Santorini Palace #tryitTuesday #travelpick

TRY It Tuesday: Greece Edition

Santorini Palace
https://santorinipalace.gr/

Since we were taking our dream vacation to Santorini Greece, I wanted to stay in a hotel that was in the well-known white building style. The room rates were reasonable enough that I decided to upgrade our room to an ocean view with a balcony.

That proved to be well worth the money. Our ocean view room was beautiful and I liked sitting on the balcony each morning.

I did not get in time to eat breakfast. I usually make an effort, but I read a lot of reviews that said the food was mediocre. So, I did not waste my time. We slept in each morning and walked into town for an early lunch.

Since it was late November, it was too cold to get in the pool. But it was relaxing to sit in the lounge chairs and soak up the sun.

The heater did not work well in the room. Maintenance tried to fix it but is was still a little chilly for us. The front desk did provide us with extra blankets and offered to change our room. Since we were only there 3 nights, we did not change rooms.

  • I loved the location of the Santorini Palace. It was centrally located for the entire island in my opinion.
    It was about a 10 minute walk to Fira (the island capital).
    The trail to walk to Oia is close as well. We did not do that but it is an option if you want.
    It was a 15 minute drive to Oia (famous for beautiful sunsets), 20 minute drive to Akrotiri (red sand beach), and 20 minute drive to Perissa (black sand beach)
  • I liked the quiet of the off season, but if you go during tourist season, be prepared for it to be crowded.

    Alpharetta restaurant: Oak Steakhouse #ATLeats #GArestaurants #foodieFriday

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    If you are looking for a steakhouse in Alpharetta/Atlanta area, you should definitely try Oak Steakhouse.

    950 Third Street
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    678.722.8333

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    EVERYTHING was super delicious!

    I started the evening with one of their signature cocktails.

    Cocktail – RASPBERRY BREEZE stoli raspberry vodka. peach liquor. cranberry. prosecco

    The server brought bread for the table topped with butter and sea salt. I could have eaten the whole plate full. I had to remember to pace myself!

    The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived there for an early dinner. I liked the view at this reserved Table for Two. By the time we left though, every table was full.

    Our table ordered appetizers. Here is the ahi tuna garnished with avocado and radish appetizer. The ahi tuna was extremely fresh and the texture was heavenly.

    Any time there is a Caprese salad on the menu, I have to order it. This one had heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a balsamic reduction with a garnish of microgreens and pesto.

    My friend ordered the Filet Mignon. She is the reason why we came to a steakhouse. She said it was the best she’s ever tasted.

    I had the Fish of the day (can’t remember which type) with vegetables (light teriyaki type glaze). It was so tasty. I ate all the fish and most of my vegetables. The texture was light and flakey.

    We ordered this Brussels and Cauliflower side dish to share. I thought the red onions could have been cooked more, but the cauliflower was good.

    Another friend ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese topped with ricotta. She was stuffed trying to eat it all.

    We ordered Skillet Cornbread for the table. The server said it was a good choice. I think it was okay but I liked the other rolls better.

    I barely had room for dessert! I ordered a single portion of the in house made raspberry sorbet. Wonderful ending to a delicious meal!

    We also ordered donuts for the table. Nothing beats a hot freshly made donut tossed in sugar.

    Foodie Friday: EVO Extra Virgin Oven restaurant and craft bakery- North Charleston #charlestonsc #foodie #pizza

    Here’s what I consider a hidden gem in North Charleston. This is a place that the locals know and love but I’m not sure you will necessarily find this if you are not in the know.

    If you go during lunch, you better get there early or be prepared to wait!

    If you are short on time, call your order in and it will be ready for you to pick up as soon as you arrive.

    Everything on the menu was top notch delicious!

    1075 East Montague Ave. Park Circle, N Charleston

    843-225-1810

    Plus, there is a bakery in the back!

    Photo Blogging Challenge: Whatcha Eatin #photochallenge #foodie

    The theme for November’s photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaa.com/ was Whatcha Eatin. I love food and my challenge this month was to decide which pictures I wanted to use!

