Cheu Noodle Bar Philadelphia

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Mmmm. Ramen noodles. Soups are definitely my comfort food. And I love that ramen is everywhere now. Thrillist featured this place as one of the top 25 ramen places in America, so while in Philly, I had to!qeI2cuTjiYLNWxtd.jpg

There was a little bit of a wait at like 9pm, but that’s a sign that its good right? The guy was super friendly, and we got a couple of the specials while we waited. I had the white tea/lychee, he had the watermelon ginger. Both were unique and delicious. I liked mine better because it was light, floral and only a tiny bit sweet. x25ujXOoIDeWAUHs.jpg7sNidfhSKj06YwlY.jpg

Awesome shirt. 2qFu1P2Ue3M34Gyo.jpg

We sat at the bar, so we got to see the magic happen.HX8Bq4zaVw6NZtsH.jpg

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Sichuan beef dumplings. Nothing to write home about. Sorry.gnQdQiKBDOLtrBfn.jpg

WHERE’S OUR RAMEN. Anna and John. Hilarious couple to road trip with <39Npi1w6Bd71JgRTb.jpg…and the main event. Miso Ramen, with pork shoulder and sea beans. I think they ran out of sea beans in mine because I only got mustard greens. Which is fine by me. It was delicious. I actually never got a miso broth before. I usually go vegetarian or the full bodied broths. It was delicious and reminded me of my mom’s suki yaki, oddly enough. Now I want to make that.

I’m hungry.

Cheu Noodle Bar
55 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Ice Dreams Soda Shop

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This little ice cream shop was so cute. It is basically a cola cola paraphernalia hoarders dream.  b3EY46kN4Okw2nxX.jpg

The owner collected all kinds of coca cola trinkets and decorated the shop with it. Along with their ice creams, they had cold and hot drinks to choose from. Cash only!1Paqa1r8qz9sZJdh.jpg

I got some crazy ice cream with chocolate fish in it.M5YpMLpTKxaGR2zH.jpg

WSPLmLA5fcT2EZlp.jpgIt kind of reminded me of my mom, because she drank one coke a day, and loved the polar bears and those old school coca cola glasses!

Ice Dreams Soda Shop
3131 Muskoka Road 169
Bala, ON P0C 1A0, Canada

 

Bala Bay Inn

fY8mqkzvx7G4StSK.jpgMuskoka is wonderfully scenic. Lakes, the trees, the rocks. I love it. I want to go back. The place we stayed in was called the Bala Bay Inn. Super cute, super old. So old that it has a ghost. Don’t worry, he’s friendly. Luckily for me, I didn’t even notice his was there, because I’m scared…of everything, in general.sAzMwsGmc1d39Qkz.jpgLocated right across the street from a place that you can rent stand up paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks, this makes it a great location. It’s also walking distance from Jasper Park (where the wedding was held). The Inn is know for it’s restaurant, which serves brunch on Sundays, and is open for lunch and dinner on weekends.

Qq1gZL0RZbBUvSAo.jpgThe colors inside are bright and fun. Not what’d you expect from an old place. The staff is SUPER friendly, and helpful. And the restaurant is delicious.

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uXnN6EP19Xo4OnGg.jpgOur room was literally just a room. You get a bed, a desk, a set of drawers and a chair. Well I mean you also get a bathroom, but that is it. Don’t go on a lake vacation and look for technology. The wifi was shotty, if you got any at all. At least it was from our room. But that’s okay. The point of being out here, is to enjoy the break from the busy city life right? Some people had TVs in their room. Which was a tiny box. We didn’t have that. There also isn’t a phone in the room. So get your exercise in and walk downstairs if you want to talk to the front desk.

I’m not complaining though. I really really liked it there. It’s the forced break I really needed. And the exercise! Did I mention how great and helpful the staff is there? I definitely want to go back there, if I need a real BREAK from city life.

 

Refreshed

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We are back from vacation, and just as I predicted, it was all I needed. After a grueling 12 hours in the car, we made it home. I am happy and ready to tackle my to do list with a new joie de vivre.

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The cottage was beautiful. So much bright light reflecting off the lake. The temperature was perfect. The only thing to complain about, if you want me to be realistic, is the mosquitoes. Muskoka Mosquitoes. They are huge, relentless and the boss of this town. Everyone was spraying every 30 minutes just to prevent being eaten alive.

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There were lots of water activities to participate in… which I didn’t, because I am terrified by bodies of natural water. However, the honey did get me in a canoe. That didn’t last very long. Luckily he got in with our cousin and they power rowed so far away from us, and caught a fish!

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It was so great to be back around family. I feel like all my female relatives are in Canada, while I’m stuck in America with all the boys!

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We made a pact to see each other at least once a year. 2 years in a row so far!

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There are too many cute babies in this family.

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The lake life, is the good life. More posts later! For now, time to catch up with my life! Thank you so much for having us Amy!

 

Tuesday 10: Packing for Muskoka

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I need a vacation. I’m stressed out over minor things that keep adding up. My body  is doing all kinds of weird things, and I’m probably treating it really badly with what I’m eating. I need a reset. But I don’t know how to reset, because when I get home, sometimes I am overwhelmed with everything I need to do. Laundry, clean the kitchen, organize what is looking to be a “hoarders” closet. Luckily I am going to have a cute lakeside getaway in Muskoka, Canada. I should probably pack. And because I’m a mess, I still haven’t. But here is a list of things I NEED to pack. This is more for me than it is for you I’m sure.

1. Dress to wear to the wedding

2. Bathing suit

3. Chargers for my phone and ipad/Kindle

4. Passports

5. Bug spray with DEET because they don’t sell it in Canada, and I heard the mosquitoes are hungry.

6. Sunglasses/Hat/Sunblock because I hate getting burnt on my face!

7. Flip Flops/Sandals because I probably won’t want to wear heels even though I should.

8. Notebook and pen, for a quick jot

9. The usual, clothes/makeup/hair accessories/toiletries

10. Travel purse, and wedding clutch

Do you tend to over pack or under pack for trips?

 

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