Escape to the Desert | Joshua Tree National Park

About two hours away from our home base of San Diego lies an expanse of cacti, sand, and yes–tumbleweeds. It was here, where the wind swirls up colorful paintings with billowing sand, that Michael uncovered his fascination with the cactus. An interesting discovery, considering he spent most of his life in southern California, where there…

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Cedros Design District in Solana Beach

On a seemingly little street, some number of adorable shops sit with all sorts of knickknacks for every kind of interest. It’s a lovely place to spend a couple hours strolling down the street–exploring, dining, shopping. Munch on deliciously unique toast smothered in walnut butter at the Lockwood Table Cafe. Peruse antiques and vintage goods at…

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September’s Harvest of Apples

After Tiffany’s cousins left, we were finally able to catch our breath and recover from the busy-ness. We took advantage of the free time and got back on track with our monthly dates in September. For September’s date, Tiffany planned a visit to Julian for some apple-picking and apple pies.

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[Highly Recommend] Tacos El Gordo | Tijuana Style Street Tacos

I was shocked when Tiffany told me she’s never been to Tacos El Gordo, given her love for Mexican food and the fact that she grew up here in San Diego. Ever since then, we’ve been meaning to remedy such a travesty. Perhaps the most well-known taco joint in San Diego, Tacos El Gordo serves up some…

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August’s Celebration of Traditions

Yes, we missed another date last month. We missed our July date to hangout with Tiffany’s aunt and cousins who were in town from Taiwan. In an attempt to catch up on our dates, we decided to combine our May date with our August date. The May date was supposed to be a trip to the…

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Hualien, Taiwan | Otherworldly Beauty

During our trip in Taiwan, we also visited 花蓮 (Hualien) with Tiffany’s cousin and his family. Hualien is located on the east side of the island and spans most of the eastern coast. It is basically a giant valley formed with the central mountain range on the west and mountains along the coast on the east.…

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Longtan, Taiwan | Taste of the Countryside

During our Taiwan trip, we visited Tiffany’s aunt in the Longtan district (龍潭), which lies on the outskirts of Taoyuan city (桃園). The name came from the pond in the middle of the city, and it translates to “Dragon Pond.” The area feels very different from the busy city life of Taipei. Buildings are more spread…

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April’s Venture to the Market

On a super hot day, Michael and I ventured out of the house again to visit the famous Hillcrest Farmer’s Market. Actually, I’d never seen much appeal in farmers’ markets and so never felt the need to see one. I mean, isn’t it just an open-air market, not very sanitary, crowded, and OUTSIDE?? How then,…

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[Highly Recommend] Breakfast in Taiwan

Taipei Overview Post When life gets busy, it can be hard to find time to sit down and eat a proper breakfast. Sometimes breakfast would be a granola bar on the way to work, or instant oatmeal. There was a period of time in college when I didn’t eat breakfast at all. But let me…

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Taipei Day Trip Part Two | Shifen + Jiufen

Taipei Overview Post | Part One: Sandiaoling Part one of our day trip outside Taipei led us through a memorable adventure in the mountains. Part two will now bring us back to civilization, to old streets rich with history from early mining days.

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