#WereHungryToo – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

On the last city before my final destination on my #OBBRoadTrip was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This city surprised me. It is by the river, has bridges to cross, the sports stadiums are close by and I had the most fun there as a solo traveler. I thought Chicago was going to be the winner. Pittsburgh, you take the cake! Darn, I didn’t have any there. I had shark, whiskey, pierogis and a massive sandwich. Plus, saw where history was made! It was a good place to stop.

Social House 7

After quite a few days on the road and eating way too much fast food, I was looking forward to some sushi. Pittsburgh had a few options and I wanted to walk to the spot. I decided on going to Social House 7 and was happy to find that their storefronts were open to the sidewalk. Walk in the entrance and there are koi fish under the walkway. As usual, I decided to sit at the bar. Unfortunately, it took awhile to get service. Eventually, a much more attractive Theon from Game of Thrones came to assist me.

I decided on a Philadelphia Roll because when near Rome, the shark robata, wasabi BBQ and quinoa salad and a sake cocktail. I have had shark before but it was quite some time ago. It’s a bit tough but still tasty. I didn’t eat the quinoa salad. Unfortunately, the cocktail wasn’t anything write home about.

Butcher and the Rye

Full on a Saturday night, the nightlife in Pittsburgh was pretty decent. People were walking the streets having a good time. You could hear sports fans enjoying the baseball game. I found myself at Butcher and the Rye, a James Beard Aware nominated spot. They also had their storefront open on a nice night. It was two stories and it was busy. The best solo seat at the bar was against the wall in the corner. It was better than being squeezed between two men that obviously knew each other.

The cute bartender alerted me that Angels Envy will plant a tree for every photo posted on social media with the hashtag #toastthetrees I had three. Three trees should be planted, Angels Envy.

Stuff’d Pierogi Bar

Not ready to head back to the hotel, I made my way to the pierogi bar. Many years ago, I had my first pierogi in Pennsylvania with some extended family. It was delicious. I even attempted to creating some on my own at home. It wasn’t as good. At the supermarket, you can find frozen pierogis as well. They can cure your craving temporarily. Stuff’d was a good choice. I was not the only one that thought so. It was pretty busy.

The staff was fun and had so much personality. The bartender was pretty proud of her apple concoction. Sitting at the bar and a supporter of women in the industry, I opted in for her sweet apple pie cocktail. I normally don’t do sweet but I thought I would try something different.

The pierogis were a bit much for someone that already had dinner. I didn’t expect them to be so big! I got six pierogis for with sour kraut and sour cream. I believe I asked for them fried but they came out boiled. I didn’t bother making a stink about it, I wasn’t going to finish them anyways. I got what I couldn’t finish in a to go box. It was perfect #OBBRoadTrip food.

Primanti Bros.

When I asked my own network as to where to go in Pittsburgh, Primanti Brothers was the only spot that was mentioned more than once. Before I hit the road to Arlington, Virginia, I stopped at Primanti Brothers. I parked in a neighboring lot and walked in to find the the grill to the left next to the long counter. Tables and chairs went all the way to the back. The menu and advertising boards are on the back wall.

When asked the tall lad behind the counter as to what he recommends, I went with the Pitts Burger and it is insane. I wasn’t even hungry but I had to try this. It is a towered sandwich with two hamburger patties, french fries, tomato and cole slaw. It was also under $10! Burgers are at least $15 in the Bay Area. This has two patties and then some. I was amazed. I also took this on the road along with the pierogies. By the way, they are open 24 hours with multiple locations.

Heinz

I recently watched The Food That Built America and Heinz‘ story was great. It is amazing when someone creates a product and it is in every single American household. I was geeking out to be on the grounds where history has been made. I drove thru the area and took some photos and took off to Arlington.

More to come from this #OBBRoadTrip. It has been a great experience.

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OBB Weekly – 10/1/19

Where has the year gone? It is officially October and third quarter brings quite a bit of uncertainty. Where will I be by the end of the month? Will I have a new job? Will the US President be impeached? What isn’t uncertain is that life goes on and there is so much to be thankful for. Life will always be a little bumpy but just ride it out.

