Finding what’s in Minnesota from artisans, brewers and all locally made.

I got to go to a preview at The Lowertown Pop a few weeks ago. If you follow my Instagram you might have remembered my Kole Closet talk about the event. Well, this past Saturday the actual event was on at the St. Paul Union Depot. The train station, unlike train station in Europe or New York, this one’s a little bit dead for transportation and is used for events like these.

The Lowertown pop had a variety of difference things for anyone from crafts, food and drinks, and lifestyle. I’m going to talk about my favorites, in order by how I walked through the popup. Note, I’m not getting anything by talking about these company’s I liked these booths and  stood out to me the most.

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Muddy Mouth Cards: Greeting cards to whole new level of funny. We just kept finding some and laughing. I love cards they are everything I want to send to people. Also very inspiring as a writer myself, who always said I’d write Greeting Cards.

Yoerg Brewing: Minnesota First brewery is back! It was a nice beer, I’m not very savvy with Beer terms like my friend. But what I liked a lot was the history, the passion in the men as they talk to us about the beer and the story. There opening a Yoerg Pub this summer with a classic Art Deco Bar that’ll take you back to the time. I’m excited to go and try the pub–it’s honestly so different from what Minnesota has right now in local pubs and breweries as this brewery is going to be in the pub.

212 West: Did you ever make necklaces with words you will love 212 West. It’s such cute and fun thing. To be able to create words out of necklaces like a kid again.

IMG_0703Nest Pure: ALL hand made and organic bags; they were so stylish. These kinds of bags are perfect sizes for Ipad as well, or even your wires.

Anywhere Apparel: it’s a travel apparel company to make packing easier yet still keeping you stylish. This stand was so Minnesota style, casual, basic and reversible for having to deal with four seasons. But you can make anything yours. I love the shirt they have because it’s reversible, soft and basic you can make so many different outfits. I love the idea of getting off a plane smelling like travel and just flipping the shirt inside out.

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Other thing I loved….

IMG_0704These chocker from Desdomona Doolittle; made out of items found.

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I really like being able to go to this event because it not only got me out of the house, it got me into what Minnesota has to offer, what was happen, and also networking. I’ll talk about more about my transition back BUT it’s weird cause I’m from here yet I don’t know what to do or where to go. Now I know that Yoerg be a good spot for one.

 

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City Girl Guide: What’s new in Cork City

If you like a larger City Girl Guide of Cork comment below. OR an even Larger City Girl Guide to Ireland–that is something I love to try but would take a lot of time–comment below letting me know what you would like to see.

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I always say a lot can happen in a day. I also said how Cork needed a doughnut shop well in my 5 months away from Cork not only did a lot happen they got a doughnut shop–TWO! You could prob hear my frustration. There was not much new in Cork, my favorite places were still there and it still rained a lot. It’s Ireland. But no worries I saw that the door changed, I saw the new sign and I noticed the new menu in Silly Goose. Because details and little things are what I pay attention to.

First, lets talk about the doughnuts. There are two: Huckleberry’s Doughnuts & Oh My Donut. I kept hearing about them because I kept telling people about my frustration “the IMG_8720minute I leave they get doughnut shops”. And I have gotten not so happy reviews on them–there over price, the doughnuts are all the same, and one places get their doughnuts made by one of the grocery stores. It’s like walking into the English Market and buying over price fruit they got from Tescos (true). So, I wasn’t too keen on wanting to spend 4 euros for a doughnut that wasn’t even made in the shop. But, after having a doughnut-themed cake in Silly Goose –the ice cream really helped, and need food the next morning; me and my bet friend bit our stubbornness (mine lets be honest) and went into Oh My Donut.  I’m a classy girl who just wants a plain chocolate doughnut–which they didn’t have so I went with a plain doughnut to my surprise had jelly in it–I wasn’t pleased.IMG_8569

Local doughnuts are a trend, even here, there are some popping up–and I wouldn’t call myself a doughnut girl–I usually get doughnuts when I’m starving for food. So, I couldn’t be a doughnut review person–what I will say if it’s going to be a hype thing it better be worth it.

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The next new thing are the shops . The new building around the English market and Patrick’s Street, is getting close-to being finished  No one really knows what’s going to be in there for businesses or shops. Can definitely say Forever 21 is not coming to Cork? Which to be fair, I’m over the cheap, not even well-made, bad ethics shop anyways. I’d stick with Penny’s. I am getting really into ethical fashion and buying lasting pieces. Another shop which is across the way from the new high-rise building (it’s probably 10 floors), is Sostrene Grene (the sisters Grene). Which is a little bit like Tigger but I say a little bit more for the mid-twenties and mothers. This place is like  IKEA without the furniture. Look at the pictures below to see more:

I love shops like these, they make me want to buy a loft and just go nuts!

