Last month I traveled to an underrated paradise in the south with 32 miles of white soft sandy beaches, clear waters, a booming foodie scene, and no shortage of entertainment and fun things to do. Where was this stateside gem? It was the Alabama Gulf Coast. I spent 3 days and 3 nights exploring the Alabama Gulf Coast and I’m so excited to share with you how this region won me over. It has its own personality completely different from the rest of the state. I found the beach towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to be progressive, inclusive, welcoming and just down right charming. Read More »
I had the opportunity to take a little day trip down to a hidden piece of paradise called Palm Island for a regional media dinner. You may have never heard of Palm Island. I certainly hadn’t until this dinner. So where exactly is Palm Island? It’s a south of Sarasota and north of Fort Meyers. It’s just a little ways from the Port Charlotte area. This foodie adventure was an eye-opening experience that exposed me to yet another region of Florida I’ve yet to explore.
Watching cars zoom around a track at unimaginable speeds is a great American past time for some. It’s not something I really grew up watching. I know a few big names but that’s about it. The extent of my racing knowledge is grounded in Talladega Nights and Disney/Pixar’s Cars, the animated movie. Now the guy I used to date was really into racing and I had gone to a few drag races, and even some dirt track races with him. I’ve even seen the inside of the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the snow. However I had not been to an actual NASCAR event and taking a solo day trip to Daytona Beach, Florida to one of the Sprint Cup series races was a unique adventure, even for me.
The Smithfield Brand invited me to come over to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400 last week and I jumped at the chance because as long as I have lived in Florida, I’ve actually never seen the Daytona International Speedway. Smithfield is the brand that fuels the Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Series race team No.43 with bacon. No really guys it says so on the No. 43 car and everything. They are one of the major brand sponsors for the RPM team and they held some kick booty events as part of the Coke Zero 400 festivities. Here’s a list of my favorite moments from this non racing fan’s epic first NASCAR race experience. Read More »
When we were planning our recent visit to the Ohio Lake Erie/Sandusky/Cleveland region, my son made me promise we would go in search of a Man vs Food challenge, you know the Travel Channel show where the guy eats ridiculous crazy things that local restaurants dream up. I’ll be honest. I was looking forward to lots of things on our trip, the Kalahari Resort Waterpark, island hopping to Put In Bay and Kelleys Island, seeing the lighthouse, and seeing the migration of the world famous warblers at BWIAB. I really hadn’t given much thought to the food aspect of the trip but I’m always down for a foodie adventure. The food exceeded expectations. Here’s a recap of the best places to eat on Lake Erie Ohio (in no particular order).
1. Local Food Truck
When you visit the Lake Erie region you will see one item on just about every menu. Lake Erie Perch rules up in these parts. You can get it fried, in fish tacos, or in a sandwich. We ate perch several times during our trip. We had fried perch from a local food truck set up during the Biggest Week in American Birding festivities. When I heard some of the birders talking about lunch plans I decided to tag along and see how Ohio does a fish fry.
When I was researching things to do near Sandusky, Ohio, I came across an island town called Put-In-Bay Ohio, referred to as Key West of the North. I’ve been to Key West, Florida so I admit that I was a little skeptical of a town in Ohio (of all places) making such claim. Continue Reading…