Brianna A Shields

I am an Oakland based editor and writer with a passion for travel, lifestyle, pop culture, the outdoors, food & wine. I write a travel blog, chronicling my adventures living in Germany and searching for the whimsical and wild around the globe. 


A Grand English Vacation: How to Spend a Perfect Week in Cornwall

Highlights of our time in Cornwall: • Taking in the sweeping panoramic vistas, and pretending to be characters from Poldark gazing wistfully and passionately at the sea (Brad was such a sport) • Exploring the beaches, coves and tiny thatched roof villages of the Lizard Coast • Strolling the enchanting St. Ives town and and visiting 13th century pubs • Eating fish & chips with gravy and pies while dangling our feet over the harbor • Delicious breakfast at our B&B, drinking tea and eating shortbre

Ubud Travel Guide: Jungle Villa Stays, Sacred Monkey Forests and Rice Terraces Galore

How do I begin to describe my all-encompassing love for Bali?! Ubud, particularly stole my heart. Gorgeous, lush, spiritual and enchanting, Ubud was a fabulous introduction to Southeast Asia. • Strolling the rice terraces and taking in the glorious, expansive views • Hanging out with monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest • Exploring the temples and learning about Balinese Hinduism • Scootering around the rice terraces, town center and surrounding villages • Drinking fresh fruit juices, smoothies a

The Ultimate Scottish Road Trip: Inverness to Edinburgh

Here are some of the most wonderful experiences in the area surrounding Inverness • The Highland Games in Balleter (so many bagpipers!) • Sweeping, take your breath away views at every turn For the next journey on our trip, we drove from Inverness to the Cairngorms, a gorgeous mountain range and national park in the Scottish Highlands for a reindeer feeding. Feeding reindeer in the Cairngorms was one of the most magical experiences of my life. We were brought to a vast meadow, and walked along

Outlander Recap: Long Live The Frasers

Oh you guys, this Outlander episode was filled with so many great moments. Sacrifices! Gauntlets! Tearful farewells! Fireside tales! An unexpected couple! Red coats! Let’s dive right in, shall we? Claire, Jamie and Ian arrive at the Mohawk camp and attempt to trade goods for Roger’s life. Ian leads the negotiations because he has the best language skills. (BTW, when did Ian become fluent in Mohawk??) While Claire is showing the goods to a ferocious group of Mohawks, they see her stone necklace

Christmastime in Moscow: Exploring Russia’s Most Magical City

Dazzling, majestic, endlessly romantic and supremely foreign in the best possible way, visiting Moscow at Christmastime is a once in a lifetime experience, and a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. We arrived to Moscow around 5pm in 12 degree weather, during an intense snowfall. After taking a harrowing taxi and dropping our bags off at The Veily Hotel, we put on pretty much every item of clothing we packed, and headed out into the night for the Christmas market. We had a perfectly locate

Largest Small Business Lender in Southern Nevada Provides 6.2 Million Loan to Wedding Chapel

TMC Financing, Clark County’s largest provider of SBA 504 loans, worked with Bank of Nevada to finance a $6.2 million project for the expansion of Viva Las Vegas Themed Weddings, which now operates at 1201 and 1205 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Ann Santiago served as TMC’s business development officer for the transaction and Aimee Burford represented Bank of Nevada. The financing package was used to remodel and expand Viva Las Vegas’ existing facility, which now includes an event center, five wedd

Bolt Engineering

Bolt Engineering is a dynamic company encompassing a number of different services to supply the customer with a complete and high quality end product. Our aim is to provide quality engineering services at competitive prices. With the use of experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we offer a quick and cost effective service to meet the needs of the industries that we are involved in. With the use of our cutting-edge design software, we produce visual digital design representations of par

Ireland in Autumn: Five Days in Glorious Galway

We just returned from five days in Galway, and it was an absolute blast. Just a really, cracking, feel-good trip. (Did I use that term right? I feel like I heard it used all over Ireland. Either way, I’m owning it). Full to bursting with Irish charm, this bustling harbor city on the western coast was already decorated for the holidays by November 1st, and had such a festive spirit. We spent most of our time in the city’s hub, known as The Latin Quarter, which boasts fantastic live Irish folk mu

TMC Success Story Sam's Anchor Cafe

Everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area knows Sam’s Anchor Café. The iconic landmark is one of only a handful of restaurants accessible by boat with a large, sunny deck that offers unobstructed views of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline. Sam’s has been a popular destination point since the days of Prohibition, when, rumor has it, founder Sam Vella operated a still down in the harbor. Today, Sam’s is owned and operated by Brian Wilson and Steve Sears, who are only the third own
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