I was lucky enough to get a break from the cold weather this Christmas, visiting my younger brother who is stationed in Oahu. When we first started kicking around the idea of visiting Hawaii for the holidays, the first thing I did was compile an extensive list of places where I wanted to eat (#priorities). And while we didn’t get around to every spot on my list, we did hit many of my top picks and they did not disappoint. We stayed in Waikiki so many of the places I’ll mention below were relatively close to our hotel. One last note before we start talking details, my family isn’t big on fine dining, so many of our meals were spent at quick and inexpensive restaurants. Here are a few of my favorite bites from our visit to O’ahu. Leonard’s Bakery 933 Kapahula Ave | Sunday – Thursday 5:30 a.m. – 10…

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I recently had the chance to spend a long weekend in New Orleans for a bachelorette party. It was my first time visiting the city and Mother Nature was on our side with sunny skies and perfect temperatures. Our group had a great time celebrating the bride to be, Becca! Three of us arrived in town one night before the others and we spent our first night in The Saint Hotel, a boutique hotel in The French Quarter. For our second two nights in town, we stayed in a great rental house off of Magazine Street that was full of character and perfect for nine girls. We managed to fit in good amount of sightseeing over the course of just a few days. I’ve included a few of the weekend’s highlights below. Gumbo Shop We arrived into town around dinnertime on Thursday evening, and we decided to check out some classic…

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Our first full day in New York City was probably proof to all of you that we sure know how to pack a lot into one day, and our second day in the city was no different! We (and we by we, I mean Kelsey — I’m horrible at directions) navigated the subway system quite easily with help of Citymapper, a great transit app that makes navigation a breeze in select cities throughout the world. We did both manage to lose our MetroCard at least once, but oh well, you can’t win ’em all. We even managed to do one or two activities that were entirely unrelated to food. Shocking, we know! Take a look below at what we did with our second day in the city. -M Terrace Bagels We started our morning by picking up breakfast at Terrace Bagels to enjoy outside at Prospect Park, the largest public park in Brooklyn. There…

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Last December, right around Christmas time, I tricked Meg into agreeing to go to an Adele concert with me at Madison Square Garden. And by tricked I mean, I asked her if she wanted to see Adele and conveniently left out the fact that the concert was actually in New York. Hehe, sorry Meg! Well about nine months later we finally made the quick trip north. Meg’s wonderful cousin offered us free accommodations in Brooklyn, which gave us a little more money to spend on our food adventures (woho!). I’m an early riser and love to conquer the day when I’m on vacation, and Meg willingly indulged my need to see everything we wanted to see and more. My one regret is that some how we did not eat one sit down meal the entire time we were there — I guess there’s always next time! After getting into New…

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Okay, we’re not actually moving to New York City but Megan and I are finally traveling together, and we’re taking a mini vacay up north this week. I haven’t been to New York in at least five years so I’m extremely excited to see how the city has changed. We’ve started planning a pretty intense Google Map with all of our key points of interest — including Madison Square Garden for the Adele concert on Thursday (yay!). As you can see we’ve got a couple of pretty important categories of food that are a must have during a trip to New York — bagels, pizza and all kinds of sweets. And we will admit, Instagram photos have been extremely helpful in supplementing our restaurant research. Here are a few that have piqued our interest! A photo posted by lauren paige magenta (@laurenmagenta) on Sep 12, 2016 at 5:29am PDT A photo…

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