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New York RestaurantsWhen at its best, New York City is just about the greatest place to be, on that we can all agree. It can also very easily be hell on earth (think the Penn Station area), but let’s not hold that against it. People love the city for different reasons, for some it’s the arts and culture, others revere the shopping, but for me, it’s always been about the food. One of my very favorite things in this whole wide world is sitting down to a great meal with even greater friends, and New York offered a lot of that this past week. When I remembered, I snapped a few pictures and now have a few more New York restaurant recommendations to share on top of the ones from last year (found here). I take my food guides very seriously, so should you ever be in New York, do check some of these places out. I back them wholeheartedly. 

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Back from our last trip of the season (we were in Sarasota celebrating Brian’s cousin Emma’s bat mitzvah. I have no words for how amazing it was.), and I’m finally ready to share that Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver vacation home video that I’d been promising. 

We had the time of our lives and hope our home movie inspires you to check out each of the three cities yourself. Here’s a quick run-through of what we did, what we ate, and how we went from city to city.

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Pic Me Up - Victoria
I’m feeling rather under the weather today, so I thought I’d try and reverse my luck by sharing some pictures from our perfect fall-weather day in Victoria, British Columbia. I’d been once before with my parents many years ago, and it was great to go back as an adult and with Brian in tow. If you ever make it as far as Vancouver, Victoria with its beautiful Butchart Gardens and precious historic downtown is absolutely worth the day trip. 

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Seattle Food GuideBrian and I ate so well on our trip (deliciously, not healthily) that we had to push back our engagement-photo session originally scheduled for this weekend by a week to try and reverse some of the damage. Desperate times, desperate measures. The face chub is likely irreparable, but it’s worth a shot. 

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t stop to snap a few pictures along the way, so please follow along as I take a look back at some of the meal and travel highlights in our first stop of Seattle. There’s more to come in a little home video that I’m working on, but these pictures and suggestions should tide us over for now. Let’s go!

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Travel Essentials Packing Tips

My apologies for the tardy post today. I just got back to DC after clocking in some quality time with the parents, real high-quality stuff that led me to neglect my usual Monday blog post, and I was surprisingly ok with that. So there I was, aboard my 20th some plane in four months, flying over Ohio, resigned to the fact that I would be skipping a day of blogging, when it hit me that I should put all of my recent schlepping to good use. You see, I fancy myself a bit of a travel and flying expert. More than once I’ve taken two-week long trips with nothing but a carry-on suitcase and bag. It can be done, people. All it takes is some smart packing (roll your clothes!) and a few trusted items to help you get there. Here are some of my tried and true travel essentials. 

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Yang & Brian in Barcelona{The view from Gaudi’s Park Güell}

Fantastic company aside (thank you Erin & Joe), Barcelona’s food was by far the best part of our stay there. Prior to our trip, I knew very little about Spanish cuisine, and could count the number of times I’d had tapas on one hand. Since our mini vacation, I now find myself craving their simple, low-key style of eating on a pretty constant basis. Take me back please! 

And even if you can’t, do try to at least take yourself, and give one of the many restaurants that we went to a try. I’m no Barcelona expert, since we were only there a few days, but I have it on pretty good authority that the restaurants I’ve come to love are some of the city’s best. Here’s a quick, er, maybe not so quick, recap. 

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