Friday, August 29, 2014

Fun Food Fridays: Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Oahu

If you love garlic shrimp, Giovanni's Shrimp Truck on the North Shore of Oahu is a must-stop.  It's hard to miss the locations in Haleiwa and Kahuku - just look for the long line-ups!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Huelo Smoothies



The Hana Highway on the island of Maui, is full of twists, turns and beautiful scenery.  But one of our favorite highlights was stopping for delicious, fresh smoothies and homemade banana bread along the way at the Huelo Lookout Fruit Stand.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New bike-share for kids in Paris!

Source: http://blog.velib.paris.fr/en/ptit-velib/
How fun is this?  A new bike-share program for kids launched earlier this summer in Paris, France.

P'tit Vélib' offers a variety of bikes suitable for children from 2 to 8 years of age for rent in several green and/or pedestrian areas in Paris.  Helmets are also provided!

Prices vary by rental location but range from 4-6€ per hour (or 10-15€ per day).


Have you tried Paris' new bike-share program for kids?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Mickey Mouse Waffles

Though I wasn't super-impressed with our Disney cruise, it was hard not to love these adorable Mickey waffles at the breakfast buffet.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Awesome Travel Games: Imagine I Can games by Manhattan Toys

Image source: www.manhattantoys.com
Since we travel so regularly, I’m always on the lookout for fun games and toys that are a) inexpensive and b) compact to take along on our travels.  So I was thrilled to find the Imagine I Can tinned games by Manhattan Toys.

Manhattan Toys have created a clever and cute series of games and toys for ages 3 and up which pack away in their own tins. My favorites are the most compact games, priced at about $6 each depending on the retailer.  Just slightly larger than a deck of cards, these games are perfect for traveling!

B and I have been enjoying the Catch a Pirate game and instructions are provided for standard play and modified play for beginning players.

With little pieces, these games aren't particularly well-suited for play in the car or on an airplane (I wouldn’t want to crawl under my airplane seat each time a piece is dropped!) but they are just the right size for packing in your carry-on for keeping busy at the airport, on a cruise ship or in a hotel room.

Where to buy:
www.manhattantoy.com
www.mastermindtoys.com

Fun Food Friday: Spam Nuts

As a kid, I can remember my Mom cutting up Spam into thin slices and pan-frying it with brown sugar for breakfast, but it's something I haven't eaten in decades.  Visiting Hawaii, it is interesting to see how Spam has become part of the cuisine, with everything from Spam musabi to Spam fried rice appearing on menus. These Spam-flavored macadamia nuts seemed like the perfect Hawaiian souvenir!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Key West Conch Fritters

Conch fritters are a can't miss treat when visiting Key West.  B and I loved these ones from the conch fritters stand just outside the Aquarium.  The key lime mustard dipping sauce was phenomenal!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Giant Apple Pie

If the movie Jerry McGuire had been about dessert rather than sports, perhaps Renée Zellweger's memorable line would have been "You had me at pie".  That is exactly what came into my mind when we were offered a slice on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise.  Apple pie can be hard to get just right but it was delicious!