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Thrilled to share the fun I had on my Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend!
Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Amanda, Shelly and I got to stay at the lovely Delano Hotel above Mandalay Bay.  There’s no casino or smoky lobby.  It’s amazing for those who aren’t big gamblers and have a hard time dealing with smoky hotels.  So nice!  The rooms were spacious, clean and the bed was soft and cozy.  Will definitely stay at Delano again.  Be sure to check them out!

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Our first morning, we ventured off of the strip to breakfast at Skinnyfats.  They have a healthy side menu and a “happy” side, lol!  I loved this place.  We might have ordered everything off of the “happy” side.  Oops.  The Churro Nutella French toast, top left photo was amazing.  Actually everything we ordered was great.  Fun place to try if you are visiting.  It was only about 10 minutes from the strip at the most.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

After some fun shopping we ventured off of the strip again to this SoHo Sushi Burrito shop.  Look at all of that sushi!!  So colorful and pretty.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Another off of the strip MUST visit is “Perfect Scoop.”  Homemade Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Not kidding, this was amazing!  This is the cookie monster macaron and ice cream.  Mmmm 🙂

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Later that evening we were back on the strip to Serendipity 3.  Most of you know Serendipity in NYC, the location in Las Vegas is huge compared to the NYC one.  I enjoy both, but it’s nice having some walk space here in Vegas.  Their menus are different as well.  Look at all of these goodies!!

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Got tickets to see Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay Friday night.  We loved it!  Great music, dancing and Cirque acts.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Saturday morning we took off to downtown Las Vegas where the original casinos started out.  Super cute area.   The Donut Bar….AMAZING.  Make sure you stop here while visiting.  About a 15 minute Taxi or Uber drive and you get these gorgeous donuts 🙂  The Churro Donut Ice Cream Cone is unbelievable.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

After some shopping we had lunch later that afternoon at a gorgeous restaurant in Bellagio Hotel that overlooks the fountains called LAGO.  Everything was stunning.  The bright restaurant, tables by the windows to enjoy the water show and the beautifully prepared food.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

A girl’s weekend isn’t complete without a spa afternoon right?  We made our way to Mandalay Bays beautiful spa for some much needed massages. Loved this!!

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

A lovely dinner with a view!  Dinner at Rivea was so much fun overlooking the strip.  We had drinks at Skyfall Lounge with the same gorgeous views.  My Raspberry Basil Lemonade was fantastic for those of you who don’t drink.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

We had a few places to squeeze in before heading to the airport.  First up was Salted Malted off of the strip.  This was about a 30 minute drive from the strip, but oh my goodness definitely worth it.  A cute retired couple own the shop and make delicious breakfast sandwiches on homemade biscuits not to mention their array of desserts.  This churro ice cream sandwich was a favorite of the morning 🙂  They even have a “Dole Whip” machine.  I sampled it and it tastes EXACTLY like the ones from Disneyland.  Pretty cool.

Las Vegas Girl's Weekend


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Sharing the Best Places To Eat in Arizona with you today! So many favorites, so hold on tight and get ready to make your list of places to try!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Just recently found this breakfast spot a few weeks ago, it’s called Butters Pancakes and Cafe located in Scottsdale.  I’m telling you, some of the best pancakes I’ve had.  This particular one is the Wildberry Pancake stack and it has a vanilla cream layered between the cakes.  One of my favorite pancakes to date.  Can’t wait to go back.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another fun pancake from Butters called the Oreo S’mores.  Hello!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their Cinnamon Roll pancake is stunning and worth an order too.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

