It's known to many as "The Music City" while others call it "Nashvegas". No matter what you call it, you know you'll have a great time here. NASHVILLE, you're pretty cool!
My trip to Tulum was just a month ago but I'm still daydreaming about it daily! There are so many places to eat, shop, and enjoy in this magical town. Today I'm sharing a handful of places for you to visit on your next trip!
Comida, comida, comida!
There are so many food options in Tulum! From tacos and enchiladas, to gelato, and even pizza I promise you won't leave the town hungry.
This steak house is tucked off on a side street off the main street in the heart of Tulum's city. This was our first stop after our 90 minute ride from the airport. The decor is amazing and the ambience is so relaxing (hence the dark photos-- not much lighting at night!). I ended up ordering the chicken and cheese gringas as well as a steak taco and a side of melted cheese. Mind you, it's not queso -- just legit melted cheese! I thought it was funny how my chicken tasted better than my steak, but I must admit I'm a bit biased. Before Our food arrived we were served chips and 5 different salsas! The guacamole was better than any guacamole I've ever had - it was smooth and had a nice jalapeno kick to it. We were also given this chili oil that packed a punch and a fresh pico de gallo salsa as well.
When people think of Tulum, they think of the amazing coastline and Hartwood. We ended up getting in on a complete whim for Aeriel's birthday dinner. A reservation fell through and the hostess was able to give us their table!!! I had emailed 3 months in advance looking to book a reservation for dinner and never heard back so I just assumed we didn't get one. We decided to just go any way and lucky for us it worked out.
Hartwood has no set menu, they just cook whatever they can catch that day! I decided to open up and try something new, so I ordered the ceviche as an appetizer. It was so delicious and had the perfect amount of spice to it. For my main course, I chose the short rib over a red cabbage salad with a fried pork skin on the side. Despite the large portion, everything was absolutely delicious!
We stopped in this quaint little breakfast spot in town before heading to the beach one morning. This little place has this quaint 1920's vibe (not flapper, but more rural) and is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful breakfast. The fruit (like all of Tulum) was so fresh and I loved the healthy dishes they offered. I'm not too big on fried eggs - I prefer mine scrambled - but they went well with my fresh greens and bread. I curbed my sweet tooth with their freshly pressed green juice but if you prefer something a bit sweeter, try their chocolate croissant!
Panna e Cioccolato
There are a few of these spread throughout town and they have such creamy, delicious ice cream! One of the most interesting flavors I saw was "corn". Yes, corn. I didn't get it but opted for cookies & cream. It's not like most ice cream here in the States - it's much more creamier and almost the consistency of a soft serve. They also offer handmade chocolates if you're wanting to feed your sweet tooth!
El Pollo Bronco
El Pollo Bronco is perfect when you're looking for something quick and easy. Rice, chicken, tortillas, and a Coke was what we had for lunch mid-week while exploring the town. The chicken is perfectly seasoned and you get to select how much you'd like (leg + thigh, wing+leg+thigh, etc.) This little spot reminds me so much of the many little "hole in the wall" institutions we have here in the South. You get to enjoy a good meal, some Latin music videos, and get to watch as they cook the chickens in an brick oven. This is by far the best bang for your buck!
A Few More...
Mateo's Mexican Grill (Beach Hotel District)
We stopped in here after leaving the beach to grab drinks to cool us off. I ended up trying the bartender's special for the day - Cucumber & Mint margarita - and it was delicious. So fresh and light it tasted more like a juice than a margarita! The chili powder around the rim was the perfect finishing touch. They definitely offer more than just margs, so be sure to stop in if you have the time.
Hotel Poc Na (Beach District)
BEST. SHRIMP. TACOS. IN. TULUM.
Seriously, these are the best shrimp tacos I have every had in my entire life. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, just walk away -- you don't need that negativity in your life. These fresh, warm corn tortillas layered with lettuce, pico, and the freshest shrimp you've ever consumed will change your life for the better. And don't forget to drizzle in lime juice. Go ahead and order that second helping! Don't be shy!
Papaya Playa Project
`You can't beat breakfast on the beach, especially at the Papaya Playa Project. These breakfast nachos are full of flavor - and scrambled eggs! These salsa verde has the perfect bite to it and a sprinkling of cheese and crema serve as the finishing touches. Be sure to drizzle on the salsa they provide and ask for a freshly squeezed juice too!
I strolled almost to the end of town to try this fresh gelato and it was worth it! The flavors are so expressive and potent. I tried a scoop of lemon and triple berry (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry) and it definitely hit the spot. It's a refreshing treat if you're not wanting ice cream or other sweet treats!
I hope you enjoy all these delicious spots on your next trip to Tulum! Feel free to leave any questions you have below in the comment section!
Hi loves! Sharing my quick trip down to New Orleans, Louisiana on the blog today! It was an impromptu trip to visit my best friend and to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the heart of the French Quarter. You all know how much I love to travel and experience new things, so having the chance to experience this fun holiday was a blast and will hold a special place in my heart!
