Saved by the Bell… in Chicago

Saved by the Bell, one of my favorite shows from childhood has temporarily left Bayside and relocated to Chicago.Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Max, a pop up restaurant located in Wicker Park, opened this summer to crowds of 90’s kids wanting to taste a piece of their childhood, and perhaps a burger. Saved by the Bell

The decor is absolutely spot on (licensing from NBC no doubt helped on this count). With its splashy colors, oversized geometric patterns, a payphone (that sadly, doesn’t work), character photos, and iconic lightning bolt door handle, a trip to Saved by the Max is as close as one can get to being on set of the original show. 

The lighting leaves a lot to be desired (most people are here to take photos, after all), but not enough of a deterent for the hundreds of hungry fans.Saved by the Bell

Speaking of, the restaurant serves diner style cuisine with names such as AC Sliders and Mac & Screech, the food at Saved by the Max is better than expected (see my slightly spicy, vegetarian bean ‘Bayside’ burger).

Post 11 p.m., the menu is pared down to just a few ‘late night’ selections, and guests are seated it is a first come, first served basis (no reservations are taken after 10 p.m.).Saved by the Bell

If you happen to live or be in the Chicago area, I recommend visiting after 11 p.m. on a weeknight, like I did t o avoid waiting for longer than a few minutes. Saved by the Bell

It’s as fun and kitsy as the OG SBTB, but no Zach Morris phone (or the man himself) in sight. 

Saved by the Max is open Monday – Sunday from 5 p.m. –  1 a.m. (2 a.m. on Saturdays), and for “walk in bag lunches” (11 a.m.) on weekends.

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A Thrill for All Seasons in Herber Valley

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kanarra falls hiking

This post was sponsored by Heber Valley tourism. All opinions are my own.

Adventure awaits! It’s no secret that the southwest is not for the fearful traveler, and Heber Valley, Utah is the perfect destination for thrill seekers. Located just 15 minutes from Park City, and 1 hour from Salt Lake City, there are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy.

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Find Adventure in Capitol Reef

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This post is sponsored by Capitol Reef tourism. All opinions are my own. 

As an East Coaster, the west has always been a mystery to me.

It wasn’t until I traveled there this fall that I truly understood the beauty and ferociousness of the the land and terrain. The variety of outdoor activities is a vast as the deserts and includes cycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and canyoneering.

Capitol Reef Country, located in Wayne County, Utah, is a perfect choice to experience the great outdoors, from red rocks to alpine forests, majestic mountain ranges and dark, star-filled nights.

Nearby attractions also include Highway 12 (America’s First All-American Road!), unique camping experiences, wildlife encounters and so much more!

So whether you’re up for adventure or want to bask in the elegance of nature, Capitol Reef has something for you.

I encourage you to check out their website and to start planning your adventure today.

Have you ventured out West? Let me know in the comments, below!

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The Frequency of Fear in the Grand Circle

moab off roading trail

“When was the last time you climbed the stairs in a Lexus?”

These words were uttered by my devil-may-care driver as we ascended one of the toughest off roading trails in Moab, Utah, and up Elephant Hill. This was one of the many white knuckle moments I had during a tour of the Grand Circle, a region as beautiful and fierce as its resident mountain lions.

Encompassing portions of five states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, the Grand Circle contains America’s largest concentration of national parks and monuments, and can be a quite challenging terrain to navigate if you are a desert novice (like me). 

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Hungry for Travel: Explorers Club Creepy Crawly Cookies

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The annual Explorers Club Creepy Crawly Dinner is notorious for serving gut wrenching menu items not for the faint of heart. 

So, when I was invited to visit the club headquarters, I should have suspected that hors d’oeuvres the would be out of the ordinary. When surrounded by fellow travel journalists, we tend to lose our sensibilities a bit and fall into peer pressure.

This was absolutely the case when it came to tasting the various “arthopodic” appetizers (see below). 

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Dead Sea Travel Guide

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Disclosure: My trip to Israel was sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism. All opinions are my own.

There are few experiences that rival floating in the Dead Sea. From the weightless feeling to the silky skin after effects, if you find yourself in this area of the world, taking a dip in the Dead Sea is an absolute must.

Because it is such a strange sensation, it’s important to note certain protocol before diving in (ex. Don’t dive in!!!!).

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VLOG: Vanity Fair Social Club

 

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Vanity Fair Social Club (#VFSC) leading up to the Oscars.vanity fair social club

All week long, there were Academy Award nominees, brand gift suites, makeup and hair touch ups by YSL, Loreal, Lancome, and more! The amenity I enjoyed most, however, was the free shuttle service provided by Chrysler.paul smith pink wall

I used the shuttle on two occasions to visit some of LA’s most Instagrammed sights (seen in the video/pictures above) – including the ‘Pink Wall’ at Paul Smith, The Coffee Bean, and Colette Miller‘s angel wings.  Fotorange

And, in an unbelievable turn of events, I wound up winning one of Colette’s pieces at the Visit LA event back home in New York.

The whole week seemed surreal, but I guess that is what you can expect in the City of Dreams.  

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Stop Clicking Around + Listen to the Music with Hilton

Jason Derulo Hilton

“I got lipstick stamps on my passport…” sang famed singer, songwriter and dancer, Jason Derulo to an enthusiastic crowd outside of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront last month. 

The concert, one of seven shows presented at Hilton properties worldwide, was organized to celebrate Hilton’s second year of collaborating with entertainment giant Live Nation, and the launch of Hilton’s largest marketing campaign ever. 

The campaign, titled “Stop Clicking Around“, highlights the benefits of being an HHonors member, and the advantages of booking directly through Hilton’s brand websites.

HHonors members will receive exclusive discounts on room rates, and members are now able to redeem HHonors points for any of the following concerts:

I, along with other influencers and writers was invited to stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for the concert, and was treated to a preshow media event that included a musical improv performance spotlighting Hilton’s dedication to HHonors members, and a preview of the campaign video launched the following day:

I’m excited to see how the music partnership will continue to grow, and as someone who frequently books hotel rooms, I’m thrilled that I only have to check one website in order to get the best rate.  

For more information on how to join Hilton HHonors, visit HHonors.com, and to book your stay at any of the 4,600 hotels worldwide, visit Hilton.com.

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