Roadtrips

Yeeeehaw! Hola, Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas!! or so they say (wink, wink). So let me rewind the story just a tad bit… Our family moved from Tampa, Florida to Yuma, Arizona in a matter of a couple of weeks, yes! So, I’m sharing with you the road trip adventure, but also the places we stopped to eat at. Now that I have your attention, we made it to Texas (yeeehaaaawww). We spent two days in Texas; our first night was in Houston. Let me start by saying I loved Houston. So much to do, so much to see. I can see why everyone loves it there. I was excited to try their Tex- Mex, considering how I’m used to Mexican food from back home (yes, it’s not the same, but delicious in their ways). Although I wanted tacos that night, we ended up eating Sushi. My oldest loves sushi, and we wanted something different, so why not right? We decided to go to Eurasia Fusion Restaurant

.www.eurasiasushi.com/

Their happy hour was excellent, everything was half off, but most of all, it was also delicious. After eating dinner, we decided to drive to Wal Mart (aka Wally World). O-M-G this wasn’t like your regular store from back home. It was no shit like a theme park. It was huge guys, huge!! So before I continue, one thing that caught my eye, was the fact that 99% of the women were dolled up just to go shopping. I’m talking about high heels, brows on fleek, full face make up on, all dressed up. I’m not going to lie, I was jealous. I mean, I was seven months pregnant, in my shorts, old raggedy shirt, and vans. Yeah, momma was not home anymore. I mean, props to you girls because I can barely do my make up every other day haha. Bak to the shopping, I felt like I was in heaven. After living in Florida for three years, I never really found the Mexican products I enjoy eating. So it was no shocker to see everything there. I probably spent like $100 on Mexican cereal, cookies, drinks, and omg, the chips! I was like a child in every damn aisle. I felt like I was ‘home’ (sigh). After checking out, we decided to head back to the hotel and take the boys to the pool. After all, it was boiling outside. That night, we decided to end our day in Houston at a taco place (FINALLY). So this taco place was just around the corner from the hotel we were staying in, and man oh man. They had a salsa bar guys!!! and it was beautiful 🙂 
We decided to eat at La Tita Gorda Taqueria. I could not find a website for them. However, I’ve attached the link from Yelp! If you’re ever in the area, you will not be disappointed.
www.yelp.com/biz/la-tita-gorda-taqueria-houston

Even though we didn’t have a chance to do other things, for instance, amusement parks or aquariums since we were limited on time. We had a great experience driving around and tasting different food. I felt like I was on an episode of Man Vs. Food for a second. Houston, I have nothing bad to say about you, you were terrific and overall fun! 

San Antonio, I heart you! 

Another day, another drive! It was not a bad drive, I mean 3 hours went by so fast. We left early to take advantage of the day, after all, we wanted to visit our long-time friends we met in Arizona. Once we arrived, we met with our friends and cooked in their home. So, let me say this, I had never been to an H-E-B. Holy mother of pearl, if you’ve never been to that grocery store you are definitely missing out. It was beautiful guys, just beautiful. So nicely organized! I literally wanted to take the produce section home, oh and the bakery section too. The store was clean, and the employees were super friendly. The guy’s decided to BBQ, while my girlfriend and I resumed up on gossip (you know you’re guilty of it too). We had a great time at their house, after all, sometimes all you need is a good time at home with great friends. The day was coming to an end, therefore, we decided to head back to the hotel to get ready for next day’s adventure. We stayed in San Antonio for two days and figured we could do The Alamo the next day with the friends. The following day, we had breakfast at a cafe place, and crepes were terrific. I do apologize about this, but because I was having so much fun spending time with my girlfriend, I didn’t pay attention to the restaurant, sorry guys! Anywho, we decided to drive out to the Alamo and the Riverwalk. It was very hot and humid, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. We had a lot of fun, although it was packed, and did I mention hot? That evening, we decided to eat at a Seafood restaurant. I’m a seafood lover, but not really a Red Lobster type of person. More of ceviche, aguachiles, fresh clams and oysters. Our friends recommended Las Islas Marias Hillcrest. www.lasislasmarias.net/
 Guys, if you’re looking for a different menu when it comes to Seafood, look no further. After filling our stomachs with delicious food, we decided to head back to the hotel, pack, and rest for our next day’s drive to Arizona. The closer we got to our destination, the more anxious I was feeling. We ended our last stop for breakfast at Tacos Chinampa. www.chinamparestaurant.com/

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Lousiana, Fast!