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Building being built is on the left in reflection

Having all these new things pop up in Cork is always a good thing, so many abandon buildings and Cork is a great city that deserves it. These new building and business coming to Cork hopefully means a vibrant, things to do, variety, kids have places to go and things to do, and maybe outside of homes will look nicer (because if you ever walk around Cork, or really any city in Ireland you see outside of homes are no flower gardens–and that has a lot to do with housing and renting laws they have–I don’t know much but I’ve listened and experienced.)

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetThe one thing that worries me about all these new things is losing what I love about Cork which is how Irish and true Irish it really is. There’s a few tourist shops and pubs that are gear towards tourist but that’s it, I’m also worried about having it become Americanized, no TGIF or Hardrock cafe’s please. This also means its up and coming people will want to live there–meaning rent will go up, which I am experience in Minnesota to be a real pain in the bum of economics. And you know a lot of this is just how life works and how countries evolved. But, don’t forget your roots.

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I’m excited about the things Cork had and I wonder what they well have when I come back as long as Monday club is still there, the drinks are still good I’ll be happy and there is no TGIFs.

 

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A City Girl Guide: Wicklow National Park

I went on a road trip through Wicklow National Park.  And here is my guide to the Park.

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Coming from Dublin going towards Bray heading are way towards Glendalough. We were going to go the faster route to Glendalough, but of course, I got mixed up with directions and way to go. The thing about Ireland signage you really need to know what direction you are
heading and what the town’s you want to hit–like for this we could have taken both roads. It’s confusing but it all works out for the best.

Once you’re off the major road and heading in the direction of Glendalough keep going, the road will run right into it.

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Glendalough: ‘the valley of the two lakes’ it has a lot to offer from learning about the history and cultural to a nice walk through the woods or around lakes, and a waterfall. Find out more here: http://www.glendalough.ie/

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We kept driving through Wicklow National park Our point of destination was the Sally Gap then to the Guinness lake.

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Sally Gap: one of two east-to-west passes across the Wicklow Mountains. Basically, it’s a four-way stop sign, with incredible views of the Wicklow Park.

As we drove further down the mountains towards the lake, we pulled over to get different views not only of the lake but the area as well.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetLough Tay: also known as Guinness Lake for the owners are the Guinness family, it’s private property so only way to see it is above, which is the best way to see it.

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Next stop was the Powerscourt Gardens.

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Powerscourt Gardens is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens. The Powerscourt is pretty cool despite that it was winter and there were no flowers. The view and the amount of garden and history you got were worth wild. There is a tea room that is a must try (we didn’t but we were told we should have–next time).

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Then we headed towards Bray.

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Bray: having it be so close to Dublin it is a popular tourist destination and holiday home area. A lot like Kinsale but a lot bigger and diversity I think. We got there pretty late but made it just in time to do the walk seeing the little train between the towns go by and walked the beach and the town. We didn’t stop in anywhere since we wanted to get back before it was even later. But, when looking into Bray I found lots of pubs, cafes, and places to eat however we never went except to the McDs. For more on Bray click here for lovin.com has 45 things! 🙂

 

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Hidden Places of Cork

If you are someone who likes to find the hidden places you never really see, the places that are not always all over Instagram. Someone who needs a  place to just sit and be this post is for you. I am someone who just loves to wonder, I’m very adventures and I find myself in the most random places. I also am someone who just needs to take a moment and while living in Ireland for two years I found that really helped me.

hiddenplacesofcorkSo, if you are ever in Cork and want to see some unusual and off-beat places in your travels or if you live there and want to just know of a place this list is for you!  Most are in Cork city others are on in the county of Cork but I say exactly where they are.

IMG_3793Jumping the fence: I found this place when I was living in college buildings on my walk to the gym, the walking path near the Kingsley hotel. There is this fence that you can easily jump that takes you right by the river, and near a small little damn. There are other people around fishing. I usually liked going there in the evening to sit watch the water move and take some time to myself.

Processed with VSCO with t1 presetSecret places of Gtown: In Garretstown is a beach outside of Kinsale, through Ballinspittle and it is a pretty cool beach, one to walk. But there are a lot of hidden, or open places. There is this small patch of a “cliff” don’t really know what to call it but it’s way up high with open space all around it, and its right near the staircase, you just climb up to get there. There is also hidden staircase between the two beach. That takes you down to another beach which during high tide is not there, but if you climb on some rocks off the side of the staircase you are able to sit. there is also this little grass patch on a “peace” of land where I use to lay in the sun with Scruff after our walks. I found a lot of hidden places in Garretstown, some are harder to explain exactly where. So, if you ever make it down there, go exploring, especially during the low tide.

