Travel Recap | Nyon, Switzerland

Nyon, Switzerland Waterfront

Hello, all!

It’s been another busy couple of weeks! Since I last posted, I’ve been in two different countries, attended a wedding in a château, eaten my weight in fresh croissants and become a huge, huge fan of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Ben and I got back from a 10-day vacation in Switzerland and France this past Sunday night and as glad as I am to sleep in my own bed and see Nori, I also am a little sad to be back because I loved this trip so much. We planned it after two friends who live outside the city of Geneva decided to get married and have their wedding in a nearby town called Coppet. Ben and I had been talking about traveling to Europe for a couple years now, something we had done separately but never together, and figured that the wedding was a great excuse to actually make the trip come true! 

I’m going to recap a few parts of the trip individually and so am starting with the the first city we stayed in — Nyon, Switzerland!CONTINUE READING

I Love You So Much | Austin Trip Recap and Food Tips

Austin, Texas City and Food Tips by Meg Bollenback

Hi, friends! Just a quick note for those who are new here or those who have been reading awhile, an easy way to keep up with posts is by subscribing to them via the “Meg in your Inbox” box on the right side of the screen. As soon as I post something new, an email will go out alerting you to it  and you can open up the new post directly from the e-mail that you receive. Your email will not be used publicly in any way. Another way to follow is through Bloglovin’ (also linked to in the right side of the screen). If you’re not familiar with this blog reader, you can learn more about it through this post.

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Quick Hello from the Sky

La Barbecue in Austin, TX

Hi, everybody! Happy Monday. We are flying back to D.C. from Austin today. And yes, in case you were wondering, Ben and I made sure to leave in plenty of time to catch our flight from the only airport in the city, unlike last Thursday. We are so not repeating that anytime soon!

This weekend was ahhhh-mazing. I have a big soft spot in my heart for this funky, delicious, relaxed city now. It has one of the most laid back vibes out of any city I’ve ever visited. Maybe it’s the heat (Lord knows it was steamy out there this weekend), maybe it’s the endless music that streams from various bars, or maybe it’s the abundant tacos and BBQ. Or maybe it’s all combined into one.… CONTINUE READING

{GIVEAWAY!} French Broad Chocolates’ Signature Chocolate Truffles!

French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC

How about a little giveaway on this Tuesday? It’s my very first on the blog and I’m THRILLED to say the least. The thing that makes it even better is that it involves chocolate. And not just any chocolate…French Broad Chocolates!

As I mentioned in my trip recap last week, Ben and I had a really delightful time down south a few weekends ago and ate our way through the quirky town that is Asheville. We tend to be more savory food connoisseurs than sweets, but after reading a review of French Broad Chocolates a few months ago in the Washington Post, I knew that we’d need to make a stop. So, after dinner on our first night in town, we braved the chill and walked to French Broad Chocolates’ Chocolate Lounge, located in Pack Square downtown.… CONTINUE READING

Keeping Asheville Weird | Trip Recap and Food Tips

Bluesteel as a Child, Asheville

I call this one Blue Steel, the Early Years.” I found that quirky painting in a gigantic antique/thrift/art/gardening store called The Screen Door while in Asheville a couple weekends ago. Spending an hour there fulfilled my creative desire to see artsy items and pretty furniture. The problem I experience whenever I visit a store like this is that I want to buy a lot of things. Like this mid-century dresser from my dreams. Or the heart and arrow wood carving I posted to Instagram

Mid-Century Dresser Asheville by www.megbollenback.com

 But, a small DC condo inhabited by two adults and a feline means that that dresser is not going to happen anytime soon. I can dream, though. (One day…one day…)

So, as the title of this post explains, I am finally recapping our trip down south; our second of two to North Carolina this winter, the first being Durham. What’s funny is that while we were on our way back to DC (probably during hour 7 or 8 of our mind-numbing drive through blizzard conditions), I pictured in my brain what this post was going to look like.… CONTINUE READING

Asheville Architecture

Hi everyone, thank you all SO much for the nice words about the post yesterday! Your comments about both the cake recipe post and the one on CAKE&WHISKEY‘s website! I am so excited about this opportunity and getting support from friends, family, and budding blogosphere friends makes it that much sweeter. 

I don’t have a big post for you today as I am still working my way out from under a mountain of laundry, emails and other projects that were put on hold while we went to Asheville. But, I will give you a quick taste of what our trip was like via some photos; a full recap is likely to follow next week!

One thing that I am learning more about with each trip we go on is iPhoneography as I don’t like to pull out the DSLR when we’re out in small spaces, such as a restaurant.… CONTINUE READING