Friday, April 28, 2006

PIZZA! PIZZA!


As a child it was the sound of "PIZZA! PIZZA!" that would make any dinner time a happy time. Over time though my pallet has become a bit more civilized and to me nothing beats a goods piece of pizza. While I have enjoyed many a pizza in many places there is one that stands out to me. BEST ITALIAN in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Most people would not expect to find a great Italian place nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg but that is what you find. Located off the main strip between traffic lights 7 & 8 BEST ITALIAN is a place where the locals eat. In a tourist town, like Gatlinburg, that alone speaks volumes. While spending a few months working in G'burg I became a huge fan of the Veggie Supreme. All the veggies you can think topped off with a generous helping of feta cheese. While some pizza purists may scoff at Feta on a pizza the balance of flavors is delicious.

Honorable Mention goes to:
JOEYS HOUSE OF PIZZA makes a meal out of a slice a pizza. Using a traditional NY crust they pile the toppings high and the result is pure sin! I've only recently discovered this local gem but let me tell you it was love at first bite.

If you find your way to the UK take a quick meal at PIZZA EXPRESS. This is the only place that I have ever had an egg as a topping on a pizza and I must say I liked it. The Fiorentina comes with spinach, parmesan and a free range egg with garlic and olives for a little extra bite. A true party on the palette!

MELLOW MUSHROOM: Sure it's a chain but they make a good pie. You can find them in college towns all over the southeast. Good atmosphere and fun crowds are usually a staple as well.

Where is your favorite pizza place? Post a comment below and let others know.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Happiest Place on Earth...

Who doesn’t like Disneyland?! My husband and I recently took a trip to beautiful Anaheim, CA for a short getaway. We had some free flights with Southwest so we made a spur of the moment decision to take off. We booked a hotel and Disneyland Park package through www.disneyland.com. I highly recommend doing this because of all of the little extras they throw in for booking online. We got discounted park tickets, Disneyland luggage tags, early entrance to the Disneyland one day and another early entrance pass to Toon Town before it opened to the general public. We also got some preferred seating passes to some of the shows (including “It’s Tough to be a Bug” in California Adventure).

The resort hotels were all booked up since we went during spring break season, but we were able to get a room at a Disney Good Neighbor hotel – Marriott Anaheim. The hotel was very nice for being a “convention center” hotel. The rooms were extremely comfortable! We got a king size bed that was amazingly soft and plush! The staff was very pleasant. The hotel has a Starbucks and a Pizza Hut Express inside which was perfect for late night dinners after visiting the parks. The Starbucks has a deli attached to it where you can get fresh fruit and/or bagels in the morning & salads and sandwiches at night…they of course, were a little overpriced for what it was, but it sufficed at the end of a long day.

I know there is something special about taking your children to Disneyland, but since we don’t have kids…I just don’t understand why parents do it. We had the best time without having to worry about nap times, crying children & keeping kids out of the rain. There’s some freedom in fully being able to act like a kid yourself there. Also, having only 2 people in your group really speeds you through the lines at some rides. They’ve added some new features to the Jungle Cruise ride, updated the dolls in “it’s a small world”, and they’re working on changing the 20,000 Leagues ride into something from Nemo.

This was our first trip to California Adventure. While we weren’t totally impressed with the park in general…we did have a good time. California Screamin’ is by far the best coaster there. The Grizzly River Run was fairly long for a water ride, but it wasn’t the best I’ve ever been on. Soarin’ Over California is also a very cool ride. The Tower of Terror ride here eliminated some of the extra features the Disney World version has, but was fun because it seemed to get to the drops faster. One of the preferred seating passes we got was for the Golden Dreams short movie…if you are under the age of 60 I doubt this feature would appeal to you. It’s Tough to be a Bug & Muppets 3D were very cute. The new Monsters Inc, Mike & Sully to the Rescue ride is great for kids, because it’s just a slow ride through different scenes in the movie. Our favorite thing at California Adventure was the Block Party Bash! It’s a parade and street party featuring the characters of Disney Pixar films. It’s very interactive so it makes it really fun if you in one of the party zones!


Seriously people…if you’re looking for a stateside vacation, NOTHING beats Disney!

submitted by Tuesdays Traveler Reader Surupa C. from Atlanta Georgia

Monday, April 17, 2006

Washinton DC...A little taste of Italy


It seems only fitting that the first post on www.tuesdaystraveler.com should be a tribute to our nation's capital, Washington DC. Known for its breathtaking monuments and great museums, I found a potato dumpling so good, that it alone could make the trip worth it.

While there are countless places to stay I chose the Renaissance Hotel on 9th Street NW. Conveniently located across the street from the new convention center, the Renaissance is appealing to business travelers. Pleasure travelers will be equally happy with its proximity to all of the DC sites. The Smithsonian, Chinatown, The National Portrait Gallery and the International Spy Museum are all within blocks, and the MCI Center is just a block away as well.

If you have never been to DC, I would recommend a day or even two going through some of the exhibits The Smithsonian has to offer. During my last visit I took in the Air and Space Museum and my jaw dropped in each and every room I went into. Even though they were now silent pieces in a museum you literally could feel the power of these great machines.

No trip to DC would be complete without getting out to see some of the incredible monuments. The new WWII monument is truly beautiful (even though in each of my last two trips to DC the water feature was empty and not working.) But it is the peaceful majesty of The Lincoln Monument that gets me. He seems so stoic. So serious. As if he is still, even now, pondering how to best run this country today.

The great thing about most metropolitan areas is the fact that many immigrants have settled there, and with them comes the flavor of their homeland. One such treat is the Italian restaurant, Filomena located on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown. Recommended by the desk clerk at the hotel, Filomena ended up being a meal I will remember the rest of my life. When I first walked up to the restaurant and saw the older Italian lady in the front window making ravioli by hand I felt it was going to special. When I tasted the potato dumpling and filet that I had for dinner I only wished that this was a place I could visit more often. The food and service were all first rate. When you dine at Filomena know that you can expect to pay between $15 and $30 for your entree but the price is well worth it. Do yourself one favor when you dine at Filomena-- save room for the homemade desserts (which are available to be shipped anywhere). The cheesecake is bite after bite of pure delight.

If you have the chance to make it to Arlington I would recommend a Mexican restaurant called Guapo's. Here you will find the best steak fajitas you will ever have. I don't say this lightly either. My friend Bob who joined me on my last visit agreed, and he was born in Mexico. I think that makes him an authority of some kind...I'm not real sure.

Everyone knows what DC holds, but this is my little glimpse into the capital of the United States. Share your thoughts about DC in the comments section.

Friday, April 14, 2006

What It's All About...

Tuesday's Traveler will be a place where people come to talk all things travel. My hope for this site will be an interactive place for people to gather information about places they would like to go and share about where they have been.

Where is Paradise for you? Is it a deserted beach? Or is a trip to the busy city with shopping and exciting places to eat.

If you have a review of a vacation hot spot or restaurants please email me at tuesdaystraveler@gmail.com.

I am looking forward to going places with each of you!

p.s. look for new posts here each and every tuesday...coming soon Disney in California, an incredible resort in Laguna Beach and an Italian eatery in our nation's capital that will have you drooling.