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…

August 10, 2015 The Traveling Gals 11Comment

Top 3 Things To-Do In Sarasota, FL Post by Ashley We moved from Chicago to Sarasota about 6 years ago. Although we love the big city, we hate cold weather and were looking for a change of scenery. While Sarasota may not be on your radar when you think of Florida, this small city has a lot to offer! If you are planning a trip to this coast of Florida, you definitely should make a stop here. Check out our top 3 things you should in Sarasota. Downtown Sarasota: The downtown area of Sarasota is quickly growing and expanding with…