2019 is coming to an end, and we’re about to enter into a new decade! Before heading into the new year, I decided to look back on this past year and see my 2019 highlights. Come check it out!
Every year I say the same thing: how crazy is it that the year is ending and the new one is beginning?! Although sometimes it feels like the days go by slowly, the years go by in a blink of an eye! This year I kicked off 2019 in a completely different country, and I travelled to several new countries. I spent time with some of my favorite people, and also made new friendships along the way. I tried new things and learned new things. This year has been filled with laughter and tears; joy and frustration; healing and pain. Despite it all, I have so much to be grateful and thankful for during this past year. Let’s take a look back at the 2019 year highlights:
I recently had the opportunity to go to Cuba on a group travel trip. This was my first group trip ever, and I was pleasantly surprised that I genuinely enjoyed myself! I was able to experience things I normally wouldn’t on my own, as well as learn from so many different people. Continue reading for a basic itinerary of the trip, a pros/cons list, and my overall impressions.
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!
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”
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!
2017 is coming to an end, and 2018 is about to begin. How crazy is that?! Before heading into the new year, I decided I wanted to look back on this past year and see my 2017 year highlights. Come check it out!
Can you believe it? 2017 is coming to an end, and 2018 is about to begin. Although I started my blog back in 2016, at the beginning of 2017 was when I really decided to start taking it more seriously. I did a lot of research, joined several Facebook groups, and really dedicated a lot of time and effort into Life with Larissa. I know I still have a long way to go before my blog is where I would like it to be, but I’m beyond happy with the progress I have made so far. Not only have I made strides in my blog, but I’ve also met some really cool bloggers, done numerous collaborations, and started my own travel blogging Facebook group! Let’s take a look back at the 2017 year highlights: Continue reading “2017 Year Highlights”
Disclosure: I did receive a discounted price for promising to write a blog post about MariCar Tour; however, these are my honest opinions about my experience.
If you’re anything like me, you grew up playing Nintendo and a slew of various Mario games. You either battled opponents on Super Mario Smash Brothers, or you fought to have the highest number of stars on Mario Party, or you raced through the streets of various courses on Mario Kart. I did all three, and then some; however, in my house, it was always a battle between my brother, my sister, and I on who was the fastest racer on Mario Kart. We practiced for hours on end so we could beat the other two and claim the glory of being the speediest in the home. Mario Kart definitely stemmed some friendly competition between us three, and it grew to be a love we all shared throughout our childhood. So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I found out I could do on a MariCar Tour while in Japan! Continue reading “MariCar Tour in Tokyo”
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, located on Jekyll Island on the coast of Georgia, opened back in 2007. Not only is the center a rehabilitation facility and hospital for sea turtles, but it’s also an educational center raising awareness of the damage that has been done and steps we need to take in order to protect our environment. Mom and I were able to visit the center, and we genuinely enjoyed our time there. Although we did learn a lot about the different types of sea turtles and their life cycles, we also learned so much more about the environment in general. It truly was an eyeopening experience! Continue reading “REVIEW: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center”
As you may or may not have heard, I won a contest! And not just any contest, but the St. Simon’s Food + Spirits Festival Contest where I was able to go and experience new things. Even though this happened two weeks ago, I am still in shock that I, Larissa, won a travel contest! The grand prize package included:
accommodations for three nights at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
2 VIP passes to the St. Simon’s Island Food + Spirits Festival
2 passes to the St. Simon’s Lighthouse Museum
2 VIP passes to Jekyll Island, including the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island Museum Tram Tour, all day bike rental, 18-hole round of golf, and more!
Thinking about taking a trip to the island of Oahu? During your research you may have come across the Go Oahu City Card. Check out my thoughts on it!
The first week of April, I went on a trip to Hawaii, specifically the island of Oahu. While doing research and talking to my friends who live there, I thought maybe it’d be a good idea to try the Go Oahu City Card. I was meeting up with my friends, but they were working the first half of the week that we were there. So we decided to get the 3-day pass. It allowed us to explore the island ourselves the first half of the week, and the second half of the week, we spent with my friends. Before deciding to purchase this pass, I read up on some reviews regarding the pass, and the viewpoint went about 50/50 –positive vs. negative. I decided to take the leap of faith, and hoped that I would end up like someone with a positive review. This is my take on the Go Oahu City Card: Continue reading “REVIEW: Go Oahu City Card”