September 23, 2015 The Traveling Gals 10Comment

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome by Paolo Tullio and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella I have switched gears a bit lately and my reading has been devoted to Italy.  The following are two books I enjoyed reading and made me long to spend time in Italy! North of Naples, South of Rome North of Naples is a recommendation from the Crystal  Cruises website.  The author was born in Gallinaro in the Comino Valley, but was educated and resides in the UK.  He returns to his family home in Gallinaro for summers.  It…

September 18, 2015 The Traveling Gals 47Comment

Fall Foliage in Florida?! We are starting to feel cooler breezes reminiscent of fall. Of course, this is Florida so that means a drop in humidity…not temperature!  Obviously Florida is not the first place that comes to mind when you think Fall Foliage.  When living in Chicago, Fall Foliage meant a weekend trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to see the beautiful leaves turning colors and hiking around the lake for the final time before winter.  Living in Florida, the colors are subdued but there is foliage nonetheless changing into muted hues of yellow, orange and red.  Fall colors can be seen on…

September 17, 2015 The Traveling Gals 6Comment

Liebster Award Nominee Thank you Hannah from London Girl Lost for nominating The Traveling Gals for the Liebster Award! Since getting more into blogging I have seen other Liebster Award nominees’ posts and thought it was a great idea and now I get to write my own post! Liebster Award is an exclusive online mark of recognition given to new bloggers by other bloggers. It is a way to discover new talents and help promote them. Those who have been nominated and choose to accept the award, should follow a set of general rules that come along. The Rules: Write…

September 16, 2015 The Traveling Gals 35Comment

Grilled Sweet and Sour Tofu “Shrimp” from Australia I am always looking for ways to take great recipes and make them healthy.  This adaptation is from the Grilled Shrimp served at the Australia booth in this year’s Food & Wine Festival.  All the ingredients are healthy and while I will eat seafood on rare occasion, I wanted to try an alternative.  I did a lot of research and found that tofu can be a viable alternative. I have never worked with tofu, but now is the time to give it a try. Traveling Gals Tip:  The trick to taking a…

September 11, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

HO’OKALAKUPUA of Polynesian Village for Labor Day Weekend hoʻokalakupua = magic Polynesian Village is the ultimate in combining the magic of Disney and the magic of Hawaii!  We were lucky enough to spend Labor Day weekend at the Polynesian Village.  In some ways, due to all the upgrades it feels like a brand new resort.  The one thing that has not changed is the magical feeling this resort evokes while staying here. It is no secret I have a deep understanding of the “magic” of Disney.  I also experienced a similar “magic” in Hawaii.  After having traveled to so many…

September 9, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Peanut Noodles a la Kona Café After a wonderful Labor Day Weekend at the Polynesian Village, I wanted to recreate my favorite meal from the Kona Café, the Pan Asian Noodles.  This is one of my favorite dishes at Disney.  It is perfect for the Hawaiian vibe and a somewhat healthier option. Traveling Gals Tip:  If you like the Pan Asian Noodles in Kona Café, Captain Hook’s downstairs offers the Pho Noodle Bowl which is similar for a lower price and offers the Pan Asian Noodles as a side in the cooler for an even much lower price!  It is…

September 4, 2015 The Traveling Gals 14Comment

Norway is known for its world famous fjords, majestic mountains and spectacular glaciers.  Norway encompasses a beauty so stunning it almost does not feel real.  The other two gals and I were lucky to visit Norway as part of a trip to Northern Europe.  We visited Bergen, Alesund and Geiranger.  Cruising the fjords to Geiranger felt like I was part of a movie.  The scenery was unbelievable.  When we arrived at the bottom of Geiranger fjord we embarked on the most memorable hike of our lives so far. The climb to the top was steep and physically demanding, but entirely worth…

September 2, 2015 The Traveling Gals 17Comment

5 Things I Learned Traveling Through Ghana Post by Ashley While I was in school I had the opportunity to travel through the beautiful country of Ghana. I visited Accra, Kumasi, and Bolgatanga. I also crossed the border into Burkina Faso. If you don’t know where any of these places are, it’s okay. They are not well known countries. While I was going through airport security the TSA officer had never even heard of Accra. I hope to inspire some to at least learn more about Ghana and its culture! This trip quickly became one of the most interesting I…

August 28, 2015 The Traveling Gals 4Comment
Food and Wine Festival (2012) Healthy Eating at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Yes it is Possible! Food & Wine festival is one of my favorite times at EPCOT.  I love the energy and excitement that goes along with trying different foods and wines from around the world.  I enjoy the classes and tastings and everything about it!  The World Showcase is my trip around the world when I need a travel fix and the Food & Wine Festival just adds to the international vibe.  As a devotee of a plant-based diet, the…

August 26, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment
Entrance to The Wave at the Contemporary Vegan Burger Inspired By a Special Request at the WAVE I recently had lunch with my Mom (the first Traveling Gal!) at the Wave in the Contemporary Resort.  I had a taste for a burger (but Vegan of course!).  The Wave has the bison burger on the menu, but no alternatives listed.  I asked our server if the chef could prepare a vegan burger and she said yes!  It was wonderful.  In retrospect, I should have asked for the ingredients but we were enjoying our meal and then in…