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06.04.15

TRAVEL RESOURCES!

hey there! i’ve now done 12 full blog posts on each city that i’ve visited in europe recently (except geneva, because i didn’t do much but relax with family friends there.) i thought i would make a post that you could bookmark & easily find all the resources if you’re planning a trip over there. click the links to see each individual post. happy travels!

paris

paris post : click here

champagne post : click here

tuscany post : click here

tulip

tulip fields : click here

amsterdam part 1 : click here

amsterdam part 2 : click here

pack

berlin part 1 : click here

berlin part 2 : click here

how to pack : click here

airbnb

amsterdam apartment 1 : click here

amsterdam apartment 2 : click here

berlin apartment : click here

05.29.15

TRAVELING TO BERLIN / PART 1

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hey guys! happy friday. the last stop on my european trip was berlin. i was there for about 2 weeks, and my two friends jen and jesse each spent a week with me there. we rented this apartment (see here) in kreuzberg and wandered around eating, drinking and all sorts of other things. this is part 1 of 2 of what we did while in berlin!

we were used to walking a lot or taking ubers in amsterdam, so when we got to berlin and realized it’s actually very big and ubers aren’t really available, we decided to take the train a lot. i really loved the train there, so easy and quick. definitely try it. berlin is interesting and very hard to explain actually. i wouldn’t say it’s a picturesque location, but it has a “cool” vibe almost everywhere we went. graffiti all over the streets, but gorgeous white interiors and minimalist decor. it’s full of contrast like that! it has a huge design focus, and you will always see people stylishly working on their laptops in the trendy cafes. and just wait till the next post when i talk about how i saw over 100 people naked!

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04.29.15

FLATBREAD PIZZAS!

in the spirit of making my own pizza in tuscany (see here) we are going to show you this insanely easy method of preparing these flatbread pizzas! this makes it a no fuss plan for a great evening with friends. ivan tried out two different recipes using the above technique and throwing on some seasonal ingredients. they both turned out great!

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FLATBREAD PIZZAS

Dough yields 6 individual servings

• 1 pound raw pizza dough (found in the bakery section of your grocery store,  Trader Joes has a great one too!)
• 2 cups basil
• 2 garlic clove
• 16 ounces fresh mozzarella
• 3 apricots sliced
• quarter of a red onion
• 1 cup arugula
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 3 ounces prosciutto
• 1 tablespoon pine nuts
• salt and pepper to taste

MAKING THE FLATBREAD PIZZAS: Bring raw pizza dough to room temperature and roll into 6 individual balls. Begin to stretch and shape to a desired size. We stretched ours to fit comfortably onto our panini press, which came about 5 inches in width and 10 inches in length (the perfect size for individual size pizzas). Once stretched and shaped set onto a pre heated panini press on high heat. Keep on high temperature for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown lines form.

Pesto Sauce: Combine 2 cups basil and 2 cloves of garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the 1 tablespoon of pine nuts. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Making the toppings: In a small bowl mix one cup of arugula with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Slice 3 apricots and slightly grill on panini press on medium heat for about 15 to 20 seconds (They grill quickly!). Slice the red onion and grill the same way. Doing so brings out the flavors of both the apricots and onion.

Proceed to top your pizzas with a layer of pesto then the fresh mozzarella. For a savory pizza, add the prosciutto mixed in with the arugula. For a sweet pizza, top with the grilled apricots and red onions with arugula.

photos and styling by: Ivan Solis 

04.24.15

HI FROM AMSTERDAM!

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hi there! i made it from tuscany > florence > to AMSTERDAM! and man is it cool here. we got a lucky day of sunshine before the clouds and rain (and king’s day craziness!) rolls in. i’ll be here for two weeks and i’m happy to have some of my LA friends visiting me here. i was missing home, so it’s good to have them by my side. i’ve been gone almost three weeks now and it feels like forever.

this trip is pretty sentimental for me. i set out to let go of some negative things that were happening in my life, and i can slowly feel them drifting away. i’ve seen so much already, talked to so many people, and just kicked all of those things out of my brain. and luckily i still have almost a month left to explore. follow me on instagram to see more of the day to day activities.

in this pic above you can see me WAY up in the sky on these swings that were by far the highest swings i’ve ever been on. i’m not generally afraid of rides but these were insanely high up! it was terrifying and amazing all at once. i laughed and held on for dear life.

lastly, can i ask your advice? if you could recommend ONE thing/place in amsterdam, what would it be? have a great weekend! -bri

04.17.15

HAPPY FRIDAY

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i just wanted to stop by and say happy friday…what are your plans this weekend? i’m packing up again and going to italy, where i am positive i will have too much pizza, pasta and red wine. cliche, but oh so true. i’ve been feeling really great so far on this trip. before i left i was wondering if i would feel homesick or lonely, but i’ve been meeting a lot of new people and hearing their interesting stories and accents. and when i’m by myself, i just enjoy the quiet and time to think. i do miss my friends and my cats, but happy to hear they are doing great with the people staying in my apartment. last night we went to a few bars in lausanne and got a good leg workout from all of the steep hills there. and i’ve spent too long trying to pronounce the “r” sound in french, it’s a hard one to master (if you’re me.)

it may sound boring, but i always like to do things like go to the grocery stores when i’m in other countries. just to observe the people in everyday life, the foods they eat, the differences from the US. i didn’t plan anything on my trip besides my accommodations…i just take it day by day. and luckily i can still be on a somewhat normal work schedule remotely.

anyways, enough rambling. i hope your weekend if full of relaxation or fun. i have a few days by myself in tuscany if you have any recommendations i would love it! xx –bri

(photo by tim walker)

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