Tag Archives: Summer

Strawberry Daiquiri with Basil Simple Syrup

You’ll feel like you’re on vacation when you’re sipping on this Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri recipe! It’s easy to make at home & perfect for parties or poolside sipping! A delicious combination of basil simple syrup, strawberries, rum and lime juice create the perfect summer cocktail!

Frozen strawberry daiquiri in glass with lime wedge and strawberry on the side

Do you ever sit at home wishing you were on vacation on a tropical island? While I can’t instantly transport you to Jamaica (man I wish that was a thing!) I can give you this delicious strawberry daiquiri recipe to whip up! Just close your eyes, take a sip and you’ll instantly be transported into vaca-mode!

Growing up, it was a real treat when my parents would let me order a strawberry daiquiri at a restaurant. (A non alcoholic one, of course!) Now that I’m a grown up (sometimes, haha!) I get to enjoy the same delicious drink, with booze!

For this daiquiri recipe, I added my own little spin with basil simple syrup. Simple syrup is easy to make by boiling a combination of half water and half sugar together until the sugar dissolves.

I love to make flavored simple syrup’s to add to cocktails. It’s as easy as adding an herb, vegetable or fruit to the simple syrup while it’s boiling. Strain the simple syrup at the end, then add it to your favorite cocktail.

I’ve made grilled jalapeno simple syrup to go in a Watermelon Margarita, it’s sweet, spicy and so delicious! I’ve also made mint simple syrup to add to this Frozen Coconut Mojito. So refreshing in a cocktail with that minty, fresh flavor!

The basil simple syrup in this cocktail adds just a hint of basil to this sweet strawberry daiquiri. After you whip up the simple syrup, all you have to do is toss all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and the cocktail is ready for sipping!

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Frozen Peach Sangria

You only need 4 ingredients to make these light and refreshing Frozen Peach Sangria Slushies! They’re perfect for cooling off on warm summer days!

Frozen Peach Sangria on Copper Tray with Fresh Peaches

The temperatures have been soaring lately and I’ve found myself reaching for frozen cocktails by the pool every chance I’ve had! So far this summer I’ve been blending up these Strawberry Watermelon White Wine Slushies, Frozen Mango Margaritas and Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies!

Last weekend, I decided that it was time to turn one of my most popular cocktail recipes for White Peach Sangria into a frozen cocktail and boy, am I glad I did!

This sangria tastes like you’re sipping on a fresh peach slushie, that also happens to have white wine it! It’s so refreshing and SO easy to blend up with just 4 ingredients in only 5 minutes!

Read the full recipe here!

Strawberry Watermelon Wine Slushies

These 3 ingredient Strawberry Watermelon White Wine Slushies are easy to blend up for parties, pool side cocktails or happy hour anytime! This refreshing cocktail recipe is made in just 5 minutes, so you can quickly get to sipping!

Strawberry Watermelon Wine Slushies in Watermelon

It’s summertime y’all and wine slushies are all the rage! I already shared a recipe for Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies and now I’m combining two of my favorite summer fruits, watermelon and strawberries, in this refreshing new slushie recipe!

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Avocado Bruschetta

Tomato basil bruschetta is combined with creamy avocado and served atop crispy toasted baguette slices with a drizzle of balsamic reduction in this easy, flavorful avocado bruschetta recipe, made in just 10 minutes!

Avocado Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

My classic tomato basil bruschetta recipe is in constant rotation around my house! Whether it’s served on a toasted baguette, in a grilled chicken zoodle bowl, on a turkey burger or on top of chicken parmesan, I can’t get enough of the fresh tomato goodness!

This summer I’m adding my favorite green fruit, avocado, to the bruschetta party!

Read the full recipe here!

Grilled Stuffed Peppers With Creamy Artichoke Dip

Grilled stuffed peppers are made with sweet mini peppers, filled with an easy, delicious creamy artichoke dip, creating the perfect appetizer for your next BBQ!

Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers

Can we talk  about how excited I am that grilling season is back in action? Grilled Strawberry Lemonade, Grilled Bruschetta Chicken and Grilled Berry S’Mores should definitely be our your summer grilling menu!

