La Centrale – Bubbles and Truffles

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Who loves Italian food, truffles, and sparkling wine?! ME! I am so excited to share with y’all about an amazing event that I attended this past Friday, February 22nd, 2018!

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I was invited to an event named, “Bubbles and Truffles” at La Centrale, a Miami Italian Food Hall at Brickell City Centre. I was already a huge fan of this place, and I definitely recommend a visit if you’re traveling to Miami!

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Over the last few years, I have been discovering a new love of WINE! So I was so excited to try a new brand, learn about their process, and taste their wine! Ferrari Trento hosted the event with La Centrale and Urbani Truffles to pair their sparkling wine with delicious truffle dishes!

Let’s get to the dishes and sparkling wines shall we?!

When we arrived to the event, we were immediately greeted with a glass of Ferrari Brut, crafted in mountainside vineyards in Italy. Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento, graciously welcomed us and informed us that this particular sparkling wine is often used for celebrations in Italy. How cool is that? This was probably my favorite sparkling wine, the bubbles were fine and the wine was tasty. I just love the way it sparkles! I was so happy to have been gifted with a bottle for home for my next celebration!

Ferrari Trento began in 1902 with a man named Giulio Ferrari – who wanted to compete with French Champagnes by creating a sparkling wine in the Trentino Mountains in Italy. Bruno Lunelli became the successor of Ferrari Trento, and Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento today, continued on the tradition as the 3rd generation of Lunelli’s to share the passion of their company.

Urbani Truffles began in 1852 with a man named Constantine Urbani, who began exporting fresh truffles from Italy to France.

After we had been seated, we were served Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva. FANTASTIC! I’m already a huge fan of Rosé and this sparkling Rosé wine was just perfect. It was fresh and fruity, with the flavor of sweet almonds, and I loved the copper color.

The Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva was served with La Cesare (Caesar Salad), Beef Carpaccio with black truffles and dijon mustard (incredible!), and Blueberry Flatbread (mascarpone, gorgonzola, almonds and honey – oh my goodness!). They were all absolutely fantastic and expertly paired!

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Matteo spoke about the importance of family and the significance of sitting down as a family to share a meal and sparkling wine. He spoke of the Italians’ way of appreciating the time spent with each other and taking the time to slow down, eat, drink, and enjoy. I really appreciated this and feel that is something I need to do more of in my own life!

Matteo spoke before each wine and plate pairing about the expert way in which they produce their wines in the Trentino Mountains of Italy. I especially loved learning about the way the sparkling wine is made and aged – as it is different than champagne and other wines.

As we moved on to our main course, we had the choice of Truffle Risotto with Urbani Truffles, Ossobuco Benedict (veal shank, poached eggs, focaccia, spinach, and hollandaise), or Speck E Tartufo Pizza (black truffle, mozzarella, ricotta – my fave, mushrooms, and soft-farmed egg).

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I had the opportunity to have the Truffle Risotto and to try the Speck E Tartufo Pizza – both excellent and delicious with their Ferrari Perlé sparkling wine! It was similar to Chardonnay with a bit of almond flavor. It sparkles like gold!

Truffle Risotto with Ferrari Perlé (and my leftover Rosé)

We were then served delicious macarons and biscotti from La Centrale and shared our final toast of the afternoon with a vintage 2006 sparkling wine, called Giulio Ferrari Reserve del Fondatore – incredible! After aging more than ten years, it has an elegant and velvety flavor that I loved!

The food was incredible. The sparkling wine was incredible. What truly stood out to me at this event was the passion of Matteo and his company. I love getting behind companies that live their passions, and Ferrari Trento truly shows it through their sparkling wines.

I had the most wonderful and DELICIOUS time at La Centrale’s Bubbles and Truffles with Ferrari Trento and Urbani Truffles. If you have a chance to share a bottle of Ferrari Trento with your loved ones, I highly suggest you do so! A special thank you goes to Erica Nonni @ La Centrale for inviting me to this event! Salute!


This concludes my Bubbles and Truffles @ La Centrale Blog Post. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions!

