SightSeein in San Fran 🚃👯

I have been wanting to check out San Francisco, California for some time now.

I’m always looking to explore new places.

After researching best places to  visit in November, San Fran came up!

We were a lil worried due to the fact that fire and devastation hit Napa and Sonoma this October.

However, it worked out just fine and they need tourists more now than ever. And here we are. 👯🍷☀️🚃

Sonoma Wine Tour: We booked a last minute tour thru our hotel. We were picked up right from our hotel and drove into Sausilito which looked like beautiful town to stay in. We stopped at two wineries, Jacuzzi Winery and Homewood Winery that included genorous tastings. We had beautiful views of the Sonoma vineyards, and we got to hang out in each winery for awhileWe stayed in Hotel Zephyr, a cute boutique hotel located in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to stay since you are close to Pier 39 which has a lot of shops and restaurants. There are quite a few seafood restaurants to choose from.

They are known for their New England Clam Chowder and fresh seafood. We had a delicious meal at PierMarket.

At Pier 39, you can also take a cruise to check out Alcatraz and the Golden State Bridge.

Pier 39 also has a hang out spot for Seals where you can see them lounge  and hear them “bark”.

Mr Holmes Bakehouse 1042 Larkin St

San Francisco, CA 94109

I got baked in San Francisco. They are known for their cronuts.  A croissant mixed with a powdered sugar 🍩 donut! Yum ! It’s a tiny space but be sure to get your pic in front of the neon “I just got baked” sign.They close at 2:30pm so be sure to get there early!

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food in San Francisco.

I had the spaghetti 🍝 it was soooo fresh and tasty.

Simple and Al dente with fresh basil just how I like it.

As good if not better than Scarpetta! (another fav of mine)

Make reservations they get pretty busy! They also have Pizzeria Delfina next door!Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar

950 Mason St

San Francisco, CA 94108

Once I saw the pictures of a live band on a floating boat/stage in a lagoon I knew I had to check this bar/restaurant out. Located inside The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Offering Polynesian- Fusion cuisine, Mai Tai’s, and of course pina colada’s. You don’t come here for the food you come here for the experience. FYI they do not take reservations if you aren’t a guest of the hotel. Golden Gate Bridge: There are several ways to view and take pics of The Golden Gate Bridge. We took a cruise out to the bridge which was pretty cool. We went right up to it and got incredible shots. We also were able to get a clear view of Alcatraz. We also took an uber out to Golden Gate look out. I hear fog can be a problem. However, we got lucky and the fog did not disrupt our view at all. The famous Full House House ( I am a 80’s baby)and The Painted Ladies: Gorgeous Victorian houses painted in lovely pastel colors.

I also visited Chinatown where I ate Dim Sum and shopped around for cheap souvenirs.

Try to get a ride on a old school cable car if you can. The wait can exceed an hour!

Have you been to San Francisco ? What are some of your favorite things to do and eat there?

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Summer Essentials 👒 📚 

Loungin poolside 🏊👙  or catching rays ☀️ at the 🌊  Beach I require two things.

A great summer read ☀️📚and a big floppy hat 👒 

Big floppy hat I bought at the Grand Bazzaar in NYC. They had me at Resting Beach Face. 💁🌊 I found it inside the Bohemian groove on the move’s RV. 

My summer read pick  Is #GirlBoss by Sophia Amorusso..this is her true story of how she came up with Nasty Girl Vintage and now owns a multimillion dollar  company. It all started with a My space and eBay account. 

Miami

I was in desperate need of a vacay. So I headed out to Miami for some fun in the sun. Perrrect Weather awaited me in South Florida. We stayed at the Eden Roc hotel after a coworker told me how amazing it was. I agree. 🌊 Ocean view balcony with spacious rooms and friendly check in made the trip seamless. We did not rent a car so we Ubered everywhere .. 🚗uber everywhere 🚗

A few of my fav places i visited on my trip to Miami..

For My Love of Latin food I checked out:

Versailles ..Excellent Cuban restaurant in Lil Havana 🌴  They boast that they are the worlds most famous Cuban restaurant. I was given this recommendation from Dr. Rodriguez fellow foodie and Latino! (ha!)The churasco was excellent and so was the Cuban sandwich 😋 This restaurant gets very busy but the line to sit and eat moves quickly! So don’t let that discourage you from trying this place out. FYI not much English is spoken here so brush up on your espanol. 

For Culture :

Wynwood Walls 🎨 Free admission 🎨🌴Here you Stroll around and admire the grafitti and street art splattered across the wynwood walls. Street and Grafitti Artists from all over the globe 🌎 have their art displayed here.


For a fabulous dinner:

Lure Fish 🐟 Bar located inside The Loews Hotel .. Amazing dranks and Sushi! Yes Bae got me into Sushi 🍣 Crispy Rice Cakes were amazing and so was the Lazy Lobster Special (lobster off the shell). There’s a location in NYC too! A bit pricey but def worth the splurge.

