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About Me & My Family

We're a globe trekking, fun-loving, bilingual family always planning our next adventure. From art museums to alpine skiing, we're ready for anything. We are USTA rated tennis players, professional artists and musicians, golfers, swimmers, skiiers, sailors, engineers, and more!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, scheduled, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Longboat Key Club which is located on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Paradise!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Wherever we go next! Thanks to Trekaroo, I always have a great group of reviews to help me plan a fantastic vacation!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
During the winter, anywhere with snow and easy airport access. Golfing, tennis, spa, ski, and culinary resorts are ideal!
Favorite Vacation Memory
One of my favorite vacation memories was the first time my daughter saw snow at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. She's still talking about ski school years later! The Innisbrook Golf Resort and Indaba Spa near Tampa Bay, Florida. What an amazing experience! A home exchange holiday in France.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Dangerous weather conditions, unexpected airport and security delays.
Websites I Like:
snowmamas.com tbparenting.com visitflorida.com condenast.com

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March 06 2015
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Busch Gardens Food & Wine Fest | kids travel, kids activities
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Fest
10165 N McKinley Drive,
Tampa,
Florida 33612
"Delicious variety and flavors"
The inaugural Food and Wine Festival at Busch Gardens started on a delicious note! Celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken along with Busch Gardens Chef Ron DeBonis created a great variety of delicious food and wine/beer pairings. The Bacon Mac & Cheese is a creamy blend of pasta shapes and is topped with generous bacon crumbles. The Mac & Cheese would be a hit with kids and bacon lovers alike! The Mango Éclair with a white chocolate glaze would please any sweet tooth! The Pan Seared Diver Scallops are served on corn tortilla strips and a bed of watermelon salsa. This dish was a well balanced combination of salty and sweet. Next time, we're going to try the Venison Chili and Cigar City Brewing Maduro brew! Food samples range from $4-$7 and $7-$8 for alcoholic beverages.

There's a good variety of wineries represented as well as craft brews from across the USA. Of course, you have to be 21 and over to buy and consume alcohol.

To make the most of the festival, I'd suggest purchasing a VIP or Event punch card pass to ensure excellent concert seats and make sampling purchases easier. There are a several plans to choose from as well as a Quick Payment program available through your smart phone.

Throughout the park, we saw beautiful, whimsical topiaries. My favorite, the Florida Octopus, is located in the lagoon outside of the Festival Entrance in Gwazi Park and the Garden Gate Café. These fanciful designs are a delightful addition to the tropical landscapes.

The event is included with park admission. The festival area is open from noon to 9pm daily. Headliner music acts kick off at 6pm each night of the festival. Opening acts can be heard earlier in the day at 1:45pm and 4pm. The concerts are included with park admission. VIP concert seating can be purchased for an additional fee.

For an updated list of musical acts, please visit the Busch Gardens website.
 
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December 25 2014
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Bonefish Grill
Henderson Boulevard,
Tampa,
Florida 33629
"Tasty appetizers"
Part of the Outback Restaurant Group, Bonefish is a combination bar/restaurant offering a good variety of seafood, grill, salad, and appetizer options. The kids menu is a predictable variety and comes iwth a beverage and side. The parking lot is a bit small for this location but valet parking is available for a fee. The bar area can get crowded and noisy but the restaurant is pleasant. The food is good but a bit overpriced.
 
 
December 25 2014
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Bonefish Grill | kids travel, kids activities
Bonefish Grill
3971 South Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota,
Florida 34231
"Great appetizers, loud restaurant"
This Bonefish location is a very popular happy hour venue after working hours. The bar area can be quite loud which affects the dining areas. There is usually a wait during standard dining hours. The food is good although a bit overpriced. Service has been hit or miss during each visit. Parking can also be a challenge in this location off of US 41 just south of Bee Ridge Road in central Sarasota.
 
 
December 25 2014
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Five Guys Burgers and Fries
3841 West Kennedy Boulevard,
Tampa,
Florida 33609
"Juicy burgers and yummy fries"
The menu is simple and the portion sizes are generous. The food is made to order. While waiting, enjoy roasted salted in the shell peanuts which are available for free. Be warned if there is a peanut allergy in your family! The burgers are so juicy. The serving of homecut fries is large enough to share. There are also hot dogs which are available with chili. The restaurant is clean and well lit. Parking can be a challenge during lunch hours.
 
 
December 25 2014
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Kabuki Cafe at Walt Disney World's EPCOT
Epcot World Showcase - Japan,
Lake Buena Vista,
Florida 32830
"Kaki Gori - shaved ice treats"
This is one of our favorite places to grab a frozen ice treat while visiting Walt Disney World's Epcot and the World Showcase. Kaki Gori is a delicious shaved ice treat and can be ordered in variety of flavors. My favorite flavor is tangerine which is a delighful, bright orange color. A feast for the eyes and tastebuds!