Game One Feels

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's Halloween. But it’s also game six of the World Series (which is clearly more important) and they’re coming back to LA. I always feel like a little kid on Christmas morning every year during the postseason. But being able to watch the Dodgers play in the World Series for the first time in 29 years, I think, this feeling beats that Christmas morning feeling. I’ve been waiting my whole life for this- literally! 

I’ve never felt the stadium so energetic or witnessed it being so loud than when I was at game one. You can just feel all the good vibes from every fan in that stadium. As everyone I’m sure knows, tickets were crazy expensive. And people have asked me how much I’ve paid for my ticket. I just respond with, “a very pretty penny.” But you know what? It was so worth it to watch the boys in blue play and to watch Chris Taylor crush that first pitch. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. As they say- YOLO. So ya, it was totally worth it! Go Dodgers! 

Flocking SeaWorld

Friday, October 27, 2017

I haven’t been to SeaWorld in what seems like forever. And I never thought I’d ever make it back. But my nephew wanted to go to SeaWorld because he’s obsessed with sharks and he really wanted to see them. Obsessed is probably an understatement, though. He and his little brother can relay facts on facts on facts about all types of sharks. I told him it’s because I love him so much is what got me to go to SeaWorld. 

The penguins were adorable. And I hold a special place in my heart for seals. My first time at SeaWorld (many years ago), my parents bought me a little seal stuffed animal and that was my favorite thing ever. I named him Seamore (real original, right?). Well, for like a 4 year old, ya, that was probably really original! I actually don't even remember how I named it. Plot twist- I probably didn't. Someone else probably did. The flamingos were also a favorite of mine. And the dolphins! When I was little, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. How cool would that be? Maybe it's not too late...

Golden Hopportunities

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When I began thinking of the idea of traveling alone for fun and on a whim, my former boss told me something he and his friends do every time they’re in Vegas. From the moment they enter the airport departing, they have to stop at every bar they come across and have a drink. And they do this until they get to their hotel rooms. So every time they walk past a bar on the way through the airport, walking through their hotel—they drink. It was more of a challenge for me to do the same on my trips. 

As we have all come to know, when it comes down to it, my trips tend to revolve around drinking. How many breweries or bars can I squeeze in during my trip? Denver was seriously a 48 hour beer diet. I mean, duh. The Bacon and Beer Classic was at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And it was Denver. And this is me we’re talking about. So what else would you expect? (For the record, no, I am not a Bronco fan. Go Pack Go!) But I love bar hopping while I’m travelling; that’s where you get to meet some of the coolest people with the best stories. Like I’ve said previously, my trips revolve around my drinking schedule and how many places I have on my list. So here’s a list of some of my favorite places thus far that you should definitely stop, find a place at the bar, and grab a drink if you find yourself in the area.

Denver, CO
The Great Divide
Typical dive bar atmosphere which I’m such a fan of, but it’s also a brewery. I love dive bars; I think they’re so fun. I stopped in here on my way to the Dodgers/Rockies game and I got their Hercules, which was a recommendation. Nothing like a beer with 10% ABV to continue the day drinking binge.

This is where Blue Moon was created and it’s inside Coors Field. And honestly, what is better than one of your go to beers inside a baseball stadium? Answer is nothing. Nothing at all.

Chicago, IL
The Aviary
A little on the boujee side but this is why I love it. I’m an old fashioned kind of girl so I ordered their take on the old fashioned- "In the Rocks". The presentation was both fun and exciting- like a kid’s dream. It was presented with a slingshot because the old fashioned is inside an ice sphere and you have to use the slingshot to break open the ice ball to get to your very well made cocktail.

Milwaukee, WI
Ale Asylum
I stopped in here before heading to Miller Park on a Saturday afternoon and it was fairly mellow. Located right on the river walk and it had a very cool vibe. And all their drinks had a gothic twist to their names like Venom and Ambergeddon.

