Disney Springs | What’s New for 2017

Disney Springs fence

Remember the whirlwind that was Disney Springs last year? While this year seems to be a bit less massive for the “fifth gate”, there’s still plenty of new things going on. From delicious dining to an aerial makeover, here’s what’s new at Disney Springs in 2017 – and what’s still coming! When it comes to Disney Springs, there’s constant additions and changes every time I turn around – and that’s a good thing! Last year we saw the addition of a higher-end shopping area, parking garages, and delicious restaurants and…

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

Omni Bedford Springs Balcony

Romance is alive and well this Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to announce! Mr. Locke and I love celebrating the holiday together and adore the love-filled day just as much when The Kid is involved. There are occasions, however,  when the two of us celebrate together or The Kid spends the night at a family member’s house leaving us to our romantic revelry. Yes, I used the word revelry. Don’t judge. If you’re anywhere in the Pittsburgh area on the top romantic holiday of the year, here’s our recommendations for top…

Eating My Way Around Northern Indiana Part 5: Randolph and Jay Counties

Lil Bistro Cucumber

Getting to know a state through its foodie options is my idea of a perfect road trip! The Kid and I hit the road in late spring and headed west to check out some popular food offerings in Northern Indiana compliments of Indiana Foodways Alliance. They set up the itinerary, we plugged in the GPS- and traveled over, around, and through some well-known counties and some if-you-don’t-know-about-them-you-need-to-get-there immediately counties to taste test the best of the state. Not only did we have a delicious visit, we learned about our home state’s…

Eating My Way Around Northern Indiana Part 4: Anderson Madison County

Hoosier Park Steak bites

Getting to know a state through its foodie options is my idea of a perfect road trip! The Kid and I hit the road in late spring and headed west to check out some popular food offerings in Northern Indiana compliments of Indiana Foodways Alliance. They set up the itinerary, we plugged in the GPS- and traveled over, around, and through some well-known counties and some if-you-don’t-know-about-them-you-need-to-get-there immediately counties to taste test the best of the state. Not only did we have a delicious visit, we learned about our home…

Best Walt Disney World Character Meals

'Ohana Breakfast

With so many really great restaurants at Walt Disney World it’s hard to decide which ones to visit when you’re planning your vacation. Heck, we’ve visited WDW in the double digits and we still find incredible restaurants that we haven’t tried on each trip! When it comes to character meals, there are more than a few that have fun meal options for all ages, gorgeous locations, and amazing character interaction, and these are the ones that have become staple dining experiences in our book. Here’s the best character meals at Walt Disney…

Eating My Way Around Northern Indiana Part 2: Miami County and West Lafayette

West Lafayette Triple XXX

Getting to know a state through its foodie options is my idea of a perfect road trip! The Kid and I recently hit the road and headed west to check out some popular food offerings in Northern Indiana compliments of Indiana Foodways Alliance. They set up the itinerary, we plugged in the GPS- and traveled over, around, and through some well-known counties and some if-you-don’t-know-about-them-you-need-to-get-there immediately counties to taste test the best of the state. Not only did we have a delicious visit, we learned about our home state’s neighbor…

Eating My Way Around Northern Indiana: Shipshewana and South Bend

Blue Gate Restaurant

Getting to know a state through its foodie options is my idea of a perfect road trip! The Kid and I recently hit the road and headed west to check out some popular food offerings in Northern Indiana compliments of Indiana Foodways Alliance. They set up the itinerary, we plugged in the GPS- and traveled over, around, and through some well-known counties and  some if-you-don’t-know-about-them-you-need-to-get-there immediately counties to taste test the best of the state. Not only did we have a delicious visit, we learned about our home state’s neighbor…

LakeHouse at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: A Review in Mouth-Watering Photos

LakeHouse Sushi

Disclosure: I was hosted by Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and its awesome new restaurant, LakeHouse, to give you fine folks the scoop on why you need to visit. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own! The last time my family visited Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, we were thoroughly impressed. Its rooms are spacious and the patio views stunning, and we really enjoyed the in-house restaurant, Cascade American Bistro. On our recent trip to the resort, however, the…

Eating like an Orlando Local: TR Fire Grill

TR Fire Grill interior

Disclosure: I was hosted by TR Fire Grill to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes the restaurant so great for visitors to the Orlando area. All opinions (and photos!) are my own! Truth? After days in the Orlando-area theme parks, I have to admit that seeing chicken fingers and fries does get a little old. One can only handle so many mass-produced meals before one starts hankering for real food. It’s then when my family and I start looking for where the locals eat. And it’s super nice…

Date Night at Disney: Wolfgang Puck Cafe

Wolfgang Puck Cafe dining table

There are times in our Disney travel that we want to take a breather from theme parks, but still want to feel like we’re in that Disney bubble, and it’s fun to sit back, relax, and enjoy a great meal without the harried pace that dining inside of the theme parks can provide. Wolfgang Puck Cafe Orlando in Disney Springs is one of those spots: perfect for a date night any night of the week. Delicious, signature recipes and beautiful views were exactly what we needed on our last visit to…