For a Drank:

Broken Shaker Bar located inside the  freehand hotel. They have a large outdoor sitting area to enjoy a cocktail. Great Ambiance and no cover charge.  🍹 I had the walk down Alameda. 🍸 They also serve food if you are looking for a bite to eat with your drank. Click here for menu

2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140 | 305-531-2727

For Brunch:

Yard 🐦 Bird Southern Table and Bar in Miami has to be one of my favorite Brunch spots. This is a very popular place! However, we got lucky and we were seated outside pretty quickly. The Fried Chicken 🍗 Spicy  Watermelon 🍉 and Cheddar Waffles 😋 for two was ahhhmazing. The Eggs Benedict was also a big hit. 🍳 The poached egg was crumbled with a biscuit and bacon 🥓 😍.  Let’s not forget the cocktails 🍹 I had a tipsy debutante monster because I liked the name of the drink and I like tequila 💃 My bf got a Bloody Mary with bacon 🥓 in it !They are located at:

1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Long Beach Magic  (LBM)

Jim the Beach Yoga instructor at Spray Beach kept using the acronym LBM and I liked it so much I’m using it as my title for this post (A tad cheesy I know).

FYI Beach yoga is located at 26th Street in Spray Beach

It runs Mid-June through August; Friday through Sunday, 7:15 am; Friday through Monday, 8:30 am; Friday, 6 pm

No Fee.. Just a Donation.. Typically $5.00 pp

#Namaste

Chicken Or The Egg or “The Chegg” do yourself a favor and download the No Wait App.. This is a local favorite and wait times can exceed 60 min… Delicious wings and they are open 24 hours.👌🏻👌🏻

Suit from Topshop at Nordstrom

Pineapple Express from The Ketch …

Barnegat Lighthouse:

Who doesn’t love lighthouses?! It was a beautiful clear day so it was picture perfect … You can walk your way up to the top however I did not bring the right shoes so I was unable to 👯👯


Brunch at SandBox Cafe..Sizzlin Pancake is their specialty so of course I had  to try one . It’s a pancake baked in the oven for 25 minutes. I made mine with bananas, Nutella, walnuts and a swirl of cream cheese sprinkled with powdered sugar! It was like a mini freshly baked cake!

Baseball Cap from Urban Outfitters

Canada, Eh?!

Roadtrip to Canada with the family.. (whose idea was this?! Mine)

This was my first trip to Canada.. I heard Niagara Falls on the Canada side was a sight to be seen! So I had to check It out for myself! Along the way we did stop. Mostly for food, cause you know a girl gotta eat. (I did not get this body from missing meals)

Syracuse: Pastabilities in Syracuse,. NY: OMG Carb Heaven ..Thank you Guy Fieri (its was featured in Diner’s, Drive Inn’s, and Dives). Chicken Riggz  is a must. It’s a huge portion of spicy chicken and rigatoni in a creamy tomato sauce. Along with a side of Tomato Oil and bread (perfection). It was lunch time and the line was out the door. Def worth the wait but the line moves pretty quick, don’t let it discourage you. Food is served cafeteria style and the dudes (chef’s) behind the counter were super friendly and helpful. We grabbed our tray and sat at a booth where we played with magnetic words to make cool lil sayings. It kept us pretty entertained! 

   
Buffalo: We arrived in Buffalo, NY late at night. I wanted to stop at Anchor Bar and Grill. (the birthplace of buffalo Wings) However, they were closed (Bummer). So we checked out Duff’s Famous Wings since I heard they perfected the Buffalo Wing recipe. They were very good! Crispy and hot just how I like it! Cozy lil place with attentive service. Glad we stopped in. 

 Niagara Falls: The main reason for the road trip…was to check out the Falls. You have to check them out during the day and at night. At night they illuminate the Falls with interchanging colors. Very Beautiful! However, the view during the day with a beautiful blue sky and the mist is just breathtaking. We purchased the adventure pass online that included :

nullHornblower Niagara Cruises (my fav) Make sure you wear your poncho !

nullWEGO Bus Access (2 Days)

nullJourney Behind the Falls

nullNiagara’s Fury

nullWhite Water Walk

There is plenty of family friendly activities around like Miniature Golf and Arcades. Also, a must is the Sky wheel and the Observation Deck at Skylon Tower. We had dinner reservations at the rotating restaurant (FYI food and service excellent, highly recommend!) and that included a ride up in the observation deck.  

    
    
    
  Toronto: We figured since we were not too far away we would check out Toronto. We checked out St. Lawrence Market. It reminded me of Philly’s Reading Terminal Market but not as big or busy. We wanted to check out Don’s Seafood and get Mussells. However, we arrived close to closing and they had no more Mussells left ! Instead we went down the block and ate at The Loaded Pierogie  and I’m so glad we did. I did a Vodka flight..cuz why not. Boiled or Fried these pierogies were out of this world!. Our waitress was the sweetest. She gave me their wifi password, helped us with the menu, and told us to check out the Distillery District. The Distillery district was pretty awesome. They had live Jazz musician playing and tons of restaurants and shops for us to wonder in. It was lively, this def was the place to be in Toronto. I bought the cutest charm bracelet in one of the shops. 

   

Myrtle Beach, SC

A much needed girls weekend in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach.  1 1/2 hour flight from Nyc.. It was a very low key weekend with the BFF..

Things to check out :

The beach of course! Beach and chair rentals available..

 Broadway at the beach ..here you will find the nightlife..señor frogs..margaritaville ..and Fat Tuesday’s (awesome gummy bear and Jell-O shots $1) 

Take a ride on the Sky wheel, you can find coupons for $1 off!

  
Take a stroll on The boardwalk..tons of shops, bars and restaurants ..

Dirty Don’s oyster bar  – great restaurant on the boardwalk ! The blackened oysters are a must! Also I tried oyster shooters for the first time and they were pretty awesome!

 

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 vendors..food 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 ..you 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 early..it 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 cemetery..in 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

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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!

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