Visiting India: Night Out at Upré

Visiting India: Night Out at Upré

One of the best parts of my trip to India was having some friends from college (who were traveling in Morocco) come stay with us for a few days!

We decided to do some exploring during the night and came across an awesome rooftop restaurant with panoramic views the city and water!

Upré is located on the terrace of Lake Pichola Hotel. It was a great place to spend our second night in India enjoying among great drinks and wonderful friends! I would definitely suggest requesting one of the booths along the edges for the best views.

*Funny story: While we were enjoying our drinks a grasshopper showed up out of nowhere and landed on me! I’ve been told Grasshoppers are a universal symbol of good luck, so I felt extra special.

XoXo

Voodoo Doughnut: The BEST Doughnuts. Ever.

Voodoo Doughnut: The BEST Doughnuts. Ever.

Happy National Doughnut Day!

It’s no secret how much I love and enjoy food- all of our travels are pretty much focused on trying the most buzz-worthy places in each city- but it’s pretty safe to say doughnuts are my favorite!

I’ve visited lots of different doughnut shops, but one always stands out as my favorite: Voodoo Doughnut.

I first experienced the pure deliciousness of a Voodoo Doughnut doughnut after  becoming a Denver resident. We were driving down Colfax Ave and the bright pink building caught my eye. There was a line stretched out the door and around the block, but I made us pull over and wait. Even with the 45-minute line, IT WAS SO WORTH IT! Among their Raised Yeast, Cake, and Vegan doughnuts, my top two are The Homer (Raised Yeast) and Voodoo Doll (Raised Yeast).

Since this doughnut enlightenment in Denver, I’ve also checked visiting their Portland, OR and Eugene, OR locations off my list!

Doughnut lovers everywhere: If you ever come across a Voodoo Doughnut, wait in the line and get a big pink box of doughnuts!

As they say at VD, “good things come in pink boxes”.

XoXo

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

Before my move to St. Louis, I had a “last hurrah for Florida” trip to a place I knew I would miss and wouldn’t be able to enjoy while in landlocked Missouri: the beach!

My boyfriend and I, along with my family, set out for The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, FL.

From the moment I parked the car, I was immediately relaxed and in vacation mode. I was greeted with citrus-infused water to get things started and made my way through the beautifully decorated lobby.

This place truly is a beachfront hotel with a sprawling layout, on 125 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel offers onsite golf, tennis, and spa. They have four onsite retail shops, an amazing pool complex (featuring a tiki bar, two different pools and two hot tubs), multiple dining venues and options, and 34,000 sq. ft of meeting/event space. You really never have to leave the resort, since anything you could want to do on vacation is just steps away in this resort.

We had two guest rooms and one suite, that boasted beautiful beach-front views. All of the rooms were absolutely amazing. The best were so comfortable, the bathrooms were impressive, and the rooms all came with a wet bar area with a sink and mini fridge, which was very convenient. My mothers suite featured two rooms connected by an in-between-room door, one room with a king size bed and the next room set up as a living/dining area and two bathrooms. The living area included a pull out bed for extra sleeping space. My biggest pet-peeve are hotel rooms that aren’t clean when I check-in, and these rooms were spotless. I was extremely happy with the rooms.

Our vacation at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club was simply wonderful and we were graced with equally wonderful weather. We spent our time relaxing at the pool complex and beach (with their incredible concierge-type food and drink service), eating at all of their different venues (their Blue Crab Salad was the absolute best), and taking in the breath-taking sights. The staff was so attentive and courteous, they really made our stay that much better.

Check out the pics from my stay below and be sure to check out the hotel website at naplesbeachhotel.com.

With Love,

Steph

Unfortunately, the pictures on took on my Canon were somehow deleted while uploading, so sorry for the lack of room and property pics 😦

Exploring my new city: St. Louis

Exploring my new city: St. Louis

After driving 17-hours straight from Orlando to St. Louis, we arrived. We settled into our temporary hotel-home and Vishal prepared for his first day of work. I began the apartment search, something I urge you all to secure BEFORE you move, and explored my new city.

