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09/30/14 – surprise trip to san francisco

Posted on September 30, 2014


It’s been a busy summer, but earlier this June, Alexis, Kathy, and I made a surprise trip to visit Sam in San Francisco. She had literally no idea we were coming, which made the trip all the better.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyChillin in the Tenderloin.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyDriving is crazy scary in San Francisco. Honestly how do people have small cars here?

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brenda's french soul food san franciscoBrunch at Brenda’s Soul Food Kitchen in the Tenderloin. Fried catfish benedict was the truth.

brenda's french soul food san franciscoPork belly cheesy grits… oh boy.

brenda's french soul food san franciscoBiscuits and chicken gravy.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyWalking on the water, wearing all back as usual.

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sarah kuszelewicz photography

sarah kuszelewicz photography

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyAlcatraz.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyLychees from an open air market.

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sarah kuszelewicz photography

sarah kuszelewicz photography

sarah kuszelewicz photographyTelegraph Hill.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyGorgeous day and a picnic in Mission Dolores Park.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyGolden Gate Bridge, duh.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyBeautiful views at Chrissy Field.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographySome authentic Korean in Koreatown.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyWolfpack, just chillin.

09/15/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: TN to NJ

Posted on September 15, 2014


This is the last post from mine and Henah’s southern road trip. We decided to make the drive from Nashville to New Jersey in one day, a total of 14 hours. We planned a few stops along the way, because 14 hours of straight driving is enough to make anyone insane.

abe lincoln birthplace kentuckyOur first stop off was Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. The thing about Kentucky is that it’s really quite beautiful, but it’s literally just farm after farm after farm.

abe lincoln birthplace kentucky

abe lincoln birthplace kentucky

abe lincoln birthplace kentucky

abe lincoln birthplaceThe log cabin that Abe Lincoln was *born* in, a tiny one room structure. It was preserved in this beautiful marble structure. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the cabin or touch it.

abe lincoln birthplaceI wonder why they changed the sign from “Please refrain from touching the cabin” to “Please do not touch the cabin.” I guess a sterner warning was necessary.

loretto kentuckyOur second stop was in the tiny town of Loretto, Kentucky…

maker's mark tour kentucky…the amazing and wonderful Maker’s Mark Distillery aka the adult Willy Wonka Factory.

maker's mark distillery

maker's mark distilleryThe whiskey is aged in these charred oak barrels.

maker's mark distillery

maker's mark distilleryThe bottles are all hand-dipped in wax.

maker's mark distilleryThe best part: a tasting of four different types of Maker’s Mark.

maker's mark distilleryGlass ceiling by Dale Chihuly.

lexington kentuckyOur third stop: Lexington, Kentucky for lunch.

hot brown lexington kentuckyAnd that lunch was an incredible Kentucky staple: the “hot brown.” It’s an open faced sandwich, with turkey and ham, covered in some sort of gravy sauce, smothered with cheese, baked in the oven, and topped with a fried green tomato. It’s only fitting that this was my last meal in the South.

west virginia sunsetAnd a beautiful West Virginia sunset to end one of the greatest road trips.

09/10/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: nashville, part 2

Posted on September 10, 2014


We started our second day in Nashville touring the Parthenon. No really, it’s a full scale replica of the Athens Parthenon, except it’s in the middle of Tennessee.

parthenon nashville

parthenon nashville

parthenon nashvilleNashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway locomotive at Centennial Park.

parthenon nashville

peace love little donuts nashvilleDonut heaven at Peace, Love, & Little Donuts in downtown Nashville.

peace love little donuts nashvilleI got chocolate chip cookie dough, samoa, and maple bacon mini donuts. Mini donuts mean I can eat 20 and feel ok about it.

loveless cafe nashvilleThe famous Loveless Cafe. The wait was TWO AND A HALF HOURS, so we just stopped, took a picture, then bounced.

loveless cafe nashvilleA wall of famous celebrities and country music stars who have visited the Loveless.

jeni's ice cream nashvilleDessert that night from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, a place known for its innovative flavors and insanely creamy ice cream.

jeni's ice cream nashvilleI got “Bangkok Peanut,” which was an elevated peanut flavor with thai spices and basil, and “World’s Milkiest Chocolate,” which tasted as decadent as it sounded. These two little scoops cost $5 but the ice cream was so rich, it was the perfect size.

pancake pantry nashvilleBreakfast the next morning at Pancake Pantry, arguably Nashville’s most famous breakfast spot. This was the line at 7am.

pancake pantry nashvilleAt least they provide coffee for the patrons.

pancake pantry nashvilleHenah’s nutella crepe. It was delicious, but nothing we couldn’t find at any creperie in NYC.

pancake pantry nashvilleMy sweet potato pancakes, however, were something really unique. They come with cinnamon cream syrup, a sugary milky housemade concoction. The pancakes had an interesting sweet & savory flavor, and mixed with the cinnamon cream syrup, they were extraordinary. Also, we shared a plate of the homefries, which were insanely good. This place is delicious but really only worth it if you get there early and beat the line!

