I get weirdly anxious if I can't meticulously plan my vacations. I will spend hours doing online research, reading travel guides, and journaling to make sure that once I'm on holiday, nothing takes me by surprise. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a little spontaneity while I'm on my trip. Planning doesn't mean I give myself a second-by-second itinerary that I plan to a T. It just means that I like to make the proper preparations ahead of time so that I can relax and enjoy my time away, instead of being holed up in my hotel room trying to hook up to unreliable wifi to solve a problem I could have avoided if I'd just planned ahead. It might sound paranoid, but I just like to avoid disaster, e.g. getting hopelessly lost or ending up in a foreign jail because I was unaware of the local customs.
I wanted to put my neuroses to good use and share my steps for trip planning.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Before Chopped, I used to watch Gossip Girl. You might be like, "WTF? How are those two shows even related?" Here me out. In Gossip Girl, Blair and her cronies hit up the restaurant Butter multiple times. Blair (a.k.a. Queen B) is one of my favorite mean girls of all time, so of course, it made me add Butter to my list of wanna-go restaurants in the city.
Fast forward a few years and I got hooked on Chopped. I was introduced to Alex Guarnaschelli. She was honestly critical without being mean, full of praise when it was deserved, and had a great vocabulary for describing food. I quickly added her to my list of chefs I love, where she enjoyed the company of Alton Brown, Nigella Lawson, and Ina Garten. And yes, I have many lists.
Well, finally, the weekend after Christmas, I made my way over to Butter with my sister. We'd originally made a reservation for dinner but after looking at the lunch menu, we switched to lunch.
Monday, January 12, 2015
I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve and Day. I had a little over a week off from work over the holiday and it was so relaxing. During that time, I finalized a few more Italy plans.
Train tickets can't be purchased until we're a bit closer to the date of travel, so we haven't locked those down yet, but I booked our inter-Italy flights and I am extremely excited about our itinerary. I had to knock off a few of my must-see places, but I found great alternatives. We're visiting mostly tiny towns, which I think will make for a nice, low-pressure holiday filled with charm.