    Without further ado, here are my pictures on the theme.

    Photo 1

    Lamb chops from a restaurant in Athens, Greece (cooked on the grill and seasoned with oregano and other spices)

    Photo 2

    Pasta Carbonara from a restaurant in Fira, Santorini (the BEST I have ever had!!! I loved that they loaded me up with parmesan cheese.)

    Photo 3

    Champagne and a croissant at the Charles de Gaulle in Paris, France (Yes it was 7:30am but I was on vacation. Can’t pass through France without having Champagne!)

    Photo 4

    Roasted Curry Chickpeas made at home (I am obsessed with this tasty snack! Its easy to make too. The recipe is here.)

    Photo 5

    Gorditas al pastor and Lime soda from a Mexican restaurant in Greenwood SC (Tasty Mexican street food)

    Check out the website to see the other bloggers’ submissions and interpretations of this theme.

    To quote another blogger GeoKs

    While you’re there, please consider joining us next month! Participation is like taking on a low-stress photo assignment, which you can use to refine your photography skills. Any camera will do: your phone, a pocket-sized point and shoot, the DSLR that’s been gathering dust somewhere or a film camera. For each month’s theme, you’re asked to share five photos; the amount of accompanying text is up to you.

    TRY IT TUESDAY – Travel to Sylvan Valley Lodge and Winery #tryittuesday #travel #NGeorgia

    TRY IT TUESDAY – Travel to Sylvan Valley Lodge and Winery

    We headed to the Sautee Nacochee area for our anniversary weekend. Hubs said that he wanted to go to the Georgia mountains but did not want to go to Helen, GA since we have been there before.

    There are so many places to visit, why go to the same place twice?
    I looked and it seemed that the Sautee Nacochee area would be an interesting place to visit.

    I wanted us to do something different and searched for bed and breakfast in North Georgia. I chose Sylvan Valley Lodge and Cellars because it was listed as a bed and breakfast winery. I picked on the “Great Outdoors Package” which included breakfast each day, a picnic lunch, maps to area trails, cheese and charcuterie plate, and a wine tasting of area wines.

    Little did I realize when I was making the reservation, Sylvan Valley Lodge is 5 miles from Helen. We ended up eating dinner each night in the big town of Helen.

    About the cabin:
    We stayed in Cabin #23. The cabin was nicely decorated with rustic finishes. There was a queen bed and garden tub in the bedroom. However, there was no TV in the bedroom. The living room area had a fireplace. Very cozy!

    The internet and DirecTV satellite service was spotty especially when it started to rain, which was most of our trip. I mentioned that to the hosts and they said they are supposed to be getting fiber soon. Hopefully, they have it by now.

    About the Great Outdoors package:

    Breakfast was included for each day we were there. It was delicious. I made sure not to miss the first meal of the day!
    Farm fresh breakfast: 2 cage free eggs, Nitrate free bacon, toasted English muffin with local wine preserves (My pick since it seemed to be the best value)

    Other options included Norwegian style pancakes or Breakfast sandwich with eggs and all natural pork sausage

    We did the area wine tasting on our first evening there before we went to dinner. Host John Boyes took his time explaining where the fruit for the wines were grown and talked about the history of the area. It was an informative experience.

    At check in, they provided us with the maps of the hiking trails in the area.

    They said to let them know when we were going so that they could prepare the picnic lunch. The lunch came in a little brown insulated lunch bag that was too cute! There were 2 sandwiches, cookies, chips, bottles of water. It was just enough to fill our hunger without being too heavy.

    The maps were useful because when you are exploring the mountains, cell reception can be unreliable.

    TOW Final Word: If you want a relaxing, intimate vacation in the mountains, Sylvan Valley Lodge is the place to go. I recommend choosing one of their packages to get the most out of your stay!

    747 Duncan Bridge Rd.
    Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 United States
    P: (706) 865-7371
    https://www.sylvanvalleylodge.com/