Adios Florida, and hello Lousiana! After leaving Florida, it kept pouring on us the whole way, As if the state itself was sad to see us go. I’m not even joking, the rain….would….not….stop! It was incredibly annoying because all my kids wanted to do was to swim. However, that was not possible (thanks mother nature)!! So you can imagine how awesome it was spending time as a family cooped up in a room… together…with our two dogs. Anyways, before making the drive from Panama City to New Orleans, we decided to stop in Alabama to grab some food. Alabama is known for their BBQ, so of course, we had to catch some of that deliciousness. We stayed at Meat Boss (which was terrific by the way). 

meatboss.com/
Their BBQ is just fantastic, and to be honest with you; I would recommend them if you’re ever in their area. Click in the link to view locations. 

I apologize for my squirrel moments, ok, so where was I? New Orleans, yes. Once again, we stayed at La Quinta Inn, and they were just amazing. The fact that we were able to stay in dog-friendly hotels was just amazing in general. Even though it was pouring, that didn’t stop us from venturing the area. Now, if you know me, or if you’ve seen my Instagram (mkanahy), you’ll see how much of a foodie I am. I love to cook, but I don’t mind being treated either. While traveling, my best friend app has been Yelp. Yelp is a website where you’re able to look up restaurants and view reviews. Anyways, so I looked up a restaurant that was not only located near Bourbon St., but Louisiana is known for their fantastic crawfish, so needless to say, I chose a seafood place. We ended up going to Oceana Grill. If you click on the link below, you can view the menu of all the delicious food they have to offer. 

www.oceanagrill.com/

The food was just fantastic!! I love seafood in general and ended up ordering their Oyster Rockefeller and the Taste of New Orleans which had a mixture of seafood and sausage.

After dinner, we decided to walk around the famous Bourbon Street! Let me say; this would make a great girls trip! I mean, have you seen the movie? Yup, it gets crazy, however, definitely not kid appropriate lol. It’s kind of like a mini Vegas, with the flashing lights, bars in every direction, insane semi-nude people everywhere. The difference is, there is no gambling around, but undoubtedly plenty of bars and strip clubs for men and women (yikes). Luckily, it was early when we were there, but the craziness was just getting started. On a Thursday lol. There is so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat, and so much to drink (literally). If you’re ever in the area, take some time off that busy schedule and head on to Bourbon Street for some crazy shenanigans! Although I would have loved to stay there an extra day, we were anxious to head on to our next adventure the following day to Texas. 

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Panama City

So in August, my family and I  moved from Florida to Arizona. It was the longest yet shortest week ever (if that makes sense). Let me rewind the story a bit. My husband received new orders to move to a new state in a matter of weeks… literally four weeks to be exact. In those four short weeks, I had to leave my job; I was able to finish school. And well, I had to start sorting things out before the big move. Let me start off by saying, you have no idea how much shit you have until you move (like LITERALLY). Like I’m not even joking, it was the longest yet shortest weeks of my life. To gather all that you have built, bought, cherished, and all those memories you’ve made the past three years to all of a sudden move (again, because I should be used to it, right? wrong). Luckily, kids were still on their summer break, so it wasn’t that bad, but with the pregnancy and work it was a little stressful for me. Anyways, so we threw stuff away, painted our old house, fixed the house, and eventually, movers came and took all of our stuff. THE END. Just kidding, so I left my job, and I will not lie, I kind of miss it. Not the work itself, but I miss my regular customers and of course the people I used to work with. I did not cry after leaving Florida, for I was ready to pack and go. I was prepared for a change, I mean, aren’t we all? 

Our road trip was a blessing and a curse together. Our first stop consisted of spending the night in Panama City which is about six hours away from Tampa (not too shabby). So wait, wait…. before I continue with this post OMG!!!!! do not ever stay at this place.
www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34542-d275390-Reviews-American_Quality_Lodge_Panama_City-Panama_City_Florida.html

