Travel – Bake Your Day http://www.bakeyourday.net living simply, loving fully, eating deliciously Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:50:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 St. George Island http://www.bakeyourday.net/st-george-island/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/st-george-island/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:46 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=9252 We took our first vacation as a family of three a few weeks months ago to St. George Island, Florida.  I haven’t actually written a post in MONTHS and then I finally draft one, only to not actually publish but until MONTHS later.  Such is life these days! But!  I wanted to say, regarding our vacation: […]

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We took our first vacation as a family of three a few weeks months ago to St. George Island, Florida.  I haven’t actually written a post in MONTHS and then I finally draft one, only to not actually publish but until MONTHS later.  Such is life these days!

But!  I wanted to say, regarding our vacation: It was blissful!  We drove – 14+ hours each way.  The drive had its challenges but all-in-all it went extremely well, considering we were traveling with a nine-month old.  She was mostly a rock star in the car.  We watched movies, read books, ate snacks, and napped.

We arrived on the island on a Sunday and unloaded a weeks-worth of stuff into our home for the week.  As much as I tried to pack light, it’s just not so easy with a baby.  I did the best I could but our van was loaded down and there were only three of us!

St. George is a barrier island off of the panhandle, across the bay from Apalachicola.  It’s super quaint and while there were a lot of people vacationing there, it was not at all over-crowded.  The only chain-anything on the island is a Subway.

We spent the week lounging in the sand, cooling off in the ocean, reading books in the sun, biking to shops, eating our WEIGHT in fresh shrimp (oh my goodness, the shrimp!) and other amazing seafood.  We also took a sunset cruise to Little St. George Island.  One day we walked around Apalachicola and explored and had an amazing lunch on the bay.

Paul’s family has been vacationing on St. George Island for years and now I know why.  I was so excited to introduce Lucy to the ocean and cannot wait to take her back!

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Where to eat, play & stay in Omaha http://www.bakeyourday.net/eat-play-stay-omaha/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/eat-play-stay-omaha/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=8574 I can’t believe it was over two weeks ago since we were in Omaha.  It was quite a whirlwind of a weekend and my days since getting back have been even more so but I am finally getting around to sorting through the pictures and I’m so excited to share our favorites places around the […]

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Where to eat, stay & play in Omaha, NE

I can’t believe it was over two weeks ago since we were in Omaha.  It was quite a whirlwind of a weekend and my days since getting back have been even more so but I am finally getting around to sorting through the pictures and I’m so excited to share our favorites places around the fun city.  I have to be honest – Omaha pleasantly surprised me!  I did not imagine that I would find so much culture, art, unique attractions and local food, but that we did!  So here is our list of where to eat, stay and play in Omaha.  There were actually several places on my list that we didn’t get to visit so I would imagine that we will be back soon!

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Omaha Restaurant Week & Visit Omaha Giveaway http://www.bakeyourday.net/visit-omaha-giveaway/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/visit-omaha-giveaway/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=8533 If you are like me at all, Monday usually has you dreaming of the weekend and that’s exactly where I am today.  Mostly because Paul and I are taking a little road trip this weekend to a city neither of us has been – Omaha. I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life (as has […]

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Omaha Restaurant Week

If you are like me at all, Monday usually has you dreaming of the weekend and that’s exactly where I am today.  Mostly because Paul and I are taking a little road trip this weekend to a city neither of us has been – Omaha.

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I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life (as has he) and neither of us have spent any time in Nebraska so we welcomed with open arms the chance to spend a long weekend in the city exploring – what else – the food scene!  Visit Omaha reached out to see if we would be interested in checking out their Restaurant Week and coincidentally, we had been looking into a road trip getaway right around the same time.  So a weekend away, lots of food and drinks, museums, culture…seems like a no-brainer!  Omaha Restaurant Week runs 12 – 21 and the list of participating restaurants is HUGE.  My list of must-try places is waaaaaay too long for a three-day trip!
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5 Things: BlogHer Food in Miami, FL http://www.bakeyourday.net/5-things-blogher-food-miami-fl/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/5-things-blogher-food-miami-fl/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=8224 Just one shore week ago I was in Miami for the annual BlogHer Food Conference.  I have to admit that I wasn’t really all that excited about Miami.  Nothing against Florida, but Miami has just never been at the top of my “to-visit” list. However, Miami sort of knocked my socks off.  We had plenty […]

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5 Things - Miami, FL

Just one shore week ago I was in Miami for the annual BlogHer Food Conference.  I have to admit that I wasn’t really all that excited about Miami.  Nothing against Florida, but Miami has just never been at the top of my “to-visit” list.

