Rubia The Explorer in Los Cabos

I had a great trip to Cabo. The weather was perfect! The food was delicious and I got to practice my Spanish. Dos Cerveza por favor.🍻 Here are a few highlights of my trip beyond the Margaritas and Churro’s. 

 1) The Arch of Cabos San Lucas(El Arco)- A pretty cool rock formation that juts out the ocean at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas. Lover’s/Divorce Beach are next to The Arch.

  2) Snorkeling in Santa Maria- we booked an excursion with Cabo Adventures on a luxury sail boat to Santa Maria to snorkel in calm water. The beach at our hotel was way too rough to swim in! They also had paddle boards to use at Santa Maria.


3) Beach Yoga-every morning our hotel gave a beach yoga class! It was a great way to start my day! It was extremely relaxing to stretch out while listening to the waves crash on the shore.

4)Stroll San Jose Del Cabo- it’s a traditional Mexican town with vendors and restaurants. On Thursdays they have an Art Walk where art is put out on display. There is a beautiful old church and charming cobblestone streets. 


The Fabulously Historic    Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown 

I love to travel ..travelling  makes me happy👯👯👯 however, I figured I would sight-see in my own neck of the woods. Exploring The historic Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown this weekend. 





 I found myself frolicking thru Lyndhurt (they were hosting a craft fair). Tons of and crafts. A lil on the pricey side! I have only been to Lyndhurst on school trips so it was nice to explore the grounds on this gorgeous weekend ! Lyndhurst will be hosting a Big Beer Brew Festival on Sat. July 11th should definitely check it out! They also give tours! I also checked out some scenic points at Phillips Manor. They also give tours and in October they host The Headless Horseman haunted attraction.


Beignets,Hurricanes, and PoBoys.. O My

There are so many things to do in New Orleans. My trip consisted of eating and drinking mostly. However we did a lot of touristy things..
1. French Quarter Phantom Tour- awesome walking tour..our tour guide Luke was great! They walk you to a few known haunted locations and they do a great job of story telling.(nothing pops out and scares you)They also take you to LaLaurie Mansion (made popular by American Horror Show Season 3. It was My fav thing we did in New Orleans.
2. Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar and Lounge- I loved this place ..I got a seat at the rotating carousel bar on our second visit..go has a great history to it and it’s a historical landmark. Their signature drink is the sazerac. (Tennesse Williams and Ernest Hemingway did their writing here and stayed at this hotel).
3. Charbroiled Clams from ACME oysters. Def worth the wait in line! Best thing I ate in New Orleans!!!
4. Explore the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral..also you can find more reasonable vendors at the French Market.
5. Get a Hand grenade from Tropical isle..or a shark attack !
6. Grab a Muffaletta-a sandwich that consists of ham, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, and provolone with a olive salad spread on amazing bread similar to focaccia.(Central Grocery was the originator)
7. Grab a Hurricane at Pat Obrien’s – you get to keep a nice souvenir glass and they have lovely outdoor seating.
8.Horse and Carriage tour- Me and the hubby took a romantic tour in the evening.
9. Try a Poboy- I had a fried shrimp poboy from Nola Poboy..yummy
10. Cafe du monde beignets and cafe au lait!! Best coffee ever and their beignets were amazing!! FYI Don’t wear black ..powdered sugar everywhere ! Cash only !
11. Check out the St Louis Cemetary #1 Marie Laveau (famous voodoo priestess) has a tomb in this location.
12. Take a stroll through City Park
13. Ride on a Street Car
14. Eat jumbalaya, gumbo, oysters, and rice and beans ! Just eat all the local cuisine! I’m a total foodie and live to eat! So I made sure to try it all! IMG_7298.JPG





















Top Ten Things to do in Honolulu

1. Take a Surfing Lesson -FYI the further you walk down Waikiki beach the cheaper the lessons get!
2. Snorkel with Sea Turtles at Turtle Canyon (we took a catamaran cruise)
3. Watch fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village(given every Friday)
4. Do a Luau!
5. Eat garlic shrimp from a truck(there are plenty to choose from my fav was from Gilligan’s located next to the Hilton Hotel
6. Eat Pho! Eat Thai FoodI Had my first Pho experience and I ate the best Thai food in Honolulu
7. Diamond Head Hike- 45 minute hike with extraordinary views!
8. Drive to the North Shore! Stop at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and Ted’s Bakery! Check out Dole Plantation. Get the pineapple icecream! Check out where they filmed Jurassic Park! Perfect day trip.
9. Go to Leonard’s Bakery for a warm fresh malasada. (Portuguese doughnut)
10. Get icecream from Lappert’s!! Best icecream ever with macadamia nuts and chunks of white chocolate! Yum!








