My Top Cape Cod Picks

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Below are some places I highly recommend if you get the chance to visit this beautiful vacation destination!

  1. Best ice cream is tied between Ice Cream Cafe and Sundae School  I will say the line is always shorter at Ice Cream Cafe and just as good.  Don’t forget the jimmies!
  2. Best seafood (from what I’m told) is Kate’s Seafood in Brewtser.  It’s a walk up window sort of deal, but it’s right near the beach, so you can enjoy it with the absolute best views.
  3. Best overall restaurant is hands down The Orleans Inn.  It is nestled right on one of the inlets from the bay and has food to please everyone.  This Inn is rich in history and is even rumored to be haunted, double cool!!
  4. Best bayside beach has to be Crosby Landing Beach.  Since it is bayside, you may want to check the tides, because during low tide on Cape Cod Bay, you would have to walk out a good number of yards before you could even get in enough water to swim in.  The water is calmer and warmer on the bay, my kinda scene.
  5. Best oceanside beach is Coast Guard Beach in Eastham.  Cold water, big waves, but a great beach!  It’s a part of the National Seashore, and it is wonderfully preserved.  The water temperature barely peaks in the 60’s, so be prepared for the initial shock.  It is worth it though, because the waves are great for body surfing!
  6. Best place to grab a cocktail is Land Ho!  This place is legendary in my family, stories dating back way before I graced this earth with my presence.  They have two locations in Cape Cod, and one in Costa Rica.  Would love to check that one out.

If you have been to the Cape, what are your favorite must have stops?  If you’re thinking of going, I’d love to throw out some more suggestions.  Until next year!

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Cape Cod Paradise

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Cape Cod has been a big part of my summer vacations, ever since birth.  Growing up, my family and I would spend 2 weeks in Brewster and my fondest memories always included the beach, bike trail, and getting ice cream every night.  Not much has changed, just maybe more boozing.  There is also great seafood on the 65 mile long peninsula (technicaly an island since you can only access by bridge), however I don’t like seafood, so I’m normally chomping on all american favorites like chicken and beef.  I know, I know…I don’t like seafood, something has to be wrong with me.  I always try it when offered, but I just can’t bring my taste buds to accept it.  Oh well, on to some favorite photos of my time down the Cape.

JUMP if you’re excited to be on vacation!!!

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My idea of a perfect night, bonfire on Cape Cod Bay, ahhhhhmazzzzingggg!

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One of my favorite places, The Brewster Store!  The beautiful hydrangeas outside the house, and of course our barrel of empties…classy people we are!

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I’m so sad it’s over, but am already on to planning my next trip…Labor Day Weekend in OBX (Outer Banks, NC).  This is the southern version of Cape Cod and I can’t wait to share it with you.

What vacations have y’all been on this summer?

 

Cape Cod–>RIC

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My family and I have been vacationing “down the Cape” (what us Bostonians say) ever since I was little, and my year doesn’t feel complete until I arrive.  Now, I’m at the airport headed back to Virginia, depressed that vacation is over.  But who says I can’t bring the beach with me?

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I look forward telling you all about the Cape and sharing my favorite spots.  More to come!

Celebrating the 4th on Chincoteague Island

Howdy people!  Kinda of a delayed post, but I wanted to share my time at Chincoteague Island with y’all.  If you aren’t familiar with the Virginia coast, Chincoteague is located in the far NorthEast section of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Whenever I told local Virginians that we were going there for the 4th, I got the same response each time…”why, there isn’t that much to do there”….and you know what??  They were right!  But that is exactly what the bf and I wanted, a relaxing, calm beach town where we could relax, bask in the sun and read a few books.

We stay at a beautiful Bed&Breakfast, that had so much history and charm, it was a great pick!  The innkeepers Bob and Carole, were such great hosts.  Bob was so knowledgeable in all that was Chincoteague, and Carole could whip up some hearty breakfast biscuits!

See below for such snaps of our long weekend retreat!

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The beach was absolutely beautiful!

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Fried pickles are my absolute favorite!  I’ve never tried them before moving down south, but I am hooked.  Carole’s delicious breakfast.  Nothing like some champs and world cup coverage on the iPhone!

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Beautiful cranes on our bike ride.  Nothing says America like Mexican beer.  The underwhelming fireworks display.

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My rusted bike, almost crashed into oncoming traffic several times.  Mister Whippy is amazing, had it numerous times on our trip. The Watson House lit up at night.

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Summer is going by too fast.  Hope everyone is enjoying every minute!

My New Low Carb Obsession

Last week I had another successful trip to Costco (love it there, Kirkland for life).  I stumbled upon one of the many sample stations I stalk out walk by on my weekly trip to the mecca of goodness.  This particular station was giving away samples of a darkish/black pasta, which didn’t look all that great.  Still, being a sample, I took one.  But before I let that pasta enter my mouth, I asked the woman why it had such a dark color.  She informed me that this pasta was derived solely from black beans!!  Black beans, people!!  I was so excited because I for one am a big fan of the bean, and it is packed with so much fiber and protein.

Meet Explore Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti

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I prepared it with a summer veggie medley.  I sautéed garlic, vidalia onions, red peppers, corn, string beans, and spinach in extra virgin olive oil (infused with garlic), see below.  I bought this at HomeGoods for $4!  Also, accompanying that is my white truffle oil spray which I also got at HomeGoods for $4!

