Local Eats: Taco Bus

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Local Eats: Taco Bus

Celebrating unique local restaurants!

When I first had Taco Bus I was told it didn’t really count, that it didn’t measure up to the real thing. Which is saying something because my first time wasn’t all too bad. I had been at a friends wedding where they catered, pulled up in a short, bright yellow bus. Yes, they take their name seriously! And that was two years ago!

So after picking up another friend from the airport, I finally got to experience the REAL deal after hearing so much about it. And I wasn’t disappointed. After I pulled in, I was pleased to see not one, but two buses making up a charming little courtyard. Most of the seating is outside, but they did also have an indoor dining room if the weather is not so agreeable, and let’s face it, in Florida thunderstorms are a daily summer afternoon occurrence. Luckily for us, the sun was just peeking out from behind the remnants of one such storm and we got to enjoy the humid heat while Latino music filled the air.

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Local Eats: Kazu’s

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Local Eats: Kazu’s

Celebrating unique local restaurants!

Looking for the best Sushi in the Hudson area? Then check out Kazu’s! A small restaurant tucked away in a rather barren strip mall (don’t let that scare you away!) Kazu’s has a rather large following in the area, and for good reason. According to their website, the restaurant was opened in 2003 by Kazunobu Miyazato and his wife. With 30 years of being a sushi chef under his belt, it definitely shows, yum! And the prices are very reasonable too. So if you are ever in the area and have a hankering for delicious sushi, check out Kazu’s! Your stomach, and your wallet, will thank you!

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Behind The Photo: Brooklyn Bridge Hike

So tired!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Brooklyn Bridge Hike

I know, not the best picture, but bear with me, there is a story here! It was several years ago during my first visit to NYC. I was young and ready to go! And go I did! After getting off my flight and dropping my things off at my friend’s place where I was staying in Brooklyn, we walked all around lower Manhattan. Tired and exhausted, we thought it would be a good idea to hike across the entirety of the Brooklyn Bridge. How far/ hard could it be?? We learned pretty quickly what we had decided to undertake, but we were determined! Also, the view! Unfortunately I hadn’t thought to bring a tripod with me and balancing my camera precariously on the edge as cars zoomed by underneath didn’t seem like a great idea. So, I am left with this blurry memento of the time I thought that hiking across the Brooklyn Bridge at night was a good idea.

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Experience History At Old World Wisconsin

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Old World in the New World

About an hour or so outside of Racine, a small town in Wisconsin where my mother is from, you can go back in time to when there were no cell phones and you had to churn your own butter. At Old World Wisconsin, the history lesson is immersive as you tour around old homesteads and farms with workers in full costumes as they take you through the daily lives of our ancestors. You begin to appreciate all of the modern technology that we have!

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Behind The Photo: Snow!

First time!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Snow!

This one is a little more personal. Before my trip to Tennessee back in January, this Florida born-and-raised girl, had never seen snow before! Crazy right? So, when we stopped at a rest area up in the mountains and I saw this thin smattering of icy-white fluffiness I had to get out and play with it. I’m sure people thought I was a crazy person. Who gets excited at an inch of snow at a rest area? Well, this girl sure did! Fortunately I got to see much more later on on the trip, where I didn’t look like an escaped asylum patient playing in it.

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Would You Use These??

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I‘m always curious about how everyday people of times past lived their everyday lives. One of the things those people did (and still do, I believe…) is use the toilet. I am always curious about toilets and bathrooms throughout the ages. Does that make me weird?

Anyways, at the Ruins of Philippi in Greece there are some pretty well preserved latrines. I don’t know about you, but they seem a little too communal for my tastes. But, I suppose if you had to go, you had to go!

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Behind The Photo: Caryatids

Not The Real Ones

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Caryatids at the Acropolis

The Caryatids that support the roof of the Erechtheion porch at the Acropolis in Athens are certainly unique. But, they aren’t the real deal. To see the real ancient ladies you’ll have to visit a museum nearby, and one a little further away. Five of the original six are on display in the Acropolis Museum and have undergone a recent restoration. The sixth however, is located faraway in the British Museum. How did it end up there? Well, back in the day, early 1800s days, a man named Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and British ambassador removed the statue along with other parts of the Parthenon and took them back to England. He later sold it and his collection, known as the Elgin Marbles, to the British government to help pay off debt. And so, there they remain with some controversy, in England. A lone Caryatid separated from her sisters.

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Sopchoppy: A little town in Florida you’ve probably never heard of.

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It’s the place of worm grunting. Yes, that’s a thing, the place of a two stop sign main street, the place of crazy stinging yellow fly invasions during yellow fly season, the place of tupelo honey (oh so sweet), the place of the legend of the white squirrels, and the place of warm summers on the Ochlockonee River.

“In the summertime, when the weather is hot…”

The first time my boyfriend, Ben, brought me up here to visit this place his Grendaddy and Meemaw call home, was in the middle of summer. We brought up our kayaks, planning on some adventure on the Wakulla River. The source of the river is Wakulla springs in Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, home to one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world, linking directly to the Florida aquifer and spitting out about 260 million gallons of water a day.  It is also home to a nice swimming area and lodge built in 1937 by Edward Ball, that visitors can eat at, spend the night, or get married at. However, the one thing that I will never forget about this visit to the springs is the two-story 21 ft. jump platform, which I jumped off once, landed directly on my bum, and continued my stay in Sopchoppy with stinging welts, which later turned to some nice bruises.

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Behind The Photo: Queen’s Chamber, Versailles

Audience stays behind here

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Queen’s Chamber, Versailles

Life as a royal was not always easy. Especially if you liked your privacy. When I went to the Palace of Versailles, I wondered why the King’s and Queen’s chambers had a railing separating the rooms. Well, some research later I found out about a strange ceremony called the levée. It was basically a ceremony at the beginning of the day where people would gather to watch the King or Queen rise and get ready for the day and even help them get dressed. The railing was to separate the public from the private areas. The whole thing sounds like a nightmare to me! I would not like to wake up to an audience, that’s for sure!

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Pompeii

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Amazing Ruins

I‘m a sucker for ancient ruins. I love to explore and learn about them whenever I get the chance. And a few years ago, on a trip across Europe, I had the opportunity to tour the well preserved site of Pompeii.

A couple hours away from Rome by bus, Pompeii is near the port city of Naples. It’s totally worth the trip, even if you are not really into ruins, or if you are ruined out from Rome. A whole town preserved in time, with parts of it even restored, you feel almost transported back in time.

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