Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Brunch comes with different expectations in Scotland than it does in America. They’re looking for a lot of fried meats, eggs, maybe some beans and vegetables. As an American with a hardcore sweet tooth, I’m looking for something different. It’s not always easy to find. For me, TriBeCa is the pot of gold at the end of my Scottish brunch rainbow.

All those things that Scottish people are looking for, yeah, they have that. But they also have gorgeous, fluffy giant pancakes, beautiful waffles and French toast, and crispy candied bacon by the pile. It’s the most authentically American brunch place I’ve found in this country. 

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Geoff and I did actually split the difference and order according to our respective countries of origin. He went for the Manhattan Grand Slam which I’m not sure anyone from Manhattan would actually eat, but it was exactly what he wanted. Just look at all that food, man.

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

While I was tempted to go for a giant breakfast with a bit of everything, I knew that was overly ambitious, so I opted for the Original Brooklyn, which is a big ass stack of beautiful pancakes with a side of candied streaky bacon, which you can see is not skimpy. I really appreciate them bringing me a proper amount of maple syrup. They get it here. That’s why I can’t wait to get back.

Looking at the menu, TriBeCa might seem a bit expensive, but the portions are huge and the quality is great. It’s an excellent weekend treat. It’s totally worth it. No one has yet been able to top this breakfast experience for me. So, when can we get back?

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Spring Dreaming | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spring Dreaming

Spring Dreaming | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s March, and I’m ready to deep dive into Spring. I’ve had enough of boots and scarves and sweaters. I’m ready for sunshine and grass and flowers. Here’s just a few things I’m dreaming about this Spring.

Sunday Brunch: Sweet E's Cafe

I just bought a waffle iron, so I’m thinking this Spring I’m going to have to waffle everything. This yeasted waffle recipe is up first, but I also want to try Hash Brown Waffles, Cornbread Waffles, and Brownie Waffles, just to start off with.

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We still have plenty of things to explore right here in Glasgow. I still haven’t actually made it inside the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, and I think this Spring will be the perfect time for it. There are also plenty of opportunities for al fresco dining in the area if it stops raining. Sunshine, people. We need sunshine. What a lovely Saturday afternoon this could be. 

Castle

This country is littered with castles, and it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been to one. I’m greedy for castles, you guys. I don’t even have a particular castle in mind, but there’s surely on close by. I want to pack a picnic and a bottle of wine and be surrounded by a bit of history and magic. 

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Similarly, I’ve heard there are some pretty outstanding hikes nearby. I don’t know, but I think they call them hill walks around here. No matter what they’re called, I think it will be a huge difference from the jungles and volcanoes we used to hike back in Hawaii. I’m hoping to spot some local wildlife, eat lots of nuts and chocolate, and get all renewed by nature and junk.

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Everyone keeps telling me I need to take a trip out to Loch Lomond. I hear it’s easily accessible from Glasgow, so we could easily make a day trip of it. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be extra stingy for a while and save up to stay for the weekend. It looks like there’s a lot to explore.

I’m ready for some Spring renewal. Let’s have all the adventures. What are you dreaming of this Spring?

Best of Honolulu | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Best of Honolulu

Best of Honolulu | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Last night I had resigned myself to waking up and taking sad, ugly photos of the desperation brownies I made in an old frying pan that we unscrewed the handle from because I’ve given away all of my baking pans. They were delicious and just about the only thing that made me feel better, but they weren’t very pretty.

As of 4 am on the day of writing (which, in case you haven’t figured it out is the day before posting), my desperation turned to joy. My visa is in the mail, and I won’t have to be left behind after all. Let’s celebrate by remembering all the awesomeness that Honolulu has to offer.

Best Brunch

Sunday Brunch: Sweet E's Cafe

Going out for breakfast is possibly one of my all time favorite activities. There are so many outstanding places to get breakfast in this town, but my favorites are definitely Hula Grill and Sweet E’s. Everything on the menu is awesome. Geoff votes for the breakfast buffet at Duke’s Waikiki.

Best Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Bar 35

Coming in a close second to going out for breakfast is hitting up happy hour. Mexico Lindo has great food specials. Bar 35 has the best cocktail selection. Hula Grill gives you the best bang for your buck. But the place I really want to be is Home Bar. Tater tot nachos, baby.

Best Beaches

Waikiki Walking Tour

Honestly, we didn’t hang out at the beach as much as we probably should have. I get sunburned in about 20 minutes. I wasn’t made for a high UV index. We lived near Waikiki, so our favorite swimming spot was right in front of the Moana Surfrider. That’s the old plantation style hotel. The most beautiful beach with the softest sand has got to be Lanikai in Kailua. The best place to go snorkeling is definitely Three Tables on the North Shore. It’s just across from Foodland in Pupukea.

Best Burgers

Happy Hour: The Counter

We are not fine dining people. $20 a day is a lifestyle, people. Burgers it is! My favorite burger is at The Counter. I never tire of making new creations. Islands is pretty dang good, too. And our final meal in Honolulu will be at Cheeseburger in Paradise because that’s where it all began.

Best Adventures

Honolulu Zoo

The most easily accessible hike from Waikiki is Diamond Head, but that thing is super hot. I prefer Manoa Falls, which is also quite easy to get to and very jungly. They filmed Catching Fire and Jurassic World up there, among many others. If you’re feeling generous, you can also make a donation to visit Lyon Arboretum next door which is breathtaking.

We have slightly mixed feelings about the Honolulu Zoo, but I still love visiting the animals there, and I would recommend it if you’re visiting.

By far our favorite thing to do when visitors come to our island is to take them kayaking in Kailua. Combine it with breakfast at Cinnamon’s, then go to Mexico Lindo afterwards and treat yourself to a giant margarita. It’s the perfect day.

There are so many awesome places to visit on this island. I lived here for four years and have still left so many things unexplored. And so many wonderful places I didn’t get a chance to show you. I hope you visit Honolulu soon and find something awesome.

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