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    Rebecca Plotnick | Everyday Parisian

    I started following Rebecca Plotnick on Instagram around the same time I moved to Chicago in 2015. Her photos of Paris were beautiful and had a dreamy quality to them, and suffering through that…

    July 27, 2016
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    68 Essential Road Trip Songs

    Every road trip needs a great playlist, and by great, I mean a bit cheesy, full of classics, and made to sing along to while cruising along the highway, preferably with the windows down.…

    July 26, 2016
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    5 Days on Route 395

    In early June, I had the chance to drive along California’s Route 395, a storied road with staggeringly beautiful views. It made me want to move to the west, it made me want to…

    July 25, 2016
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    Coffee Monday

    Café Cuatro Sombras | San Juan

    After a few hours in San Juan I’m convinced I need to move to Puerto Rico, and Café Cuatro Sombras is one reason why. Stephen and I were walking toward the old part of the city on…

    July 18, 2016
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    The Best Meals I've Ever Had

    Spicy Sichuan Love Affair

    A recent visit to Sichuan Home in San Francisco sent me into spicy food shock, then ecstasy. Welcome to the third installment of The Best Meals I’ve Ever Had.  Is there anything better than feasting…

    July 1, 2016
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    Food Lifestyle Travel

    Perfect Girls Weekend In LA

    Last weekend I wrapped up a month in California with a girls weekend in LA. I had been staying in Oakland when two of my best friends, with detours to Santa Barbara for my…

    June 26, 2016
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    Carry On

    The Best Travel Sunscreen for Any Trip

    Confession: I did not always appreciate the power of the sun to cause long term skin damage. Growing up in Wisconsin I lived for summer. We only get three months of truly warm weather,…

    June 9, 2016
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    Fathom and the Problem With Voluntourism

    Last month I went on a cruise with Fathom, the newest brand from Carnival Corporation that specializes in social impact travel. Positive social impact and giant cruise companies don’t seem to go hand in hand,…

    May 31, 2016
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    Getting Out of Amber Cove

      Last month I found myself on a cruise to the Dominican Republic. We docked in Amber Cove, a port on the northwest side of the island. It’s pretty, has cute shops, decent food, and is…

    May 30, 2016