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Denim Duty

Last weekend Z and I fled our city abode, heading South for about two hours. A quick getaway from the Nation’s Capital we settled into a weekend in Richmond, full of great food, wonderful art (of the museum kind as well as street kind), and exceptional thrift shopping. While you wait for my full weekend tour, here’s a peak at what I wore for our one full day in this State Capital.

denim dress by The Odells (get it here)
Gold & Pewter bar studs c/o Uncommon Goods
More great earrings here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/jewelry/earrings/earrings
vintage Brahmin bag (similar here)
vintage booties (similar here)

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Texas Photodiary

I think it’s true when they say “Everything’s Bigger in Texas”. The sky is a massive, cloudless pristine blue wall that lights up at night, full of bright shining stars you can see so clearly (due to the lack of light pollution). The farmlands are larger than I’ve ever seen before and can span a whole town (literally; there’s a town in Western Texas that is just this one farm). Even the people, they’re big in friendliness.

On my first trip to Texas I feel like I only cracked the surface of this once-independent-nation. It’s a vastly large space with so much variance. We started our trip in Austin, where a friend suggested Jacoby’s for dinner. AMAZING. We closed the place down on a Wednesday night and headed to some live music down the road at Stay Gold. After narrowly avoiding a winter storm it was so nice to be able to walk around in a light jacket and enjoy the warmth that I hadn’t felt in months.

After a cozy night we went out for breakfast tacos; that omnipresent Tex-Mex is enough to make me want to move South in itself! After fueling up we hit the road west for a cool seven hours. We watched the terrain go from dry and rocky to lush and tree laden, to mountains and plateaus, arriving into Marfa for sunset and moonrise.

Resident cat, Marmalade of El Cosmico

Marfa shop Freda

As previously stated, Marfa was easy to explore within just a few hours. With four days in the Western Texas area we were also able to explore the nearby towns of Alpine, Marathon, Fort Davis (for a star party!), and Terlingua (post on that place coming soon!)

afternoon delight at The Saddle Club in Alpine

Nearby Terlingua is the Big Bend National Park, which borders on Mexico’s Chihuahan Desert. Z and I took a sunset horseback ride through the park and it may have been one of my favorite experiences of the trip.

What do you think of my trip? Have you ever been to this part of Texas?

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Zapoteca in Portland, Maine

Zapoteca Mexican restaurant in Portland, ME

Ah, good old Portland, Maine. Smaller than it’s trans-country doppelnamer, but still the same 90s infused sensibility, this place is a unique American city. With a summer trip to the area every year, Z and I have started exploring what this city has to offer. The best part? Portland, Maine is home to the most restaurants per capita (in a yearly competition with San Fran); aka A Foodie’s Dream Come True. This most recent trip took us to Zapoteca, in search of what we heard was the best Mexican cuisine within the Portland area.

We started with the guacamole because I love avocado in all it’s forms. Zapoteca serves theirs well shaped and on a plate with chips, which was unique, not to mention delicious.  We also [took home and] tried a trio of salsa sampler. We tried the salsa de arnacado (fire roasted cashew), salsa pepita (toasted pumpkin seeds), and salsa naranja (with orange, chilis, and asian spices). They were all amazing but that cashew salsa OMG. I put that ish on everything for the following days, from scrambled eggs (weirdly delicious) to my grilled cheese (amaze).

Zapoteca Mexican restaurant in Portland, ME

For the main course Z had chicken enchilladas while I dove in for a chili relleno. Z’s was delicious, smothered in sauces with a side of perfectly salted pureed beans. Mine was posibly the largest chili I’d ever seen or eaten. Smothered in a mole sauce and stuffed with delicious spices and cheese I definitely had made the right choice.

Zapoteca Mexican restaurant in Portland, ME

Zapoteca Mexican restaurant in Portland, ME

As for drinks, we highly recommend La Rumba (a rum based twist on a mexican mojito with cilantro and coconut) and the Mezcal Rita, especially if you’re a fan of the smokey savory flavors that are characteristic of Mexico’s best export.

Omg I’m finishing up this post and starting to salivate….Being self-proclaimed Mexican food snobs we were not let down in the state farthest from the border.

What’s YOUR favorite local Mexican restaurant?

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