Jeff & Crystal

About Jeff & Crystal

We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.

March 2020

Taste The Colors Of Mexico – El Toro Loco

By |2020-03-27T06:49:27-06:00March 27th, 2020|Kansas City, KC Dining, South of the Border|

Living in Kansas City, Kansas means that we are blessed to have the best Mexican cuisine options in the Midwest. Our hometown is known far and wide for being the home to numerous taquerias (taco stores), carnicerias (meat stores), and cantinas (bar & grills). When you add in the panaderias (bakeries), you expand the list even farther. In and out of each localized neighborhood we have found favorites. That doesn't mean that we don't enjoy trying our hand at new opportunities. A visit to El Toro Loco offered a chance to sample some tastes at the western end of our city. We weren't [...]

Upper Town In Quebec City – The View From Above

By |2020-03-24T07:20:33-06:00March 24th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Visiting Quebec City offers some unique opportunities not found anywhere else in North America. Canada's oldest city is a tale of two cities, where the old meets the new. Much of our visit was spent in Old Quebec City, which had its earliest beginnings in 1608. Split into Upper Town and Lower Town, each of these sections offers a slice of the past. We began our visit by exploring Upper Town, in Quebec City, which is home to the original walled portion of the city. The notable French influence is obvious in much of the architecture and makes Upper Town a romantic destination [...]

Tapping Into Taste – Burg & Barrel

By |2020-03-10T12:02:10-06:00March 20th, 2020|Burgers, Kansas City, KC Dining|

Living in a city filled with amazing food and drink destinations means that the options always outweigh the opportunities. With the winter weather releasing its grip on Kansas City, it's time for us to spend more time exploring. Over the colder months, we make note of places we pass and add them to our "future visits" list. Since we attempt to avoid repeating cuisines too often, the need to locate new eateries is always in the back of our mind. Tapping into the taste of Kansas City is much more than barbecue. A wide range of flavors awaits those willing to venture out [...]

Friendship And Food – Ristorante Il Matto

By |2020-03-18T06:08:05-06:00March 18th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Friendship and food just seem to go together. Whenever we work with a tourism bureau, we try to share a meal with our hosts at least once. During our first visit to Canada, we met up with Paule Bergeron from Quebec Cite Tourism. She had assisted us during our planning phase and suggested meeting up for dinner at Ristorante Il Matto. This is an upscale eatery that serves home-cooked Italian cuisine. Housed in a 19th-century bank building, the restaurant can be found inside Hotel 71. We want to thank Quebec City Tourism and Ristorante Il Matto for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are [...]

24 Hours in Weatherford, Oklahoma

By |2020-03-16T06:25:33-06:00March 16th, 2020|Guides, Oklahoma, Southwest, Weatherford|

Picture yourself cruising down the highway. A warm breeze blowing in the window as the miles of pavement roll by under your tires. Each new town and city brings another chance to explore the wonders of Americana. This is just the kind of experience you get when traveling along the path of the old Route 66. We have chosen to digest this 2448-mile path a little at a time, which allows more freedom for in-depth study. During our 24 hours in Weatherford, Oklahoma, we found educational attractions, delectable dishes, and plenty of friendly locals. First Taste of Weatherford, Oklahoma Cruising the road can [...]

Brown Sugar Chicken & Donuts – Bringing A New Twist To KCK

By |2020-03-13T06:54:40-06:00March 13th, 2020|American, Breakfast, Kansas City, KC Dining|

Kansas City has restaurants that cover any cuisine you could imagine. Sampling new eateries are one of our guilty pleasures. While it may seem that we have tried them all, even we are amazed at the number of places still untested. Since Kansas City, Kansas is our corner of the metro, we are always eager to hear about a new dining option coming to town. You can imagine our delight when we discovered that Brown Sugar Chicken & Donuts was bringing a new twist to KCK. Located at 3708 State Avenue, this new restaurant is destined to develop a fanatical following. We want [...]

Sailing Through History With AML Cruises

By |2020-03-11T06:07:19-06:00March 11th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Water is the essence of life, which is why humans find it intriguing. Whenever we visit a city with a river-walk or other watery feature, we find ourselves drawn to it. There is something calming about the quiet force of this life-sustaining liquid. Discovering that there are tours along the St. Lawrence River, meant that it was a no-brainer for us to sign up. Seeing Quebec City from a new perspective was something we knew would be memorable.  A gorgeous Fall day would find us sailing through history with AML Cruises, which is one of the premier cruise tour companies in Canada. We [...]

6 Reasons To Visit The Stafford Air & Space Museum

By |2020-03-09T06:05:19-06:00March 9th, 2020|Oklahoma, Southwest, Weatherford|

For centuries people dreamed of taking flight. Watching the birds soaring through the air seemed to offer the freedom to explore life from a new perspective. While the invention of hot air balloons and gliders allowed glimpses into this new world, it was powered flight that would forever change the way that humans travel. During an excursion along Route 66, we made a stop in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Who would imagine that this town of 10,000 would be home to an impressive air travel museum? Being eager to learn how it ended up here, we stopped in and discovered 6 reasons to visit the [...]

Reflecting On Brunch – Urban Table

By |2020-03-06T07:14:24-06:00March 6th, 2020|American, Breakfast, Kansas City, KC Dining|

There is something to be said for loitering. I don't mean the type that will get you ticketed, but the leisurely activity of drawing out an experience. One of our favorite loitering opportunities comes when we go out for brunch. It just seems like the best time to spend extra moments savoring the time away from other responsibilities. Recently, we were reflecting on brunch at Urban Table, which is located at 8232 Mission Road. With plenty of freshly brewed coffee to carry us through our conversations, we soaked in those minutes that fall between breakfast and lunch. A Busy Brunch Let's face it. [...]

Life Below The Boardwalk – Rue du Petit Champlain

By |2020-03-04T07:21:05-06:00March 4th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

High above the river's edge visitors can stroll the Terrasse Dufferin. This wooden boardwalk runs for nearly 500 feet along a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. From this vantage point, you can see for miles in almost every direction. What many fail to focus on is what lies at the foot of this fascinating structure. Almost 200 feet straight down you will find Rue du Petit Champlain. This is one of the oldest commercial streets in North America. Let's see why so many flock to this pedestrian road every day of the year. Breakneck Steps There are a few staircase choices to [...]

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