A Straw Poll: To Ban or No?

You may or may not have noticed that your favorite restaurants are no longer providing plastic straws with your water. Your margarita now comes strawless, forcing you to sip straight from the salty rim, or be that person that asks for one from the bartender (admittedly, me). Plastic straw bans are a quickly growing trend…

Recycling Crisis in California

Plot: You take time to “do the right thing” and recycle. You separate out your waste, roll your different carts out, they get picked up, and the trash goes to landfill while recycling gets turned into new groovy stuff hence “recycling”. Plot Twist: It’s all ending up in the landfill anyway. China announced early this…

Southern California Dreamin

I’ve been back on dry, dusty California soil for almost a month now and damn, it’s been hard to find inspiration. When traveling internationally, the creativity and messages were flowing through me as sweetly and regularly as my hot chocolates. But slowly with each passing day back in busy California streets, the isolation of driving…

Back in California: Reflections from 3 Months on the Road

When I left home 3 months ago, I had zero expectations. Family, friends and coworkers kept asking what “the plan” was, and in truth, I had none. I just knew I needed to go. So I sold nearly all of my things keeping only some clothes, my surfboard, my snowboard and car, of which I’m…

48 Hours in Barcelona

Barcelona is funky. Warm. Cultured. The most laid back big city I’ve been in (which hasn’t been many). It quickly makes sense why it’s rated the 2nd best beach city in the world, behind Rio. The style is casual, flip flops and shorts are more abundant, skateboarders with overgrown mohawks roam the streets, and parks…

Getting Intimate with the Cuisine of Southern Italy

I’ve been excited to get in touch with the culinary part of Italy, and in particular, where my family is from (have I mentioned I’ve been eating a lot here?). I decided to meet up with a local named Antonello for a day of experiencing authentic cuisine in this (overlooked) southern region of the boot…

Made it to my Ancestral Home – Bari, Italy

I knew two things about the town where my grandfather grew up in – that when he was 10 years old it was overrun by mafia (the reason my great grandmother sent him away to New York), and that it’s the heel of Italy’s boot. So when I got off the bus, alone, at the…

Exploring Naples – Birth Place of Pizza

After a few days of yoga and vegetarian eating on a farm deep in the quiet countryside of a national park in Italy, I decided, it was time for pizza. Lots, and LOTS of pizza. So what better place than the city it was invented – Napoli! “Naples” is a beautiful city on a bay…

Roaming Rome – My First Day in Italy

I arrived to the Termini Station of Rome at night. It had been a 30+ hour travel from Bali to Singapore to Athens to Rome, which involved a taxi, 3 flights, 2 trains, and a bus. Arriving to Rome, I felt more lost than anywhere. The City’s busy main station was not the welcoming Italian…

A Day in Athens, Greece

I really love layovers. Long ones, especially. When arriving to Athens, Greece (my first time in Europa!) I was not-so-friendly greeted to warmer, drier weather and a scene that reminded me of the Vegas desert. Luckily public transportation is so robust here, which allowed me to take a train directly into the City center. Check…