Well, guys, guess what? Just like that I’m no longer a flight attendant at my airline. I quit two weeks ago, started a new job and enrolled back in school. I loved being a flight attendant for the past five years and enjoyed my job, but it was time for a change. Continue reading “Five Flight Attendant Hacks”
Springfield Missouri is only a little over three hours from Pawhuska, Oklahoma – AKA home of the Pioneer Woman. QUEEEN. My mom and I took a day and drove to Pawhuska to visit Ree’s Mercantile; the Mercantile is a restaurant, bakery and store. Ree and Ladd Drummond spent years renovating the hundred-year-old Osage Mercantile building on Main Street so that they could welcome visitors from near and far. Continue reading “O Pioneer Woman!”
I’ve enjoyed having Birmingham, Alabama as a layover for the past year or so. I mean, if you do stuff during the day and don’t stray too far from the hotel, that is. We stay downtown and there’s a lot of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Continue reading “The Pizits Food Hall”
The next day we were not feeling the best (haha!), so we had breakfast at the closest, greasiest restaurant we could find….
McDonald’s! I’m actually not the biggest fan of McDonald’s, but we wanted to compare Spanish McDonald’s to American McDonald’s. We discovered Spanish McDonald’s is more appealing, but the flavor didn’t deliver.
Things we ordered: McRoyale burger, fries, potato wedges, egg McMuffin with bacon, gazpacho, tomato olive oil toast, espressos, macarons, Mahon beers. Yes, they have beer and macarons at McDonald’s! Anyway, it was a fun experience.
On this day we did a lot of shopping and popping into food markets and such. That night we saw a live show with flamenco dancing! It was really fun and the dancers are very talented.
We also tried churros with chocolate sauce. Mmmmm….
The next morning we woke up, had some coffee and pastries and headed to the airport to fly to Barcelona!
It was a quick flight, then we got on the
train system and headed to our airbnb. This airbnb was nicer but in a location that wasn’t close to much. They owner had a bottle of cava waiting for us, which was nice!
The flight and navigating to the airbnb took up much of the day, so weren’t able to do much. We visited Segrada Familia, ate dinner, and watched a football game.
The next morning we had some amazing espresso from Nomad. Can you tell coffee is important to us?!
We headed into the city to visit Mercat de la Boqueria which was easily one of my favorite parts about our trip. This open-air market is huge; we must have spent several hours there. I couldn’t get enough! The market was full of restaurants, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, seafood, poultry, meat, wine, chocolate, nuts.
Want to know the best thing we ate in Spain? It was from El Quim de la Boqueria, a tapas restaurant inside the market. We had to wait a while to get ONE seat at the counter. The best dish was caramelized foie gras with olive oil fried eggs; it was INSANELY good! I’m going to dream about it for years to come.
Potatoes with spicy sauce – these were sooo good.
We also tried mixed olives marinated in cava vinegar and sardines.
Then we walked up and down La Rambla, and all along the water. It was pretty touristy, but still pleasant. We visited Casa Batlló to experience some more Antoni Gaudi.
We had a tapa at Bar Mut, which was langostinos, pine nuts, topped with crispy fried potato pieces. It was delicious!
We went to Paridiso for some cocktails and pastrami sandwiches. Yep, it was a speakeasy with a pastrami shop in the the front, bar in the back. I ordered a cocktail that came in a Trojan horse. It was weird, whimsical and so much fun.
The next morning was Spain’s Labor Day, so many things were closed. We found some breakfast and tried a Spanish tortilla with tomato toast.
Then we went to the high speed train station and started our journey to the home of the Salvador Dali museum: Figueres, Spain.
It was an amazing experience and we’re so very lucky to have gotten to see some of the work from our favorite artist.
We traveled back to Barcelona, changed, and went to our final destination for our Spain trip.
The Mandarin Oriental for cocktails and food!
The New York-based bar, Employees Only, held a pop-up event at the hotel for only a month, and we happened to be there at the same time.
I had a beautiful Strawberry-Cava gin-based cocktail that was delicious and refreshing.
Truffle Grilled Cheese
I believe this was a bone marrow “popper” with a puff pastry shell.
The next day we got up early and headed to the airport to head back home to the states. It was an amazing trip and I’m so glad we got the chance to go!
I went to Madrid and the only thing I brought back was a jamón magnet. True story.
I apologize for such late posts on San Francisco and Spain! It’s been almost a month since we got back home. I thought I’d start with San Francisco. My boyfriend was there for a conference and I joined him for a couple of days of fun on the west coast by nonreving on my flight benefits. He was still at the conference on the first afternoon I was there so I walked around the neighborhood where our airbnb was, shopped, and ate tacos and frozen yogurt. I love all of the beautiful plants and flowers!
That evening we dined at Chef Chris Cosentino’s restaurant, Cockscomb, and it was amazing. I think we pretty much devoured everything we ordered.
Grilled cheese with duck egg & honey
Raw button mushroom cacio e pepe with grana padano, lemon & black pepper.
(I must have deleted the picture) It was button mushrooms shaved super thin tossed with cheese, lemon and seasonings.
Duck fat cauliflower with chili, garlic & mint
“Dirty” crispy potatoes with pickled peppers and country ham puree
Bacon chop with pretty ribbons of rhubarb. I can’t remember what else was with it, exactly. I tried to look it up online but it looks like the bacon chop changes with what vegetables are in season. I think it may have been fava bean greens.
You guys, those potatoes were crazy good. I think they may have been our favorite… although I always love a good grilled cheese.
We walked to the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace which was AWESOME if you’re a foodie; I could have spent all day in there. We sampled oysters and I think they’re growing on me. What else did we try….
Oh this S’mores pastry from Dandelion Chocolate was delicious. We also tried a cannelle.
We bought some bread from Acme Bread Company, some wine, olives, and cheese from Cowgirl Creamy and planned on taking it to a park and have a picnic. Unfortunately, I ended up dropping our expensive cheese and olives all over the sidewalk. Romantic picnic CANCELED. Way to go, Emily.
We visited Fisherman’s Wharf, took a gander at Alcatraz, and made a pit stop at In-N-Out Burger.
We stopped for pizza at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and oooh boy…. that pizza was GOOD. The crust was amazing! It was light, crisp, slightly chewy. I’m sooo going to have dreams about it.
Dinner was at Chef Danny Bowien’s restaurant, Mission Chinese, in the Mission district of San Francisco.
The next day we had brunch at Dominique Crenn’s, Petit Crenn, the cutest little French bistro. I ordered a rich and indulgent croque madame.
Then we visited the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, and Lombard Street.
At the Presidio there was a big picnic that was DOPE. There were a ton of people and food trucks. I had a sundae from Bi-Rite Creamery with strawberries and sprinkle cookies.
That night we went to Trick Dog, a taqueria in the Mission district, and walked down Valencia Street. I had to catch a flight early in the morning so we wrapped things up fairly early that evening. Then we had one day off before flying to Spain! To be continued….
Hellllooo, long time no see. I’m back from recent travels to San Francisco and Spain! I cannot wait to tell you all about it. Also, I moved to my new house in Springfield, so I’m excited to get settled in and cooking again! Continue reading “Missoula, Montana”