0488F29E-4358-4F2B-8F5D-533B8ED2D3FDCave: I found this at the second beach in Garretstown. It’s on one of the cliffs walking paths, you just got to keep going until you see this open “beach rock” area that is “none existence” during the high tide. But when you go down there, it’s so LARGE and your voice echoes. It’s a great place just to be and feels so small.

Processed with Rookie CamRandom apartment building: When living in the college housing I kept seeing this old building–people said it’s hunted  that nothing is up there. So one day I took a long walk to the place to go see. Never realize this part of Cork excited I found that it was an apartment building, that still needed some work, but had a great view of the city.

09A195E7-045F-4EB3-8769-4CADCC167482White Bridge: Now in Fitzgerald park you might see this white bridge, it’s through the skate park and the walking path takes you right into the city. But there is this spot where you, of course, hop the fence and get closer to the river. There garbage everywhere and signs of people probably hanging out there at night, and a lot of these spots are probably that but I go during the day. So no issue.

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A far drive
: This is outside of Bantry, in a small town called Glengarriff. There is this little woods park, that has boat tours taking you to the islands out on the water. When went it was off season so there were no boats, but it honestly felt abandoned little dock in the woods. I really liked this area because it reminded me of being a kid running around the woods. I felt like Peter Pan.

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Not So Hidden but great escape: Elizabeth Fort, on top of Cork away from the city sit the historical Elizabeth Fort. For more information about the fort check out there site. I like going there because its not only something to do, you get a great view of the city and sometimes you need to just sit back take in the view.

 

I found there are a lot of places in Cork that no one really knows of, or only locals know of. I found them while walking the streets, I could try to tell you them all but then it’ll get confusing especially if you haven’t been there before. I say if you are traveling, visiting a city, or going on a road trip stop and pull over to the side and adventure off. Spot the off beat path that only a few people have been willing to take and take it, it might lead you to the most amazing hidden places of the world.

 

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Happy St Patrick’s day: A list of what you should know about Ireland from my Irish friends

I am not Irish at all, I would tell people.

IMG_8530In recent research of my dad looking into my grandpa’s family background, we apparently have roots. I have like a grain size of Irish in me–yeah I’m still not Irish. Before moving I didn’t know much about Ireland except there were no snakes. I wasn’t even sure if they would have my shampoo. I soon realize how silly I was.

As I lived over there I found myself learning more about Ireland and the culture by being able to live with an Irish family, making friends with Irish and hanging and participating in what I referred to as “do what the Irish do”. So I could tell you exactly what you should know about Ireland but I thought it would be a better than my perspective and ask my Irish friends what people specifically America’s should know about Ireland. And today being St. Patrick’s day- where according to my dad everyone is Irish here’s a list of things to learn and know about Ireland.

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Leprechauns are NOT real
Don’t just go to Dublin- there is more outside of Dublin
Need to go to the countryside
The idea in people’s head isn’t real
Social Drinkers
St Paddy’s day NOT Patty–St. Patricks or Paddies day
more graves than births
we are great craic
very friendly
GAA is a big thing here-Gaelic athletic association of Ireland
Hurling is number one sport they have county teams that don’t get paid but are like professional players.
Some schools play Field Hockey
Gaelic is Irish there is no Irish and Gaelic.Because you have Scottish and Welsh Gaelic too!
They have to learn Gaelic in school
Primary school is elementary school
We say “like” a lot, especially at the end.
Breeding Horses

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MMA  grew in popularity cause of Conor McGregor
We love just having a good time.
Everything is in Gaelic and in English for example road signs, signs for the bathroom etc. So when coming to Ireland expect to see Gaelic.
Name’s–how many times names are miss pronounce. Here are some examples of names and how to say them: Caoimhe (“Qwee-va”) Sinéad(shin + aid”), Aisling (ASH-ling)–my firends name and I just call her Ash cause I get it wrong, Aoife(EE – f ah), Seán(sh-aw-n ), Eoin/Eoghan(Oh-un), Saoirse (seer-sha)

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I did write once a St. Patrick post but that is now deleted. My experience with Paddies day has always been filled with memories and drink. And I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s day. If you are in Ireland for the day, go to a local pub and sit in there for hours (best experience I ever had). It’s my first year in a long time not in Ireland for today and I know its going to be very different. I hope you liked today’s blog post I really wanted to write this especially from my friends perspective.

Like and Comment letting me know or if you have any questions. Or if Irish and like to add something:)

Be kind and don’t forget to follow A City Girl Story on Instagram, Facebook, and Boglovin.

 

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Disclaimer: for the possibility of someone seeing the negative in this. I want to write this because for the first times I was living there I was told “you think this don’t you” and I could feel the frustration in my friends about the stereotypes or what people think is Irish or Ireland, thus I wrote this to clearr up the stereotypes and what people might not realize.

