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Rose's Fine Food, DetroitYou know how I love brunch. On the last morning of our visit to Michigan to see my sister and her family we decided to take a quick drive into Detroit for breakfast while my mom watched the kids. A friend of mine from high school (Lucy) opened up a restaurant called Rose’s Fine Food in the city about a year ago. Though I haven’t actually seen Lucy in 15 years, I’ve been drooling over her food pictures on social media and watching as this quaint, local joint gets recognized nationally for its incredible, local, freshly made food. So here we are. Don’t mind the less than stellar quality photos; I hadn’t planned on taking photos or blogging about it, but the food was so amazing I couldn’t help myself. My brother-in-law, who is currently in med school, was so enamored (like the rest of us), he declared Rose’s his new after work (read: early morning) breakfast stop. As I mentioned, the food is either made from scratch (i.e. all the breads and other baked goods) or purchased from various local farmers who are currently cultivating the land in Detroit. And we could tell. Everything was unbelievably delicious. I’m still dreaming about that homemade “Crybaby” peach doughnut we devoured. Lucy and Molly (her cousin and co-owner) offer their entire staff a living wage and she was telling us all about how opening a restaurant has been a long-time dream of theirs. If you’re ever in Detroit, I highly recommend a stop at Rose’s!

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Life, Travel

baltimore day trip

Baltimore with Aunt Sierra

My little sister Sierra was in Baltimore just for the day on Saturday so we decided to meet her for an afternoon on the harbor. She’s been living in Utah (for college), spent last week in DC, is headed to Michigan for another week and then moves to Scotland for the summer so it was nice for Isla to get to spend some time with her. It was a gorgeous day (before and after the hurricane-like, 30-minute downpour), so we walked around the harbor, enjoyed a seafood lunch and then finished the day with a visit to the National Aquarium. It was a really great, touristy day. And I took lots of touristy pictures so Isla can remember her first Aquarium visit (spoiler alert: she loved the dolphins!).

Baltimore Aquarium Coral

Baltimore Aquarium Dolphin Exhibit

this is one of only 200+ Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in the country, and we were happy to see the dolphin exhibit was not an actual show where they are required to do tricks. the dolphins spend all day playing and swimming on their own accord. many of the animals at the aquarium were rescued and none of the dolphins were plucked from the oceans.

Baltimore Inner Harbor ship    Our Family Baltimore

Baltimore Aquarium Jellyfish Exihibit

Baltimore Aquarium Reef

Calypso the turtle Baltimore Aquarium

calypso (the turtle) was found off the coast of new york with only one front flipper. when she was rescued she weighed only 10 pounds and now she weighs more than 500! we loved her.

Baltimore Inner Harbor Submarine

Isla Bee Baltimore Aquarium Dolphin Exhibit

 watching the dolphins!

Baltimore Inner Harbor Sierra + Isla Baltimore Aquarium Dolphins

Black and white polka dot stingray

Baltimore Aquarium Bird

Sierra + Isla Baltimore

we’re so glad we could see you aunt sierra!

Life, Travel

hello from the seashore

Seagulls on a cloudy beach day

I meant to do a bit more blogging this week but I confess I’ve been enjoying a lazy few days with no responsibilities. With beautiful ocean views, adorable (albeit sick) nephews, and my sisters in town, I’ve really done nothing but eat and play games with imaginary alligators, which is exactly what I needed after a very stressful few weeks at work. This second half of the week has brought warmer days so yesterday we were able to actually lay out and play on the beach. I’m hoping today and tomorrow will be even nicer. The wind has thus far kept us from crabbing and bike rides so fingers crossed we get lucky before the week is out. Here are a few photos from the last few days. I hope you’re having a relaxing week, too!

Playing baseball on the beach

September Harvest Moon over the ocean

[this was the view from our deck last night. tonight’s a full moon.]

Sisters in LBI

[no trip to LBI is complete without wednesday wing night with my sisters!]

playing in the ocean

brothers playing on the sand dunes

[they crawled all the way up there and it was just the cutest thing, until we realized poor little james was stuck and couldn’t get back down!]

baby on the beach friends by the beach

[my mom and sister threw me a baby shower over the weekend and I was thrilled a few of the girls could make it down for a day at the beach.]

on the beach

Jetty covered in algae

Life, Travel

day trip to new york city

Bryant Park

There are two places on earth I visit when I need to relax. The Jersey Shore and New York City. I know that’s sounds crazy, but the honking cabs, whizzing subways, street music and crowded streets always make me feel right at home. Our day-trip to the city on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered and the second I stepped out of Penn Station I let out a huge sigh of relief. We had the best weather, too — breezy, cool and gorgeous. We had originally planned to visit the MOMA Rain Room, but alas, it had reached capacity by the time we got there. I was really bummed, but we quickly recovered and spent the day strolling the streets and meandering through Central Park. We met friends for lunch near Bryant Park then watched the row boats in Central Park Lake, enjoyed the melodies of a very talented violist, stumbled upon a street festival on 6th Avenue, stumbled again on the most amazing rolling skating dance party and accidentally walked right into Times Square (which we usually avoid like the plague) and had to maneuver through the worst crowds ever on our walk back to Penn Station at dusk. Aside from that touristy run-in, it was the most glorious day. Where do you go to unwind?

Violinist in Central Park

Tree-lined walkway in Central Park

sunbathers in Central Park

roasted corn, NYC street festival

Central Park Lake and row boats

NYC tourists

NYC summer street festival

Lamb Kabob at NYC Street Festival

nyc street vendor selling wicker baskets at street festival

NYC Central Park fountain + lake

Man on rollerblades dancing in Central Park with the Central Park Dance Skaters Association Hot peppers hanging during NYC Street Festival

Gyro from NYC Street Festival Central Park People dancing on roller skates in Central Park from Dance Skaters Association

Central Park Carnival from above  Bryant Park fountain in summer


blue lagoon geothermal spa // iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Okay here’s my last post from our anniversary trip to Iceland! This is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. It’s essentially an outdoor complex of warm-to-hot water, waterfalls, miracle silica mud, saunas and a swim up bar all set inside a lava field. While we didn’t indulge in any of the extras, like massages while floating on the warm mineral-rich water, we did enjoy this relaxing afternoon of pampering. The silica mud, which is located in buckets around the spa, is known to heal many skin ailments and, of course, I splurged and brought home a bottle for some soothing at-home facials. I’ll let you know how my skin feels in a few weeks! It was pretty funny to see all the bathers with their faces covered in mud, but I even convinced Chris to partake. I mean, where else can you get an all natural silica skin treatment known for healing countless skin issues? The day we visited the temps were in the low 50s. I was prepared to be freezing from the neck up, but once you’re in, it’s quite comfortable and relaxing. Luckily, this was the only day of our visit that it didn’t rain. If you’re traveling Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is definitely worth an afternoon visit.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

[for more on our visit to Iceland, visit here, here, here and here.]