In Praise of Sashimi: “Super Sushi Ramen Express” Delights

Hello there Lovelies,
I am back from my jaunt to Hungary, Austria, and France and can’t wait to tell you all about it!! However, the next couple of posts will feature a few excellent reads I finished while on my vacation. Special thanks to NetGalley for providing these e-galleys in exchange for an honest review! 


Photo Courtesy of Macmillan Publishing


Confession: I love food writing.  Yes, I know it’s trendy and #basic, but I can’t help it.  Whenever I find a memoir or travelogue filled with well-crafted sentences describing a simmering chicken broth or the crisp notes of white wine, I go weak in the knees.  So when I was given the opportunity to review Michael Booth’s new book, Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family’s Journey Through the Belly of Japan, I naturally volunteered.  Food, family, and travel? Seriously, what more could I ask for?  Let’s discuss…

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Pro Packing: How to Select the Best Shoes for Europe

Throughout my travels, I have experienced epic packing fails.  Here are some packing hacks I’ve discovered over the years to help you avoid the same mistakes I’ve made.  That way you’ll look both stylish and comfortable and avoid this fashion nightmare:



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Style and Sensibility: A Luxury Vacation for Free (almost!)

Confession: in the past, my husband and I have scoffed at the idea of all-inclusive resorts. We love to travel, and to us, an all-inclusive seems to be at odds with our philosophy to explore and soak in as much culture as possible.  Resorts seem to be the type of place where you sit around and do nothing for a week, or get pushed to pay for cheesy excursions that aren’t even fun. Both my husband and I are typically way too high energy and, frankly, too cynical for this style of vacation.

We look innocent, but in reality we’re hyperactive 28-year-old brats

…That is, until this past summer hit us.

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Vacation Reading – Mexico Edition

My husband and I are leaving for Mexico in just a few hours, and I can’t wait!  We’ve never really stayed at an “all inclusive” type of resort before; typically we like to hotel-hop and don’t like being confined to one area.  However, after a hectic couple of months we want to just relax, sip on some fruity drinks, and kick up our feet.  And of course, I’ll have a stack of books by my cabana chair :).  The nondigital books that I am slipping into my bag:



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Victorian By the Sea Inn – Lincolnville, Maine

A few weeks ago I spent a picturesque weekend with my parents and sister in Mid-Coast Maine.  It was early in the summer, so the weather was still a bit chilly, but we were still able to explore several cities and parks in the area. We spent three days hiking, eating lobster, and shopping in quaint coastal towns. We also got to stay in an absolutely charming inn that came straight out of the pages of “Anne of Green Gables.” Check it out!


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Literary Travel: India Edition


Who doesn’t traveling to new places and discovering new cultures? My parents trained me at a young age to love the thrill of boarding an airplane to discover new corners of the world, so I’ve caught the travel bug for over twenty years now.  I often like to combine my love of travel with my bookworm tendencies – and this marriage between adventure and literature is an extra-sweet one.

Whenever I have an upcoming trip, I select a few titles to read in preparation for the journey.  I like to mix it up with both fiction and non-fiction choices.  My dad and I are going to India this fall (!!!!!), a country I’ve been mildly obsessed over since I read my childhood copy of The Secret Garden, and I’ve started picking out a few books to read.  Here is a sampling:

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