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Travel

Cities we visit, food we eat, and the fun things we do there. 

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On Patience. Palm Trees. and Purpose.

Debora Manusama

2016 hit us pretty hard. Thankfully we made it through and things are getting better. Why was our LA vacation a huge deal for me? What did it mean to us? Well, EVERYTHING. It was like us, finally exhaling. Finally walking barefoot on the sand. Finally getting a change of scenery. 

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6 States in 5 Days.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

On the 4th of July weekend, my family and I decided to go visit Chicago. But not just Chicago, but also got to see Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Oklahoma. As I stated in the previous article, this was the longest roadtrip we've ever done so far. But we loved it!

Highlights of the trip:

Memphis :

  • Central BBQ - try the half and half slab (half wet rub half dry rub ribs)
  • The Pyramid (Bass Pro Shop) - there are a LOT of things to do and see in here including the restaurants, the observation deck, shops, and they also have a giant aquarium which kids absolutely love.

Chicago :

  • Navy Pier - this is the 'Times Square' of Chi-town, very touristy, but you gotta visit it at least once, ride the ferris wheel, and even have dinner on the cruise. It's so worth it! Beautiful scenery, gorgeous weather, don't bother eating on the food court, get some food somewhere else!
  • Uno's Pizza - again touristy, but you just gotta try the deep-dish pizza to cross it off your bucket list
  • Michigan Ave - a lot of fancy shops, kinda like 5th Avenue in NYC, very nice to stroll around
  • Riverwalk - GORGEOUS, oh gosh! So many rooftop restaurants here
  • Firecakes Donuts - try the donut ice cream sandwich!
  • Lincoln Park Zoo - it's FREE so why not? parking is $25 though
  • Chicago Cultural Center - it's also FREE and gorgeous! right across the Cloud Gate
  • The Bean/ Cloud Gate - touristy, but why not?
  • Andy's Thai Kitchen (ATK) - delicious Thai food! Try the Tom Kha
  • Floriole - try the ricotta toast, pastries, and coffee selections

Missouri :

  • Mango - A Peruvian restaurant in downtown St. Louis, the ceviche is bomb!
  • The Arch - take pictures!

 

We didn't get to stay in Arkansas and Oklahoma, but maybe next time :) Even though summer is not over yet, I feel like my 'vacay mode' is simmering down. Why? Because next week is August already! And that means School is starting very soon! I really hope we'll be ready by then.

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Riverwalk, Tex-Mex - It's San Antonio!

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

This coming June marks the 2nd year of our living in Texas, and we've been wanting to visit all of the big cities in the state and experience Texas a little bit more. We have visited the state capital, Austin, 3x, Houston 2x (Hi Beyonce!), and last Memorial day weekend, we finally visited San Antonio! J woke up at 3 in the morning that day, instead of trying to put him back to sleep, we decided to drive to New Braunfels, a small German town near San Antonio for some breakfast at the oldest bakery in Texas called, Naegelin's. 

We loved the heavy German influence in the city, the beautiful European-style church buildings, small shops, and the beautiful Landa Park. We tried the Sausage Kolaches at the bakery which were delicious!

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Yes, as you can see in the video, we did the 'Dining with Shamu' thing at SeaWorld, where you get to eat on the poolside in a buffet setting, while watching the killer whales swim and do tricks. It's perfect for kids 4 and up, but I didn't think it was good for J. The lunch started at 1 pm, and by then he was already super tired.

Anyways, it was still a good experience. Now my favorite, Guenther House for brunch on the next day!

The ginger peach tea and the houseblend coffee were really good, the signature waffles were excellent and the pricing was surprisingly good!

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I really loved San Antonio's downtown area. In fact, I think it's the best downtown out of all the downtown areas in the big cities that I've visited in Texas. It's walkable, a lot of restaurants and shops, and it's more alive than downtown Dallas, Austin, and Houston in my opinion! Not to mention the riverwalk and the greeneries that make the downtown so much different than those of the other Texas cities.

Next, for dinner, we went to a famous mexican restaurant, Paloma Blanca

 

We had the Mango Camorita (margarita with mango flavor & a splash of chamoy), Ceviche del Mar (fish soaked in lime juice, onion, olive oil, and tomato), Enchiladas '09 (chicken enchilada in chipotle crema & shrimp in cilantro crema + spanish rice & beans) and their best-selling Enchiladas Verdes (chicken enchiladas in tomatillo sauce + spanish rice & beans). My favorite was the Ceviche and the Shrimp in Cilantro crema!

The margarita was strong, I liked it but I wish I could've tasted a little more of the chamoy flavor. The rest of our experience at the restaurant was amazing though, great service and waiting time, friendly staffs, and the casual-chic ambience was the cherry on top.

On our last day, we went to hip Pearl Brewery area try the breakfast menu at Bakery Lorraine. And then we drove for a little over 1 hour to Austin for lunch at Thai restaurant, Titaya's.

And then we drove another hour or so to have dessert in Waco at Heritage Creamery. Yes! 3 meals in 3 different cities! I would definitely do it again!

Over all, we are so grateful for the past 2 years living here in Texas. There are so many beautiful cities with yummy food and kind people. I look forward to many many years to come :)