Here's the full video to our European adventure! Seriously the best 12 days ever & more than ready to go back with my girlies! I hope you enjoy! XOXO
Video Creds to Erin Fogarty
So this past weekend we took a hiking day trip from Sacramento up to South Lake Tahoe & Echo Lake! I had never seen Lake Tahoe so I was very excited to see it! We left around 8am (an hour later than we said we were going to, but what can you do) it took us around an hour and a half to get to Echo Lake. We arrived around 9:30 and there was literally no parking left. The parking lot and all of the spaces on the road for like a mile up were full so we circled around like 5 times before we found a spot on the street far away from the trail head. Moral of the story is: we needed to wake up earlier and arrive around 8am to get a spot close to the trail head so if you plan on hiking this trail, arrive early, early, early!!!
This was Brewer’s (my precious dog child) first hike & he was a pro at dodging the rocks & keeping up with us-he even ran ahead for most of the time. It was definitely tiring for him because he’s so little and not completely use to going on long & tiring walks. The lake was beautiful & the air was crisp & refreshing. It was a nice break from the 105 degree weather we’ve had everyday in Sacramento. We hiked for an hour and a half and then turned around because Brewer was wiped out. I highly recommend this trail on Echo Lake because it wasn’t crowded (except for the parking lot) and it was challenging but definitely doable & the scenery was out of this world! One of my favorite things about living in Northern California is all of the nature and gorgeous scenery we’re surrounded by!
After we finally made it back to our car, we drove over to Lake Tahoe so I could see it. It took around 30 minutes to get to it because of traffic but it was a Saturday and people were headed to the lake so traffic was worse than it normally is. As I expected, Lake Tahoe was amazingggggg, I’ve never seen anything like it and now all I want to do is go back and spend a whole weekend there! After seeing Lake Tahoe, we were exhausted and all we wanted to do was eat and go and chill at home. Once we got back, Brewer was in desperate need for a bath so I gave him a bath and then we cooked out and laid low for the rest of the night!
Sunday morning we decided to sleep in a little bit and get a slow start to our day. After we got up, we spent our morning watching Ozarks (literally the best show on Netflix rn if you’re looking for a new one to start) and making eggs and breakfast potatoes. Honestly, that’s all I want out of a Sunday morning. We finally got ourselves together and left the house to go out and get some coffee at our fav local spot- Temple Coffee- and then went to run some boring house errands. We spent the rest of our Sunday binge watching Ozarks and The Keepers & I enjoyed every minute of it!
One of my favorite things in the world to eat is chicken salad. Back in Georgia we have a place called Chicken Salad Chick and they literally have 25 different flavors of chicken salad but since we don’t have any here in Cali, I am forced to make my own chicken salad. I have put my recipe for Sriracha Chicken Salad below and I have to say it is pretty good & healthyish! I also like to make a lot of it so it lasts a few days for lunches! ( it’s my fav thing to eat after a hard Orange Theory Fitness workout!)
SRIRACHA CHICKEN SALAD
- 1 rotisserie chicken shredded (or you can boil your own chicken breasts and shred them- just depends on how much time you have!)
- 2 tablespoons of Kraft Olive Oil Mayo- only 100 calories! (Has half the fat of regular mayo- don’t get me wrong, I LOVE mayo but it’s just not good for ya)
- 2 tablespoons of Sriracha (or more just depending on how spicy you like it- I always end up adding extra when I’m eating it.)
- 1 cup of chopped green onions
- 1 cup of chopped cucumbers
- ½ cup of fresh cilantro- can be subbed with parsley if you don’t like cilantro.
- 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon of crushed red peppers
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- Mix the green onions, cucumbers, and cilantro together in a medium sized bowl.
- Add the shredded rotisserie chicken to the bowl.
- Add in the olive oil mayo, sriracha, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
- Stir everything together until all of the ingredients are evenly mixed.
- Enjoy! I love to put my chicken salad on top of a bed of romaine lettuce or arugula- basically whatever green I have on hand!
(It’s also really good with tortilla chips as a snack dip!)
SHOES// Steve Madden
BAG// Rebecca Minkoff
ICED COFFEE// Temple Coffee
The California State Fair just left town but not before we were able to stop by! We heard that Smashmouth (the inner kindergarten, Shrek loving me was screaming) was headlining the performances for the night so we just had to go. It was convenient for us because the state fair was in Sacramento and I was excited to check out it out because I had never been to one before! It is definitely much bigger than the county fair that I use to go to when I was younger.
The first thing we encountered when we got through the gates was the ginormous “food court” full of all of the fried food, tacos, and desserts you could dream of. We decided it was best to go ride the rides before stuffing our faces on the enticing fair food. It was like a million degrees outside and we thought we might be melting. It probably wasn’t our best idea to go during the hottest part of the day when the fair is all on asphalt. By the time we finally got to the area with the rides, we were riding them for the wind and relief from the heat. We had to ride the Ferris wheel, the swings, and the zip line that they had going from one part of the park to the other.
