live: Winter vacation in Amsterdam

Last week I jetted off to Amsterdam with my best friend from high school and her mother, who grew up in Delph.  The mother daughter duo visit the Netherlands every December and I was thrilled to be part of the trip this year.

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We stayed at a fabulous boutique hotel called The Dylan. Definitely recommend it if it fits within your budget. The staff were wonderful and the hotel itself was quiet, cozy and beautiful.

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In regards to food, I made it my mission to eat fries at every meal (excluding breakfast). Needless to say, we walked all over the city, so I didn’t feel guilty with the daily indulgence. My favorite sampling of fries was at George W.P.A., paired with a glass of champagne. Cheers to lunch on vacation! Other restaurant favorites included Cafe Luden – perfect spot for tomato soup in the afternoon. As for dinner, we ended up visiting BHIP twice as it was conveniently located across the canal from our hotel. The owner was friendly, fun, and gave us plenty of suggestions of where to go next. If you’re a history buff who enjoys beer, be sure to grab a drink at Cafe Hoppe – technically the oldest bar in Amsterdam. We had a great time visiting with the locals while playing a few round of cards.

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As for shopping, our hotel was located on the edge of  The Nine Streets. We had a great time perusing the boutiques and if you’re in the market for a new pair of boots, be sure to visit Fred la Bretoniere. Your check book may be sorry, but the store does not disappoint at all.  Cheers! xo Kristi

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travel: Weekend Trip to Chicago

As a former Chicagoan I try to visit every year to catch up with old friends and see the sites and so I decided to take a last minute trip this past weekend. The weather was about 60  – a little too cool for my Texas blood considering I packed all the wrong clothes. Regardless, walked to Cloud Gate (or what I like to refer as “the bean”) early Saturday a.m., then checked out a fantastic textile exhibit at the Art Institute Saturday midday, followed by lunch with friends the Gage. If you ever go, try the burger or fish and chips. Both are to die for. Cheers! xo Kristi

 

the goods: new york, I love you

Good lord you guys, I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA lately.  I just returned home from nearly a week working and catching up with friends in New York City.   It was a busy trip and as always, filled with family and friends, food and drinks.  As has been the case every time I’ve been to visit in the 18 months since I moved away,  I return home exhausted, in need of a diet and missing the city life.   Here are some of my favorite snapshots from this past week.

I didn’t make it to my favorite restaurant this time around but I did get a Mr. Softee and I can’t wait to go back!

xo,

Katie