Restaurant Review: White Chocolate Grill

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Food

Restaurant Review: White Chocolate Grill

A few weeks ago an old friend of mines invited me out to dinner. We wanted to try something new, so she suggested we stop by a restaurant called White Chocolate Grill. Since I’d never been I was happy to oblige. Before heading to the restaurant, I decided to check out the menu to see what they were all about.  “The White Chocolate Grill is a contemporary American restaurant. The White Chocolate Grill has a diverse menu of classic American fare; made from scratch using only the highest quality ingredients. A selection of house-made white chocolate and other desserts complement this offering and are proudly served in a unique team-service format assuring friendliness and efficiency.” The description alone had me sold. So we headed to Naperville to see what the food tasted like. As soon as I arrived, I immediately loved the ambiance of the restaurant. White Chocolate Grill has such a chill vibe that, I instantly fell in love. I could sit there for hours talking and relaxing, so I wanted to know more about the design. Per the White Chocolate Grill website,  “The restaurant was designed with rich wood and real stone which creates an upscale, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired atmosphere. From the leather booth seating, soft lighting and spectacular bar, every element of the design evokes a classic yet sophisticated setting.” Everything about this restaurant was perfect whether you are having dinner with your girls or you significant other. Now for the food, to start the night off I ordered some guacamole! I’ve been going through a guacamole addiction recently which is weird because it used to gross me out but now I’m obsessed with it. The guacomole was so amazing, that I ordered one to go! By this time, I was ready to eat! There were so many good looking dishes that it was tough. I finally decided on the rotisserie chicken and rib meal with mashed potatoes! It was so good, I was licking my fork clean by the end the meal. I’m usually not a rib girl when I go to restaurants but I’m glad I decided to try something new. After the amazing meal, my friend wanted dessert so we shared a white chocolate brownie. It was rich and decadent, the perfect ending to a great meal. With locations in Naperville and Schaumburg, IL as well as locations in Arizona and Colorado, I will definitely be back. I love a good meal that won’t break the bank and that’s exactly what White Chocolate Grill has to...

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Hotel Review: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn #DisneySide

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Travel Reviews

Hotel Review: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn #DisneySide

Recently while attending the Type A Professional Conference at Walt Disney World in Orlando, I stayed at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, which was also the host location of the conference. Staying at a Disney hotel and resort is always an experience, so I was looking forward to seeing the offerings and accommodations being offered at the BoardWalk Inn. Little did I know, I was in for a real treat of nostalgia with a twist. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is a magical twist on the boardwalk at the beginning of the century. It’s Atlantic City meets Coney Island with a flair of unique experiences at every turn. Nestled against the boardwalk complete with a waterfront, shoppes, restaurants, and nightlife, I felt like I was in the center of everything. The hotel itself is full of charm and romantical pieces of art and other fixings that is definitely  a flashback to a certain era. Think Barbra Striessand in Funny Girl meets Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. The room was appointed with decor from that era, but still managed to be modern too. I especially enjoyed the size of the room and the walkout patio. And amazingly, even though I was taking a step back in time while on the property, there were plenty of outlets, especially at the desk area, which makes a blogger and Digital Debutante like me feel at home. Oh, and the flat screen television wasn’t bad either. Here are some photos of the BoardWalk Inn and my room: Arriving at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn courtesy of Disney’s Magical Express   Front of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn   Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Lobby   View of room from doorway/hallway area    Sitting area   Patio area    Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Courtyard    View from patio area inside of the room    Bathroom area Disney’s BoardWalk Inn boasts a pool (Luna Park Pool), a lake (Crescent Lake), and fitness center. You can also walk or take the boat to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Transportation to other Disney Parks is available to all resort guests via Disney busing. I can say that I would consider staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn during a future trip to WDW. For more information on Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, click...

