Category Archives: Trip Reports

Did I Finish Pete & Elda’s XXL Pizza In The Whole Pie Eater’s Challenge?

Pizza
From our first visit…

Besides travel, pizza and baseball are a couple of my other favorite hobbies.

Traveling doesn’t always mean getting on a plane or even driving very far. Sometimes, we go on pizza tours, visiting multiple shops in one day.  We started doing this more over the past year or so, since we had been grounded during the pandemic.

While I believe New York has the best pizza in the world, great pizza can also be found in states close to home like Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Continue reading Did I Finish Pete & Elda’s XXL Pizza In The Whole Pie Eater’s Challenge?

Putting Green, An Awesome New Mini Golf Course For Good In Brooklyn

mini golfMonths back, I came across a Time Out NY article about a new mini golf course coming to the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) waterfront this summer.

We visit Williamsburg pretty often, so I kept an eye out for more info as to when the new mini golf course would open. Not only would mini golf be fun for the kids, the course also would be doing some good in a couple of ways. Continue reading Putting Green, An Awesome New Mini Golf Course For Good In Brooklyn

A Mashup Of Cultures In El Salvador, The Pupusa Becomes The PuPizza!

pupusaDuring our visit to El Salvador, we had to try the national dish of El Salvador, the pupusa.

For those of you not familiar with the dish, the pupusa is “a thick handmade corn flour or rice flour flatbread stuffed with cheese, chicharrón, refried beans or loroco”, according to Wikipedia. Continue reading A Mashup Of Cultures In El Salvador, The Pupusa Becomes The PuPizza!

So That’s Where All Of Those Dollar Coins Went…

Dollar CoinsWhile preparing for our trip to El Salvador, we learned that the country uses the US dollar as their currency. This made things a bit easier for us since we wouldn’t have to convert prices when buying things.

Our first touristy stop of the trip was to a very interesting church in San Salvador. I paid the entry fee with a $20 bill and was a bit confused at first when I got my change. Continue reading So That’s Where All Of Those Dollar Coins Went…

The Ultra-Mini Bajaj QUTE, A Fun Way To Get Around In El Salvador

Bajaj QUTEWhile planning our visit to El Salvador, we considered renting a car to get around. However, after much debate, we decided to hire a guide with a car to make things a bit easier.

With our trip practically over, we feel that this was a very good decision. While this isn’t our favorite way to travel, we still had 3/7 days of the trip on our own to wander around.

During our visit to the town of Suchitoto, our guide Osmaro pointed out the Bajaj QUTE to us. We kept this in mind for our free day in this cute colonial town. Continue reading The Ultra-Mini Bajaj QUTE, A Fun Way To Get Around In El Salvador

EWR- El Salvador: $178- $205 RT, A Deal Too Good To Pass Up!

El Salvador
image: google maps

It’s been a little over a year since I last stepped foot on a plane. In February 2020, Lucas (8 years old at the time) and I flew to Amsterdam for $356 per person.

I’ve been hoping to fly somewhere over Spring Break but the need to quarantine for 3 days upon return to New York made this idea complicated.

Regardless, I’ve been searching for flights to a variety of destinations. I started focusing on flights to El Salvador recently. Continue reading EWR- El Salvador: $178- $205 RT, A Deal Too Good To Pass Up!

Visiting NYC’s The Hole To See Misaki Kawai’s Moko Moko Doki Doki

The HoleEarlier in the month I heard about a free art exhibition at The Hole in New York City with a really fun name.

The exhibition from Misaki Kawai, called Moko Moko Doki Doki didn’t only have a fun name, the art itself looked really bizarre, unique and interesting! I also felt that it would appeal to not only Kim and I, but also to our kids, 9 year-old Lucas and 4 year-old Theo.

I had planned to visit the exhibition before going for dinner at a place close by but I totally forgot about it. However, as luck would have it, we happened to walk past The Hole on the way to Momofuku Ko. I guess luck was on our side… Continue reading Visiting NYC’s The Hole To See Misaki Kawai’s Moko Moko Doki Doki

Question: Why Do Hotels Place The Toilet Paper Holder Here?

Toilet Paper HolderOver winter break, we spent a night at the Kimpton Palomar in Philadelphia. While checking in, we used the Kimpton Secret Password!

We enjoyed our stay, but it reminded me of a question I’ve had while away from home.

Why do hotels often place the toilet paper holder in such hard to reach places? Continue reading Question: Why Do Hotels Place The Toilet Paper Holder Here?

Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Kimpton PalomarThe Michael W Travels family makes it a point to visit Philadelphia at least once per year. At around two hours drive from home, the city makes for a quick and fun getaway.

On previous visits, we’ve stayed at the Kimpton Monaco and a Fairfield Inn & Suites that reminded us of a Kimpton.

We’ve wanted to check out the Kimpton Palomar for quite some time and finally stayed there recently. Continue reading Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Find Out What We Got For Saying The Kimpton Secret Password

Kimpton Secret PasswordA couple of days back we spent a night at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. I’ve wanted to check out this property for quite some time so I was definitely excited for the visit.

Before checking in, I told Lucas the new Kimpton Secret Password and told him not to forget it. He took this job very seriously, even asking Kim to make a note of it in her phone!

(For those of you not too familiar with the Kimpton Secret Password, here’s a short explanation: The brand has a secret password in the winter and summer which gets announced on social media. When you say the secret password at check-in, you’ll get a surprise. What you get varies from property to property.) Continue reading Find Out What We Got For Saying The Kimpton Secret Password