Keeping all my Ducks in a Row at the “Little Duck Diner”

 

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What could be more magical than having a rubber ducky floating around in a nice big glass of champagne?  The Little Duck Diner creates this fun addition to our childhood bath times, just with alcohol now. Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, Georgia, the Little Duck Diner serves breakfast and lunch all day. They have a variety of breakfast dishes from eggs, waffles and pancakes. They also have Asian inspired dishes along with burgers, sandwiches and tacos.

I started my order with La Colombe Coffee, which was very strong yet smooth at the same time. Next up, the Lavender Bubble Bath Bellini complete with a rubber ducky in the drink. I was very impressed with the drink, and it is definitely Instagram worthy. For an appetizer, I tried the Crab Risotto Balls. They were delicious, and the hint of risotto mixed with the crab was perfectly flavored. For my meal, I was in the mood for breakfast so I ordered the Egg and Sausage Croissant. The egg is fried and cage free, with sausage, cheese and home fries. It was good, but not amazing. I was more impressed with my drinks and the appetizer.

Next time, I plan to try a lunch item.  The portion sizes are perfect and you will not leave hungry. The Little Duck Diner is also very reasonably priced. The next time you are exploring downtown Savannah, stop in and try this little gem.

For more information and the menu visit, www.littleduckdiner.com

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What’s on Your Bucket List?

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I’ve always made lists. I have lists of random things like “what foods can my pugs eat or not eat.” Whenever I travel, I make a list of everything I need to take with me. I like to write everything down so I have the ability to check each item off.

We all have lists. Many of these lists include grocery lists, daily lists or work reminders. The big question is do you have a bucket list or a list of goals you want to achieve? If you answered no to this question, I would advise you to start making one.  If you are thinking “why do I need to write down my goals or big dreams I can remember them,” trust me you will achieve more once you can physically start marking each item off.

For as long as I can remember, I have made a list of goals for each year. I quickly realized that some of the goals were not attainable at the time. I got discouraged and stopped making yearly goals. Last year, instead of making a list of goals for the entire year, I decided to make a list of goals based off of my age. So for 2018, I created “35 Things to do my 35th Year.” I wrote down 35 things I knew I could achieve in one year. They were as big as traveling to Wyoming and as small as getting my first tattoo. The point is I pushed myself to make these goals happen and they did.

I’ve started my list for “36 Things to do my 36th Year” and I would like to share it with you. It is not officially complete as I’m still deciding on another adventure to take toward the end of the year:

1) Be consistent in my daily life

2) Meditate at the end of the day

3) Keep a gratitude journal

4) Change the way I eat

5) Get a facial

6) Try yoga

7) Try new cardio activities

8) Be able to do pull ups

9) Be able to do sit ups

10) Build family relationships

11) Go on a girl’s trip

12) Higher recognition in my career

13) More clients for Tantalizing and Tangled

14) New T-shirt designs

15) Write more blog posts

16) Write my novel

17) Read my poetry somewhere

18) One new home improvement idea

19) Read one new book a month

20) Learn new card and board games

21) Visit the many museums of NYC

22) Visit Central Park

23) The Beetle House

24) Brooklyn Bridge

25) Empire State Building

26) Statue of Liberty

27) 9/11 Memorial

28) The Lion King on Broadway

29) Aladdin on Broadway

30) Frozen on Broadway

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Share your bucket list with me!

A Rebel with a Cause

 

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Image courtesy AMC

There’s something hauntingly beautiful about the open road. The long winding turns are direct reflections of the trials we face each day. Each parallel line leads us to our next destination. We are so quick to reach our destinations that we forget about our journeys.  Do we stop and enjoy the scenery?  Do we allow the wind to hit our face? Do we stop and meet someone new? Unfortunately, we forget how much freedom lies in a single moment.

I received a reminder from a good friend of mine in LA that Norman Reedus’ second season of “RIDE” starts this Sunday. He texted me a photo of the huge billboard sitting up high on Sunset Boulevard advertising the show.

