Month: March 2014

Gulps and Strokes

Birthdays are by far my favorite celebration. I think everyone deserves that Queen (or King) for the Day moment, and it doesn’t hurt that I also love to plan. This past Friday was my good friend Stacey’s birthday. We started off the evening with an incredible meal at Virago. This is not your ordinary California and Spicy Tuna roll type place. These sushi rolls were so unique. They included a variety of seafood, fruit, nuts, veggies, and sauces, and the different combinations of flavors and textures were simply amazing. We were so obsessed that we made a pact to try every roll by the end of the summer (I’ll keep you posted on how that goes!). The cocktails were cool, refreshing, and deceptively strong, which allowed for a pretty decent head start to Sips and Strokes, our next stop of the night.

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Appetizers: (front) Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna and Pop Rocks (back) Lobster Shooters with Spicy Coconut Curry

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Hawaii Five-O Roll: soy wrap, hamachi, escolar, hearts of palm, avocado, cream cheese and mango inside, rolled in toasted coconut, wrapped in kiwi, topped with honey fire sauce and macadamia nuts

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Kiwi-Cucumber Cocktail: muddled kiwi, cucumber-infused Stoli, soda water…the most refreshing and delicious drink I’ve ever had

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By recommendation of our awesome waiter, Tanto Roll: tempura lobster, avocado, pickled carrot, topped with tuna and fresh salmon sashimi, tempura crumbs, seared jalapeño, spicy yuzu, eel sauce

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Dessert: Green Tea Mochi

Sips and Strokes (or as we renamed it – “Gulps and Strokes”) is a BYOB painting class in the gulch. They rotate artwork themes daily, and Friday night’s was wine bottles. At the start of class the instructor asked us who would consider themselves to be a Type A personality. Of course both of our hands shot straight up, but at least we were in good company with the rest of the class. The instructor’s advice to us crazy perfectionists was to just keep drinking wine and it will look better and better. I have to admit that the key to my immense enjoyment of the class, rather than pure frustration at my lack of painting skills was due entirely to my wine (and partner in crime, Stacey). Even so, I kept joking that my painting was going to turn out to be abstract wine bottles a la Picasso rather than the realistic example canvas. Fortunately, with some liquid courage (and the aid of the instructor) I’m pretty impressed with the finished product, not to mention that I didn’t stop laughing the entire time (#typical). I absolutely cannot wait to go back or recreate the idea in my apartment with some friends, blank canvases, a lot of wine, and maybe a good Ashton Kutcher movie too.

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The night ended in typical college fashion down Broadway at one of our favorite bars, Rippy’s. We even got Stacey up stage with the band when we told the leader singer it was her birthday. Happy birthday, stace!

 

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Post-Spring Break Slump

Post-spring break slump (PSBS)

[pōst spring brāk sləmp] noun
a disorder that affects many college students in late March causing lack of motivation due to the proximity of summer (also see: zero fucks)

At this point in the semester summer is just within reach, but our professors are there to remind us that thousands of pages of reading, research papers, group projects, and finals exams are still standing between us and some poolside relaxation. Motivation is at an all-time low so it takes double triple the amount of effort to get assignments done. Last Monday, I succumbed to my severe PSBS, and decided to go out with a group of my friends and explore a new restaurant in East Nashville instead of working on a paper.

Much to our dismay, there was a long wait at Wild Cow, so we were forced to try out Rosepepper Cantina, a Mexican restaurant across the street. Fortunately, it turned out for the best. The food (and company) were impeccable, starting with the chips and salsa. The tomatillo was my personal favorite because it had a unique, sweet taste to it, and the chips were thin and crispy, but not greasy or overly salty.

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For my entrée, I ordered the Fajita Fresca, which consisted of a variety of fajita vegetables and beans on top of greens inside a crispy tortilla shell. Even the guacamole came in its own individual mini shell! Not only was the presentation great, but the fajita vegetables were some of the best I ever had – especially the portobello mushrooms.

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Afterwards, a couple girls in the group had never been to Jeni’s ice cream, so we stopped to let them enjoy it for the first time. One girl even got the same combination I suggested in my post about it! (it’s the little things in life…).

