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June 14, 2024

Visit Kentucky: Fesslers Legendary Pizza & Hoagies

We ended up in Bellevue, KY for ice cream, but we saw a nearby pizza spot with great reviews on Google, so we decided to detour and eat some pizza first at Fesslers Legendary Pizza & Hoagies.

First off, be sure to get the Garlic Bread with Cheese.  It was so cheesy, with just the right amount of garlic.  It was some of the best garlic bread I've had anywhere!

The Supreme
The Supreme Pizza was my fave of the two pizzas we ordered.  It was just loaded with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, bacon, and green olives.  I loved the addition of the green olives, which gave it a nice, salty punch.

The crust was thin and crispy.  

BBQ Chicken & Bacon

The other pizza we ordered - BBQ Chicken & Bacon, was loaded as well, but I thought the chicken was a bit overcooked.  

Overall, the food was great, and I would highly recommend Fesslers if you're in the mood for pizza.

Don't forget the garlic bread!

Fesslers Legendary Pizza & Hoagies
343 Fairfield Ave
Bellevue, KY 41073
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June 13, 2024

Ninja Sushi

Ninja Sushi has been turning into a go-to spot for great tasting meals. 

Chicken Curry Donburi
My usual is the Chicken Curry Donburi.  It's such a filling bowl of tender chicken, rice, and Curry.

Kal-bi + Chicken Bento
The Kal-bi + Chicken Bento also included rice, ahi, ebi, and egg nigiri, inari, and namasu.  
Hawaiian Maki
The Hawaiian Maki included spicy ahi, avocado, unagi, and unagi sauce.  

Mix Chirashi Donburi

Volcano Maki
The Volcano Maki consisted of kanimi crab, avocado, cucumber, tenkasu flakes, spicy ahi, and green onions.

Ninja Sushi has a nice variety of food options at reasonable prices!


Ninja Sushi - Mililani
95-1249 Meheula Pkwy
Mililani, HI 96789
 

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June 12, 2024

Visit Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City National Memorial




The Oklahoma City National Memorial is dedicated to both the survivors and the lives that were lost in the tragic event that occurred on April 19, 1995.


It's free to visit and open 24 hours.

There is an adjacent museum that has an admission fee and limited hours, but we arrived to OKC upon the museum's closing, so we were unable to visit the museum.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial includes numerous symbolic areas in what was once the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Fifth Street, the Athenian Building and Oklahoma Water Resources Board


The Field of Empty Chairs pays respect to the 168 lives lost.



The Survivor Wall has plaques inscribed with the names of the over 600 survivors.  


The Survivor Tree remained standing after the attack, and is a symbol of hope and resilience. 

The gates at each end of the reflecting pool also have great significance.  One is marked 9:01, representing "the innocence before the attack," and the second gate is marked 9:03 - "the moment healing began."




The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a solemn place to visit.  You can't help but roam the grounds with a heavy heart.

But it is also a place of hope and healing.


Oklahoma City National Memorial
620 N Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
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June 11, 2024

Visit Maui: Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui

During my recent trip to Maui, my friends and I stayed at the Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui (thank you to the resort for the media rate!).

The oceanfront resort has over 500 rooms, including a "Sundeck Collection," which gives guests more outdoor space and easy access to the pools.  

I had a lovely ocean view room on an upper level, and it was quite spacious!


There was a king bed, sofabed, chair, mini fridge, and a large bathroom.
I spent lots of time on the lanai just relaxing and gazing out into the ocean.


The property is quite expansive, with several pools:

There is the adults-only Maluhia Infinity Pool.

There are the `Ohi Pools.
There is the NALU Adventure Pool, which has 4 water slides!


There is also the Olakino Wellness Experience Pool, which adults must book in advance for specific experiences.

There is a GameSpace, Keiki Club, and spa, as well as cultural activities, dining options, and so much more.



Although the check-in and check-out process can be inexplicably long, and I did find a few "uncleaned" housekeeping items in my room, the resort overall was simply beautiful, the room comfy and relaxing, and the views gorgeous.

It was a too-short stay, but I do hope to return with the family - my kids would just love the game room and the water slide!

Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr
Wailea, HI 96753
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June 10, 2024

Visit Oklahoma: Mother Road Market

Mother Road Market is a food hall on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

We stopped there to grab some snacks.

First we went to K66 General Store, where we got some sweets:

Tia's Superfood Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie

Oh Honey Sampler Box

The Sampler Box contained 6 different cookies - Basic Batch, Red, White & Velvet, Life of the Party, Gimme S'More, A Cream Come True, They "C" Me Rollin.  I had the Basic Batch (Chocolate Chip) - it was delish, and loaded with chocolate chips! 

We also got some juices from Pure Food + Juice:



We didn't have time to dine in, but they do have many other food vendors that serve everything from burgers to tacos.


Mother Road Market
1124 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104
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June 7, 2024

Visit Kentucky: Barleycorn's

We had an event to attend at Truist Arena, so I did a Google search of nearby family-friendly restaurants, and we ended up at Barleycorn's, which has several locations in Northern Kentucky.

Fried Pickles

I love Fried Pickles, and these fried pickles were thinly sliced, and so difficult to stop eating!  I could've eaten the entire basket myself!

I ordered a Bacon Chicken Wrap, which was just stuffed with chicken and bacon, as well as lettuce, tomato, and cheddar, but I barely ate 1/2 of it because I ate too many fried pickles.  It was a great wrap, however!

Chicken Wings

Barleycorn's is known for their Chicken Wings, and you can get them in all sorts of flavors (pictured is Medium Buffalo Sauce).

All-American Burger

BBQ Bacon Burger
Service was great!

Barleycorn's
1073 Industrial Rd
Cold Spring, KY 41076
 

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June 6, 2024

Leeward Drive-Inn

Since we were near Waipahu, we decided to get lunch at one of my most favorite spots on the island for Fried Noodles - Leeward Drive-Inn!

Box Lunch
My go-to lately has been the Box Lunch, which includes fried saimin, a huge piece of fried chicken, hot dog, rice, and Portuguese sausage.  It's so much food - it usually lasts me at least 3 meals.

Box Lunch
If you have a bigger appetite, the Box Lunch has fried noodles, 2 Portuguese sausages, teri beef, fried chicken, and rice.  
Ultimate Mix Plate

And if you have an even bigger appetite, the Ultimate Mix Plate has fried noodles, rice, kal-bi, hamburger steak, and spareribs.


Won Ton Min


Leeward Drive Inn
94-209 Pupukahi St
Waipahu, HI 96797
(808) 671-7323

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