A couple of weeks ago our awesome neighbors invited us over for the first neighborhood BBQ of spring and made these delicious grilled stuffed peppers with a Jalapeno Artichoke Dip from Costco.

I was inspired and came home to make my own Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Stuffed Peppers with an easy, homemade dip recipe! I then proceeded to make these peppers three different times in two weeks, in Oklahoma, on Cinco De Mayo and to make and share on the blog.

They’re such an easy summer party appetizer to prep ahead of time and toss on the grill when guests begin to arrive!

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No Churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream

This No Churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe is made without an ice cream maker, making it an easy homemade ice cream recipe that is totally delicious!

This No Churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe is made without an ice cream maker, making it an easy homemade ice cream recipe that is totally delicious!

After I made No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream earlier this summer and found out the deliciously dangerous secret of just how easy it is to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker, I couldn’t be stopped for weeks!

I wanted to make every flavor under the sun, including my Mom’s favorite and mine, Salted Caramel Ice Cream!

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Meme’s Pink Lemonade Pie

Nothing beats my Grandma Meme’s Pink Lemonade Pie Recipe on a warm day! It’s the perfect Summer dessert and so easy to make!

Nothing beats my Grandma Meme's Pink Lemonade Pie Recipe on a warm day! It's the perfect Summer dessert and so easy to make!

This post appeared first on the blog in April 2012 and was my 100th blog post dedicated to my Grandma Meme, a woman who inspired my life and my passion for cooking!

The post has since been updated with new pretty pictures of this delicious Pink Lemonade Pie!

Read the full post here!

Berry Cream Fillo Baskets

Berry Cream Fillo Baskets are a deliciously simple dessert, made in only 10 minutes, they’re perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Summer BBQ’s! 

Berry Cream Fillo Baskets are a deliciously simple dessert, made in only 10 minutes, they're perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Summer BBQ's!

These berry cream fillo baskets are the perfect bite-sized patriotic dessert for a summer cook-out! I’m a fan of the popular “flag cake”, but after a huge plate of BBQ I thought something small and light would be better!

Whether it’s Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July, you can whip these sweet little desserts up in no time!

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Spiked Ginger Lemonade

This easy ginger lemonade recipe can be served as a mocktail, or with vodka as a cocktail, it’s so refreshing and perfect for warm summer days!

This easy ginger lemonade recipe can be served as a mocktail, or with vodka as a cocktail, it's so refreshing and perfect for warm summer days!

I partnered up with Bundaberg to create this delicious cocktail with their tasty ginger beer!

It’s summer time, and the living’s easy! Time to pour up a glass of this refreshing ginger lemonade recipe and relax!

Memorial Day weekend is on the horizon (like it starts tomorrow, woo hoo!) and I came up with the perfect cocktail to celebrate the occasion, Spiked Ginger Lemonade.

It’s essentially a combination of homemade lemonade and a Moscow Mule and it’s incredible!

Read the full post here!

Grilled Fruit Sangria

Red Wine Sangria is given a delicious twist in this refreshing cocktail recipe that features cinnamon sugar grilled peaches, apples, oranges and lemons!

Red Wine Sangria is given a delicious twist in this refreshing cocktail recipe that features cinnamon sugar grilled peaches, apples, oranges and lemons!

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and what better time to bust out the grill and grill up a juicy, delicious cocktail! Wait, what, grilling a cocktail, are you crazy?!

Why, yes, yes I am kind of crazy, but we’re not actually grilling the sangria here, we’re grilling the fruit that goes in the sangria!

Two years ago, I created this Grilled Strawberry Lemonade and it was such a hit on the “Grill Your Whole Meal” segment I hosted on San Diego 6 News, that I couldn’t wait to find more drinks to grill up!

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Watermelon Lime Sherbet Float

Fresh watermelon and mint are combined with lemon lime soda and poured over lime sherbet in this delicious sherbet float recipe, perfect for summer!

Watermelon Lime Sherbet Float Recipe

Did you know that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day?