TRAVEL

I have just returned from Paris for my second birthday in the City of Light. After my visit in 2017, it wasn’t one of my favorite cities for some reason. This time, my perspective changed a bit and I am not positive as to its reason. Regardless, my dear friend and I had a great time. We stayed in three different hotels, ran a half marathon at Disneyland Paris and had an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower for two nights. We enjoyed being able to stay two nights in one location. Thankfully, public transportation was close by as well.

EVENT PLANNING

While in Paris, it was nice to have received an inquiry from a wedding couple. The Groom’s location said Djibouti. “Oh, a destination wedding.” After confirming, the couple is located in the East Bay. Information was exchanged including availability, typical structure and rates and next steps. I look forward to following up with them today. They found me on Facebook. Thank goodness for social media!

Now taking 2019 and 2020 events!

FOOD

A spot that was highly recommended to us to go to in Paris was Angelina’s. With multiple locations, we ended up at the cafe next to the Luxembourg Palais and Gardens. We both ordered the multi-course brunch for 39 euros and it was completely worth it. I am not a big chocolate fan but I had to try their hot chocolate. The selections were incredible. We were pretty happy and ready to chase the meal with a walk around the gardens and the city. You’ll need it!

MOTIVATION

I finished my second half marathon! It definitely was not pretty. I definitely did not train as much as I did the last time. I ran six miles a few days before and I felt good. What’s another seven? This time, I took my time. I wasn’t going for a good time, just to finish. At mile seven, I thought “Oh, I could do another half.” Come mile 9, “I’m definitely not doing another half.” My calves started to tighten and I stopped when I saw my friend Nikki stop on our last mile. I didn’t know she was in that much pain until I saw the panic in her face and I started to cry trying to talk her through breathing with me. She apologized for making me cry but I couldn’t help it! My friend was in pain. With the help of many other runners, we eventually got her back on her feet and we finished. I met her at the finish line and we saw the medics. Her vital signs were fine. She just needed to rest.

Nonetheless, we finished. Nikki would like to possibly train for a full. I am going to stick with 5 and 10Ks. I could do those without too much strain and I still feel its an accomplishment. I have decided to trade in half marathons for golf. I work at a golf course on the weekends and I might as well take advantage of the benefits of free golf and access to the facilities. See you on the course!

Hangin’ with Stanley at the Safeway Open at Silverado, Napa

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#MeatlessMondays While Traveling

It has almost been a year and a half since I started participating in #MeatlessMondays. From previous posts, it is definitely doable. It is definitely doable while traveling. I was in London in August, Nevada, Utah and flying into the Bay Area from Washington D.C. earlier this month and a day of travel meatless returning from Paris.

Yes, they’re vegetarian in London.

You even do it while traveling?” Yes, with so many options available everywhere, it is easy to do. You just have to curb your cravings when you smell certain proteins roasted or served to the table next to yours, or even your dining partner. Just look away!

Nikki‘s burger at Le Montignon in Paris. Not meatless.

During the #OBBRoadTrip, I found myself in Elko, Nevada at a Burger King to try their Impossible Burger that is advertised during my SimsFreePlay game on my iPad. I enjoy a Whopper. I am definitely not anti-fast food as it is convenient and reasonably priced. It isn’t the healthiest but even salads aren’t the best choice if you drench it in dressing and topped with fried chicken. (Mmmm, fried chicken.)

The friendly gal at the counter handed me the familiar brown bag from the drive-thru window and I parked my friend’s Ford in an open parking space. The Impossible Whopper was huge! I can’t remember the Whopper being as big as it was. I like my Whoppers with mustard and opened the burger to reveal its contents. I would say it looks the same however the patty had very defined edges, not curved like a normal burger patty would be. I replaced the bun and took a bite. Honestly, it tastes just like their regular Whopper but maybe just a bit drier and tougher. I would definitely have it again if I was in the mood for a burger on a Monday.