I know that Shake Shack technically started in NYC, however I absolutely feel like this is a favorite spot in Arizona now that it is here!  Some of the best tasting burgers around if you ask me.  We visit the Scottsdale Fashion Square location.  The one in the photograph is the Smoke Shack *double* with bacon!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Not only does Shake Shack have amazing burgers, their Chicken Sandwich is one of my all-time favorites as well.  Perfectly tender fried chicken in their signature soft buns.  The pickle, lettuce and mayo….it just works.  Yessss!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Fatty Daddy’s is a newer ice cream shop that specializes in unique homemade ice cream flavors such as fruit loops, lucky charms, chocolate birthday cake and so many more.  Not only that, but they make these awesome Macaron Cookie Cups.  So much fun, this is a great place to visit.  Also located in Scottsdale.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another Fatty Daddy’s creation with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Coconut Macaron.  Whoa.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Stuffrageous in Mesa, has gourmet burgers you can stuff with about any of your favorite toppings.  Check out my Mac and Cheese stuffed burger 🙂 We really enjoyed this place.  Fun to customize your own burger.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another great breakfast spot is Snooze AM.  We usually go to their downtown Gilbert location.  This is their Blueberry Danish Pancake which is by far my absolute favorite!  Their egg scrambles and eggs benedict dishes are amazing as well.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Sauce in Gilbert, Dana Park is a casual spot that makes an unforgettable pizza.  Their salads are out of this world too.  Awesome for lunch!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Sassy’s in Mesa is such a cute cafe in Mesa, not only do they have breakfast and lunch options, their bakery case is to die for.  This peanut butter cookie with chocolate and peanut butter cup topping is my favorite!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another favorite from Sassy’s is this giant chocolate dipped chocolate sandwich cookie.  Fantastic!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

How beautiful is this Sassy’s Belgium Waffle?!  That caramel-like buttermilk syrup should be illegal it’s so good!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale is one of my favorite places to visit.  Not only are their grounds beautiful, their restaurants never fail to impress me.  Proof is so great for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner…and look at that view?!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

We’ve visited on a number of occasions, here’s one of the plates I put together during a weekend brunch.  Swoon!  Fresh fruit, fresh juices, pastries, waffles, pancakes, eggs….you name it, they’ve got it.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Fabulous!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

For lunch or dinner, Proof’s signature burger is out of control.  Top it with an egg and watch the magic happen.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their tomato soup and grilled cheese starter might be one of my favorite things ever.  You’ve got to try it.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their pretzel rolls with spicy cheese sauce…Amanda and I couldn’t stop eating these.  We decided they tasted like buttery croissant pretzels.  So soft and buttery.  Out of control 🙂

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their BBQ rib bites.  An absolute must order.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their banana split….strawberry cake batter ice cream included.  Amazing!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their cereal milkshake…favorite!!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

On a number of occasions, we spend the day at the Four Seasons pool under their cabanas.  Not even kidding that these Carne Asada Nachos top the charts with some of the best nachos around.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Not to be missed is Four Seasons restaurant Talavera.  These buttery soft rolls in a cast iron skillet make everything ok in the world.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Federal Pizza in Phoenix has some of the best pizza in the Valley. Wood fired ovens make for the tastiest pizza crust around!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Mission in Scottsdale is one of our favorite restaurants to visit when looking for a nice date night.  Their food is always spot on.  Their tableside guacamole can’t be beat!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Hello!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Mission’s Street Corn.  A must order.  They’ll cut it off of the cob if you prefer to just enjoy it from a bowl.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their pumpkin bread pudding is so surprising.  Doesn’t sound like much, but wait until you try it with the hot caramel and homemade vanilla ice cream with the soft pudding.  One of my favorite desserts to enjoy.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Mission’s tacos are mind blowing.  Here are the chicken tacos….so perfectly flavorful.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another favorite dessert spot is Le Grand Orange aka “LGO.”  The largest part of the location serves pizza however their bakery case is so beautiful with layered cakes, their signature salted chocolate chip cookie, cupcakes, bars, gelato and so much more.  They also offer homemade English Muffins that will change the way you think about English Muffins forever.  Their breakfast is pretty fantastic too.  Not a whole lot of seating, so plan accordingly.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

We had a lovely stay at The Phonecian last summer in Scottsdale.  Their brunch was stunning and delicious.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Can you even handle their burger?  Pretty amazing!  Relish Burger Bistro is a must!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

We had this do it yourself S’mores brought to the table.  So incredibly fun with the kids!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

