Crazy for College Hill Deli

With windows surrounding much of the building, College Hill Deli is always flooded with natural light. Located at 3407 East Douglas, it offers indoor seating as well as outdoor patio seating.

Ranging from Mediterranean and Indian dishes to hamburgers, the menu provides something for everyone. There are plenty of healthy options to choose from. One of my latest obsessions is the raspberry chicken salad, which pairs nicely with the homemade hummus. In addition, the desert case is always filled with cakes so beautiful they could serve purely as decoration.

Owner Ali Yassine knows no stranger, making every customer feel welcome and often knows them by name. He makes his rounds to chat with each table, making sure they love what they ordered.

College Hill Deli provides a perfect lunch or dinner spot, along with carry out and catering. It also serves as a place to study. Make it the next stop on your list of restaurants to try in Wichita.

Raspberry Chicken Salad

Tropical Spinach Salad

I am My Hair

One week ago I liberated myself.

I made a change that I have wanted to make for a while: I chopped eight inches off of my hair and had color added for the first time.

As a natural redhead I have grown up always hearing what other people think of my hair. From those who have told me to never color it or change it in any way to the era of ‘gingers don’t have souls.’ Trust me, I have heard every ginger joke in the book.

On the first day I met Jen after starting my job at Eric Fisher Salon, she asked if she could balayage my hair. What? A hair stylist who actually wanted to color my hair? This was a first.

The day I decided that it was 100% up to ME whether or not I changed my hair was a good day; the day I did it was even better. I donated my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, because a woman battling cancer needs it more than I do.

Thank you Jen for helping me get out of my comfort zone with this much needed change and for enhancing my natural hair color with a few lighter pieces. And thank you to all of my coworkers and friends at EFS who show me everyday the importance of embracing individuality, personal style and how to be an empowered person.

This Graphic Shows Why We Still Need Women’s Equality Day

Worth the Read. Yesterday was the 95th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the US: Women’s Equality Day. While women empowerment seems to be gaining popularity, this article describes why we still need Women’s Equality Day.


Wednesday is Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates the 95th anniversary of when American women finally won the right to vote in 1920.

That victory came after decades of activism by suffrage activists like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. The 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919, and was ratified by the states in 1920—but not without some drama. By March of 1920, 35 states had approved the 19th amendment, one state shy of the two-thirds needed to pass. Many of the southern states were opposed to women’s suffrage, and the vote came down to Tennessee. Tennessee’s state legislature was divided 48-48 on whether women should be allowed the vote, but that tie was broken by 24-year old lawmaker Harry Burn. He had apparently received a letter from his mother urging him to “be a good boy” and…

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Hello August; Hello Adventure

“In life, it’s not where you go, but who you travel with.” -Charles Schulz, Peanuts

I came across this quote the other day and it stuck with me. 

On Sunday Allanah and I both had a free day and decided to spend it crossing some things off of our summer to do list. The main goal: find for a sunflower field. So we went for a short roadie to Wellington in search of our favorite flowers (which we didn’t find). 

But along the way we: 

  1. Had lunch at Panera 
  2. Got coffee from Starbucks for national friendship day 
  3. Made dark chocolate covered strawberries & bananas 
  4. Had car trouble & had to switch cars
  5. Peed on the side of a dirt road 
  6. Picked little flowers 
  7. Took Polaroid pictures 
  8. Tried a new place for dinner – YoB
  9. Saw thousands of Purple Marrin birds flying in 
  10. Looked at chalk art 

At the end of the night, when we were looking at the chalk art covering old town square, we found a drawing of a giant sunflower. And having someone in your life to look at a chalk drawing of a sunflower with after a day of searching for a sunflower field is so important. Because after all, sometimes it’s not about where you go, it’s who you go with. 





A visit to Veritá 

Today I experienced Veritá Coffee Company for the first time and it did not disappoint. Relatively new and located on the west side of Wichita, the shop collabs with local businesses such as Beards Floral for succulent decor and serves pastries from Bagatelle Bakery.

The menu is simple, keeping it down to the classics with a few quirky twists including a root beer latte. They serve drinks using only whole Hildebrand milk, and while I am an avid lover of skim milk, I do appreciate the use of milk bottled within Kansas. I had a lovely 12oz latte which was complete with artwork. My mom and I shared a cinnamon roll while listening to the sound of vinyl records playing and watching the rain.

Anywhere with a barista who calls you by name multiple times throughout the first visit is somewhere worth trying. So if you find yourself on the west side, in need of somewhere to study or a new coffee shop to try check out Veritá.

located at 9414 W Central Ave, Wichita

latte • cinamon roll • cappuccino

Daydreaming and Reminsicing

Two weeks ago I arrived back at the Wichita airport after the trip that I have been daydreaming about ever since. I think that I would have been ready to turn around and go back almost immediately. It’s crazy to me how things change-I remember how scared I was four years ago before a five day journalism trip to Minneapolis. High school freshman Emily would have been absolutely mortified going on a 19 day trip to a different continent. College freshman Emily, however, would do it again in a heartbeat.

