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My Food Tour Through Atlanta

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard Atlanta, oh how I missed you! Full of warmth, hospitality and some the most incredible restaurants I have ever eaten in;  Atlanta is a city you don’t feel overwhelmed by because of how friendly the people are. All over the city, no matter where we went, we were welcomed and that is something I never forget and it’s why I keep going back. The last couple years we have been going because of the big convention that happens every year: “Dragon Con”. This convention brings thousands of people to the city during the labor day weekend. We had a blast this year exploring the convention but we also ate tons of food in many different places. I wanted to share my food experiences with you from this year and also mention last year’s gems so you could get a real look into the cuisine of Atlanta and everything it has to offer. Restaurants Visited: Thumb’s Up Diner Sublime Doughnuts Ginya Izakaya Desta Ethiopian Kitchen DAS …

What I learned on my Visit to the Acadia Region

I remember going to Maine almost every summer when I was a kid to go to camp and chill out by the lake. Once I grew up I didn’t go as often and really wanted to go back to have some new adventures and experiences. This last visit up to the Acadia Region was incredible, despite having a day with not so great weather. Maine has the ability to literally take your stress and throw it to the wind. From the mountain views, rolling hills and serene cabins in the woods it is everything you need to de-stress. We had a wonderful little cabin which we found through Airbnb and it was smack in the middle of the woods on almost two acres of land. It was around 15-25 miles away from everything we wanted to do which was perfect because we saw some amazing scenery on all of our drives. I hope you enjoy this post and everything there is to see and do and check out the tips…. Places Visited: Sullivan, ME Bar …

Trattoria Sabbioneda – Milan, Italy

“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” -Alice Waters I’ve been waiting to write this for almost three months now simply because it was one of the best meals I had in my life and I wanted to give it the praise it deserved. I also wanted a secret for myself, a place we had found while roaming the streets of Milan on our last day in Italy and it was a beautiful secret which I now want to share with you. We almost didn’t stop and eat here, we almost went with what all the apps were saying or on what you should eat in the area we were in. We walked by this place twice before deciding on entering its small, yet homey interior full of jovial Italians who were eating delicious food with friends. This was  our best meal in Italy. Yes, I can say that. We had plenty of food in different …

Getting to know Hull

My wanderlust for exploring little towns up and down the coast of New England never stops. Especially after coming from overseas and feeling the need to constantly explore and see everything I can, this was a great opportunity to take a couple days and explore the small coastal town of Hull, MA. We had come here this past winter with a special deal but wanted to try coming again when we could do more and see more. Our weather has been so odd lately; between always raining and being cold to random bursts of sunshine. Regardless the time spent there was lovely and we did quite a bit of exploring. Nantasket Beach Resort which is right in front of Nantasket Beach was where we stayed. We had a room with a beautiful ocean view and this hotel has many amenities right on site. For instance, we arrived late Friday night and while most dinner places were closed on the little peninsula, the Hotel restaurant, Paragon Grill was open and they had good food served very …

Remnants of Rome

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” Giotto di Bondone (Italian painter and architect. Died 1337) Rome had been calling my name long before I arrived in Italy. With its ancient architecture and immense beauty everywhere I looked, the calling was finally satiated. There is so much to see in Rome, and we had just a little under a day to walk around and search for history and art. In this short amount of time we managed to visit the Colosseum, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Caffe Vicere, Cin Cin Bar, a war memorial, Museo Nazionale del Palaco di Venezia, & Vatican City. Each location different than the last and each having its own beauty set in a specific time period. I was so awestruck by Rome, it will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’ve said it before and Ill say it again this trip changed my life and Rome had a part in that. Living in the US all these years and only …

Getting lost in Venice

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” – Alexander Herzen We got lost in Venice, it’s pretty easy to do. The bustle of crowds, the bridges, the canals- Venice is a Maze of a city built entirely over water. I completely and utterly fell in love with this city, there were so many nooks and crannies that it would take months to find them all. Once you get into the heart of Venice (past the train station) you can’t use cars, there are no buses or other public transportation except Gondola’s or Water Taxis. This was our view when we arrive in Venice A couple beautiful shots of some of the larger canals, with gondolas and other boats Couple shots of us, with beautiful scenery 😀 I absolutely loved this canal, the houses, the reflections-everything Gondoliers waiting for customers and a quiet little square we found with no …

Walking around Milano

When you decide that you are hungry in Milan you find a small place to grab a bite to eat. Usually a brioche or healthy breakfast along with an espresso. We roamed around a bit before we settled on a place called Berni which was in a quiet, beautiful area of Milan. It was a neighborhood place so it was cool to watch people running in and out saying, “Ciao” and having conversations with the lovely people behind the counter. We ordered brioche, espresso, whole grain bread and marmalade with fresh squeezed orange juice. The counter and the beautiful, fresh brioche The wine on the wall was a cool touch, and this brioche was tasty and lightly sweet The marmalade here is so good, and this espresso was just right We then decided to just walk around, we didn’t ask for directions we just wanted to explore some more before we had to check out of our Airbnb. We stumbled upon the Arco de Pace which is right at the entry way of Parco Sempione. …

Milano, Day 1

My first time overseas has been one enormous adventure. There is so much to see, feel, touch and eat and honestly I am experiencing it with my love and his family in every way possible. From visiting family in different parts of Italy to seeing some of the most historical places in the world; Italy has so much to offer. Our first day in Milan was one of taking it all in and experiencing some things that were within the vicinity of our Airbnb. I want to share these with you all in the best way I know how; by writing about them and sharing pictures of these wonderful areas. The first place we walked to was Il Duomo,  a Gothic style cathedral that started construction in 1386 and was finally completed in 1965. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and it’s a wondrous beauty. You can walk all around it and still keep seeing things you haven’t seen before. All around the area, there are Cafe’s, restaurants, places to shop and …

The Nooks & Crannies of Rockport, MA

This past Saturday I took a day trip over to Rockport with my bestie and even though we weren’t there all day we managed to visit some really cute shops, roam the streets and eat some really yummy treats. Sometimes, just sometimes it pays off to go even an hour away from your regular stomping grounds, to take in some sea air and be lulled into relaxation by the quiet ebb and flow of the water. Places visited: Red Skiff Restaurant Bella & Harvey Bakery Tucks Candy Factory Ubuntu Helmut’s Strudel Bearskin Neck Country Store Lula’s Pantry Rockport Pier Our first stop was the pier, where we took some pictures and waited for some space at the restaurant we were going to eat breakfast at. We took some really lovely pictures, everything around us was so peaceful. We loved the boats! Another shot of the boats The Harbor 🙂 Afterwards we went to Red Skiff which is right around the corner from there and had an incredible breakfast which included Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Challah …

Chicken & Waffles – Atlanta Day 3

You can’t go wrong when you start your day off with Chicken & Waffles in Atlanta. This was my first time having real, authentic chicken & waffles with syrup. I am hooked, if the the perfectly fried chicken is this juicy all the time with the perfectly soft but not too soft waffles and just a bit of syrup is the same then I can eat this for brunch every weekend 🙂 . We started off the day at the Atlanta Breakfast Club in downtown ATL. Very wide open spaces, bright decor and fantastic music. I ordered the above mentioned Chicken & Waffles and promptly fell in love. I also had some of the best biscuits and chicken sausage gravy ever. Coffee was also good and service was stellar. Definitely will go back next time. This was everything!! Super yummy biscuit with chicken sausage gravy Another shot because it was just that good! Wall of Chalk art in the restaurant 🙂 After a filling breakfast we walked over to Dragon Con to check out a …