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Elisa's Trip Calendar for Sicily, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Montreal and Pacific Northwest
Happy Sunday All! So sorry I was MIA yesterday. I was out and about quite early running errands and doing some projects around the house and the day just got away from me. Then I decided I'd just take the day off.
I hope you didn't miss me too much ;-)
Have you been following Tanya's Las Vegas trip? Well, she's been taking some lots of foodie pics, which look totally yummy to me! Looks like she found a new vegan foodie destination in Las Vegas that will be added to our Vegan Resource Guide - it's called Vegan Bites.
I just love that we can offer our followers an easy to navigate resource with all of the places we visit, Of course, our deep apologies that there are more that need to be added than are currently on the pages - oops - not enough hours in the day.
But, I'll be getting this project soon enough. My plan is to add about 50 more great Vegan eateries and vegan online food resources within the next week. Hang tight, we Travelin' Cousins are moving as quickly as we can!!!
I sure hope you guys are following us on Instagram (@travelincousins) to see our photos and videos live and as they happen!
In travel news...
I spent quite a bit of time yesterday researching, reading and putting together rough itineraries for our Cousins "Taste of Sicily" trip in June-July 2019.
The challenge is that because we are dealing with a short time frame for our trip and want to see EVERYTHING - we need to narrow down our sightseeing to fit within our visit. For Elisa and Tanya - this is no easy feat because we would both go round the clock to see it all!
Of course, we will be our kids so that would probably not be completely possible anyway. I sent Tanya 3 possible itineraries that I thought might work. I did my best to focus on three main provinces and their surrounding areas --
Palermo, Taormina and Siracusa. However, that could all change lol once Tanya and I chat by phone when she is back from Las Vegas.
Then, I got preoccupied because I began to make a list of some weekend road trips close to home that I want to get on my calendar. Here they are:
They are pretty much in timing order. Most of my time was spent researching Pittsburgh. I put together a little itinerary and I was thinking that this might be fun to visit in August.
I did a blog post a few years back that featured Pittsburgh - check it out:
U.S. Cities You've Never Thought About Visiting - Pittsburgh, St. Augustine, Milwaukee & Reno read more
As far as Washington D.C. is concerned, I am hoping to make this a reality for Spring 2019 and be there for the Cherry Blossom Festival somewhere between Mar 21, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019.
Kelsey loves American history and our last visit to D.C., my girl was very young, so I think should would truly enjoy it this time!
Gianna was not as keen, but, perhaps she will come around.
Montreal will have to be in 2020 - I would love to visit in the winter!! I'm going to sit with my girls and see what they think.
And last but not least, my much anticipated Pacific Northwest road trip will need to be 2020 as well. I was thinking perhaps making it a long one during the summer!!
In doing some research, I came across a wonderful blog site -
A Passion and a Passport - absolutely love it. Jessica Kay, the founder, put together a great itinerary for travel from San Francisco to Seattle. I'm considering following it, with a few minor adjustments:
San Francisco to Seattle Road Trip Itinerary Overview
Stop 1: San Francisco, California (2-3 days)
Stop 2: Wine Country: Napa/Sonoma (1-2 days)
Stop 3: Mendocino/Fort Bragg (1 day)
Stop 4: Lassen/Mt. Shasta (2 days)
Stop 5: Redwood National Park (1-2 days)
Stop 6: Crater Lake (2 days)
Stop 7: Coos Bay / Southern Oregon Coast (1 day)
Stop 8: Cannon Beach / Northern Oregon Coast (1 day)
Stop 9: Portland (2-3 days)
Stop 10: Mt. Hood (1 day)
Stop 11: Mount Rainier (1-2 days)
Stop 12: Seattle (2-3 days)
I cannot contain myself thinking about all me and the girls would see!!!
It's time for a travel meeting lol with my girls. Let's see what they think.
Ok - gotta get going here - I'm starving!
Have a great Sunday!!
Hello and welcome back to our little blog!
I'm still coming at ya from all the glitter, glitz and neon lights of Las Vegas.
We are having a lovely little time here and as usual filling out tums with some of the yummy vegan offerings that Vegas now has. This city has pretty much become lined with vegan menus and vegan options.
This definitely was not the case several years ago when it was tough for find anything vegan on the strip and what you would find was always a bit of a drive away fro all the fun.
Being that you generally come to Vegas for fun, it become a hassle to get hungry and then have to fetch you car or a taxi and go find the elusive vegan eats. In addition to being a hassle, it was also quite time consuming.
Well the good...make that the great news is that Vegan food has officially arrived in Vegas and it has quickly made a name for itself. Both on and off the strip. With new places popping up all of the time, that it's kinda at the point where it's become difficult to keep up!
But being the foodies that we are, we definitely give it a go and try as much as we can.
With that being said, a friend of mine happened to ask "What are you doing in Vegas again?" (As you may of may not recall, I was just here at the beginning of November - before going to China).
My answer was "Shows, Shopping, and Dining" I think those are generally always the reasons I come to Vegas. I'm no longer much of a gambler - An Underage Gambler!
These were our food choices for Saturday - The Modern Vegan
Which has a humungous menu that would take weeks to go through and a place that my hopes and expectations were set very high for.
Once you take a look at the menu, I'm sure that you'll be curious to try a few things yourself. lol Just make sure you go hungry!!
After this meal we were full for most the rest of the day.
Luckily shopping was next on our list...as we headed over to the Fashion Show Mall
And it seemed that we arrived just in time to catch the- “Believe in the Magic” Holiday Show at The Great Hall
It was fun and festive. Plus I really love unexpected little surprises like this!
The three of us then bopped in and out of the shops but sadly didn't really find anything that we felt the need or desire to buy.
And as we shopped and strolled all around the mall, my dear Dave had decided to take a break and opted to rest. It was his nap time, and the thing that he seemed most excited to do. LOL
Meanwhile for us it was one of those weird shopping days that do happen every once in a blue moon. But not to worry because we are hitting the stores again today and with hopefully more luck!!
The evening was filled with going to see the MJ LIVE (Michael Jackson impersonator) show, which was quite entertaining!
Santana Jackson who portrays MJ did a fine job and had so much energy that it was most difficult to get a clear picture of him in action!!
Then we were off to a most DELICIOUS dinner at Chef Kenny's - which very quickly became one of my favorite foodie stops!
Vegan Sushi and a full vegan Asian menu. The food was really most excellent.
As founder of VeganFoodgasms - I award them
THE BEST VEGAN SUSHI in the USA!
Chef Kenny's is most definitely going to be added to our Vegan Directory and I know for a fact that we will be back time and time again because I really can't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed this meal...
I'm just gonna sit here drooling as I share these pictures with you.
I guess I totally forgot to take a picture of our Hawaii Roll. Whoops.
All this food has of course made me hungry. Well I guess that and the fact that I haven't had breakfast yet. So I'm gonna go find more yummy eats and treats to share with you tomorrow!