Plump Chocolate Chip Cookies

img_4021Since having visited Levain Bakery in New York City, we were on a mission to find a recipe that came somewhat close to what the master bakers at Levain whip up.  It’s plump, soft and delicious! Try it for yourself!

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Kauai

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Every other year, our family goes on a trip together.  Last trip we went to Turks and Caicos, this year due to the Zika Virus, we decided on Kauai. We had an amazing time and will definitely go back.  Here are some sights we saw, places we dined at and memories we made!

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Day Trip To Estonia

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Estonia what? Yes – Estonia, the small little country next to Russia across the Baltic Sea/Gulf of Finland from Finland.  Though it was only a day trip, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting Tallinn, the capital and central hub of Estonia. The adventure started at 11:30am on the Viking Express from Helsinki.  The Viking Express is the size of a cruise ship and transports people, cars, cargo and big rigs across the Sea.  The 2.5 hour boat ride was peaceful, entertaining and unique!  There were buffets, bars, entertainment, casinos, karaoke and shopping on board – so needless to say the 2.5 hours flew by! Once we docked in Tallinn, we walked to The Old Town and started to explore. We ate in the Old Town Square where we tried bear. Yes bear! It was actually more tender than the lamb we ordered.  At lunch, we learned that 50% of the population is Russian which is why there is a lot of architectural influences and culture apparent while touring the city.   It was a quick trip, but we enjoyed our short time in Tallinn and would highly suggest anyone in the area to make sure to stop here for a couple hours!  Here is a look at our day adventure!

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Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki is Finland’s capital that is home to the national Museum tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present.  It’s a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and green parks.  T.W.O. enjoyed our time in Helsinki even if it was for both work and play.  We got to explore most of the city and even took a day trip to Estonia which we will be talking about in our next post.  We aren’t ‘finnished’ yet – go ahead and read what we did in Helsinki!   Stats: 620,982 people | 300+ islands | 1 sea fortress | most saunas per capita in the world

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm

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Stockholm, Sweden exceeded our expectations plus more! From the friendly people to the beautiful architecture, the Swedish have life down! We timed our July trip perfectly – during the summer and a couple weeks before all the locals left for their standard 4 week summer holiday.  Since it stays light outside till almost 11pm, the Swedish take advantage and enjoy company, drinks and food outdoors.  Public docks are filled with outdoor furniture along with DJs.  Coming from a town revolving around boats, the water and summer – We have to say my southern California beach town can learn a few things from the Swedish.  And this is why…..

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Mushroom & Israeli Couscous Salad

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The restaurant Lemonade is pretty popular in Southern California and is sometimes our only option for a quick lunch while on the go. One of our favorite salads at Lemonade is the Mushroom & Israeli Couscous salad. So instead of paying money each time for it, we decided to try and recreate it. Check out the recipe below:

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Florence, Italy

Florence | Firenze | The Best

We can officially say both of us have been to Florence, but separate times.  K was able to study abroad in this beautiful city during her junior year at UCSB.  Now T got to experience it for herself.  All those years k talked about how much she loved this city and T now knows why.  And for our readers – here is why:

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Day Trip to Siena, Italy

T.W.O. had the opportunity to take a day trip to Siena for business.  Short on time and unlucky weather, T. was able to see the famous square where the Palio takes place each year, have a proper lunch, tour the Duomo, wonder the small streets of the Tuscan town and most importantly get a gelato! Here are some snapshots from her adventure.

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Rome, Italy

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ROMA, ITALIA

Most recently, half of T.W.O. got to travel to Rome for work – first time for T and it won’t be the last! Though only one of us went, that didn’t mean K wasn’t there with her in spirit. Like always – an itinerary was set and restaurants were researched.  Here are some of the highlights of the trip!

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London: Sleep, Eat, Play

In this post we are talking about our hotel, dining options and places to have some fun in London.  We didn’t waste any time during our short visit back and we are already excited about another visit! Continue reading “London: Sleep, Eat, Play”