A couple Saturdays a month we visit the Gilbert Farmer’s Market.  So many great food trucks.  My favorite is the homemade lemonade from Lunchalibre truck.  So refreshing when it’s so hot in Arizona.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another great Food Truck usually at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market is Mustache Pretzels.  How cute are these?!  Not only so cute, but they’re really good too!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Nordstrom Cafe in Scottsdale Fashion Square has always been one of my favorite places to get lunch and sometimes dinner!  Amazing service, with some of the best soup and salads around…..the cookie is pretty unforgettable too 🙂  All of their baked goods actually.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Nordstrom Cafe Tomato Soup….could eat this every single day.  Don’t even talk about that cookie!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another favorite we enjoy for dinner for date night is St. Francis in Phoenix.  Gorgeous farm to table food, super cool restaurant vibe.  Their signature burger is my favorite!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their appetizers are so lovely.  This hummus, pickled cauliflower and quinoa salad trio with pita bread is so great.

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An inside shot of their burger.  Yum!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Sweet Republic in Scottsdale is an absolute favorite for ice cream.  Look at this sundae!  The Ultimate Sweet R Sundae.  Look at that toasted marshmallow!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their Toffee Banofi Sundae is to die for!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their cookie ice cream sandwich makes my heart sing.  I always get the peanut butter chip inside my cookies.  Oh baby it’s good.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Liberty Market located in Old Town Gilbert is such a great place for dinner and dessert.  Look at these loaded Fingerling Potatoes!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Now, this was a “special” burger of the week…the “Mac and Cheese Burger.”  I have no words.  It was as good as it looks.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Liberty Market’s 6 Alarm Burger.  Fiery hot and amazing!!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Pink Drink from Starbucks!  Amanda and I did this photo shoot with a pink sprinkle donut on top!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Worth Takeaway in downtown Mesa is a gem!  A small but quaint little cafe that serves up a great breakfast menu and beyond tasty lunch options including this Spicy Chicken Sandwich on Ciabatta!  You’ll also find homemade pickles and some of the best caramels made from goat’s milk right by the register.  Try them!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Slickables in Downtown Mesa is a super cute little ice cream shop that specializes in ice cream cookie sandwiches.  You pick out your flavor of cookie and then your flavor of ice cream.  Bonus….not expensive either, great for the whole family 🙂

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Sweet Tooth Fairy in Gilbert has some of the most beautiful and delicious desserts around the Valley.  I mean, look at this Cookie Dough Chocolate Dipped Cookie?!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another Sweet Tooth Fairy adorable sugar cookie.  Love this one!  Their cake bites and cupcakes are equally as great!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Postino’s has a few locations around the Valley.  It’s worth going just for their Bruschetta Board alone.  They’re all amazing!  Love this place.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Smashburger and their Smash Fries!  Had to add them to my list because of these crazy good fries.  We love their burgers and shakes too 🙂

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Fractured Prune in Chandler has some pretty awesome warm baked to order doughnuts.  You choose your glaze and toppings.  So fun!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Churn in Phoenix for some of our favorite homemade ice cream. Their cookies and mint is one of my favorites on the planet 🙂  Amanda and I recently had their salted caramel cookie sandwiched with their madagascar vanilla ice cream.  Crazy amazing!!

Other favorites coming soon not photographed!

Hacienda de Rosa’s in Mesa for great Mexican Food.

The Baked Bear in Scottsdale for extreme Ice Cream Sandwiches with cookies, brownies and doughnuts!

Gadzooks for made to order enchiladas in Phoenix.

Zinburger in Gilbert and Scottsdale for gourmet burgers, salads and creative milkshakes

Our list is always growing, would love to hear your favorites around the Valley! 

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The Best Places To Eat In Arizona


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So excited to share my stay at The Magnolia House in Texas from a couple months ago. What a dream!
My Stay at The Magnolia House

Left Top Row: Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Sarah of Pretty Providence, Me, Kristen of Six Sister’s Stuff, Kristyn of Lil Luna, Jennifer of Tater Tots and Jello.
Left Bottom Row: Kelli of Lolly Jane and Kristen of Capturing Joy.

