I’m an adventure seeker, one-of-a-kind experiences only please!

Food & Wine’s Editor, Dana Cowin dedicates its September 2012 Travel Issue to “the experientialists” like her.  She describes how she’s a collector of interesting unique objects which can only explain “why [she’s] now become a collector of experiences, like one-of-kind meals and fantastic family trips“.

I feel that I seek the same kind of thrill everywhere I go.  I’m not just talking about when I step off the plane into another state/country either, I mean wherever my steps, car, etc. takes me, I try to find at least one new & exciting moment/meal/adventure to take back home with me.  I thrive off of it.  Of course, my main passion is food.  But when I was in Alaska, I took a glacier cruise to see the Surprise Glacier

…went fishing for salmon in the Russian River

… & consequently met Mr. Black Bear

All impromptu of course.  And maybe I’d eat a steak or two along the way… :P

It may not look like much but this is a 20 oz French Pepper Steak from Double Musky Inn.  Let me tell ya…you haven’t had a steak until you’ve had this sucker!!  The kicker is not only is this a huge slab of good meat but this steak is crusted with crunchy flavorful ground peppercorn and then slathered in a peppery gravy that takes it to a whole other level.  It is sooooooo good.  And let me tell you, I was sooooo full.

When I started traveling by myself whether it be for work or for pleasure, some would ask me if I ever felt lonely.  And I did.  At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was always near people I knew and if I wasn’t, well then I’d end up making new friends.  But after spending so much time on the road, you wish someone was there right beside you or that you were home with family and friends.  While the homesickness was strong, I didn’t let it phase me.  As I met more people and slowly started to fully appreciate the time I had to myself, I started craving these solo trips.

It was my chance to get away from it all.  To escape to a whole new world…and maybe meet my Aladdin?  Just kidding.  If there ain’t no magic carpet, then no deal!! :P but really, once I allowed myself…I met producers, vice presidents of large companies, actors, and my favorite…the ordinary folk :)  I would hang out with them in public places and make sure to keep in contact so I could get all the inside scoop on where to go and what to eat of course ;)  It’s always great to meet new people and hear their experiences in life.  It inspires me to better my life everyday.

And as I look ahead at my upcoming Orlando trip, I’m filled with excitement.  Yes, I’m going to visit family but this trip planning has been pretty impromptu which is always a thrill.  I randomly bought tickets before even consulting any of them :P and voila!  It all worked out ;)

My favorite part?  Scoring hard-to-get reservations at TWO big Disney World restaurants that normally need 6 months advance booking.  Hell yeah.  Oh, and course Butterbeer Round 2.

Or should I say, Round 4?  …Since I did have 3 (2 frozen, 1 regular) last time I visited Harry Potter Land ;)  *pssssssst*…by the way…FROZEN Butterbeer is waaay better than regular Butterbeer…don’t let anyone tell you anything different :P

And with that, I leave you with this trippy photo of the Magic Kingdom Castle I took and bid you ado!

Until next time!! :)

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11 Responses to “I’m an adventure seeker, one-of-a-kind experiences only please!”
  1. What DOES butterbeer taste like?

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    • vyvacious says:

      Oh boy, that’s a toughie. Butterbeer tastes like…a really sweet butterscotch flavored drink. I say drink because it is not carbonated…I’d say it even has a slightly thick consistency. It doesn’t feel like juice going down your throat for example, it has a little more oomph than that. Due to all the sweetness, I actually prefer the frozen Butterbeer like I mentioned because it takes the sweetness level down a notch and converts it into a refreshing treat on a hot day! :)

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      • I just assumed it would be beer! This sounds way better. I wonder if I can get it at home.

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      • vyvacious says:

        Haha, that’s what my friend thought. Then she got angry at me for deceiving her :P

        Hmm, maybe there are knockoffs around you…? I’ve tried a lot of them even straight from Disney and it’s not the same. There are some recipes on Pinterest that I’ve seen floating around but I haven’t tried any myself.

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  2. First off how did those seagulls survive with a HUGE ASS BEAR THERE?!!?!? also im jelly about the steak :( Why have to be so far away

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    • vyvacious says:

      Hmm I don’t know. The bears seemed A LOT more interested in that swimming salmon, I’ll tell you that. Salmon and people. That’s what strikes their fancy. Seagulls…not so much.

      Haha it’s only a flight or a very very verrrryyy long drive away :) You should visit someday. Alaska is beautiful!!

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  3. Must have been a great experience! Wow. I’m not good at fishing, but I’m fond of the fish on my plate later on! Thanks tons for stopping by my blog!

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    • vyvacious says:

      It really was! I still talk about it to this day…obviously as you can see by my post. Haha.

      I’m fond of any good adventure! :P I must admit though that eating your hard-earned catch fresh that very night is very rewarding and super tasty :)

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoyed mine!

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  4. Michelle Gillies says:

    That is quite the adventure! From glaciers to the Magic Kingdom. Talk about extremes. It looks like you thoroughly enjoy yourself.
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog.
    I really want to try Butter Beer (frozen). ;-)

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