in the kitchen // summer beers.

I’m a beer drinker. but not exclusively. I don’t discriminate against alcoholic beverages. unless it’s a dirty martini. that’s [J]’s cocktail of choice. and I tried a sip on our very first date, 6 years ago, and have refused it since. I’d say it’s taste resembles being swept under a wave in the pacific ocean with your mouth wide open. picture that.

when the temperatures increase, so do my fruity beer cravings.

[*editor’s note: I say fruity, because they are all brewed with fruit. but they are not “sweet fruity”. they’re delicious fruity. in my language,  not “too sweet” that you can’t drink more than one. they’re a ‘lounge poolside & drink three’ kind of beers].

summer beer staples.

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

o’fallon wheach peach wheat beer. // brewed in missouri.

abita strawberry harvest lager. // brewed in louisiana.

wasatch apricot hefeweizen. // brewed in utah.

enjoy the warmer weather & enjoy a fruity beer.

happy tuesday.

hidden gems.

on day six of our road trip, we left yellowstone national park and made our way to salt lake city, utah. where we spent the weekend with our friends, ashley & drew.

instead of dreading the long hours in the car between destinations, we began to look forward to them. some of the most amazing things we saw were not “penciled” into our itinerary, but places we stumbled upon.

one of those places was jackson hole, wyoming.

we had to stop. no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

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hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

our lunch spot.

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where the bar stools are horse saddles. and I thought it was the best thing, ever!

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local brews.

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hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

and before we left this amazing little town, we stopped for beer at their local brewery. and ..

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iced coffee, of course.

and it was off to salt lake city ..

[which we ate & drank our way through].

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first night: dinner at the {red iguana}. famous for their mole. and now I know why – yum!!

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to begin the next day: take-out breakfast quesadilla [if I had the choice, I’d start every day with this]. from the {blue plate diner}.

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then we made the short trip to park city, UT.

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hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

our dinner spot: {no name saloon}.

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scrumptious buffalo burgers.

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our friends + hosts for the weekend: drew & ashley.

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hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

I truly felt as if we were being let in on a secret when we arrived at the {sundance resort}. it is so quaint & tucked away. and a place I will never forget visiting.

[the area is owned by robert redford, and is where the sundance film festival got its start].

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we enjoyed cocktails at sundance’s bar: the owl bar.

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the next morning: breakfast at {ruth’s diner}.

and two pictures of downtown salt lake city before we headed off to colorado ..

hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

hidden gems // LLinaBC.com

and just in case you’re new to the party, here’s a quick recap of our trip [orrr what I’ve shared on the blog so far]: day one we drove through the entire state of south dakota [and made a couple stops] before we reached our first destination, mount rushmore. {read more}. minor detail: we got engaged on the first night of our trip. {read more}. on day two we left south dakota for wyoming. where we set up camp at devils tower. and it hailed. {read more}. on day three we made it to montana just in time to cook dinner over a campfire & go to bed. on day four, we explored little big horn battlefield before heading off to our next destination. {read more}. and then on day five & six, we were in complete awe of yellowstone national park. {read more}.

there’s still eight more days of trip left. [in blog terms: 3 ish more posts].

happy monday.

I turn 26 tomorrow.

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and we’re off ..

the vacation of a lifetime starts today.

I could not be more excited.

for the next SIXTEEN days, [J] & I will be road tripping across the country.

#LLontheBIGroad

the blog is in good hands. I’ve asked some of my favorite bloggers, who all happen to be from the great midwest, to keep you company. plus I’ll be making a few appearances, here & there.

[J] & I are making a strong attempt to ‘step away from our phones,’ while on our trip. but I’ll be sneaking updates on {twitter} & {instagram}: #LLontheBIGroad [yes, I created a hash tag].

on that note ..

we are off :)

have the best sunday.

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