The highlight of my career is finding time to venture out on my layovers. I had a couple of long layovers this fall that allowed me to visit some of my favorite hot spots. I hope you find some new restaurants and hot spots to add to your to-do list when visiting some of these destinations.
Spokane, Washington is home to many artisan coffee shops. My favorite is Coeur Coffee House. I love the gift section at Atticus Coffee and Gifts.
Riverfront Park is a great place to go for a run or walk.
It's no secret I love Mexican cuisine.
serves the best tacos in Austin. I enjoy checking out local grocery and gourmet food stores when I travel. Central Market
in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio is similar to Whole Foods but not as expensive.
I got up early in San Fransico to go exploring for a few hours. I stay at one of the airport hotels near San Fransisco International Airport. It takes roughly 30 minutes to ride the BART from the SFO International Airport to the Ferry Building. I enjoyed coffee at the Ferry Building location of Blue Bottle
. I stocked up on some bulk foods at Rainbow Grocery
I had a layover in Newark. The weather was a perfect fall day so I had no excuse not to hop on a train to the city. It takes roughly 30 minutes from the airport to arrive at Penn Station in Manhattan. I enjoyed a matinee performance of An American in Paris
and an evening performance of King Charles III
I've learning to use public transportation on my layovers. It saves money and is convenient in most large cities. I rode the T from Chicago Midway Airport to downtown Chicago to visit the Chicago French Market
. It's not really like the Paris Markets but a few of the vendors are worth checking out. I like Lolli and Pops
for artisan chocolate and RAW
for healthy takeaway items. I stopped for a coffee break at Intelligentsia
and enjoyed dinner at The Little Goat
. The Little Goat is one Stephanie Izard's restaurants in Chicago. She won Top Chef. Check the website for cooking classes if you live in Chicago or will be visiting.
I took a last minute trip to London and Paris in September. I enjoyed seeing Nicole Kidman star in Photograph 51
. I also loved the musicial, Bend it Like Beckham.
London has some great markets including, Borough Market
. My favorite bakery is Violet Cakes
. I dined at Yottum Oggoleni's restaurant and deli
. The popular London chef and best-selling cookbook author is opening a location in NYC. Honest Burgers
is my go-to spot for a quick meal while shopping. Several locations are located around London. The menu includes gluten-free buns and vegetarian burger options.
For shopping, the magazine selection at Selfridges can't be beat. You can also get a manicure and a blowout. I love the beauty department at Liberty and the food section at Havey Nichols was my favorite. I found a lot of local artisan food products and cookbooks.
After a couple of days in London, I took the Eurostar to Paris. The department stores are so fancy in Paris. I loved BHV
. It's not as expensive as some of the big name stores. For amazing views of the city and a great photo, visit the rooftop terrace at Print Temps
. I ate breakfast at Holy Belly
. So good! I picked up some delicious juices at Bob's Juice Bar
. I loved the chocolate ice cream at Berthillon
. I picked up some baking chocolate at G. Detou
. This little store is a slice of heaven for people that love to cook and bake. If you go, book That Lou
, a scavenger in the Louvre, in advance. You'll love it!