Holy Mother of Pearl!!!!!! Ok, so my “lovely husband”, decided to stick to a “low” budget hotel, etc. Well, who wants to spend like $200 just for one night? Exactly, so without a doubt and without looking at the reviews (totally my fault) I agreed. I said, “if it’s cheap and decent, why not.” Well, he probably heard the word cheap because JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL. He took us to the streets, not even joking. And before anyone jumps on me, I’m talking about druggies outside, non-smoking rooms smelling like complete SMOKE, roaches all over the wall, and people drinking in and out of rooms like a complete mess. So, Of course, I was pissed, not the way I wanted to start my road trip but it happened, we are human people, mistakes do happen. After a five minute talk, we both agreed on requesting a refund and getting the hell out of there ASAP. Did I mention it was pouring cats and dogs? Well, it was horrible outside. So I spoke to the manager, and I was furious because she gave me the look of “I’m used to people bitch about the rooms but unfortunately, no refunds.” Like are you kidding me, lady? No worries, keep the money and off we went to another hotel. Keep in mind we are traveling with two kiddos, and two dogs. Yes, had to take my furbabies with me. After receiving a warm welcoming at La Quinta Inns & Suites, I was able to sleep like a baby. That was just day one guys, day one!!!! Did I mention how bad it was pouring outside? 

Last but not least, before the night ended, we stopped to grab a bite after all that chaos. My husband chose to eat at a Mexican restaurant which was… okay… I mean, their beans were great, but I don’t recall the place we went. After we got home, I washed clothes at the hotel (the chores never end, not even when you’re on vacation) and called it a night. It was the longest….day….ever… Check out my dogs; also they were like WTF???!!!

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Living La Vida in Florida

While living in Tampa, Florida, I now realize there was so much to do and see. From beaches to parks, you name it. This past summer, my mom and sister were visiting from Southern California (which was a blast by the way). The first thing they asked me when I saw them, “what are we doing tomorrow? What’s there to do in Tampa? where are the hot spots?” Then I realized that I didn’t know much about my surroundings. So yes, if you ask me what’s there to do in Tampa, I will reply with a brief answer like, uh… the beach? Wrong. This beautiful city has a lot to offer. I felt terrible because I had to work, I couldn’t take many days off, but I figured I would try my best.  I don’t mind theme parks, but my mom and sister are not big fans of it (especially since it’s expensive), so I figured I tried my best to make their vacation memorable. If you enjoy shopping, well so do I, however, not always in a mall. We decided to drive to Sunshine Thrift Store which is in South Tampa, and they still have good deals. This time I didn’t see people fighting over items lol. Let me tell you that you can find pretty good deals at the local thrift shop here. The next couple of days went by so fast! I let her borrow my car to take my sister out, but I’m glad I did since I had to work. Other must-see places they visited were; Clearwater Beach, walked around Downtown Tampa (through the Riverwalk), and we went out to Ybor City. If you’re ever in Tampa and want to go out bar hopping or to clubs, try visiting South Howard aka SoHo where you will be around ‘lots of college kids, but they have plenty of bars. Ybor City has a lot to offer as well, as it’s a whole strip of clubs, bars, restaurants, movies, tattoo shops, omg you name it! SO MUCH TO DO IN YBOR through the day, but mainly at night. If you’re a person that loves the beach and you just can’t get enough of it, here are some of my favorite beaches so far;. Treasure Island, Fort De Soto, Clearwater Beach (if you don’t mind a crowded beach), and if you’re up for a drive, try Ana Maria Island, Panama City Beach., and last but not least, South Beach in Miami 🙂

During the month of January, they have something called Gasparilla Parade (for both children and adults on different dates). I’ve experienced it on 3 different occasions and it has been a blast! To learn more about it, click on the link below.


www.813area.com/travel/gasparilla-history-why-we-celebrate.html

If you’re up for theme parks, in Tampa they have Busch Gardens (which isn’t too bad if you’re not a fan of big crowds) and Adventure Island (water park) that’s right across from the park. Orlando is about an hour and thirty minutes from Tampa. Therefore, you have Disneyworld (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s, and the Animal Kingdom). Other parks around the area; Universal Studios, Sea World, Legoland, Fun Spot America, Gatorland, among others. So much to do in Orlando, if you have the money for it. Summertime here in Tampa tends to be super humid and of course HOT! My family and I used to drive up to the beach, fish, go out to the movies, go out to eat to different places. I mean it when I say it, there’s so much to do. It’s a beautiful part of Florida, and if you ever get bored in the area, my advice to you is to drive to different places. While my mom was here, I also decided to take them to Miami. We had such a great time in South Beach. We walked around, ate like there was no tomorrow, enjoyed the beach, and even took a peek where celebrities live. Miami is roughly about 4 1/2 hours away from Tampa. The drive isn’t bad. However, Miami’s traffic is horrible and super expensive. Worth visiting the area if you plan to attend the state of Florida in general.