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PSBS is truly a challenge for millions of college students. However, do not fret if you cannot fight your PSBS because even with the best intentions, sometimes you just need to say ‘screw it’ and do what makes you happy in the moment, whether or not it’s what you ‘should’ be doing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating this kind of flippant attitude as a lifestyle, but once in a while you do need to let loose. What started out as a casual outing to a restaurant with a friend, turned into a large group of KDs enjoying a fantastic Mexican meal in East Nashville. And I got to hang out with some girls I don’t normally see on a regular basis, which was an added bonus. I even went out again later that night to see The Lego Movie with my roommate. Apparently, we were the only ones crazy enough to go see it at that hour because we had the theater all to ourselves. While I may be paying the price later this week when I am finishing up a paper in the wee hours of the morning, I wouldn’t change a thing because these are the types of random memories I will always remember from my college experience.

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Left: The front of the movie theater looked like a retro roller rink. Right: Can you spot my roommate amid the dozens of empty chairs?

First Worry-Free Wednesday Post

So as I warned y’all in my about me, I absolutely love cheesy quotes. I simply can’t get enough of them. I have painted canvas quote boards all over my room and a Pinterest board specifically dedicated to them. Given that, I thought Wednesday would be the perfect day for some inspiration to get everyone through the mid-week slump. This one in particular stuck out to me because I was very nervous to start my own blog for the sheer fact that I didn’t think it would be any good. But, I’m so happy that I took the risk because I’ve been having so much fun with it, and as an added bonus, I’ve been getting tons of positive feedback from unexpected sources, so thanks for that! Ciao for now.

 

Avocado Basil Pesto Sauce

I absolutely love avocados. I put them on everything from toast to eggs to sweet potatoes to caprese sandwiches…and now in pesto. Basil pesto is one of my favorite condiments so when my big suggested we make avocado pesto pasta for dinner one night, I jumped at the idea. I became obsessed with this sauce and used it in a variety of dishes. Over the past year, I’ve made at least 10 different variations, but recently I made the most perfect one yet.

The first avocado pesto creation with my big

Ingredients
serves 3-4, depending on how much sauce you prefer

1 large avocado
2 heaping handfuls (or more) of fresh basil
(I honestly just eyeball it and tend to put a lot in because I love fresh basil)
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 shallot, chopped and sautéed in a little bit of olive oil
Splash of olive oil or water to thin
Salt and pepper to taste, if needed

Put everything in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth

Suggested uses
-Mix with cooked broccoli, peppers, spinach, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes etc. and serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, or spiralized zucchini “noodles”
-Spread on sandwiches
-Use a dip with pita chips
-Mix in with scrambled eggs (even better with some mozzarella or daiya cheese)
-Grill with shrimp, salmon, or scallops

Here are some examples of mine!

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Served here with spaghetti squash, salmon, spinach, fresh and sun dried tomatoes, broccoli, and salmon. First, I pan seared the salmon with pesto. Next, I added the vegetables (except for the spinach and sun dried tomatoes – those were added in the last few minutes). Then, I tossed the cooked spaghetti squash with the pesto, added it to the pan and stirred until everything was hot and well coated in the pesto! I made this version for my mom when she visited me last weekend and it was a huge hit!

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In this dish, I spiralized zucchini and tossed the raw zucchini “noodles” in the pesto and added it to the pan with the shrimp. (Side note: this was the first time I peeled and cooked raw shrimp and it was surprisingly easy and well worth it. I definitely could taste the difference – make sure to not over cook it thought and remove it from the pan as soon as the shrimp is fully pink). At the end I added roasted red peppers and sun dried tomatoes.

This sauce has been tested on everyone from the most health-conscious girls to frat stars and it has always been well-received! The greatest compliment was when my best guy friend texted me and asked me for the recipe after I had made it for him the week before. Hope y’all enjoy and let me know what unique ways you serve it!

KD Parents Weekend (AKA Your Guide to Nashville’s Classiest Spots)

For college students, when parents come to visit us, as much as we may miss them, I think what we look forward to the most is getting off campus for some free, high quality meals. This weekend was not only my sorority parents weekend, but also my 21st birthday so that meant double celebrating and extra splurging! I am so happy I got to share a few of my favorite Nashville spots as well as explore a couple new places with my best friends and our moms. Below are the highlights – enjoy!

