To counteract all of the eating I did in San Francisco (evidence here and here), I planned a little excursion into nature while on my recent trip to California. The short drive from the Bay Area to Yosemite is relatively easy, and you can make the trip in about 3-3.5 hours. If you’re thinking of planning your first trip to the park, you might be feeling a little bit overwhelmed. Yosemite is HUGE, covering 1,169 square miles with 214 miles of paved roads, 20 miles of bike paths and 800 miles of trails. Based on my experience, I’ve put together a few tips for first time visitors. What to know about visiting Yosemite 1. Start your planning early The Yosemite Valley Floor (what most people think of when they hear the word Yosemite) is about a 30-minute drive from the park’s entrance. I learned the hard way, that staying just 40 miles…

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This week’s edition of What’s Happenin’ Wednesday It is HOT out there this week. You’re probably looking for ways to cool down, but as you’re enjoying any cold and icy treats, remember that brain freeze is a real thing — just take a look at this video from the Huffington Post. Comfort’s new weekly lunch series, “Jason Alley loves…” kicks off today with Nashville chicken which you can get hot or not, served with slaw and potato wedges. That’s the only thing on the menu, but it promises to be good. It’s available today from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and there will be a new lunch special every Wednesday. Richmond Magazine just released its list of the 20 best new restaurants in Richmond that opened between March 7, 2015 and April 15, 2016. Kelsey and I have enjoyed dining at quite a few spots they included, but I think we have a…

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One of my favorite things about living in the Museum District is the close proximity to Black Hand Coffee Company, a locally owned and operated coffee roaster and café. You might assume this is because I’m an avid coffee drinker who can’t refuse a good coffee shop, but that’s not the case — I’ve actually never had a cup of coffee in my life. I know, I know – I get by on tea or a fountain coke if I need a little pick me up. And coffee ice cream is basically my favorite treat in the world. I don’t get it either! So what brings me to Black Hand, you ask? Their breakfast sandwiches are the best I’ve had anywhere in Richmond. The menu at Black Hand is pretty simple. The sandwiches come on your choice of an English muffin or everything, asiago or wheat bagel and sandwich options include the standard…

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Last week I did what felt like a marathon post on all.of.the.things. I ate in San Francisco. This week I’m back with one more post covering a few more of my favorite places— I mean c’mon, did you think this girl would just forget to eat dessert on vacation? So here we are again, if you missed part one and you’re looking for places to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in San Francisco, I suggest you go back and start reading here. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! I’m the kind of person who can easily down an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting so I was big on the “ice cream scene” in San Francisco. On my trip I visited two ice cream shops, one in the Fisherman’s Wharf and one in the Mission District, and both were worth the calories. The Baked Bear…

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Hey, guess what day it is? Ever since I had the lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow in San Francisco, I’ve been craving pancakes. Thankfully, Epicurious put together this helpful guide to making fluffy diner pancakes. Spoiler alert: seltzer water is the secret ingredient. Okay this is genius, can they please install these short story vending machines at the DMV, at City Hall or in doctors offices? You’ve probably seen these crazy milkshakes on Instagram, but what’s really behind this viral recipe? It’s because of these milkshakes that Black Tap has amassed nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram. Lucky Peach is sharing how you can get make your own at home. Meg and I are visiting NYC in September, so if you’ve been let us know if they are actually worth the million calories.  Is it weird that my idea of heaven is attending the Fancy Food Show? According to Eater’s Malcom Harris,“It’s…

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