Had the best weekend with these talented ladies.  We were lucky enough to be able to stay in The Magnolia House which is next to impossible to get a reservation.  I soaked in every second in this beautiful home and weekend!
My Stay at The Magnolia House

If you are a Fixer Upper fan, you know that Joanna Gaines has impeccable taste.  There was no detail left undone.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This little sitting area was near the front door.  Love!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Charming little living room area.  I need to find this chandelier 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This bathroom was so gorgeous.  I’ve got to get this tile, so pretty!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Bathtub area on the first floor.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This reading nook on the first floor was one of my favorites, perfect.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The kitchen was lovely.  They had pastries for us in the morning we heated up in the oven.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The dining room table perfectly set.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This centerpiece!!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The kitchen shelves, love this look.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Here’s the other side across from the sink.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

How dreamy is this bedroom?!  I got to sleep in this one.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

A corner in the dreamy bedroom 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The upstairs bedroom.  Can you even handle this canopy bed?!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

One of the corners in a downstairs bedroom.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

We were all so excited to go shopping at Magnolia Market.  If you’ve been to Disneyland on it’s busiest day, times that by two and that’s what it was like inside, lol!  Not even kidding.  It was hard to even shop there were so many people around.  I still had fun, but good grief there were zillions of people!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

On the rooftop of the Market.  We were lucky enough to get a private tour and got to check out the view from the rooftop.  This is such a great place for families.  Wish it were closer to AZ!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Rooftop picture with my girls 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Picture of the giant Silos from the rooftop.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

More rooftop pics.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Inside of the market.  I really enjoyed the goodies for sale.  It was just so frustrating because I had no room to ship anything.  Oh well, it was fun to window shop 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

We also got to meet this adorable couple that owns this Pokey-O Cookie Truck.  These ice cream cookie sandwiches were a highlight of the trip for sure!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Snickerdoodle Cookies with Butterfinger Ice Cream.  Whoa!!!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Another highlight was getting to meet Clint and his wife at their shop.  Harper and Co.  Great times!

So grateful I got to spend time with these ladies at the Magnolia House.


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Sharing a New York City Weekend For Foodies today! It’s no secret that NYC is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. Everything about it just makes me so happy. The food, the views, the energy. It’s contagious. Had a blast putting together my favorite eats over the last few years. Hope you enjoy!

If you are looking an amazing car service to get around NYC I highly recommend Blacklane.  My husband and I had the best experience using their service to and from the airport.  If you need chauffeur service, they’ve got that too.  We were really impressed.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

When I saw these gorgeous Rainbow Bagels on Instagram, I knew I had to hunt them down.  Amanda and I took the subway to Brooklyn, found The Bagel Store and enjoyed these colorful gems. So fun to photograph too!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

One of my newest discoveries are these Nutella Stuffed Churros from Boqueria.  I also spotted these on Instagram and while I was in town with my husband last month hunted the little restaurant down.  You should know, Boqueria is a small plates/tapas restaurant, they sell cheese and wine…..and these churros.  We only ordered the churros and oh my goodness I am hooked for life!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

One of my favorite stays in NYC has hands down been Waldorf Astoria Towers.  This hotel had so much charm, I could hardly stand it.  I enjoyed some of their red velvet cupcakes last month with my husband 🙂  Wait until you see their Sunday Brunch a few pictures down.

I have to give a huge shout out to Matt Bernson Shoes.  I wore my Matt Bernson Colt boots all day last month with my husband.  We tracked it and we walked 11 miles that day.  These boots were so comfortable and I couldn’t have been happier with them.  Check out Matt Bernson next time you are in the city and online!  One of my very favorite shoe brands.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

This ice cream cone from Emack and Bolio’s is about the coolest cone around.  They literally add crispie treats of all kinds to their waffle cones.  Plus the ice cream is all homemade and absolutely delicious.  I believe I got the S’moreo.  Yum!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