After we rode all of the rides we went and got a beer to sit and cool off from the heat. We had around 30 minutes until Smashmouth was coming on to perform so we just took that time to chill in the area with the fans and misters (it was much needed, I was legit melting). As expected, Smashmouth was amazing and just like I remembered from the late 90’s/early 2000’s. We had worked up quite the appetite and that called for avocado feta fries and fried oreos & they did not disappoint! On our way out we passed a photobooth area and we had to do it! Overall, the fair was so fun & I am already looking forward to attending next year!
Top// Amuse Society
Skirt// Forever 21
Shoes// Steve Madden
Bag// Rebecca Minkoff
I just wanted to share a couple tips & tricks on things to do before going to Europe and traveling to Milan, Italy. I’ve included the place we stayed & most of the things we did with some quick reviews on them! Hope you enjoy!
Before Boarding the Plane:
- Passport// You can’t get on the plane without one so make sure you know where yours is and the expiration date on it! I recommend making multiple copies of your passport, license, health insurance and all credit cards. I always keep one copy in my checked suitcase, carry on, and I leave one at home! This is good to do just in case something were to happen to your wallet or your passport, it will make it easier to do everything in case of an emergency!
- Cell Service// Most of the places you will be staying at will have free wifi but it’s always helpful having wifi/ service when you are out and about exploring in order to be able to use your Maps app on your phone. We used a device called Skyroam. It was A M A Z I N G!! If you are planning on traveling abroad, I highly recommend looking into Skyroam. We paid $130 in total for 11 days to rent it for our whole trip. In comparison to Verizon, we would have each had to pay $110 each so Skyroam saved us $67 each. Basically, you can connect 5 devices to Skyroam & it serves as a hotspot for your phone so you have wifi access anywhere you are. This was a lifesaver when we had wandered just a little too far and needed to use our Maps to get back to our hotel! It was awesome!
- Money// Exchange your money for Euros prior to your trip. We waited too long and we had to get Euros out at the ATL airport but it was a necessity because you will need them for Taxis and any emergencies once you arrive in Europe.
- Airport to Hotel// We flew from ATL to MXP and our hotel was in the city center about 30 minutes away from the airport. In Milan there is a fixed taxi rate to ride from the MXP airport to the city center and it is € We weren’t aware of this fee but it was something we had to do so next time we were prepared!
- Our Hotel// We stayed at the Roommates Hotel Guilia. It was the best hotel I have ever stayed at! The lobby was so chic and it was only a stones throw away from the Duomo. The staff was so nice and helpful & the complimentary breakfast was to die for. Our room was fabulous, clean, and so comfortable. I cannot say enough about how amazing it was! I highly recommend staying there!
- Shopping// Milan has the best shopping as it should because it is a fashion capital. Our hotel was right next to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and all of the fabuous shopping places. Everywhere you turn there is a different store & you definitely will get your H&M & Zara fill (they’re everywhere!!!)
- The Duomo// You can’t go to Milan and not go inside of the Duomo. We went around 9am on a Sunday and did not buy our tickets beforehand and it was fine because we only waited in line for tickets for 15 minutes. The inside of the Duomo was breathtaking and there was mass going on at the time and it was a cool experience. Make sure to dress appropriately because they will turn you away if your shoulders/knees are showing. While admiring the outside of the Duomo, there will be pigeons everywhere and there are people trying to hand you bird food (avoid these people!!! They expect money & if you take the bird food, you will be engulfed with pigeons!!!)
Overall, Milan was a great start to our trip, it is not as fast paced as Rome or some of the other bigger cities. We were able to warm up to the idea of pizza, prosecco, and gelato at every meal quite quickly in Milan! The views and the food did not disappoint!
I just wanted to say thank you (!!!) all for following along with my European adventures! It was honestly the trip of a lifetime & I wish I could go back to eating gelato and pasta for every meal. My last European post is about our last day in Prague!
On our last day, we made our way to the Prague Zoo! This zoo is one of the top ten in the world and it’s for good reason, it is massive! Name any animal & they have it. There’s even a ski lift that goes from the top of the zoo down to the bottom. The best part of it all was that it only cost $7! After the zoo, we took the metro back to Old Town for quick and tasty lunch at Restaurant Mustek.
After lunch we went back to the hotel to start our dreaded packing. After we felt like we had our lives together, we made our way back to Old Town Square for a Jazz Festival they had set up right in the middle of everything! Later on we grabbed a seat at an outdoor restaurant right in the square and treated ourselves to a nicer meal to celebrate our last night in Europe! Prague seriously was magical and I can’t wait until I get to go back!
Jeans// American Eagle
Shoes// Marc Fisher
Bag// Rebecca Minkoff