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 17, 2015 The Traveling Gals 7Comment

  Recipe by Kary Inspired by a visit to North Africa and of course, my countless visits to the Moroccan pavilion at EPCOT I have always been curious about cooking in a tagine.  Thanks to my wonderfully thoughtful daughter, I now have the opportunity!  She gave me this beautiful tagine for my birthday purchased from Sur La Table.  For those not familiar, a tagine is a ceramic or clay slow-cooking pot popular in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The bottom is a wide, circular shallow dish used for both cooking and serving, while the top of the tagine is distinctively shaped…

August 10, 2015 The Traveling Gals 11Comment

Top 3 Things To-Do In Sarasota, FL 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. (more…)