It’s that time again, off-topic lovers! More food and fun from Universal Orlando Resort during our February/March Florida trip this year. This time, after pricing up the options, we got annual passes for just a bit more than the 2-park, park-to-park passes for our trip. SOLD! 🙂 That means we just have to go back for a single day in the next 15 months to come out ahead and admission is free every day after that. Pretty cool. And with the new Hagrid coaster opening in June, well, it’s pretty much guaranteed. Anyway, below you’ll find a report on the rides and sights and stay and, especially, the food. Here’s the Islands of Adventure lighthouse from our first night for your enjoyment!
As I indicated earlier, we had a long-planned trip to Disney World in Orlando this fall that has now come and passed. We spent a Saturday at the Magic Kingdom and Sunday at Epcot, then a stop at Disney Springs on Monday. So it wasn’t a long visit, and I certainly didn’t get to eat everything AJ recommends, but I did the best I could. Continue reading
Late in the summer we took a drive out to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA. It was nice enough, but given the dry summer and lateness of our visit in the season, it was just OK. I suspect it would be much more worthwhile during peak season, which is when I would recommend going.
But, being me, of course I had to scope out someplace interesting nearby to get lunch. And, being us, Mediterranean is always a good place to start looking. That led us to Naji’s Mediterranean Cuisine in Great Barrington. It was a good choice and we’d happily return if in the area. Continue reading
I’ll try to make this painless if you have no interest in hearing about our theme park visit, go ahead and click over to something more to your liking. I do have a lot of info on the food, but there’s also quite a bit on the rides, etc., which I didn’t talk about much after our last visit in November 2016.
Last year I damaged my back shortly before our trip, which meant almost no rides for me. This time, as luck would have it, we had planned a short visit to see my parents in Florida right when Hurricane Irma was also planning to visit. Off we went and this is what happened (but look at this gorgeous view as we flew from Upstate NY)…
2016 was a very busy year. A long (but flying by), busy, grinding year for both of us, although unusually draining for me at work. Consequently, when the date for the plane tickets to Florida that we’d purchased way back at the beginning of the year was finally approaching, I decided we should splurge on a few days at Universal Orlando. We’ve never been and I wanted to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter stuff they’ve added. Continue reading
I guess you could call this an interesting week, eating out-wise. Sadly we learned that the City Squire in Schenectady has closed, abruptly. As in, seemingly out of the blue. I mean, we were just there. Typical busy weekend dinner crowd, noisy, busy bar. You got me, but we’re sad, the food had gotten really good in the past year or so, pretty much worth the few extra bucks that had also been added to the menu. Their wings were raved about and for good reason. Great burgers. Gonna miss that place.
I did get to try that Schenectady institution, Morette’s King Steak House on Erie.