Scare me Philly

I wanted to go to Eastern State Penitentiary this year for Terror Behind The Walls. So I figured for the 2 1/2 hour drive we would make a day out of it. Jim’s on South Street was recommended by a friend of mine. We stopped there first and we waited about 25 minutes on line. I ordered mine wiz wit..extra wiz. They also sold beer. I grabbed my cheesesteak and beer and headed upstairs to the seating area and feasted on my cheesesteak. It was delicious and by far my new fav cheesesteak place. (Better than Pat’s and Geno’s)The steak was so juicy and flavorful with just the right amount of cheese wiz and onions! After that we walked around South Street. They had a bunch of cool shops to wander in. We then headed to Reading Terminal Market, we strolled around and purchased fresh hand rolled doughnuts from Beilers Bakery. The line was pretty long. I ordered half a dozen donuts..banana cream, salted caramel, glazed, apple fritter and maple nut).soo sooo good! After that we took the short drive to Eastern State Penitentiary and found parking right out front. (Try to find parking on street before paying to park at the zoo and take the shuttle)We had time to kill so we stopped at Jacks Firehouse and had a few beers and a spiked apple cider (warm apple cider with Captain Morgan and Brandy).
For the haunted penitentiary, my suggestion would be to get quick pass then you are able to bypass the long lines!($10 more per ticket)We got our tracking devices (glow stick) around our neck, and while on our way in, they drew an X with fake blood on your face. You have an option of wearing a tracking device and I recommend you get one! That way they can interact with you. I was grabbed, taken away from hubby and “marked” in a secluded cell(not for long) and I went through secret passages and tunnels. It was a great time! It is crowded and I suggest you keep a distance from the people in front of you if you want a good scare. When you leave there are actors dressed up and you can take pictures with them. They also do dance performances which is pretty cool. On the way home we stopped at Tony Lukes and got yet another cheesesteak. I will definitely return next October! IMG_6249.JPG




Adventures in Hawaii

Surfing Lesson: I figured if I ever was going to surf it would be Hawaii. I figured since I was there it was a must to take a lesson. I was pretty nervous about it.. But I pushed myself to do it.. who knows if I will ever have the chance again. I chose aloha beach services which was a pretty long walk down Waikiki beach. I read great reviews about them and the website guaranteed that you stand up and they guaranteed you would fall down. It was 80$ for an hour long private lesson. So I grabbed a board and headed out with my surfing instructor, tommy (a scary looking older man of few words) I was horrible but I kept trying and didn’t give up until Tommy told me to ride the final wave out. He kept telling me to relax and take my time standing up on the board. But I couldn’t get the hang of it and Tommy was frustrated and pretty much lost his patience with me. I scraped up my knees and toes on the board. He even asked another instructor to give me a pep did not help..I’m no surfer..but I tried. Even though I did feel like giving up and telling my instructor he sucked!!(haha)
Well that was my experience with surfing not to say I wouldn’t try again. Paddle boarding: I have never paddle boarded before. Last year when I was in Aruba I wanted to do it but I didn’t have the nerve. I thought i wouldn’t be able to stand up and it would just be embarrassing. But I decided I would def do it on my trip to Hawaii. I paddle boarded in a lagoon with calm water so I didn’t have to worry about waves. I was able to stand up and use the paddles with little to no help.
Catamaran snorkel at turtle canyon: I have a thing for sea whenever we go away and snorkel I am on the lookout for turtles. On a cruise last year we found a few snorkeling in St. Martin. So when we saw a catamaran snorkel tour to turtle canyon that guaranteed turtle sightings we signed up!
Diamond head hike: we took the bus to diamond head. It was a very hot day and we tried to get there early to beat the heat and crowds. We dressed comfortably and brought a few bottles of water. I’m not much of a hiker at all. However, if there are beautiful views or a landmark I’m all for it. The terrain wasn’t bad at all and it took us about 40 minutes including all the stops to take pictures.