I know, I know, who comes up with these national food holidays? Kurt (and I’m sure a few other people) think they’re totally ridiculous, but as a foodie, I love any excuse to celebrate my favorite foods like National Ice Cream Day.  Yes, please!

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Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria

Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria is a light and refreshing cocktail, perfect for a warm summer day or holidays, like Valentine’s Day or 4th of July!

Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria Recipe

This morning I went to visit my friends at CW 6 San Diego, to show them how to cook up a few of my favorite recipes for Valentine’s Day!

I shared my Heart Shaped Strawberry Cheesecake Puff Pastry Pies, Red Velvet Brookies and Heart Shaped Pizza, but I also thought the segment could use a sparkling Valentine’s Day beverage, so I came up with this Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria recipe!

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Peach Green Tea Lemonade Popsicles

Starbucks Teavana Peach Green Tea Lemonade is combined with fresh peaches in this recipe for refreshing summer popsicles.

Peach Green Tea Lemonade Popsicles

Today’s post is sponsored by Starbucks.

What’s more refreshing on a warm summer day than an iced green tea, a cup of lemonade, a fresh peach or a popsicle?  Well, luckily with this recipe, you don’t have to pick just one!

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Mango Salsa

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Last night was “Taco Tuesday” so I decided to toss together healthy, grilled Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos for the occasion! These tacos are sweet, spicy and oh-so-delicious.

I couldn’t top such an amazingly flavorful taco with just any old salsa, so I whipped up this fresh mango salsa!

Chipotle honey glazed salmon is placed in warm corn tortillas & topped with fresh mango salsa in this mouth-watering recipe for healthy salmon tacos!

This mango salsa is so easy to make and not only is it perfect on salmon tacos, it’s also delicious on top of grilled chicken, steamed fish or served with chips for dipping!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Mango Salsa Ingredients

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Mango Salsa Instructions

Add the diced mango and diced tomato to a small bowl.

Tomato Mango Salsa Recipe

Add the minced red onion, minced jalapeño and minced cilantro.

Mango Salsa Recipe

Squeeze the lime juice over the salsa and mix everything together.

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Easy as that, you’ve got a healthy, scrumptious mango salsa ready to go! This salsa has only 57 calories per cup, making it the perfect choice for a flavorful side that you can feel good about digging in to!

In addition to the salmon tacos I originally served this mango salsa on top of, the salsa would also be great on Grilled Shrimp Tacos or Blackened Red Snapper.

You can also serve the salsa with a bag of chips and a Serrano Chili Mango Margarita or Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita for a delicious happy hour!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!
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Mango Salsa

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups mango salsa
Calories 57 kcal
Author Whitney Bond


  • 1 mango diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced


  1. Add the mango and tomato to a small bowl.
  2. Add the onion, jalapeño and cilantro.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix together.

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

This recipe for no bake frozen strawberry cheesecake bars with Nutella graham cracker crust is easy to make and the perfect summer treat!

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Warm summer days deserve the perfect summer dessert! And that’s where these Frozen Cheesecake Bars come in! They’re super simple to make and a great cool treat to beat the heat!

Read the full post here!

Watermelon Tomato Salad

What says summer more than fresh watermelon?  We’ve hit the peak of summer and this little salad is the perfect side for a BBQ or a fresh and healthy lunch!


  • 3 cups cubed (or balled) watermelon
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 5 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Start by slicing open a watermelon and cutting out cubes or use a watermelon baller (if you ball like that, haha) as my Dad so perfectly displays! He’s such a baller 😉

Place into a large bowl, then begin slicing the grape tomatoes in half and add to the watermelon.

Add the feta cheese, mint and onion.  Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Before serving, drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar and toss well.

This dish was a huge hit at my family BBQ last month, along with its friends the pulled pork, skillet potatoes, jicama slaw and smoked brisket!

… yeah, that’s a lot of food!  I ♥ BBQ’s!

#44 Eat a Hot Dog at the Original Nathan’s on Coney Island

Although I do realize that you can get Nathan’s Hot Dogs virtually anywhere these days, it was important to me, as a hot dog connoisseur, to eat an original as part of my bucket list!