Boston, MA
Cheers Bar
I’ve never seen Cheers before, but the atmosphere was so fun- I can only imagine how much of a hoot the bar in the TV show is. Oh, and sitting in Frasier’s chair was cool too, I guess.

Green Dragon Tavern
Along the Freedom Trail, so of course this would be one of my favorites. I mean, the Boston Tea Party was said to have been planned here! Enough said.

Oh, and this sign is too good. "Live a good life. And in the end, it's not the years in a life, it's the life in the years."

Bleacher Bar
A bar under the bleachers of Fenway. Again, baseball and beer. You cannot go wrong. If you get there early enough, you can score the few seats up against the gate of the center field wall and watch the game from the view inside the bar. Such a lively crew in that bar during a game. A definite go to. For sure.

And so the journey continues...


But How?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Summerfest 2017- Milwaukee, WI

A question I get asked frequently is, "how do you manage to take so much time off from work?" Well, for starters, my work is great; they truly value work/life balance. I’m also pretty lucky that I get to travel a bit for work. But as far as my dart throwing adventures go, I typically make them just weekend trips. Quick, jam packed trips. No time to rest, really. 

Depending on where I am going and how long my flight is to get there, I’ll typically fly out early on a Friday morning. But if I’m heading to the east coast and times don't quite align with my schedule while I'm in my new city, then I’d look into taking a red eye out on a Thursday. Before booking anything, I always jot down all the things I want to see and do including places to eat and drink so I can figure out the flight situation. It pretty much comes down to how many breweries or bars I have on my list... let's be honest. 

It’s all about making the most of your time- there’s no time to waste! If I do book a red eye, I will literally hop off the plane in the am and jet to my hotel to drop my things off, all so I can hit the ground running and explore. Explore the new city all while functioning off an of hour sleep. I’m not sure how I manage to do so because your girl loves her sleep! People say it's because I'm young, "Oh to be young again," they say. But I think it’s the adrenaline of all the adventure that awaits for me in a new city. 

When deciding on a red eye flight or an afternoon flight or a whenever flight, it’s all about knowing your body. I can go to the airport straight from a full work day and hop on a red eye, get little to no sleep, and be completely fine the very next day. But for others, maybe that's not their thing. Their bodies may not like that. I'm sure mine doesn't either, but I think it's accepting of my wild and erratic decisions I've made this far. It kind of has no choice!

The personal downfall of a red eye is that I can't sleep on planes. I may doze off 20 minutes here or there. But I just can’t sleep. It goes back to my anxiety of not trusting the people on the plane. 

One tip for all you travelers: plan accordingly! Planning is huge. Plan out your trip prior to booking anything. But remember, don’t overexert yourself. The worst thing that can happen is that you're so tired you can't even function after a red eye. But what's even more worse? Picture being in a new city and not knowing anyone. It's 7am. And you can't even check in to your hotel until 3pm. Tragic.


Let's Taco Bout It

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Doesn’t it feel like it’s national “whatever” day, like every single day? Well today is no different. However, today is a worthy one because it’s National Taco Day!

Told you it was a worthy one. And I love tacos. I guess it’s pretty fitting that I sell tacos for a living. *Kanye shrug* But c’mon now- who doesn’t love tacos? That’s a trick question.

Aside from tacos in general, I love fish tacos in particular. But being the picky eater that I am, you guessed it- I’m picky about my fish tacos. “No white sauce” I always say. And I get looked at like I’m crazy. Could be because they don’t understand how I don’t like whatever the white sauce is. Or because I sound so white when asking for the “no white sauce”. 

During my adventures, I have found some of the best fish tacos. I don’t typically take pictures of my food (which I’m learning to do more of since starting this blog) but I did capture these. Perfection. And these tacos were equally delicious as the pitcher of sangria that complimented them. The view and the company wasn’t all that bad either. With the view of New York and New Jersey, all while on a boat on the Hudson- how could you go wrong? The Frying Pan is where it’s at. Cue the New York withdrawals....


I Scream. You Scream.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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