Daring to Disney: Dining Reviews

180 days before our trip, I made some advanced dining reservations (ADRs). Out of those, I kept Via Napoli, Biergarten, Chef Mickey's, Be Our Guest (lunch), and I made a new reservation for the Coral Reef restaurant. I ended up canceling Le Cellier just because Jess and I didn't want to spend half of our date night at Epcot at dinner. Just as a refresher, Disney allows you to make ADRs at most of their sit down restaurants up to 180 days in advance. If you are staying on site, you can book for your entire trip 180 days before the first day of your trip. Here are my impressions of the five places we hit up with reservations in chronological order, and a few thoughts on some of our favorite [...]

Portland the Third: Fun Activities and Eats, Old and New

I've discussed kid friendly activities/eating in Portland, ME, before, so instead of rehashing I'll just give a quick update on our experience this time. We also tried two new eating establishments, so I'll talk a little more about those places. Bottom line - Portland still rules. Activities for Kids Portland Children's Museum and Theatre - Proof that "rope dropping" works everywhere. We got there right when the museum opened at 10 AM and pretty much had the place to ourselves for a good hour and a half. Still a lot of fun things to do, but I think this is the kind of place you want to go to with other families - lots of parallel/joint play opportunities! Maine Narrow Gauge - It's still fun to ride trains, still fun to [...]

Thoughts from a Quick Trip to Las Vegas

I recently was in Las Vegas for a wedding and had a few random travel thoughts that I thought I'd put down on paper. Nothing earth shattering, but maybe a useful tip or two nonetheless. Let's cut to the chase: Flying On this trip I had the chance to compare two domestic first class flights, though both had their downsides. On the outbound I flew United first BOS-EWR-LAS. My major issue here? On the BOS-EWR, United was happy to have me pay $6 to watch half an hour of Direct TV (I was in the back for that leg), on the five hours EWR-LAS leg, there were zero IFE options. I know a lot of people don't care about IFE, but I do and that was downright annoying. On the [...]

Daring to Disney: Making Disney Dining Reservations

Until FT4RL2, I didn't even realize that making reservations at Disney World was a thing people did (thanks to Leslie from Trips with Tykes for giving me one more thing to obsess about!). So I've been anxiously awaiting the 180 day mark to make dining reservations. In preparation I enjoyed reading my favorite food blogger's Disney series, though in the end I had to make decisions based on a party with a 6 month old and a 3 year old (and two grandparents!). I started this series as a first time Disney planner - this is the first time I'm going as an adult in charge of the itinerary. I learned a few things along the way to making dining reservations (I started out doing things the hard way), so this [...]

Turks and Caicos Food: Expensive Eats

I thought eating in Bora Bora was expensive, but Turks and Caicos can give that island a run for its money. In this post I'll be talking about the general eating options you have and some things we did to save money on eating. Bear in mind, in Turks and Caicos, saving money is a very relative term... Resort Eating Turks and Caicos felt a lot like Nusa Dua in Bali - there are a ton of resorts within close proximity of one another and the easiest thing is to eat at the different resorts. As I mentioned, Villa del Mar didn't have a restaurant but its sister property the Grace Bay Club across the street does. Basically, things boil down to trying to maximize the price/taste ratio. My brother [...]

3 Days in New Orleans – 3 Days of Eating

We spent some time checking out the sights in New Orleans, but we were interested in one thing above all else – eating. After a very underwhelming and overpriced dinner at the Intercontinental the night we got in, we didn’t see any bad food until the US Airways sandwiches on the flight on home. Here’s a quick tour of what we got to sample. Beignets – Café du Monde and Café Beignet Obviously, options 1, 2, and 3 for breakfast were beignets. We hit up Cafe du Monde, purportedly the most famous purveyors of beignets, our first morning. We woke up pretty early due to the time difference so we arrived there by 8:30. At that time there were still plenty of places to sit – by 9:00 the place [...]

Home for the Holidays: Eating in Hong Kong

Obviously, one of the main draws of Hong Kong is the food. For me, it’s always a matter of balancing good food with nostalgic food from when I was a kid that…might not be as good. Luckily we managed to do a little bit of both on this trip. I’ll just hit our culinary experiences in chronological order. Spaghetti House Our first night in Hong Kong, we were still recovering from a pretty tough flight with M. We were looking for some place quick to eat so I suggested one of my favorites from childhood: Spaghetti House! Having moved to Hong Kong when I was 10, I missed Western food all the time. Spaghetti House was one of the restaurants we would go to after I complained too much. Like [...]