I had yet to write about my wonderful trip to Panama from last year. My mom’s best friends won a silent auction for a five-day stay at a lovely little boutique in Boquete and we jumped on the opportunity to join them on the trip. Part of the stay included meals and four activities, including a tour of a small local coffee plantation, Finca La Milagrosa. Lemme tell you…it was some of the best coffee I had ever tasted.
Believe it or not, I actually had more noodles in Japan than sushi, sashimi…any kind of seafood combined. This includes the snacking at the Tsukiji Fish Market and Nishiki Fish Market in Tokyo and Kyoto respectively.
Bungee jumping was one of those bucket-list items that I desperately wanted to achieve. It’s not the same as skydiving, which I got to do while in Arizona four years later, but it’s still a rush. There was no better place to take that leap of faith than off the Bridge to Nowhere in the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.
Springtime in Japan means one thing: cherry blossom season. Also known as sakura, the cherry blossoms begin to bloom near the end of March and the season lasts for about two weeks. Every marketplace, grocery store, Seven-Eleven, and boutique carries something that includes or celebrates sakura.
Established in 2007 in Santa Cruz, Verve Coffee Roasters is a trendy coffee shop with seven locations in California and one in Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. My visit to the Melrose Ave location was a delightful one; an open, yet quiet cafe, friendly baristas, and multiple options of not just coffee and pastries, but also fresh, cold-pressed juice.