10 Below Ice Cream makes gorgeous rolled ice cream creations as you can see are drop dead gorgeous.  You get to watch them prepare your ice cream on a frozen slat and roll it right up.  Really enjoyed this one.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Max Brenner has been a long time favorite.  From their crazy waffles, amazing milkshakes to this make your own chocolate layered cake.  I always recommend a Max Brenner experience while in NYC.  Not photo’d here, but you HAVE to order the 80’s milkshake.  A homemade magic shell on top….to die for.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Dominique Ansel Bakery is also a must visit.  This Frozen S’more on a stick is so much fun.  They also have the famous cookie shots….that I still haven’t had yet and they’re home of the delicious Cronut!  Check em’ out.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Ramen.co has this Ramen Burger that was so crazy good you just have to try it yourself!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Space Market by NYU has the most amazing bagel sandwiches.  It’s like a cute little market where you can grocery shop, but they have a sandwich area you can place an order through dinnertime.  Amanda and I ordered this egg, cheese, avocado and bacon bagel.  Amazing!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Black Tap has taken the internet by storm with their gorgeous milkshakes.  Have you seen anything more beautiful?!  We’ve got their Cookie Milkshake, Birthday Cake, Sweet and Salty and Cotton Candy.  Be prepared to have quite a line waiting to get into their restaurant.  Line up before they open, that’s going to be your best bet.  Good luck!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Black Tap also offers some of the best burgers I’ve ever had.  This Pizza Burger had us all drooling!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Sarabeth’s is a beautiful place to enjoy breakfast.  Right across from Central Park, it’s quite magical.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Levain Bakery is one of those places where your cookie dreams come true.  Not even kidding.  Their chocolate peanut butter chip is the best cookie I’ve ever had.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Hands down, best chocolate dipped cone in the city.  Plus, it’s close to the Friend’s building and amazing walking around through Greenwich Village.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Del Frisco’s Grille knocked our socks off with their gorgeous cheeseburger, fries and appetizers.  What a fun place, I highly recommend this one!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Boulton and Watt is a new to me location that literally blew me away.  We went for brunch and stayed for these cutie pie Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cones.  To die for!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Another Boulton and Watt favorite was this baked grits with chorizo and pouched egg on top.  Can’t wait to visit here again.  Such a great restaurant.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

You kind of HAVE to get a NYC black and white cookie.  Found this one while walking through China Town 🙂

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Eggloo is a new ice cream shop that opened up February 2016.  I was so happy to get to try it last month.  Soft crispy warm waffle cone with your choice of ice cream and toppings.  Really fun!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Chelsea Market is home to so many great restaurants.  I highly recommend Creamline.  Amazing burgers, milkshakes and not even kidding the best fried Oreo’s I’ve ever had.  Other things to not miss in Chelsea Market, the street tacos at Los Tacos no 1, Amy’s Bread has the best Yellow Cake with Pink Frosting around, Fat Witch Brownies and Eleni’s for baked goods.  Such a great place to visit, it’s a must every time if you ask me 🙂

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Waffles and Dinges Food Truck is not to be missed.  Can’t even handle this Nutella and Ice Cream topped Belgian Waffle!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

The Waldorf Astoria has the most beautiful Sunday Brunch I have ever experienced.  Gorgeous food choices presented and served by the chef’s dressed in their whites. This is something you’ve got to experience at some point.  I’ll never forget this dining experience and hope to go back.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

My husband and I were walking through Tribeca and came up on this adorable bakery, cafe called Maman.  They’ve got all kinds of beautiful food choices, but we sampled their homemade Oreo Cookies.  So glad we did.  These were amazing!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Another beauty from Space Market.  Chose a Turkey, cheese, tomato, lettuce and red pepper bagel sandwich.  You can’t go wrong at Space Market!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Laconda Verde has a beautiful Brunch.  Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and gorgeous goat cheese zucchini fritatta.  Great choice for brunch.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Sugar and Plumm is the most adorable bakery and cafe.  This French Toast Stack was a huge hit.  Love it here.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Treat House some adorable rice krispie treats!  Such a cute place to visit for some sweet treats.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Parm is this adorable little Italian restaurant I visited a few years ago with Amanda.  Their Chicken Parmesan was out of this world.  Fun place to visit in Little Italy.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Serendipity 3 is also a must visit.  Go for dinner and stay for their favorite Frozen Hot Chocolate!  I re-created my own Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe.  Click HERE.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Magnolia Bakery is an adorable bakery, fun to visit and sample all of their delicious cupcakes and baked goods.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

There is no better doughnuts than Doughnut Plant.  Don’t miss these bad boys.  My favorite it the Creme Brûlée.

