Saddle Mountain Brewing Company in Goodyear, Arizona

Saddle Mountain Brewing Company is a craft brewery and restaurant located in a strip mall in Goodyear, Arizona, just west of downtown Phoenix. The brewery was founded by Jacob and Laura Hansen, a local couple who had a passion for brewing their own beer at home. They took this passion and love for craft beer and eventually opened a craft brewery in the West Valley, which was in need of good craft beer. The name Saddle Mountain comes from the …

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Creekside American Bistro: Breakfast with views in Sedona, Arizona

Shrimp & Grits

Creekside American Bistro located in Sedona, Arizona is a popular restaurant overlooking Sedona’s Oak Creek and famous red rocks. The restaurant is well known with both locals and tourists for its unique and seasonally changing menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. Weather you visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will find a unique and delicious dish on the menu. What I enjoy about my visits to Creekside American Bistro is that it feels trendy and upscale without being pretentious. It’s …

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8 things to do on your first visit to Sedona, Arizona

Hiking in Sedona

Sedona is one of the most beautiful and unique places on Earth. This city, located about two hours north of Phoenix, is best known for its stunning landscapes of red rocks, sweeping ponderosa pine forests, and water carved canyons. While Sedona isn’t a secret, it’s still worth a visit especially for the outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. Hiking, fishing, camping, Jeep trails, world-class dining, shopping, craft breweries. Sedona has it all. If this is your first visit to Sedona, you really …

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Coffee Pot Restaurant in Sedona: Serving breakfast for over 30 years

The Coffee Pot Restaurant, located in Sedona, Arizona, is a family-owned restaurant with a 30 year history of serving its community. This institution of Sedona, and local favorite, is today not only popular with locals but with tourists looking for a delicious yet inexpensive breakfast or lunch option. This is especially true in a city as expensive as Sedona. Thanks to its extensive menu, including its absurd selection of 101 different omelettes, the Coffee Pot Restaurant has been written about …

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Devil’s Bridge: How to hike one of Sedona’s Most Popular Trails

The iconic photo taken at Devils Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

Devil’s Bridge in Sedona, Arizona is an iconic natural sandstone arch with panoramic views of red rocks and green ponderosa forests. Hiking to Devil’s Bridge is popular activity for those hoping to snap a photo of themselves standing on top of the towering arch. It’s no surprise that most visitors consider it to be one of the must see sights in Sedona. While this popular 3.6 mile trail is heavily trafficked year round, it shouldn’t be missed especially if you …

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One Day In Kraków: 17 Things To Do With 24 Hours In Kraków

One day in Kraków

If you only have one day in Kraków, one of the best ways to enjoy the city is by taking a tour of Kraków’s Old Town and Royal Road. When Kraków was the royal capital of Poland from the 14th to 16th centuries, this historic street was used for many important events including coronation processions, royal funerals, weddings, and for foreign envoys. The route runs from the old Medieval walls near St. Florian’s Gate in the north, through the Old …

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17 things to do in Kazimierz, Kraków’s Historic Jewish district

Just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Old Town will bring you to Kazimierz, once the thriving historic Jewish district of Kraków. For centuries, Jewish and Polish cultures coexisted peacefully as many Jews relocated to the area and opened businesses, restaurants, and synagogues. During World War II, much of Kazimierz was destroyed by the Nazis as Jews were sent to concentration camps, never to return. After the war, Kazimierz fell into disrepair. At the end of the …

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Milkbar Tomasza: Modern Polish Milk Bar in Kraków, Poland

If you are hungry, go for the Irish Breakfast

Located in the heart of Kraków’s Old Town is Milkbar Tomasza, a modern interpretation of a Soviet-style milk bar or self-serve cafeteria serving traditional Polish dishes at affordable prices. A milk bar or bar mleczny is a Polish form of a cafeteria ubiquitous across all of Poland. After World War I, these self-service milk bars started to pop up all across the country. The main purpose of these milk bars was to serve cheap meals to poor citizens, especially after …

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Blue Nysa Van (Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski) in Kraków, Poland

The iconic Blue Nysa Van (Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski) in Kraków, Poland

For over 25 years, the Blue Nysa Van (Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski) has been serving the best kielbasa in Kraków, Poland. This street food institution of Kraków, operated by two gentlemen dressed in white coats, has been serving wood-fired Polish sausages (kielbasa) out of their iconic PRL-era blue Nysa van parked in front of Unitarg Market Hall (Unitarg Hala Targowa). In recent years, food trucks have become popular in Kraków. These food trucks, which serve a wide variety of delicious …

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48 hours in Wrocław: What to do with 2 days in Wrocław, Poland

How to spend 48 hours in Wrocław, Poland

Wrocław is one of Poland’s great cities. While Warsaw and Kraków are better known with tourists, Wrocław, the historical capital and largest city of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, is well worth a stop whether you have a couple hours or a couple days. The history of Wrocław dates back over 1,000 years when a tribe settled on Ostrów Tumski, an island located on the Oder river. Over many turbulent centuries, Wrocław has been built up, invaded, destroyed, and ruled over …

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