Located in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand, Tauranga is a beautiful coastal city with plenty of outdoor adventures and activities to enjoy. It it about a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland.
One of our favorite things to do when we are not on a trip is to read travel books. It’s a great way to learn about a new place, or learn more about a place you’ve already been. We’ve read some really great (and not so great) travel books, so we wanted to share with you our thoughts and suggestions! This post will be updated as we read more books. Please feel free to comment with any suggestions, recommendations, and your own thoughts and opinions on these books!
One of our favorite events to go to each year is EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival. It is so fun walking around and getting to try food and drinks from all over the world. It’s been especially great because each year it seems like Disney adds more and more healthier options, which is great for us! This awesome snack was inspired by a trip to Disney’s Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT.
This recipe is our version of the Loaded Greek “Nachos” that were served at the Greece pavilion in 2017. The dish that was served at EPCOT was one of the few that is 100% vegan with no modifications needed. It is made of: pita chips, vegan sausage crumbles, lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, tofu feta and tzatziki sauce. Needless to say, it was one of our favorite things we had at Food & Wine. (Please bring it back this year!) We wanted to make our own version to have at home as a snack. It actually is pretty easy to make. The tzatziki sauce is the most time consuming part, but it is so worth it!
Since moving down to Sarasota from Chicago, we are always amazed at how many great things there are to do in this small city. Besides the beautiful beaches, there are also plenty of great bars and restaurants and a thriving arts scene. If you are considering a trip to Florida, make sure you stop in Sarasota!
A couple weeks ago we did an 8 day Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas! It’s a really nice ship with a lot to do, but not too big or overwhelming. We really enjoyed our time aboard. This was more of a relaxing cruise for us as opposed to adventurous, but there are plenty of fun things to enjoy no matter what you are looking to do!
Rio, aka the Marvelous City, has no shortage of things to do. From the beaches, mountains, and exciting nightlife, you’ll have an action packed time during your stay. There is also plenty of great local food to enjoy. Rio also knows how to party with the world famous Carnaval happening every year before Lent.
Quebec City is a great place for a long weekend. Explore the city and experience the French-Canadian culture. In the summer there are lots of street performers and festivals. If you want to brave the cold, Quebec’s Winter Carnival is a large, colorful festival that is definitely worth experiencing.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia located on the Mekong River. It is an up and coming city in Cambodia with lots of markets, historical sites, and reminders of its dark history. There’s also plenty of motorbikes whizzing by!
Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and also known as Music City. Some of the most famous songs and albums were recorded in Nashville, and the city is proud to be the “County Music Capital of the World.” It also has become a popular bachelor/bachelorette and birthday party spot due to Broadway, which is bar after bar after bar. This has given Nashville the more cheesy nickname of “NashVegas.” Whether you like country music or not, you will appreciate the great live music, food, history, and culture of Music City.