Category: Travel

Washington DC restaurant recommendations

Balkan Cuisine at Ambar in DC

My husband and I spend a couple days in Washington D.C. every summer. I’ve fallen in love with it and it’s become one of my favorite cities. I love the history and beauty of it. It’s quieter than most cities but still has the feel and vibe of a big city. No matter how many times I’m there, I love to walk through the National Mall and all the outdoor parks. And close to the top of the list of reasons why I love Washington D.C. is the food scene. I’m lucky enough to live in central Jersey, which offers a wide variety of restaurants itself, but also happens to be 45 minutes away from both Philly and Manhattan. Needless to say there is no shortage of fabulous restaurants and good food in my neck of the woods. However, I daresay DC’s food scene can rival that of New York and Philly with it’s diversity and quality. Here are my picks for where to eat in DC. Bring on the food porn! (more…)

Food in Ho Chi Minh

Pho

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Southeast Asia. Vietnam had been on my “to see” list for a long time so, after trekking and schlepping halfway around the world to Bangkok and spending a few days there, I decided it would be ludicrous not to take the short one hour flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City.

And I’m so glad I did. (more…)

Bangkok must sees

Chatrium Bangkok

I was lucky enough to grow up in this amazing city and, even though I’ve been living in the States for years now, I’ve been able to visit it many times since but it has been 7 years since I’ve been back, the longest I’ve ever been away. So, when I saw plane tickets from JFK starting at around $575 I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go back. I also visited Cambodia and Vietnam, which I will fill you in on in a different post.

Whenever I take that first step onto Bangkok soil after the plane lands, it’s a bit like coming home. I love so much about Thailand and though I don’t live there now, it will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s changed a lot since I lived there, but in many ways it’s still the same. On my latest visit last month, I spent time visiting old friends, my old neighborhood, shopping and of course, eating my favorite foods. But, if it’s your first time visiting the city, chances are you’re going to want to check out the “must sees and dos”. (more…)

Bay Gardens Beach Resort in Saint Lucia

Reduit Beach, Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is a seriously beautiful country. The island has the white sand beaches and sparkling blue water that the Caribbean is famous for, but it also boasts magnificent mountains (like their famous Pitons), volcanoes and rainforests. It’s diversity makes it the perfect island for anyone, offering plenty of adventure for risk-seekers and adrenaline junkies, but also plenty of beautiful beaches for those that just want to relax. Locals are friendly and welcoming and there are many opportunities for visitors to get a real taste of local culture during their stay, either by trying the famous island roti from street or beach vendors, or by visiting Anse La Raye on Friday night for the weekly fish festival. I was lucky enough to spend a few blissful days on this unique, diverse island in September. My only regret is not staying longer. (more…)

My next vacation…

palm trees

The last vacation I took was in March. It is now August and 3-4 months is about my limit before I start freaking out and demanding to travel and vacate somewhere. Actually, I did go to Miami in June but it was only for 48 hours. 48 hours does not a vacation make. It was a tease.

Travel is such a release for me. If you’ve read about me, you know I often feel most at home in airports and that I am happiest when I’m traveling. Or eating. Really, eating while traveling. Unfortunately, my day job doesn’t allow me to go as often as I’d like but one also needs money to travel and, so, I stay and I work. And I save money for about 3 to 4 months and then I buy myself a plane ticket and book a room. And I go. Ideally, one day I’ll be able to work as a writer, for myself, or for someone else who doesn’t need me in an office, and I can travel more frequently. But until that day come, this is the routine. (more…)

Lunch at The Dutch in Miami

The Dutch Miami

I recently spent the weekend in South Beach for a bachelorette party and although the entire trip was fun, one of the highlights of the trip, at least for me, was lunch at The Dutch Miami. First of all, one of the other bridesmaids happens to work at The Dutch New York and was able to get us a pretty amazing discount but aside from that, the food and setting are both phenomenal. If it’s not too hot, dine outside. It’s absolutely dreamy. By the way, they have one of the cutest about pages ever. (more…)

Two worthwhile mini vacations

 

Echo Lake, Ludlow, VT
Echo Lake in Ludlow, Vermont

I’m in the phase of life where many of my friends and peers are getting married. About three weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding in Vermont and just this past weekend, I flew to Miami for a whirlwind bachelorette celebration for another friend who asked me to be a bridesmaid in her September wedding. I was looking forward to both occasions, but to be honest was not expecting to enjoy them as much as I actually did. I knew they would be fun, but I didn’t realize how much I truly needed these mini vacations. (more…)

The amazing beaches of CocoCay Island in the Bahamas

cococay island in the bahamas

I am a beach person. I want to be anywhere there is sand, sunshine and salt water. I’ve been to some really amazing beaches including beaches in Costa Rica, Southeast Asia, Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, but it’s hard for me to pick a favorite because each beach is special in it’s own right. The beaches in Thailand have an exotic feel to them. Thai fishing boats are scattered along the sand and you can see some really amazing (and dangerous) sea life as well. The beaches of Hawaii are beautiful, obviously, and many of them have the backdrop of mountains and volcanoes. Beaches in the Caribbean are famous for the fine, white sand and the crystal, clear water. There are surfing beaches, snorkeling beaches, and beaches made for relaxation. I can’t pick a favorite because they all speak to me in different ways but the beaches of Cococay in the Bahamas are definitely high on my list. (more…)

The best key lime pie in the entire world

best key lime pie

Oh em gee. You guys. This dessert. Amazing.

My brother always tries to convince me that key lime pie is not worth ordering when we go to restaurants. He thinks it’s a waste of a dessert. He says key lime pie is boring and that there are so many better desserts out there. He feels the same way about tiramisu. And sometimes, he might be right. Key lime pie is on plenty of restaurant dessert menus and his feeling is, once you’ve tasted one key lime pie, you’ve tasted them all. Now I happen to love key lime pie but I do see his point. Or at least I SAW his point. And then I tried the key lime pie at Fogarty’s in Key West and I quickly realized, not all key lime pies are created equal.

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Cruising to The Bahamas

cruising to the bahamas

A little over a week ago I embarked upon my first cruise! Admittedly I was a little nervous about it. Would I feel trapped? Would seeing only ocean with no signs of land freak me out? Would I get sea sick? And, perhaps the most important question of all, would the food on the ship be good? I’m happy to report: no, no, no & YES!!! This could be dangerous. I think I could easily become one of those people that lives on cruise ships, that is, if my financial situation didn’t hinder me. I’m not kidding when I tell you we met someone that was going on his 1,000 something cruise.

Seriously though, what a great time. I spent eight blissful days aboard The Grandeur of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean’s vision class of ships, as it cruised through Florida and The Bahamas. What a fun way to travel! I’m lucky I happen to enjoy flying, but for those of you who don’t, cruising could be your new best friend! People aren’t lying when they say cruise ships are basically like floating cities. The possibilities are endless. (more…)

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