San Diego to do list

San Diego Zoo
Safari Park
Aquarium
Natural History Museum
Balboa Park
Potato Chip rock – start early
Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve
SeaWorld
USS Midway Museum
Hotel Coronado
Museum of Art
Gaslamp Quarter
Thrifty Ice Cream (inside Rite Aid)
Babycakes – best cupcake
The Social Experiment Bar and Kitchen
George’s on the Cove
La Jolla Cove
Chuck Jones Gallery
Searsucker – pork belly
Cafe Lulu – hookah/dessert/drinks

 

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Books on tape are the best

Both of my jobs after graduation have involved quite a bit of travel. After a while just listening to music during my commute gets boring. The mind needs to be fed, just as the body does. I’m sure many of you have experienced this even during your daily commute to and from work.

I love books on tape. I can be entertained, learn, and feel productive during these empty spaces of the day. I didn’t realize how much time I was spending just traveling until I started listening to these books. I was finishing an average of one book per week. Luckily my local libraries carry books on tape so I was saving money on that front. Yay taxes(not sarcastic)! If you’re interested in doing the same thing, sign up for a library card and an Overdrive account then download the Overdrive application onto your computer. Follow the instructions, then you’ll then be able to download the books onto your phone and listen to the digital file instead of an actual tape or CD. There’s quite a few ebooks that you can download to your Kindle app as well. I think the last time I actually visited the library was when I went to sign up for my card. In any case, here’s my list of books that I have recently read and recommend reading. I chose them based on what was available, what I’ve heard is good, and what I cross-referenced with Amazon ratings. Enjoy!

Non-fiction:
It Worked for Me – Colin Powell
Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
Bossy Pants- Tina Fey
How the Hippies Saved Physics
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me – Mindy Kaling
Art of War – Sun Tzu
Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen Degenerous (rambles a bit)
David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell
Heaven is for Real
Super Rich – Russell Simmons – about hip-hop, peace, and happiness
The Depression Cure – beating depression without drugs using science
Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
Good to Great – Jim Collins
Built to Last – Jim Collins
How the Mighty Fall – Jim Collins
The Lean Startup
The Happiness Project
4 Hour Workweek
Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance – Louis Gerstner
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

 

Fiction:
Crazy Rich Asians – I was hoping it was a how-to guide 🙂
Dare Me – Megan Abbott
Devil in the White City
Sin in the Second City

St.Louis to do list

The Arch
Union Station
Busch Stadium
Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour
Schlafly Brewery tour
City Museum
Broadway Oyster Bar – cajun
Botanical Garden – Japanese festival
Fox Theater
Pageant Theater
Powell Symphony Hall
Lumiere gambling
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Contemporary Art Museum
The Loop
Tower Grove Park
The Pin-Up Bowl
The Moolah Theater – couches and drinks
Cathedral Basilica
Forest Park – bike, blade, run, etc
The Muny
Art Museum
Zoo – one of the top in the country and free
Jewel Box
Boat House
Butterfly House
History Museum
Six Flags
Laclede’s Landing
Central West End
City Garden
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Grant’s Farm
The Science Center
Blueberry Hill
Old Courthouse
Repertory Theater
Frontenac indie movies
Tivoli  – indie movies
Moonrise Hotel rooftop
Urban Chestnut Brewery
360 at the Hilton
Harlem Tap Room
The Dubliner
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Dressel’s Public House
Silverleaf Lounge
The Royale
Sanctuaria
Rigazzi’s
Milo’s Bocce Garden
O’Connell’s Pub
Planters House
Jack Patrick’s Bar and Grill
Sub Zero – vodka
Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
Ted Drewes
Imo’s Pizza
Lulu’s – vegan
Mescrum – Ethiopian
Mangia – raspberry dessert
King and I
Mandarin House
Blue Elephant
Corner 17
Thai Nevas
Mai Lee – best Vietnamese
Steak and Shake
Sportsmans Park
Guo Bin
House of India
Rasoi
Tony’s – best in STL
Bar Napoli – fancy
Bar Celona – tapas
Crown Candy – best malt
Everest cafe. Only for lunch
MoKaBe’s
Historical soulard farmers market sat morning
Tropical moose

Salt and smoke

Blood and Sand

Gamblin whiskey house

Taste Bar

Sasha’s wine bar

Crown ridge tiger sanctuary and crown county winery

Miami to do list

South Beach Ocean Dr. walking – Friday best people watching
Wet Willie’s
The Delano
The Raleigh pool
Key Biscayne North beach
Joe’s Stone Shack
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
LIV
Vice
Mansion
Story
Mokai
Nikki Beach – Sunday
Rusty Pelican
Wine and Food festival – February
Art Deco district
Lincoln Ave – shopping and food
Books and Books
American Social
Lure Fishbar
Abuela’s – 17th and Jefferson
Cortadito
Bodega
Marsh Harbor
Abaco
Nippers on Great Guana Cay
11
Loews Hotel – pineapple pancakes
Monty’s – PK3 and raw bar
Fritz and Franz
DRB – democratic republic of beer
Graziano’s – Argentinian
Merrick Park – shopping and food $$$
Oishi Sushi
Pollo Tropical – chop chop with yellow curry
Bulla Gastrobar
Pardo’s – Peruvian
Miracle Mile – shopping and food
La Carreta
Versailles
Venetian Pool
Botanic Garden
Seaquarium
Rent a catamaran
Monkey Jungle
Miami Zoo
The Biltmoore
Versace Mansion
Vizcaya
Star Island
Santas Enchanted Forest
Columbus Day Regatta
Ultra
Calle Ocho festival – March
Art Basal – first week December
Dandy Donut – FTL
Aphrodisiac Ice Cream
W, the Dutch – fried oyster sandwich

Atlanta to do list

Coca Cola
Anne’s Snack Shack – ghetto burger
NaanStop – fast indian
Food Stoppe – cajun
Wrecking Bar
Holeman and Finch
Imperial Fez – Moroccan with belly dancers
Ormby’s
JCT
Loca Luna
Octane Coffee
Antico Pizza
Don Antonia – gluten free pizza
Yeah Burger
Pacific Rim Bistro – gluten free
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market – lots of stores; Arepa Mia, Sweet Auburn Bakery, African, Soul, etc
The Curb Market
Arepa MIA
Sweet auburn bakery

 

Dallas to do list

Top Golf
Zero Gravity Amusement Park
Aquarium
Zoo
Sculpture Center
Majestic Theater
Museum of Nature and Science
Reunion Center
Sixth Floor Museum
Klyde Warren Park
Blue Ginger
Bangkok Orchid
Stephen Pyles
Standard Pour
Abacus
Victor Tango
Torchy’s Taco – make sure to see secret menu
Neighborhood Services
Acme Social House
The Common table
Whiskey Cake
HG Supply Company – nice patio
Yutaka
Nobu
The French Room
Fearing at the Ritz

Denver to do list

River tubing
1 Up – arcade bar
Breckenridge Brewery
Red Rocks ampitheater
Zoo
Botanic Gardens
Coors brewery
US Mint
Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of nature and science
Aquarium
The Fillmore
Bluebird theater
Ogden theater
Great Divide Brewery
Taste of Colorado – Labor Day weekend
Stony’s – Cardinals bar
Atomic Cowboy in Baker
Snarf’s
Stranahans distillery
Arch Pizza – STL style
Pinche Tacos
CAM – takes credit
Cholon Bistro