Author Archives: SJ

Grapefruit Martini with a Kick

It’s summer, and I’m a sucker for refreshing martinis. If it has exotic-sounding ingredients, like hibiscus flower or jasmine-infused jicama, and it costs $14 at a fairly lackluster LA bar, chances are I’m going to want to order it. An … Continue reading

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Challenge Pho the Best!

For the past year or so, Dave and I have been mildly obsessed with pho. Though we always go to the same place — Pho Citi on Westwood Blvd. You can see from its 2-star Yelp profile that we are … Continue reading

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Florence: The Land of Space and Sunshine

We got into Florence around 10:30 pm last night. Because we are travel noobs, we didn’t book our Chunnel tickets back when we were planning this trip, assuming that it’d be something we could snag last minute for the same … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends in Paris

Despite the frigid weather (have I mentioned that it’s cold here), we’ve done tons of walking around Paris. Every time it rains, we debate buying an umbrella but the rain abates before we’ve pulled the trigger. We’ve enjoyed lots of … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Climbing the Eiffel Tower

We’ve really liked Paris. The weather has certainly left much to be desired but our days are filled with lots of stops in cute cafes where we eat bread, nuts, fries and drink a half-liter of wine while waiting for … Continue reading

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Paris Is Cold — Really Cold

We took the Chunnel from London to Paris. It’s a tossup between this and flying; oftentimes it’s cheaper to just fly but we would have had to deal with the hassle and cost of getting to and from the airports … Continue reading

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London in 2 Days

After breakfast at Caffe Nero¬†(it’s hard to beat a latte and oatmeal on the go), we hopped on the bus to London. About 5 minutes into our bus ride, Dave discovered that he left his wedding ring at the hotel. … Continue reading

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Oxford, Teddy Hall and Pubs, Pubs, Pubs

In college, I spent my Junior year at Oxford. UC Santa Barbara didn’t have a study abroad program with them, so I had to apply to Oxford, withdraw from UCSB, and then reapply to UCSB after my year at Oxford … Continue reading

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We Need the Internet

We left Sunderland bright and early, around 11 am, to head south toward Oxford. We have a reservation to stay in Oxford Sunday night, and we’re heading to London on Monday, so we had a gap night here to fill. … Continue reading

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The Geordie Life

My mom grew up in Sunderland and never even left the city until she was in her early 20s. She won a pageant — Miss Camay — and got the attention of Pan Am. When Pan Am flew her down … Continue reading

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