Hawaii (The Food)

Before heading out to Hawaii I checked out Trip Advisor and Yelp. I always try to check out and research restaurants and points of interests before I travel.

During my research I came across Leonard’s Bakery. They are located in Honolulu and have been around since 1952. They are famous for their Malasada’s. A Malasada is a Portuguese donut without a hole. They are delicious! We ordered 2 dozen. They are best when you eat them hot and fresh, that’s the reason they are made to order. There was a line but it moved pretty quickly. My favorite was the cinnamon sugar malasadas. We also got them with coconut, chocolate and crème filling.(We went overboard)

Then there was Ted’s Bakery. We were told about this place from Erika, she was our Enterprise (car rental) rep. She was awesome, and gave us amazing tips and was very helpful. She said they had amazing pies and when we took our day trip to the North Shore we should def make a we did. It was a little hole in the wall place and it did not look like your typical bakery. I chose 2 individual pies from the refrigerator. Erika raved about the Chocolate Haupia pie and the Cherry pie. But, I’m not a fan of cherries so I bought The Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie and Strawberry Guava Cream Pie. It was amazing. I am still kicking myself for not buying more but we stopped there after we ate Garlic Shrimp and rice from Giovanni’s food truck so we were stuffed at the moment we stopped in.

Which brings me to the Shrimp Trucks. Erika from Enterprise (car rental) along with a few other natives told us about Giovanni’s Shrimp truck that specializes in Garlic Shrimp. We were told it was the most popular, so when we drove out to the North Shore we stopped there to eat lunch and see what the hype was. There was no line but I read that it can get pretty busy with very long lines. My husband was a big fan. I really wasn’t to thrilled about the shrimp not being peeled and the little legs freaked me out. I was told that it is supposed to be more flavorful. However, I wasn’t into it (I was making a mess)and after attempting to eat it I gave up and gave the rest to my husband.(my husband thought I was nuts). However, I am not a big seafood person. The rice that came with the garlic sauce was delicious. I also drank a fresh coconut there from a truck. I personally preferred the garlic shrimp from Gilligan’s Beach Shack Shrimp Truck which was conveniently located right on Waikiki Beach, a very close walk from where were staying. There was rarely a line and everything I ate there was awesome. We had lunch there several times on our trip. Their prices were very reasonable and food was delicious. They have garlic shrimp, coconut shrimp, tacos, fish, teriyaki steak bites and it comes with their deliciously seasoned French fries.. so good(I scraped the plate every time!) It is also right next to where they filmed Gilligan’s Island.

Thai Food!! I am such a big fan of Thai Food! My husband used to work in a Thai restaurant back in the day so he was the one who introduced me to all the yummy dishes. (Pad Thai, Laad Na, Pad See Ew, sate…) They had several Thai Restaurants in the area to choose from. We found Siam Square when I was looking up Thai Restaurants in Honolulu. It was so good we took the long walk from our hotel twice to eat there. It is a pretty busy place. The second time we went we had to wait a while to be seated. However, they made up for it when the food arrived and it was well worth the wait. We ordered spring rolls and calamari for appetizers and Laad Na, Pad See Ew, and Chicken Fried Rice for our entrees. Some of the best Thai food I have ever had.

Loco Moco is a Hawaiian dish that I tried when eating at Tropics Restaurant located at our hotel. I wanted to dry something different. Tropics is a beach front restaurant and they have live music that’s what drew me to it. Loco Moco is white rice topped with a hamburger patty, brown gravy, and a fried egg with some onions on top. Very good and very filling! I also got my birthday cake here. It was Godzilla attacking the rainbow tower. I thought it was cute and we took it to go so I could blow out my candle and make a wish in the privacy of my own balcony. The cake was very good.

