Alone at Sea…Key West

Recently, we found our way to the Florida Keys for a friend’s birthday. We were lucky enough to experience perfect weather, an unreal sunset, and this brilliant sight on our very first night in Key West…Mallory Square to be exact. Just as the sun disappeared from the mandarin, coral, and neon yellow sky, this boat traveled in front of my camera’s lense. Although I was surrounded by others I felt alone at sea while watching this beautiful spectacle.

Lovely Surprise in Arcadia

There are so many reasons to travel to Los Angeles…so many great places to visit. Usually Arcadia is not even on the honorable mention list. If you love peacocks like I do then get over there as fast as you can! The Arboretum is absolutely swarming with these beautiful creatures. I stood in awe for hours as I followed the different birds around, watching their mating rituals…magical. Just $8 admission…bring your walking shoes and a camera. www.arboretum.org

Tippy’s…What a Beach Bar!

Although it seemed to take HOURS to find this little gem, it was well worth all of the driving around! Tippy’s is located on Eleuthera Island in The Bahamas. Every time I asked someone on the island where the best beach bars were, Tippy’s would always get the first mention. Although my husband and I enjoyed the food much more at The Beach House (down the road), we absolutely LOVED Tippy’s for a cold drink and amazing scenery.

New York Terrace in September

We were lucky enough to score two tickets to see Book of Mormon this past Fall in New York. Not only was the show amazing (my friend Josh Gad kicked butt), but the weather was unbeatable for that time of year. We stayed at a brand new hotel called Yotel and loved it. This is a picture of the terrace…a wonderful place to sit and have a cocktail or two!

Pink Sand Beaches on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas…They Really are PINK!

This is a picture of one of the most beautiful days that my new husband and I witnessed during our 2 week wedding/honeymoon in the Caribbean in May 2011. The sky was an indescribable blue/purple/grey color and the sand turned completely pink. After driving and touring most of the island of Eleuthera we discovered that the beach directly in front of our hotel (Sky Beach Club) was the very best.

Two Thousand Miles Away from Home…Eleuthera Island, Bahamas

One of the most Beautiful beaches I’ve ever set foot on. Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas…in front of Sky Beach Club. TripAdvisor’s #1 hotel on the island…we agree!

The Best Little Shrimp…on Kauai

We have arrived!

Who has the best shrimp on Kauai? There seems to be quite a debate between many of the various food bloggers and “Yelpers” out there.

Before arriving on the island I researched all of the best places to see and restaurants to visit (as I always do prior to traveling). One thing kept coming up in my food searches…the mysterious Savage Shrimp Truck on the south side of the island (in the Poipu and Koloa Town area).

When does the truck arrive? Nobody knows. Where does the truck park? On the side of some unknown road. What time does it stay there until? When the shrimp is gone.

Since I hadn’t been on this island before the task of finding this elusive truck seemed daunting…but I was determined. I had read that it was usually found near the round-about on the way to Spouting Horn. Guess where we went the second that we reached the south side of the island? Good old Spouting Horn. The entire way there I had my eyes peeled. No truck to be found. Granted, once we reached the attraction it was beautiful to look at the water “spouting” out of the hole in the rock formation…but all I cared about was finding that darn shrimp truck.

It wasn’t until the next day that we were able to lay our hands on that enigmatic food freighter. When we did, it all started to make sense…and become well worth every bit of energy that we used to find it. We started by ordering two coconuts…she proceeded to poke holes in the top with a metal tool…then stuck red straws in the holes for us to drink from. Awesome.

Savage Shrimp Truck in Kauai

There were 3 styles of shrimp available: Garlic, Bahia, and Grasshoppa. We ordered the first two and were blown away. The two scoops of rice on the plate were swimming in these mouthwatering sauces and the shrimp tasted like they had been marinating in flavor since they were still alive and floating around in the sea. We both licked our plates clean and began feverishly searching for extra cash in order to buy a plate of the third flavor…Grasshoppa. No luck…and no ATM on the side of the road. That’s okay…my hunger had been satiated for the time being.

A Very Basic Menu :)

As we began telling bartenders and waiters…basically anyone who would listen to us…about our experience we were urged to try Shrimp Station in Waimea. It was a harrowing search…similar to that of the Savage Truck…but I’m not sure why we had such an issue? We had a GPS and this place had an actual address…ah anyway! We finally found it after seeing the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon (that’s a whole blog entry in itself). This shrimp place was great. They have a wide selection of food…well, wider than Savage…and the shrimp I had was fantastic (Sweet Chili Garlic Shrimp was my fav). I can completely see why there’s a debate between the two.

Shrimp Station on Kauai...the contender

There’s just something about pulling over to the side of a dirt road and drinking straight out of a coconut in your car that wins my vote. In all honesty though, I don’t think there needs to be a winner. Although they serve shrimp they do things differently. Both worth exploring. When I return to Kauai…and that’s a definite…I’ll go to both!

*** Ironically enough, after writing this I read that Savage will move to an actual shopping center sometime in 2011. No more truck? Bummer. There is a silver lining though. Open at all times of the day and always to be found.