In Lindon, Utah, my dear friend was so nice to have changed her dinner plans to accommodate me. She originally was going to make tacos but I said I couldn’t have meat and I would figure something out. She made homemade pasta alfredo with broccoli instead. Isn’t she a dream? Just look at that face! The whole family ate it and we had tacos the following day. I didn’t take any photos but I assure you it was tasty. Who doesn’t like butter?!?

Jewelry by Stella & Dot

One week later, I was traveling from Washington D.C. to the Bay Area. I needed something to eat on the plane and accidentally slept thru the food service portion of the flight. I rang for the United attendant and ordered a sandwich after an unexpected rude “What do you want?” response. I apologize for my inconvenience, Flight Crew, but it’s a long flight across the country. My sandwich came with meat. It was removed and then became meatless and OK to eat that Monday. I apparently also made it OK for the tone but there was no reason to start a scene. Maybe she hasn’t eaten herself, who knows?

Back in the Bay Area, my awesome coworker picked me up from the airport. We had an afternoon out to lunch and working together at my house. We went to Three in San Mateo. See post HERE from my previous visit. I assure you, it’s still a good spot to go for brunch. My coworker had the delicious fried chicken and waffle sandwich. I had a meatless salad and I ate every single morsel. It was devoured.

I plan on continuing with Meatless Mondays. WeWork just posted an article on how your food choices can reverse climate change. Have you noticed how hot it has been with record setting temps? Read article HERE. Wont you join me? It’s easier than you think, I assure you. Leave me a comment below if you’re already participating, considering it or committed! I would love to cheer you on!

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OBB Weekly – 9/24/19

Another year, another birthday, another birthday in Paris. If you have spent your birthday in the City of Light, please comment below. Unless I am in love with the city, I typically wouldn’t go back so soon. I last went to Paris in 2017. This trip was to do a RunDisney half marathon at Disneyland Paris. This city has grown on me. I am glad I gave Paris a second chance.

TRAVEL

In 2017, friends and I stayed at different locations. One was the Hotel Du Louvre and unfortunately it was going thru construction. I wanted to see how it turned out and it was gorgeous! They just reopened in May. I was jealous that it was not this shiny and new on that last birthday.

This trip, we stayed at three different hotels: Hotel Gabriel, the Vienna House Magic Circus and Accor’s Pullman a block away from the Eiffel Tower. For a boutique hotel, Hotel Gabriel was wonderful with friendly service to kick off the trip. Complimentary breakfast was also delivered to your room at no additional charge. The Magic Circus was not our first choice of hotel near Disneyland Paris. Don’t be surprised if your room comes with a bunk bed. The Dream Castle had water issues and we were relocated. Lastly, the Pullman Hotel was spacious, comfortable, classy and a great view of the Eiffel Tower. You can’t go wrong with its location.

EVENT PLANNING

My cousin met his fiance while stationed in Japan and they just posted their engagement photos in France. They were tastefully done. There are so many picturesque locations for this romantic city. The numerous bridges, the boats on the Seine and plenty of cafes to sit out front and feel alone together as the world walks by. I would love to do an event in Europe. Referrals are appreciated!

Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

FOOD

Oh, my, the food! My travel partner, Nikki, tried escargot for the first time which she loved. Sebastian at Le Lutetia also made the experience great. Thank you for the complimentary birthday champagne. We had crepes at Creperie Chez Georges. Don’t mind too much that they frown upon the whipped cream. They do offer it so, order it if you like. I did and it made the crepe so much better. Angelina’s is a must. And Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower is a pretty penny but so worth it. Each of these places will have its own blog post so be sure to come back!

Langoustine – Prepared as ravioli, parmesan cream, fine truffle flavored gelee.

