Cheesecake Deliciousness At The Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory Allen, Texas
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Bakery And Bar in Allen, Texas

It was just recently when my daughter and I learned about the Cheesecake Factory.  If it weren’t from my friend H and cousin E, we could have been missing the deliciousness of their cheesecakes.

After our trip to Galleria Mall in Dallas for the very first time last month, my cousin and I, together with our little girls, drove to Allen to buy some of their yummy cheesecake.  We learned that it was the last day of their Buy One Slice for Half The Price promotion.  Sure thing the restaurant was packed with people. Some of the customers were waiting to be seated. And most of them are waiting for their orders over the counter-that includes us.  It was 30 minutes to closing time that night we went there.  So we had to think fast of what kind of cheesecake we should get.  Luckily the line was moving quickly so we placed and paid our order immediately.  In about 20 minutes, we’re out of there.

Red Velvet Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cheesecake

My favorite so far is the Red Velvet Cheesecake.  I super love it!!! Umm-uhm.  So creamy and rich.  Have you tried it?  If not, you better.  $7.95 per slice is worth it.  It’s a decent slice size, too.  If you learn about a promotion from the Cheesecake Factory, I highly recommend you avail it because it doesn’t happen very often.  🙂


Unique Weekend Getaways Near New York City

Whether you are a native New Yorker or just in town for a visit, the city can take its toll on you. Luckily, there are a plethora of options for unique and fun weekend getaways, within two hours of the city. Whether you are looking to explore the great outdoors or pamper yourself with spa treatments, you can find a quick getaway that will fit your needs. Try one of these three ideas for your next weekend trip.

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains of the Hudson Valley, along the shores of Lake Mohonk, this Mountain House in New Paltz is located just a 90 minute drive from New York City. This historic resort provides guests with an idyllic getaway in its 265 room Victorian castle accommodation. For vacationers looking for something all-inclusive, this is certainly the route to go. The resort is fully equipped with onsite restaurants serving all meals and an in-house spa with 16 treatment rooms and an indoor pool. In addition, the resort can organize a variety of activities for you, including horseback riding, skiing, golfing, ice skating, and hiking.

Fire Island

For a more laid-back weekend getaway, try visiting Fire Island. Located just 90 minutes from the City via train and ferry, this national park is actually a 32-mile long island, entrenched in historic and natural beauty. With a number of local bed and breakfasts, visitors have many options when it comes to accommodation on the island. Attractions include the Sunken Forest and the iconic lighthouse built in 1826. Visitors enjoy shopping at the many boutique stores and relaxing on the beach as well. Interestingly, for those who are daring enough to go nude, there are several clothing-optional beaches on the island as well.

Hudson Valley Wineries

Wine enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Hudson Valley wine region lies just a 90 minute drive from New York City and provides a number of options for wine tasting and quaint accommodation. With over 20 wineries located throughout the region, a weekend of tasting is just within reach from New York City. There are numerous wine trails to explore, though the Dutchess and the Shawangunk are two of the most popular. Both trails feature approximately 12 to 20 wineries along the route. Many guests choose to stay at bed and breakfasts or local inns in the region and travel by car from winery to winery. For those who do not have a designated driver, there are also a number of tours, which include transportation to selected wineries and loads of information about the wine making process and region along the way.

My Cousin From Dubai

One of my cousins who lives in Dubai came to see me and my family few weeks ago.  She is a cabin crew (flight stewardess or flight attendant as you call it) for Emirates Airlines.  She is still in training and good thing that she was one of the crews who went to fly here in Dallas.

Together with my darling daughter, I picked up my cousin at the Marriott Hotel in Addison where she was staying around 5:00 P.M. on the day of her arrival one Wednesday.  She and her crew arrived at 11:00 A.M.  So she hasn’t had her full rest that day.  But it was great that we were able to meet because that was very first time I saw her since her family lives in the Middle East.

To be honest, I am not very familiar in and around Dallas.  I was looking at a travel guide leaflet but I wasn’t sure where to take my cousin so we can have some bonding time.  And it was close to night time and some attractions are close at 5:00 P.M.  In addition, it’s rush hour and if we have decided to go to a special place, it would take us more than an hour to get there because of heavy traffic.  She said it’s fine if we can go to a park.  So we went to a nearby park.  We walked on the trails, took pictures, and talked and talked and talked.  After about an hour and a half of bonding at the park, I took her to my house to my husband.  We took her to Big Daddy’s Restaurant for dinner.  It was a nice day and wonderful evening with my cousin from Dubai.  We had a great time together.  I drove her back to her hotel in Addison around midnight.