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I am a tiki bar fanatic. I think I even mentioned that in my About Me section! I love to duck into a little divey tiki bar where ever we go to get a feel for the Caribbean. Some of those spots have been winners (Smuggler’s Cove), some of those have been disappointing. One spot that all tiki lovers should check out is in Alameda. That’s right across the bay from San Francisco. It is the home of the original Mai Tai… You know that drink that is now served world wide? It debuted here at Trader Vic’s!

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Trader Vic’s sits right on the water & is loaded with Caribbean charm.

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The bartenders take their time & put a lot of thought into these drinks.

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I ordered my trio of Mai Tai’s before being lured to explore the rest of the restaurant.

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Yes, that’s right. It’s a Mai Tai trio! This way you don’t have to chose which one you want to try…you can have one of each! This includes the Guava, Maui, Mango. For those who just fall in love with this, you can buy the surfboard serving board to take home & recreate the experience. After 3 Mai Tai’s, I always think that’s a good idea!

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Special event rooms tucked away around ever corner make the most out of the incredible views!

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I could sense that food was ready so I scurried back to my table just in time to enjoy our avocado ahi poke with taro chips!

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I enjoyed my Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi… Trader Vic's Home of the Mai Tai | www.sweetteasweetie.com

With some Hawaiian fried rice (the best thing on the menu!)….

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And some pork belly!

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To finish up the meal, how can you say no to a molten cake?

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Yum!!! Just look at that gooey goodness!

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Which Mai Tai would you try? Guava, Maui, Mango, or stick with the original?

Nestled right in between Monterrey and Carmel by the Sea is a little town called Pacific Grove. It is brilliant because it often gets skipped by tourists for its better known neighbors, making it the preferred spot to stay for local weekenders. It is within easy biking distance from the famous Monterrey Bay Aquarium and […]

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Our drive down Carmel’s 17 Mile Drive took us from Monterrey, right into the adorable little city, aptly named Carmel by the Sea. When you arrive, snag a parking spot because the best way to see this city is by foot! Carmel by the Sea is one of the most quaint towns I’ve ever visited. […]

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17 Mile Drive is a scenic road that stretches from Pacific Grove near Monterey through Pebble Beach, near Carmel. It runs along the coast and passes famous golf courses & mansions. The real highlights are the glimpses into the natural beauty of rugged Northern California, including Seal Rock and the Lone Cypress Tree. There is […]

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One thing you can’t miss when visiting Boston & strolling through the Boston Commons park, is the Massachusetts State House. This gold domed building is the state capitol & seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It’s right on top of Beacon Hill & it’s glittering dome overlooks the beautiful Boston Commons. During WWII […]

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When in Boston, we stayed at the Ames hotel, which we loved! It was centrally located in Downtown Boston. Boston is a very walkable city. We took a few Uber rides, but mostly we walked. As we headed to the Boston Tea Party Museum, we accidentally stumbled upon the site of the Boston Massacre. It was […]

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After landing in Boston & checking into our hotel, Ben & I headed off in search of dinner. I had a night of taking a self guided Food Tour through Boston: Boston Baked Beans at Durgin Park Drinks at Bell in Hand (longest continuously operating tavern in the United States) Clam Chowder & Lobster at […]

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Walking through the Boston Commons Park along side the ice skating rink & winding paths was so peaceful. Brick buildings lined the park & we kept a sharp look out for our next destination. What would a visit to Boston be without stopping in at the bar where everyone knows your name? At the far […]

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After touring the incredible Boston Tea Party Museum, Ben & I headed over to see the Paul Revere House. It is a small, two story house located in the North End. We were interested to learn that although a popular historical figure, Paul Revere wasn’t always appreciated. He lived in this 3 room house with […]

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Our trip to Iceland took us through Boston. I couldn’t resist adding on a few days to really explore. Our first stop in Boston was to the Boston Tea Party Museum (with a quick stop in Boston favorite, Dunkin Donuts). We were immediately given new identities & let through an interactive tour, complete with period actors […]

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