After two fabulous nights in NYC, it was time to get a little gritty and head out to Coney Island for this bucket list experience.

Upon arrival, I knew I was not on the Upper East Side anymore!

The first stop was obviously Nathan’s.

And of course I knew my order from the minute I stepped on to the Island.  One original hot dog, plain.

I felt that to get the true Nathan’s original experience, I had to enjoy the delicacy in its purest form, meat on a bun!

Just a couple of cuties ready to take down Nathan’s original!

The time had come to take my first bite and savour the dog in all its glory!

Juicy and delicious it was!

After chowing down on my original, we decided to take advantage of being away from the city and at the beach!

A little feet-in-the-water stroll was in order!

We then met up with my girl Katie from high school on the boardwalk for a couple New York brews at this cool little spot, Paul’s Daughter.

So fun to experience a different part of New York that most New Yorker’s themselves never even experience, and of course any day involving an original hot dog eating experience is a good day in my book!

#19 Fly on a Private Jet

This was one of those items on the Summer Bucket List that’s been on the life bucket list for years now. It took a random meeting with a pilot in Los Angeles that lived in Oklahoma to finally make it happen.

That pilot, my friend Chad, not only took me on the jet, he also took me to an OKC Thunder playoff game in San Antonio. Needless to say he is on the top of my “favorite people” list right now!

Boarding the plane, Texas bound!

I love the little GPS video tracker so we knew where we were in the air at all times!

Gotta sport my “Westbrook glasses” on the way to Thunder Up!

Landed in San Antonio after a perfect flight with my favorite pilot!

We headed down to the Riverwalk for a margarita, then over to the game!

Definitely a day I will never forget and will always be grateful to Chad for turning this bucket list item into a reality!

Pineapple Goat Cheese Prosciutto Wraps

While I loved “Meatless May”  I am very excited to re-introduce meat to the blog now that it is June!

The idea for this recipe came from a combination of my favorite pizza in Oklahoma and Pinterest.

I saw a pin for avocado with goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto, then the following day I had a slice of  “Maui Magic” from Hideaway Pizza in OKC which combines pineapple, mandarin oranges and Canadian bacon, and that’s how the Pineapple Goat Cheese Prosciutto wraps were born!

I decided to pair the delicious wraps with a Honey Lime Mint Glaze to give it that extra fresh, light, summer flavor!

Ingredients (makes 15 wraps)

  • 1/2 fresh pineapple (cubed)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 3 oz prosciutto (sliced)

Honey Lime Mint Glaze (makes app 3/4 cup)

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint (finely chopped)

Start by slicing the prosciutto and cutting up the pineapple.  Next, take a small piece of goat cheese and place on a cube of pineapple.

Then wrap the prosciutto around the pineapple and goat cheese.

And repeat 14 times.

Next, make the glaze by whisking together the 4 ingredients.

Drizzle the glaze over the wraps or serve on the side for guests to pour on their own.


90 in 90 Bucket List

What would a summer adventure be without a summer bucket list? How about a bucket list that includes 90 items to be completed in 90 days? Well that would be my list!

Included with my recipes, interviews and adventures from the summer, I’ll also be giving bucket list updates!

Let me know if you want to get involved and help me start crossing off my list!! (I’m gonna need it!)