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Once all is done, I sprinkled with goat cheese (trader joes).  It was so good that I made it twice in the past 3 days.  So yummy and defiantly a healthy alternative.

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What are some healthy alternatives you have been cooking up?

 

Disclaimer: The opinions are my own and I have not been compensated by Explore Asian.

A Beautiful Day for a Wedding

Last weekend I attended a close friend’s wedding at beautiful Belle Haven, and let me tell you, it was ah-maz-zingggg!  Everything from the weather to the venue to the food, it was just perfect.  Belle Haven is a whimsical historic estate overlooking the James River.  Check out some of the snaps below of the property.  My classy iPhone pictures don’t even do this place justice.

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Loved how different all the bridesmaids dresses were.

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This barn above was beautifully restored and hosted as the cocktail reception.

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Inside the beautiful tent with the most gorgeous flowers from Southern Blooms.

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The seating arrangement and favors were put together as one.  The mother of the groom made her famous homemade jam for everyone.  Can’t wait to try it!

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The food was unbelievable.  Usually I’m not blown away by wedding food, but this filet, asparagus, and potato au gratin were absolutely sensational.  A flavor party in my mouth.

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Group shot with my fabulous ladies.

I didn’t end up going with Rent The Runway for a dress because when all was said and done, the dress and necklace I wanted to rent ended up being $85, and I just couldn’t do it.  Knowing I’d spend $85 and have to return it within 24 hours really turned me off.  The dress I wanted was only $45 but they tack on insurance and dry cleaning fees and it adds up.  I think I will try them out though for a black tie wedding I’m going to in October.

How’s wedding season going for everyone else?

 

 

 

Beach Essentials

Happy Wednesday ya’ll!  I don’t know about you, but it has been freaaaaakin hot in central VA.  As in 95 plus humidity everyday.  The bf and I just booked our first beach trip for the 4th of July weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited.  Growing up in Boston, I had the ocean within an arms reach at all times.  However, where we are now, it’s a good 2+ hours to get to the ocean.  Major dislike.  Below are some items I cannot live without when I go to the beach/pool.  Beach Essentials
I need a hat to shield my fair, Irish skin.  The Beach Bum brand has the BEST SPF items, and I much prefer the lotion to the spray, as I feel it lasts longer.  Sunglasses are a major necessity to shield my eyes and prevent crows feet (!!!).  These Tory Burch flip flops have lasted me for years, and you can usually get them for cheap at the outlet.  Lastly, the Kindle has kept me entertained for hours while laying out.  I attempted using my iPad and it was useless in the sun.  I found a cheap kindle on ebay for $50, well worth it!  What’s in your beach bag?

Friday Favorites

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Well, well well…the favorite day of the week has arrived!  What’s everyone up to this weekend?  I’m going to a close friend’s wedding at the beautiful Belle Haven Estate and couldn’t be more excited.  Can’t wait to post some photos for ya’ll!  Below are some tidbits that I’m loving on lately.  Enjoy!

I’m loving all the ingredients in this.  Perfect for a hazy, hot summer day.  Will absolutely try this out this weekend.

I could not stop laughing at this.  So uncomfortable and actually pretty spot on.

4 ingredients to pure ecstasy.  Get in my mouth asap.

I have an unhealthy obsession with goat cheese.  Like as in I consume it almost at every meal, daily.  This is so simple yet will absolutely create the biggest party in your mouth!  Give me some crusty bread and I’m done…DONE.

This will be my next vacation.

I need to have this, how amazing is this?

Hope everyone has a spectacular weekend!

Rent the Runway

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Happy Hump Day ya’ll!

I have a wedding coming up in a few weeks and think it’s the perfect time to try out Rent the Runway!  If you aren’t familiar, it is a website where you can rent designer dresses, for a fraction of the retail price.  This works out perfect, since I tend to wear a dress once and then it mysteriously ends up in the back of my closest in a rolled up ball.  Below are some options I’m considering.

It is VERY helpful that past customers upload photos and reviews of the dress they wore, which is making it much easier for me to make a decision.  Because we all have been in the situation where a dress look amazing on the website but then when it arrives it is nothing like you ever imagined, in the worst possible way.  I will have a backup dress just in case, but am looking forward to trying this out.

Have you tried Rent the Runway?  Which dress should I pick?

Tuesday feels like a Monday

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Back to the grind we go.  Hope everyone had a spectacular Memorial Day weekend, can’t believe it’s already over!  This summer is going to fly by.  My weekend was filled with pool, food, cocktails, sun, reading, laughing, dancing, and eating a cheeseburger and french fries at 2AM on Sunday morning.  Check out my recap.  Hope your Tuesday is flying by and remember, only 3 more days till the weekend!

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Had such great weather this weekend in Central VA, was able to lay out everyday thanks to my SPF75 (pale girl problems)

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Something about skinny cans that make me feel like I’m drinking 0 calories beer, if only that were true…

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Nothing like a game of corn hole on a perfect Saturday night with a PBR tall boy (don’t judge, throw a lime in there and they are pretty damn good).

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My boyfriend and I polished this bad boy off in just 3 days.  I squealed with excitement when I found this in a grocery store down here in VA.  I grew up on this every summer back in bean town.

Speaking of bean town, I’m heading home this weekend to celebrate the greatest man alive, aka my dad.  Cannot wait to drop my R’s and drink dunkies all day’errday…at least until Monday morning when I fly back to RVA.