However, Miami sort of knocked my socks off.  We had plenty of fun running around in Miami so I’ll share a little with you: 10 things I loved about Miami.

1. My friends.

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5 Things I Loved About New Orleans http://www.bakeyourday.net/five-things-i-loved-about-new-orleans/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/five-things-i-loved-about-new-orleans/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=7974 As you know, Paul and I  (and 25 of my coworkers) recently traveled to New Orleans.  Our super gracious owners rewarded us (above and beyond) with a super fun weekend away after a really crazy fourth quarter.  It was an amazing trip – my first time to New Orleans and I can say 100%, without […]

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5 Things I Loved About New Orleans

As you know, Paul and I  (and 25 of my coworkers) recently traveled to New Orleans.  Our super gracious owners rewarded us (above and beyond) with a super fun weekend away after a really crazy fourth quarter.  It was an amazing trip – my first time to New Orleans and I can say 100%, without a doubt, that we will be back.

Now let me say that there were many more than five things I loved about New Orleans but I tried to sum in up in five as-to not write a novel about how much I loved our trip!

New Orleans is packed with so much history, culture and character that three days just wasn’t enough to get to explore it all.  So here are a few things that I loved:

1. Call me cliche, I don’t care – Bourbon Street & The French Quarter.

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10 things (The Harry & David Edition) http://www.bakeyourday.net/10-things-harry-david-edition/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/10-things-harry-david-edition/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=7614 I love list after list after list so when I was thinking about how I wanted to sum up my (perfectly awesome) to Medford, Oregon with Harry & David, I thought a list of “10 Things” would be appropriate because, well, I love “10 Things” lists and because so much of the trip was so […]

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I love list after list after list so when I was thinking about how I wanted to sum up my (perfectly awesome) to Medford, Oregon with Harry & David, I thought a list of “10 Things” would be appropriate because, well, I love “10 Things” lists and because so much of the trip was so amazing that I had to come up with a way to organize it. So, here we go:

1. The Winchester Inn – in Ashland, Oregon, the innkeepers Laurie and Michael and their team think of EVERYTHING down to a sea salt caramel as they turn down your bed at night.  Seriously, I’m still waiting on someone to turn down my bed at night.  And I can’t even begin to describe the breakfast at this place.  Different every morning, with amazing coffee, and before you choose your breakfast entree, they deliver a plate of fruit and a fresh pastry as a break fast “appetizer”.  See?  They think of everything.  I actually think that the breakfasts at Winchester were at the top of my list of favorite foods for the entire trip – and there was some amazing food.  My favorite breakfast was the last day in Oregon…it was a panko-crusted poached egg with truffle cream sauce.  Total and complete heaven.

winchester

2. The H&D Folks – some of the nicest and welcoming people.  Matt (below, left) is the horticulturist and SO knowledgeable.  I loved learning about all of Harry & David’s orchards; he had some great stories to tell.  (Top Right) Charlie in his Harry & David Chocolate Factory, that’s right, they have their own! 🙂  He was a complete joy to learn from.  Talk about a chocolate-lover’s heaven.  Charlie’s father was also a chocolatier and Charlie himself has been with H&D for over 30 years.

H&D Folks

3. The gorgeous pear orchards – on the first morning, Matt told us about the pear harvest which has taken place recently and then we had the pleasure of eating some fresh pears while standing in the orchard taking in these breath-taking views.  Just standing there was so peaceful.

