Archive | June, 2013

My First Cruise Vacation

27 Jun

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This weekend was my first cruise vacation.

I’m not a fan of anything that involves water (yes, I do shower every day…  LOL!) so I was a little hesitant at first to book this vacation.  On top of that, the cheapest one was Carnival, and with all the recent problems they’ve had, that added to my hesitation but, I really needed a vacation, this was turning to be fairly cheap, compared to our other options, plus I always have a great time with the friends I went with so I paid for it and here we go!

Arrived at the Miami Port, all smiles, passport and ID ready and in less than 20 minutes we’re in.  Received with the cocktail of the day and the friendliest staff I’ve ever met.

The first day we kept getting lost, going up and down elevators and stairs but this was part of the fun.  Doing this we found a room where they had Latin music.  After that first time, every time we heard Latin music we followed our ears to find these guys.   We danced for hours.

We got to see people doing Karaoke – you all know this is always fun – 2 comedy shows, and spent the late hours at the club dancing some more.

I also go to see the last NBA Finals game at their theater, and celebrate our Miami Heat win their second title in a row.  That was so exciting!!!!

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We stopped at Key West, walked around a little, got Henna Tattoos, and our other stop was Cozumel where we ate some authentic tacos with freshly made delicious tortillas, one of the best guacamole I’ve ever had, and the best of all, Tequila tasting.  We went to Hacienda Antigua where we got to try about 9 different Tequilas (Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, Cherry, Almond, Cream, Coffee, and more).  We ended the Tequila tour with a Margarita and on our way to the always fun Fat Tuesday right at the Cozumel Port.

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Talking about food…  I was not one of those that goes on the cruise to eat but I do understand why some people do it.  Just with our first dinner when I had amazing Escargot, and that perfectly cooked and seasoned salmon I wanted more.  Every time we went to that dining room I would get excited to see options for the day.  All very beautifully presented and, again, served by the friendliest staff.  Plus all the food served at the breakfast and dinner buffets.  Wow!

 I wish I was still on that ship, sipping cocktails, meeting and talking to new people, dancing merengue, salsa, and yes, even bachata.  Laying by the pool, just relaxing, and watching the beautiful moon at night without having to worry about work the next morning.  Yes, vacations are the best!

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Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash

19 Jun

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I started my Saturday at the amazing Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash at the PGA National Resort, in West Palm Beach.

The event is very well organized with over 60 beers to try and about 20 burgers. 

The breweries each featured at least 2 of their beers for us to try.  They even had local craft beers on tap like Holy Mackerel, The Native, TBC and more.

My favorites of the day were:

Rooney’s Old Irish Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing Alchemy Ale
Coronado Brewing Company Idiot IPA (I tried this one for the name)  :p
Breckenridge Brewery SummerBright
Know Breing Wilua Ale

Now, as I said, this was also a Burger event so of course we tried those too.  They give away 3 prizes, which we get to vote, and my winners were:

In my opinion, Chuck Burger Joint  definitely deserved the “Best Burger” title.  That burger was perfection.  Classic, juicy, flavorful, comforting…  Not surprised at all they got the  “King of all Burgers” title last year.
My “Best Alternative” went to Cha Cha’s with their slider Kale & quinoa burger with humus on whole wheat.
My last award, the “Most Innovative Burger” went to Vic & Angelo’s Saltimbocca Burger.  This was a sage infused burger with black garlic aioli, sun-dried tomato marmalade, prosciutto di parma, gorgonzola dolce and baby spinach.  All I can say is I want more!!  Absolutely amazing that burger…
Other two worth mentioning were the ones from III Forks and Four Seasons.  

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This was their Second year doing this event and, by what I experienced, I’d say (and hope) they have many more years to come.  Making a note to lookout for next year’s dates, you should too.

Italy… In a nutshell

14 Jun

I really had the intention of writing here every week, and finish telling you all about my Italy trip.

Unfortunately we sometimes get busy and/ or distracted with life and my blog got left behind but, I am here again, with the same first intentions…  hopefully I do better this time and add words to this Blog as that is its purpose.

 Italy was two years ago…  can’t believe that much time has passed.  My last post was from Venice.  From there we went wine tasting to Florence, which was my favorite part of the trip.  Not only did we taste amazing, local wine, but we met the wonderful people who make it.  We got to try cheese and even had the owner of one of the restaurants make lunch especially for us. 

The one thing I wanted to do most was see sunflowers.  Unfortunately they weren’t in season yet but our tour guide drove around until we found one.  The most beautiful one I’ve ever seen, and that just made my day.

 Last part of our trip was Rome.  There is so much history in this city.  The Pantheon is impressive, and the colosseum must have been my favorite one here.  So much to see and do, I would definitely love to go back.  It’s a trip I would recommend to everyone.

 So there it is, two years late but, finally done, in a nutshell, my trip to Italy. 

 Wish me luck so I keep up with it this time and share my “travels” in life.