Frothy Monkey 

To start off the birthday celebration right, one of my closest friends, Stacey (check out her blog – shameless plug!) took me to Frothy Monkey where I got my first legal drink – their delicious mimosa made with their homemade fruit tea. For my meal, I got the California which consisted of 2 perfectly cooked eggs, avocado, sprouts, and salsa on top of toast. The salsa was so outrageously good that I wanted to get a jar of it to take home! Honestly, you couldn’t go wrong with anything there – I had such a hard time choosing what to order. It’s also a perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and do some work or read a book on the patio, so I am definitely looking forward to my next visit. 

Patterson House

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Patterson House is a speakeasy style bar in Nashville right near the Catbird Seat in Midtown. I’ve been hearing about this place since freshman year from my upperclassmen friends, so I couldn’t wait to check it out for myself. It most definitely lived up to the expectations! They have an extensive menu with really exotic drinks (so exotic that I had to google a majority of the ingredients!). On the recommendation of a good friend, I ended up ordering the Vodka Cobbler, which was a mix of different fruity liquors and vodka. (side note: it’s not on the menu anymore because they update it frequently but I highly recommend it. plus I felt super cool ordering something that wasn’t on the menu). My roommate got a bacon infused whiskey drink with maple syrup, and we split massive olives as an appetizer (not pictured). Our waiter also brought us a free order of their donuts (pictured above) after he found out it was my birthday! 

Margot 

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For my mom’s first night in Nashville, I had to take her to Margot in East Nashville because it is by far my favorite restaurant. They change the menu daily and use local ingredients to create a unique spread of French and Italian fusion dishes. Pictured above is my entrée: grilled amberjack with puréed fennel and roasted carrots topped with gremolata (a mixture of lemon zest, parsley, and garlic). Amberjack is a fish that has a texture and taste very similar to swordfish, and the accouterments were a perfect compliment. Overall, as usual, Margot did not disappoint.    

Jeni’s Ice Cream

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No Nashville food tour would be complete without a visit to Jeni’s Ice Cream. They have dozens of unique flavors such as Bangkok Peanut, Wildberry Lavender, Brambleberry Crisp, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, and Whiskey & Pecans, just to name a few. Pictured above from left to right are the Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet (one of my favorites!) and Savannah Buttermint (a new one I tried that has white chocolate, coconut, and mint). My favorite thing about Jeni’s is how friendly the staff is. They are great with helping you decide which flavors to pair together and encourage you to taste them all!

55 South

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On Saturday a few of my friends and our parents headed to Franklin for the day. We started off at 55 South for a delicious brunch! It was a prime location – right in the heart of downtown Franklin. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and it was a great way to start the day off right. I ate the Eggs St. Louis which had poached eggs, sautéed crabmeat, and asparagus on top of a toasted english muffin!

Arrington Vineyards

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The highlight of my weekend was definitely Arrington Vineyards. After touring a few wineries in Charlottesville, VA this past October, I knew that is how I wanted to celebrate my 21st birthday. I immediately started googling vineyards near Nashville when I got home from my Charlottesville trip and started aggressively planning my birthday celebration (if you know me, the fact that I started planning my birthday 5 months in advance should not come as a shock to you). Anyway, my birthday rolled around and fell during our sorority parent’s weekend, so we got our moms together to visit Arrington Vineyards with us. When we arrived at the vineyard, much to our dismay there was an almost 4 hour wait for the wine tasting. So I suggested that we just buy a few bottles of wine and create our own tasting on the patio since luckily we got a beautiful day! All the moms chipped in and bought us wine to share – they even got me a set of wine glasses to keep as a gift! Our DIY tasting consisted of their 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Riesling, 2012 Pinot Noir, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, and their Raspberry dessert wine. It actually turned out for the best because it was so much more fun and relaxing creating our own tasting. 

Caffe Nonna

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Later that evening we went to Caffe Nonna for the best Italian food I’ve had in Nashville by far! Pictured above was my dinner – Lasagna Nonna. This was definitely not your typical lasagna! It was filled with butternut squash, spinach, swiss chard, tons of fresh basil, topped with crunchy zucchini strips, and smothered in their tasty homemade marinara sauce. It was well worth the high caloric splurge. Also, not pictured above, was our appetizer (Seafood Caprese Bruschetta) and our dessert (Honey-Roasted Pistachio Bread Pudding and Almond Gelato) We devoured those too quickly to snap a pic! 

