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Monday, February 1, 2016

Random Snaps From Paris

















Ah, yes, I promised some pictures from Paris and they have been coming in drips and drabs.  These were all wonderful memories from one of the most amazing cities I've ever been to.  I ate more cheese in 8 days than the last two years!  The coffee was SO bad, but with 2-3 cubes of pure sugar and the need to walk a few miles, you just had to get it where you could.  I'm such a brat!  That is my only complaint from the entire trip.  I did manage to stumble upon two very good coffee shops so I think I will save that for a future post.  For now, enjoy the randomness of my photos.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Snøhetta's Temple University Library Design






Snøhetta released a magnificent rendering of what will potentially be Temple University's new library.  The north broad street university, in which I currently attend, can certainly need a face lift and by the looks of it, is in for quite a doozy.  I started at Temple University in 2008, graduated and somehow made my way back there for more school!   And now, more than ever before, I find myself in the Paley Library for hours on end.  Oooh, this would be such a great place to camp out for hours.

Here is the current library, what a turd.


Hopefully all of the plans will stay on track because there has been some back and forth with design/location. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Beer Review (53): Imperial IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company

Beer Review (53): Imperial IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company

BreweryNew Belgium Brewing Beer: Amber Ale | Beer Advocate Score: 85 Abv: 8.5%

Wooooheeee this is a strong Imperial IPA.  It was perfect for the Christmas season, a nice and citrus-y flavor to round off a few perfect meals.  This is the second beer I've had from New Belgium and very tasty.  Colorado has its share of great breweries and I will definitely add this to my list of go-to IPAs.  But man, it's a kick of alcohol at 8.5%.  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chocolate Muffins!



Well snowstorm Jonas has officially hit the city of Philadelphia and I'm seeking refuge inside.  The streets are covered in a little over a foot of snow and the wind is whipping.  I've braved the snowflakes a few times already today to get the dog outside and shovel out the sidewalk.

Could there be a more perfect day to stay inside, catch up on homework and bake tasty treats?  I think not.  So I thought to make a double batch of what I call "Grain Free Chocolate and Cranberry Protein Muffins."  I know, its a big name so you can just call them healthy-ish chocolate muffins.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Visiting the Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris is simply a must-see during your visit.  Here the remains of over 6 millions people are stacked to form long stretches of tunnels.  A few hundred years ago the city was dealing with multiple cave-ins at cemeteries throughout the city and simply not enough room to bury the dead.  There's a really good article here about the churches struggle for trying to keep the cemeteries going.   I found my favorite coffee shop in Paris walking to the Catacombs and stumbled upon many cute streets, stores, shops, and cafes along the way.  This was a wonderful day of exploring and a really unique memory to have.    Tourist Advice:  Arrive as early as possible to the entrance (Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris).  There is a metro stop right across the street, but we walked from the 2nd Arr.  There will likely be a queue already, walk to the doorway and get a time ticket.  This is not your ticket to enter, but the time slot in which you are to come back and visit.  The reasoning is because there is a limit as to how many visitors can come per hour (200), because of the historical significance of the site and in order to maintain it's integrity.  For instance, we arrived around 10AM and mistakenly stood in the line for 40 minutes until we noticed other people with color-coded time tickets.  So we walked to the doorway, got a time ticket and had to wait until 5:30PM to take the tour.  This was only a minor inconvenience because we spent the afternoon visiting the Luxembourg Gardens and getting lunch in Saint-Germain des Près.       More from my trip to Paris soon...


