If you’re a foodie who’s planning to visit the Big Easy, you’ve got to check out The New Orleans School of Cooking! They’ve been introducing visitors to the food and culture of New Orleans since 1980 by way of very entertaining cooking classes. Like almost everything else in the French Quarter, the building the school is housed in is steeped in history. New Orleans School of Cooking It was originally a molasses warehouse in the early 1800s. (I’m pretty sure this entire city is super haunted from all of the folklore I learned on this trip, but that’s for another blog post!) The school’s unforgettable cooking classes are taught by Cajun and Creole experts who share the basics of Louisiana Cooking and area trivia at the same time. I took one of these classes with my daughter on our recent vacation and we loved it! New Orleans School of Cooking The school hosts both open demonstration classes and hands-on classes daily. We opted for the two-hour demonstration, where our teacher, Julie, made mouth watering crab bisque soup, seafood creole, pralines, and bananas foster. New Orleans School of Cooking It was all so good, but you know Reese and I usually love dessert the…

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If you have a sweet tooth and happen to be in Paris, you must plan a visit to Ladurée (especially if you’re traveling with a little girl in tow)! This quintessential Parisian pastry shop is the perfect setting for a genuine tea party! In case I haven’t impressed this upon you enough already, my daughter and I are serious cookie connoisseurs. We go out of our way to try dessert hot spots everywhere we go. If there’s been hype about it, we’ve got to taste it for ourselves. The famous Ladurée has definitely had hype, thanks to the recent macaron frenzy and the treat’s notoriety on social media. (Of course, artists like Tim Burton, Pharell Williams, and Christian Louboutin collaborating with them has helped spread the word.) Laduree Paris Review Let me stop right here, though. In case you haven’t actually tried a macaron yet, allow me to explain: these delicate and airy cookies are not the same thing as a macaroon, which is a dense, coconut confection. Instead, a macaron has two crunchy, almond, sugar and egg white-based outer shells, with a ganache buttercream, meringue or jam filling in between. These colorful sandwich cookies come in every hue and flavor imaginable. Laduree…

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Walk into my house on any given day and you’ll smell freshly baked pastries. We love cookies. Scratch that. We are slightly obsessed with cookies! We’ll also take a fabulous milk shake; have been known to wander aimlessly through candy stores; and look longingly into the display windows of cupcakes shops. Fun Dessert Places In NYC Because we’re bakers, we make it a point to visit at least one dessert-themed establishment when we travel. We will go completely out of our way to try something new when it’s been getting lots of hype, and sometimes, we’re disappointed. We may not discriminate when it comes to sugary confections, but we’re also not easily impressed, so you can trust us when we recommend a new spot. Fun Dessert Places In NYC We’ve been to New York City many times, and often I believe it’s true that you can find the best of everything there. It’s certainly the case when it comes to food, and dessert options are no exception. If you have a sweet tooth like mine and will be in NYC, add these decadent destinations for dessert lovers to your must-see list! Fun Dessert Places In NYC Fun Dessert Places In NYC –…

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I love me some good Mexican food. Not that taco bell stuff (although desperate times call for desperate measures lol) I’m talking about the real deal, with freshly made salsa and handmade flour and corn tortillas that are served fresh off the griddle. I headed to Phoenix a few weeks ago for a short getaway and decided to meet up with a fellow blogger friend of mine  (Arizona’s very own food diva TastaAz). This girl knows food and where to go for the best tacos in Scottsdale, so when she suggested lunch at The Mission in Old Town, I was all over that. acos in Scottsdale Pricing Best Tacos in Scottsdale A word of warning, this is not your run of the meal tex-mix Mexican food. The food is more traditional to what you would find in an upscale traditional Mexican restaurant, also, it’s not cheap. Dinner for two will set you back $120-$130 when you factor in appetizers, dinner, drinks, tax, and tip, but trust me, if you’re a foodie, love Mexican and quality service is important to you, this will be the best $100 you’ve spent in Arizona. I had dinner reservations for another restaurant later that evening and I made…

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24 HOURS IN HOUSTON – HOW I GOT THERE: I’m always on the hunt for a cheap flight for quick weekend getaways. As long as the flight is under $250 I’m open to going almost anywhere, after all, that’s what makes it fun. This past weekend was a little different. I managed to score tickets to see The Weeknd in concert at the Houston Toyota Center. As soon as I landed the tickets I began my frantic search for a cheap flight. It was last minute (less than 3 days away) so I was bracing myself for airfare sticker shock, but I was determined to spend 24 hours in Houston without going broke!   I’m an American Airlines credit card holder, so American Airlines is my go-to airline when I travel. If I can earn miles for a flight and it’s not that much more expensive then flying on another carrier, I always choose American. I even have alerts set up that will send me an email anytime there’s an AA flight leaving out of LAX that’s less than $300. I have scored some amazing deals this way and have earned thousands of airlines miles. If you earn miles on a particular…

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