MOTIVATION

Well, I finished my second half marathon in one year. After a terrible 5-miler a couple of weeks ago, a decent 6-miler earlier this week and feeling pretty good at mile 7 in Paris, I thought for a second that this WASN’T going to be my last half marathon. Then, when mile 10 was soooo very long, I confirmed, it was my last half. Now that I know I can do it, repeatedly, I am going to move on and try something else. I will probably continue doing 5Ks and 10Ks but I have decided to put more time into golf. It may not be fast paced enough for me but it takes practice and a different kind of movement and concentration to do well. My good friends, Stan and Nelly, have helped me already. I am looking forward to becoming decent and maybe have it help my business. Planning golf trips would be great! Golf courses are great wedding venues as well.

Second medal is for running two halves in one year, one in the US and one in France. Castle to Chateau Challenge.

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OBB Weekly – 9-17-19

Disneyland 2018

Can you remember the last time you were on a roller coaster? Was it at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California like me? How about the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? Or was it the Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disneyland? You anticipate the inevitable drop and rise again. Most people come to end of the ride laughing and is worth waiting in the long line again. Some will never do it again. Regardless, people learn something about themselves. This One Busy Bee is definitely on a roller coaster of uncertainty, fear but excitement. Comment below if you are experiencing something similar.

TRAVEL

Traveling cross-country for the first time was filled with highs and lows in terms of elevation, boredom and excitement and experience. Starting out in Monterey County California, going thru Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, you see quite a bit of different terrains. I was in love with the sedimentary layers in the west, the cornfields were ongoing in the middle and the east coast was full of twists and turns and greenery.

I for sure thought Chicago was going to be my favorite destination on the trip, but Pittsburgh, Pennsylania was a pleasant surprise with great people, a cute and convenient downtown and good food options. For sports fans, the baseball and football stadiums are convenient. For party people, drink and help a group bike move around the city. See my #OBBRoadTrip video HERE to see it for yourself. More to come on each individual spots and experiences.

LGBTQ-friendly Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

EVENT PLANNING

Planning a road trip across the United States is an event in itself. I had to coordinate with family members and loved ones. I participated on conference calls as I was admiring long strips of road ahead of me and hills to the left. I even had to book another Marriott property when my plans changed with a friend. The Gwen was great. You can definitely have a wonderful cocktail party out on their rooftop bar.

Rooftop at The Gwen, Chicago, Illinois – September 2019

In Chicago, it appeared to be a triathlon was taking place as I was leaving. Road blocks were being set-up the day before and maps of black streets appeared on my phone. Be sure to plan ahead. Races take place all over the world and quite often. I will be participating in my last half marathon this coming Sunday at Disneyland Paris. Oh, boy. I surely didn’t plan and train well for that. Isn’t it funny how event planners can organize a wedding but sometimes their own personal life comes secondary?

13.1 miles of being in my own head. Oh, boy!

FOOD

Oh, the weight that has been gained eating fast food while on this #OBBRoadTrip. I have had McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King (their Impossible Burger tastes very similar!) and even a place called Sodalicious in Lindon, Utah. Fat and sugar, fat and sugar. I did manage to get a delicious salad at Zupa’s, also in Lindon. The roasted pepper soup was also completely devoured. BBQ from Smoking Jay’s in Omaha, Nebraska was quite tasty as well. For someone that wasn’t very hungry at the time but had to try something, it was an almost $30-meal with ribs, burnt ends, corn, cole slaw and a drink. Even in your food choices, there are things good for you and not so great for you. Bottom line, it was my choice as to what I consumed so there’s no one to blame but me. But, oh the temptations!

Zupa’s Cafe, Lindon, Utah
Smoking Jay’s – Omaha, Nebraska

MOTIVATION

During this trip, a lot of uncertainty has been occurring back home for me in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m a planner and have goals in mind. When things deter the plan from reaching those goals, it’s a little stressful.The end goal is to have property on Maui by 40. I turn 40 in September 2020. I technically could allow myself another year and still obtain the property by August 2021 but I am pretty eager. I have some decisions to make and I need to prepare for what it takes to make those decisions become a reality. I may not be J. Lo’s Hustler status, but the hustle is on. I just need to remember to enjoy the ride. Thank you for your support!

My gear for my birthday half marathon.

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OBB Weekly – 8-28-19

A couple of days late but it’s up!

