After leaving the greater Paris region, I headed south on a train (wow, French trains are amazing) to Lyon. My time in Lyon was short, but I liked it because it is still quite a large city, but without some of that capital city air. Most of my time was spent in the Vieux (Old) Lyon area, where I saw the Cathédrale St-Jean then climbed/took a cable car up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière where not only you get to visit a beautiful church, but enjoy views of all the Lyonnaise red rooftops as well. Nearby are some ancient Roman ruins – the Roman Theatre of Fourviére. These were the first of many Roman ruins I would see while traveling through central and southern France.

I think one of the reaons I loved Lyon so much is because there are so many bridges. These bridges are a must due to the fact that both the Rhone and Saone Rivers run through the City. The Presqu’ile District of Lyon is particularly nice to visit because it takes up the strip of land between these two grand rivers.

The other major attraction coming out of Lyon is its Lyonnaise cuisine. Lyon is known for its Bouchon (restaurants). These serve very traditional, very rich and heavy Lyonnaise foods and only a certain number are certified to be true Bouchon. In the end, I’m not sure if the place I ate at ended being a certified Bouchon, but the quenelles (ground fish dumplings) I ate seemed pretty delicious nonetheless.

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine viewfrench voyage day 4french voyage day 5french voyage day 6sunset

A French Lyonnaise voyage photo adventure:

food: muffin tops

March 15, 2017

For those Seinfeld sitcom fans, “The Muffin Tops” was one of the more memorable episodes. It asked the questions on all of our minds, whenever we had muffins. “Can I have just the top?” “Why do they have to make the bottom also?” Muffin top is the crunchy, flavorful, essence of a muffin. The bottom stump is that dry…. Does anyone even remember what the bottom tastes like? Is the stump really necessary?

McDonald’s apparently did not think so. It came out with the Muffin Toppers. Has McDonald’s hit another jackpot, like the all-day breakfast?

I haven’t seen the muffin toppers in our local stores. There are reviews online. Apparently, it’s not really a muffin top “popped” from a whole muffin. They are really muffins with a very shallow stump. It’s more like a miniature muffin.

You don’t really get that crunchy top, baked to perfection. Worse, you just get a miniature muffin that tastes like it’s all stump.



McDonald’s apparently did not follow Seinfeld’s (Elaine’s) advice. You need to bake the whole muffin, then “pop” the top, chuck the stump away.

Still not much happening in New Haven, so decided to talk about a brunch place I went to in NYC awhile back. This place is very well known and always has a longggg wait for a weekend brunch. It has nearly 3500 reviews on yelp! Their pancakes are a very popular item – we tried the blueberry pancakes and were very pleased with our decision! They had the perfect amount of fluffiness and flavor. We also tried the chicken and waffles, which were also delicious but not as memorable. I would definitely come here again despite the long wait!

The best pancakes!!

Chicken and waffles

{philadelphia} amish doughnuts

February 22, 2017


A couple weekends ago, a college friend visited me in Philadelphia, so I took it as an opportunity to do some touristy exploring. Of course, one of our first stops was Reading Terminal Market, an indoor Farmer’s Market that opened in 1892, where you can find produce, meats, prepared foods, housewares, and area specialties.

Although I had been to Reading Terminal before, my previous visit was on a Sunday, where many shops were closed. Upon further investigation, it looked like all of the shops with Amish owners are closed on Sunday, which makes sense, given that Sunday is occupied by going to church!

I’m glad I went on a Saturday this time, because I needed to try the Amish-owned Beiler’s doughnuts. The line for Beiler’s snaked around half of the Market and although it moves quickly, we probably waited close to half an hour to buy these tasty pastries.

A baker rolling out the raw dough and cutting out doughnut shapes

Another worker icing the freshly baked hot doughnuts

The finished doughnuts – don’t they just look delicious?

The doughnuts were delicious, but to be honest, I’m not sure I would wait in that line again – next time, I’ll have to visit on a weekday, when I’m sure I could be in and out and still have my fill of delicious doughnuts!


{sf} the city’s tlc

February 11, 2017

TLC is famous for its burritos, which I’ve now had the pleasure of eating twice. I’m told they have an amazing weekend brunch, but I’ve never had the opportunity to visit. Actually, I realized that I’ve never actually eaten at The Little Chihuahua either. In fact, the two times I’ve had their delicious burritos I’ve always gotten it to go. One of the best things about this place is their large variety of (quite) spicy salsas. They used to give out free tortilla chips, too, which went away between the two times I’ve had their delicious food slathered with large quantities of salsa.

There are actually three The Little Chihuahua locations: Lower Haight, Noe Valley, and the Mission. I’ve only ever gone to the Lower Haight location (on Divisadero) since it’s quite close to where I live. I mean, who can pass over a salmon burrito? Or a shrimp burrito? I mean, yum!


So many salsas

A look inside my salmon burrito