Tag: Travel

My favorite restaurant at the Jersey shore

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Believe it or not my favorite place to eat at the Jersey shore is not a seafood joint. Most people really look forward to the fresh seafood when eating at the beach but my favorite beach restaurant happens to be a casual little restaurant that serves up Mexican and Tex Mex food. Ever since we moved to New Jersey, my family has been taking summer vacations in Wildwood. I have eaten at numerous restaurants there, some fancy, some casual and dinner at Bandanas Mexican Grille is still the meal I look forward to the most. The festive atmosphere and the delicious food keep me coming back each summer. And, by the way, I’m not a dessert person but the dessert here is FANTASTIC.
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Airplane views

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I always enjoy traveling and vacations. Duh, who doesn’t? Recently I took a trip to Maui and had a great time snorkeling, lounging on the beach, eating some delicious food, and looking at some of the most gorgeous scenery and beach views imaginable. I also happened to really enjoy the flights. I know it’s a long flight (New York to Maui), but I’m used to traveling literally to the other side of the world, from New York to Bangkok, so a 10 hour flight really didn’t seem too bad. I have always liked flying. Maybe it’s because I grew up doing it and have spent probably an unhealthy amount of time in the air. Whatever the reason, I’ve always enjoyed it. Although, the flight to Thailand is even long for someone who enjoys flying. By the time we reach Tokyo (depending on the route the plane takes) even I am ready to jump out of my skin and never step foot in an airport or on an airplane ever again. But for the most part, as long as it’s 10 hours or less, I like flying. It’s very relaxing for me. I like watching the in-flight movies, listening to music, reading, and most of all, looking out the window of a plane. (more…)

Furikake Fries!

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Isn’t that so fun to say? Furikake fries! I had actually never heard of Furikake (and I grew up in Asia, granted not Japan, but still, shame on me) until we went to Maui and ate at a restaurant called the Aloha Mixed Plate. It’s a really interesting restaurant and REALLY affordable, especially for Hawaii. Most restaurants in Hawaii, specifically Maui, are not really budget friendly so the Aloha Mixed Plate was a nice change of pace. The restaurant offers an amazing view too and is right on the beach. You can’t beat the view or the prices. The menu offers both Asian inspired items as well as traditional Hawaiian and classic American dishes. If you are ever in Maui, I highly recommend trying the Aloha Mixed Plate. It’s a really fun, casual, outdoor restaurant with great food, tropical drinks and friendly service. It’s also ALWAYS packed, which generally bodes well and is a good sign that the food is decent. (more…)

My Maui Trip

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Matt and I recently returned from a week in Maui with Matt’s family. The week went by way too quickly, as all vacations tend to do, and now it’s back to our jobs/lives/errands in Jersey. Maui is absolutely beautiful. You MUST go. Add it to your bucket list. I have been to Oahu and Kauai as well, and Kauai is probably my favorite because of the untouched beaches and the natural feel of the island. However, Maui was a close second. We snorkeled, jumped off cliffs (eek!), read on the beach, hiked to a waterfall, and of course, ate some pretty amazing food. Here are some highlights and favorite moments from my trip:
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Cayman the culinary island

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I’m sure you all have been busy with Thanksgiving and the Holiday season coming up! However, that’s not the only reason for my lack of posts. I’ve been in the Cayman Islands recently! I stumbled upon a groupon for the Sunshine Suites on Grand Cayman in the Seven Mile Beach area and decided I could really use a vacation. I spent a week soaking up some sun and enjoying some much needed relaxation. Seven Mile Beach is world renowned for it’s beauty. The beach is made up of fine white sand, and water so crystal clear you can see straight to the bottom. I was expecting to enjoy the beauty of the island, but what I wasn’t expecting was the wide variety of amazing food that awaited me. Grand Cayman is truly and island fit for foodies. The unique, fresh and flavorful dishes made for a wonderful vacation. Here’s a sneak peak of my vacation in the Cayman Islands, at least the food aspect of it. (more…)

Punta Cana Paradise

If your ideal vacation consists of staying in a five star resort, relaxing on a white sand beach sipping a fruity cocktail with the crystal clear turqoise water of the Caribbean lapping at your feet, then Punta Cana is your destination. Although there are many beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean, Punta Cana is THE place for all inclusive five star resorts. Not only are they a dime a dozen, but the prices are usually the best in the Caribbean. This was my second visit to Punta Cana, and you can be sure I will be back. (more…)

A day at the dog beach

I love the beach. And I love Maggie (my puppy). So I jumped at the chance to bring her to the beach. Since it’s off season right now, I planned to bring her to the regular beach and walk her on-leash. It’s a good thing I didn’t do this, because we found out that dogs are not allowed on the beach/boardwalk after April (at least in Manasquan. I haven’t checked with other beaches). Before we left our apartment, Matt decided to look online and see if there were any off-leash beaches for dogs. So, using trusty google search, we came across this website, http://www.bringfido.com/, and found a dog beach in Manasquan that looked promising. We decided to give it a whirl. (more…)

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

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I don’t know very many people who don’t like Tex Mex food. Crunchy, cheesy goodness is hard not to like, which is why I was so excited when we stumbled upon the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Engelwood, NJ. Not a native to the Engelwood area, I was walking along what seemed to be the main street in town, looking for a place to eat. There were tons of restaurants around, but for some reason the Blue Moon caught my eye. Even from the outside, the restaurant looks festive and welcoming. (more…)

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