food, Travel

A Zeavola Honeymoon – One Year Later

I think everyone could agree that this winter in Australia has been WAY more brutal than normal and it got me thinking about planning another holiday back to where we had our honeymoon last year.

We went to Thailand and 5 days of our trip was spent at the exclusive Zeavola Resort on Phi Phi Island (weird name, cool place). Just an hour long private boat ride from Phuket (or longer on a public ferry … yuck) sits Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island) which has provided a phenomenalllll backdrop for movies like ‘James Bond, The Man With The Golden Gun’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge of Reason’ and most famously, ‘The Beach’ (young Leonardo DiCaprio).

There’s only around 15 suites in this private resort, they’re all different and equally as stunning. It’s very, very, VERY relaxing providing you don’t mind laying on the beach or by the pool and drinking cocktails ALL DAY …. Duh. We stayed in one of two private pool villa suites that was like a multi level tree-house with its own pool, indoor AND outdoor shower (sexy), a canopy bed that room service decorate with floral arrangements, an all glass bedroom wall to watch the sunrise over the ocean, a pool house, insane jungle/ocean views… Like, do I need to go on?

I’ll stop, because pictures tell it a lot better than words do… But just know Zeavola doesn’t spare a cent on making your experience a memorable, Instagram worthy one. The entire resort is open air – like check-in counter metres from the ocean, incredible on-site chef at the hotel’s private restaurants, the most unique breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen, and the most personal little touches in your room every night (room service ACTUALLY leaves you little presents!!)

Zeavola is a dream!!! Actual perfection.

*All photos are mine, taken by me or my husband*

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Events, food, Hawaii, Travel

Halloween | Eat The Street – Día de Los Muertos

We spent Halloween night at Eat The Street’s Día De Los Muertos party.

Eat The Street is Hawaii’s largest street food rally and they hold an event in Honolulu on the last Friday of every month with music, art, entertainment and a BUNCH of different food trucks (which are all amazing!). There’s BBQ, Yaya Thai, Mexican, Uncle’s North Shore Ice-Cream Sandwiches (which are INCREDIBLE), cupcakes, donuts, macaroons, crepes, the legendary Wow Wow Lemonade, a fully stocked bar area and there’s new stuff popping up every single time we go.

If you live in Hawaii, Eat The Street is a monthly necessity (in my opinion) – I feel a total sense emptiness if we miss a month. The best thing about it is entry is totally FREE and the food is very reasonably priced. There’s absolutely no commitment to buy – so you can just go and listen to the music or browse the art if the food doesn’t interest you – which is absurd, but the option is there.

For the month of November, Eat The Street is having a focus on bacon!!! – and there will be a competition for the best bacon dish as well as all the usual food trucks – I’M ALREADY EXCITED!!!

What? Eat The Street
Where? 555 South Street, Honolulu.
When? The last Friday of every month
How Much? Free as a bird!

Photos below….

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Events, food, Travel

Ariana & Dan’s Road Trip of Love – Walking in Memphis

I’ve travelled a lot in 24 years – all over the world, actually! But, since a very young age the legend of Route 66 has intrigued and fascinated me. I love desert landscapes, I love kitsch, I love diner food and I love Americana, so I knew one day I would make a point of driving The Mother Road.

In early August, my husband and I decided we wanted to take a second honeymoon in September since we only had a short 8 days right after our wedding back in March. We decided on an American road trip which we dubbed, ‘Ariana and Dan’s Road Trip of Love’ (corny, we know!). We really only had a couple of weeks to plan flights to the mainland, a rental car (which was crazy expensive) and a timeline of where we were going to stop and for how long.

Well, we didn’t end up planning anything. We just knew we wanted to see parts of Tennessee, New Orleans, Texas and then pick up Route 66 in Oklahoma and drive to California stopping wherever we wanted. We didn’t book any accommodation, we didn’t even look at hotels or prices, we just booked our flights and car a week beforehand and off we went. It was probably the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done (that didn’t involve alcohol).

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                                                                              Bye, Hawaii!

We decided to start Ariana & Dan’s Road Trip of Love in Memphis, Tennessee and I’m so glad that we did. After a scandalous amount of time getting emotionally, physically and spiritually screwed over by American Airlines (which I can’t even talk about because I’m scared my head will actually blow off) we finally made it to the land of the Delta Blues, which is still one of my favourite places that we visited. Memphis isn’t a raging metropolis, just a really quaint and nostalgic place.

To my absolute delight, we arrived on the final night of the Tennessee Delta Fair! (I actually squealed when I saw the sign for it). It was the best fair/carnival I have ever been to – EVEN better than the Perth Royal Show (I’m a traitor, I know). The food was amazing and it was the biggest fair I’ve ever seen. We also spent the evening on Beale Street and went to Graceland. Graceland is where you pay lot of money to touch things that Elvis used to touch (yes, I loved it) but it’s so cheesy and shiny that you feel ok about doing it. Other than the fact the entire tour is electronic and run off iPads, and they let way too many people in at once it is pretty cool.

If you’re ever visiting Tennessee:

  • DO NOT skip Memphis just because it isn’t as big as Nashville
  • MUST have a cocktail at BB King’s (I recommend a ‘Love on the Delta’).
  • The Blue Plate Café has the best peanut butter pancakes (and breakfasts in general).
  • ALWAYS time your trip to when the Delta Fair is on because that funnel cake will remain in your heart for the rest of your life!

Where: Memphis, Tennessee
What: Delta Fair, Beale Street & Graceland.
When: 7th – 8th September 2014
Drinks: Anywhere on Beale Street (be a tourist, it’s fun)
Food: Blue Plate Café (get the pancakes)

Photos are below…..

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