Sunday, December 30, 2012

Home For The Holidays

It is hard to believe I have been home for almost five months. This is the longest I have been in Ohio since 2009. I have to admit, although there is not a lot to do in our hometown, I have enjoyed just being home. Having time to visit with family and friends and hanging out on my comfy couch. You don't realize how much you appreciate "your stuff" until you live out of two suitcases and in hotels most of your life. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love traveling but at times it is just nice to be home.

When Scott wasn't traveling for work, we took a couple trips. First we went to Pawleys Island, SC over Thanksgiving to see my brother and his family. Pawleys Island is roughly 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, SC. My parents were there too so it was nice to have my entire family together, which is not often. For Thanksgiving, we decided to have dinner at House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. I actually worked for House of Blues (mostly in Chicago) for 12 years so it was a nice treat. House of Blues is located in an area called Barefoot Landing which has a ton of shops and restaurants. Before dinner we stopped in and had drinks at Greg Norman's Australian Grille which I would highly recommend if you are ever in the area. 

Drinks at Greg Norman's Australian Grille
Mom and Dad
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at House of Blues. They offered a southern style spin on Thanksgiving. Some of the menu offerings were hand-carved turkey, roast beef, peeled shrimp, macaroni and cheese, cornbread stuffing, red beans and rice, white chocolate banana bread pudding and pecan pie. They also provided live jazz which was a nice addition to a wonderful day.
We lucked out with some great weather so Scott and I enjoyed walking on the beach.
My niece loves hanging out with Scott. I thought this was such a sweet picture of them walking on the beach together.
If you are ever in Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet area, here are some
restaurant recommendations. Clicking on the name will take you to their website.

Pawleys Island

Chive Blossom Cafe
Frank's Outback
Bistro 217
Perrone's Reataurant, Beer and Wine Bar
Pawleys Island Tavern (P.I.T.) great place to hang out and listen to live music

Murrells Inlet

Twelve on 17
Drunken Jack's
Bubba's Love Shak
Divine Fish House

Right before Christmas, we booked flights to go and visit Scott's Mom and Stepdad who were in Vegas to celebrate her birthday. The last time we were in Vegas was early 2009 so we were looking forward to going back. 
Although not the newest casino, the Bellagio is one of my favorites. First I love Dale Chihuly's blown glass and Bellagio has a huge exhibit throughout their hotel. I also enjoy visiting their Botanical Garden and Conservatory to see their newest exhibit.
Ceiling by the front desk of Dale Chihuly's work.
Botanical Garden and Conservatory Exhibit. Don't you just love Christmas? I do!
The bears are made entirely of flowers.
Hash Hash A Go Go is a popular restaurant especially known for their huge breakfast entrees and sandwiches. I learned about this restaurant from the TV Show Man vs. Food where the shows host, Adam, ate the Fried Chicken Farm Benedict. So, we decided to head over to The Quad Resort and Casino to have breakfast. All I can say is WOW! The portions are huge and there are so many choices it was hard to pick just one. Scott had the Griddled French Toast dipped in Banana Cinnamon Cream with Pecan Maple Syrup, two scrambled eggs and bacon.
I attempted to eat Andy's Sage Fried Chicken with 2 eggs, bacon, mashed potatoes and a biscuit. Both breakfast dishes were very good but it was just too much food. Glad we went to experience it and next time I want to try one of their sandwiches.

After four great days in Las Vegas, we are back in Ohio and ready for Christmas!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. We head to Baku, Azerbaijan sometime in March. Really looking forward to visiting Baku and I have no doubts I will have a lot of photos to share with all of you! 

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