I am still so impressed by everything St. Louis offers. There are so many (free) things to do and all within a 5-minute walk to 15-minute drive. I live downtown and I am literally steps from the Edward Jones Dome, where the Rams play, a few blocks from Ballpark Village (which is amazing!) and Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals play. I can walk to a multitude of restaurants and bars all around me, including my favorites: Pi Pizzeria, Rooster, Sauce on the Side, and Bridges Tap House and Wine Bar. The unbelievably expansive Forest Park is a short 10 minute drive and offers golf courses, one of the best (and free) zoos in the country, museums, boat rentals, and so much more. St. Louis is also home to Anheuser Busch, a full production factory that offers free daily tours, beer school, a chance to see their Clydesdales and  Biergarten. Truly awesome. I’ve done it all over five times already. A bit out of the city limits, but well worth the drive, is Lone Elk Park. It is a drive along trail where you find bison and elk roaming the grounds. Pack a picnic to eat by the lake and be sure to bring a camera for awesome close-up shots!

St. Louis really is an awesome place to visit and live. I’ve become a cardinals fan, took the journey to the top of the Arch, and eaten some AMAZING food. This is a place you must experience and try out some of the places I’ve pointed out if you find yourself in this wonderful city.

With love,

Steph

Pictures and info captions below! I was even able to sneak in a piece of famous, St. Louis gooey butter cake and a few shots of Simba 🙂

A Vegetarians’ Guide: Walt Disney World Resort

Dating a vegetarian has opened my eyes to the daily difficulty that comes with trying to find somewhere to eat. Having dietary restrictions makes this even harder when traveling and trying to please multiple appetites. You would think that with all of the people that visit the Walt Disney World Resort, “Mickey” would make sure that there were plenty of options, besides salad, for his friends with special diets, but that is simply not the case. Below I have listed out the best restaurants, both quick service and sit down, around the Disney property that offer vegetarian dishes or that I have experienced can facilitate special requests. Keep in mind that most of these restaurants only offer one, maybe two, entrees that are vegetarian, so if you have a picky eater, check out the menus available on the Disney Dining site for full descriptions! Also, most of the quick service options only offer Quinoa burgers, which I have experienced to come out VERY greasy to the point that my boyfriend could not eat it without getting sick and some offer just Portobello Sandwiches (a no-no for mushroom allergies).

Downtown Disney
T-REX: MY FAVORITE! If you have special dietary restrictions, the chef will come out to the table to fully understand your needs and, in our experience, has created fully custom dishes to satisfy our needs and taste buds!
Crossroads at House of Blues
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
Bongos Cuban Cafe
Rainforest Cafe
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restuarant
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
Planet Hollywood
Fulton’s Crab House
Earl of Sandwich

Magic Kingdom
Tony’s Town Square
Crystal Palace
Cinderella’s Royal Table
The Plaza Restaurant
Be Our Guest
Liberty Tree Tavern* (lunch only)
Columbia Harbour House (Lighthouse Sandwich and Vegetarian Chili are a must!)
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
The Diamond Horseshoe
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Pinocchio Village Haus
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant (two pasta dishes you must request without meat and Alfredo sauce may be made with chicken stock so ask to be sure)
Tortuga Tavern (Vegetarian Burrito!)

EPCOT
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Coral Reef Restaurant
Electric Umbrella
Katsura Grill
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
La Cantina de San Angel
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Liberty Inn
Lotus Blossom Cafe
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Restaurant Marrakesh
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Sunshine Seasons
Teppan Edo
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe
ABC Commissary
Backlot Express
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Hollywood & Vine
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Pizza Planet Arcade
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Starring Rolls Cafe

Animal Kingdom
Pizzafari
Rainforest Cafe
Restaurantosaurus
Tusker House Restaurant
Yak & Yeti Restaurant

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