On the eve of my New Years vacation and only a few days until the start of 2016 I want to recap my year of travels with you all!
Growing up my family rarely ever traveled. My parents were always working and my brother and I never got a pass to skip school. My first trip to the beach wasn't until I was in 10th grade and I didn't visit fun cities like Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Nashville until I was in college. I was a homebody ready to see what else was out there!
It wasn't until this past June that I took my first ever plane ride! Since then I've been on many, many more flights and learned how to purposefully pack a carry-on, navigate major airports, and diligently search for coupon codes for car rentals (because that young driver fee is no joke!). Not to mention finding awesome hotels and Airbnbs to stay in!
Now, don't get me wrong, I have been extremely frivolous with my travels this year. $500 round trip tickets, $200 car rentals, and the countless dollars I've spent on sporting event tickets definitely adds up! But the hundreds of pictures, new friends I've made, and exciting experiences are worth every single penny--tenfold!
I'm sitting here just thinking about it all! I've crossed the Ambassadors Bridge to have lunch in Canada, cut my work day in half to watch international soccer in Atlanta, had hours long conversations with cute Uber drivers in Boston, navigated the strenuous freeways of Southern California, hung out at Balboa Park in San Diego, drove through rain bands of Hurricane Patricia in Texas, and made it to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis!
So I hope this post inspires you all to pack a bag, book a ticket and just go! Visit a new place...try a new meal...make new friends...and keep those memories forever! I promise, if a girl from small town Alabama can hop on a flight at a moments notice and travel around the country alone, you can do it to!
Be sure to visit the blog next week as I recap my upcoming California vacation!
In my opinion, 36 hour trips are the most fun. That's exactly how much time I spent in St. Louis, Missouri a few weeks ago. You try your hardest to jam-pack everything you want to do, see, and eat in this teeny-tiny time frame and hope for the best!
This, my dear readers is the Mississippi River. Of course I've flown over it a couple of times when traveling West, but I've never flown directly over it. Fun fact: St. Louis sits right on the edge of the Mississippi--that's why I was able to get such a good picture!
I met up with my sorority sister/freshmen year roommate for a weekend full of sight-seeing and a World Cup qualifier match at Busch Stadium. She'd never been to a pro soccer game before so it was fun showing her how much fun they are! When we were planning this trip we were looking for hotels and Airbnbs within walking distance of the stadium to help keep transportation costs low. We made an impulse decision (because soccer fans are quick when booking hotels!) and booked a room at the Union Station Hotel. It's hands down the coolest and nicest hotel I've stayed in to date! It's a hotel in a former train station!
*You can take the Metro from Lambert Airport for about $2. It's just shy of a 20-30 minute ride depending on your departure time. Just be sure to hop off at the Union Station stop, walk up the stairs from the platform and you'll be at the back of the hotel!
I'm guessing it's a Double Tree thing, but they give you warm chocolate chip cookies when you check in!!
This location also has a light show each night!
We were so hungry after doing a little bit of shopping, so we stopped into The Cheesecake Factory for a late dinner. This was my very first time eating there and I had to get the fried macaroni and cheese. 1) They're huge! So sad I couldn't finish them all 2) They're one of the best things I've ever tasted! 3) I'm searching for the exact recipe so I can recreate this perfect meal!
We started Friday morning super early (like 8:30 am!) by visiting the Gateway Arch! We kind of struggled with out Uber to get there but we ultimately ended up hopping out of the car and walked directly to it.
The Arch is GIGANTIC! I took this pic from about 20 yards out and I still couldn't get it in the frame! Also, you have to go through two security check points, plus a reservation check in to get to the lifts, so be sure to make your reservation online and well in advance-- it's serious stuff, people!
You have to ride in this little white pod that seats 5 to get to the top of the arch. Once the lift stops, you walk up a few steps to finally get to the observation deck. The very middle is leveled out but be careful when viewing from the side windows since the floor is sloped!
The view from the top is literally stunning. You can see all of Downtown St. Louis and both sides of the Mississippi River.
Here's a panoramic pic from the viewing window.
Tip top of the arch!
After we made our way down from the Arch, we headed East in Downtown to the super funky and tasty restaurant called Rooster for breakfast.
I filled up on the Farmer's Platter with wheat toast and a cup of green tea with honey. SO. GOOD.
After loading up on breakfast, we hopped in an Uber and headed over to Anheuser Busch for
the Day Fresh Brewery Tour! Tickets are less than $20 and you get 3 beer samples of your choice (completely optional!) + a take home goodie bag!
After a packed morning and a couple of beers, we headed back to our hotel to recharge for that night's soccer game.
The US Men's National team took on St. Vincent & The Grenadines in World Cup Qualifying play. The energy was electric and Busch Stadium was jammed packed! We got tickets on the second level slightly over home plate with a perfect view of the field and Downtown.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines got off to a running start and scored first, but ultimately the US came back and finished the match with a 6-1 victory!
Here we are!
We had an absolute blast in St. Louis during our quick trip! Can't wait to visit again!
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