Tequila Take Over

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Cinco de Mayo is here and many of us are ready for the 5 o’clock work whistle to blow and the tequila consumption to start.  As an avid margarita drinker, I take this very seriously.  If you are looking for a spot that won’t disappoint, check out these locals nationwide!

 

  1. LOS ANGELES – El Compadre: Home of the flaming Margarita http://www.elcompadrerestaurant.com/home
  1. NEW YORK –Rosa Mexicano: Has locations all over the city! http://rosamexicano.com/new_york_city
  1. WASHINGTON DC – Uncle Julio’s: home of the swirl – a frozen margarita with frozen sangria.                                                                                               http://www.unclejulios.com/
  1. CHICAGO – El Mariachi: Strict policy of only serving top quality ingredients                     http://elmariachitequilabar.com/
  1. BALTIMORE – Nacho Mama’s: home of the hubcap margarita! Say Whaaat? https://www.mamasmd.com/NachosSite/
  1. PITTSBURGH – Mad Mex: experimental with huge flavors!          http://www.madmex.com/
  1. ATLANTA – Taqueria Los Hermanos: a family run business with hometown flair http://www.taquerialoshermanos.com/
  1. DENVER – Tomayo: chicrestaurant with over 100 tequilas and a rooftop bar                     http://www.richardsandoval.com/tamayo/
  1. PHOENIX – Modern Margarita: all fresh ingredients and nominated “Best Margarita” by Phoenix New Times                                                      http://www.modernmargarita.com/
  1. DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Joe T. Garcias: started 1935 and still the best in town!               http://www.joets.com/
  1. OKLAHOMA CITY – Fuzzy’s Tacos: originally a Fort Worth restaurant, this place is spicing up downtown                                                                         http://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/locations/30057-fuzzys-taco-shop-oklahoma-city-ok
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Birthday On A Budget

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Growing up my birthday almost always fell over Spring Break.  So of course, I grew accustom to a week-long celebration.  Unfortunately as an adult, who is rationing vacation days, I had to come up with a plan that still gave me the same feeling only on a shortened time schedule.  I figured some sort of epic adventure would hold me over until my next vacation.  I planned to go skydiving and even purchased my voucher from LivingSocial (I’m all about a good deal), but when I called to set up my jump; they were booked!  After I stopped crying, I went back to the drawing board.

I sat down and started looking at different activities near Los Angeles that were still budget friendly Continue reading “Birthday On A Budget”

Tips for the Solo Traveler

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Although it wasn’t the original plan, I just came back from going to China by MYSELF!  My childhood best friend and I were supposed to go and celebrate our 30th birthdays’ together, but alas, her work got in the way (ugh adult problems).  While I was initially disappointed, I quickly had to switch gears and look at this as an adventure (seeing as we didn’t have time for someone else to get a Visa expedited – I didn’t have much choice).  We were going with a tour group so I knew I would be ok.

China was my second trip overseas and the first without my family.  It was a lot of firsts and I learned a few things along the way. Here are my top 10 tips for you future solo travelers.    Continue reading “Tips for the Solo Traveler”

Cultural Crash Course

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This past week I spent cruising the California Coast with my parents.  My dad had training in San Diego and they were departing for a cruise from San Francisco, so I became their PCH chauffeur. This excursion lead us to many places I would not have thought of to go myself, including the USS Midway, Ronald Reagan Library & Museum, and Hearst Castle.

This trip made me realize how much California has to offer that I have not taken advantage of.  I have lived in Los Angeles for almost eight years and have been to exactly one museum of note. I have said many times how important travel is to experience art, culture and other ways of life, but I am not even immersing myself in my own.  LA has more museums than any city in America and I have only been to ONE!

I am on a mission to change that.  After pouring through “must see” lists, I made my own first small list to accomplish.  For you deal seekers like me, I also found when they are free:

  • LACMA – general admission is free to LA County residents with proof of residency after 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Abbot Kinney First Fridays – Free
  • Natural History Museum – Free on the first Tuesday of the month, except in July and August
  • La Brea Tarpits – Free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month, except in July and August.
  • Huntington Library and Gardens – Free the first Thursday of every month, but tickets are required in advance

Let’s get cultural!

Xoxo-

Suzanne