Hope y’all get a chance to try out these places soon – let me know which ones were your favorites and what you ordered there!

The Time I Pretended to Study Abroad

Two weeks ago, my parents gave me the most amazing early 21st birthday present: a week and a half long trip to Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona to travel with my best friends from home who are currently studying abroad in Europe this semester. Rather than chronicle my adventures in an extremely long essay style that probably won’t get read, I decided to make superlatives to highlight some of my favorite memories. If you want to talk to me more about a particular item on the list, definitely post in the comments and I’d love to chat! Enjoy!

So now, in no particular order…

Prettiest View Park Güell, Barcelona

Park Güell, Barcelona

Best Restaurant/Meal Restaurante Pinquio, Lisbon

Massada de Mariscos (Seafood Stew) at Pinoquio, Lisbon. Definitely worth the splurge

Massada de Mariscos (Seafood Stew) and olives. Definitely worth the splurge in price and calories.

Best Drink White Sangria, Restaurante Pinquio, Lisbon

Sangria at Pinoquio, Lisbon

Sangria at Pinoquio, Lisbon

Best Soup Seafood Soup, Casa de India, Lisbon

Seafood Soup at Casa de India, Lisbon. Oddly enough, it wasn't an India restaurant but I never figured out why that was the restaurant name

Most Exotic Food I Ate Gulas (baby eels), Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Best Paella (I was in Spain after all) Pollo Rico


This restaurant served huge family style pans of various paellas for super cheap. The only downside was that the heads were on the shrimp and it took a while (and a few glasses of sangria) to get used to having eyes staring back at you on your plate.

Freshest Food La Boquería, Barcelona 

This is definitely not Chipotle's guacamole...This market also had the world's biggest grapes and sweetest mangoes.

This is definitely not Chipotle’s guacamole…This market also had the world’s biggest grapes and sweetest mangoes.

Close runner up - look at that fruit! Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid.

Close runner up – look at that fruit! Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid.

Favorite Fact Learned in a Walking Tour Tapas Story, Madrid

On the walking tour in Madrid, we learned the history of tapas. Apparently, poor workers couldn't afford to buy both beer and food on their lunch breaks, so they naturally chose beer and ended up being super unproductive for the rest of the day. Therefore, the king mandated that all alcoholic beverages be served with a small portion of food, which later became known as tapas because they were served on top of the drink to prevent sand/dirt from getting into the drink. Above is another one of my favorite tapas, Spanish Tortilla.

On the walking tour in Madrid, we learned the history of tapas. Apparently, poor workers couldn’t afford to buy both beer and food on their lunch breaks, so they naturally chose beer and ended up being super unproductive for the rest of the day. Therefore, the king mandated that all alcoholic beverages be served with a small portion of food, which later became known as tapas because they were served on top of the drink to prevent sand/dirt from getting into the drink. Above is another one of my favorite tapas, Spanish Tortilla.

Best Bar La Chapandaz (The Cave), Madrid

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Super unique venue, drinks came from ceiling!

Super unique venue, drinks came from ceiling!

Best Club Opium, Barcelona 

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Cliché, I know, but a club with great music and an outdoor patio leading to the beach - what more could I want?!

Cliché, I know, but a club with great music and an outdoor patio leading to the beach – what more could I want?!

Best Hostel Stay Inn Hostel, Lisbon

They had friendly, helpful staff and the place was impeccably clean. I felt compelled to provide this incredible view of Lisbon as well :)

They had friendly, helpful staff and the place was impeccably clean. I felt compelled to provide this incredible view of Lisbon as well 🙂

Best Tapa Burrata with Blueberry Jam and Nuts, Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Fun fact this is the only cheese I really like. The combination sounds gross, but it was actually unique and delicious. I also HIGHLY recommend visiting this market if you are ever in Madrid. It has tons of stations with a wide array of prepared tapas, so it was an easy way to sample many different foods.