  1. Complete the “food list challenge” (I’m at 68 66 of 100 right now!)
  2. Do a mud run (completed 5/26/12)
  3. Interview a chef in each of these ↑ cities
  4. Attend Taste of Chicago
  5. Surpass the 1000 follower mark on Twitter
  6. Host my own cooking show
  7. Meet Taylor Swift (don’t front, she’s awesome!)
  8. Go skydiving
  9. Attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park (completed 7/8/12)
  10. Swim with dolphins
  11. Volunteer with WWOOF
  12. Cook with Giada De Laurentiis
  13. Appear on the Today Show
  14. Stomp grapes
  15. Have a pint at Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago
  16. See a live jazz band in New Orleans
  17. Fly on a Private Jet (completed 5/29/12)
  18. Visit a pig farm
  19. Meet the man, the myth, THE BOB STOOPS
  20. Go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  21. Watch the Thunder become the NBA Champions ( saving this one for next year!)
  22. Take Mom Jet-skiing
  23. Go Zip-lining
  24. Make Someones Day
  25. Run across the Golden Gate Bridge
  26. Go to the top of the Space Needle
  27. Interview Jamie Oliver
  28. Eat deep dish in Chicago
  29. Donate toys to a children’s hospital
  30. Catch a fish
  31. Go horseback riding on the beach
  32. Spend a day with Giuliana Rancic
  33. Learn how to play the guitar
  34. Go to a Chicago Blues Bar
  35. Start a college fund for my “nephew” Eli
  36. Ride in a hot air balloon
  37. Participate in a flash mob
  38. Make homemade ricotta cheese
  39. Ride in a helicopter
  40. Go hiking in the rainforest
  41. Eat a hot dog at the original Nathan’s on Coney Island (completed 6/30/12)
  42. Publish a cookbook
  43. Participate in a food eating contest
  44. Go shopping at Pike Place Market in Seattle
  45. Take a photography class
  46. Become a contributing food writer
  47. Re-connect with someone I haven’t seen in years
  48. Get a menu item named after me
  49. Make it on Times “Top 100 Blog List”
  50.  (completed 5/21/12)
  51. Crash a Wedding
  52. Have a picnic in Central Park (does an iced coffee count??)
  53. Help a friend in need
  54. Go snorkeling
  55. Have a video on YouTube “go viral”
  56. Become a New York Times Best Seller
  57. Volunteer to help build a home
  58. Enter a recipe in a contest
  59. Run a race with all the members of my immediate family
  60. Start a dance party somewhere random
  61. Take my “Nephew Neighbor” Jake on a day of fun (completed 5/30/12)
  62. Meet someone new every day
  63. Inspire someone
  64. Play with a monkey
  65. Get a stamp in my passport
  66. See a moose
  67. Go white water rafting
  68. Actually finish a book I start reading
  69. Kiss someone in the rain
  70. Get an agent
  71. Send someone flowers for no reason at all
  72. Compliment a stranger
  73. Volunteer for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign
  74. Send a dozen greeting cards out to random friends
  75. Ride a bull (a real one, not a mechanical… been there, done that!)
  76. Take Becca to Miami
  77. Create an app for food bloggers
  78. Play “slip cup” (completed 7/7/12)
  79. Go rock climbing
  80. Buy a Polaroid camera
  81. Meet Toby Keith (Boomer Sooner!)
  82. Have a food fight
  83. Be in a parade
  84. Be part of a big Italian family dinner
  85. Make my brother a gluten-free birthday cake (completed 6/1/12)

Summer Adventure Travel Schedule

Following up from yesterdays post announcing my Summer Adventure Plan, this is my tentative summer schedule!

If I’m coming to a city near you, contact me!  If I should go somewhere that’s not on the schedule, let me know!  Tell me who to interview and what fun events are in your city, as well as where to eat and who to meet!

This post will be changing and evolving as I add new cities, events and interviews, so check back regularly to see what I’m up to!

May 19: Depart Los Angeles

May 19-20: San Diego, California

May 21-23: Edmond, Oklahoma

May 24-25: Dallas, Texas

May 26- June 7: Edmond, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Interviews: The stars of  YouTube video sensation “Beard Like Harden”
  • Events: June 1 – My Big Brothers 30th Birthday Celebration

June 8- June 10: Houston, Texas

June 11: Waco, Texas

  • Interviews: Caprino Royale Goat Farm

June 12 – 27: Edmond, Oklahoma

June 28- July 2: New York City, New York

July 3 – July 7: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts 

July 8- 11: Boston, Massachusetts

July 12-27: San Diego, California

  • Events: July 18 – Opening Day at the Races, Del Mar, CA

July 30-Aug 1: Los Angeles, California

Aug 2-19: San Diego, California

A Girl with a Plan, a Blog and a Craving for Adventure

“You cannot always wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump. Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Don’t be a person who has to look back and wonder what they would have or could have had.” – Don Kel 

I’m jumping into a new social experiment in blogging that involves a summer of travel and I need your help, read below to find out just what this all means!