Things I learned in the UK:

  • It is important to try new things
  • When asked if you want to go dry tobogganing down a mountain (and you have no idea what to expect) the answer is yes
  • There is no bad time for a latte
  • Gin and tonics are disgusting
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream is not *instert heart eye emoji here*
  • Sometimes when someone asks for a kiss on the cheek, they will turn and kiss you on the mouth at the last second: be prepared
  • If you ever get locked in a very small bathroom, don’t panic-eventually someone will hear you knocking and inform you that you’re not the only person who has gotten stuck (maybe they should look into that?)
  • Zara is a wonderful store
  • Eating fresh strawberries as you pick them from a field with a beautiful view of the Welsh countryside is a wonderful feeling
  • If you feel like spreading your arms and spinning around, do it-the feeling of freedom is 100% worth it

I want to thank everyone who supported me on my journey, at home and in the UK. A special thank you to Greg Reed for helping me make this trip a reality. To Terri Reed for supporting me from the very beginning. To my Grandma who commenting on every single one of my blog posts. To the Taylor family who took me in and made me feel like a part of their family. To everyone I met in the UK who also made me feel at home. To everyone who read my blog posts and supported me-hearing people say they read my posts means the world to me. Thank you.

As St. Augustine said “The world is a book and those do not travel read only one page.” I am filled with desire to explore the world. There are so many places I want to visit. I yearn to tell people’s stories, learn other cultures and eat at cafes and coffee shops all across the globe. I am wanderlust. And this was just the beginning.


The Characters

I viewed everyone I met as a character in my own story. Here are a few of the main people who helped make the story come to life:

•The Taylor family: Allanah’s wonderful family who I love as my own and who so kindly gave me the opportunity to join them on this trip. Anna-Lan’s mum who is one of the classiest yet funny people I have ever met. Who despises having pictures taken of her but is effortlessly beautiful and has impeccable fashion sense. Daryl-her dad who looks like he means business but is always cracking jokes and has witty comebacks. Pierce-her 14 year old brother who eats like a 14 year old boy and is annoyingly the size of my pinky finger. Also the one who paid Quinn to kiss me on the cheek and kicked me in the face with a soccer ball. Quinn-her curly haired 10 year old brother who loves soccer, is a lovely singer and has hilarious pickup lines. And then obviously there is the infamous Allanah, my best friend and sidekick. She is stylish, witty and one of those people who doesn’t realize how beautiful they are. I am so thankful to have her in my life.

•The Williams family: Jane-Allanah’s aunty (Anna’s sister) who is one of the most adorable people I have ever met. Nigel-Jane’s husband who loves ice cream and is very nice. Lucy-Lan’s gorgeous cousin who let us stay in her room and took us out a number of times. She is a lover of lipstick and is so funny and sweet. Leigton-Lucy’s brother who is kindhearted and always smiling (except when attacked by seagulls.)

•Paula & Royston: Allanah’s grandparents who remind me much of my own. They are kind, funny and love to chat. Paula makes a mean cup of coffee and is informative. Royston loves his garden. He also refers to me as “our Em” which is adorable and very Welsh.

The {Home} Stretch

Day 19:

4:45 am (BST) – my alarm goes off

5:40 am – goodbye hugs

6:45 am – arrival at Manchester airport

After checking in and going through security I still had nearly four hours to kill in terminal two. I had breakfast at Café Nero while reading Harry Potter. Then I spent the last of my pounds on Digestives (cookies that have been one of my favorite discoveries in the UK) (yes I bought more).

10:55 am – departure

I had a whole row to myself (!!!) and 7.5 hours and 4 movies later I arrived at Washington Dulles airport. After making it through customs and security (where I almost lost my beloved gold Betsey Johnson watch) I had never been so happy to see overpriced American souvenirs.

At that point my body clock was confused.

My flight that was scheduled for takeoff at 5:30 pm ET was delayed for three hours. First the plane was late arriving, then there was a storm, then a large portion of the plane, myself included, had to get off in order to replace connecting flights we were missing in Chicago. Finally, we took off and I was able to have a laugh with the redhead sitting next to me when I asked for a ginger ale.

After arriving in Chicago, I was able to quickly board my new 10:30 pm (central time) flight. I got to Wichita at 12:30 am.

My luggage still isn’t here and I am completely jet lagged after an over 24 hour travel day through 3 different time zones … but I am home.


Packing is Even Harder When You Don’t Want to Leave 

I woke up sad this morning knowing today was my last full day in the UK. My last day in Wales-the land of bright green grass and cloudy blue skies. Where:

• pubs and coffee shops are on every corner

•the backroads consist of wildflowers and beautiful meadows of cows and sheep

•people still hang their clothes on the line to dry

•the words lovely, brilliant and lad are used frequently

•fries are called chips and chips are called crisps

•they greet each other by saying “you okay?” or “you alright?”

•there is never a bad time for coffee or tea.

•an adventure is always waiting to be had and there are always new things to try

•it is breakfast, dinner and tea rather than breakfast lunch and dinner

•there are a number of opposites (such as driving on the right sight of the road with the steering wheel on the right side of the car) but it still feels like home

Day 17

Morning: Saying farewells to members of the Taylor family and to England. Hugging the Robinsons goodbye was particularly sad-they are such lovely people.

Afternoon: Driving back to Wrexham, Wales-roughly a four hour trip. Talking, telling stories, drinking coffee and listening to music.

Evening: Catching up with Anna’s family (who we’ve been staying with in Wrexham). Eating dinner and celebrating the boys’ upcoming birthdays. After, Allanah and I walked to The Acton, the pub down the road, where we had delicious Bailey’s Irish Cream Lattes.

Currently: Watching 90210, our nightly ritual. Sad that in a couple of short days I’ll have to do it without my best friend.

PS: Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads I know. Especially to my dad, grandpa and grandad. I hope you all had a great day today. I love you. xo