House without a Key this was a fancy restaurant that I found on TripAdvisor. It is located in the Halekulani hotel. They have beautiful outdoor seating right near the beach along with live music. On Tuesdays and Sundays they serve fancy BBQ Food and since we happened to visit on a Tuesday we were able to order BBQ. They give you delicious bread to start off with and it is baked on the premises. I ordered ribs and that came with macaroni salad and my husband ordered the fish of the day. We had a side of mashed potatoes(YUM!) The service was top notch, everyone from the waiter to our bus boy was super friendly. It was pretty fancy and high priced but I thought it was worth the experience. I ordered a macadamia nut cheesecake for dessert and that was delicious!
Dukes Waikiki hula pie. Sooo good! We had lunch twice at Dukes Waikiki. It was right on Waiikiki beach. It was good for a quick bite and service was always great. The most memorable thing was the desert. The hula pie consists of ice cream Oreo crust lots of macadamia nuts and fudge.(it was huge) The three of us dug right in and finished it!
During our trip we saw a lot of Vietnamese restaurants. There was a ton of Asian restaurants all over the island. My husband has been wanting to try Pho for a while now.(since watching Phil talk about it on Modern Family)Pho is a Vietnamese broth soup with noodles, bean sprouts, scallions and meat. We ate in a restaurant called Pho Old Saignon. It was very tasty. 

There were several other restaurants we visited on our 12 day trip to Honolulu, HI. There were also  food trucks right off the main road in Waikiki. They offered several food options such as Hawaiian(Loco Moco), Rotisserie Chicken, Ramen, Churro’s, (Alyssa’s fav) etc. They had benches where you can sit down and enjoy your food. We dined at Fresco, an Italian restaurant located inside Hilton Waikiki Village. The food and service was great and it was a beautiful restaurant. Il Lupino is another Italian restaurant that I found on Opentable. They served fresh pasta and their bucatini  all’amatriciana was very good! I made a comment on Opentable that we were celebrating my birthday and they had confetti on our table when we arrived. Also, when they brought out our dessert our very friendly waitress put a candle in it and she wished me a Happy Birthday several times.


Garlic Shrimp and Garlic Rice from Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck


Chocolate Haupia Pie from Ted’s Bakery


Hot and Fresh Malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery


Garlic Shrimp and Ice Cold Coconut at the North Shore


Macadamia Nut Cheesecake at House without a Key


Pho with Flank Steak


Hula Pie from Duke’s Waikiki


Outdoor Dining at House without a Key


Gilligan’s Beach Shack


Chicken Satay


Spring Roll


Fish Taco’s from Duke’s Waikiki


Loco Moco


Coconut Shrimp Gilligan’s Beach Shack


My birthday cake from Tropics.. Godzilla attacking Rainbow Tower (from the Godzilla movie)

Hawaii (Intro)

I spent 11 Aaamazing nights in Honolulu, Hawaii. This trip was to celebrate my 30th Birthday. I have been nagging my husband for years to take me to Hawaii and he finally gave in. We took a nonstop flight from JFK on Hawaiian airlines. It was a pretty long flight 10 1/2 hours. However, they did feed us very well and we did pop some champagne on the airplane (more like twisted the cap to the champagne). We kept ourselves busy by binge watching Orange Is The New Black on the iPad. (I am currently obsessed with that show) We did get lei’d when we got off the plane by our Costco travel rep. (we found the best price from Costco) We stayed at the Hilton Waikiki Village located on Waikiki Beach. It was a beautiful hotel with lots of upscale shopping and restaurants on the premises. They even had a Louis Vuitton store that I had to stay away from. (I have a bad bag addiction). They had several Starbucks located in the village and surrounding area and a Lappert’s Ice Cream shop that was so good I don’t know if I can go back to Coldstone. (White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream in a waffle cone. Yum!)The hotel was very busy, July is high peak season. We had an ocean front room with a beautiful view of Diamond Head. (After complaining about the pool view room that they offered us first). The hotel had several pools but you still had to get there early if you wanted a lounge chair. There is also The Duke Kahanamoku Beach & Lagoon if you are looking for calm water. They had paddle boards, surfboards and pedal boats to rent. They also have fireworks every Friday night. I don’t like to keep my blogs too long so I will be posting a few  blogs on my trip to Hawaii. It will be mostly about Food, activities, and what I wore.