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Photo by Justin Lawrence

He knows I love Norman Reedus, but we also share a connection to LA.  Earlier this year, I traveled to LA and was able to take in the sites. It’s nice to be able to recognize Sunset Boulevard and have that connection with my friend. If I didn’t go to LA, then Sunset wouldn’t have any meaning to me because I would’ve experienced it.  The experiences we have together build a unique connection as we continue through our journeys in life.

Last year, I watched “RIDE with Norman Reedus” for the first time. I watched it because Reedus is awesome, and I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago. I was curious to see what the show was about because I expected a motorcycle education reality show.  “RIDE” is about connections, life and our world. The way a pirate longs for the sea, Reedus owns the road. He’s a modern-day pirate taking control of the road with his first mates. Each week, he travels to different destinations around the world. What makes this show unique is Reedus educates us on how to live in the moment. He rides into different cities and learns from the locals. He takes a minute to breathe and enjoy the world around him.

After watching the first season, I realized two things. First, I need to travel to new destinations and actually learn how to experience the moment.  Second, I need to slow down. I think we all need to slow down. What I really appreciate about “RIDE” is, Reedus is never in a hurry to move to the next destination. He is so immersed in the moment, and he captures each city in an exotic way.  Reedus is such a rebel in life, but he has a cause for it all. He wants us to see our world, appreciate others and not be afraid to take those chances. He truly is a rebel with a cause.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch “RIDE” make sure you check out the season two special premiere this Sunday at 11PM EST on AMC.  All episodes will air Mondays at 9PM EST on AMC.

Travel Series Restaurant of the Week: Al Salaam Deli

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Photo by Tara Fisher

There are many different restaurants in my hometown that I fail to explore. I typically have my normal spots that I like to go to because I know I can never go wrong with my choices. Well, what kind of life is that if I keep eating and going to the same restaurants? I need to expand my food horizons, so I am going to start highlighting my new food adventures.

I was craving Greek food, so instead of going to Gyro Wraps I tried a local restaurant called Al Salaam Deli. They specialize in Middle Eastern cuisine and have been in the Savannah, Georgia area for over 15 years. So, for 15 years I’ve been going to Gyro Wraps instead of supporting a wonderful local business.

When I walked into the restaurant, I was immediately welcomed by two gentlemen. I placed my order for the lamb gyro, and was told to make myself comfortable. The restaurant is also a small grocery store, with different Middle Eastern foods and spices. There is a wall of National Geographic covers circling around. I asked one of the employees if they collected all of the magazines. He explained that he’s been collecting National Geographic magazines since black and white cover editions. The restaurant is so popular that actor Liam Hemsworth came in earlier as he was scouting for local areas for his film. I missed a Hemsworth by a few minutes, dang it!

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Photo by Tara Fisher

My food came out hot and ready, and I was quite pleased. The lamb was very tender on the warm pita bread. The gyro was not covered with too much tzatziki, it was just right. I finished my meal, and was not rushed out like at some restaurants. It was a refreshing experience to have authentic food in my own backyard. It made me realize how much we need to support local business because they truly care about the customer experience and their product.

I give Al Salaam Deli 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely return in the future!

Halloween Tag!

Halloween and fall blogger tag

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Photo By Tara Fisher

I found this idea on Simply Sinova and thought it would be a great idea to share why I love Fall/Halloween. I would also love for everyone else to join in on the tag. Please leave your comment below!

  1. What is your favorite Halloween movie?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

  1. Favorite Halloween decorations?

Skulls

  1. Favorite fall scent?

Anything from Bath and Body Works!

  1. Favorite candy?

 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  1. What is your fondest Halloween memory?

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World in 2007 and 2015

  1. Have you ever played with an Ouija Board?

No but I would love too!

  1. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

Probably about 4 years old. I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, which led to my brother scaring me while I was in the bathroom. Freddy’s gonna get you!

  1. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

Female version of Daryl Dixon

  1. Best way to spend a rainy fall day?

Coffee, pugs and Netflix

  1. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

All of the above please!

  1. Favorite Halloween song?

This is Halloween

  1. If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?

A mermaid

  1. If you were in a horror movie, do you think you would survive?

YES I would be the final girl.

  1. Favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink?

Pumpkin flavored coffee

  1. Whats your favorite thing about fall?

 The night is dark and full of terrors.