“Adventure is out there!”
– Charles F. Muntz, Up
Holidays are always a welcomed treat, changing the routine of everyday, exploring new cities, learning about new cultures. You get to observe the way which people interact with one another and the differences from what you deem normal. It’s a beautiful, eye-opening experience. You learn a lot about yourself and others.
This was the first time I had gone travelling with my two sisters, without our parents. It’s been awhile since we’ve spent so much time together, just the three of us. We got to enjoy things we all love and had plenty of laughs along the way. Going from Australia to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Banff, then Montreal, Toronto and, lastly, New York. Amazing cities and so many things to see. I bought my GoPro along and have plenty of footage to filter through! There’ll be a series of videos to cover our trip! (Stay tuned!)
It was an exhausting few weeks but it was amazing. Los Angeles was so much bigger than I had expected, the city sprawled over such a large area. Going to Disneyland was like a dream! (This may be because we went on the day we landed, we were on little to no sleep and jet lagged… ) Banff had the most amazing hikes, landscapes and a hotel that felt like it was out of a fairy-tale! Montreal had gorgeous little shops with a lot of cute badges! Toronto had an amazing array of shops and delicious Japanese food (which was super cheap!). New York was such a busy city (probably due to the fact we stayed right next to Time Square) full of busy people, lots of shops, and iconic landmarks. We got to see so many things, from the busy streets of New York to the amazing landscapes of Banff. Throughout this journey we got to eat so much delicious food! One of my favourite things we ate was the Levain Bakery cookies. They were AMAZING. 6-ounce (170 grams) of choc-chip goodness! They were crunchy on the outside and still soft on the inside, the choc-chips were still gooey and melted and the added crunch of the walnuts were amazing.
Although these aren’t the Levain Bakery moreish goodies, they’re pretty good for something 16,662 km away. I’m still learning to mix-match flavours and ingredients to create new recipes, so this one was definitely not my creation! This recipe is from Modern Honey. I will definitely be making these again! Also trying other people’s recipes cause there’s so many out there. Everyone seems to be loving these cookies, and I can see why!
Levain Bakery Cookies
225 g cold butter, cut into small cubes
200 g brown sugar
200 g cup sugar
1 1/3 cups plain flour
3 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 210 degrees C. Prepare two baking trays.
- In large mixing bowl, cream together cold cubed butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 4 minutes or until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir in flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined to avoid over mixing. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Use hands to combine dough.
- Separate dough into 6-ounce (170 g) large balls and place on baking tray.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown on the top. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes to set.
– Recipe from ‘Modern Honey’