Fun fact this is the only cheese I really like. The combination sounds gross, but it was actually unique and delicious. I also HIGHLY recommend visiting this market if you are ever in Madrid. It has tons of stations with a wide array of prepared tapas, so it was an easy way to sample many different foods.

Most Surprising Find Sushiya, Barcelona

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Who would except to find amazing Japanese food in Barcelona? But since they are so close to water, their seafood is incredibly fresh. This was quite possibly the most delicious tuna tartare I ever had. I also had fantastic rolls and a great seaweed salad (because no sushi meal is complete without one).

Who would except to find amazing Japanese food in Barcelona? But since they are so close to water, their seafood is incredibly fresh. This was quite possibly the most delicious tuna tartare I ever had. I also had fantastic rolls and a great seaweed salad (because no sushi meal is complete without one).

Best Patatas Bravas Orixe, Barcelona

Best Brunch Bar Celoneta, Barcelona 

At the restaurant Bar Celoneta on the shore of Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, they have an amazing weekend brunch special. For 19 euros, you get 2 cocktails, unlimited access to a vegetarian buffet with tapas, pastries, and fruits, and a custom made omelet with eggs or chickpea flour (I was adventurous and tried the chickpea one which tasted like a falafel pancake). The hummus and Rossini cocktail (strawberry puree and prosecco) were definitely the highlights for me!

At the restaurant Bar Celoneta on the shore of Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, they have an amazing weekend brunch special. For 19 euros, you get 2 cocktails, unlimited access to a vegetarian buffet with tapas, pastries, and fruits, and a custom made omelet with eggs or chickpea flour (I was adventurous and tried the chickpea one which tasted like a falafel pancake). The hummus and Rossini cocktail (strawberry puree and prosecco) were definitely the highlights for me!

Coolest Tourist Sight Palace de Pena, Sintra (outside of Lisbon)

Sintra was a city about a 45 minute train ride outside of Lisbon. There were a bunch of other castles and other tourist attractions but due to the fog and rain we only went to the Palace de Pena. It housed the royal family of Portugal in the 1800s. Unfortunately the pictures do not even come close to doing it justice because of the uncooperative weather.

Sintra was a city about a 45 minute train ride outside of Lisbon. There were a bunch of other castles and other tourist attractions but due to the fog and rain we only went to the Palace de Pena. It housed the royal family of Portugal in the 1800s. Unfortunately the pictures do not even come close to doing it justice because of the uncooperative weather.

Most Impressive Architecture La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Fun fact - the church is still being worked on and won't be complete until 2030.

Fun fact – the church is still being worked on and won’t be complete until 2030.

Most Relaxing Place Barceloneta, Barcelona

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Y'all know how much I love the beach, so naturally it was perfect to spend the day lounging, taking pictures, and just enjoying the surroundings. P.S. does that last picture look familiar (hint: look at my about me page!)

Y’all know how much I love the beach, so naturally it was perfect to spend the day lounging, taking pictures, and just enjoying the surroundings. P.S. does that last picture look familiar (hint: look at my about me page!)

Favorite Park Park Güell, Barcelona

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Park Güell not only had the prettiest view of my entire trip, it also had such a variety sculptures, buildings, and greenery. Great place to explore for a few hours. Also, I think the building on the left looks like a gingerbread house personally.

Park Güell not only had the prettiest view of my entire trip, it also had such a variety sculptures, buildings, and greenery. Great place to explore for a few hours. Also, I think the building on the left looks like a gingerbread house personally.

Most American Thing I Did Hanging with US Marines 

When we were out during our first night in Lisbon we randomly met a bunch of US Marines who had been training with the Portuguese army for the past few days. They were so friendly, and we ended up hanging out with them at the bar for the rest of the night. It was incredibly humbling to meet boys who were our age or even younger who were overseas serving our country.

When we were out during our first night in Lisbon we randomly met a bunch of US Marines who had been training with the Portuguese army for the past few days. They were so friendly, and we ended up hanging out with them at the bar for the rest of the night. It was incredibly humbling to meet boys who were our age or even younger who were overseas serving our country.

Close runner up - drunk eating McDonald's, literally the only thing open 24 hours. Clearly the reason Europeans are so much thinner than us Americans is that they don't drunchie.

Close runner up – drunk eating McDonald’s, literally the only thing open 24 hours. Clearly the reason Europeans are so much thinner than us Americans is that they don’t drunchie.

