, go food shopping before you leave for Big Sur!

We went hiking on one of the trails behind our campground and this was right when Sonny proposed to Nicholle! Aaron helped Sonny create a story book of sorts with a recorded narration of it so at the end of each page it would beep to turn the page(doesn’t that bring back memories of reading books in elementary school??) and at the end of it he proposed. It was super cute and unique.

Then we drove a couple hundred miles east to Sequioa for a few days! It was definitely a little eery. There was fog the entire time and we barely saw anyone! There was absolutely zero service as well which made it really nice to take a break from the outside world for a bit.

It feels so good to be back from our trip to the Philippines. It was a whirlwind of long flights, mosquito bites, filipino food, some of the best mango I’ve ever tasted and crazy driving. Seriously, the driving is insane there! We spent the first few days of our trip in Cubao which is just between Quezon City and Manila. We had some fun exploring the Green Hills Market for some bargaining/shopping and spending time with family. I love that everything is so affordable!

We then took a short flight to Iloilo which is where we met some more family and got to see where my grandma used to live. It was such a good feeling being able to explore my roots and learn about my grandma and how she brought my mom, aunt + uncle here to the states. I miss her! Iloilo is filled with tons of farmland, it’s so beautiful and green. Beware of the mosquitos if you ever go.

The last part of our trip was vacation time and we were able to spend some time relaxing in Boracay. Boracay Island is beautiful and if you ever take a trip to the Philippines you should definitely check it out, even for a day or two. We took a motorized tricycle up to the top of Mt. Luho and got an incredible 360 view of the island, then walked on the clearest beaches and enjoyed some american food and drank beer. By the end of the trip we were definitely craving a salad and burger so we were incredibly happy to find that on Boracay. If you ever go to Boracay stay at the Lazy Dog hotel. It’s on the east side of the island in Station 2(they totally break the island up into stations – similar to the districts in the Hunger Games!) and it has a really laid back surfer vibe which we really enjoyed and it’s right around the corner from a super cute gastropub run by a husband and wife duo who are from Canada and the Philippines. They were super sweet!

I caught the worst flu right as we were boarding our first flight to come back home. It was awful! And I’m sad to say it’s been a little over a week and I’m still suffering making it really hard to get back to work. I’m so happy to be home though and am so happy I was able to go to the Philippines with my family. I’ll be back soon to talk about the little bit of wedding planning I was able to do in Reno before I flew back to San Diego! Happy Monday!