Stuff I Like

(Travel Products, Books, Blogroll, and More)

I like this stuff. If this stuff were a person, I would nervously call it up, ask if it had a crush on anybody, and then hang up before it had a chance to answer.

But I can’t do that, so I’ve just listed it here. Please note that my love can’t be bought – I have not been compensated for listing any of these links or products.

Do not contact me to have your blog or product added to this list, or else you will incur my Twitter wrath.

Blogroll:

  • Italy Explained – One of my favorite people tells you everything you need to know about one of my favorite countries.
  • Fevered Mutterings – Mike is hilarious and weird. So are his travel stories.
  • The Gastrognome – Advice, stories, and reviews from one of my favorite foodies.
  • Legal Nomads – A site about food and travel, run by my delightful friend Jodi.
  • A Lifetime of Worry – Life, parenthood, and whatever else comes up, through the eyes of my friends Philip and Mimi.
  • Nerd’s Eye View – Pam writes beautiful essays about her travels. Reading this makes me a better writer.
  • Travel Monkeys – My friend Deanna writes about travel and life with her little ones.

My Favorite Travel Products (AKA, stuff I actually buy and use without solicitation or cupcake-related-bribes):

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – Nothing beats a physical book, but this gadget is great for traveling until I accidentally hit the wrong button and then start yelling at it.
  • Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm – My absolute favorite lip balm.
  • Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube – I swear by these – makes packing and unpacking surprisingly easy, and my suitcase is always organized.
  • Kipling Art Satchel – My go-to carry on bag. Lightweight, holds a ton, folds down nicely, and squishes underneath the seat in front of me with ease.
  • Lewis and Clark Quart-Size Toiletry Bag – Durable, waterproof, and great for travel.
  • Nalgene Mini Travel Bottles – Spill-proof and travel friendly. (Note: I actually buy these at REI, because I can purchase the individual bottles in whatever quantity I need).
  • Oscar Biandi Dry Shampoo – A small bottles lasts more than a year – perfect for days when I’m traveling and don’t have time to wash my hair (don’t judge me).
  • Samsonite Luggage 21-Inch Spinner – My last Samsonite suitcase lasted me for years before finally dying. I don’t quite love this much as much as the previous model I had, but it is still pretty darn great. Cushy handle, four wheels (so it glides with just a gentle push), and seems durable. Rand has the same one and loves it.

Books I Love:

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  • Ugh, hard same, gems. Hard same.

Watching this sweet show made lockdown a little easier. #stevenuniverse #stevenuniversefuture
  • It is the apex of privilege that I can walk around my neighborhood, face covered, and know that no one will think twice about it. Trying to be more aware of that privilege, and how I can use it for good. But even talking about it feels self-congratulatory. #irunwithmaud
  • When Alison Roman says to put her slow roasted salmon on a bagel, you do it. This was just lovely.
  • This is the team up I've been waiting for. ❤️❤️❤️
  • Had a video podcast call today. Host joked that the dress code was formal. Challenge accepted. (I've never had the chance to wear this dress out.)
  • Make Kouign Amann, they said. It'll be easy, they said. You definitely won't set off two smoke alarms, they said. #quarantinebaking #kouignamann #instadesserts
  • Would I go so far as to call myself a baking genius? Yes. Yes, I would. 😅

My family is from the south, so we would call this pizza bianca ("white pizza) - and nobody really made it at home. But I became obsessed with it when we went to Genoa, and Rand and I seek out whenever we're in Liguria. We may have canceled our Italy trip, but I'll be damned if I'm not eating all the carbs. #saminnosrat #focaccia #saltacidfatheat
  • Before, and after. We're both sort of surprised by how well this home haircut turned out. Apparently I know how to do a gorgeous fade? I will not be exploring this talent further. #superstressful #tookforever #quarantinehaircut
  • No, I'm not making the damn bed.
  • Took a walk today, because, well, what else is there to do? Apparently a lot of folks had the same idea, because keeping my six feet of distance from everyone was tricky (I walked down the center of a lot of side streets). And while the sidewalks were full, the stores were empty and locked up - and it's so hard to see that and not know what the long term impact of this will be. A good reminder to support places if you can, keep your distance, wash your hands, buy gift certificates, tip your delivery driver, don't take more than what you need, and remember: we're all in this together.