Colorado

One of my favorite things about being an adult is you get to decide where you go on vacation! I’ve only been to Colorado once before, a couple years ago in the summer. This time I tagged along on Tony’s snowboard trip, because why not? Here are the cities we traveled to, the delicious beers I had, and the awesome adventures I got to experience! And of course a mountain (see what I did there??) of pictures from the trip!Read More »

The Best Travel Apps

In one week I’ll be headed to Colorado for a ski/snowboard trip (or for me, a drinking and shopping trip), and in March I’m headed down to Florida for a race/beach trip! With all this traveling, I need something to help me keep track of flights, hotel and car rentals, and what to pack! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite apps to help me do all these things are more. Check it out and don’t forget to let me know your favorite way to keep track of travel plans!

TripCase: This is a great overall travel app to keep track of flight, hotel, and car information for multiple trips. Each trip is separate, so it’s easy to see all the specifics for your individual travel plans.

Airbnb: Why would you rent a plain, boring hotel room when you can rent a cabin in the mountains, or a penthouse?!

Turo: Like an Airbnb for cars, Turo lets you rent cars from their owners. This means you can likely get something far more unique for a similar price. My favorite part is that you pick the exact car you want, so you don’t end up with “something similar” to the car you actually wanted. I rented a Ford Flex with AWD for Colorado, and am looking forward to renting a fun convertible for Miami!

Lyft: Parking at the airport is almost more expensive than the flight itself, so it’s much easier to have someone else drive you.

Google Keep: I use this to keep track of everything I need to pack for each trip, so I don’t forget pajamas yet again!

Google Maps: For finding the best breweries, coffee shops, and things to do in new cities.

Eat & Drink in Minneapolis

With a huge crowd of people descending upon Minneapolis for the Super Bowl this year, I’ve decided to be a good neighbor and let you know where the best places are to fill your stomach while you’re here. And just because you didn’t ask for my opinion, doesn’t mean I’m not going to give it. The best part? You don’t have to be here for the Super Bowl to enjoy them…they’re great year round!

I’m a vegetarian, so the majority of my recommendations are catered towards those who don’t eat meat. However, each of these has fantastic choices for carnivores as well, as Tony (definitely not a vegetarian) can confirm!

Breakfast
Stewart’s – I put ketchup on almost everything, but the breakfast potatoes and eggs benedict here are so good, I didn’t need any. My recommendation: eggs benedict.
Egg And I – A fun little breakfast nook, with perfect hangover cure food. My recommendation: skillet breakfast.
Blackbird – The decorations are almost as good as the food is! My recommendation: veggie benedict.

Lunch
Caffrey’s – My go to place on the weekends (especially in the winter) because of their wide selection of soups, and delicious sandwiches. If they were closer to my apartment, I’d probably live there. My recommendation: grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Pizza Luce – Pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta are on the menu, and you can’t go wrong! Most of their items can be prepared vegetarian or vegan, so perfect for everyone! My recommendation: lucky bird nuggets.
Red Cow – You won’t go hungry when you go here. It’s a little pricey, but definitely worth it. My recommendation: grilled cheese.

Dinner
Stray Dog – Another great place for vegetarians and carnivores alike, as they have an entire separate menu for vegetarians! My recommendation: chicago not dog.
Muddy Waters – The atmosphere here is great, and I love that you can mix and match sides and entrees to get the best of everything! My recommendation: brussel sprouts (seriously!).
JL Beers – A classic burgers and beers place, there are almost too many options! My recommendation: Mt. Mushmore burger.

Drinks (in the morning)
Any Spyhouse location – Not only are all their locations great for Instagramming, their coffee is also delicious! My recommendation: caramella.
Five Watt – The best time to visit is the summer when the garage doors are open, but in the winter you can sit in the window and soak up any available sunshine! My recommendation: mocha.
Penny’s – The location downtown is a great place to sit, relax, and watch the world go by. My recommendation: hot chocolate.

Drinks (in the evening)
Dangerous Man – Pro tip: go with someone who has a great beard and you’ll get preferential treatment. This place is also very close to a speakeasy, if you can find it… My recommendation: peanut butter porter.
Indeed – With indoor and outdoor seating, games, shuffleboard, and food trucks, this place really does have it all! My recommendation: mexican honey.
Lakes & Legends – A fantastic brewery that allows dogs inside! Their interior is decorated like a cabin up north, so you can enjoy the outdoors without your lips freezing to the glass. My recommendation: silky.

If you’re new to Minneapolis, let me know what you tried and loved! If you’ve been here awhile, let me know your recommendations!

Looking Forward to 2018

2017 seemed very long and very short all at the same time. There were lots of positive, happy things that happened, like buying a fun new car and traveling! But there were also negative moments, like inauguration day or my R32 being totaled. There’s always something to look forward to, and even on the first day I can already tell it’s going to be a great year! These are just a few of the things I’m counting down the days to:Read More »

The Ideal Phone

With all my back-and-forth switching from BlackBerry to Android to BlackBerry to iPhone to Android to iPhone again, I’ve come to realize what I want in a phone doesn’t exist in one device. So, if I was going to create my ideal phone, here are the features it would have:Read More »

BREAKING: Lauren Kortbein has switched platforms…again

A long, long time ago, I was a BlackBerry addict. I had numerous devices, from OS 7 all the way up to BlackBerry 10. I was such an addict, that when I switched to iPhone, it became a “thing”. (You can read my reasons to switch here.) Someone actually wrote a blog about why my reasons to switch were invalid and how getting an iPhone made me an “iSheep”. I was hounded on social media for weeks about being a traitor to BlackBerry. So while I would prefer not to live through that experience again, I do have an announcement: I’ve switched platforms yet again. But I’m getting ahead of myself…Read More »

Behind the Instagrams

Social media is a fantastic way to share your experiences with your friends and family. It’s also a great way to romanticize moments. So here is a behind the scenes look of what was really happening behind these perfect Insta-moments:Read More »