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Travel Tips: Getting the Most Out of Your Hotel Visit

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Travel Tips: Getting the Most Out of Your Hotel Visit

Staying in a hotel is usually a must for me when traveling. I love exploring new hotels but often times I feel like I don’t get the most out of my hotel stay. Most of the time, I’m on the go so it makes it hard to get my full moneys worth. If you are like me and are looking for ways to maximize your dollar try these tips the next time you stay at a hotel. Explore, explore, explore: Whenever I travel, it’s important for me to explore the hotel that I’m staying at. Take a quick tour to familiarize your self with your hotel. Bring your workout clothes: Hotels usually have some of the best gyms, bring your workout clothes and get up early to enjoy the gym. Bring your swimsuit: Check out your hotels pool area, take a few moments to enjoy the hot tub and take in the moment. If they have a sauna get in there as well, this will help you to relax more. Check to see if your hotel offers free breakfast/coffee service, after all you paid for it! Looking for a new experience? Try one of the restaurants in your hotel. Some of the best food I’ve ever had came from a restaurant I stumbled  upon in my hotel. When selecting a hotel, make sure to review the list of amenities and take advantage of them. If you need to handle business, use the free business center. Also, most hotels offer discounts to local attraction and shows, inquire to see what discounts they may offer. Spa-Take a moment to relax by visiting the spa. We get so wrapped up in travel that we forget to take a few moment for ourselves, why not take an hour or two to get a facial or a relaxing massage. Lastly, try setting aside some time to just sit in your room and relax. Whether you are catching up on a good book or getting some much needed sleep schedule some quality time in your room. What tips do you have for getting the most out of your hotel room, let us...

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Tips To Avoid Long Wait Times at the Airport

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Flight Travel

Tips To Avoid Long Wait Times at the Airport

I’ve been traveling long enough to know ways to get around the long lines and wait times at the airport. When booking a flight I’ve always found it better to book early morning flights to avoid the crowd. Travelers generally don’t like to get up early if they can avoid it so for me, this is the perfect time to travel. If flying early isn’t feasible for you then try the following tips to avoid long lines at the airport. Check-In Before Arrival: Many airlines have apps that allow you to check-in up to 24 hours before your flight. If an app isn’t available simply check in on the airlines site. Print out  your boarding pass before leaving for the airport, in some cases you can even pay for your checked bag before you arrive at the airport. This allows you to go straight to check-in your bag or go straight to the gate. Sign up for flight alerts to your phone. I get a text everytime changes are made to my flight, that way I know if my plane is delayed before I even arrived at the airport. Keep your ID and boarding documents out. I have a travel wallet that I use that I keep money in for tips and id. Having this has made travel am much smoother process. Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to maneuver. Remember you are going to have to remove your belt, shoes and everything from your pockets. So avoid wearing belts and shoes that are hard to remove. Make sure your carry on luggage follows TSA guidelines below. 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure. Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience. 3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, consider putting your liquids in checked luggage. Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening. So here you have my tips for avoiding long wait times at the airport, while you can control what other passengers do make sure you come prepared. This will make your trip much more enjoyable. What are some of  your tips for avoiding long wait times at the...

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Roadtrippin’: Five Safety Tips for Women Who Travel On the Road

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Travel

Roadtrippin’: Five Safety Tips for Women Who Travel On the Road

As a chick who likes to travel, I’ve had my fair share of road-trips. While I love air travel and flying the friendly skies, there have been times where I’ve gotten in my car and road-tripped to locales that are close to home. My road-trip limit is anything under 6 hours, and I actually don’t mind driving during trips because I’ve learned my way on the open road. But there are safety tips that we as women have to take into consideration when we take a road trip, especially if we are traveling alone. Here are Five Safety Tips for Women Who Travel On the Road: Get Car Checked Before any car trip, make sure to get your car checked out by a licensed mechanic. During their inspection, they should check tire pressure, oil, top off fluids, check wipers, etc. Do not get on the road without getting your car properly inspected. This will help you avoid breakdowns on the road. AAA is Your Friend Do not travel without emergency roadside assistance. Services like AAA can help out if you need help with a flat tire, run out of gas, need a jump, etc. They can also tow you if your car is in need of servicing. It can give you a peace of mind. Your mobile phone provider or auto insurance company may also offer emergency roadside assistance for an additional fee. Charge It Before you leave, make sure your smartphone is properly charged. Also, make sure you have a car charger that you can use while on the road. Travel During the Day Traveling during the day is best. Safety experts report more crimes against women are committed at night, so if you can, make sure to road trip during the day. Dependable Names Only stop at dependable brands for gas, food, lodging, etc. Make sure that you have checked their ratings online regarding service and safety before your trip, and try to plot your stops accordingly. Road-trips can be fun, but it is most important that you follow these tips so you can get to your destination safe and sound. Happy...

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