• eat and drink,  national parks,  other US travel,  restaurant reviews,  road trip,  tennessee,  virginia

    Cross-Country Drive: Great Smokey Mountains and To Our New Home

    Our last full road trip day was a long one! We were planning to have breakfast at the Loveless Cafe, but the wait was so long that I wound up ordering lunch. Starvation central. Of course, we had to also order a plate of their fluffy, buttery biscuits. I had their dark meat fried chicken with green beans and hashbrown casserole. Although the food was scrumptious, the wait brought the whole experience down several notches.   From there we said good-bye to Nashville and headed towards Great Smokey Mountains National Park, where we did a driving tour. Some of the sights we saw along the way were historical buildings, Clingmans Dome…

  • blogging,  blogher 2012,  canada,  tbex 2013,  toronto

    How this Newbie is Gearing Up for TBEX 2013

      In just a few days, I will be traveling to Toronto to attend my first travel blogging conference and my second blogging conference. There are two main reasons why I am hoping to get more out of TBEX than I got out of BlogHer 2012. It’s much smaller. TBEX recently surpassed 1,000 registrants, making it the largest TBEX in history. In contrast, BlogHer 2012 was the largest BlogHer ever with 5,000 attendees. It’s no wonder I felt lost in the crowd and lost in general. It’s more niche. While attendees will certainly have their own niches within the travel niche, we are all, at the most basic level, travel…

  • alabama,  eat and drink,  mississippi,  nashville,  other US travel,  road trip

    Cross-country Drive – Through the Deep South to Nashville

    After our day of fun in New Orleans, it was time to move on with another 500-plus mile drive for the day, with our destination being Nashville. With it being July 4th, we hoped to make it in time to see some fireworks and live music. First, we had to make it through Mississippi and Alabama. We didn’t have any places for lunch picked out since we didn’t know how far along we would be, so we wound up eating at Outback! We made pretty good time today and were able to check into the fabulous Hutton Hotel before it was dark out. Our original plans didn’t pan out so…

  • active life,  training,  week in review

    Week in Review (May 20 to 26, 2013)

    Source  “On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!                        Long as the sun doth shine upon it                        Shall glow the goodly pine upon it,                        Long as the stars do gleam upon it                        Shall memory come to dream upon it.”                                          …

  • about me,  dc metro,  eat and drink,  explore,  mba,  restaurant reviews,  washington dc

    Business School Graduation!

    After three long years, I graduated from Business School this past weekend with my MBA. My whole family came into town to see me walk across that stage. Thank you so much, family, for taking the time out of your lives to celebrate with me!  On Friday morning, we all met up for brunch at Ted’s Bulletin in Eastern Market. I ordered a couple of side dishes because I wasn’t very hungry. I had biscuits and gravy and hash browns. The restaurant is apparently known for its housemade pop tarts, which I thought were a little too bready and sprinkely.  Next, we spent about an hour at the United States…

  • eat and drink,  explore,  music,  new orleans,  other US travel,  restaurant reviews,  road trip

    Cross-Country Drive: Biking, Dining and Music in New Orleans, Louisiana

    What is there to say about New Orleans? It is one of my favorite cities in the world. The architecture, food and music somehow make me feel at home there even though I have only visited it twice. Our arrival to New Orleans coincided with the annual Essence Music Festival which takes places at the Superdome. What this meant for us was that everyone was at the Superdome during the day while other areas of the city were oddly quiet.  We wanted to venture away from the Marginy for the day to explore the French Quarter. Our inn, luckily, had bicycles that we could borrow, so we went on a…

  • active life,  training,  week in review

    Week in Review (May 13 to 19, 2013)

    Source I had an eventful week of graduation events and my family coming in to town to see me graduate. I managed to get quite a few workouts in. Having my DailyBurn membership definitely helped me fit them in this week. I also did a TON of walking on Friday and Saturday around DC to visit some sights. I’ll be creating a post later this week about my graduation activities. Until then, here is what my week looked like: Monday: Daily Burn – Restorative Yoga (16 minutes)Tuesday: Ran 3.21 miles + Daily Burn – Yoga 3 (52 minutes)Wednesday: BodyStep class (60 minutes)Thursday: Daily Burn – Yoga 4 (60 minutes)Friday: sightseeing with…

  • eat and drink,  new orleans,  other US travel,  road trip,  texas

    Cross-Country Drive – San Antonio to the Big Easy

    I am fast approaching my three year anniversary in the DC Metro area. It seems as good a time as any to look back on how I got here. Taking a cross-country road trip is something that I think everyone should do once in their life and if possible take a leisurely drive. My drive “across the country” wound up being neither across the country nor leisurely. The week before I was to leave the West Coast, I found out that I needed to work on July 1st in order to get my annual bonus that I had worked all year for and was no small amount of money. We…

  • active life,  dc metro,  eat and drink,  restaurant reviews,  training

    Week in Review (May 6 to 12, 2013)

    If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you probably know that I have been taking advantage of my new found freedom from academic life. On Wednesday after work, I headed to the headquarters of LivingSocial to make a terrarium. They are super easy to make and sound easy to care for, but I’m really bad at keeping plants alive. They are also so pretty to look at so I am hoping mine stays around for a while. Then on Thursday, I visited the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theatre for the first time at the Natural History Museum. My friend invited me to a staff viewing of the 3D film Flight of the Butterflies.…

  • eat and drink,  explore,  florida,  miami,  other US travel,  restaurant reviews,  road trip

    How I Spent My Spring Break (or the Great Florida Road Trip): Art Deco South Beach

    The next morning marked the final day of our road trip. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. The weather was gorgeous and the music was already pumping at some of the neighboring hotels. It was spring break after all. Once we were done with breakfast, we had to check out of our room and store our luggage. Then we took a long walk to the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive. I love the Art Deco period, and it makes me so happy that Miami  Beach was and is still today a city that believes in historic preservation. We took the self-guided audio tour and got to see…