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Atlanta Mini-Weekend Guide

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Last July, Tyler and I traveled to beautiful Atlanta for a friend’s wedding, and spent an awesome mini-weekend in Atlanta! I wanted to share some of our favorite spots from this trip so y’all can enjoy them too! We can’t wait to go back someday! So here are the 10 Places in Atlanta we loved and not to miss!

 

  1. World of Coca-Cola

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Are you a Coke or a Pepsi fan?! Honestly, I’m both! I definitely had to see the World of Coca-Cola while in ATL, it’s home base! When you enter, they give you a can of Coke, so fun! There are tons of exhibits for all ages, walking you through their history and today. There is even a room for trying all sorts of Coca-Cola products, and an awesome gift shop! You can even meet the Coca-Cola polar bear!

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2. College Football Hall of Fame

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Fun fact, Tyler was a college football quarterback and I was a college cheerleader! We are College Football fanatics, so we HAD to go to the College Football HOF! When you enter, you get to register your favorite team to find out fun facts along the way! We even found our college football team on the wall of helmets! As an Ohio State University fan, and Tyler an Oklahoma University fan, we LOVED all of the facts and memorabilia!

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At the end, there is an indoor football field with fun challenges like kicking a field goal and quarterback challenges!

3. The Pig and The Pearl

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I found this place on Instagram and had to try it! Nothing is better than some good ole’ southern cooking! I had a brisket sandwich – yum, and Tyler had a shrimp platter! Their cornbread was AMAZING! Their drinks were also delish; I had a “Georgia Peach”!

4. Skyview Atlanta

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A giant ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta? This totally brought out the kid in me, and I loved it! The views of Atlanta from the top are gorgeous!

5. Revolution Doughnuts

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I had heard AMAZING things about Revolution Doughnuts, and they were right! Tucked away in the CUTEST little neighborhood, these were so so good! I also had an iced Chai latte that was to-die-for! My favorite was the Toasted Almond Cake Doughnut!

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6. Piedmont Park

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Piedmont Park is a beautiful park with gorgeous views of downtown Atlanta! We enjoyed wandering around the park exploring, especially around Lake Clara Meer and the Meadow, where you can see beautiful views! You can also rent bikes and ride around the beautiful Atlanta Beltline – a series of trails around Atlanta!

7. Centennial Olympic Park

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Did you know that Atlanta, Georgia hosted the Olympic Games in 1996? This park in Downtown Atlanta is dedicated to it, complete with a fountain of Olympic Rings with a music and light show! We stopped by here at sunset!

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8. SkyLounge Atlanta

This sky bar in Atlanta has beautiful views of the city! It is so gorgeous lit up at night, so we had a drink here to take in the views!

9. Canoe Restaurant

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We went to Canoe for a delicious brunch outside of Atlanta on the Chattachoochee River! Not only was breakfast delicious, but this place is GORGEOUS! There is a beautiful aqua-colored bridge just a short walk from the restaurant that is also beautiful. I would label it a MUST DO! The dinner menu is upscale with a variety of options, click the link above to see their menu!

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10. Ponce City Market

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Last but certainly not least, is Ponce City Market! This place is AMAZING, and another MUST DO for me! This food hall is ANYTHING but ordinary! They have TONS of amazing food vendors including a favorite of mine – Five Daughters Bakery! Head up to The Roof to The Skyline Park to find delicious foods and drinks as well as a gorgeous view of the skyline of Atlanta! This place is NOT TO MISS!

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EXTRA: MURAL HUNTING

Atlanta is FULL of amazing murals and street artists! I was not blogging at the time of this trip, so I only have a few murals to share with you from this particular trip!

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716 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

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Ponce De Leon Ave NE – Greg Mike

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Atlanta Humane Society

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300 Marietta St

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700 Lake Ave NE

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BONUS: Do yourself a favor and follow my FAVORITE bloggers from Atlanta on Instagram to get even more awesome ideas before your trip!

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  • @sophlog

 

Overall, we LOVED the city of Atlanta, and we hope that you will too! Cheers to your next trip to Atlanta, Georgia!

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This concludes my guide from Atlanta. I hope that you enjoyed my blog. Please like, comment and SHARE!

Feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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Key West – Ultimate Weekend Guide

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In December, I traveled to Key West for my birthday weekend with Tyler and my cousin Desiree. Key West is my kind of paradise, relaxing and chill with a turquoise waters, funky people, plenty of shopping, a great night life scene and delicious food. And my favorite part about Key West? How colorful it is! Follow along as I walk you through the Ultimate Weekend Guide for Key West.

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After packing and getting all of my colorful travel accessories together, it was time to explore! We live near Miami, so we left around 9 AM knowing it would take us around 3 hours to drive south to Key West. As you journey south, you will cross over all of The Keys and the 7-Mile Bridge over crystal turquoise waters. Make sure to pay attention as you can see the old railroad bridge next to the Overseas Highway.

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After we arrived, we checked into our hotel @ Margaritaville Resort & Marina. I highly recommend staying here. They were so accommodating and welcoming! The concierge helped us with our rental bikes, they delivered champagne and strawberries for my birthday, and even helped make sure I had the ocean-front view for my hotel stay! The pool is amazing, and the hotel is right in Mallory Square! You can watch the sunset right from your balcony!

 

 

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We had lunch reservations @ Latitudes on Sunset Key. We were able to take a ferry right outside of our hotel over to Sunset Key where we had a wonderful lunch on a private island, can it get any better? Latitudes offers indoor and outdoor seating… on the beach!

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Tropical Drinks! Yum!

 

After lunch, we walked a bit around the private beach to take in the gorgeous scenery!

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exploringggWe were able to walk around and explore a bit after lunch, so we headed over to the “Welcome to Key West” sign @ Cuban Coffee Queen. Then we went over to Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe, the best Key Lime Pie in Key West. I had a dark chocolate covered frozen key lime pie piece! My cousin Desiree tried the Key Lime Ice Cream. We both enjoyed ours very much! We walked over to Pepper’s, a specialty spicy sauce shop, where you can sit at a “bar” and try all sorts of spicy sauces and do challenges! Right near our hotel @ Margaritaville Resort & Marina and Mallory Square, you will find the big red Custom’s House – which is now the Key West Art and Historical Society building, with fun interactive sculptures around it!

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@ Cuban Coffee Queen

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Custom’s House – YES! Of course we did, I am a nurse after all…

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Next it was time for sunset @ Mallory Square. I’m labeling this a MUST DO. Some say this is the “HOME OF THE SUNSET”, and it did not disappoint. The cruise ships pull out of Mallory Square Harbor right in time for the sunset, and wow, was it gorgeous. Before sunset, all sorts of street performers, vendors, and food carts come to the square for entertainment and food! Find more information about jet ski rentals, catamaran sunset tours, and what to do in Mallory Square here >> Mallory Square.

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For dinner we headed over to Salute! On The Beach, for delicious Italian in a chill, funky  atmosphere right on the beach. We LOVED our food. I had Pasta Carbonara and Tyler had the Lasagna. This was the perfect place before our next destination, as we wanted to eat a big meal before the night came!

 

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The Duval Crawl, the famous bar hopping crawl of Key West, famous for its shenanigans and awesome historical bars, was next on our list. This was the highlight of the trip! Follow along as I take you through our favorite bars on the Duval Crawl along Duval Street – mostly! First things first:

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We walked the entire Duval Street, however we started @ Flying Monkeys Saloon, a world famous frozen drink bar, where I had my favorite – Miami Vice! They have all sorts of different flavors, including pina colada and rum runner!

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227 Duval St

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Next we went to Irish Kevin’s, where they had a live band singing, & my favorite atmosphere and crowd of the night! We tried the Green Alligator, VERY STRONG, and sang along with everyone to Billy Joel. They even have a Jameson Chandelier, amazing. Their phrase is, “I drank… I don’t remember!” Haha!

 

(211 Duval St)

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The famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar was our next stop, a “Key West Tradition” and famous bar with a live rock cover band playing all of Tyler’s favorite songs – mostly 80s rock music. Here we had their famous Mojito’s – apparently a Hemingway favorite. This was an awesome stop! I had heard their t-shirts go fast, so I made sure to buy one!

