On travel, and restaurants, and the future.

Little by little, I’m answering all the questions that were asked of me two months ago. Two! This next set of questions comes from Carol, a friend of mine from one of my local knitting groups. If you’d like to ask me questions, feel free to leave some in the comments of my Questions entry.

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1. How do you picture yourself, your life, in 10 years?
This question comes at an opportune time in my life, as my life’s completely up in the air at this point, and I can honestly write where I want to be. In 10 years I will be 37. I’m hoping to live somewhere in New England, maybe in Boston or another city, working a job I love, doing things that keep me active, just living life and traveling and creating things. I don’t know if I will have children, I don’t know if I’ll be married again or in another relationship; I would ideally like to at least be in another relationship 10 years from now with someone who shares the same passion for life as myself.

I pretty much see myself doing what I’m doing now, only ten years older. I can’t really predict what my life will be like then; 10 years ago, when I was 17, I never thought I’d be living in Indiana. When I was 17, I never thought I’d end up getting married, much less divorced. So I never really try to plan much for my future. I never like really knowing where I’ll end up. The journey is half the fun.

2. What is your favorite place to eat out in your area?
Since I still consider myself a South Bend resident, I’ll be picking out my favorites from that area instead of here. I don’t know many Elkhart restaurants yet, and since I’m planning on moving again within the next couple months, I probably won’t have the opportunity to try a lot of places out.

In general, South Bend’s restaurants are… okay. Nothing spectacular, but nothing too too terrible, either. My favorite place to eat in South Bend is Mandarin House, an excellent Chinese place not too far from downtown. I used to live right near it, so we’d eat there on the weekends for lunches sometimes. It’s actually one of the best Chinese places I’ve ever eaten at, so I’m looking forward to living in the Bend again just to be closer to that place!

For wings and bar type food, I love Wings Etc. They’re leaps and bounds better than Buffalo Wild Wings in terms of wing size and the quality of the flavor of the sauces (though BW3 definitely has more of a selection of flavors), and I like the environment. I also love going to the Mishawaka Brewing Company for locally made beer, and the food isn’t too bad either.

There’s a couple good Thai places downtown; Cambodian Thai and Siam Thai; I can’t really choose which one is better! Both rock, to me.

I need to branch out and try more places! I’m attempting to get into Mexican food, so I’ll have to find some places in the area to try. Hopefully I’ll find something I like.

3. Where do you want to take a vacation?
I really want to go to Boston sometime this year. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a trip to the city, and I want to spend a weekend there this summer hanging out with people I know, wandering around the city, and just in general having a good time. I will be visiting my family sometime in August, but I don’t think I’ll get out to Boston during that trip.

I also want to visit my friend Kelly in New York City this fall. I haven’t been to NYC since 2002, so I’m due to visit. She’ll definitely show me a good time too.

I also want to see the west coast of the United States one of these days. San Francisco seems like a neat place to see, and I’m hoping I can get out there sometime soon. Maybe I’ll go to Oregon sometime too just to check it out.

And, of course, Linda, I want to come visit you in Dallas! I’ve never been to Texas before, and again, I’d love to check it out.

Internationally, I want to see… Canada. Yes, I’ve never been to Canada. I want to go to England again, and one of these days I’d like to see the rest of Europe. Japan would be cool to visit too. One of these days I’ll do a lot of traveling, because there’s a lot of the world I haven’t seen yet.

6 thoughts on “On travel, and restaurants, and the future.”

  1. when you come to Oregon let me know! :D

    also, I had the same problem with people leaving comments on the LJ feed. if you use feedburner, you have the option to make entries be a short summary with a “read more” message. I set my LJ feed to the feedburner URL and left the main one with full entries for people to use in their feed readers.

  2. carol

    Thanks, Aubrey! There’s a Chinese food place callled Jade Garden that just expanded to a place on Nappanee St between Lexington and Indiana. If you like fresh bagels, John’s Bagels downtown on Lexington is great. There’s an El Salvadoran restaurant on the corner of Indiana and Benham, painted bright green, that people have recommended to me. My cooking group is going next month so maybe I’ll have a review after that if you’re interested.

  3. yay i remember when you took me out for unique beer. that rocked.

    & dude, please don’t do the whole “read more” thing. that annoys the crap out of me. (for the same reasons that lj-cuts do…i mean they are okay for pics but just for content? of course i want to read the content!)

    & yes, i will fly you places, if you want. definitely to texas. (i promise to take you to dallas & not shitty fort worth!)

  4. San Francisco is brilliant. Was there in 2002.

  5. Restaurants in SB are rather lackluster, aren’t they? My favorite Chinese restaurant was the Great Wall on 31, but I don’t think it is there anymore. Favorite Mexican was a hole-in-the wall on Western Ave near Olive St. that was actually a Polish diner (owner’s wife was hispanic, he was Polish). Can’t remember the name, but it’s been there for years.

  6. There is a great little Mexican place downtown. It is not too far from Cambodian Thai. It is attached to the Mexican Market call El Paraiso on Main St, between Wayne and Western. It is 1 block south of the Library. They have the good thick homemade style chips. If you’re in town for Knitting one night let me know and we can go there.

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