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NYC Weekend For Foodies


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Sharing my Girl’s Weekend in Chicago with you today!
Girl's Weekend in Chicago

For the last 5 years or so I’ve been to all of the BlogHer Food cities.  Over the years, I don’t necessarily attend the conference sessions, but meet my girlfriends to sightsee around the city.  This weekend did NOT disappoint in Chicago.  Hands down one of my favorite cities to visit.  Photo, Left: Kristan, Shelly, Amanda and me.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Boarded my plane before the sun rose early Thursday morning headed to meet my friends.  Chicago was chilly that weekend, so lots of jackets, boots and pants!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Photo via Omni Hotel

Took a cab to the Omni Hotel right in the city.  I don’t know how they do it, but the man who helped me into the hotel with my luggage said “Welcome Mrs. Flake.”  I didn’t even tell them I was on my way, ha!  Still a mystery.  They are great!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

The Omni hotel is always amazing to us.  We stayed in a beautiful suite on the 17th floor that overlooked the busy Chicago streets.  I always look forward to sleeping in their dreamy comfortable beds.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

After all of the girls arrived we walked over to XOCO quick service restaurant for some Torta’s and most importantly churros with chocolate dipping sauce.  Everything was amazing.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Photo via the Doughnut Vault

The next morning we made our way to the Doughnut Vault that we’ve heard so much about.  A small little shop inside a business building, but how adorable?

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Let’s just get a few things straight, if there are a number of good doughnut shops around in a new city…..the food bloggers will find them.  There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of doughnuts to choose from, but we did get one of every variety they had.  They were all delicious.  Sampled edges of each, ha!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Up next was Do-Rite Donuts.  We got at least a dozen of their donuts and these were hands down my favorite donuts of the weekend.  The old fashioned cake donuts.  Amazing!!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that after the doughnuts we went to Wildberry for breakfast, lol!  Shared some eggs and enjoyed the brisk Chicago air.  After breakfast, we walked over the the Giant Bean and took some tourist-y pictures as everyone at the bean does 🙂

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

We headed over the the BlogHer Food Conference center to see some of our blogging friends.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Got to chit chat with lots of our food blogging friends that afternoon.  It was great.  Here’s Shelly and I with Liz.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

One of the highlights of the weekend was spontaneously getting tickets to see Janet Jackson in concert!!  No words can describe how much fun it was.  We sang and danced all night to mostly her older 80’s/90’s hits.  Her back up dancers still have my mind blown.  Some of the best dancers I’ve seen.  Even two adorable 12 year old girls that kept up with the adults!  Amazing!  Such a fun night.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday morning we made our way to The Bongo Room for breakfast.  Take a look at the giant Chocolate French Toast Tower?  How beautiful!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Later that morning we HAD to stop in to Jeni’s Ice Cream.  Amanda and I shared this beauty!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday evening we ventured over to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. for their famous Pizza Pot Pie!  Can you even handle this?  It truly was as good as it looks.  This little restaurant is so fun and quirky.  You walk in to put your name in  and they don’t write your name down, they just memorize your face and come get you when your table is ready.  Note that it’s cash only too.  This is a MUST if you are headed to the city.  Click the link below to see how they serve the pizza pot pie.

Pizza Pot Pie Video!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday night Amanda and I made one last doughnut run to Firecakes.  They were delicious, but I have to say Do-Rite was the winner in my book.

So much fun in Chicago.  Can’t wait to go back in the near future!

Disclosure:  Omni hosted our stay at the hotel, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Thrilled to share my Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl’s Trip with you today. The hotel, the food, the shows, the shopping….when can I go back?

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Top Row left: Lauren, Shawn, Shelly and Amanda.  Bottom Row left: Kristan, Angie, Stephanie and Jenny.