By this time next week, I will be in Lindon, Utah with friends on my first cross-country road trip #OBBRoadtrip. I wish I could take my Bevo with me. He passed in December. 😦 I want to take a trip down memory lane with these friends on this week’s OBB Weekly. We have definitely traveled together, went to events and ate great food. I have the motivation to keep these friendships strong and hopefully have more opportunities to travel together.

TRAVEL

The farthest I have been with friends I will be visiting was to Fiji with fellow Event Planner, Regina. We were the youngest of the group and we were roomies. We had a very packed week of visiting numerous hotel properties and resorts courtesy of Pleasant Holidays. Ask me to book you at:
Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
Radisson Blu Resort Denarau
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa
Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
Castaway Island
Tropica Island Resort
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Malolo Island Resort

Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay

EVENT PLANNING

The purpose of #OBBRoadTrip is to drive my friend’s car from the San Francisco Bay Area to Arlington, Virginia where he got a new job. I am so happy for him. It is something he has always wanted to do. The first time hanging out was for a friend’s wedding and he was a great date. We had too much fun. Perhaps it was the visit to the winery on our way to the ceremony.

The Branch & Vine Fruit Barn, Madera, California

The wedding was at a church and the reception was at a barn with dinner seating, the bar, fire pit with cigars and s’mores and corn hole outside, with dancing, photo booth and cake in the barn. It was a fun evening.

FOOD

You can’t have a good time with friends and food and beverages not be involved. On one of our last evenings hanging out in the East Bay, J and I stopped off at Alameda Island Brewing Company for beer and a competitive game of Egyptian Rummy. Poor thing got his donker kicked.

In Fiji, Regina and I basically had every meal together. We were definitely spoiled and the food was incredibly fresh and plentiful. I commend Fiji for their friendliness, hospitality and fantastic food. Ohmigoodness. It was was fantastic. I cannot pick a favorite meal but you can’t go wrong with the lobster.

Dine at the InterContinental Resort & Spa Fiji. What a spread!

Brittany and I have been friends for 13 years. I remember passing her station at spot we used to work at together and just loved her laugh. We became fast friends and there are so many laughing fits and inside jokes. I was even lucky enough to be a bridesmaid; even though I couldn’t go in the temple as a non-Mormon. I was happy to support my dear friend. Here’s a photo I took of them come cake time!

MOTIVATION

Through this #OBBRoadTrip, I will be able to get to spend time with my friends, family and loved one and create new experience that will further my knowledge of my own country as a Travel Agent. I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope you follow along on this trip!

I love this girl!
So proud of him!

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SF Love

Did you leave your heart in San Francisco? If you haven’t had a chance to visit, let’s make that happen! I am incredibly lucky to live in an area that many people around the world want to visit. “It’s a dream of mine!” says my Server at a restaurant called Home in Athens, Greece in 2012. Not being in ‘the city’ for work at my own restaurant or at a Concierge desk at The Argonaut Hotel on a daily basis for eight months reminds me just how amazing San Francisco is every time I come back.

Many visitors come for conferences. The completion of the Moscone Center expansion opened earlier this week. A visit to the Small Business Expo was a much smaller affair and a little cramped but had good speakers like Austin Walsh and Angel Turry. The event space is aplenty in San Francisco. The space I used to be an Events Director for will be opening up eventually. I can hook you up as an Event Planner! There are so many restaurants with private dining rooms, places like Spin or even on a boat wine tasting in the Bay are available for private events.

The Small Business Expo was pleasantly followed by an evening of reconnecting with friends and reminiscing about good times at former places of employment. The Twitter Building is located at 10th and Market. Then there’s 303 Second Street where I was an Account Executive at Young & Rubicam. The retail space below has changed a bit but Lee’s Deli is still going strong. Go there for lunch with a cold and hot bar for a pay by ounce price tag or made to order sandwiches. Head down the busy Southside Spirit House or head towards Market Street and turn on Minna for Anchor & Hope for $1 oysters for happy hour. Oh, there’s so many options around every corner offering a variety of cuisines.