Cali Love

My first trip to California was Amazing…I spent 5 days soaking in the Cali Life and I enjoyed every minute of it. We had perfect, sunny, warm weather which is always a plus. There was so much to see and do!  We rented a car and we did a lot of driving. The traffic wasn’t as horrific as I thought it would be (but I am from NY and travel to the city regularly so maybe I’m used to it). We flew into LAX  late on a Wednesday night and we picked up our Camaro (not a convertible, hubby was being frugal) and the first stop was Del Taco YUM!(Wayyy better than Taco Bell in my personal opinion). I had a shrimp taco and it tasted super fresh. We checked into the Best Western hotel  Redondo Beach (this time I was being frugal but they did offer free parking and breakfast) and tried to rest up for our first day in Cali.

Day 1: I wanted a beach day so I just googled “best beaches in LA” and Manhattan Beach was one of them. We headed out bright and early to have some fun in the sun.  It’s a good thing we headed out early because parking can be a problem. We lounged on the beach and did some people watching. The water was too cold for swimming so I just got my feet wet. There were a lot of Volleyball nets and I hear Manhattan Beach is a good place for a game of Beach volleyball. After our day on the beach we cruised along the Pacific  Coast and took in the sights. There were tons of gorgeous homes and scenic points where we took pictures on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and we caught the sunset. We also checked out Redondo Beach and Pier. There was really nothing much there. We just strolled and ate some Mexican food from a chain restaurant (El Torito). The food was nothing to rave about but I was starved and desperately wanted a Margarita so we settled. We picked up some Saltwater Taffy from a shop on the boardwalk. We did happen to see some Seals in the water by the boardwalk but it’s not a place I would visit again.


Manhattan Beach



Hanging out on Cliffs..Catching the Sunset in LA


Manhattan Beach

Day 2: We woke up extra early and headed out for the 2 hour drive to San Diego. We drove to La Jolla Beach. I heard it was a great place to see Seals so we had to check it out. It was amazing and it was my favorite part of the trip. The parking wasn’t the greatest and we almost had our spot stolen by an elderly women. It’s a beautiful beach with tons of seals swimming and sunbathing. They also have some of the cleanest porta potty’s I have ever seen. There was a baby seal who kept swimming very close to shore until a little girl on the beach scared it away. We took tons of great pictures and after walking around we settled on the beach to relax. We dined outside at Cody’s La Jolla. Hubby got Fish and Chips and I got a BLT with Avocado (I LOVE Avocado) along with an Iced Cold beer. On our way back to LA we stopped at Laguna Beach(which was gorgeous) and caught the sunset. We strolled on the boardwalk, people watched and stopped at a ice-cream shop for a treat. That night we also stopped at Wienerschnitzel (mainly because I liked the name) and had some Hot dogs and they were pretty tasty.


Stopped at a Scenic point to pose, American Eagle Skirt and Top, Michael Kor wedges.


Dining at Cody’s La Jolla


Catching the Sunset at Laguna Beach


Baby Seal @ La Jolla Beach


La Jolla Beach


Seals sunbathing at La Jolla Beach


La Jolla Beach Children’s Pool

Day 3: One of the many things on my Bucket List was to visit the Hollywood Sign and take some cool pics with it. So I threw on a cute romper, hat, and shades(not typical hiking attire) and we were on a mission to hike to the Hollywood Sign. It was a very hot day so we made sure we had plenty of water. The hike we chose to take pictures with the sign was about 1 1/2 hours long but we stopped along the way to take pictures and drink water. We did not hike all the way to the actual sign which is about 2 1/2 hours long(maybe next time). After the hike back we visited the Famous Pink’s Hot Dog’s and the line was pretty long . It was about a 20-25 minute wait to have some yummy chilli dogs with cheese fries. (worth it!) After we scarfed those down we drove to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and walked around to see all the crazy characters dressed up as Spiderman and Batman trying to charge to take pictures with them. I just kept it moving and made no eye contact. LOL. We checked out the souvenir shops and that was about it. I think that place was overrated and overrun by tourists but it’s something touristy you have to check out if you’re in the area. We then drove to Rodeo Drive to window shop and check out the fancy cars. I was trying to catch a celebrity sighting but no such luck. I didn’t even walk into any of the stores, we just strolled around. Then we headed to the Santa Monica Pier, I had always wanted to visit this place. I am a big fan of carnivals and board walks, however the lines were so long to purchase tickets for the rides and for the rides themselves. It was a Saturday night and there was so much traffic and people there that night. We ate at an italian restaurant on the Boardwalk and relaxed with a glass of wine.


