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Having a long distance relationship can obviously be a bummer some times- this Valentines Day I will be frantically packing for a work trip to Honduras instead of having a romantic date. What I will say though, is that it can be super refreshing to get out of town for the weekend on a regular basis. This weekend was no exception. The cheesy nature of valentines-y things is not exactly my cup of tea, so enjoying a relaxed yet eventful weekend with my guy was the perfect substitute. This weekend literally encapsulated my favorite things:

1. VEGAN BENEDICT : I love eggs benedict (vegan, regular, whatever I can get..) so I was super stoked on this amazing breakfast that Michael made me. We used organic onion bread from Nantucket instead of english muffins and it was so. freaking. good.  I may be posting this just so that I am sure to save the recipe..

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2. LAKE MICHIGAN : Visiting the lake is always amazing. But right now with the snow and waves frozen into heaps it was a totally new experience for me. We ran around on the snow/ice mounds until we were frozen little popsicles.



3. BEER : We tried Michaels home brew nut brown ale this weekend (I helped him make his first batch last time I was in Grand Rapids) and we also visited New Holland, Grand Rapids Brewing Co, and Stellas. New Holland is a staple, but it was my first time to the new Grand Rapids Brewing Co. It was packed, and the beer was actually super on point. It’s awesome to see how many breweries in Grand Rapids are thriving. Stellas is an awesome vegan friendly restaurant and bar that boasts over 200 whiskeys and GQ’s title of  best burger in America.

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4. COFFEE : There are some great coffee options in Grand Rapids. Rowster and Madcap are the ones to hit up! No one makes a cap quite like Rowster.

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Aaaaaaand of course, I enjoyed some great hockey and spending time with my amazing boyfriend.

// Megan //


Okay, so this really isn’t much of a “travel” post, seeing as Belle Isle is in Detroit [only 30 minutes from my house], but it is a fun place to go see! I’d never been to Belle Isle before, and it was a really cool place. I honestly didn’t even know what was there. It used to be a full fledged zoo, but like most of Detroit, its beautiful old buildings were abandoned. Most of the island had a real eerie/cool post-apocalyptic feel to it. Recently, however, people have been working to revive this once thriving Detroit landmark. The Belle Isle Aquarium was recently reopened and my boyfriend and I went to see it! Unfortunately, the battery on my real camera was dead [whoops, great planning Laura!], so I just have these iPhone & instax pics. BUT I’m definitely planning to go back so I can better document this awesome place soon!


There’s also a conservatory on Belle Isle. This was my favorite part! Conservatories are an awesome place to visit when it’s cold outside. It’s great to go see some green trees and feel the warm tropical climate during the winter.

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// Laura Jude //

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