COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

We were fortunate enough to find ourselves in sunny Florida for Thanksgiving visiting family. As I’m writing this snow is falling on the ground outside in Tennessee which has me wishing I was back on the beach! While we were there we discovered yet another reason to be grateful that Tampa is just a short plane ride away. Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in the state of Florida and one of many reasons to add a detour through Ybor City to your next trip. If you happen to miss the incredible tile work on the outside of the building the sheer size of this place is remarkable taking up an entire city block. You can’t miss it! Continue reading “COLUMBIA RESTAURANT”

VOODOO DOUGHNUT

VOODOO DOUGHNUT

We had an incredible trip to Portland! I am thrilled to be able to share Voodoo Doughnut shop and much more with the You, Me, and Tennessee family. Voodoo Doughnut is a place I’ve seen on Food Network and read about on Pinterest. I’ve wanted to go for years and I am over the moon to say that we finally made it happen. I encourage each and every one of you to make your own list and start marking things off. You won’t regret it!

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WEST SIDE MARKET IN CLEVELAND

WEST SIDE MARKET IN CLEVELAND

Chris and I visited Cleveland, Ohio during Easter weekend and a trip to West Side Market is a must when you’re in the neighborhood. I first visited the market back in April and mentioned it in a blog post here. I was thrilled to be back and once again utterly jealous of the people who live within walking distance of all this delicious food. Our goal was to find the perfect dessert to share on Easter Sunday. Bunny macarons took home the blue ribbon! Aside from decadent treats, West Side Market also offers a staggering variety of meats, cheeses, fresh baked breads, and produce. Let me show you around! Continue reading “WEST SIDE MARKET IN CLEVELAND”

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BILTMORE ESTATE

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BILTMORE ESTATE

While the colder months might seem like a dead period for some, I see it as an opportunity to take advantage of “touristy” places being less crowded. Even better, I look to see if they are less expensive to visit. Case and point: The Biltmore Estate. Built by George and Edith Vanderbilt during the Guilded Age in Asheville, North Carolina, this mansion holds the title of the largest privately owned home in the United States. With great title comes great ticket price, so touring the colossal Biltmore Estate is undoubtedly more affordable during the month of January. Self-guided tours (with information via headset) can be as little as $40 which saves you anywhere from $10-$45 depending on the season. Continue reading “THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BILTMORE ESTATE”

TEQUILA TASTING IN TULUM

TEQUILA TASTING IN TULUM

At 26 years old I didn’t think I still needed drinking lessons. I got enough of that in college as a sorority girl. While I’ve grown up a smidgen since then my palette is still more unrefined than I care to admit. Tastings are great way to learn more about your favorite alcoholic drink or to try something completely different than your “usual”. Chris and I learned not only historical tidbits about tequila but also the proper way to drink it. Continue reading “TEQUILA TASTING IN TULUM”

TULUM RUINS

TULUM RUINS

Chris and I wanted to see the ruins in Tulum because we read that they were located right next to a gorgeous beach. The beach will blow you away! I think next time we will stay in Tulum for the entire trip. Tulum means “wall” and our tour guide said the large wall that surrounds the ruins was meant to separate social classes not to keep anyone out like some historians believe. The original name for Tulum was Zama meaning “dawn”. While we were walking through the jungle our guide said we would immediately be able to see why the property was chosen to build a city and given its original name. Continue reading “TULUM RUINS”