Last weekend was pretty epic.  The Four Seasons, Las Vegas, these amazing girls, THE FOOD, the shopping, shows…so many great memories it’s hard to know where to even begin!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Photo via Four Seasons

Since Las Vegas isn’t horribly far from Arizona I decided to drive since I had all of our gift bags, seemed like an easier option.  It was like a breath of fresh air pulling up to this gorgeous driveway.  Sure didn’t feel like the crazy Vegas strip 🙂

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Photo via Four Seasons

Our rooms were beautiful!  Here’s a great photo from the Four Seasons, Las Vegas website.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

We had these beautiful chocolate drizzled cake pops waiting for us with a personalized card.  Love!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

So many amazing brands sent us goodies to enjoy for our weekend.  In the photo here are Tieks, Petunia Pickle Bottom and P.J. Salvage.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Obsessed with our matching jewelry from Lulu Frost, Loren Hope and Miranda Frye!  Matchers!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

For the love of Tieks!  By far my favorite travel shoe.  Look at all of our fun colors!  Yay for Tieks.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

So in love with my Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote.  I use them for daily errands not to mention it’s my favorite pool bag!  How adorable are these Woven Pear socks?  Obsessed with my new MZ Wallace bag too.  Felt so spoiled!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Amanda and I ready for our first day in Vegas!  It’s always so fun when we get together 🙂

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

We headed for breakfast at Hash House a Go Go at the LINQ Hotel….is this real life?!  Their portions aren’t ginormous or anything.  Lol!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

After breakfast we had a major shopping day at Fashion Show Mall.  Huge thanks to Sabra Hummus and Fashion Show Mall for the gift cards!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Quick snacks from The Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay Hotel.  AMAZING french fries and shakes!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

So….this happened!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Friday night was so much fun.  Sang and danced the whole night to all of our favorites from Britney.  The show was awesome!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

 

Photo via Four Seasons

The next morning we had brunch at Four Season’s Veranda.  How amazing is their outside patio area.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Here’s a shot of one of my many plates, lol!  The custom doughnuts, pastries, fruit…all of it.  Gimme!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Photo via Four Seasons

After breakfast, we spend the next couple hours at The Four Seasons gorgeous pool.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

We even had our own private cabana.  Heaven.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

You know we ordered poolside nachos and french fries, lol!  Yes, these were amazing!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Later that afternoon we did some souvenir shopping for the kids at New York New York Hotel.  Kristan and I with our fun MZ Wallace Bags.  Ours are the large Sutton bags in clay and Magnet.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Our fun MZ Wallace Bags!  These colors!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Giant cookies from Hershey’s Chocolate World in New York New York Hotel 🙂

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Later that afternoon, it was back to Four Seasons for small plates and drinks at PRESS.  We had so much fun munching on these fabulous plates together.  It was all just as amazing as it looked!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Later that night, before going to “O” Cirque du Soleil, we did a little shopping at the Bellagio.  Stephanie and I with our Chanel bags 🙂

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

Ready for the show to start!  We loved it.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

After the show we had a massive dessert party with Retro Bakery goodies.  Her cupcakes and cookies are like no other!  So fun!

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

PJ/dessert party in our matching P.J. Salvage Jelly Bean flannels 🙂

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl's Trip

I almost shed a tear having to leave the beautiful Four Seasons Las, Vegas.  The service is impeccable and you are in your own little oasis that feels nothing like your typical Las Vegas strip hotel.  I can hardly wait to visit again.

Huge thanks to these amazing brands who made our trip so special: Four Seasons Las Vegas, Sabra Hummus, Petunia Pickle Bottom, MZ Wallace, Tieks, Lulu Frost, Loren Hope, Miranda Frye Jewelry, Minted.com, Tokyo Milk, Hello Apparel, Bella Cotton Candy Maker, P.J. Salvage, KitchenAid, Retro Bakery, Tillamook, Nestle, Planters, Bon Apetit Pizza and Martha White.


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Sharing our weekend at the Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona. So happy to beat this Arizona heat in their gorgeous pools and restaurants!

The Phoenician

With the kids having such a short summer we decided to do a really fun “staycation” at The Phoenician Resort instead of heading to California like the rest of Arizona does 🙂 We walked outside of the resort after checking in to see this beautiful view.  Took my breath away knowing we get to play here for the weekend.  Many people asked if it’s a good place to take the kids.  My answer, yes it is!  So many beautiful pools to choose from.  A fun waterslide and splashed that my kids loved.

The Phoenician

We loved the Flight of The Phoenix demonstration where you learn about beautiful Arizona birds.  Pax was obsessed with this beautiful own named Archimedes.  The boys also loved the Koi Fish Feeding where the giant Koi fish would flock.  Quite a fun sight.  So many other activities to choose from too, really something for everyone.

