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No trip to Kansas City is complete without trying some famous Kansas City barbecue, and we have made it one of our missions in life to sample that barbecue for you.  It’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make.  This summer we made a stop at Jack Stack Barbecue at the Country Club Plaza, or The Plaza, as the locals call it.  We were hoping to sample some of Kansas City’s best barbecue, and we were not disappointed!  We’d like to thank @visitkc for sponsoring our visit. Eating at Jack Stack After a day of sight-seeing, we were definitely ready for dinner.  I would recommend going online and making a reservation on Open Table to cut down on your wait time.  We wanted to try some barbecue, and we wanted to shop on the Plaza, so Jack Stack made perfect sense.  We made a reservation for 7:00 p.m.  The Plaza was…

I’d like to thank @visitkc and Westin Kansas City Crown Center for sponsoring parts of our trip.  As always, all opinions are honest and our own. #HoWeDoKC If you’re planning a trip to Kansas City for your family, Crown Center should definitely be on your radar.  This complex is an amazing collection of attractions, shopping, restaurants, and lodging that you won’t want to miss.  You’ll also want to check out some of the worthwhile attractions nearby, so hang on tight.  I’ll explain what you need to know to have a great trip! First, I’ll give you a little background.  We planned a quick two-night trip in July, so our choices reflect our desire to explore while avoiding the summer heat.  Also, though it’s our family’s policy to “take turns” when choosing activities that may not appeal to everyone equally, we did focus on mostly family-friendly activities, although Kristin is no stranger…

I love going to Walt Disney World. It’s no secret; I love the all the little details and the exceptional entertainment. My husband has also become a Disney fan, and my daughter Kristin is still talking about our most recent trip. One of the best experiences at Disney is character dining. Food plus characters? Sign me up! For our last visit, we did some resort hopping so that we could experience Disney in new ways. One of those resorts was Disney’s Boardwalk. On the day we planned to move to Bay Lake Tower, I made an ADR (advanced dining reservation) for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, a restaurant located on the Boardwalk. We slept in a little later since we’d been doing rope drops, and then we packed the car. After we’d checked out, we made our way outside to the restaurant. If you’d like to…

A couple of years ago, a fellow English teacher and road tripper from a nearby school district posted pictures about her trip to Charleston on Facebook.  Ever since I saw the pictures of Kayla’s trip with her family, I knew I wanted to go.  One place she highlighted really caught my eye–Poe’s Tavern.  I teach an Edgar Allan Poe story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” to sophomores every year.  One year I even taught “The Cask of Amontillado” to freshman.  This may make me a nerd, but I also have an Edgar Allan Poe action figure that I take out when it’s time to do these stories.  The English teacher next door, my teacher bestie Rachael, celebrates Poe with a special day of food and films every year.  Visiting Poe’s Tavern just seemed right. Some Background Since we drive to Walt Disney World, I try to find places of…

If you are looking for a great way to meet Disney princesses without waiting in long lines or using your FastPasses, then you should consider booking a character meal like the one at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavillion at Epcot.  This is also a cheaper option if you don’t want to spend the extra money or use two dining credits at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle at the Magic Kingdom.  Cinderella’s Royal Table is an amazing experience that I think everyone should try once, though. Click here to read about our experience there.  Anyway, we decided to try Akershus for our daughter’s first princess character meal, and I am so glad we did!  We have some wonderful pictures and memories now. Getting to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall We decided to do breakfast for our meal at Akershus, and we opted to go at opening so that the…

Thank you to Mel’s Hard Luck Diner in Branson, Missouri, for sponsoring this post.  As usual, all opinions are honest and my own. Branson, Missouri, is known for music shows along the main strip and family fun.  What if you could eat somewhere that also combined the best of Branson?  Mel’s Hard Luck Diner does just that!  Not only will you find yummy treats, you will also be treated with musical entertainment. After a busy morning on our recent trip to Branson, we needed to refuel.  We decided to stop for some classic diner food at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner located in the Grand Village Shopping Center on the 76 strip. Once you pull in, Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is towards the front and to the far right of the complex. It is right across the lane from Kringles’ Christmas Shop, which is a pretty large store that you can’t really…

Why Eat at the Pirates’ House? When I began researching what to do in Savannah, I stumbled across a great little restaurant–The Pirates’ House.  We love to try unusual dining opportunities, and we’re not alone!  One of my favorite blogs, Minivan Adventures, shares my love of trying out fun places to eat.  Anyway, as soon as I saw pictures of this place, I knew we had to try it! Eating Lunch at the Pirates’ House As soon as we pulled into town, we headed straight for the restaurant.  Time for lunch! We decided to have lunch here since it’s not as expensive as dinner.  The prices for lunch were really reasonable; they were similar to casual chain table service places.  When we arrived, we were told we had about a 15 minute wait, so we headed upstairs to the gift shop where we saw this guy: We bought a magnet, and…

Since this year we were at the World for my birthday, there was only one place I wanted to have my birthday dinner–Cinderella’s Royal Table.  I have been dreaming about it for awhile, and when it was time to make my ADRs, I was ready. The only problem was when I logged into my account on my day, there wasn’t any availability.  I knew that in the past this place was hard to get, but in recent years this seemed easier to get.  I was bummed until I read on the DISBoards that they were not opening up reservations yet for some reason.  So when they did open up, I got a reservation at a great time–6:30 p.m. Kristin decided to wear her Elsa dress, so we got her ready in the room and then headed over.  I wanted to leave in plenty of time, and we did.  We…

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