Girl on adventure: Edinburgh

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There is just something about this part of the world that I love. I’ve been to Edinburgh before but I wanted to go again to see a friend who is studying there and also see the city again. The last time I visited I had just finished my study abroad, wanting one last adventure before going home. I was so happy for life and everything seemed so
untouchable back then. Now, I am a woman who knows that life can be one scary rollercoaster and know how to handle herself, flying by herself to Edinburgh.

And as I got off the bus too early because it would have taken me to the city center, but google told me other wise, I figured it out and ended where I needed to be, on North Bridge Street where everything began to feel familiar. 

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Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Edinburgh is a very old city, older than America, and so it has a large history. I took the tours last time I was here, so this time I wanted to just walk around, hang with my friend, and experience the local areas.  I love how it’s such a big city but you don’t get the big city attitude. If you want to read about the places of Edinburgh I visited you can click here.
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Edinburgh is one of my top cities I’ve been to, it’s easy going, friendly, and the buildings are wonderful. I have been to a lot of cities but my favorite places are the cities where I can just take my time, not feel rushed, and there is a hill to climb to take in good views of the city.

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A City Girl Guid: Edinburgh

A guild to Edinburgh of what to see and what to do.

There are two main streets Prince Street and Royal Mile, the main street connecting these two is South Bridge once you know these streets it’s pretty easy to figure out where you are going. And something to keep in mind streets going under streets, so if you go down you can always go up. Take a walk around Edinburgh you will find some historical places but here is a list of places to hit when there:  

Untitled1Pub Life: We went to a few pubs around Edinburgh. They all were a unique- there was even a pop-up bar right in a park near Prince Street we stopped in. We went to this pub called the Pilgrim, it was quite since it was a Monday night but when you buy a drink you get food-FREE. There was another pub, Revolution, that was known for their cocktails. When you’re in Edinburgh I suggest trying the pubs in Edinburgh, it is not only part of the culture but you get to experience local beers and/or drinks, you also get to sit down out of the rain have a chat. The pub atmosphere in Edinburgh is something you need to do when there, it’ll be grand!

 

Untitled4Royal Mile: The top tourist street in all of Edinburgh. It starts at the castle and ends at the Palace-why it’s called the Royal Mile. With its stone buildings and massive churches, the Royal Mile is the perfect start to Edinburgh. Been to the castle before I highly recommend going there first, early morning that way you avoid some crowds and still have the afternoon. I started my walk at the top and worked my way down, seeing all the same tourist shops and the little lanes and courtyards. Down one there was a writers museum that I wasn’t able to go into cause it opens at 12:30. Further down there is this new area that is getting rebuilt for shopping and more. as of now its just a little market “The food and flea Market” with few stands. The Royal Mile is something to walk, it won’t take you all day.

 

Untitled3The Royal Mile Market: You will find when walking the mile there are a lot of tourist shops, but on the corner of one of the North Bridge street and the mile there is this church, Tron ‘Kirk, and inside is the Royal Mile Market. Inside you will find stands of a variety of local artist, crafts, and fashion traders. Unlike the tourist shops, these are “hard to find” items. It was almost like going into your grandma’s attic and finding really cool items. Take a wander in and notice the stain glass windows.

 

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UntitledCalton Hill: Out in New Town of Edinburgh at the end of Prince street (main shopping area of Edinburgh it has Primark to Topshop to department stores). Calton hill is the government area of the city, it’s a park with these landmarks that didn’t finish with some great views of the city and into Leith. A lot of people like to climb the monument in the middle but I couldn’t get up there so I took a walk around. It’s something to see especially if you have seen pictures of Edinburgh these monuments would be in some main photos. But one place that has a better view is Arthur’s seat.

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Arthur’s seat: In Holyrood Park, near the Palace sits Arthur’s seat on an ancient volcano. An easy walk with a trail it can get a bit muddy, be careful not to slip.  It took about an hour to get up, with a few stops to catch our breath. It’s not as hard as my hike in Ireland but it is a hill, so expect it will be physical. I suggest going in the morning especially if you wake up to the sun, to not only get your workout in for the day but they’ll be fewer people. The top is what’s worth the walk really. It felt like could see the whole of Scotland. I love when a city has a hill to climb or something way up high just so you could get a better view of the place, and feel this escape like the world was ours. Take the walk up it was the highlight of my adventure!

Scotland is a GREAT place to visit, I’ve only seen Edinburgh, but I think it’s one of the top cities in the world worth seeing, more than once cause the first time wasn’t enough and either was the second time. There is something about these areas of the world that I just love, it has everything from the seaside, to farm land, to mountains to city life. I talk more about my trip here. I suggest when going go outside of Edinburgh too. I was going to take the train to Leith or to North Berwick–public transportation is pretty easy and the train station is right in the middle of the city along Prince Street. I’d like to go back, go further into the city and take a car to go to the country side. What’s your next adventure to?

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