This post is sponsored by Cars.com. All opinions & thoughts are mine.

Happy Sunday. I’m writing this post as I’m watching my beloved Dallas Cowboys play football. I love this season, because it means FOOTBALL. It also means cold weather. This can make road trips quite different when traveling in the winter. Here are my tips for bringing along the essentials for a winter road trip:

*THINK WARM: Now is not the time to be cute. Trust me, I like to dress up and look cute when I’m going out, but here you need to think smart. Be sure to have a warm pair of gloves & socks in your car. The thicker, the better. Also, grab an extra blanket and load it up in your car.

*THINK RAIN/SNOW: This won’t apply to all locations, but you need to prepare for cold rain/snow in some cases. Pack an umbrella, ice scraper, and a shovel in your car.

*THINK DARKNESS: In the case of bad roads or a breakdown, you may have to wait for help for a while. Be sure to pack a flashlight and an extra battery for your phone. AND don’t forget the phone cords!

*THINK SAFETY: A first aid kit is a must-have in any car. Be sure to change it out each year to be sure the contents are within date. Also, a swiss army knife is always good to have in your car.

As always, check and make sure you have your driver’s license, insurance card, and registration when heading out on a road trip. If you are looking for tips on all things cars & road trips, be sure to check out Cars.com. Here you will find tips on the perfect car for your family and even car seat tips to check for safety.

Shop road trip essentials:

Always remember, HAVE FUN! I have made some of my best memories with my friends and family on road trips!

Thanks for reading & be sure to let me know where you’re headed on road trips this winter!

XO,

Rebekah

 

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share my graduation trip from last year with you today. I’m so sorry it’s SO SO late, but I’m finally getting back into blogging more that I’ve got my schedule down pat. My dad took me to New Orleans, and it was so fun!

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

Since I am a pharmacist, I had a great time visiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. And let me tell you…there were some crazy finds inside. We are talking tinctures of all kinds, cocaine toothache drops, and opium tampons. Even if you’re not a pharmacist, the museum is super cool!

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I really enjoyed seeing the writing from pharmacists back in the day. It was such an amazing experience to see how my profession has evolved over the years.

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Where I Stayed:

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I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the French Quarter. I highly recommend this hotel for location and superior service. I had stayed at a couple of Ritz Carlton hotels in China, but it’s great to stay at one here in the US. We stayed on the club level which provided daily food offerings throughout the day in the Club Lounge. I ate breakfast in the Lounge each morning and snacks were available throughout the day. The rooms were well-appointed with gorgeous garden decor.

My favorite part of the hotel was the beautiful courtyard! It had pretty statues & lights where I would wind down each evening.

Where I Ate:

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Chophouse: If you know me, you know I live for a good steakhouse. I am SUPER picky about meat, and I will hardly eat it without knowing what I’m getting myself into. After searching for a steakhouse on multiple sites, I chose the Chophouse. It did not disappoint! I recommend the filet mignon & onion rings. Also for appetizer, try the thick cut bacon.

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The Rum House: This restaurant calls itself a “caribbean taqueria”. Y’ALL. These tacos were to-die-for! It’s located on Magazine Street, which was a quaint little section of town. I really enjoyed the location. I recommend the Carolina BBQ or the Buffalo Soldier taco.

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Where I Shopped:

Another one of my favorites on Magazine Street was Kendra Scott. It was so cute outside and more beautiful inside. Can we say decor goals?! It was gorgeous!

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I think I need to take another trip to NOLA just to shop. I’ve heard good things about the Shops at Canal Place. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Tips:

Stay in the French Quarter! It’s within walking distance to everything. You will want to walk everywhere, because streets are narrow and parking is scarce.

It gets HOT. I visited in early May and it was so hot y’all. I literally felt like I was walking through an oven when I would step outside. If you have naturally curly hair like me, that’s the way to go! I didn’t plan on straightening my hair and that was the best idea I’ve ever had. You’re so close to the ocean that it’s super humid, so plan accordingly ;)

Visit the St. Louis Cathedral! You can hear music all around Jackson Square, and it immediately transports you into the NOLA culture. Also, be sure to walk across the street to the observation area to photograph the cathedral in its entirety. Cafe du Monde is right next door, so be sure to check it out for yummy beignets.

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

If you like this type of post, be sure to check out all of my travel recaps here.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah

Happy (Travel) Tuesday everyone! I barely survived Monday, if you know what I mean ;) Since I shared my recap of the Four Seasons St. Louis last week, I thought I would share my favorite St. Louis eats. Because I was only in town for around 24 hours, I think eating three meals is pretty successful ;)

Sunday brunch: scape at Maryland Plaza

Maryland Plaza is a super cute little area, and we had brunch at scape American Bistro. It was actually voted Best Brunch by the Riverfront Times, and I can definitely see why. We got to eat outside on the beautiful outdoor porch in the back. The menu is impressive, and you will receive some beignets to munch on while you wait for your meal. On this particular day, they were filled with vanilla bean cream. YUM! I personally think they were better than any I had in New Orleans.

For my main course, I had the Pecan Praline Sourdough French Toast. This was out of the ordinary for me, because I prefer salty over sweet. However, I’ve never met a pecan I didn’t like ;) I highly recommend this dish, and it’s definitely big enough to split with someone else.

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Monday breakfast: Cielo inside the Four Seasons

Cielo is conveniently located inside the Four Seasons. I know what you’re thinking, a hotel restaurant? YES. A million times yes. This is hands down the BEST hotel restaurant I’ve ever eaten. They have an abundance of choices for breakfast, and I finally got my salty here ;)

I chose the Cielo omelet, and I changed it up a bit. It had roasted shallots, oven dried tomato, bacon, and veche rossa cheese. THAT cheese y’all. I’ve never had it, but it was so so good. It was served with the breakfast potatoes & a bakery item of choice. I got a whole wheat bagel. AND you can’t beat the insane view of the Arch while you’re eating.

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Monday lunch: Broadway Oyster Bar

Funny story, when I was checking out of the Four Seasons, one of my favorite Dallas Cowboys players was checking out. His name might or might not be Ezekiel Elliott ;) I’m telling you this because I was in such shock when I got to the oyster bar that it took me forever to calm down and order. I’m a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan, ok? (PS I didn’t ask him for a picture, because I didn’t want to interrupt him. WHAT was I thinking?)

ANYWAYS, I finally settled on the NOLA style BBQ shrimp. OH. MY. GOODNESS. This dish was so so good. Like beyond. It was grilled shrimp in a mixture of butter, Worcestershire sauce, and cajun spices. Obviously anything with butter is good, but this was out of this world. It almost had a slight sweet taste to it. I highly recommend this dish!

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What’s your fave restaurant in St. Louis? Be sure to visit last week’s hotel review on the Four Seasons if you haven’t already. Have a great rest of the week!

XO,

Rebekah