 

(201 Duval St)

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We had to go to the oldest bar in Key West, The Green Parrot, a “Key West Icon”. The night we were there, they had the cover band for Led Zeppelin, pretty cool. We enjoyed some beers and music here, a must see! It also the first and last bar on US1!

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We were able to peek into Margaritaville Cafe, but seeing as Jimmy Buffet was actually playing there that night, we couldn’t get in! Super cool to hear him! We also went by Capt. Tony’s Saloon, the original Sloppy Joe’s Bar! For our final stop we went to Hog’s Breath Saloon, the “Key West Watering Hole”, an outdoor bar with a cool vibe, and another live band. Super fun! That completed our DUVAL CRAWL, and it was time for some R&R!

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After some wonderful sleep @ Margaritaville Resort & Marina, we went to Glazed Donuts at 7:30 AM. They had a delicious Maple Bacon donut, and I especially loved their Key Lime Pie Donut. We were able to try some seasonal flavors like Gingerbread and Pumpkin Pie, also awesome! They serve Red Buoy Coffee as well.

 

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We were able to walk around in the early morning of Key West to hear all of the Roosters crowing and walking about in the street. We spent some time @ the pool of our hotel, then went to brunch at my FAVORITE Key West spot, Blue Heaven. This is a must do.

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Blue Heaven is an oasis with food, live music, cats, chickens, and roosters. Yes, cats, chickens, and roosters… who walk around and greet you while you wait and during your meal! So fun! It is an outdoor/indoor place with lots of quirky Key West-y things.

 

The mimosas are awesome and my favorite is the blueberry pancakes! So yummy!

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After our bellies were full, we biked around Key West with our rental bikes & roamed around the island *there are rental bike shops everywhere*, and pretty cheap – $12 a day for us! We were able to see all of the adorable colorful houses and I even found a pretty little pink house named “Mermaid Grotto”, what?! Tyler helped navigate us through to see some of the MUST DO’s on my list.

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I just loved seeing all of the pastels and colorful homes and shops here! I’m a sucker for beautiful buildings, tiny details, and gorgeous architecture, and you’ll find that here!

 

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The Southernmost Point Buoy is a major symbol of Key West, and now especially, of the Key West strength. The Buoy was recently scraped of half of its paint by Hurricane Irma, but local artists came together to fix and repaint it! Be prepared to wait in a line here, but it’s totally worth it to get your photo alone and not with 100 other tourists!

 

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Next we went to the Hemingway Home, his actual home where he lived during his time in Key West. They have tours around every half hour, included with admission ($14), with tons of fun information about the most famous inhabitants, their cats!

 

Hemingway had SIX-TOED cats, and their descendants still live in the home today! There is also a PENNY he famously threw down after his wife put in a pool. Not to mention, the home is beautiful.

 

The grounds and garden of the Hemingway Home are also beautiful, which you can explore while looking for the cats!

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Each of the cats is named after a famous person!

We were able to see the Key West Lighthouse, which also has tours, right across from Hemingway Home. Rumor has it, he would use the lighthouse to find his way home from Sloppy Joe’s Bar! Admission is $10.

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The Mile Marker 0 marks the end of the US 1, definitely a must see! According to rumor, the Mile Marker 0 sign is often stolen and has to be replaced!

 

Right near the hotel and Mallory Square, is the Little White House of President Truman. We also were able to shop for fun things like Conch Shells (This is the Conch Republic by the way) and souvenirs to take home in Mallory Square!

 

Also near Mallory Square is Sunset Pier, a colorful place to reflect on a weekend well spent in a beautiful place.

 

smathersFor the final stop before heading north back home, we went to Smathers Beach! None of the beaches in Key West are natural, but sand from the Bahamas is brought in to make the beaches here! It is so beautiful, peaceful and not crowded at all.

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This concludes my “Key West – Ultimate Weekend Guide”. I hope you have enjoyed it and can use this to plan your future travels! Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, and don’t forget to share & subscribe!

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I am really into travel reading, so here are some of the sources I used to plan my trip! Hopefully they can help you plan yours as well!


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