What a crazy month and a half it's been. Between work, family and friend commitments I've had barely any time to think! Now that things are slowing down a bit for me, I can finally start to look through all my photos and reminisce about what I've gotten to experience recently. One of my favorite highlights of the past few weeks was Jim and my trip to the Finger Lakes in New York to celebrate our Anniversary. We celebrated our 5th Anniversary this past October 4th. Usually we try to plan a trip someplace warm to celebrate, but this year we decided to switch things up a bit. The Finger Lakes seemed like the perfect combination of fall perfection and romanticism, so off we went! Most of the hotels in the area were pretty expensive and looked liked they hadn't been renovated since the 80's, so I finally decided to try out AirBNB to what our options were. After some searching, I found the perfect space. It was a converted chapel deep out the countryside. It's loft layout reminded us of the spaces we'd love to afford in Brooklyn. It also had the most gorgeous views outside it's huge windows. The property itself was amazing, with a wildflower field to the east and a quaint pond in the back. Best part was we had the entire place to ourselves, which made for a wonderfully private and unique vacation. Our first day we decided to check out Taughannock Park and hike to it's famous namesake waterfall. It's the tallest, single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies and it's even 33 feet taller than Niagra Falls. The entrance to the park is on Seneca Lake, which is absolutely stunning. The hike itself was relatively short. It was around three quarters of a mile to the falls each way. The trail leads along the streams and river the waterfall becomes, which later empties into the lake. During our walk, we were actually able to hike the dry riverbed, which was one of the coolest parts of the hike. The falls themselves were breathtaking. It was so gorgeous, especially with all the trees turning colors all around. On our way back to the chapel from the hike, we came across the Ithaca Antique Mall and just had to stop. Jim and I LOVE thrifting. It's one of our favorite pastimes. The Antique Mall was so large, we actually returned a second day to finish going through everything! We didn't leave empty handed. I got some great vintage clothing finds, and Jim also bought me the coolest op-art, black and white vase for our living room. On our second day, we originally had plans to go vineyard hopping but since it was pouring out we scrapped that. After some quick internet sleuthing, I learned the local Museum of the Earth has one of the largest fossil collections in the country, and I just HAD to go. People who know me well know I'm obsessed with dinosaurs and fossils. When I was a child, when I grew up I had plans to become a paleontologist. True story. Too bad I hate dirt and getting dirty, so those plans quickly changed once I learned what was involved with the profession. Jim being the awesome husband he is took me the to Museum of the Earth on our actual Anniversary. That's love, people. That's love. The rest of our free time on the trip was spent in Ithaca, exploring the town and stuffing our faces. Who knew Ithaca had such great vegan selections? I didn't. Some highlights on the food scene were Waffle Frolic's Vegan Waffle Dog, which was a vegan hot dog dipped in waffle batter and fried. Oh-My-God it was so good! We also had a great veg friendly meal at Saigon Kitchen, where I had a bowl of Pho the size of my head and loved every second of it. For our Anniversary dinner out, we went to the grand-daddy of all vegetarian restaurants, Moosewood Restaurant. While the decor and menu itself were a little disappointing (both were a little dated, especially after what I'm used to in Brooklyn), it was such an experience to get to eat at the very first, seriously respected vegetarian restaurant in the country. I mean, I make recipes of theirs for Thanksgiving EVERY year. I'm so glad I got to experience it first-hand for myself. We were only there a little over three days, but we got to see and do so much on this trip. I can't think of a better way I would have liked to celebrate this special anniversary with my favorite person in the world. I love you Jim Feld.
I can't believe I leave for Iceland tomorrow evening! This trip really snuck up on me. I'm packing today, and any time I pack it involves a lot of prior research and planning. I exclusively travel with only a carry on, and since this is a five day trip in a very cold locale, I want to be sure I'm well prepared. I spent a lot of time over the weekend pinning a few outfit inspirations of winter layers to help me figure out the best items to pack. Here's some of my favorites.faux fur lined parka, chambray shirt, some of my flannel shirts, one or two lightweight sweaters, and maybe a vest or faux leather jacket. That way I can easily stay warm without taking up a ton of room in my carry-on. Oh yeah, don't worry I won't be forgetting a bikini. Our first stop is the Blue Lagoon. Yay, spa day!
image credit: www.universetoday.com Yesterday, I confirmed details to go on a quick weekend "girls" vacation in November with the women in my family to Iceland. We're specifically going over in attempt to see the northern lights, so fingers crossed it's cold enough when we visit to see them! The ladies all went last year (I couldn't make it) and they enjoyed it so much they planned another one for this year. There will be a lot of spa time, dining, sight-seeing, and best of all those pretty lights in the sky. It should be a pleasant break from work just prior to the craziness of the holiday season. While I'm excited to be going, I'm somewhat petrified on what I'm going to eat over there. I have zero knowledge of nordic food, nevermind vegan nordic options (if they even exist!). If you're a vegan and you've been to Iceland, please send me your recommendations! I'd really appreciate any information anyone can send me. I'm also looking for any feedback and information on what to pack, especially while visiting in November. If you've been to Iceland and have any tips, let me know!