Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Like Candy (or, Why You Should go Grocery Shopping while Traveling)

I like candy. Whenever I travel I like to eat fun, delicious foreign candy...this typically brings me to the local grocery or convenience store, which, my friend, if you are traveling, is where you need to be too.

It started a few years ago while in Switzerland. A local suggested the best place to buy real Swiss chocolate (the kind you can't find in the States) was at the grocery store; she said the price and selection would be better, since supermarkets typically cater to locals (rather than tourists). Actually, scratch that, my love for stopping at local grocery stores may have began before that while in Costa Rica, wandering around San Jose looking for snacks and pottery (and at that supermarket I got a great pair of rainbow flip-flops--that I still wear--for about $1 US).

Then, while living in Germany, I was constantly finding yummy new candy which I had to share, so I was always sending my friends and family different treats. (like Kinder Eggs). This evolved into my sister and I swapping candy whenever we travel.

Sometimes, on the road the most boring tasks--like grocery shopping--can become some of the most memorable and culturally educational events. You can discover local sauces or even regional differences in popular or familiar foods. Like, in Hawaii you can find Spam musubi (Spam atop of bed of rice and wrapped in seaweed) at local 7-11 convenience stores. And, though many counties have KitKat candies, the flavors, like cappuccino, green tea, white chocolate, or strawberry tend to be regional. These are great (and inexpensive) gifts to bring back to friends at home, who, like me, like candy.

I guess what I'm trying to say in a round-about way, is that if you really want to eat local or learn about a culture, hit up a grocery store--you will be greeted with exciting smells and tastes, along with a wonderful blend of the familiar and mundane with the exotic and adventurous. Pin It

Monday, June 22, 2009

More Stuff: Simplifying

It's, in between laz-ing around, hanging outside, catching shows and hosting happy hours, I'm trying to declutter and organize. On Simplicity is one of my favorite sites to help inspire me through it all. Check out their interesting, challenging, and simplifying posts about decluttering and slowing down your own life.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Need Phish Tickets???

...Because I have to sell my Alpine Valley, I've listed them (BELOW face value!!! $40 or Best Offer!) on eBay. They are mail order/lottery tickets--which makes them extra special ;) When I got them months ago we had big plans to go out to the Midwest (to see family, friends, and Phish) but now we have other plans and aren't going to be able to make it to that area until August. Boo! Yes, I'm disappointed, but I'll be more disappointed if these tickets go to waste--which is why I've listed them below face.

In other Phish news...we were at the show in Camden, NJ on Sunday night and it was awesome! I hadn't danced that hard in a long time. But, more on that show later...right now I'm just trying to sell these tickets! (Click HERE to go to the eBay listing).

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

a coupon for you, dear reader!

I've (finally) added some new stuff to the PinkBird Creations Shop!!! Yay! And, just for you, lovely blog readers, here is a coupon good for 20% off (with a minimum purchase of $10). Use this code: SummerOfBlog09 at checkout to get your savings. Happy Shopping!