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4. Duh, the food – what can I say?  Except that Harry & David know how to treat food bloggers…with really good food.  I already mentioned breakfast, but don’t let me downplay all of the food.  Really, all we did was eat.  Snacks, lunch, snacks again, dinner.  I had possibly the best filet of my life at Peerless on the first night, along with wasabi mashed potatoes (hello!).  The second day we had a food-truck lunch at Penny & Lulu and one of my favorite dishes from the entire weekend – roasted beet & mushroom tortellini with a sauvignon blanc sauce.  I could have eaten my weight in that tortellini.  And not only the food, but each and every table at which we ate was decorated in the most beautiful decor, centerpieces, our name place cards, the menus, everything was simply stunning.

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5. The Rogue Creamery – OK, I don’t even like blue cheese and a creamery – known for it’s blue cheese in Southern Oregon – has won me over with it’s top-notch style.  So creamy and so not the pungent tangy blue cheese you buy in the grocery store around here.  All I’m saying is: someone send me some more!!  Paul loves blue cheese so I brought Paul some of their “Smoky Blue” and he devoured the whole wedge in about 20 minutes.  #wifeoftheyear  Oh yeah, and powdered blue cheese.  Heaven is right.

rogue creamery

6. The factory – a sugar-lover’s dream.  The minute the door opens, your senses are flooded with the smell of sugar and chocolate.  We walked up the stairs and the first windows show – what else – popcorn!  Popcorn for Harry & David’s famous Moose Munch.  See that big block of butter??  We made our way to Charlie’s chocolate kitchen and painted chocolate molds, filled them with chocolate and then took a tour of the rest of the chocolate factory.  Now I wish I had some more of those truffles!

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7. Making my own gift basket – most-definitely my favorite part of the H&D experience.  We all got to pack our own pears, cheese, nuts, cheese, and Moose Munch, send it through the heat shrinker and ship it off to a loved one.  I absolutely loved getting the call last week from my mom saying she had received hers!

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8. Hanging out with my friends – some of the best.people.ever. Old friends and new friends alike; it was an amazing few days with these people!

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9. Dinner at Sandy’s – seriously this girl knows how to do it well!  She hosted the whole group of us the first night for an outdoor fall-inspired meal at her house and it was stunning.  Every last detail and every last bite was completely memorable.  She served an amazing salmon but my favorite, I can’t deny is the Apple Cherry Chutney with Mango Baked Brie.  Todiefor.

Sandys

 10. The Rogue Valley – stunning views, breathtaking sunsets and beautiful fall colors.  I could not ask for a better place to relax with great friends for a few days in the fall.  I can’t wait to head back to Southern Oregon!

rogue valley

Harry & David graciously sponsored my trip to Oregon.  As always, all opinions are my own. 


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BlogHer Food & Austin, TX via iPhone http://www.bakeyourday.net/blogher-food-austin-tx-via-iphone/ http://www.bakeyourday.net/blogher-food-austin-tx-via-iphone/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.bakeyourday.net/?p=7099 This shot could sum up the whole trip simply because we ate Mexican food nearly every day we were in Austin. And I have ZERO regrets on that note.  Pictured is a spicy mango margarita from Chupacabra which we visited twice and as I type this I am craving another one of those babies.  Also, they put […]

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This shot could sum up the whole trip simply because we ate Mexican food nearly every day we were in Austin. And I have ZERO regrets on that note.  Pictured is a spicy mango margarita from Chupacabra which we visited twice and as I type this I am craving another one of those babies.  Also, they put guacamole and pulled pork in their queso.  Geeeenius.

I’m so tired but couldn’t go another minute without sharing about my trip to BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas.  It was a whirlwind to say the least but it was one of the best whirlwinds, ever.  And a great big shout-out to Imperial Sugar for sending me to Austin this year.  I’m so happy to have finally gotten to meet my friends with Imperial face-to-face!

Five days in the heart of Texas with some of the most amazing people I know, enjoying some of the most amazing food: what is not to l.o.v.e.?

Ali and I headed to Austin a day early to do some extra exploring.  When we went to the Big Traveling Potluck, we learned that it’s best to allow some extra time to enjoy food, drink and sights that you would otherwise miss out on.  And from here forward, I will always give myself an extra day in front of the conference to do just that.

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