Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Welcome to beautiful Pennsylvania! Several people from this small town asked me where I was from and when I said Hawaii they blatantly asked, "Then, why are you here?" They don't give their state enough credit. Pennsylvania is beautiful-friendly people, natural beauty, and so much to do!
Scott grew up in Minersville and is otherwise known as a "coal cracker." It is a former mining town of row houses and middle class, blue collar workers. This city boasts great hiking trails, locally made ice cream, and delicious eastern European food like perogis, halupkis, and bleenies.
What made the visit so special were the childhood friends that he has not seen in 25 years. It was nice to finally put faces behind the names of I've heard so many stories of.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Anna doesn't even waste her time with kiddie rides anymore. She has move on to the big time roller coasters-Batman, Superman, Dark Knight, Nitro and Thunder Mountain. Impressive! But she still enjoys the carousel and posing with the characters.
I always thought those parachute rides were dangerous. A skimpy bar keeping you "locked in" but one slip and you fall 23 stories. Scott and Anna agreed that the parachute was THE scariest ride.
Large portions, delicious Italian food, and great prices are why people return time and time again to this family restaurant. The stromboli was yummy and vodka spaghetti divine, but the zeppole was the perfect, sweet ending to a fantastic homestyle meal.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Growing up in Hawaii has spoiled me. I'm used to the blue, clear waters, ability to frolic with sea turtles, and free admission onto our pristine beaches. The $10 rate to enter Seaside Heights stopped me in my tracks. Was it me or did every guy under 30 sunbathing look like The Situation?
Walked the boardwalk munching on salt water taffy and stumbled upon the house and store where MTV's Jersey Shore is filmed. Despite the crowd of on-lookers and excited young girls held back by security, I looked once and was content to leave.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Magnolia Bakery founder Alyssa Torey sold the business in 2007 and it was purchased by a father, mother, daughter team. They have expanded into 3 other bakeries in NYC, 1 in Hollywood, and and in Dubai. I discovered this bakery on Avenue of the Americas by surprise. We had been walking for miles in the sun and the stifling humidity, threw in the towel, and finally hailed a cab. The cab ride and the Magnolia spotting were a relief.
This spacious, cute, and bright shop was just as special as the original. Scott came across the Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and fell in love. I remained loyal to the gorgeous cupcakes!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The highlight of my NYC trip, the place I've been thinking about for months, the cause of my heart to flutter as I turn the corner on Bleecker Street and see the blue awning of the small bakery that started the cupcake craze. I stood in awe as workers expertly frosted cupcakes in pastel shades. I cherished each bite of my beautiful cupcake and thought, "Life is good."
(Blog by Anna) Billy Elliot was an inspiration to me and my mom. I am a ballet dancer and I enjoyed seeing the live dancing. It inspires me to be a better dancer and try harder in my acting class. The actor/singer/dancer Jacob Clement was not only talented but handsome and funny.