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Found: a Caribbean island in Rhode Island

It was 100,000 degrees this weekend (okay, three zeros need to be removed) so we decided to try and cool off by heading to the beach. I like to live the fantasy that I’m on a deserted island so we searched for the emptiest beach I could find near us and it turned out to be Mansion Beach on Block Island. So armed a picnic lunch that could feed about 10 people (even though it was just the two of us), we set off on our great adventure to this little island. A photo tour of our day after the jump!

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Let’s Explore NY: Theater for a New Audience

Let’s catch some awesome theater at the off-off-Broadway Theater for a New Audience and eat some tasty Mediterranean at Miriam. You can take pretty much any train here (literally, the 2,3,4,5,N,Q,R,B,D,G, and LIRR all stop nearby).

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Lunching in Palm Desert

While being young and wild and free in the California desert, we stumbled upon 3 very tasty lunches. Be sure to stop by these places, next time you’re out spa-ing or hiking or Coachella-ing.

1. Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe. This place has  amazing brunch. They are famous for their short ribs eggs benedict; the meat is soft and the muffin is buttery. Their blackberry french toast is also pretty great; it’s filled with vanilla custard and comes with lots of fresh blackberries.

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Short Rib Eggs Benedict at Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe

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Eating my way through the OC

I was again left to my own devices for most of the OC but this time I had a car. Though I did try to go for a walk and again people looked at me like I was insane. Anyway, the OC actually has some really tasty food. Read on to find out what I found to eat in 24 hours in the OC.

The breakfast of champions can be had at Sidecar Doughnuts. Seriously the donuts here are really awesome. I couldn’t pick just one to eat so I got four (huckleberry, meyer lemon, almond crunch, and cinnamon). Lest you think I’m a total glutton; I only ate a quarter of each and saved the rest for my hard at work friends.

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Doughnuts and Tea from Sidecar

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Walking(!) around LA

I got into LAX at 10am and was left to my own devices while my friends were at work. I decided to go to Downtown LA in the hopes that it was somewhat walkable. It was very walkable and I got to see a lot of cool stuff and ate some really delicious food while I was there.

To get from LAX to downtown, there’s a superconvenient flyaway bus that costs $9 and drops off at Union Station; it stops at every terminal so just look for the bus sign when walking out. I was headed to the OC on Amtrak later in the evening so I conveniently left my luggage at the Amtrak luggage check for $4 per piece. It’s for ticketed passagers only but you can buy a ticket for $8 so it’s still a pretty good deal if you decide not to use the ticket.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting into the Reading Rooms at the Library of Congress

The guides at the Library of Congress don’t advertise this but it’s quite easy to get access to the cool books and walk around (quietly!) in the main reading room.

Step 1: Be really into books.

Step 2: Fill out this pre-registration form. You can fill this out up to 2 weeks before you go. If you’re already in the Library of Congress don’t worry, you can fill this form out when you get your library card.

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A walking tour of the smaller museums in DC

When I was a kid, we went on multiple field trips to learn about our nation’s capital. We visited the Capitol, the Smithsonian, the White House, and all of the presidential memorials. I remember being so tired out at the end of the day, I immediately plopped into bed. On this trip, I was determined to wander around some smaller places and try to find some quiet amidst the National Mall madness.

First Stop: Library of Congress I love libraries so this was a must-see for me. The Great Hall in the Jefferson Building has beautiful and intricate carvings. Note that the silver metal in the Hall is actually aluminum since aluminum was more precious than gold when it was built. If you stay tuned for a later post, I’ll teach you how to get into the various reading rooms…

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The entrance of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building

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