24 Hours in Philadelphia

City of Brotherly Love (but also home to the Barnes Foundation, which has one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist art). Naturally I took two great brothers with me @j1kim + @jakewittman for a brief stopover with friends @heykatekelly, @rachelko, @nolanaustinburger.

9:00am power breakfast at the sleek wm mulherin & sons, a sleek boutique hotel in fishtown

10:00am arrive to meet kate at reanimator coffee

12:00pm midcentury modern warehouse – open to the public once a month on the second sunday from 12-3pm. I showed up in mom overalls ready to pilfer the selection

2:00pm lunch at pizzeria vetri – contested as one of the best pies in Philly

3:00pm stopover at the Barnes – careful, don’t show up too late or they might sell out of the day’s last tickets! john bought the last one. no photos allowed FYI but the art collection is worth it

8:00pm dinner with nolan, rachel at banh mi & bottles – they have a pho broth dip with the brisket banh mi. life changing

11:00pm holy trinity night (bey, riri, minaj) at dolphin tavern 

1:00am spontaneous & patriotic visit to the independence hall, liberty bell

8:00am breakfast at one of reading terminal’s many food stalls before heading out
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You’re Invited – February 4th

IMG_0644My good friends at Maketto asked me to host an event in their community space. How could I turn them down? These are the kind of events I dream about. Maketto 1351 is part coffeeshop, part Taiwanese-Cambodian restaurant/bar/community space that brings people together with weekly events, and I’m honored to help them do that.

You’re invited. All proceeds support a local non-profit. Hot coffee on tap, some dad jokes, and a guaranteed good time. If you can’t make it, no biggie, hop on the mailing list and I’ll send you the slides after.

Maketto 1351 H St NE, Washington DC | Thursday, February 4th 4-6pm



24 Hours in Berlin with Journy

CaffeineChaser_JournyBerlinCaffeineChaser_JournyBerlin (1) CaffeineChaser_JournyBerlin (2)CaffeineChaser_JournyBerlin (4)More like 12 hours. I had a blast crashing with the Journy team at their HQ in Berlin, shooting headshots for the founders of the company, and working on their journyxbarcelona press trip.

While in Berlin, they suggested I experience their custom-made travel with a guide for my 24 hours in the city. 

Here are some of the spots they recommended me:

Voo Store – a concept shop carrying everything from luxury apparel, fresh roasted coffee beans, and a stunning array of aesthetically pleasing magazines. Dip inside this alley to the store and you’ll find yourself wanting to purchase a Helmut Lang coat, a travel guide of Berlin, or both.

Happy Baristas – Berlin is reputable for their burgeoning coffee scene, and they recommended this shop for the architecturally stellar interior design and the pleasant (and actually happy) service staff.

Shops in Kreuzberg – In my exact words to the Journy team I said “No tourist spots. Think: Hipster Heatmap”…which lead them to recommend walking the shops and restaurants along Kreuzberg, which included great local spots like Aunt Bennys. 

Curious to know what you think of their experience, give em a try. They’ll tailor your custom travel itinerary based off YOUR interests as a traveler, make hotel recommendations, and arrange pesky restaurant reservations in Japanese (if need be). They do it all.

For a limited time, get 25% off your first itinerary with my friends and family code, “CAFFEINECHASER.” Happy traveling.


1.t.elaine 2.fliickman 3.brian.willette 4.crew.sdj 5.jump 6.in.motionTwo cities you can always count on to stun you with depth of field: New York and San Francisco. Luckily I bumped into these fellas in the Big Apple and they gave me a rooftop tour of the city that never sleeps: SDJ, Brian, and Fliickman.

Next travel installment coming up: Fliickman‘s top 5 coffee stops in the city.