The Carmel Food Tour!

Whenever I think about my visits to Carmel By the Sea this past year, I think of a few things.  The cute storefronts with their wooden signs full of so much character and charm.  The beautiful art galleries that adorn the shops along Carmel.  The Beach, with it being in such close proximity, and the food.  Carmel truly has some GREAT restaurants that cater to those that visit yearly, but also to locals.  A huge reason that these restaurants are able to stay open year round.

Carmel Food Tour

When I first found out about the Carmel Food Walk, it was because my friend Jen over at The Mom Reviews wrote a great article about it.  I had to experience the tour myself, so on one of my recent visits, to give back, I purchased a ticket.

Once we purchased our ticket, the location of where to meet was given to us.  The tour takes between 3 to 4 hours, and through the experience we are truly given a sample of the area’s restaurants.  Tours may vary by tastings.

Some unique experiences on our tour included:

Spanish Tapas Tasting at Mundaka


Wood Fired Pizza at La Bicyclette


Amazing Gnocchi at Casanova


Olive Oil Tasting at Trio Carmel

icecreamoliveoilYes! Even an Olive Oil Tasting over ice cream was involved, and let me tell you, an incredible treat that compliments each other quite well.

Cocktail Pairing at Terry’s Lounge at the Cypress Inn

manhattan-cocktailThe Classic Manhattan.  And yes, we got a little education on Whiskey.

Wine Tasting at Figge Cellars

figge-cellarsI loved that they even had wine on tap available with their recent released, and I LOVED their Gewurtztraminer.  As you taste your wine you’re invited to walk around the art gallery and appreciate the art around you.  A GREAT wine tasting experience if you ask me.

Chocolate Tasting at Lulu’s Chocolates


Between Beverages, Chocolates and Eats, you will not go hungry.  And of course, during the tour, tour guide Staci Giovino gives some great insight into Carmel By The Sea.

Carmel Food Tour:

Ticket Price: 69 Dollars

Fridays and Saturdays: 11am – 2pm

My experience? I loved this tour because it gave me a GREAT insight to the areas restaurants and specialty shops around the beautiful town.  And it also brought me inside restaurants, that if I were just visiting, I may have just walked by.  I found some new favorites while trying some different food pairings I otherwise may not have thought of before.


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5 Reasons I love my Dell Venue 7!

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When I first received my Dell Venue 7, I was beyond ecstatic.  This would be my first tablet, other than my kindle.  I’ve been curious about Intel Tablets , but was completely overwhelmed with all the varieties out there and what to buy.


I was also hesitant because I just wasn’t sure how much I’d use it.  Well, a month in and guess what?  The tablet is slowly but surely replacing my smart phone.

The first place I go for photos?  Yep, the tablet.

The first place I go to read?  Yep, the tablet.

The first place I go to watch videos? Yep, the tablet.  

It has taken over my life, but in such a convenient way.  Now here’s my reasons as to why I love the Dell Venue 7.

Taking Photos

I covered this more thoroughly in a previous post, but one thing I’ve noticed is how the tablet truly captures all the colors in an image creating for some really spectacular photos:


Watching Videos:

I use to try to watch videos on my kindle, but I got so frustrated with the streaming that I gave up so I didn’t have good thoughts going in about videos on the tablet.

Boy, was I ever proven wrong.  The Intel inside the Dell Venue 7 has made a huge impact in the video streaming, and the quality of the videos is spot on.  So, yes, watching a movie in bed before bed is ohsoconvenient!

Fits Easily in the Purse

The tablet easily fits in my purse making it easy for on the go.  Whether I’m in the waiting room of a hair salon or hanging out at the beach, I can pull the tablet out and it’s right there.

Wi-Fi Abilities:

Easily connect to the area’s wi-fi and instant internet access.  What I’d recommend would be to purchase a hotspot so you’d have access all the time for when you need it most.

Instantly Connects to Google Apps:

When I first connected to my tablet it asked right away for my Google Account.  I plugged the information in and it instantly began to download apps I had on my android phone.

Some of my favorite apps instantly added: Instagram, Facebook, WordPress, Pinterest and many more.

It saved me the time from having to look them all up.

As I continue to explore with the tablet I’ll keep you informed.  If you have any questions about the device please ask below.

In the meantime, enjoy some of these Tablet Inspired Adventures so far this summer:


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Road Trippin’ With Bigelow Tea! #AmericasTea #Shop

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.


“No Matter Where I Go, I Go With Bigelow Tea”

This past weekend my other half and I went on an epic road trip along the beautiful Coastline of California. We packed up a cooler, our Bigelow tea, and fun snacks acquired at Walmart.  We explored all new territory along beautiful Half Moon Bay! If you have not been, it is an absolute must.

Before we went on our epic road trip we had to plan out a few things such as:

Planning our Snacks! #CollectiveBias


A great road trip has all the essentials.  Snacks, a hearty meal, and a GREAT beverage to drink.  This time around, we wanted something that was good for us while keeping us energized throughout our road trip.  That’s where Bigelow Tea came in.

We rushed off to Walmart to pick up all the essentials:


The night before our trip I made a huge batch of Chamomile Tea.  Chamomile has always been my favorite, a perfect bedtime tea, but also a great drink to have while on a road trip to calm those nerves and jitters on the road.  #AmericasTea


And then, of course, we had to route our map:


The next morning my other half WOKE me up, a true rarity.  We packed up the car, and our snacks, and of course our tea and then we were off.  The key was finding the perfect container to bring the tea around with us throughout the day.


Just check out our adventures below:

Road Trip Adventures

Some tips when visiting the coast surrounding Half Moon Bay:

1) Stop at Pigeon Point Lighthouse!

The views surrounding the Lighthouse are pretty breathtaking.

2) Explore Around the Many Beaches throughout the Coastline!  (There’s a ton! Just pick one.)

3) Stop at Cameron’s Pub!

camerons4) Stop off for Salmon Jerky.

Yes, Salmon Jerky.  Or, if you crave salmon, they have that too.

5) Just Enjoy the Views!

Seriously, one of the most picturesque coastlines in California.  I’ve explored a ton.

coastlineSeriously, gorgeous!

Of course, a road trip isn’t complete without one final picnic to enjoy all those snacks and beverages.


Right now Bigelow Tea is having a great contest on their facebook page where you can win a Bigelow Tea Plantation Mint Tea Gift Set.

Bigelow Tea’s Made in the U.S.A. Sweepstakes
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For more inspiration with Bigelow Tea, stop by this amazing Pinterest Board:

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