• christmas,  dallas,  eat and drink,  other US travel,  texas

    Christmas in Dallas

    We went to visit my sister and brother-in-law outside of Dallas this year to celebrate Christmas. This is what we saw/ate:  Lights synced to music at Frisco Square A Christmas tree outside of Frisco City Hall Puffy tacos at Posado’s! I have never seen these things outside of Texas Christmas morning at my sister’s house ICE! at the Gaylord Texan. This year’s theme was Shrek the Halls Some crazy kids decided to go snow tubing   We visited Gingy’s house! Christmas decorations at the Gaylord Texan Korean barbecue at Omi, followed by bubble tea, followed by karaoke Went to my first Texas steakhouse. III Forks. Amazing service and old school…

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    Honeymoon in Hawaii (part five): Among the trees

    I tried to include this in my last Hawaii post but it was getting unwieldy. We stayed at the Mahinui Treehouse for two nights to coincide with our visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The treehouse is about five minutes away from the park entrance. On top of that, this is by far the most special place that I have ever stayed in. My sister sent me a link from TripAdvisor for the treehouse and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to book it. It was romantic, thoughtfully designed and a little inspiring in terms of the eco-friendly aspects of the place. The treehouse is actually…

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    Honeymoon in Hawaii (part four): A volcano

    We ended our very short jaunt to Maui and headed to Hilo on the Big Island on Monday morning. We decided to have a little fun so we upgraded our rental car to a Mustang convertible. I actually wasn’t really on board with renting the Mustang because to me a car is a car, but I was oh so wrong. It was so much fun to drive.  We stopped at Ocean Sushi for lunch. Usually, affordable and sushi are a scary combination, but I thought the food was pretty decent. Of course, I ordered the simplest things, which, in my opinion, are the best types of sushi.  Ocean Sushi in…

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    Honeymoon in Hawaii (part three): Luau time!

    Our last day on Maui started with a going away champagne brunch with all of our guests at Tiki Terrace at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Tiki statue at Kaanapali Beach Hotel After saying our goodbyes to most of our guests, we headed to Lahaina Town to explore with Rebecca and Chris, my sister and brother-in-law. Our first stop was to the drug store to pick up some essentials like Spam-flavored mac nuts. Just kidding, we didn’t buy these.  One of the highlights of Lahaina Town is the banyan tree. This tree is over 130 years old and now is 60 feet tall and has 12 major trunks. It provides shade…

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    Honeymoon in Hawaii (part two): Snorkeling on Maui and the main event

    Our second day on Maui was our group activities day. We started off with breakfast at Castaway Cafe. The main reason we chose this location was for the beautiful outdoor seating overlooking the ocean, and it didn’t disappoint. View from Castaway Cafe’s patio The food wasn’t half bad either. I got a short stack of the combo pancake platter which was macadamia nut, pineapple and banana pancakes. Yummy! Castaway Cafe’s combination pancakes Next came one of the many highlights of my trip to Hawaii. Snorkelling! First, we needed to get equipment for almost everyone in our group, so we headed over to Snorkel Bob’s to get all geared up.  We…