Calamari with squid ink
Bread pudding
Happy Hour is always better with good company.

Locals don’t typically go to the same spots tourists visit. Been there, done that. Ask me about experiences, restaurants and bars and more in San Francisco for your next visit to the city by the Bay. I love referring clients to establishments where my friends work. I know you’ll be in good hands.

Referrals are appreciated!

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Hits & Misses in London

One of the reasons why I love to travel is to experience new cultures. On my first trip to London and based on my experiences over a week-long stay, I would say it is quite different from America. I loved the history and the food was good, but the people and what I encountered are not what I expected, especially when it came to hospitality and customer service. Londoners do not say ‘excuse me’ to get by. They will just push thru when trying to exit an underground train or passing on the sidewalk. I nearly fell over when someone cut me off on the sidewalk while I was carrying my heavy Kelty backpack. The only person I asked for directions was the wrong person to ask. He was not in the mood to be helpful. I did have a few decent interactions but I had high hopes for a land that teaches etiquette and self presentation.

Solely focusing on experiences in the food and beverage industry, it seems like no one in restaurants smile. The blonde lady that took my order at Prince Albert in Notting Hill didn’t smile. I made eye contact with a bartender standing right in front of me twice. He walked away. I left and took my pounds elsewhere.

Looking for a place to eat before touring Buckingham Palace, I scoped out the many menus at a spot about a block away. The spot with the great deal of two sides and a glass of wine didn’t open for half an hour. I went to Rail House Cafe to have a cocktail. It was located at the corner and plenty of outdoor seating. The bar was a square with comfortable bar stools. The restaurant had tables made out of carts and couches in the lounge area. It had a comfortable feel to it.

The comfort is then ruined by two different managers screaming at their staff members by their name (sorry, Selena😬) for all of the patrons to hear.

Ohmigod” is accompanied with shaking spoons in their faces. As a previous restaurant co-owner and manager, please say things to your staff in the back of house (BOH) and lower your voice. My disbelief continues when another manager is scolding another employee in a loud voice at the host desk. Next, two managers are yelling across big areas of space to each other! What is happening?!? Am I missing something? Is this the hospitality culture here in London? Embarrassed for the staff, I added an additional pound to the tip for my bartender and was glad I made the decision to eat elsewhere for lunch. Cute place but I was not liking the management style there. Please enlighten me if I’m wrong here.

The 10 pound cocktail, Honey Coco, is made of coconut-washed Tequila Espolon, lime and salted honey. It was tasty. The bartendress made it perfectly and was pleasant.

On the flip side, Vagabond was pleasant. The gent that took my order at the counter was friendly and the 12 pound lunch was perfect. It even fit within my budget for my #50GBPaDayChallenge. I sat outside and did a Facebook Live with their free wifi. I had two tapas, a mushroom risotto arancini and a cheesey truffle bites, and a glass of rose.

Buffalo Trace Distillery zipper up I bought at the distiller the week before.

Another spot, Flat Iron, in the King’s Cross neighborhood was fantastic. They were busy but cleaned off a table for one. They smiled and were attentive. The perfectly seasoned flat iron steak was served with a house leaf salad in a cup and complimentary popcorn. They were out of the Wignac Cidre Naturale so I ordered the Strawberry & Basil Collins for 7 GBP made with vodka, basil, lemon, strawberry and soda. Perhaps I was parched from my walking that evening but the refreshing cocktail was gone in no time. The steak was cooked perfectly and the salad was light and made it a perfect combination. Again, I was within budget for the day with such a good deal. It was another #50GBPaDayChallenge success. Another good feeling was that I was able to support cancer research. An optional 10p per steak is donated.

Not every dining experience was terrible, just different. Sadly, not in a good way. I can’t even say you get what you pay for as a 10 pound burger with fries and a drink at Band of Burgers and high end afternoon tea experience at Harrod’s were both very pleasant. Unfortunately, I do not foresee any plans to return to London anytime soon. Fortunately, I have had some good experiences. Thank you for that!

