Monday, August 15, 2011

Californian Cuisine

Mmmm... These are from a restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food was sooooo fresh and delicious! 

And these are from a little restaurant in San Francisco :) 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Magical Treats of Japan

Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of one day going to Japan. I was obsessed with RPG video games and anime my whole life. I was even Vice President of my high school's Anime Club (which I actually started)... In hindsight, I realize I was a bit of a nerd. So when I got the opportunity to travel with my Japanese-American friend, I was ecstatic! We spent 3 months (April-June) traveling through Tokyo, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Yakushima (the basis for Princess Mononoke!), Okinawa, Tottori, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Japan was as amazing as I had always imagined. I have an extreme sweet tooth, and Japan provided me with the most amazing treats everywhere I went. These are some of the tasty treats I found during my travels :)

This says it was about $30US ^, I'm not sure what it is, but it looks complicated and amazing!

Most of these treats were between $5-$10US. Really makes you think when go to order a treat for the same price in your own country....

Out of all the cities we traveled, I've decided that Hiroshima is the winner of having the best treats for the most affordable price ^-^

Los Cabos, Mexico

While studying at the Brooks Institue, I signed up for the Travel Class. At the end of the semester, everyone was required to travel somewhere. I had always wanted to travel to Los Cabos, Mexico due to the overwhelming amount of marine life. I traveled here by myself, and was not disappointed. The people were very friendly, and it was easy to get around. The only down-side is that it was slightly more expensive then I had originally budgeted for. These are some of the restaurants I ate at during my travels: 

^ These photos are from the restaurant connected to the hotel I was staying at. The food was wonderful, and the staff was friendly. The best part of eating here though was the mood. Candle-lit and overlooking the ocean, it was very beautiful :) 

 During a day tour I was taking, I had a free hour to go have lunch. I decided to eat at Panchos, which is in downtown Cabo. I must have been their during an off hour, because I was the only one there. I found this place to be amazing!! The food was fantastic and I even got personally serenaded while I ate my meal. He took requests, so I asked him to sing "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. :)

Of course a trip to Mexico is not complete without Margaritas!! These drinks were offered EVERYWHERE, and were very refreshing when surrounded by the desert heat. I normally dont drink... at all actually... but I made an exception for these lovely blends.