Pistacia Vera- German Village

Julia Child once said, “in France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport”.

After our enchanting visit to Pistacia Vera, we adamantly agree with Mrs. Child. Nestled along the serene brick-streets of German Village, Pistacia Vera beckons eager coffee connoisseurs to explore its confectionery oasis. With a brisk stroll through the door, we approach the bakery case filled with delectable, vibrant macarons (among other equally appealing items).

Never having tried macarons, we select a variety from their selection along with a latte (of course). Needless to say, we were not disappointed and our future expectations for macarons have been heightened significantly. The fresh, delicate design mixed with unique, palatable flavors gave these particular macarons the winning combination.

We also selected a pastry from the case to share. It was challenging to pick just one as they had many different options to chose from. The apple galette  (our final selections) was deliciously crispy with the perfect amount of sweetness.

Of course, we both had to try a latte. One thing to note is that Pistacia Vera does not offer syrups for their beverages. However, our patient and helpful barista informed us that they do offer a honey latte that adds a little sweetness to the drink. We tried one regular latte and one honey latte and they did not disappoint! Not only were they aesthetically pleasing, they were incredibly delicious. The honey latte is a great option for those of us who like a little flavor in our lattes.

We sat for hours (literally hours) at the small, marble cafe table in complete repose. While some coffee shops present a bustling energy from increased business, Pistacia Vera’s tranquil atmosphere was never disrupted despite the influx of enthusiastic customers.

With a tinge of melancholy (we could have stayed there all day), we left Pistacia Vera with the promise of return to this quaint, blissful cafe.

Location:

541 S 3rd Street,
Columbus, OH 43215

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any place that we write about. We are not professional reviewers, we just like to share our favorite places and things with anyone willing to listen.

A quick glimpse at the drink selections.
A stunning selection of pastries.
Pistacia Vera’s Apple Galette
These macarons delightful and delicious!

Five tips for Creating the Ultimate (yet, Simple) Vacation Bucket List

With summer winding down, there is still time to plan that last minute vacation. A quick trip to the Caribbean? Yes, please!

With the numerous online travel sites, booking lodging and airfare has become a simple and hassle-free task (for the most part). As a result, the complicated part of planning a vacation becomes the task of deciding what to do once you arrive at your destination. As realists, we know we can’t accomplish everything we’ve excitedly pinned on our “Vacay 2017” Pinterest board. Therefore, we’ve come up with five tips for creating the ultimate vacation bucket list as a guaranteed way to achieve the vacation you always dreamed of sharing all over Instagram.*

1. Pick your interests. If you hate being physically active and the thought of encountering swarms of insects makes you cringe, then it is wise to eliminate hiking from your interests list. However, maybe exploring a local shopping complex is right up your alley. Make a list of activities you actually enjoy and begin your research there.

2. Research. Explore what your travel destination has to offer. Remember to stick to your interests or you will start traveling down the Pinterest rabbit hole of aesthetically pleasing photographs (and ultimately, end up overwhelmed).

3. Make a short list (we recommend ten things). Now, it’s time to make the list of things you want to accomplish. Personally, for a week-long vacation, ten items is an appropriate expectation. Consider what you researched and bullet-point the list in your phone, planner, or even on the classic option, a piece of paper.

4. Schedule the necessary items. Once you have your list, make sure you call and schedule appointments for any necessary events. If your list includes kayaking in the ocean, make sure to book a time-slot so you don’t miss out. We recommend that you do this at least two weeks before you leave for your trip (if not earlier).

5. Check your list often. Congratulations! You have made it to your destination. Make sure to check your list often to ensure you are not forgetting anything important.

*Note: This blog post is recommended for our Type A, “I have to have a plan for everything” readers. We get it and we’re here to help!

Now, since we have shared our helpful tips, here are our simple vacation bucket lists in action:

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