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65!

A very special happy birthday to my Papa Bear! You have worked hard all your life and sacrificed so much to give me a good life. You have continued to be supportive, my financial advisor and my hero. I am forever grateful and strive everyday to make you proud. Enjoy your day. I love you!

I just love that smile!
Birthday Cake
Cookies & Cream, my personal favorite
Cupcake of the Day – Raspberry Cheesecake.

Cupcakes and candles from Smallcakes – Danville, California location.
2008 Pinot Noir by Flowers Winery.

OBB Weekly – 8-20-19

#OBBROADTRIP
Lindon, Utah
Littleton, Colorado
Omaha, Nebraska
Chicago, Illinois
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Virginia

The itinerary is set my first cross-country road trip. I am driving my friend’s car from the San Francisco Bay Area to Arlington, Virginia. He has been traveling the world after he left his previous position and has relocated. With an opportunity to travel and a flexible schedule, I am heading East! I am looking forward to this adventure. My protective and loving father, not so much.

TRAVEL

I have been to two of the six destinations listed above. I have been to the Salt Lake City area when I was an Advertising Account Executive working on the Chevron business. I had my snowboard with me and I went down the slopes of Park City where the 2002 winter Olympics were held. Lindon will be a town I get to see a really good friend, my nieces and a dear friend I think I haven’t seen in over ten years.

Oakland Zoo – 2018

In Littleton, Colorado, I will get to meet my new niece, Makenna, and see my cousins and personally congratulate my cousin on becoming a police officer. This blogger is pro Po-Po. Not all cops are terrible, I promise.

The skyline of Denver, Colorado is in the far distance.

In Omaha, I hope my cousin from Minnesota comes down to meet me. It’s a far drive but hopefully she’s willing to come eat some Nebraska cuisine with me. We have thought about trying to meet up for a cousins foodie vacation.

In Chicago, I will be returning again and this time meeting up with fellow Event Planner and Travel Agent, Regina. We met and were roomies during our FAM trip to Fiji. How epic! I am looking forward to meeting up with her and exploring Chicago on Friday night. If there are any spots that would like us to come by, please let me know!

I do not know anyone in the Pittsburgh area but have asked my cousins for recommendations. She used to live there. I would love to meet some other bloggers and see all it has to offer. I have been to Philadelphia and Bethlehem area but not the west side of the state. I am open for one night only!

Then, I will return to Arlington, Virginia. The last time I was there was when I was dating a Marine and he was graduating from Officers Candidate School. I am so happy for him for achieving his dream of becoming a pilot and having a beautiful family of his own. I was lucky to have him as part of my life.

EVENT PLANNING

Itinerary planning and event planning are essentially the same thing. I have not planned out my itinerary until today. I knew the main route I was going to take but not when and exactly where I was going to sleep. It appears I will be needing a hotel room in Omaha, Nebraska and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I still have more planning to do and would love to also see a venue or two for research. Did I mention I will be hanging out with another Event Planner, Regine Danielle Events?

Cannon Green, Charleston, South Carolina

FOOD

Oh, the food! I will be crossing 11 states on this trip. You better believe I will be eating something in each state. Where I am meeting friends, I will rely on them for recommendations but I will have to update my itinerary once I nail that down. I have so many pictures to upload and post already. Photo dump coming soon to WereHungryToo on Instagram.

Vodka pizza from Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

MOTIVATION

Ten days after returning from this road trip, I will be leaving for Paris. And on my birthday, September 22nd, I will be participating in my second and last half marathon. I just ran seven miles today and it hurt. I am not ready. But I have already committed to the run and I can’t let my friend down. She has been training as well and kicking butt. My goal is to complete it without stopping like my last one. I was surprised I didn’t stop. I felt that if I stopped, I wouldn’t continue. I needed to keep a rhythm. I finished and it hurt. The reward will be staying two nights in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Thankfully, my dear friend is taking me to dinner at the Eiffel Tower the following day. I am looking forward to it. Until then, I need to train as much as I can.

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