The Catacombs of Paris is simply a must-see during your visit.  Here the remains of over 6 millions people are stacked to form long stretches of tunnels.  A few hundred years ago the city was dealing with multiple cave-ins at cemeteries throughout the city and simply not enough room to bury the dead.  There's a really good article here about the churches struggle for trying to keep the cemeteries going.   I found my favorite coffee shop in Paris walking to the Catacombs and stumbled upon many cute streets, stores, shops, and cafes along the way.  This was a wonderful day of exploring and a really unique memory to have.    Tourist Advice:  Arrive as early as possible to the entrance (Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris).  There is a metro stop right across the street, but we walked from the 2nd Arr.  There will likely be a queue already, walk to the doorway and get a time ticket.  This is not your ticket to enter, but the time slot in which you are to come back and visit.  The reasoning is because there is a limit as to how many visitors can come per hour (200), because of the historical significance of the site and in order to maintain it's integrity.  For instance, we arrived around 10AM and mistakenly stood in the line for 40 minutes until we noticed other people with color-coded time tickets.  So we walked to the doorway, got a time ticket and had to wait until 5:30PM to take the tour.  This was only a minor inconvenience because we spent the afternoon visiting the Luxembourg Gardens and getting lunch in Saint-Germain des Près.       More from my trip to Paris soon...


The Catacombs of Paris is simply a must-see during your visit.  Here the remains of over 6 millions people are stacked to form long stretches of tunnels.  A few hundred years ago the city was dealing with multiple cave-ins at cemeteries throughout the city and simply not enough room to bury the dead.  There's a really good article here about the churches struggle for trying to keep the cemeteries going.   I found my favorite coffee shop in Paris walking to the Catacombs and stumbled upon many cute streets, stores, shops, and cafes along the way.  This was a wonderful day of exploring and a really unique memory to have.    Tourist Advice:  Arrive as early as possible to the entrance (Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris).  There is a metro stop right across the street, but we walked from the 2nd Arr.  There will likely be a queue already, walk to the doorway and get a time ticket.  This is not your ticket to enter, but the time slot in which you are to come back and visit.  The reasoning is because there is a limit as to how many visitors can come per hour (200), because of the historical significance of the site and in order to maintain it's integrity.  For instance, we arrived around 10AM and mistakenly stood in the line for 40 minutes until we noticed other people with color-coded time tickets.  So we walked to the doorway, got a time ticket and had to wait until 5:30PM to take the tour.  This was only a minor inconvenience because we spent the afternoon visiting the Luxembourg Gardens and getting lunch in Saint-Germain des Près.       More from my trip to Paris soon...




The Catacombs of Paris is simply a must-see during your visit.  Here the remains of over 6 millions people are stacked to form long stretches of tunnels.  A few hundred years ago the city was dealing with multiple cave-ins at cemeteries throughout the city and simply not enough room to bury the dead.  There's a really good article here about the churches struggle for trying to keep the cemeteries going.   I found my favorite coffee shop in Paris walking to the Catacombs and stumbled upon many cute streets, stores, shops, and cafes along the way.  This was a wonderful day of exploring and a really unique memory to have.    Tourist Advice:  Arrive as early as possible to the entrance (Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris).  There is a metro stop right across the street, but we walked from the 2nd Arr.  There will likely be a queue already, walk to the doorway and get a time ticket.  This is not your ticket to enter, but the time slot in which you are to come back and visit.  The reasoning is because there is a limit as to how many visitors can come per hour (200), because of the historical significance of the site and in order to maintain it's integrity.  For instance, we arrived around 10AM and mistakenly stood in the line for 40 minutes until we noticed other people with color-coded time tickets.  So we walked to the doorway, got a time ticket and had to wait until 5:30PM to take the tour.  This was only a minor inconvenience because we spent the afternoon visiting the Luxembourg Gardens and getting lunch in Saint-Germain des Près.       More from my trip to Paris soon...

The Catacombs of Paris is simply a must-see during your visit.  Here the remains of over 6 millions people are stacked to form long stretches of tunnels.  A few hundred years ago the city was dealing with multiple cave-ins at cemeteries throughout the city and simply not enough room to bury the dead.  There's a really good article here about the churches struggle for trying to keep the cemeteries going.

