When: August 2016
Where: Orlando --> Los Angeles-->Salinas-->Bear Valley
Equipment: Tent, camping gear
Budget: $1,800 (airfare, car rental, gas, food)
Growing up in Florida you have endless access to beaches, warm weather for most of the year, and warm water. When you’re surrounded by palm trees, it’s hard to realize how different it is on the opposite coast. You’ve heard about redwoods, seen mountains in pictures, but it can still seem as foreign as another county. At this point we had traveled only to warm countries and nearby states. This was our first cold weather trip, and we quickly realized how unprepared we were.
Villon's Top Ten Weird Florida Laws
We’re all aware that there are some weird, antiquated laws out there. Here are the top 10 in Florida.
Be Like Water and Enjoy the Paddle Out - Jaimal Yogi's Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to Find Zen on the Sea
Saltwater Buddha is an autobiographical account of journalist Jaimal Yogis’ journies in his late teens and early twenties to discover himself and learn to surf.
The story begins at the age of 16 when he runs away from his comfortable, but disaffected, NorCal suburban life, where he is apparently suffering from the boredom and monotony-induced disease we now called "Affluenza" and on his way to juvenile delinquency. Seeking the comfort and nostalgia of time spent in his youth on the coast of Portugal prior to his parent's divorce, he heads for Hawaii. His goal is ostensibly to learn to surf, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to leave behind the negative influences and find himself.
Who: Kaitlin Donner
What: New Wave Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation
Where: 7125 Turner Rd Ste 101B, Rockledge, FL 32955
When: Monday - Friday 7am-6pm; Saturday 12pm - 4pm; Closed Sunday
Kaitlin Shiver Donner, a Satellite Beach native and decorated athlete, opened an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in February of this year specializing in sports rehab and local athletes. She met with us to discuss her background and provide tips and exercises for surfers and board athletes.
France and Paris are practically synonymous with each other. Tell people you're going to France and the first thing they think of is Paris, "The city of Lights". This is where, in remembrance of Anthony Bourdain, it jumps to a clip of traffic, overweight sweaty businessmen, construction, dog poop on the sidewalk, honking horns, people begging in the streets, the random Parisian smoking a cigarette on the corner, then back to the monologue. Paris is the capital and just like any other major city. Sure, there are the museums and architecture, but this only represents a small portion of France. So when we booked the trip we only planned one night in Paris due its proximity to the airpot. For us, like all of our trips we want to see the real part, in this case the real France.
All of the rain lately has us feeling lazy, so this week we were looking for an easy and nutritious recipe to make for dinner. We checked the pantry and realized we had all the ingredients needed to make salmon cakes. One of our favorites, this quick and easy recipe is simple to make and requires only 9 basic ingredients! It’s one of our go-to meals because it’s inexpensive and provides a nutritional punch with omega 3s in the salmon and iodine in the seaweed.
I want to start this segment out by saying we are not experts. To be honest, we don't know about beer any more than you do. We like to wrap up our meetings with a few beers which led to us talking about them, so it only made sense for our group of un-beer educated people to give you beer reviews. Making beer is a skilled craft, drinking beer and talking about it is not, so if you are a beer aficionado I suggest stopping here and checking out our travel blogs. None of the beers we talk about are sponsors (but if they want to be we can lie about how great it is, I'm fine with that too) and this is eight people's varying opinions. We decided on seven different aspects to rate the beer, and those are rated 1-10 (1 worst, 10 best). They are averaged and rounded up. We also added hoppiness and bitterness as two categories rated separately (1-10) with hoppiness referring to how many hops, not how much you like it.
Packaging - This is strictly packaging. Will it draw you in when you see it on the shelf?
Looks - This is the beer itself. When you see it poured into a glass, does it look appealing?
Aroma - How does it smell?
Taste - Sounds simple, but once you start analyzing the taste, it is not as easy as it sounds. So, how does it taste?
Smoothness - How smooth is it?
Sessionable - Can you drink this beer all day?
Overall - Not the official score from the previous questions, but what you think of the beer overall.
Sitting on the back porch at a family barbecue this weekend I couldn’t help being annoyed by the numerous flies trying to sample my lunch. I felt like I was waving my arms around to keep the flies off of my food more frequently then I could consume it. That’s when my aunt chimed in and said, “We should get a zip lock bag filled with water and a penny to keep the flies away.” I looked around the table at the blank stares. I had never heard that theory and apparently neither had the other guests. It needed some investigation.
We have traveled a decent amount in our lifetime, sometimes work related, or sometimes we simply come across a picture that inspires us and go. Banff was the latter, and to date our favorite trip. When you bring up The Rockies, the conversation typically turns to talking about Colorado. To be fair, the Colorado Rockies are amazing, we spent a few winter trips there and had our share of great sites, however, trying to compare them to the Canadian Rockies is like saying the CFL and NFL are the same thing. With the Canadian Rockies, ironically, being the equivalent to the NFL. There are so many different landscapes in British Columbia, it's like taking a few trips in one. In the same day you can hike through waist deep snow, snowboard, see Volkswagen sized grizzly bears, or take a leisurely canoe ride down the river in 80 degree weather wearing board-shorts and a bikini. The hardest part of experiencing BC is believing what you are seeing. Like most trips, pictures don't do it justice, but that is never more true than here.
If you’ve ever participated in a CSA or grown your own vegetables, you probably know that you’re at the mercy of the garden. And in the summer, that means squash, and lots of it! After a while the standard preparation methods (grilling, roasting, sautéing) feel tired and boring. Having hit that point, we set out to find a recipe that uses a lot of summer vegetables in a way that lets them play a supporting role rather than being the star. Thai curry provides a bold flavor that plays well with summer vegetables. Adding in some white fish for protein and serving over rice creates a nourishing and satisfying way of using up all those summer veggies. However, don’t feel like you’re locked into our recipe. This template can be used to incorporate a variety of proteins and vegetables, so adapt it to suit what you have available!