A Columbus Round Up

A while back Adam and I hit the road with fellow foodies from Marie, Let’s Eat! as our guides to visit Georgia’s second-largest city, Columbus. We brought our eating A-game and visited a number of notable eateries around town. Chicken Comer Originally opened in 1929, Chicken Comer has changed hands a few times but it […]

Kool Korner Sandwiches and Crazy Cuban

Here’s another slice of the storied history of Atlanta’s most beloved cuban restaurants. The first one, about Havana Sandwich Shop and its successors Havana and Havana Grill is here. nce upon a time (AKA 1985), a couple named Ildefonso and Lucia Ramirez opened a cuban sandwich shop on 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta called Kool […]

Japan: Final Thoughts On Tokyo

This post wraps up my ramblings about our trip to Tokyo, Japan. It mostly includes things that didn’t fit into other posts, as well as the trip home on American Airlines first class. On the ground, Tokyo feels vibrant and busy, metropolitan in a way that is exciting but not unlike a cleaner, friendlier New […]

Japan: Eating & Drinking In Tokyo

What follows will be a whirlwind recap of our dining experiences in Tokyo. One of the first things I learned about food culture is the prevalence of replica food. Replica food is a whole sub-industry in Japan because most restaurants utilize them to show off their products. The next thing is something we’ve probably all […]

Japan: Transportation in Tokyo

Here’s a little summarizing post about the various methods of getting around in Tokyo and how they worked out for us. You can rent cars and take buses in Japan, but they’re really more for rural areas. For all our traveling about, we never even came close to leaving the city, so these methods were […]

Japan: Akihabara, Tokyo

One district of Tokyo we knew couldn’t be missed is Akihabara, also known as Electric Town, or just Akiba for short. According to Wikipedia, Akihabara (秋葉原) means “Field of Autumn Leaves.” I am not sure what that means, or where the name comes from, but I did understand what Wikipedia said next: “Akihabara is a […]

Japan: Sensoji Temple

Visiting temples and shrines in Japan is a great thing to do, not just for the cultural and historical significance of these sites, but also because aside from the cost of train fare, they are free. Adam and I skipped over to visit the Sensoji Temple, a Buddhist temple that is Tokyo’s oldest (built in […]

Travel Tips for Exploring Coastal Georgia

I am happy to introduce this guest post by NerdWallet’s Angie Picardo about the attractions of coastal Georgia. Enjoy! Right in Atlanta’s backyard, the area of coastal Georgia near Savannah and the Barrier Islands includes some of the most stunning natural beauty in the United States. For vacationers interested in visiting Georgia’s shoreline, here is […]

Japan: Odaiba

While in Tokyo, we took a train over to Odaiba, a large artificial island on the seashore. It was initially built in the 1850s for defense purposes but has since been turned into a shopping, tourist, and liesure area. There are several shopping centers, some beaches, museums, and theme parks. The train on the way […]

Japan: Yasukuni Shrine & Yushukan Museum

While we were in Tokyo, Adam and I also took a quick jaunt over to the sometimes controversial Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum. Yasukuni is a Shinto shrine built in the late 1800s to commemorate the lives of Japanese nationalists who died during the Boshin War, for the Meiji Restoration. The souls (kami) of those […]

Japan: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

One of the places we visited in Tokyo is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Initially built in the 1800s for royalty, and completed in 1906, the gardens were destroyed in 1945. They were restored, and in 1947 they became known as the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, and renamed again in 2001 as the Shinjuku Gyoen National […]

Japan: Flying To Toyko

Back in March, Adam and I found ourselves flying to Tokyo, Japan for a week. Adam had a conference to attend, and I had been saving American Airlines (AA) points so I could tag along. To get there, I purchased a one-way flight on points from Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, to Narita International Airport, through Chicago […]

Ski Trip: TimberHouse Ski Lodge

The TimberHouse Ski Lodge is a great lodge that we frequent when skiing at Winter Park Resort in Colorado. It’s an older place with a lot of character, and with excellent staff and service. We usually make our way there via a HomeJames transport bus (about a two hour drive), since we have no reason […]

Ski Trip: Winter Park Resort

Last month, Adam and I returned to Colorado for another week of skiing at Winter Park Resort. Winter Park is where I learned to ski, so when we first decided we’d go skiing as a couple, I naturally turned to Winter Park as the place for Adam to learn. The website says it best “Winter […]

Oranjestad, Aruba

After leaving Willemstad, Curacao, the ship traveled around the northernmost point of Aruba overnight, and we woke up in port at Oranjestad, Aruba. First thing, we hopped on a catamaran with about 80 other people to sail up the coast to snorkel. This shore excursion was also purchased through Princess Cruises. It was one of […]