You can find The Phoenician on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Phoenician

Photos via The Phoenician

Their rooms are clean, classy and beautiful with lovely views. Huge bathroom with a great tub.

The Phoenician

After we unpacked our bags, we strolled over to Relish Burger Bistro.  I was really excited to try this with the family.

The Phoenician

My oldest son ordered this Orange Float….it was amazing.  I ordered that delicious wedge salad loaded with blue cheese and bacon.

The Phoenician

My husband ordered the Cobb Burger on a Whole Wheat Bun and I ordered the Cowboy Burger on the Right on a Brioche Bun.  Oh my goodness you guys, these burgers were amazing….and look at that presentation?!  A+ 🙂

The Phoenician

The highlight of our dinner was definitely the do it yourself s’mores brought right to the table.  I mean, how fun is that?!  The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever…and so did I, lol!

The Phoenician

Poor Pax was not happy he didn’t get a skewer, ha!  Don’t worry, he got plenty of marshmallows to snack on.

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What a treat to enjoy a pool day in one of the Phoenician Cabanas stocked with cold drinks, sunscreen and an Evian mister! (my boy’s favorite)  Felt spoiled for sure.

The Phoenician

We spent lots of time at the splash pad area with the kids.  Pax loved this big water gun 🙂

The Phoenician

Always good times on a waterslide when it comes to my boys.  Pax even loved going down on dad’s lap.

The Phoenician

More beautiful pool views and snacks.  All delicious!

The Phoenician

Sunday brunch was out of this world at Il Terrazzo.  So much beautiful food to choose from.

The Phoenician

Everywhere I walked there was beautifully prepared dishes for the taking.  Yogurt parfaits, fresh green juice shots, waffles, omelet bar, hot casseroles with bacon, sausage and potatoes.  Seriously the list goes on and on.  I was so frustrated when I was full, because I wanted to try everything, lol!

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Two of my many plates.

The Phoenician

Another highlight for us is The Phoenician Ice Cream Parlor and Cafe.  We visited often.  Breakfast, lunch, pastries and ice cream.  Can’t beat that!

The Phoenician

Pax was so excited for his Mint and Chip Ice Cream Cone.

The Phoenician

So many amazing memories were made at The Phoenician.  So happy to have spent the weekend with my family.  Looking forward to planning another visit in the future.

Disclosure:  This post is in partnership with The Phoenician, however thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 


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So excited to share my time at Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona for my sister retreat!  There’s nothing like the warm AZ desert and sunshine at this resort!
Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Hands down one of my favorite places to visit is the gorgeous Four Seasons Scottsdale.  The lush colorful desert landscape, beautiful resort grounds, relaxing pools and fabulous restaurants make for the perfect getaway.  I look forward to every time I have a trip planned here.

My sister and I had our first stay last year and were so excited to come back this year.  See our trip last year HERE.

We had a count down going over a month before our trip, lol!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Can you tell we were excited?

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

We started our stay with dinner at Talavera.  Can you even handle these buttery hot rolls?  They are literally even better than they look if that is possible.  Still dreaming about them.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

The sea bass was out of this world as was everything we ordered.  The lobster mac was ridiculous in the best way possible.  Chef Mel at Talavera spoiled us rotten with the amazing food we enjoyed.  Loved every minute of it.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

This pool!!!  Took a sunset walk around the resort.  So colorful.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

One of the highlights of our trip is always hanging at the pool in our favorite cabana.  Most relaxing place ever.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Such fun things to order poolside.  These carne asada nachos have my heart.  Amazing!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Love.  The “No-jito” drink.  All the mojito, no alcohol 🙂  Minty and fantastic.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Mint ice cream sandwiches YES and YES!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

We had a fun night shopping and got matching Kendra Scott rings.  Love!!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Dinner at Proof Restaurant is always a highlight for me!  We had so many delicious dishes…mmm!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

On our last morning we did a great morning yoga class on Global Wellness Day.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

One last breakfast at Proof before heading home.  Nothing but the best memories this weekend.  So happy to spend so much fun time with my sister.  Can’t wait until we can go back!

Disclosure: Four Season hosted part of our weekend, however thoughts are my own.


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