Olivia's Palate

British Columbia – “The Best Place on Earth?”

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During the last few days, Blaise and I have been steadily making progress across British Columbia, Canada.  Since we’re on somewhat of a timeline to get to Alaska (before it gets cold and dark), we haven’t stayed in one place more than one night thus far.  The forest fires have also been really bad in the southern part of British Columbia, covering the landscape with a thick, smoky haze. Due to the forest fires, we had to make a last minute change of plans when the gate to our planned…read more

Life on the Road

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It’s been almost a month since Blaise and I left Philadelphia and have become full time travelers.  It’s funny to look back on what I expected my life to be like after leaving my full time job and what it has actually become.  So much time and thought went into prepping for this trip, but nothing could fully prepare us until we transitioned into this new lifestyle. We have spent the majority of our days driving across this vast and beautiful country, learning how to live and camp outdoors and “taking a…read more

The Journey Begins…

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This past Friday, Blaise and I left Philadelphia to begin our travels.  It honestly doesn’t feel real yet.  We’ve been talking about leaving to travel for months, and it finally happened.  We’ve dwindled down our possessions to what can fit in the car (Nissan Xterra) and the Thule carrier and headed off to the Jersey Shore for the first night. Blaise has some family in Jersey and the drive up here was short and pleasant.  Plus, we decided to go to NYC during the weekend, so it was a great mid-way point….read more

How I Decided to Quit my Job and Travel the World

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Isn’t it fun to fantasize about what you would do if you won the lottery?  I used to think about this idea quite frequently.  It would go something like this: If I had an (almost) unlimited supply of money, I would pay off my debt, help out various family members financially, and become a vagabond, traveling the world for an extended period of time.  Growing up, I visited my grandmother in Brittany, France over the summers and would spend hours listening to her intently while she talked about her worldly…read more


Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Blood Orange

Posted by in Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes, Travel

Ever since the day I first laid my eyes upon Romanesco cauliflower during a trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle, I’ve wanted to cook with it.  I have a thing for unusual looking fruits and vegetables.  I seriously get super giddy when I walk into a grocery store and find produce I don’t recognize.  I’ll usually squeal in delight and cannot wait to bring my unusual produce home so I can play with it in the kitchen!  I’m a huge food nerd; I know this.  Well the last time…read more

New Year, Fresh Start

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Happy (belated) New Year!  I know I’ve been MIA lately, but so many awesome things have been happening in my life that I haven’t been at my computer much.  I recently quit my job working for a large consulting company to work for a much smaller, local consulting company.  You know what this means?  NO MORE EXCESSIVE WORK TRAVEL!  Woohoo!  As a kitchen aficionado, this makes me SO happy.  I’ll be able to play in my kitchen much more frequently and be able to eat out a lot less. After…read more


TEN TEN – Restaurant Review

Posted by in Restaurants, Travel

TEN TEN 1010 Fleet Street Baltimore, MD 21202 I often find myself in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during the work week, which is an area teeming with new restaurants and store fronts.  I most recently stumbled upon TEN TEN, an American Bistro, which is tucked back in the courtyard of the historic Bagby Building. As soon as I walked into the building, I fell in love with it.  I’m a sucker for exposed brick walls and reclaimed wood floors.  I was welcomed by the hostess who sat me at the bar…read more


A Night at the Ritz Carlton

Posted by in Brunch, Desserts, Macarons, Travel

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of spending a night in a Ritz Carlton.  This dream began after my dad took me for Sunday brunch at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta to celebrate a momentous occasion (of which I can’t recall).  All I remember about the experience was the lavish food; I’m talking about caviar, smoked salmon, sushi, lobster, charcuterie, antipasti, and French pastries.  I may have been 10 years old at the time.  And as you can imagine, my parents began refining my palate at a very…read more

My Weekend in Seattle (in pictures)

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I’m the type of traveler that dislikes doing the “touristy” things.  I prefer to walk around a city like a local and discover things on my own.  Of course, I’m all about trying the local cuisine; Seattle is all about delicious coffee, seafood, and sustainable food.  However, I’m not trying to spend the few days I have somewhere new trying to pack as many touristy things in my schedule as possible.  If that tourist attraction happens to be on my way, I’m open to checking it out.  But I never…read more

Celebrating my birthday weekend in Seattle

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I arrived in Seattle yesterday afternoon and am spending the weekend here for my birthday!  The boy moved here for work last week and I figured his move coupled with my birthday weekend was the perfect excuse to come visit.  We wandered around Pike Place Market yesterday and I wanted to share some pictures with you all! I’ll post more pictures by the end of the weekend!  Enjoy 🙂