09/09/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: nashville, part 1

Posted on September 9, 2014


Next stop, Nashville! The first spot we visited here was Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore that’s considered one of the best in the world.

Parnassus Books Nashville

Parnassus Books Nashville

Parnassus Books Nashville

Parnassus Books Nashville

nashville donut shopAmazing glazed donut from Donut Den, right around the corner from Parnassus Books.

downtown nashvilleBroadway, aka “Music City,” is the most lively/touristy spot of Nashville.

downtown nashville

downtown nashville

Rocket Fizz Candy Shop NashvilleRocket Fizz Candy Shop in downtown Nashville.

Rocket Fizz Candy Shop Nashville

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downtown nashville

downtown nashville

downtown nashville

henah parikh

marche nashvilleBrunch the next day at Marche Artisan Foods.

marche nashville

marche nashvilleCroissant french toast. Mhmmm.

09/08/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: memphis

Posted on September 8, 2014


Next city on the road trip, Memphis. It’s a city known for its legendary music history and insanely tasty ribs. Our first stop was the National Civil Rights Museum, an extremely informative and moving experience.


lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.It’s built at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Martin Luther King Jr was shot.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.Room 306, the last place MLK Jr. stayed.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.

central bbq memphisRight across the street from the museum was Central BBQ, arguably the best ribs in all of Memphis.

central bbq memphisOh yeahhhh.

beale street memphisBeale Street.

beale street memphis

beale street memphis

beale street memphis jazz

cat airbnb memphisAirbnbs are so much better when they include cats.

off the hoof burgers arlington tennesseeAt this point, I had spent a week in the south but I’ve yet to eat a really good burger. After some googling, I found Off the Hoof burgers in Arlington, Tennessee, about a 40 minute drive east of Memphis.

off the hoof burgers arlington tennesseeThis is the Pat LaFrieda Chopped Steak burger, topped with habanero jack cheese and served on an 81-layer croissant bun. This perfectly cooked medium-rare burger was, hands down, the best I have ever tasted.

off the hoof burgers arlington tennessee

off the hoof burgers arlington tennesseeSweet potato waffle fries. Yes.

09/04/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: nola, pt 3

Posted on September 4, 2014


The last installment of our stay in New Orleans.


new orleans french quarter architectureI can’t get over how beautiful the architecture was in the French Quarter.

new orleans french quarter architecture

new orleans french quarter architecture

new orleans french quarter architecture

new orleans french quarterThis is an actual concern.

new orleans french quarter

hex voodoo shop new orleansHex Voodoo Shop is one of the coolest stops in all of NOLA. Even if you don’t believe in voodoo, the shop is well worth a browse. Be sure to talk with the interesting and knowledgeable staff who can recommend a potion or remedy for any sort of issue you may have.

hex voodoo shop new orleans

hex voodoo shop new orleansWe had our cards read by a Salem witch and asked some questions to the Spikeomancy board.

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new orleans garden district

commander's palace new orleansOur last meal in New Orleans was at Commander’s Palace, possibly the most famous restaurant in all of NOLA. This place is old school upscale, like stark white napkins and table cloths and a waiter each for bread and water.

commander's palace new orleansSoup trio: turtle, gumbo, and chicken black bean (their daily special). Commander’s Palace is known for its turtle soup, but personally I couldn’t get enough of their chicken black bean special. It was so much more flavorful than the turtle, which felt a little overpowered by the sherry.

commander's palace new orleansRoasted, chicory coffee lacquered, stuffed quail. I honestly don’t remember what the quail was stuffed with that day (some sort of grain-y yet tasty stuffing). The quail was perfectly roasted, still juicy and not dry. The real star of the dish, however, was the charred bits of pancetta the quail was served on.

commander's palace new orleansThe famous bread pudding souffle. To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. It was a bit too egg-y and the bourbon sauce a bit too strong.

commander's palace new orleansThe peach and blueberry cobbler, however, was unbelievable.

lafayette cemetery new orleansBefore we left New Orleans, we had to make a stop at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, an above ground cemetery. The reason the graves are above ground is because of the low sea level of New Orleans. It makes for an eerie setting, perfect for walking around on a misty gray morning.

lafayette cemetery new orleans

lafayette cemetery new orleans

lafayette cemetery new orleans

lafayette cemetery new orleans

lafayette cemetery new orleans

lafayette cemetery new orleans

lafayette cemetery new orleans