Have you ever visited a place that made you sad? Truly made your heart break and made you want to leave crying but you were still glad you went? For me, that was my visit to Nagasaki.
As you should know, Nagasaki was one of the cities forever marked as one of the sites of the atomic bomb dropping in World War II. After enduring the horrors of the bomb, Nagasaki chooses to educate others about the devastation and destruction left behind.
Our first stop of our grand adventure in January started in Shanghai. I flew out of the United States on New Year’s Eve, spending actual New Year in the air, not knowing when the countdown began or ended. It did not matter that much to me though, because I would be ringing in the new year in Asia, visiting different places, learning of different cultures, and sampling different foods.
Shanghai, China’s biggest city and also the financial hub of the country, offers so many exciting adventures for those passing through. We spent five days exploring the city, and had a blast doing so. Below, sorted alphabetically, you’ll find the top ten things I recommend doing while in Shanghai!
The month of January was a whirlwind of adventure and exploration thanks to a 2-week cruise throughout Asia aboard the Sapphire Princess. The cruise started in Shanghai, China, visited various ports of call, and ended in Singapore. It was truly a trip of a lifetime being able to experience new cultures, people, and foods. Overall, I genuinely enjoyed my time on the Sapphire Princess; however, I do have some comments that did not necessarily deter from my experience, but may influence others’ decisions to book a trip on this ship. Continue reading to learn my overall impressions of the Sapphire Princess!
Happy Friday everyone! These past two months have been a whirlwind, hence my long absence from the blogging scene. Today, I want to take the time to re-introduce myself, so this Feature Friday is all about meeting the person behind the blog, Larissa! You would think the easiest post to write would be the one about yourself, but it was more difficult than I originally though. How can I compress my 20-something years of life into a blog post, highlighting the most interesting things about myself? Well, I gave it my best shot! Continue reading to learn more, and please comment and let me know if you relate on any level 🙂 Continue reading “Feature Friday: Meet Larissa J.”
Is there anything more magical than starting your day off at the happiest place on Earth? Okay, if we’re being honest – maybe waking up in Bora Bora, or the Maldives. But I think Disney World is pretty up there as well! I flew down to Orlando SUPER early morning, where one of my best friends came to pick me up. We headed to a delicious breakfast spot, then made our way Disney! As you may [or may not] know, Disney World is composed of four different parks: Magic Kingdom; Animal Kingdom; Epcot; and Hollywood Studios. We spent the day experiencing the first two – Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom! Continue reading “Disney World Adventures: Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom”
Everybody comes across the Instagram ads while scrolling through the beautiful pictures of landscapes, food, and selfies. No one actually pays attention to those ads. Except for me. One day. I have no idea what made me pause and investigate, but I sure am glad I did, because it led me to experiencing Questival in Atlanta! Continue reading “Questival: A 24-Hour Adventure Challenge”
Every September, in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia, you can find a large gathering of people enjoying music of all genres. People of all ages, all colors, and all walks of life come together to celebrate the joy of music. The two-day festival takes place on a Saturday and Sunday, starting on noon both days and finishing a little earlier on Sunday [around 10:00PM] than on Saturday [around 11:00PM]. Check out my 5 tips for a great Music Midtown experience! Continue reading “5 Tips for a Great Music Midtown”
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe weekend, and you’re ready to conquer this new week. I took a pretty long hiatus from the blog as so many changes were going on in my life, and I needed to be able to keep up. Hopefully I’ll be back more consistently from now on 🙂 These next few weeks I’m going to reminisce on some of my past travels I haven’t written about yet. One of my most recent trips was a weekend gateway to Savannah, Georgia! Continue reading “Weekend Getaway in Savannah”
When you think of a farm-to-table restaurant, what comes to mind? For me, I think of fresh, healthy foods. And for some reason, I always think of chickens running around in the back! Farm-to-table restaurants make me happy because I know I’m getting a meal filled with nutritious ingredients and I know I’ll be able to taste difference, as well as feel the difference after eating the meal.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Sweet Potato Cafe in Stone Mountain, Georgia for both lunch and Sunday brunch. Both times were delicious! Although they don’t have chickens roaming their backyard, this cafe is truly a farm-to-table restaurant. They grow their vegetables on the property – right next to the cafe. They also have a lot in the community garden where they source some of their food. For the meat, they get theirs from a Georgia meat person. How cool is that? Everything they use is sourced from Georgia growers!
The first time I visited this establishment, I went for lunch. Upon entering the building, we were greeted and seated at a table. The waiter informed us the cafe was known for their fried green tomatoes, so of course we placed an order for our table. Truly recommend getting this dish when you visit! These fried green tomatoes come with a scrumptious bean relish on top, and seriously, you will eat every bite – at least we did!
I ordered my first black bean burger ever, and it was seriously so good! And of course I had to get the sweet potato fries [although you have the option to get regular fries – but whyyyy would you do that at Sweet Potato Cafe?!] While we were eating lunch, Chef Karen actually walked past us and out of the restaurant. We were curious as to where she was going, but we didn’t have to wait too long to find out. Soon after, she walked back in carrying carrots and herbs from the garden to prepare meals. It was such a unique and cool experience to actually see the garden being utilized for the dishes being put on the tables.
Brunch was simply amazing as well. Come hungry as Sunday brunch is all you can eat! Sweet potato pancakes, quiche, roasted potatoes, eggs, sweet potato biscuits, cabbage, creamed spinach, bacon, and my favorite – the meatloaf! My goodness. That meatloaf was life changing! They also had a jerk chicken, but I didn’t have any as I don’t like spicy food. But my mom said it was delicious!
Obviously, I had a great time at Sweet Potato Cafe and I know I will definitely be back soon! I highly recommend stopping by the Sweet Potao Cafe the next time you’re in the Stone Mountain area. Not only are the people and the environment welcoming, the food is delicious and fresh. You won’t be disappointed with the atmosphere or the food. I’d love to hear about your experience when you go, and don’t forget to let them know Larissa sent you!
Happy Easter Weekend everyone! As spring temperatures finally start approaching [at least in the Northern hemisphere], we can start basking in the sunlight, appreciating the beautiful blooming flowers, and pulling out our clothes for warm weather. This Feature Friday, I wanted to highlight what Easter around the world looks like for different people. I reached out to the blogging community to see who would be interested in sharing, and a big thank you to all the bloggers who took the time to write about their personal Easter traditions, or a special Easter celebration they experienced! Continue reading “Feature Friday: Easter Around the World”