As I approached (and gracefully passed) my quarter life mark, the usual life events began to occur, friends got married (Congratulations Marin!), friends had babies (Love you Eli!),

friends graduated college, friends got new jobs, friends advanced in their careers, friends moved away and friends moved closer and I…. made food!

My life is an ever-changing adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Growing up, my parents (the greatest in the world in my book!) always told me to go for it, to live my dreams and to never miss out on an opportunity. I took their advice, probably even further than they expected (and maybe wanted me to) sometimes!

When I was 21 I started my first business and I loved every minute of it, but at a certain point I realized that it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. That is when the crazy adventure that is, my life in LA, began.

I really had no plans in LA, but just to try something new. And something new is what I got. I went back to school, I traveled, I made new friends and I began the ever amazing journey that is blogging.

The blog began as an actual notebook I wrote in when I first moved to LA. I wrote in the book about things that made me happy, what my goals were and what I was doing to achieve each of those goals.

Today’s post is a culmination of all those things. Over the last year I’ve realized that the things that make me the happiest and most fulfilled are:

  • People – meeting them, talking to them, being around them. I love fun people, people with interesting stories, adventurous people and my favorite, the positive people 🙂
  • Traveling –  “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustin
  • Adventures – Everything from half marathons in the mountains to hiking at the beach to camping in the woods, I’m always up for a new adventure!
  • Food – I’m pretty sure if you’ve ever read my blog before, you can pretty much figure this one out!
  • Cooking – This is my escape, when I’m in the kitchen I’m the most creative, the happiest and the most at peace than anywhere else!
  • Writing – What a release!  Writing for me is therapy. Everything from jotting down notes, to writing stories, writing recipes and writing about my adventures, I love the way the written word can resonate with people so uniquely and reach people on different levels!

I have combined all of these and come up with my latest plan for life.

The Plan:

I will be traveling to cities everywhere from the US, to Mexico, to Canada and anywhere else someone invites me!

I will be staying with friends, family, friends of friends and cooking for them.  Yup, you heard me right, I stay at your house = I cook for you! I would say the trade-off works pretty well right?

In each city I want to experience a new adventure, whether it be sky diving, mud runs, swimming with dolphins or anything in between, I’m up for it!  I’ll be interviewing chefs, bloggers and interesting people in each city and trying the best and most intriguing restaurants each one has to offer!

Here’s where you come in:

  • Where should I go? Tell me where you live or where you’ve visited that I must go and see!
  • What should I do?  What adventure should I experience in this city? Do you all have the largest Jazz festival outside of New Orleans, do you have a beer festival that would put Oktoberfest to shame, do you have a secret adventure spot that only the locals know about?
  • Where should I eat? Who has the best pizza, most interesting menu, biggest pancake I’ve ever seen?
  • Who should I interview?  Are you a chef, do you know a chef, do you own a restaurant, are you a fellow blogger, are you “in” with the chef at your favorite restaurant or are you just an interesting person with a story to tell? Tell me who to talk to!

The good news:

I’ll be recording everything on the blog and sharing my adventures, recipes, interviews and restaurant reviews with all of you!

The goal:

  • The book.  At the end of the summer I will publish my first “food and travel” book!
  • The people. I want to meet you!  You can view a calendar of my travel here! If I’m coming to a city near you, lets meet for coffee or a pint!  I’d love to hear your story!
  • The adventures. Adventures = Stories and “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself. They are the currency of human contact.” — Robert McKee. Join in the adventure by helping me complete one of my Summer Bucket List items!
  • The food.  In the words of my girlfriends OBVI!

I need your help in this adventure!!! Comment below, message me on Facebook, tweet me on Twitter, Instagram me (@whitneybond), tag me on Pinterest in a destination or adventure picture I have to try, share this with your friends, family, fellow bloggers, join the adventure with me!

In the end, my goal is to say this every day of the summer:

“Each day I am thankful for friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love.” – Unknown