I found my favorite coffee shop in Paris walking to the Catacombs and stumbled upon many cute streets, stores, shops, and cafes along the way.  This was a wonderful day of exploring and a really unique memory to have.  Also, I apologize for the grainy pictures, but it was really dark down there and no flashes were allowed!

Tourist Advice:  Arrive as early as possible to the entrance (Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris).  There is a metro stop right across the street, but we walked from the 2nd Arr.  There will likely be a queue already, walk to the doorway and get a time ticket.  This is not your ticket to enter, but the time slot in which you are to come back and visit.  The reasoning is because there is a limit as to how many visitors can come per hour (200), because of the historical significance of the site and in order to maintain it's integrity.  For instance, we arrived around 10AM and mistakenly stood in the line for 40 minutes until we noticed other people with color-coded time tickets.  So we walked to the doorway, got a time ticket and had to wait until 5:30PM to take the tour.  This was only a minor inconvenience because we spent the afternoon visiting the Luxembourg Gardens and getting lunch in Saint-Germain des Près. 

More from my trip to Paris soon...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Gear Feature: Hats

Penfield Conway Melange Beanie Hat in Navy
WOOD WOOD Ribbed Beanie in Black

 

We are well into the month of January and it is finally time to don some grade-A winter gear.  Temperatures are dropping and you know you need something good to keep you warm when the winds are gusting.  If you've been a reader for some time, you know I'm a huge advocate for guys stuff, because, well, the quality is often more durable and built for wear and tear.  And it's cooler, there I said it.

I picked out my three favorite hats from a designer menswear company you will love, Infinities. Up top I'm wearing the ultra soft and warm Penfield Conway Melange hat in Navy.  It is super soft and a classic hat for winter time.  The WOOD WOOD hat in the second picture is 100% Merino Wool and really durable.  It will block out the wind and keep your head nice and warm, and it's on sale!  The third hat that I really like is the WIP Carhartt Classic Watch Tab hat.  It's big, soft, and really warm when you need the extra insulation.  You're going to need a good hat this winter, so why not take my word for it?  

What is your favorite gear for Winter?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sierra Designs Sale #RoundUp

Sierra Designs is currently holding a post-holiday sale!  Some pretty wicked sale drops and great styles.  I picked out my three favorite pieces of outerwear, what do you think?  Leaning towards the Ranger Jacket (center)...   1. Alpine Pullover  2. Ranger Jacket  3. Patrol Parka

Sierra Designs is currently holding a post-holiday sale!  Some pretty wicked sale drops and great styles.  I picked out my three favorite pieces of outerwear, what do you think?  Leaning towards the Ranger Jacket (center)...

1. Alpine Pullover
2. Ranger Jacket
3. Patrol Parka

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Gifted: UnTapped


   I wrote earlier about how cool I thought UnTapped seemed to be and guess what?!  I was gifted a box of them for Christmas from my sister! Now I can say for sure that these little guys are delicious!  It's a swig of syrup that'll keep you energized.  Pure Vermont Maple Syrup at any time!  I might start carrying a pancake with me too...

I wrote earlier about how cool I thought UnTapped seemed to be and guess what?!  I was gifted a box of them for Christmas from my sister! Now I can say for sure that these little guys are delicious!  It's a swig of syrup that'll keep you energized.  Pure Vermont Maple Syrup at any time!  I might start carrying a pancake with me too...

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year, More Posts


Paris, France | Eiffel Tower; 2016

My alarm clock sounded the day of my intended departure to Paris and my heart pounded.  I was about to take flight to a city I'd dreamt about seeing for over a decade.  My high school and college French was more than rusty and I packed my phrase guides and dictionaries for safe measure. 

The last 8 days were a whirlwind of adventure in the city of love.  I saw all of the typical tourist sites, but also spent countless hours walking the streets and hanging out at beautiful and cozy brasseries.  I can't wait to share the rest of my shots from the trip.  Happy New Year bonne année my friends!

Stay tuned...