Best Attempt at European Lifestyle

Long days sightseeing and nights that lasted until dawn required something to fuel these adventures. I am not a coffee drinker and try my best to avoid caffeine in general (with the exception of my 5 hour energy drinks during finals week). However, like I said it was near impossible to keep up without an energy boost. European coffee is typically espresso which is like a shot of highly concentrated coffee. It is SOOO bitter - wow. Much to the enjoyment of my friend, I took them like shots and then chased them with juice. It probably was hilarious to watch/super embarrassing for me, but hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Long days sightseeing and nights that lasted until dawn required something to fuel these adventures. I am not a coffee drinker and try my best to avoid caffeine in general (with the exception of my 5 hour energy drinks during finals week). However, like I said it was near impossible to keep up without an energy boost. European coffee is typically espresso which is like a shot of highly concentrated coffee. It is SOOO bitter – wow. Much to the enjoyment of my friend, I took them like shots and then chased them with juice. It probably was hilarious to watch/super embarrassing for me, but hey a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Most Random Thing I Did

So as I mentioned earlier in the Palace de Pena caption, it wasn't exactly ideal weather in Lisbon for most of our trip. So one day my friends and I decided to go to the electricity museum because it was indoors and free so why not? We got to act like elementary school kids in science class for about 30 minutes and then braved the weather again.

So as I mentioned earlier in the Palace de Pena caption, it wasn’t exactly ideal weather in Lisbon for most of our trip. So one day my friends and I decided to go to the electricity museum because it was indoors and free so why not? We got to act like elementary school kids in science class for about 30 minutes and then braved the weather again.

Best Dessert Pastel de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

Custard filled tart - basically tasted like creme brûlée inside a pastry

Custard filled tart – basically tasted like creme brûlée inside a pastry

Cutest Perro

I saw a lot of dogs in Europe, and shockingly although most of them weren't on leashes, they still followed their owners dutifully (if I tried that with Lilly, it would NOT end well). Anyway, one day the cutest little jack russell puppy wandered over to me so I couldn't resist playing with it, and I even was able to have a Spanish conversation with his owner about how I have a jack russell terrier too. #typical.

I saw a lot of dogs in Europe, and shockingly although most of them weren’t on leashes, they still followed their owners dutifully (if I tried that with Lilly, it would NOT end well). Anyway, one day the cutest little jack russell puppy wandered over to me so I couldn’t resist playing with it, and I even was able to have a Spanish conversation with his owner about how I have a jack russell terrier too. #typical.

Best Local Shop Manuel Tavares

I stumbled into this store within my first couple of hours in Lisbon. It turns out that is one of the oldest wine shops in Lisbon! We befriended, Rick, a really nice man who worked there and he let us try a bunch of the port wines and dried fruit they sold. Seriously, he was one of the nicest people I encountered on this trip, if you ever travel to Lisbon please visit this store and show him this picture - I assure you that you will be well taken care of!

I stumbled into this store within my first couple of hours in Lisbon. It turns out that is one of the oldest wine shops in Lisbon! We befriended, Rick, a really nice man who worked there and he let us try a bunch of the port wines and dried fruit they sold. Seriously, he was one of the nicest people I encountered on this trip, if you ever travel to Lisbon please visit this store and show him this picture – I assure you that you will be well taken care of!

Favorite Souvenir

I found this beautiful sangria jug in the Born district of Barcelona which is well known for their shopping. I obviously was drawn to it for the overwhelming amount of purple ceramic - can't wait to put this to good use!

I found this beautiful sangria jug in the Born district of Barcelona which is well known for their shopping. I obviously was drawn to it for the overwhelming amount of purple ceramic – can’t wait to put this to good use!

Close runner up - I bought this sangria jug back in Portugal, however it broke in transit to Spain :( On the bright side, I like my new one much better!

Close runner up – I bought this sangria jug back in Portugal, however it broke in transit to Spain 😦 On the bright side, I like my new one much better!

Honestly my pretend study abroad week was one of the best experiences I’ve had. I know that is said time and time again, but now I truly understand how great of an impact traveling can have on a person. I hope to have the opportunity to continue exploring other countries throughout my lifetime.