Hollywood Sign *Smooches* American Eagle Hat, Express Romper


Hollywood Sign



Hollywood Walk Of Fame


Santa Monica Pier (Pacific Park)



Hollywood Hike (We Made It)



Chowing down @ Pink’s Famous Hot Dog’s



LOL Justin Bieber look alike

Day 4: We went to Venice Beach and played in the sun all day. We got there early and it was nice and quiet with mostly surfers. A woman came around selling mango slices and assorted fruit. We love mangos so we bought one and she sprinkled them with chili powder and some other spices YUM!  Afterwards we walked the entire boardwalk and checked out the shops and characters on muscle beach. There was the Venice Beach “Freak Show”, tattoo parlors and street performers. There were many places to eat, however we were holding out for our Fried Chicken and waffles, and thats where we were headed for next! We drove to Roscoe’s House of Chicken and waffles. The waffles were sooo good! I don’t know if it was the butter or the syrup but it was the best waffles that I have ever eaten. The restaurant isn’t much to look at and service wasn’t the greatest, but the food made it totally worth it.


Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles



Eating Mango on Venice Beach


Venice Beach



Venice Beach Freak Show

Day 5: We had to check out Olvera Street in Downtown LA, especially since it was Cinco de Mayo. There were a few places to eat and they had alot of small shops and vendors. We ate some Beef Taquitos with avocado sauce from Cielito Lindo. I really wanted churros but we could not locate any. I bought a Mexican Blanket from a vendor that is supposed to be authentic, who knows. We checked out where Rob Dyrdek filmed Fantasy Factory, (I am a fan of Rob Dyrdek but we were really just killing time). On our way to the airport our last stop was In-N-Out Burger. The burger was delicious and we ordered it Animal Style which is one of the most popular “secret” styles (pickles, extra spread, grilled onions, and mustard)


IN-N-Out Burger (Animal Style)


Olvera Street Market


Beef Taquito’s with Avocado Sauce on Olvera Street

I really enjoyed my first trip to Cali. I tried to fit in as many things on my trip as possible. The only thing that I did not get a chance to do was the Rose Bowl Flea Market(it only takes place every second Sunday of the month) TMZ tour, and the San Diego Zoo. Cali was a different experience for me and I’m hoping to head back soon. Maybe next time I will check out wine country and San Francisco.



Philly Fun


This trip was long overdue. I LOVE Philly Cheesesteaks so I def wanted to check out the famous Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks. Cheesesteak wiz wit is what I ordered (Cheesesteak with cheese wiz and onion) YUM! Personally I preferred Geno’s steaks. While we were there we also visited the Liberty Bell, Reader’s Terminal Market, The LOVE sign, and Rocky Statue/Steps. This was on a very cold, rainy Saturday in March so we got lucky with little to no wait times at any of these locations. Philadelphia is the perfect place for a foodie like me. Reader’s Terminal Market was AMAZING! Fresh, handrolled pretzels at Miller’s Twist, fresh baked cookies from Famous 4th Street Cookies, and the Famous DiNiC’s well known for their roast pork sandwich(I did not get to try the sandwich). This was a day trip and there was only so much food I can eat! I can’t wait to return to the city of brotherly love this Summer.


The LOVE Sign



The Rocky Statue



Alyssa and The Liberty Bell



Cheesesteaks @ Pat’s King Of Steaks



Waiting on line @ The Liberty Bell



“How to order a Cheesesteak”



Alyssa and The LOVE sign


Geno’s Steaks



Pretzel’s at Miller’s Twist @ Reader’s Terminal Market



Eating in the rain @ Pat’s King of Steak’s